The Christmas Monster
- By: Connie H. Deutsch
It wasn't that it was lethal but as soon as he tasted the holiday eggnog, Fred's face turned orange. His girlfriend took one look at him and screamed. He looked like a monster; every few minutes the contour and color of his face changed, making him look more grotesque with each passing minute.
Fred's older brother, Tom, loved to play pranks and he loved playing around with his chemistry set. For tonight's party, Tom put out a large crystal bowl filled with eggnog and passed glasses of it around to all the guests. No one saw him drop a little orange pellet into Fred's glass as he was handing his brother the drink.
Tom had been experimenting all week and had perfected his mixture to perfection so he knew it was harmless and the effects would wear off within 24 hours. But no one else knew this.
Fred's girlfriend kept pointing at him and screaming. "What's happening to you? I can't stand to look at you. I'm leaving the party; I'm sure one of your friends will drive you home." Then she took out five dollars and threw it on the table for cab fare in case no one would drive him home.
"Where did Peggy go?," asked Tom.
"She went home. She started screaming at me and telling me that she can't stand to look at me and then she ran out of the house and Marvin took her home."
"I never did like her," Tom told his brother. "It's just as well that you discovered her true colors before you got too deeply involved."
"You don't know what you're talking about," Fred said. I was all set to give her an engagement ring tonight before she pulled a runner."
"Then she did you a favor by running out on you" said Tom, trying not to look too guilty for spiking Fred's eggnog.
Fred left Tom standing there and he walked over to the eggnog bowl and poured himself another drink. What Tom didn't know was that the symptoms from the original mixture would get worse with every sip Fred took of the untreated eggnog, and still, no one told him that his face had changed to that of a monster.
Tom slipped out of the house and worked feverishly all night in his lab to develop an antidote. When the first rays of the sun broke through the sky, he finally found it. Filled with relief and gratitude he went in search of his brother to give him the antidote.
When Fred's friends discovered what Tom had done, they took Fred to a mirror to look at his face where he promptly passed out. When Tom found him on the floor, he took the antidote out of his coat pocket and poured it down Fred's throat. The change was instantaneous. Then all of Fred's friends held Tom down, took away his antidote, put four orange pellets in his eggnog, and poured it down his throat.
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Connie H. Deutsch is an internationally known business consultant and personal advisor who has a keen understanding of human nature and is a natural problem-solver. She has counseled people who have OCD for more than 40 years,
Connie is the author of the books, “Round and Round Goes the Merry-Go-Round: Drugless Therapy for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)” “Whispers of the Soul,” “A Slice of Life,” “Whispers of the Soul for the Rest of Your Life,” “From Where I'm Sitting,” “Are You Listening?,” “View from the Sidelines,” “Reaching for the Brass Ring of Life,” “Purple Days and Starry Nights,” “Here and There,” “And That's How it Goes,” and “The Counseling Effect.” Her website: http://www.conniehdeutsch.com/(http://www.conniehdeutsch.com/)
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