Times Asylum Christmas Trees |
Well, I'm waaay behind in my writing <g>. I've
been "married" to my sewing machine for the last 2 + months! Well, now
that it's on the fritz, I can do some short writing. So, here's my contribution
to the Christmas Tree Decorating. Thanks to Otter for beta-ing and thanks to Celestial
Cat for "challenging" us to write short stories of how we would decorate
a room and tree for Christmas. Enjoy CTA listsibs and the rest of you.
disclaimers apply: This is for fun only. No money is made off this. I wish the
guys were mine but they're the property of Pet Fly and Paramount (pout). Guest
appearances by listsibs of Cascade Times Asylum. Sorry I couldn't get everyone
Stargazer heard her name called from outside the
sewing room/arts and crafts room. She quickly picked up the wrappings from all
of the decorations she had put on the tree. Knowing Jim's anal retentiveness,
she made sure every single scrap of paper was picked up and that there was no
stray tinsel on the floor. She gave the tree skirt (hand made of course) one final
adjustment before she stepped back to admire her work. The twinkling lights gave
off a soft light on her enraptured face as she nodded at the sight before her.
was a rattle of the door handle. The person on the other side of the door called
her name as he tried the door handle again.
I know you're in there! Open the door before I have to break it down! You've been
gone far too long! Stargazer! On the count of three Magnum and I are going to
break the door down! One.....two...."
to the door, unlocked it, and flung it open as Jim reached "three" and
was gathering himself to force the door open.
"Oh, hi there,
guys! You found me, huh?" she asked innocently with a mischievous smile.
rolled his eyes. "Stargazer! We knew exactly where you were since you told
us! Come on, girl. You should be done by now!"
her head and continued to smile. She stepped back and invited the two men in to
see her handiwork.
They gasped in surprise to find all of her
hard work from the past two months.
you did all
this?" asked Jim. "How come I never heard you sewing at all hours of
Magnum winked at Stargazer who winked back.
"White noise generator," she mumbled. Jim stiffened and flexed his jaw
muscles. "But it was only set to mask the noise of the sewing machine noise
only! Nothing else." He relaxed at that. He hated to have the white noise
generator on since he always liked to check the Asylum every night to make sure
everyone was tucked into bed with their buddies.
you've seen everything, go call the rest of the Inmates to come and get their
presents!" ordered Stargazer. Jim and Magnum did as they were bid. The seamstress
turned off all the lights in the room, except for a small one by the door, which
didn't cast any light into the rest of the room.
A few minutes
later, Lil' Ballerina, leading the hordelings and followed by the adults, came
into the room. Murmurings were heard questioning why it was so dark in the room.
After everyone had squeezed into the room, Stargazer flicked some switches and
everyone gasped in surprise. The tree was done in all pastel pinks and blues ribbons
with gold and silver edging and tiny white lights shining off the various ornaments.
The fireplace lit up with a cheery gas-powered fire. Delicious scented candles
were quickly lit by a flick of Wnne's fingers and emitted their cinnamon-based
scents. The soft glow of the candles added to the ambiance. As the inmates wandered
around the room, they were astounded by all the quilted Christmas trees scattered
around the room. Name tags were pinned to each with the colorful bows sparkling
in the candlelight.
"Be careful when you pick them up. They're
heavy!" warned Stargazer with a smile.
Jim and Magnum found
theirs next to where Stargazer was standing. They each lifted off their quilted
Christmas trees to find a bottle of their favorite wine/liquor/liqueur/non-alcoholic
beverage. The hordelings were thrilled with their non-alcoholic beverages and
were heard to be planning their own little mini-celebration for the New Year!
everyone gathered around the Christmas tree and found their ornaments with their
names on them. Within the glass globes were holographic pictures of the Inmates
and their buddies and/or hordelings. The pictures changed as they watched them.
Moist eyes were seen throughout the room as they watched their pictures changing.
Bonnie Star! They're beautiful," exclaimed Celestial Cat as she hugged her
Stargazer directed everyone's attention to the
glowing star on top. It too, had changing pictures on it. The pictures were of
Inmates' friends and relatives who had passed away during the year. Angie shed
a tear as a beautiful drawing of her grandmother came into view. Little Paige
had a picture with all of her Christmas cards lying around her hospital bed, and
there were pictures of Risa and LucyRafeBabe grinning like mad as they watched
their favorite show on TV. The photograph of Hazel's uncle brought a tear to her
There wasn't a dry eye in the room as they realized that
the star was very special to everyone.
"Whenever did you
make all this?" queried AnneCat, also giving Stargazer a hug.
while everyone else was having a great time with the snowball fights, skating,
writing, etc!" replied the seamstress with a secretive smile. "But there's
"More?" asked an incredulous Iris.
else can you possibly have done?" asked an equally puzzled TAE.
two Titans towered over everyone, except most of the men.
and see," grinned Stargazer. Otter and Wolfshy wiggled excitedly at the thought
of more presents. Impala and Spotted Ponies danced and made their hooves click
on the floor. This was the best year for them yet!
up to Stargazer, tossed her blonde tresses and threw back her shoulders to show
off her ample cleavage. She shook a finger at Stargazer and proclaimed, "St.
Bonnie, now you know what I've told you about over extending your energy! You
don't want to become really really sick, now do you?"
hung her head for a moment. "Yeah, I know, Izzy. I hear you. But, but I had
to get all this done! I'll take a break from sewing and just do some writing from
now on, okay?"
Izzy gave her friend a quick hug and nodded
her acceptance. "I'll hold you to that! Magnum and Jim, you're witnesses.
Or I'll have you in court for dereliction of duty!"
I won't defend you either!" exclaimed Dawn, the lawyer-in-training, with
Magnum leaned over to Jim and whispered, "Little
do they know how many other projects Stargazer has waiting in the wings!"
Witty bounced up and said, "I know! Izzy, we'll steal her sewing machine
and hide it, then she can't sew any more!"
her so you can steal it!" said Graywulf. "I need my writing partner
"There's always hand sewing," retorted
Toni Rae and Ronnee came up to Stargazer and the rest
of the group and gave their fellow inmate the evil eyes.
WILL take a break from sewing and join in the rest of the games or else!"
narrowed her eyes and questioned slowly, "Or else what?"
Edwards giggled and replied, "Wnne will put a spell on your sewing machine
not to work!"
Emerald Angelic Munchkin and Carolina did
high fives at the suggestion.
Stargazer turned to Jim and Magnum.
"Okay, guys. Hand out the other stuff, please." Jim and Magnum went
to the tree and started pulling out more packages, which they handed to the other
The rustling and ripping of paper was heard as inmates
and hordelings alike ooo'd and awww'd at the jackets inside. Everyone held them
up to show their friends. Each one had Polar Fleece (TM) jackets with their animal
spirit guides on them.
"Stargazer," called Blair, "You
have, like, gone *way* overboard here!"
The woman shook
her head. "Oh no I didn't. I just like making things for my friends! I hope
you enjoy them and that they keep you warm during the cold months of the winter!"
chorused their thank yous and took turns hugging Stargazer. Then everyone settled
down for the wait of the New Year to ring in. Wnne magically brought out millennium
keepsake glasses for everyone and they enjoyed their respective beverages as they
watched the fire crackle and pop. Snacks appeared and soft music played on the
hidden speakers as the Inmates counted down to the year 2000.