“Ho ho ho ho, little boy! And what’s your name?”
“John. John Nedwill, Santa, sir.”
“Hmm. Let me just check my list. Ah – there you are! I see there are some black marks against your name – “
“- But there are also some good marks. Enough to put you on the ‘nice’ half of my list. So, what would you like for Christmas, John?”
“Ooh – I’ve got my list here. Can we go through it?”
“It looks like a long list, and you haven’t been that nice. But, we’ll see what we can do.”
“Alright. First of all, I’d like a new pen – one with a nice, broad nib that makes my handwriting look neat.”
“That’s a worthy thing for a writer. Go on.”
“And then I’d like some ink. Some really black ink.”
“That will be for the pen? Would you prefer cartridges or a bottle?”
“Bottle please. I’l like a notebook as well. One with good paper that the ink won’t bleed through.”
“Of course. But don’t you want a new tablet or a shiny new laptop? Lots of writers want one of those.”
“Never for first drafts. Next … Some whiskey please.”
“With an ‘e’, I note. You can have it, but only if you can prove you’re over twenty-one.”
“Are you kidding? My beard’s almost as bushy and as white as yours. And could I have some inspiration as well?”
“Hmm. I might have some lying around. But you’ll have to wait for it.”
“Last thing on my list – could you get me an agent? Please?”
“Ho ho ho – no! Remember what I said about only being so good?”
“Maybe next year, then?”
“Maybe. Now, off you go John. Merry Christmas!”
“Thank you, Santa! Merry Christmas to you!”
“Now, who’s next?”
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