- By Kirsten Kohlwey (Exclusive to Santa.CC)
Derek grabbed his Santa
Suit enthusiastically. This mission had been planned very carefully.
For years, they had watched as thousands of people donned these
suits on Earth at about the same time every year. They were the
perfect disguise for their mission.
and 100 other scientists from Yigon were to study the behavior
of the inhabitants of Earth up close. The citizens of Yigon had
a similar build to the inhabitants of Earth. They tended to be
a bit larger on average and had pointed ears. These Santa Suits
would hide their ears nicely, so the local inhabitants wouldn't
notice the difference.
As a psychologist,
Derek was excited to have the opportunity to interact with the
subjects of his studies in person. He had watched hundreds of
hours of transmissions they received from Earth. They were quite
diverse. Derek thought he had a good idea of which transmissions
were reality and which were fiction, but you could never be sure
when studying your subjects from a distance.
Derek reported to the
shuttle terminal wearing his Santa Suit. He laughed when he saw
one of his friends in the Santa Suit.
"Do I look as silly
as you do?" He said.
"You most certainly
do. Red is not a good color for you."
They boarded the shuttle
for the journey to Earth. It took them a week to arrive in Earth
orbit. Each of them was assigned to a different area on Earth.
It had been decided that the risk of discovery would be lower
if they didn't appear in groups. All of them would be within what
the local inhabitants called North America. Time to go.
Derek was assigned
to the western part of the United States. All of them arrived
at their destinations in the middle of the night to conceal their
appearance. When Derek looked around at his surroundings, he found
a desert landscape. The only structure he saw was a concrete pole
with spheres suspended near the top. He headed towards it. When
he arrived, he found a plaque mounted at the bottom which read
"A hymn to our universe whose glory and dimension is beyond all
myth and imagination."
thought Derek. Not seeing anything else but desert, Derek headed
towards the east. In the transmissions he had studied, he had
only seen people in Santa suits in city environments. He wondered
what they would think if he was found in this desert. He was glad
it was still dark. He knew the inhabitants of this planet couldn't
walk as fast as he could, but he saw no one around, so he walked
at his normal pace. After an hour of walking he saw lights in
His next set of structures
turned out to be non-residential. Derek decided to keep walking.
He really wanted to get to a large settlement. When he reached
an area where he saw people walking, he crossed the road he had
been walking next to and observed them for a while to judge their
average speed of movement. He sighed. He was going to get bored
with that pace. He started heading towards the east again. He
had barely started walking at the human pace, when a vehicle stopped
next to him and the occupant called out of the window: "Do you
need a ride, Santa?"
Derek nodded and said,
"Well, jump on in."
considered the size of the opening. Jumping through it did not
seem feasible for his rather large body. He remembered seeing
doors open in the Earth's vehicles. He looked for a button. He
spotted a handle and pulled on it. A door did open and Derek jumped
into the vehicle.
"Woah, Santa, I didn't
mean that literally," the driver said. "I didn't know Santa could
move that fast."
Derek silently scolded
himself. He had forgotten to slow down. His first encounter and
he almost blew it already. "Sorry."
"No problem. Where
are you headed this late at night, Santa?"
"To town," Derek said.
He didn't dare say more than a few words. He hadn't heard enough
of his driver's accent yet.
"Okay, we should get
there in about half an hour. I will take you to the gas station
there. Then you can go where ever Santa goes at this hour," the
"Thank you," Derek
replied. The rest of the drive went in silence. When they arrived
Derek discovered a large city lit up in white and red lights.
He was pleased. He was drawn to an area in the center of the city
where all the trees were decorated with lights. He wandered about
the place until the sun started coming up. The architecture seemed
to be from different time periods. He particularly liked the tall
central structure with the gold statue on the top. He hoped he
would be able to observe the locals from here. The first inhabitant
he saw set up a stand with a kettle hanging from it near the entrance
to a building. He had a bell in his hand.
Derek approached the
"Merry Christmas, Santa,"
the man said. "Aren't you a bit early for your job at the mall?"
Derek wondered what
that meant but decided to just repeat the greeting, "Merry Christmas."
He wondered if the
red Santa suit had more significance than they had realized. So
far the inhabitants of Earth appeared to be friendly though. The
transmissions showing vehicle chases and weapons must have been
fiction. Derek wandered slowly along the streets. Soon more people
crowded the streets. Suddenly, a small person ran towards Derek
and embraced him.
"Santa! Can you bring
me a toy truck for Christmas?" He said looking up at Derek.
Derek attempted a smile.
"I will try," he said.
The child started screaming
and ran towards the adult female that had been with him.
"Mom, Santa is a vampire.
He has fangs."
The woman looked at
Derek and said, "You should be ashamed of yourself!"
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