How The Guild Saved Christmas
Winter and the season of giving has come again! It is a time to make new friends, catch up with the ones you haven't seen for a while, and generally just be as happy as you can be! Well, what if I told you that there were some entities that despised that? Oh yes, positively hate it! The only thing that makes them happy is making sure you don't get to be, and it just so happens that the festivities give them a golden opportunity to outright yank your jubilation right out from under you like a tacky Christmas tree rug. What better way for a Grinch to make others miserable than to pull them down while they are on their tallest high horse of happiness? Why, it's outright devilish! And my, are there so many devils out on this snowy night...
And it just so happens that one of those devils has targeted you! All the honeyed ham, nutmeg and candy canes couldn't save you from getting your celebrations ruined and smashed by a sullen Scrooge. But you aren't going to take this lying down, are you? Oh no, absolutely not! You've worked very hard this year and were as nice as you could be, and you aren't going to let your holiday be taken from you! Go and get it back, for yourself and all those that have suffered the same...and Saint Nick might throw in another present as a bonus!
1. Christmas does not need to be directly referenced, it can have any name in your universe. The general themes of Christmas must remain; having your story center around a holiday that involves decapitating people probably isn't going to go over well.
2. Aside from involving Christmas/Christmas-esque festivities, your setting can be basically anything. Victorian London? Cool! On another planet with alien life? Do it! Want to do have it be Modern Day and your main protagonist is a card-carrying super hero(or villain!) that directly beats up some sort of Anti-Santa? Granted!
3. There does not need to be a major antagonist. Heck, your story doesn't even have to focus on saving Christmas as a whole. I will gladly accept stories that zoom in a bit on focus on individuals and their experiences. But the characters' "Christmas" must have been ruined at some point by some thing or event, and your story must follow their efforts to "save it".
4. If you were to call this rule trite, I would agree, but for now I'm sticking with it: We're looking for some feel-good vibes here, folks. Been seeing a lot of long faces on the Guild the past month or so. Make them smile, or at the very least give them a good read to distract themselves with!
5. Please title your entries!
6. There will be a total word cap of five thousand for this prompt.
Bonus parameter: Feeling a bit of Seuss coming on? Write your entry in rhyme!
Grounds for disqualification
2. Your entry having no clear connection to the prompt.
3. Gratuitous violence or gore.
4. We probably won't be experiencing any of this but I gotta cover all bases. No explicit sex scenes. Fade to black is fine.
Due to the nature of Christmas celebrations, much like Thanksgiving, I do not expect many people will have all the time in the world to write. This is why I am setting the deadline for Monday, January 6th. Please post all entries in this thread, and direct all questions and feedback to my PM box or the associated Discussion thread, and I will gladly answer them.
Please hold off all votes and critiques until the proper thread has been erected for this prompt.