by Sibok Lloyd Fridenburg
T’was the night after grading and all through the school, no one was stirring; it’s Christmas you fool. The graders all crashed and were rubbing their heads, while visions of sidekicks still danced in their heads. Their bags were still stacked by the windows with care; in hopes their ride home would be waiting somewhere.
Kelly with her staff, and Derik with daggers, were still a bit wobbly from rolling too fast. Then up on the roof there arose such a clatter they sprang from the floor to see what was the matter. Away to the back door they flew like a flash, tripped over Shoja and came down with a crash.
The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow gave a luster of mid-day to objects below. Then what to their wondering eyes did appear but our own Sifu D’Arcy, with some fresh Christmas cheer. As they drew in their heads and were turning around, they were smacked from behind and were back on the ground.
They rubbed their heads as they picked themselves up, when Sigung said, “you must keep your guard up!” He was dressed all in black from his head to his foot. His long hair was wild and the colour of soot. A bundle of weapons was flung on his back, he said, “Down, give me ten or I’ll give you a whack!”
“My head is so sore?” Derik said with a frown, as Sigung grabbed a large spear and started dancing around. He jumped, and he spun like a tiger gone mad, and then turned to our friends and said, “Now, do just like me, and maybe you’ll pass.”
Just as they thought their end must be coming, they forced their eyes open and felt their hearts pounding. Drenched all in sweat from their head to their toes our heroes just bowed and dragged themselves home.
Shaking her head, Kelly gave a cold shiver then looked at her waist with her bright new blue sash and said, “Merry Christmas to all; I think I’ll just crash!”
The Christmas season is a time of renewal so don’t dwell on the past or worry about the future. Enjoy what you have and get ready for a brighter 2022. From our home to yours, Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy, and Happy New Year!