Sunday, December 24, 2017

Lost Tales: The 12 Nuts of Christmas, Part 12 - Xander

December 24th
Celest had finally finished all of her Christmas shopping, and had managed to teleport it to all of the people that she needed to get them too, all of course, except for her family. She would have to deliver their gifts in person and honestly she wasn’t looking forward to it. Christmas in the mage realm, especially mage royalty, was less then enjoyable, a lot of pomp and circumstance and all the things that Celest hated about royalty, and none of the things she enjoyed about Christmas. She almost would prefer to go visit her family early next year as apposed to at the holidays. But she had no way out of it.

She wasn’t looking forward to going home either, she knew that Xander was hoping to find a way to get her to stay home this year, but she couldn’t think of a way to let him down that wouldn’t upset him. So she decided to do the right thing and just tell him, flat out what was going on.

As she got to the door she took a deep breath and opened the door, ready to break the news to a feverishly working Xander. But to her surprise as soon as she walked through the door, the door behind her slammed shut and an alarm sounded. “Warning: Celest has returned early, activating level one security program.” The home security system announced.

Lost Tales: The 12 Nuts of Christmas, Part 11 - Sam

December 23rd
Ruby’s day had been rather dull, she had managed to stay out of the crowded malls for most of the season and what little shopping she needed to do she managed to finish up at the smaller locals around town. Her club was closed tonight and her physical retraining had nearly been completed. She was just about to sit down for a bit to figure out what to do with the rest of her evening when there was a rather musical knock on the door. It almost sounded like jingle bells but a bad rendition of it.

She opened the door to find Sam standing there with a smile, although that was not the first thing she noticed, The first thing she noticed was that he was standing in a full tuxedo with a box in his arms. “Hello my dear” he said with a pleased smile, “I was wondering if you might accompany me tonight my dear?”

Ruby blinked a bit and opened the door a bit more for him to come in, “Accompany you where?” she asked still a bit shocked to see him in a full tuxedo.

Lost Tales: The 12 Nuts of Christmas, Part 10 - LIam

It was a pleasant December afternoon, as Liam was pacing back and forth in front of the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Ballroom. It was a clear day and the sun was shining and it wasn’t very cold. But he had been pacing back and forth for so long that he had practically created his own groove in the side walk. He had arrived at noon, and it was now coming up on three O’clock. And he had been pacing back and forth, back and forth that whole time.

Finally his watch went off, and he looked around, right on schedule he could see Larka coming around the corner. Her long trench coat covered up most of her body but she still managed to look beautiful in the cold air. He only afforded himself a moment before he pulled his hood up over his head. He didn’t want her to spy him and try to avoid him. She was here to see him, she just didn’t know about it yet.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Lost Tales: The 12 Nuts of Christmas, Part 9 - Josh

Key: MC, MD, Sleep
December 21st
It was a very dark night, although not as cold as previous evenings, Josh was slowly moving through an alley way with a stake in his hand. He was being careful, cautious as he moved across the snow. Trying not to make a sound. Before him was his prey, a demon in the middle of stalking his own prey, a young woman moving down the street. The demon crouched behind a dumpster, waiting slowly for his victim to walk past the alley, waiting for his moment to strike, his moment to take another’s innocence.

The clicking of the woman’s heels could be heard echoing ever closer to the alley way. The demon positioned himself in the perfect position, his back leg moving to get a sprinter’s start. His arms gripping the side of the dumpster, ready to pull himself into a run as he was about to take this innocent young woman. The woman’s clicking of her heels got closer and closer. Her shadow could be viewed easily on the ground ever closer. As she moved into the entrance way of the alley the demon pulled himself up to strike. But before he could he was grabbed around the neck and had a stake plunged into his back from behind.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Lost Tales: The 12 Nuts of Christmas, Part 8 - Sandy

It had been a very weird month for Isabella. She couldn’t shake the feeling that just a few days ago she had been naked and in a tube somewhere. It brought back bad feelings of being a test subject, although this time it didn’t feel as invasive, if you could call being naked non-invasive. Then, she had a strange day dream, or was it an encounter, in the mall, she couldn’t put her finger on it firmly, but it definitely seemed to be out of the ordinary.

She had taken a day to clear her head by focusing on work. Having built several new devices for Spirals at the behest of Xander already, she was about to start a new project when she heard a knock at that door.

She sighed and got up moving to the door and peeking out of the peep hole. On the other side was a rather nervous looking Sandy, who seemed to be almost pacing up and down the hall way. She couldn’t’ help but giggle as she watched him pace.

She got a kick out of how nervous he could get but after a minute or two of torturing him opened the door. “Well hello there” she said with a playful smile.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Lost Tales: The 12 Nuts of Christmas, Part 7 - Nick

December 19th
Nick was wandering the mall, he was in search of something, something very specific and he wasn’t going to leave until he found it. He had scanned all of the lower level stores and was moving up the escalator, scanning looking around for what it was that he truly wanted to find this Christmas.

Then he saw it, at the far end of the mall he got a glimpse of what it was he wanted most. He started to move through the crowds as fast as he could, excusing himself as he moved around person after person, zigging and zagging through the crowd. He finally made it to the store that had what he wanted. Moving in and wiggling around the patrons and store shelves till he arrived at the front counter, and with all the glee in the world, grabbed the shoplifting elf by the back of the head and slammed his head into the counter.

Got ya, you little…” Nick was cut off by the elf elbowing him in head. He slid back and perked up with a huge grin. “Now were talking!” he said with glee as he moved in and decked the elf clean in the face. The elf fell back into a display full of cookie jars, and managed to hit a shelf on the wall full of cookie jars. In classic cartoon fashion the jars started to slide off the shelf, one by one. And, one by one, they all slammed into the top of the elf’s head.

Lost Tales: The 12 Nuts of Christmas, Part 6 - Sven

December 18th
The mall was as busy as you would expect for the week before Christmas. People moving to and fro in a large mass of unseeing, unthinking humanity. One man was holding his new born baby as he moved through the crowds, more focused on finding something for his older children then anything else. Suddenly he jerked a bit and his eyes took on a ghostly glow. The man stopped and looked at the new born that was in his arms and smiled.

It had been a very long time since Sven had held a baby, and there is just something about such a small life, so helpless and innocent that just warms the heart. And that was his goal. Here was a man who had everything in the world right in his hands, and he didn’t even know it. As Sven held the child softly he nuzzles his nose over the baby’s skin. He loved the smell of infants, it was probably just baby powder but still. He loved it.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Lost Tales: The 12 Nuts of Christmas, Part 5 - Alan Ucard

Key: Freeze

Part 1: Joshua
Part 2:  Martin
Part 3: Mike 
Continued From Part 4: The Professor

December 17th
It was a cold night, but Alan's main hall was filled with candles, and a roaring fire. Surrounding the room were dozens of frozen artists, musicians, and chefs. In the center of the room was a ridiculously large evergreen tree that Alan was putting the finishing touches on.

Thousands of ornaments adorned the tree, each one clearly hand made, and most looking as if they had been made centuries ago. Wooden scenes all hand carved and polished hung against the tree delicately. While numerous glass ornaments, all hand blown glistened in the fire light. Ribbons and bows were strategically placed about the tree to give it the final touches of what it needed to be perfect.

Alan gave a gentle smile as he looked over his handy work. Standing in a rather relaxed looking suit, one without a tie but with the more modern banded collar he let a small smile escape as he quickly turned towards the door and ran up the stairs to the main hall entrance. Grabbing the door knob and holding it with a grin he gently but quickly swung it open to see Kila on the other side her hand just about to knock on the door.