Black Ice (An Unconventional Christmas Story) FINISHED
I wrote this last year but never finished in time to post it before Christmas
I'll be posting a new chapter every day until Christmas :)
When an immortal threat plots to destroy Christmas and possibly the world, Chris -Santa's son- ignores his parents warning and leaves the pole to try and stop it. Teaming up with a group of gothic outcasts Chris finds there's more at stake than originally thought. When the time comes, what will have to be given up in order to give the world Christmas?
ONE MONTH LATER
The Hideout closed down after the first so the bands had to find a new place to hang out. They settled for Bobâ€™s BBQ but the eight bands and plenty of their friends were all working to get The Hideout reopened. They were making good progress because of all the help and they figured it could be up and running again within a month or two with possible upgrades.
If Ty thought school was terrible before it was even worse after winter break ended. Because Krampusâ€™s shadows made her cut her wrists she was forced to go to counseling every Thursday after school. Since Ty couldnâ€™t exactly tell the truth about what happened she just rolled through the motions of yesâ€™s and noâ€™s depending on which one would get her out of there faster. The counselor wasnâ€™t impressed but Ty was both stubborn and proud so the counselor wouldnâ€™t get any more than they were currently getting.
The people at school all looked at her differently and the bullies all had new jokes and comments they had added to their arsenals. Teachers had become bothersome as well. Always asking if something was wrong. â€œYou look sad.â€ They would say. â€œThis is my face.â€ Was Tyâ€™s reply.
No one went to the police after Gabe and his friends personally tried to murder them. It seemed to be the easier decision at the time to avoid all the questions they couldnâ€™t answer. Not to mention the fact that Tyâ€™s own sanity would most likely be called into question. Although Gabe and his friends still whispered quiet threats to them promising to finish the job next time.
Eternally Psychotic was able to keep their gig at Bobâ€™s BBQ and played from 5pm-8pm every Saturday. The owner, whose name was actually Chuck, was impressed by how many people they were able to bring in even so late at night on Christmas eve and gave them a better time slot. They still kept in contact with the bands from the street concerts from the 23rd. In Tyâ€™s opinion that was the only good thing that came out of winter break.
With her days being broken up between watching her back at school and while walking to and from band practice, trying to block out her family with her headphones like usual, and going to counseling time went pretty slow.
â€œHey Ty. You ready for tonight?â€ Tyler asked when he and Kevin walked up to her that Saturday. â€œI swear if you g-uys try any-any-th-ing Iâ€™m going to k-kill you.â€ She told them. â€œWho us?â€ They said innocently. â€œGood th-thing you guys arenâ€™t ac-ac-/ac-tors/ because youâ€™re terri-ble liars.â€ â€œOk weâ€™re lying. But itâ€™s nothing big.â€ Ty sighed, â€œWhatever.â€ As bad as the holidays were today could almost top them. Except for last Christmas. Then again that was pretty fun.
â€œHave your grandparentâ€™s found out yet?â€ Leon asked as they walked to Robbyâ€™s house. â€œNo. They mi-might watch me like ha-ha-hawks now but itâ€™s still pr-retty easy to es-es-scape. I just g-grab a boo-book, put-t my he-he-head-phones on, go in my r-room, lock the door, then snea-sneak o-ut the wi-wind-ow.â€
â€œItâ€™s coldâ€¦â€ Ty said as she pulled her jacket a bit tighter. â€œItâ€™s like fourty degrees. Itâ€™s not that bad.â€ Leon told her. â€œS-still cold.â€ â€œGet a thicker jacket.â€ â€œBut that involves sh-shopping in a clothes st-store.â€ â€œThereâ€™s your problem.â€ â€œShut up.â€ â€œYou guys ready?â€ Robby asked as the two of them walked up. â€œYep. Letâ€™s do this.â€ Everyone jumped in the van and headed over to Bobâ€™s BBQ. â€œTurn on the heater.â€ Ty said when they got going. â€œAnything forâ€“â€ â€œDONâ€™T!â€ Ty warned him. The others started laughing. â€œI hate you allâ€¦â€
The second they walked through the back Ty knew something was wrong. It was pitch black in the restaurant. â€˜Aw crud.â€™ she thought before the lights suddenly turned on.
â€œHappy birthday!â€ Ty instantly punched the two closest people who just happened to be Robby and Tyler. â€œOw!â€ They said in unison before laughing. â€œYou guys are j-erks.â€ But even as she said it she couldnâ€™t stop the smile from creeping onto her face. The only people who were ever able to remember her birthday were the four of them. Everyone else was always off by a few days at least, a week or two at most. Although her mom once got her birthday wrong by over a year.
Chuck, the owner, had gotten to know the group pretty well and closed early so that it would just be Eternally Psychotic and their friends. â€œHappy birthday, Ty.â€ GG and Charlie said when they saw her. â€œShut up.â€ Ty said with a slight smile. After seventeen failed birthdays she had learned not to expect much in terms of â€˜happyâ€™ being a part of the celebrations. But she was hopeful this time.
All their friends from One Nerve, Some Kind Of Psychos, The Guilty Ones, Mayhem Men, Those Guys You Know, Scorch, and Lost In Nowhere Land were there along with a couple of other people. After about a half hour GG did what she did best and jumped on stage demanding everyoneâ€™s attention. â€œHey everyone whatâ€™s up?!â€ She said. Everyone cheered. For what reason no one was sure. â€œIâ€™m assuming you all know why weâ€™re here. Or at least I hope so because this is supposed to be a sober party. Those Guys You Know Iâ€™m looking at you.â€ The band all shoved their soda cans in the air with a small cheer. â€œTy get up here.â€ Ty shook her head as her face turned red. â€œCome on, Ty!â€ GG called. â€œYeah Ty!â€ â€œLetâ€™s go!â€ After some prodding Ty threw her hands in the air and jumped on stage.
â€œSo Ty. For those friends of ours who donâ€™t know how old are you turning?â€ GG said before shoving the mic towards Ty. â€œEighty-one.â€ Everyone laughed. â€œThatâ€™s Ty for eighteen.â€ GG said after a moment. â€œDoes that mean you can legally go out with me now?â€ Zach from Those Guys You Know asked raising his hand. Zach was six years older than Ty and anyone who knew him knew he was a big flirt. â€œJust cus itâ€™s le-le-/le-gal/ donâ€™t mean itâ€™s ever gonna h-happen.â€ Ty told him. The others laughed a bit. â€œIt was worth a shot.â€ Zach said shrugging with his hands up. Despite what some might think Zachâ€™s lines were just that and never went any further. Overall he was a decent guy.
As the rest of Eternally Psychotic stepped on stage with Tyler carrying the cake everyone on the floor suddenly jumped out of the way. The next thing Ty knew a large St. Bernard was standing on top of her wagging his tail. â€œRufus?â€ Ty laughed in both surprise and confusion. The dog barked happily. â€œHey, Rufus!â€ All the guys and GG said as they moved in to pet him. Except for Tyler who was still holding the cake.
Ty climbed out from under Rufus and stood up. â€œIâ€™m pretty s-sure this g-g-guy didnâ€™t come all the way d-down here on his ow-own.â€ She grinned as she looked out into the crowd. The others all looked as well. â€œGet over he-here Kr-Kringle.â€ She laughed. â€œSorry Iâ€™m late.â€ Chris said as he appeared out of the back, â€œTraffic was terrible.â€ â€œWhatâ€™d y-you do get st-stuck be-hind some ge-ge-geese?â€ Ty laughed. â€œDonâ€™t worry about it man youâ€™re just in time.â€ Leon said. Tyâ€™s head slumped as she realized what everyone was about to do.
As everyone sang a somewhat different version of the Happy Birthday song with multiple people adding extra lyrics and\or changing the melody Robby lit the candles. After the end of the song that had a few added lyrics Ty blew out the candles. Everyone clapped before Tyler and Robby suddenly shoved the cake on Ty and everyone exploded in laughter. What didnâ€™t stay on her landed on the floor around her.
Ty coughed in-between laughs as the bits of cake stuck in her throat were broken down. â€œSo howâ€™s the cake?â€ Robby asked. â€œPretty good. You try.â€ Ty said as she grabbed a chunk off her shoulder and threw it in his face. The others laughed as she threw small parts at them as well.
After cleaning off as much cake as she could in the bathroom Ty walked back out to meet up with Chris and the others. â€œSo what are y-you doing b-back here?â€ She asked him. â€œI figured none of us really got much chance to say a real goodbye. My dad told me what the guys were planning and after a bit of convincing my mom let me come down for a while.â€ He told them. â€œSo you came back to say goodbye?â€ Robby said with a slight laugh. â€œYeah pretty much.â€ â€œI w-would say you sh-should st-ay for c-ake butâ€¦â€ Ty smiled. â€œWe have more. We just wanted to get cake all over you.â€ Leon told her. â€œWow. Thanks guys.â€ Ty laughed.
â€œSo how long are you sticking around this time?â€ Tyler asked. â€œJust for a couple hours then I have to head back.â€ â€œWell then I g-guess we bet-better start mak-king the bes-t of it.â€ Ty grinned.
Different bands and people traded off on playing songs a couple times but for the most part the music was coming out of speakers instead of amps. After a few hours everyone started saying goodbye before it was just Chris, Ty, GG, Tyler, Charlie, Leon, Kevin, and Robby left.
â€œWeâ€™re gonna miss you man.â€ Leon said as Chris got ready to leave. â€œYeah me too.â€ He told him. â€œDonâ€™t be afraid to stop by every now and then.â€ Kevin said. â€œI think Iâ€™ll stick to winter visits. I thought it was hot last time I was here.â€ Chris laughed. â€œYet I'm s-still fre-freezing.â€ Ty said, â€œHey Tyler wh-at e-e-ever happened to th-that par-park-ka you were su-supposed to g-et me?â€ Tyler laughed, â€œI forgot.â€ â€œSome fri-end you a-are.â€ Ty joked. â€œOh shut up.â€ Tyler told her.
â€œWell I suppose we should get going.â€ Chris said. Rufus barked as Chris stepped onto the sled. â€œBye Chris.â€ The guys said. â€œRemember, weâ€™ve always got you-r back.â€ Ty added. Chris nodded, â€œAlright bud letâ€™s get home.â€ Rufus barked before taking off.
Chris waved back at his friends as they disappeared out of his sight. He knew he would be coming back next year. And he knew that eventually Krampus would be back one day as well. But if and when he did, Chris knew Ty and the others would be right there to help stop him.
Merry Christmas Guys :D