‘Twas the week before Christmas . . .


‘Twas the week before Christmas, and up in the Hollows,
Solstice bonfires were burning, to toast the marshmallows.

The pixies were snug in their stump, even Jenks,
Who claimed he was tired, and needed some winks.

So I in my parka, and Ivy in her boots,
Were toasting the season, with thirty-year hooch.

When out in the street, there came such a crash,
I thought that it had to be ‘coons in our trash.

Away to the gate, I trudged through the snow,
While Ivy just said, “If it’s Kist, say hello.”

I lifted the latch, and peered to the street,
My face went quite cold.  We were in it thigh deep.

‘Twas a demon, who stood in the headlamps quite bright,
With his coat of green velvet, and his uncommon height.

His eyes, how they glittered, his teeth how they gnashed,
His voice, how he bellowed, his tongue, how it lashed.

The street wasn’t holy, so on Big Al came,
As he bellowed, and shouted, and called me by name.

“Morgan, you witch.  You’re a pain in my side.
“Get out of your church.  There’s no place to hide!”

Like hell’s fury unleashed, he strode to my door,
Where he hammered and cursed, like a cheap jilted whore.

But Ivy and I, we circled round back,
To stand in the street and prepare for attack.

“You loser,” I shouted.  “I’m waiting for you.”
And the demon, he spun, taking on a red hue.

Ivy stood ready, and I whispered, “Okay . . .
“If he wants to get rough, I’m ready to play.”

With nary a word, us two girls got to work,
Putting foot into gut, of the soul-sucking jerk.

I circled him quick, with a few words of Latin,
While Ivy distracted him with lots of good wackin’

“Get back!” I yelled out when my trap was complete,
And Ivy somersaulted right over the creep.

My circle sprang up, entrapping him surely,
Al fussed and he fumed, like a demonic fury.

The neighbors all cheered, and came out of their houses,
Where they’d watched the whole thing, like little house mouses.

So Ivy and I, we both bowed real low,
Then banished Big Al, in an overdone show.

But I heard Al exclaim, ‘ere he poofed from our sight
“You won this time witch, but I’ll get you one night!”

Kim Harrison
December 14th, 2005

Kim and Tim wish you and yours all the best of the holiday season and a glowing new year.

(Last-minute gift givers, I’ve got your The Turn is coming card for under the tree right here:http://www.kimharrison.net/BookPages/TT/TurnSignedCopy.html )




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11 responses to “‘Twas the week before Christmas . . .

  1. Ruffin

    Any chance The Turn is not just coming soon, but coming to the SciFi Book Club? I’ve bagged a Hallows book from there in the past, but didn’t see it on the Coming Soon list.

    I also think the Book Club is under new ownership, so I’m suspicious maybe it’s not. It’s weird. Not a single Asimov book in sight. (???)

  2. Vampyre

    Merry Christmas Kim and Tim. It’s been a real pleasure reading your books and meeting you guys at the signings. I’ m looking forward to many more books and many more signings.

  3. Rocky

    Thanks for giving us that again. It’s become a part of my holiday tradition. I’m really looking forward to “The Turn.” It will be nice going back to the world of the Hollows, even if I don’t get to visit with my old friends while I’m there. I got my copy of “The Operator” last week, and I’m fighting the urge to jump into it until the rush toward Christmas ends, where I can sit back and read it in peace. It will be great having two books from you so close together.

    I hope that you had a Happy Solstice, and I wish for you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

  4. Claudia Dettlinger

    Merry Christmas Kim.

  5. Billy

    Merry Christmas! Best seller wishes for the New Year in 2017.

  6. Love reading this every year! Thank you Kim and Tim! Merry Christmas!

  7. Teresa Niedzwiecki

    Merry Christmas…. That was great,xxxx

  8. Gail S

    ❤ Part of the Solstice/Christmas tradition! Happy Solstice & Merry Christmas!

  9. Kelly Collins

    I never get tired of reading this every Christmas. I just came across it on my FB feed the other day where I had shared it with friends who are fans too. Can’t wait for The Turn! I requested it for Christmas. :-). Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  10. Wendy

    Makes ,me miss Kist so much ❤ Merry Christmas! Thank you for all your wonderful story telling =-)

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