DARQ: No, no, Catherine, don’t you dare open this post with “The Legend of the Ugly Sweater!”
CATHERINE: Why not?
DARQ: Because people stopping at this blog will read it and not scroll down to see my Ugly Christmas Sweater. They won’t know what happened at the Christmas Party.
CATHERINE: Ah, yes, the Men In Black holiday party–where everyone was to wear their ugly Christmas sweaters. So, how was the party? The sweaters?
CATHERINE: Wow, your sweater lights are a-twinkling!
DARQ scowls: At least I wasn’t lit up like some.
CATHERINE: So, how did your Ugly Christmas Sweater fare? Did it win first place? Any placing?
DARQ: No, I didn’t win the prize for the Ugly Christmas Sweater. El-Emn did.
CATHERINE: L M? That name doesn’t sound familiar. Is he a new guy on the MIB detail that’s assigned to you?
DARQ: No, not L and M the initials, EL-EMN. He’s an octopod from a planet called Zanthara. He’s greenish-gray, golden eyed, with eight tentacle arms. He knitted his sweater himself–a reindeer on each arm–and his ass was covered by Santa’s sleigh, which was a vibrant red and on the backside of his sweater. That sweater had fringe and tinsel, lights–
CATHERINE: Your sweater has fringe and tinsel, lights. Blinking lights.
DARQ: Yeah, but not quite like El-Emn’s!
CATHERINE: That’s a pretty gaudy ribbon you’re holding. So, what did you win it for?
DARQ, her cheeks taking on a deeper hue: For Most Beautiful Alien in an Ugly Christmas Sweater.
CATHERINE, holding back laughter: And here you were worried that with all the sweater’s loopy, white fluffy yarns you would look like a Yeti!
DARQ, scowling: That Meh-Teh tried to hit on me.
CATHERINE: What’s a Meh-Teh?
DARQ: What you Americans call a yeti.
CATHERINE: The abominable snowman is real? No way.
DARQ: Yes way. They are like Big Foot, dimensional aliens. Just passing through the dimensions, so to speak.
CATHERINE: Unreal. Oh, never mind. I see you’re holding a bottle of liquor in your other hand. Its got tons of ribbons curled on it. Did you win that in the gift exchange?
DARQ: No. It was . . . um . . . well . . .
CATHERINE: Out with it!
DARQ: Okay, okay. It was for the Best Footwear To Go With An Ugly Christmas Sweater.
DARQ: These are sweater-slippers, not shoes.
CATHERINE: I know that. Horns, jingle bells, red and green surrounded by snowy-whiteness–
DARQ: ARGH! I’ll just take my snowy-whiteness and Ugly Christmas Sweater out the door and change into something more appropriate.
CATHERINE: And I’ll finish this post with the Legend of the Ugly Sweater.
There was an awful present
Underneath our Christmas Tree,
Hand sewn by Aunt Tilly.
Made especially for me,
The gift that ruined my childhood,
Forced to wear it Christmas Day.
When asked if I adored it,
I’d always shout, “NO WAY!”
But now I wear it proudly,
Without shame and with no fear.
Contest after contest,
my ugly sweater wins each year!
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