Hello friends! It’s once again time for Aftershock. This episode isn’t really necessary to the plot, but it takes place between episode 7 and 8. It’s An Aftershock Christmas!
Series Recap Thus Far:
“New Mission! Report to Briefing Room!” Baby screeched as loud as his programming would let him.
“Never gets old,” I rolled my eyes, as I rushed into the briefing room.
“A mission on Christmas Eve? Really?” Andy asked in disbelief.
“It’s LoS,” Tori replied. “We get called in whenever we’re needed. Which, apparently is tonight.”
“What’s today’s mission?” I inquired. “I’m oh so eager to know.”
“Well, we’re going to catch Santa Claus,” Tori deadpanned.
“You’re serious?” I sputtered. “Santa Claus isn’t real! I’m not five, you can’t expect me to believe that.”
“Someone must have been naughty growing up,” Andy laughed.
“Santa Claus is indeed very real. He’s managed to evade capture by our finest supers every Christmas. I guess this year they wanted a team experienced with this kind of work,” Tori explained.
“You can’t be serious,” I gasped. “First, Santa Claus is real, and now he’s a super?”
“How else does he get to every house on Christmas Eve?” Andy replied. “He has superspeed.”
“Is this another prank?” I folded my arms. “Let’s fill Lauren’s head with a bunch of fake LoS intel. Let’s make her look like an idiot in front of Mr. Man.”
“That was one time!” Tori protested.
“Yeah, and you two tried to convince me that LoS was built by aliens,” I frowned. “How is this any different?”
“We can’t fake missions,” Andy sighed. “Besides, the plane’s already en route to the North Pole. You’re stuck with us.”
“Great,” I replied, totally not sarcastically. I still didn’t believe that we were actually on a mission to catch Santa Claus.
I sank in the co-pilot seat next to Tori. We only had a couple hours before we arrived at the North Pole, but I wanted to get some information of my own.
“We’re really going to catch Santa Claus? What are we going to do, zap his powers too? Kidnap him?” I asked. “If he really is real, I’m pretty sure that’s going to disappoint a lot of kids.”
“No, of course not!” Tori gasped. “We just need to gather information to build a file on him. We would never do anything to the Santa Claus.”
“Great to know,” I replied. Apparently, Santa was the only super LoS wouldn’t forcefully remove powers from. And he probably wasn’t even real.
Andy came into the cockpit. “Why are you so against Santa Claus anyway?”
I shrank in my seat. “I don’t want to talk about it,” I frowned.
“C’mon, we’re your teammates! You can trust us,” Tori encouraged.
“Fine,” I sighed. “My mom left me in an orphanage when I was eight. The first Christmas after my mom left me, I begged Santa Claus for one thing.”
“For your mom to return?” Tori guessed.
I shook my head. “There was a book that my mom always used to read to me. She took it with her when she left. I guess she wanted something to remember me by or something, but I wanted that book. I begged every mall Santa and wrote ten different letters. But, Christmas Morning, there was no book. That’s when I realized that Santa Claus couldn’t be real.”
“Aw,” Tori grabbed my hand. “Well, I think you’re in for a surprise.”
The rest of the flight was mostly uneventful. Before too long, we’d finally arrived at the North Pole.
“Okay, so the plan is to try and catch him before he leaves to deliver presents. We’ll talk to him for a few minutes, and then go. Should be easy,” Andy prepped us.
Before we could touch down the plane, Tori noticed a spark of red in the sky. “Is that?” It was. We’d just missed him! I glanced over at the sleigh, whizzing through the air. “He is real,” I gasped.
“You should have never doubted us,” Tori replied.
“Yeah,” Andy added. “Now, you’re sure to get coal for life.”
“Ha-ha,” I replied. “Do we try to stop him?”
Tori glanced at the clock. “No, it’s midnight! We can’t interfere with the kids getting their toys. And…Merry Christmas!”
The corners of my lips turned into a smile. “Merry Christmas,”
Andy joined in, “Merry Christmas you two.”
Baby rolled into the cockpit. “Santa came in through the exhaust vent. Just thought you guys should know. He also left this?” Baby held a file, complete with all the information we needed on Santa Claus.
Tori took one glance at the file and exclaimed, “It’s a Christmas miracle!”
“He also left this,” Baby added, producing my book from so many years ago.
I fingered the cover. “How?” I gasped.
“Told you Santa was real,” Tori grinned. “C’mon, let’s go sing a Christmas Carol or something.”
I nodded. “That sounds really nice.”
Suddenly, the pain of my mother’s absence lessened a little. Maybe, these people were becoming my new family.
Another episode of Aftershock done! I hope this makes up for not continuing the Pyro storyline until January 🙂