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?
â€œHey. Smile will ya? Not all of us are emo freaks like you.â€ Gabe, the lead guitarist in the school band, hissed. Ty ignored him. Plenty of comebacks went through her head but she ignored them. With her luck sheâ€™d just end up messing it up and Gabe and his friends would have yet another thing to laugh about.
After finishing Jingle Bell Rock, Silent Night, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the school concert was finally over. As Ty was putting her electric back in its case she heard some well know voices over by the drums. She looked over and saw Gabe and a few of his friends cornering Tyler.
â€œGetting ready for your funeral or something?â€ Gabe sneered. â€œCan you guys justâ€¦ Back off?â€ Tyler said as he placed his drum sticks back in his bag. â€œAw come on man. Thought we were buddies? After all we are in the same band class.â€ â€œItâ€™s not exactly by ch-choice you know?â€ Ty said as she walked up. â€œYou could drop out. You canâ€™t even play good anyway.â€ One of Gabeâ€™s friends said. Ty shook her head. â€œCome on.â€ She told Tyler. Tyler stood up and the two of them walked out of the gym.
Tyler and Ty were just two of Gabe and his friends many targets. It seemed as though everyone wearing a black t-shirt secretly had a target on their back. And it wasnâ€™t just Gabe who saw it. About 90% of the students at school could see it. And the rest were either part of the gothic subculture or every day neutrals.
â€œYou h-hear from any of the guys yet?â€ Ty asked. â€œYeah. Kevin called me right before we went on. I didnâ€™t get a chance to say anything though. He said that The Hideoutâ€™s closing.â€ â€œWell merry C-christmas to us.â€ Ty sighed. â€œYeah itâ€™s so freakin messed up. Why is it that every time we start to get used to something something else has to come along and mess it all up?â€ Tyler said with frustration. â€œLife. Plain and s-simple.â€ â€œYeah well life is stupid. Ow!â€ Tyler rubbed the back of his head where Ty had smacked him. He looked down at her, â€œThat hurt!â€ â€œYeah well you know I donâ€™t like you t-ta-talking like that.â€ â€œShut up. Itâ€™s my life so I can do what I want with it.â€ Ty looked at him with a slight glare. â€œOk ok Iâ€™ll stop!â€ He laughed, â€œOr not.â€ Ty hit him on the arm with a smirk. â€œI really hate you some-t-times.â€ â€œYou know you love me.â€ He said with a grin. â€œNope. Youâ€™re a jer-k.â€
Ty and Tyler had been friends for years. Even though Tyler already had his twin brother Kevin, sometimes it seemed like he and Ty were more alike than him and Kevin.
â€œOh my g-god itâ€™s freezing!â€ Ty screeched when they stepped outside. â€œHahaha youâ€™re such a freakinâ€™ scrub.â€ Tyler laughed. â€œI hate the c-old.â€ Ty said as she pulled her jacket on tighter. â€œYou look like a freakinâ€™ Chihuahua.â€ â€œSh-shut up!â€ â€œHahaha o-k-k.â€ He said mocking her. â€œRem-m-mind me why I hang out w-with you again?â€ â€œBecause you love me.â€ He said with a grin. â€œNo.â€
Ty had struggled with her slight stutter for years. She hated nothing more than when it decided to show up when she was trying to say something intimidating. â€œHey,â€ Tyler said, â€œsay antidisestablishmentarianism.â€ â€œAnti-what-now?â€ â€œAntidisestablishmentarianism. Say it.â€ Tyler laughed. â€œAntidis-s-st-s-st gah! An-ti-dis-e-stab-lish-men-tar-i-an-is-m.â€ She said chopping the word up with her hand. She had found out a long time ago that the chopping motion helped stop her stutter when she was having more trouble than usual. Tyler just laughed. â€œShut up.â€
â€œHey guys!â€ Leon said as he ran to meet them, â€œIâ€™ve been looking all over for you guys why didnâ€™t you answer your phones?â€ â€œWe had that stupid Chr-Chri-Christmas concert remember?â€ â€œGod donâ€™t even remember!â€ Tyler said in fake anger. â€œShut up! Itâ€™s not my job to remember every little thing about your lives.â€ â€œSo what di-did you want?â€ Ty asked. â€œWe got it.â€ Leon grinned. â€œSeriously?!â€ â€œDude you better not be frickin lying to us!â€ â€œI'm not I swear! We got the gig!â€ Leon told them. â€œHaha YES!â€ Ty said. The three of them exchanged high-fives.
â€œEternally Psychoticâ€ was the name of the friends band. It was made up of Ty as the lead singer\guitarist, Tyler on drums, Leon as second guitar, Kevin on keyboard, and Robby on bass. â€œHave you told Kevin an-d Robby yet?â€ Ty asked. â€œNo not yet.â€ â€œWell what are you wai-wai-waiting for an invita-ta-tation?! Letâ€™s call â€˜em.â€ Ty said pulling out her phone. She made a three way call and waited for Kevin and Robby to answer. â€œWhat do you want?â€ â€œHeeeyy!â€ The two of them said at nearly the same time. â€œWe got the gig!â€ Tyler blurted. â€œReally?!â€ Kevin said excitedly. â€œAll right!â€ Robby shouted. â€œHey whoâ€™s up for some pi-pizza?â€ Ty said. â€œYouâ€™re buying.â€ Robby said. â€œOy who said that?â€ she asked. â€œYou said it so you get to pay.â€ Leon told her. The other three agreed and Ty caved. â€œOh my god fine!â€ She said, â€œGod I h-hate you g-guys. So weâ€™re me-eeting up at Samâ€™s Pizza Place?â€ â€œYeah see you there.â€ Kevin said. â€œHey brother!â€ Tyler said, â€œBring my laptop I left it at home.â€ â€œGet it yourself.â€ â€œJust bring it Kevin.â€ Ty told him. â€œFine.â€
Tyler and Kevin were close but would have humor filled arguments from time to time. Ty was one of the people who had to intervene to get them to shut up.
About ten minutes later the band was all together gathered around a large cheese pizza. â€œSo when do we start?â€ Robby asked. â€œThe 24th.â€ Leon told them. â€œChristmas eve?â€ Kevin said with slight confusion. â€œYeah.â€ Leon said somewhat reluctantly. â€œWell Iâ€™m game if I can get away-way from my fa-family long enough.â€ Ty said. â€œItâ€™s at night though.â€ Leon told her. â€œI donâ€™t care. But itâ€™s really up to you g-guys. I ainâ€™t gonna do it unless weâ€™re all th-th-there.â€ â€œWe can try.â€ Tyler said. â€œIâ€™ll just sneak out anyway so why not?â€ Robby told them. â€œSame here.â€ Leon said.
Leon and Robby were both cousins of Tyler and Kevin. And all four of them had a height that was lacking from Tyâ€™s own family tree. The other four were 6â€™3 and above where as Ty was barely 5â€™4. As much as they all preferred to blend in most of the time their height and Tyâ€™s obvious differences from her circle of friends only made them stand out more. Although all five of them had naturally tanned skin Ty was the only one with short, brown hair while the guys all had shoulder length, or longer, naturally black hair. They all had jokes of course. Making fun of each other was ironically a nice break from the comments of others. But despite the jokes they were all there for each other when they needed it.