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"Carol of the Bells"
everyone!!! Here's the 58th JABB! Before I get into the actual good
stuff (at least I hope it's good, if not I didn't write it!) I have a
I'm going to start finishing the map of Dyeland this weekend. If you wanted to be listed as living in one of the cities or on the islands please let me know by the 15th! To those of you who did respond, if I haven't gotten back to you on the name of the place, environment, etc. I will be doing so this weekend. This won't be the last time I update the map but it could be a long time before I do it again.~~Jenni
Also, Jenni apologizes for any spelling/ grammar errors, gaping story line holes, or who knows what that found its way into this issue. I can only say that between finals and obsessing over John's latest movie role, I'm not quite focused.
Okay, now JABB's 3rd Annual Holiday Story.........
It was a beautiful
snow white morning in Dyeland. The snowflakes kept falling and the
entire kingdom looked more beautiful than it ever had. JenniAnn walked
into the kitchen in Dyeland Castle and proceeded to put the coffee on
and make preparations for breakfast. As she turned on the stove Andrew
walked into the kitchen.
"Good morning!" he said smiling.
JenniAnn jumped and then turned around to face him. "Andrew! What are you doing here this early? I mean not that you're not welcome but....."
"Oh I'm sorry, didn't Chiwawa tell you? The electricity isn't on yet over in my house. I was hoping maybe I could fix some breakfast over here."
"Oh sure. Actually, I was just starting some pancakes, want some? Blueberry or plain." JenniAnn offered.
thanks. Anything I can do?"
"Ummm... you can set the table if you want." JenniAnn replied.
With that the two set about preparing for breakfast. After a few minutes Andrew broke the silence.
"I don't understand that as many snowfalls as I've seen they are still so beautiful!" He said happily.
"I don't understand.... Unuhh... Maybe I shouldn't say it." JenniAnn followed
"No, no what?"
"I don't understand how you can look so good this early in the morning." She said dreamily.
Her reverie was
swiftly broken with the angel's laughter. When he
finally regained his composure he asked, "Thank you, really, but
exactly how many times have you watched John's new movie?"
"Ummm...... That's none of your business." JenniAnn answered coyly.
"What's none of my business?" Audrey asked as she walked into the kitchen.
"Oh, JenniAnn just
won't tell me how many times she's watched 'Once
Christmas.' You wouldn't happen to know....."
"5. Can you believe it?" Audrey answered.
"Yes!" Andrew replied laughing.
"All right, all right. Breakfast is served!" JenniAnn placed the plate of pancakes on the table and the group had an excellent breakfast.
"Okay, now, we'll be back by 5 with the decorations. The tree-decorating party starts at 7 so I'd put the cookies in the oven about 6:00." Audrey told JenniAnn as she hurried out the door with Andrew.
"Yes, got it. Have fun you two!" JenniAnn answered.
As the president and
princess disappeared into the light snow JenniAnn
closed the door and went back to the kitchen to prepare for the party.
Hundreds of Dyelanders would be coming to help decorate the huge
Christmas tree in the ballroom. An hour after Andrew and Audrey had
departed JenniAnn was preparing the various frosting colors for the
cookies when there was a knock on the door.
"I wonder who that could be?" JenniAnn pondered as she walked to the door and opened it (Dyeland's so safe one hardly thinks of checking first). There on the doorstep stood..... Kathleen.
"Oh my.... No...." JenniAnn mumbled. Terror-stricken she began to close the door.
"Oh please no! I'm good now! Really I am." Kathleen explained in a panic.
"And how do I know?" JenniAnn had come to her senses and glared at the once-upon-a-time angel.
"You can't tell me you don't believe in second chances? Well, I'd have thought better of a Princess of Dyeland." Kathleen replied with a slight edge.
"Yes, of course, I do! Oh, oh.... Come in." JenniAnn said nervously.
Kathleen followed JenniAnn into the castle and finally into the kitchen. JenniAnn marveled as Kathleen's first action was to start washing dishes.
"Perhaps things have changed!" She thought happily.
The remainder of the
afternoon went extraordinarily well. Kathleen
proved to be an excellent cookie decorator and conversationalist.
even invited her to the party. When the clock struck 5, true to their
word, Audrey and Andrew came back.
"Oh! I have to go now. I want to surprise them at the party." Kathleen whispered as the other two could be heard in the hallway.
"Okay! Be back by 7!" JenniAnn waved as the angel disappeared.
It was now nearly seven and people were streaming into the ballroom. A table covered with several cookies and apple cider and hot chocolate and wonderful foods sat on one side of the room. Andrew, JenniAnn, and Audrey stood together by the Christmas tree surveying the scene. Suddenly JenniAnn's face lit up. The two beside her grew horribly pale. All stared at the last person to enter the room.
"Ah! So here I am!
Dyeland Castle! Andrew, dear, you're looking well.
And this must be princess Audrey. JenniAnn! My good friend. I am so
you invited me here!" Kathleen said all this very loudly, announcing
her presence to all who had not yet noticed her.
"Kathleen, I want you to leave here. Now!" Andrew said, his voice hoarse with anger.
"Leave? Now why would
I want to do that? After all I was invited! Isn't
that right JenniAnn?"
"Oh yes.... Right. Oh, Andrew you don't understand she's not bad any more!" JenniAnn stared at Andrew pleadingly, hoping that awful look in his eyes would disappear.
"No, JenniAnn. You don't understand! Oh sure we had a wonderful afternoon with your cooking and cutesy Christmas music. It's my turn now!" With that Kathleen turned to the tree and suddenly it split right down the middle and crashed to the floor.
The guests all ran
for the doors and into the snow. Andrew, Audrey, and
JenniAnn stood right where they were.
"I'm sorry..... I thought..... I thought....." JenniAnn lapsed into hysterics.
"How could you not tell us this?!?" Audrey exclaimed.
JenniAnn looked to Andrew for some glimmer of absolution. Instead he just stood transfixed on Kathleen who grinned evilly.
"Leave, both of you now!" was all he said.
With that Audrey grabbed JenniAnn by the arm and ran for the door and out with the other Dyelanders.
The instant JenniAnn's arm was free she headed back towards the castle only to be stopped by Cliff the Wizard.
"No, you can't help him!" He screamed above the chaos.
Next thing JenniAnn knew she was rushing past all the Androolers and towards the woods.
When she finally stopped JenniAnn found she was standing on a small bridge. Tears streamed down her face as she realized what she'd done.
"I wish I'd never come to this island!!!!! I wish I'd never had any part in JABB!!!!" she screamed as loud as she could.
"Oh now, you don't mean that." A voice answered in a gentle tone.
"Yes, I do! And who are you?!" JenniAnn replied angrily.
"My name's Clara and
you don't wish you'd never come here."
"Oh yes I do! Do you
have any idea what's going on back there? What *I*
"Look at me."
With that JenniAnn turned and stared at the stranger.
"Clara? Oh Clara! An archangel! Oh please go help Andrew!" JenniAnn pleaded.
"No, dear, that's not
my job tonight. You are."
"Me?! I just left one
of my best friends in a castle with a demon and
you're here to help *me*? Oh please, just make it so I'd never come
"Very well, let's
take a look at that life."
Clara and JenniAnn now stood in a crowded room. People were gathering around a small stage. A man walked onto it and announced, "Ladies and gentlemen! I present to you.... The amazing, the one-of-a-kind, the adorable...... Skippy the Talking Dog!!!"
JenniAnn watched in horror as the curtain raised to reveal Chiwawa. And horror of horrors he was dressed in a baby bonnet and bib! Suddenly the man began to play a familiar tune on the piano.
The small dog began,
"How much is that
doggy in the window?
The one with
"Clara! This is horrid! Why isn't he with Audrey? Or Chimama?"
puppynapped long ago."
"Well, yes but
Chiwawa found her in Kiwi's..... Oh no. There is no
Dyeland? So where is she?"
"No one knows. But let's leave here. There's more you need to see." Clara insisted as the crowd began to disperse. As the scene blurred away JenniAnn heard only one last thing, "At least I didn't have to sing 'Who Let the Dogs Out.'"
"Where are we? I don't recognize this room!" JenniAnn cried.
"It's Audrey's place. The summer of 1998." Clara explained.
"Yes! The year JABB
began! What day is it??"
JenniAnn now concentrated on the figure in front of the computer and what her monitor said.
Jarrod: Hmm.... Looks like it's just us three now.
Barbara: Yes. But I actually should be going.
Ferdo0204: Talk to you next week!
Barbara: Sure thing!
Jarrod: Hey, Aud?
Jarrod: Wouldn't it be hilarious if someone started a like 12 step program for Androolers?
Ferdo0204: LOL Good idea.
Jarrod: Yeah, maybe someone will sometime! Augh phone. Gotta go!
Ferdo0204: We should start it! Oops. I'm all alone! Guess that won't happen!
"What!? But.... they all left! They were supposed to stay up til really late planning JABB!" JenniAnn cried.
The scene was now a dusty desert. A man dressed in an INS uniform moved through the dust and sat down beside an evergreen tree. His hands blocked his eyes from the dust and obscured JenniAnn's view. Suddenly his hands fell down to his sides and JenniAnn knew in an instant who it was. Andrew.
JenniAnn was now in the center of what looked very much like the Castle's ballroom. The decor was very similar but....
Suddenly JenniAnn found herself right in the center of the Castle ballroom. She gazed in horror at what appeared to be a battle between Kathleen and Andrew.
The party went extremely well. Everyone noticed JenniAnn was unusually quiet. But then it had been a very odd day. When at last the tree was decorated the group began to disperse until only Andrew, Audrey, and JenniAnn were left.
Disclaimers and Credits: To Leonardo DiCaprio and his fans: The author of this story very much enjoys some of his movies and means no offense. To the Baha Men and their fans.... Chiwawa said it not me! Also Martha Williamson owns the characters of Kathleen, Clara, and as always, Andrew. Credit goes out to the producers, director, actors, and anyone who had any part in "It's a Wonderful Life" for inspiring this story. Thanks to Jennie for helping to get rid of Kathleen.