Frosty, Part I
Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII
Author’s note: I’m writing this as I go. Which is nerve-wracking, because it’s totally not my normal process.
I’m hoping to have the whole thing finished and posted by Christmas, but I can’t make any promises…
The first to know anything was wrong was a sentry elf named Kane. How differently the war might have turned out had she sounded the alarm a little sooner. But she recognized the lumbering shape of the living snowman as a friend to Santa and the North Pole, and thought nothing of his presence that winter morning.
By the time she saw the rage burning in his coal eyes and the armor of enchanted ice that covered his snowy body, it was too late.
But Kane was a veteran of the war with the Snow Queen, and had served at the Pole for close to two centuries. She darted forward, avoiding the first swing of the snowman’s broom. He was powerful, but slow and clumsy by elf standards. She rolled past, and by the time he recovered, she had drawn her own weapon, a blade of ice with a candy cane handle. But what use was a frozen blade against a living snowman?
She parried once, twice — by the Star, he was strong — and then the broom dropped low. Kane took advantage of the opening, driving her sword into the crack where the bottom and middle spheres of the snowman’s body joined.
Booming laughter chilled her elfin blood as the snowman bent forward, trapping the blade in place. The broom swept her feet from beneath her.
Kane looked up at the snowman who used to dance and play with the children of the world. “Why?”
He didn’t answer. The last thing Kane heard was the thumpity, thump, thump of Frosty’s broomstick.
December 16, 2013 @ 10:17 am
This sounds like a proper Christmas story ;-). Go on, go on….
Stephen A. Watkins
December 16, 2013 @ 11:23 am
D. D. Webb
December 16, 2013 @ 11:58 am
Well, this is unsettling…
December 16, 2013 @ 3:28 pm
That is a fun start & and a cool premises! I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes. 🙂
Jim C. Hines
December 16, 2013 @ 3:30 pm
Thanks! You and me both 🙂
December 16, 2013 @ 7:11 pm
You had me at “thumpity, thump, thump.” Can’t wait for the next installment!
December 16, 2013 @ 8:36 pm
Ohh I like sort of in the “Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Santa vs Dracula” vein (http://www.gocomics.com/santa-vs-dracula/2013/11/11#.Uq-qLOIzohk)
Jim C. Hines
December 17, 2013 @ 8:45 pm
Similar in tone, yes. I hadn’t heard about Santa vs. Dracula. It’s close enough I’m going to avoid reading any more for now, so it doesn’t spill over into my story, but I’ll check the rest out once I’m finished.
December 20, 2013 @ 8:30 am
Definitely a suspenseful beginning…very exciting. 🙂 *hops off to read the rest*
‘Tis The Season! – Continuum X
December 21, 2013 @ 10:23 pm
[…] Also, our Guests of Honour are doing some fantastic things at the moment! Ambelin Kwaymullina not only has a fabulous new website but is doing a blog tour. It starts here at Little Elf Man’s Bibliotherapy. And over on his blog, Jim C. Hines is writing a Frosty the Snowman story. You can read the first part here. […]