Nicholas Was. . . (A short ‘story’ of sorts from Neil Gaiman, from his collection Smoke and Mirrors)
older than sin, and his beard could grow no whiter. He wanted to die.
The dwarfish natives of the Arctic caverns did not speak his language, but conversed in their own, twittering tongue, conducted incomprehensibile rituals, when they were not actually working in the factories.
Once every year they forced him, sobbing and protesting, into Endless Night. During the journey he would stand near every child of the world, leave one of the dwarves’ invisible gifts by its bedside. The children slept, frozen in time.
He envied Prometheus and Loki, Sisyphus and Judas. His punishment was harsher.
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What’s truly funny about this, is the year he wrote it Gaiman sent it out as his Christmas card. Ha!