Welp, it’s a new year. And that means it’s time for a new tale. This was originally created as Christmas Gift for Silberescher. With his permission, I’ve posted it here, a week or so after the Christmas exchange concluded so that it wouldn’t get lost in the deluge of Xmas Exchange tales. BTW, you should also read those tales too, they are fantastic.
Special thanks to Roget, Randomini, Sirens, TyGently, A Random Day, TwistedGears, Doctor Cimmerian and everyone else who provided feedback when this was a draft.
Enjoy the tale.