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Jingles and The Homecoming (Part 4)
Jingles sat helplessly as Sammy and Tinker pulled tools and devices from every nook and cranny of their workbench. Some looked familiar but others looked strange and somewhat dangerous.
"You will need at least two of these." Sammy said as he placed two multifaceted crystal-looking snowflake globes on the table.
"Two?" Tinker asked. "Is that enough?"
"You're right." Sammy thought aloud. "I would take more of those and less of the Tinsel Security Rope."
"I would also add a second Fructose Thermogenerator Cake." Tinker added. "If you get caught in Alberta Clipper, you might need it."
"Good Point." Sammy replied as he took another small green and red circular cake from an upper shelf.
"Remember." Jingles interrupted. "I have to carry all this stuff"
Jingles, Sammy and Tinker looked at the large pile of gizmos, gadgets and North Pole tech that was sitting on the floor of the garage.
"I am not carrying any of that." Tanaraq stated sharply. "I am not a pack mule."
"OK." Sammy replied. "At a bare minimum, you need to take one Fructose Generator, two Star Sparklers, an Icing Sugar Escape Screen, and several Gingerbread Survival Cookies. Here are your goggles. Do not set off a Star Sparkler without wearing these. They will blind everything within twenty five feet for at least fifteen minutes."
"Trust me." Sangilak added. "Those things are bright."
"What else do I need?" Jingles asked.
Sammy looked at Tinker and then at Sangilak. He then sheepishly looked at Tanaraq.
"You will need these." Sammy held out two custom made leather harnesses. "These will help you ride... I mean accompany Sangilak and Tanaraq. Their gate is nothing like a Reindeer's. You are used to riding a North Pole Reindeer. Sangilak has a unique and a most aggressive pace to his stride."
"He means that I run without care to those apon my back." Sangilak said proudly.
"I will not wear that." Tanaraq snarled defiantly.
"Mate." Sangilak rubbed his nose against his mate's. "It is not degrading when one carries one's friends. We both sensed that there is a Greater Path to our quest otherwise we would not be here."
"Tanaraq." Sammy stated as he held out the harness. "This was created by our best leather makers and husbanders. They have maintained the leather works of Santa's sleigh for the last millenium. They build harnesses and binders that are weightless to the wearer and only respond to the purest of commands. They made these two just for you and Sangilak. They bear all the love that they had for the Wishbringer."
Tanaraq sniffed at the leather harnesses in Sammy's hands. She suddenly took a step backwards.
"What is it, my Mate?" Sangilak asked.
"The harness smells like..." Tanaraq paused. "It smells like a long joyous run on a frozen lake."
"It is part of the magic of the North Pole." Tinker smiled. "While you wear the harness, that is what it will feel like. A long joyous run on a frozen lake. You do not submit to wearing this harness. It is given as gift. A gift that the craftsmen have tried to build into every seam and stitch so that the wearer bears it with joy and hope."
"Very well." Tanaraq bowed her head. "You may bind me with this abomination."
Sammy pulled the harness over Tanaraq's head and secured it to her frame. He placed a kiss on her head.
"May all the gifts you bear reach their chosen destination." Sammy said softly. "May you bear them with love and true purpose. May they protect you as you protect them."
"What was that?" Tanaraq asked.
"It is a blessing we give to every creature that bears a burden or load from the North Pole." Sammy replied.
"We are ready." Sangilak stated fiercely. He felt the need to chase the Great Northern Wind.
Jingles pulled his green woolen coat tightly against his body and then he jumped onto the harness on Sangilak's back.
"We will be back as soon as we can." Jingles said as he tried to hold onto to Sangilak's back as the wolf jumped and circled excitedly.
"Godspeed." Santa said as he watched Jingles, Sangilak and Tanaraq sprint out of the Main Garage and away from the North Pole.
Santa stood proudly as he watched his friend cross the horizon. He felt a long lost presence at his feet and the presence of a beloved friend. Elbereth and Myrrh stood next to Santa as they too watched Jingles, Sangilak and Tanaraq leave the North Pole.
"Will they succeed?" Santa asked the two hidden beings.
"That is up to Tanaraq." Myrrh replied. "I gave my last breath to her. And though she does not know it, everything is up to her."
To be continued...
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Monday, February 28, 2011
Dolce's Story Chair - Jingles and the Homecoming Part 4
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