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A set of Christmas themed crime tales.

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Plastic infects all it touches and spreads like crab grass within the blameless souls of little kids. Plastic toys make plastic boys and girls! ' Crouchback drew himself as much as his complete six inches. 'I say: quality—quality now! ' the gang roared his phrases again at him. The assembly closed with all of the elves becoming a member of arms and making a song 'We shall triumph over. ' It have been a relocating adventure . . . As he anticipated, Bigtoes came across Bandylegs on the inn St Nicholas bar, staring morosely down right into a thimble-mug of ale. Fergus Bandylegs was once a dapper, fast-talking elf with a chestnut beard which he scented with lavender. As Vice-President of Santa agencies, Inc. , he was once answerable for financing the whole Toyworks operation via arranging for Santa to seem in advertisements campaigns, by means of gathering royalties at the use of the jolly previous man's identify, and by means of leasing Santa matches to department shops. Bandylegs ordered a drink for the safety leader. Their friendship went again to Rory Bigtoes' jacksmith days whilst Bandylegs were a grasp sledwright. 'These are topsy-turvy occasions, Rory,' acknowledged Bandylegs. 'First there is that bomb and now Santa's grew to become down the Jolly Roger cigarette account. For years now they have had this advert crusade exhibiting Santa slipping a carton of Jolly Rogers into Christmas stockings. yet now not anymore. "Smoking will be unsafe on your health," says Santa. ' 'Santa is familiar with best,' acknowledged Bigtoes. 'Granted,' acknowledged Bandylegs. 'But counting tv residuals, that is a funky million sugar plums thrown out the window. ' (At the present cost of trade there are four. 27 sugar plums to the U. S. greenback. ) 'Hardnoggin's already on my again to make up the loss. not anything needs to intervene together with his grand plan for automating the Toyworks. So it is off to Madison road back. certain i will remain on the Plaza and consume on the Chambord, yet i will nonetheless get homesick. ' The Vice-President smiled unfortunately. 'Do you recognize what I used to do? there is this man who stands open air Grand primary Station promoting these little mechanical males you finish up and so they march round. I used to march round with them. It made me suppose greater by some means. yet now they take me back to the fact of Hardnoggin. he is a computing device, Rory, and he desires to make we all into machines. ' 'What in regards to the bomb? ' requested Bigtoes. Bandylegs shrugged. 'Acme Toy, i guess. ' Bigtoes shook his head. Acme Toy hadn't slipped an elf secret agent into the North Pole for months. 'What approximately Crouchback? ' 'No,' stated Bandylegs firmly. 'I'll point with you, Rory. I had a get-together with Crouchback simply final week. He desired to get my ideas at the quality-versus-quantity query and at the way forward for the Toyworks. probably i am mistaken, yet I acquired the effect top-level shake-up is within the works with Crouchback slated to turn into the recent Director common. In any occasion i discovered him a really perceptive and knowing elf. ' Bandylegs smiled and went on, 'Darby Shortribs used to be there, prattling on opposed to dolls. As I left, Crouchback shook my hand and whispered, "Every stream wishes its lunatic fringe, Bandylegs.

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