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8 December

It's apparent that someone has been naughty - but who?  At times, holiday stress brings out the worst in people.

"Is it true, sir, what Mr. Calamy says?  That Santa left us because of Mr. Hollom and has now joined the French, to give them all of our presents?  If so, I shall join the French also."


So Calamy has been playing on the innocence of his shipmates and spreading scandalous rumors.  Furthermore, Williamson has been caught lounging on the quarterdeck...


...and Boyle has taken to cutting people's necks for amusement.


Meanwhile, Jack is frantically searching his cabin for a missing treasure.


"Stephen!  Have you seen my sticks?  I don't know where they've gone!"


"To the captain, I would say that there are few things I detest more than an informer... but one of those few things is a thief of natural history specimens."


Someone has been amusing his friends by play-acting various dramatic injuries, demonstrating a complete disregard for natural history and personal property.


Something must be done!  Both Santa and the Articles of War require that naughtiness be checked.  And if they suspect that Santa will not come, the crew may mutiny.


So Jack casts the worst gossip adrift for a while...


...gives the other youngsters a stern scolding...


...cuts off the arm of the thief (but without rancor)...


...and issues the annual Christmas bonus.

"This year, an extra ration of EGGNOG and a fruitcake for each man and boy!"


"Huzzah!"  Naughtiness has been punished, virtue rewarded, Santa appeased,
fruitcake supplemented, Hollom preserved, mutiny avoided, and Christmas is merry again!



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sidlj
Dec. 8th, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
Shouldn't that be "Hollom preserved Killick"?

Yay for merry!!

I love all your little touches like snowflakes on the windows behind Jack, etc. So much fun!
grace_poppy
Dec. 8th, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Yay for merry indeed.

Shouldn't that be "Hollom preserved Killick"?

*tsk* He who would pun would pick a pocket. ;D
sidlj
Dec. 9th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
*hangs head*
grace_poppy
Dec. 9th, 2007 02:39 am (UTC)
There there... *offers biscuit crumbs*
sidlj
Dec. 9th, 2007 05:33 am (UTC)
:-)
matimate
Dec. 8th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
I have never thought that X-mas can be so bloody fun:)
grace_poppy
Dec. 8th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're so pleased!
cionaudha
Dec. 8th, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC)
:-D

I just love this. How you come up with it day after day is a mystery to me!
grace_poppy
Dec. 8th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
Hooray! Thanks! Oh, I already had the whole plot in my head from the start, but it just gets embellished and embiggened each day.
jehoshabeath
Dec. 9th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
Yay, Hollom is all right and everyone gets eggnog!
Now, where's my portion? *Eager look*
grace_poppy
Dec. 9th, 2007 05:24 am (UTC)
Your portion? Maybe Faster Doudle will share his fruitcake with you... ;D
luthien13
Dec. 12th, 2007 05:51 am (UTC)
"And if they suspect that Santa will not come, the crew may mutiny."
OH NOEZ!
grace_poppy
Dec. 13th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC)
A mutiny! And at CHRISTMASTIME! Where would we be THEN??
arwella
Jan. 2nd, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
fabulous story *hurrying to move to the next message*
grace_poppy
Jan. 2nd, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
I secretly copied it from an unknown Patrick O'Brian manuscript! :D
arwella
Jan. 2nd, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
I suspected it from the very beginning! Such a twists of the plot! And what the profoundness of interaction between the characters!!! :))

P.S. Jack is ultimately believable!;)
grace_poppy
Jan. 2nd, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
Haha! Yes, only Patrick O'Brian could write such a thing! XD
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