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14 December - Conclusion

Finally, it's Christmas morning!

The Surprises awake early in a state of excitement.


Distribution of the presents is a carefully coordinated operation overseen by the marines.


Everyone loves their presents.

The doctor is delighted with his new curious beetle.


Mr. Hollom is touched to receive a new mug.


Nagle gets a useful new fruitcake from Faster Doudle.


Captain Howard is given some sort of blowgun kaleidoscope.


Mowett is thrilled with his new scarf from Pullings.


And of course Pullings has his new ship - but there's more!

"Here's my Christmas newsletter.  Well, actually it's a copy of my admiralty report, but it would have been nearly the same thing anyway.  Happy Christmas, Tom."


And Jack has exactly what he wanted - a happy ship.  (Plus a new box of charcoal sticks.)


Happy Christmas from the Surprise!

THE END

Comments

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kestrelhill
Dec. 15th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
Huzzay!
This was just delightful (especially the useful fruitcake).
Thanks for such a nice present in my inbox every day!

grace_poppy
Dec. 15th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
Aww, and thank you for your cheery comments! :D
sidlj
Dec. 15th, 2007 05:04 am (UTC)
\o/ I hope the rest of your holiday season is as bright as Jack's!
grace_poppy
Dec. 15th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And the same to you!
luthien13
Dec. 15th, 2007 06:43 am (UTC)
Huazzay! Best thing of the year!
grace_poppy
Dec. 15th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
High praise indeed! Thank you!
sailor_at_heart
Dec. 15th, 2007 10:37 am (UTC)
This is sooo cool! It's brilliant, and I hope you do more! ;)
grace_poppy
Dec. 15th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I probably will do more - just not for a while yet. I have to recover from this set! :D
snakey
Dec. 15th, 2007 11:17 am (UTC)
Jack's expression in that last panel? - that sums up how I feel. :D:D:D
grace_poppy
Dec. 15th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
Awwww.
gayalithiel
Dec. 15th, 2007 02:23 pm (UTC)
Oh this was wonderful!!! I'm going to really miss these daily updates!
grace_poppy
Dec. 15th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'll miss them too! (Though in another way, I'm very relieved it's over. *collapses in exhaustion* :D ) Guess it's time to do all the laundry and cleaning that I've been neglecting.
jehoshabeath
Dec. 15th, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
That was such a nice Christmas! :) And all the gifts are so appropriate - heehee. It makes me very happy indeed!
grace_poppy
Dec. 15th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
Aww, and your comments have made me happy indeed!
sharpiefan
Dec. 15th, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
That was wonderful. Now I have to go read it all over again...

*glomps you*
grace_poppy
Dec. 15th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it!
zed_pm
Dec. 15th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
Awww. How special! I'm so glad the Surprise had such a wonderful Christmas. You did a wonderful job! Thanks SO muc.!! :D
grace_poppy
Dec. 15th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
I'm glad they did too. They deserve it. And thank you!
artyartie
Dec. 16th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
I finally read this but it was absolutely wonderful! Always nice to have a present to open early! Thank you so much for making and sharing. :)
grace_poppy
Dec. 16th, 2007 01:02 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm heartily glad you liked it. :D
(Anonymous)
Dec. 16th, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
Wonderful!
Absolutely superb! Can I learn Photoshop from you??? Please????

Another gunroom user!

Joyce R
grace_poppy
Dec. 16th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
Re: Wonderful!
Thanks Joyce! Um, I doubt I'd be the best Photoshop teacher. I learned most of it through severe trial and error, and there are lots of things that are a complete mystery to me, buttons I look at and think "What does it DO, and why?"
Re: Wonderful! - jehoshabeath - Dec. 16th, 2007 05:01 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Wonderful! - grace_poppy - Dec. 16th, 2007 06:18 am (UTC) - Expand
miss_narla
Dec. 16th, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC)
I just read through this little gem and it's awesome!
Thank you for doing this. The Marines with the Santa hats are too funny *falls off the chair laughing*

Now I'm really in a holiday-mood :D
grace_poppy
Dec. 16th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
Hooray! Then my work is done. :D Thanks!
ladyhamilton
Dec. 16th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
This is so much fun! I haven't always commented, but I've really enjoyed reading these every day! =D
grace_poppy
Dec. 16th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :D
shezzawatto
Dec. 17th, 2007 09:09 am (UTC)
Only just found this,grace_poppy, so thought commenting at this point would be most appropriate. I really loved it! Inspired choice of caps. Inspired use of photmanip. Inspired choice of captions. I guess my favourites would be Oh, the anticipation; round shot baubles; the Naughty -Nice ledger; Testudo aubreii's festive packaging; FIRST CHRISTMAS at SEA Dr. S.E. Maturin From the Sophies With Affection; Christmas paper doll chains hanging from the deckhead; Each crew member will take a slip of paper (I can't even remember that particular scene or what was in the basket!); beetle with bow; officers in paper hats; marines in Santa hats.
Not to mention the fact that you even created a story line.
Thank you very much for the pleasure.
Sherry
grace_poppy
Dec. 17th, 2007 12:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that comment, Sherry! I'm really glad you enjoyed it. All the cheery comments from readers like you made it worthwhile! :D
tselmende
Dec. 17th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
This was wonderful, dear. Absolutely delightful.

Thank you so, so much for doing it.
grace_poppy
Dec. 17th, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked it! :D Thank you for your comments!
cionaudha
Dec. 19th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
HOORAY!

That gives me a warm glowy feeling inside!

You clever girl, you. :-) *hugs*
grace_poppy
Dec. 19th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
Aww, I'm glad you're warm and glowy! *snugs*
dragonmists753
Dec. 20th, 2007 06:31 am (UTC)
YAY
oh wow. brilliance I tell you, sheer brilliance! This just made the season so much brighter.

"Merry Christmas, I got you a dead monkey." lolz. disturbing but that just won't get out of my head.

and I just have to say I love the fact that people actually call him Faster Doudle. (I'm not very involved with the M&C fandom see) and I and a friend read that a long long time ago and it's become an inside joke. I nearly died when discovering that people actually use that as his name. omg!
grace_poppy
Dec. 21st, 2007 02:58 am (UTC)
Re: YAY
I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :D

So where had you read about Faster Doudle? Do you know that he's called that in the books? It's just... his name! Like Awkward Davies! (I don't even know what Davies' real first name is). :D
pyg_klb
Dec. 28th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this calendar
I came across this while looking for something in the Patrick O'Brian line, and enjoyed it very much. The fruitcake-as-holystone reminds me of the old line about "a floor wax and a dessert topping." Well done! and I will look for more of your works.
grace_poppy
Dec. 28th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you for this calendar
I'm glad you liked it! Heehee, I've heard that line about the floor wax but I can't remember where it came from! The Gallery of Regrettable Food?
Re: Thank you for this calendar - pyg_klb - Dec. 28th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Thank you for this calendar - grace_poppy - Dec. 28th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Thank you for this calendar - grace_poppy - Dec. 28th, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC) - Expand
(Anonymous)
Jan. 2nd, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
Which it's very well done!
This is just too cute. Came across it by chance, and I laughed all the way through every page (which took awhile on a dial-up connection). I can't imagine how long it took you to make this, but from a first-time visitor to the site I wanted to say thank you for brightening my day!
(Will there be a sequel????)

Cheers from Alison in Canada
grace_poppy
Jan. 2nd, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Which it's very well done!
Thank you Alison! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Maybe there will be a sequel next Christmas - who knows?
arwella
Jan. 2nd, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
Great!!!
Awesome! Thanks a lot! Merry Christmas to you (hmm, hope you had it) and anyway Happy New Year! Hm, let us all stay with Jack's amile all 2008
grace_poppy
Jan. 2nd, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Great!!!
Thank you, and merry (late) Christmas to you too! Aww, bless Jack and his smile.
kojikohai
Jan. 5th, 2008 01:28 pm (UTC)
Uhm, I'm a bit late. Just now stumbled over this.
Those were the most awesome Christmas calender-ish entries I have seen until now. Thank you so much, it was so much fun to read and watch - and as a Pullings-lover I am especially delighted to see him get this nice little ship. With a bow even!*gg*
May the Muses kiss you lots and lots for you to keep coming up with such lovable ideas!
Happy (late) New Year!!
grace_poppy
Jan. 5th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
Happy new year to you too! I'm very glad you enjoyed it! (Bless that dear old Pullings.)
diane_c
Jan. 17th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, what a delightful Christmas story. I read it a little belatedly, but it put me right back in the spirit. Absolutely wonderful job! Very witty, very charming!
grace_poppy
Jan. 17th, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked it! :D Thanks!
(Anonymous)
Dec. 24th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)
I hunt for this every Christmas & still enjoy it. Having learned to use Photoshop since I first saw it, I appreciate even more the amount of work that went into it...
Don't know if you are still reading comments, but cheers anyway, & thanks for the effort :)
(Time for anotherie??)

Alison
grace_poppy
Dec. 25th, 2011 06:11 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you still enjoy it! Thanks! I'm sure there will be another someday.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 24th, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
Very good. LOL.
Ted
grace_poppy
Dec. 25th, 2011 06:12 am (UTC)
Thanks!
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