Two things. First, this post adds on to yesterday’s post, so you might want to have read that first. Second, thanks for Lenore Diane for the idea of a serial story.

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Dasher’s brother, Dancer, wandered the compound trying to work off the nervous energy that always hit him in the weeks before C-Day. Passing by Dasher’s house, he saw a broken window covered with plastic taped over the frame, and decided to see what happened. As soon as Mandy answered the door, he knew something was very wrong.

She told him how Dasher had been killed just as he decided to leave the Pole. “We should have known that our homes were bugged. That asshole,” Mandy said, pointing in the direction of Santa’s Mansion, “has always been a tyrant.”

Realizing they couldn’t talk freely inside, they went out for a walk.

“I know that no reindeer has ever left, but I didn’t think…” Dancer said.

Mandy only sobbed.

Though he knew he should be grieving, all Dancer felt was anger…and a desire for revenge. He said, “They won’t get away with this. I won’t let them!”

“No! You can’t do anything. They’re too powerful,” Mandy said, looking around them as if expecting to see Santa’s spies nearby.

As he thought about it, Dancer felt a trickle of fear. The Elf Secret Service was notorious for quashing any dissent. In 1977, when the workshop elfs tried going on strike for better working conditions, the ESS had stepped in. Within a day, hundreds of rebellious elfs were missing and the remainder were back at work.

This had to end. Dancer said slowly, “I know a guy…”

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Moral: Dissent can be dangerous. Knowing “a guy” can be a good thing.


Be sure to visit the other writers who are participating in this year’s BlogFestivus:

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Steve Betz
Rewind Revise
Lenore Diane
Shouts from the Abyss
Fix It or Deal
Lynn Schneider Books
1 Point Perspective
So I Went Undercover
Joe Owen’s Blog
MC’s Whispers
LittleWonder2
Blog It or Lose It!
Voice in Me
Apprentice, never master
A Year of Daily Posts
Diary of a Sensitive Soul
Dot Knows!
k8edid
The Day After
A Spoonful of Suga

BlogFestivus 2012 Day 2: Dancer
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21 thoughts on “BlogFestivus 2012 Day 2: Dancer

  • 12-12-2012 at 6:04 am
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    Elf Secret Service. Genius! As much as I love reindeer…where can I sign up?

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    • 12-12-2012 at 3:31 pm
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      I’m pretty sure you need to be recruited, but I’m only speculating because the whole process is secret. I suspect the ESS is now aware of your interest and you may be hearing from them soon. Good luck!

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  • 12-12-2012 at 7:00 am
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    Holy smokes. I can’t believe you joined the train at the last minute, Random. This stuff is good.

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    • 12-12-2012 at 3:33 pm
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      Thanks! I’m glad you thought it was good. Maybe it was the pressure to come up with something last minute…

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    • 12-12-2012 at 3:36 pm
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      Yeah, being bugged is such a violation. I’m disappointed in those pesky elves. And in Santa.

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    • 12-12-2012 at 4:25 pm
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      Thank you! I’m glad you liked it.

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  • 12-12-2012 at 7:19 pm
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    Is sooo much fun to read aloud! Which I am. To my child. Daily. Thank you for adding to our holiday traditions.

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    • 12-12-2012 at 8:55 pm
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      You’re reading this to your child? Uh oh, I sure hope she isn’t disillusioned by all this bad-mouthing Santa and his “merry” elves.

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  • 12-12-2012 at 8:48 pm
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    “I know a guy.” Love those words! Something exciting always happens after those words.
    Great stuff!

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    • 12-12-2012 at 8:55 pm
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      Thank you! I’ve always loved those words too.

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  • 12-12-2012 at 11:51 pm
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    This is really amazing….i am on edge of my seat waiting for the next move in the story….great work…

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    • 12-14-2012 at 4:15 pm
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      Thank you so much!

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  • 12-19-2012 at 12:30 pm
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    Having grown up in New Jersey, I can attest that it’s always good to know a guy who knows a guy… 😉

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    • 12-20-2012 at 4:55 pm
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      That’s good to know!

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  • 12-20-2012 at 7:17 am
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    This reminds me of The Firm. So sinister. And going serial is a clever idea. That never occurred to me.

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    • 12-20-2012 at 4:56 pm
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      I hadn’t thought of going serial until I saw others do it. Yeah, I’m a cheater.

      Sinister was what I was going for, so…yay!

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    • 12-20-2012 at 4:57 pm
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      Thank you! (You’re too kind.)

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