Mason’s diner was busy on Christmas Eve. There was a Buy one, Get one Free special on Cara’s Christmas CandyCane Latte.
Cara walked by Mason and said, “I think someone is waiting for you over there.”
Mason looked to where Cara was pointing. Amanda was standing under the mistletoe, looking lovely. She had the look on her face that made him weak in his knees.
“How much mistletoe did you hang in here?”
“Can there ever be such a thing as too much mistletoe?”, with a gleam in her eye, she walked past Mason to greet Bard, who was waiting for her under the mistletoe
Tippner was sitting, watching all the mistletoe couples feeling grateful that he hadn’t been bit by the love bug. He was single and a free man. Nobody told him ….Oh, there she was. Tippner took a long drink.
What was going on with him. Why was his heart fluttering at the sight of her? He was single Tippner. Mason may have given in when Amanda wrapped him around her finger, but he wasn’t. Not …
“Excuse me, is this seat taken? Would you like some company?”
Tippner looked up into the hazel eyes of Tina. He found himself smiling wide, as he invited her to take a seat.
“Merry Christmas Eve, Tina”
“Thank you, same to you. Any plans for tonight?”
“No plans other than me, myself and I spending a relaxing evening at home. Do you have special plans?”
“Oh, I see” There was an awkward pause. What was that feeling he had? He felt disappointed, but why?
Yes, Tina was real pleasant. Fun to interact with when she cut his hair, but he hadn’t thought of her more than a friend until lately. They had been talking more and had met here at the diner before to share a meal together. Something was happening and he felt helpless to stop it.
Tina continued talking, “Yes, big plans. Me and some chocolate fondue, and fruit. You are welcome to come over if you would like.”
Cara was at the register asking Mason a question when Tippner and Tina walked up and Tippner paid for their meal.
“Oh look, its mistletoe”, Tina said, with a coy smile.
Tippner looked up at the mistletoe and said, “Yes, you are right, thats what it is.” He stood there smiling and then bent down giving Tina a kiss.
Cara and Mason watched in shock, had Tippner been bit by the love bug? They didn’t have time to say anything to them, they only watched them walk out of the diner together.
“Magic really can happen on Christmas Eve!” Mason said.
“Told you there can’t be too much mistletoe.” Cara replied, feeling smug.
Much later that night Tippner awoke with a start. What was that noise on his roof? He ran to the window with his orange polka dotted nightcap on to see what was causing all the clatter.
To get a better look he ran down the stairs and tripped on the bottom step. Picked himself up off the floor feeling only a little sore as he ran out the door.
When what to his eyes should appear but a sleigh and eight flying reindeer. Tippner scratched his head, something was wrong. Where was Santa?
He stood there staring at the sleigh up on his roof and he saw two tiny heads pop up from inside the sleigh.
Their hair stood on end they looked pale with fright. “Oooh what did you do?” Said the one
“Me! It was your idea to hide in the sleigh so that we could fly with Santa!”
“Yes, my idea to fly WITH Santa, but tell me do you see Santa, you doolally!”
“It wasn’t my fault that the reindeer took off without him!”
“And I guess it wasn’t your fault that you picked up the reins and said “Dash away! Dash away all!”
The elves than noticed Tippner standing in the yard. “Hi!” They called down, feeling a little embarrassed. “I am Snowball and this is Alabaster.”
Snowball, thought Tippner, that was a funny name. Of course doolally was too, which Snowball had called the one named Alabaster.
“I have some milk and cookies if you would like to come in.”
Alabaster said, “Great, I am hungry!”
But the other elf was holding him back. “We can’t, we have to get back before Santa notices that his sleigh is gone!”
Tippner being kind at heart and wanting to get a few more brownie points for the nice list said, “I will bag up the cookies for you to take with you.” Snowball was happy to hear that and Tippner ran inside to get the cookies.
When he came back out he had them in his hand and the reindeer successfully had landed the sleigh in the yard so that they could get the cookies from him.
Snowball put out his hand for the cookies. “Thank you, now we better fly back, its almost midnight!”
Tippner was looking at the sleigh and reindeer and wishing he could fly through the sky with them. Maybe he should ask.
“Would I be able to hitch a ride along to the North Pole? Santa could bring me back home.”
The elves looked at each other, should they? They did kind of crash onto his roof so it would be kind of them to give him a ride.
“Sure, hop on, I hope you don’t get motion sickness.” Tippner was thrilled. His friends would never believe this!
WHOA! Tippner fell back as Alabaster took off, this was going to be quite the ride, as long as he didn’t fall out! These elves weren’t only crazy drivers they were singing at the top of their lungs. They sounded similar to Alvin and the Chipmunks.
Meanwhile back at the North Pole, Santa was frazzled, where are my reindeer and where is my sleigh? There was only one answer as to who may have stirred up mischief by running off with his sleigh, “Alllllabaster!’