CATHERINE chuckles and sets the black T-shirt Darq gave her under the Christmas Tree: This is one great T-shirt, thanks, Darq.
DARQ: I thought the saying appropriate considering you’re a novelist who makes up stories!
CATHERINE: Very fitting–I love it!
DARQ swats aside another dangling ribbon: Good grief, Catherine, I know you decorated your Christmas tree with all 36 of those fair ribbons you won this year, but really, it’s like plowing through a jungle.
CATHERINE: Stop exaggerating. I see you found the gift your squad of Men In Black left for you.
DARQ: Yes, I did, but with all the gifts that were piled under the tree last night, it was shoved back, and way around to the other side of the tree.
CATHERINE: Stop complaining and go open your gift. You’ve been curious ever since it arrived. (Catherine begins opening another Christmas gift.)
A minute later, Darq has her MIB gift unwrapped and squeals: “Karaoke!”
DARQ scrambles to the nearest blank wall and starts singing into the handheld microphone–the MIBs gift to her–
Darq’s voice booms through both stories of Catherine’s farm house:Have yourself a merry little Christmas…
CATHERINE grins and says: Okay, okay, enough with the caterwauling–I mean singing. Go unwrap something else. Save the tunes for after we open all the presents.
When Darq finishes opening her gifts, Catherine says: Beside the karaoke mike, what else did you get?
DARQ: J’adore perfume, a box of Belgium chocolates, and a CD of tunes that accompanied my mike. Oh, and a stocking full of cookies, M&Ms, and chocolate covered cherries. If I don’t suffer a sugar-high, I’m going to get fat eating all this candy.
CATHERINE laughs, then says: What gift do you like the most?
DARQ eyes Catherine: The three you gave me. The Christmas Tree earrings–
The Christmassy slippers– And this lounger you made for me, why it’s as colorful as Christmas wrapping paper. (Darq’s voice changes to a lower, quieter tone): It’s especially heartwarming to wear this robe because it’s like something I’d wear on my homeworld. And beautiful and comfy.
CATHERINE: It should be.
DARQ: What does that mean?
CATHERINE: I bribed Agent M with four dozen chocolate chip cookies for a look at some Wysotti clothing catalogs. Now, grab that mike and let’s sing a wish to everyone who reads this blog–
Let there be peace on earth And let it begin with me. Let there be peace on earth The peace that was meant to be . . .
Have a wonderful Christmas Day.
**** DARQ will be attending another New Year’s Eve party at an undisclosed location, and wearing a new Erte-inspired outfit. Stop by New Year’s Day to see what she wore.