Uneasy Lies the Cap...Cont'd
they usually want answers.
Sometimes they even expect miracles from me."
"But you do miracles, don't
you...?" I asked, growing even more wary.
"Oh no-no, no-no, no-no! I
only do magic...!" proclaimed the giant round red figure. "Like this..."
He removed his two suspenders with
their gleaming brass clips and handed them to me. Their sheer weight surprised
me, as they seemed to feel far heavier than they appeared. Confounded, I looked
to see his warm eyes shimmering like water in a summer breeze.
"Your cables, sir!" he
butlered, "I trust you shall return them soon, lest I find myself
uncovered." Santa directed his eyes to my hands. The suspenders had become
jumper cables with gleaming brass clips.
"But how...?" I
trailed off, lost in wonderment. "It really is you,
And when I spoke his name, it began
to echo in voices that were not my own, becoming as if a spoken choir. A low
rumble creaked every floorboard
simultaneously. The once tiny den turned enormous and
brilliant as the T.V. was transformed into roaring fire. And thousands upon
thousands of faces appeared from the darkness.
"Yes, John, I am Santa Claus"
specified the Santa of note, "And these are a few of the other Santas".
His hand swept the panorama of remarkably different forms and attires. Men,
women, children and animals alike. Young, old and from all walks. "Don't
look so surprised, son; you always knew. We are the spirit of hope, and I
am only one of its many, many faces."
The room dimmed once again, and
fire flickered in form back to the rounded rectangle of a T.V. set. Once again
we were standing in a den. "Sit, please...", he said, directing me to
one of the two big chairs facing the old wooden floor-model television.
We sat, me with cables draped
timorously across my outstretched hands, and Santa with knowing resignation.
"You want to know more about me" he sighed silently, avoiding
detection. "What makes me so jolly and all that..."
I nodded with innocent appeal, only to witness a great sadness approach his face from within. He was struggling with the unseen enemy of his