Over the last few months on of TMSM’s New Zealand Members Sam wrote and shared a story with us about Santa’s Reindeer and their connections to Disney. We wanted to share these stories with you over the holiday season. Charlie and His Reindeer is a five part, 10 chapter story the we will be sharing with you over the next few days. Please remember when reading this the author was originally written on Sam’s cell phone, and that same is a 16 year old from New Zealand so some of their slang and word usage is different that ours here in the US.
Chapter Three: School
The five trainees followed Terra and Ebony into their school, each one had a backpack in which contained everything they needed for their classes, Ebony had lead them into what seemed like the center of the school, the first bell sounded “okay, you’ve all got your maps, head to your first period classes and go about a normal school day, good luck” Ebony said as the seven split up to head to their first classes. Charlie had chemistry first, he didn’t like being in a normal school, he had come from a dance school where they learned dance for the whole school day which he didn’t like either, here he learned what was taught when it was taught, truth be told he didn’t like school at all, the period ended and he looked at his timetable and noticed that he had dance next “oh yay another fun lesson in dance” he said sarcastically. As he entered the gym he noticed that Sparky and Blaze were there, he didn’t talk to them and they kept their distance from him, as did any of the other reindeer when he had a class with them, they didn’t like how negative Charlie was. He completed his first period of dance “huh, that wasn’t all that bad” he said to himself as headed out into the field for interval, he noticed that Walt was being picked on by some older and larger humans or rather, he didn’t notice, he decided to pretend that he didn’t know the other reindeer just as how they did with him. He heard Terra and Blazes voices behind him which he guessed was them sticking up for Walt, a human came over to Charlie and said “You know, one of your kind was in trouble just then, don’t you reindeer have some kind of natural protective instinct” “firstly, he’s not a reindeer, secondly, do you help every human you see being beaten up?” he replied turning his back on the human, “Hey I’m Steven”, Charlie was shocked that someone wasn’t disgusted at his harshness “I’m Charlie” “You know Charlie, I think we’re going to be good friends”, Charlie spent the interval with Steven and then found him at lunch as well, Charlie never really knew what it meant to have friends, he’d always been ‘that’ reindeer. The bell rang to signal the end of lunch and Charlie headed into the building when Steven asked “hey, you want to hangout some time?” “Oh, well ah actually I have work” “wow, your here one day and you already have a job, what about some other time?” “Sorry but all my time will taken up with work” “what do you do?” “I work at Walt Disney World” “wow, one day and you’ve already scored an amazing job, what exactly do you do?” “Ah well, I dance, I don’t enjoy it but I do it cause I get paid” the second bell rang meaning that they were late for class “uhh can we talk tomorrow?” Charlie asked as he rushed off to class, “yeah sure” Steven said to himself as he was left alone to walk the halls to his class.
Charlie rushed to the last class of the school day, he made it to Art just before his name was called so he was safe from trouble, as he entered the art room he saw Sparky who called his name and signaled him over to sit with him, Charlie sat at the table next to Sparky, there were humans at every other seat at the table. The hour of art was good for Charlie; art was another thing that he was good at; Sparky talked to him, which made Charlie feel good, the humans also talked to him and Sparky. The hour was over and since Charlie had his last class with Sparky the two of them walked to The Magic Kingdom together, “you seemed more chirpy in art today Charlie” “yeah, well I guess going to a new school, meeting new people is a way to start over, I know that you lot don’t like how degrading I can be” replied Charlie as they entered backstage, they gathered with the other five reindeer next to the brick wall in which the projector was pointed at, there was no sign of the human for at least the first hour. The human finally arrived and complained “why haven’t you lot been training, what have you been doing for the last hour?” the trainees looked at each other and then Charlie spoke up “well none of us know how to work a computer and these hooves aren’t the most pose able of things in the world” “oh, well then, guess I’ll set up the computer and then leave you guys to your training” the human said as he walked over to the PC and got it set up.
Chapter Four: The Eighth Member
The next few weeks passed with the same routine of the trainees training before school, going to school every week day then training after school, then training for most of the weekends, Charlie was becoming more upbeat and started to like the things he was doing. The trainees were fast learners but still worried about there only being seven of them, one day during training Terra noticed that the way Ebony was doing the dance seemed wrong “Ebony, your not doing it correctly, look this is how the Great Eight did it in the video” “that’s what I’ve been doing Terra, it doesn’t look right because we’re not doing it as a group” “well maybe we should, what do you think Charlie?” “I think we should just stop and give up”, the trainees looked at him like he’d just sworn in front of the queen “I’m joking guys, sheesh lighten up, but I agree with Ebony, we need to stop training as individuals and start working as a team, c’mon hustle, let’s get into formation” Charlie said trying to lead the others, Aqua stood next to Blaze, Terra next to Ebony and that left Sparky, Walt and Charlie to figure out who would lead and who would be next to who, “I don’t think this is going to work, we need an eighth member” Walt said finally, “wait, my brother is good at dancing and he’s a reindeer so he fits all the requirements, I’ll go and see if he wants to join us” Sparky replied as he ran off home, “well I guess that leaves us as partners Charlie” “seems it”. An hour of training as a team passed before Sparky returned with an older reindeer “guys this is Reggie, he’s my brother and he’s here as our eighth member.
*Story and pictures by Sam Pratley
About Sam (by Aut)
Sam is one of the member’s of TMSM’s Facebook group TMSM Fan Nation. Sam is in school in Dunedin New Zealand and is one of the many members of the Nation that lives outside of the United States that contributes to threads and topics regularly adding to the “wonderfulness” of the Nation.