Okay. I picked up the Xmas tree on Saturday and Mel & I started decorating it when I got home from work yesterday. Last year, Ashie had made me a cd of a bunch of rocking (read 'the best') Xmas tunes, so we put it on the cd player and started hanging tree doo-dads. This is what was triggered in Mel's brain, instead of the next chapter of 'Rebuilding'. Christmas, 2003.
Mel and Christy's Twelve (?) Days of Christmas
[Mel and Christy are sitting on their writing lounge, singing along to 'The Twelve Days of Christmas', as sung by John Denver and the Muppets. Christy's husband Paul has escaped to the back of the house and hidden in the computer room to get away from the enthusiastic caterwauling. The various characters trapped in the house don't have that luxury, and are sitting around with either cotton wool in their ears or headphones on.]
MEL & CHRISTY: --Fiiiiiiiiiii~ive gooooo~old riiiiings! BA-DUM-DUM-DUM! Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear treeeee~eee!
LEGOLAS: Are they finished?
ARDETH: As long as they don't start a new one, yes.
[Duo checks the CD cover.]
DUO: We can hope. That's the last song on the CD.
ARDETH: I kind of liked some of those songs. The Hanukkah song was fun, even if I didn't understand all the words...
DUO: *snicker* Yeah. I liked 'marijuanukkah'!
[Now that the noise is over, the various cats and Zac, the Innocent Hentai Dog, come cautiously back into the room. Zac takes up his customary position at Christy's feet, staring up lovingly, just in case she happens to have some food and needs someone to give it to.]
MEL: What? Did you have an evil idea for our writing?
[The G-boys wince.]
CHRISTY: Not this time.
[The G-boys relax.]
CHRISTY: I was just looking at Zac. Heh. [singing] On the first day of Christmas my best friend gave to me, a little do~og looking up at me...
LEGOLAS: Oh nooooo, they're starting again...
MEL: Heh, that's good. What could we go on with...?
[She looks around the room and spots the new fish tank.]
MEL: [singing] On the second day of Christmas, my best friend gave to me: two fish tanks (and counting) and a little do~og looking up at me.
[Zac yelps and jumps sideways as Thang (the cat that decided to move in all on his own) pushes in next to him. Cam, Cen and Lilith (the cats that were actually invited by the humans in the house) give Thang filthy looks.]
CHRISTY: [singing] On the third day of Christmas my best friend gave to me: three cats plus an extra--
[Mel joins in.]
MEL & CHRISTY: [singing] Two fish tanks and counting, and a little do~og looking up at me!
MEL: [singing] On the fourth day of Christmas my best friend gave to me: four stories in our schedule--
CHRISTY: One of which we're supposed to be writing now, you know.
MEL: We'll get to it!
MEL & CHRISTY: [singing] Three cats plus an extra, two fish tanks and counting, and a little do~og looking up at me!
CHRISTY: Of course, you know what comes next.
MEL: Naturally, Christy-dono. Shall we?
CHRISTY: But of course, Mel-dono.
KRASHNARK: I think I know where they're going.
'SCYTHE: Me too.
MEL & CHRISTY: [singing LOUD] On the fifth day of Christmas my best friend gave to me... FIIIIIIII~IVE G-BOYYYYYYYY~YS!!!!! BA-DUM-DUM-DUM!!!!!
HEERO: To torture. Great.
MEL & CHRISTY: [singing] Four stories in our schedule, three cats plus an extra, two fish tanks and counting, and a little do~og looking up at meeeee~e!
CHRISTY: What have we got six of?
MEL: Do we actually need anything else?
CHRISTY: You have a point. A very good point. Let's write!
[The G-boys all groan, and Legolas and Ardeth give them sympathetic looks as they all pull cotton wool out of their ears.]
CHRISTY: Oh, what the heck. One more time!
MEL, CHRISTY, KRASHNARK & SCYTHE: [singing REALLY LOUD] On the fifth day of Christmas, my best friend gave to me--
DUO: Oi! 'Scythe!
MEL, CHRISTY, KRASHNARK & SCYTHE: [singing REALLY LOUD] FIIIIIIII~IVE G-BOYYYYYYYY~YS!!!!! BA-DUM-DUM-DUM!!!!! Four stories in our schedule, three cats plus an extra, two fish tanks and counting, and a little do~og looking up at meeeee~e!
and Merry Christmas!
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