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They Looked Like Elves

By: Jae El Foster

December 9, 2018

They looked like elves, she thought as she eyed them with a peculiar stare. Little Cindy Tatterson was with her mother, holding her hand in line for an ice cream cone at Blitzy’s. The little elfish looking creatures were outside the shop window, staring in at her. She wasn’t afraid of them; she had no reason to be. After all, they were smiling at her, just as she was smiling at them.

They were adorable, Cindy considered. They wore green and white striped jumpsuits and green and white pointed hats. Their skin looked sort of like hers, except it was whiter. Their eyes were black dots against white orbs – likely a trademark for elves, she thought.

Cindy counted four elves all together. One of them tried to wave her to them, but her mother wouldn’t let her break away.

“Be patient,” Mother warned. “We must wait our turn.”

She hated waiting. The longer she had to wait, the more anxious Cindy became. She wanted to meet the elves with such an intense need. It was, after all, only a couple of weeks until Christmas, and she wanted to check in with them and make sure that Santa had everything in order for her list. She wasn’t a greedy girl by any means, but there were a few things that she desired, and having been good all year, she believed Santa would come through for her.

She just needed to double check… with his elves.

“I want to wait outside,” she told her mother as she fidgeted.

“It’s freezing outside,” Mother replied. “Besides, we’re almost at the counter. You’ll have your ice cream cone and I’ll have my hot chocolate in no time.”

With a humph, Cindy quit fidgeting. She returned her focus to the four elves outside. They were still waiting on her – patiently, just as her mother had asked her to do. Cindy wondered why the elves were even here, with it being so close to Christmas and all. Surely, they still had more toys to make and packages to wrap. She was certain the reindeer had to be groomed and Santa’s sleigh had to be taken out on test runs to ensure its safety. Cindy may have been only six, but she knew she was pretty smart about this Santa stuff.

This all brought about another probability. What if the elves were there waiting on her because there was a problem with her list after all? What if Santa had never received her short, concise list, and knowing that she was always a good little girl, he sent out his top elves to find her and remedy the matter?

Yep. That made perfect sense.

“Here,” Mother said, distracting her from the elves outside. Cindy looked at her and took her chocolate ice cream cone. Almost mechanically, she took a lick. “Isn’t it okay?” Mother asked.

“It’s fine,” Cindy whispered and looked back at the elves. They were eager for her to join them.

“I have to visit the ladies’ room,” Mother added. “Stay here and behave please.”

Cindy saw this as her opportunity to visit with the elves, and the second her mother disappeared into the ladies’ room, she hurried to the door. She nearly dropped her ice cream as she opened it, but when she stepped outside and saw the elves close up, she knew it would have been worth it.

“I’m so excited you’re here!” she shouted, rushing up to the four festively dressed creatures. “Is everything okay? Did Santa get my list? Oh, please tell me everything’s okay!”

The elves looked at her curiously, and then they looked at each other. They seemed to laugh, which pleased Cindy. It let her know the situation wasn’t dire.

“You must come with us,” one of the elves told her in an accent unlike any she’d heard before.

“Oh,” she noted, and paused. “But I must wait for my mother. She should be right out.” She smiled and giggled.

“No mother,” said another elf. “Just you.”

“But if I,” she began, but she could not finish her statement. One of the elves pointed a long black stick at her, which shocked her and paralyzed her. She couldn’t move; she couldn’t speak. All she could do was watch and listen.

Hastily, the elves picked Cindy up and rushed down the sidewalk with her. There was no one else around; it was just too cold to be outdoors. In an alley, they set her down beside a shiny box about the size of a dump truck. Cindy watched as a hidden door on the box opened at an elf’s command, and they carried her inside.

As the door shut, Cindy was in complete darkness until, all at once, many light turned on. She then surveyed her surroundings the best that she could – noticing screens and panels, keyboards and levers. Two of the elves sat in front of these controls, and in a moment, the box was moving. Two windows opened up in front of the elves at the controls.

Cindy then realized that she was in a ship. She wondered if the elves were taking her to meet Santa Claus at the North Pole, but as the minutes ticked away and the elves began to whisper amongst themselves while pointing at her and chuckling, she knew this wasn’t the case. While the ship began to sail through outer space and the elfish aliens leapt upon Cindy to devour her, she realized she’d been taken as food.


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