Mark wasn't quite sure what had drawn his attention to that particular
manuscript. Most of the wolf's collection was written on different kinds of
paper, so the red paper didn't really stand out that much. Maybe it was the
silver ribbon holding the pages together, or the sprig of holly tucked under
the ribbon. "Okay, what's this one then?" he asked.
Won-Tolla looked at the little bundle and wagged his tail. "That was a little attempt at writing a Christmas story a year or so back. One of my storyline restarts where you don't really need to know much background. Good choice, really."
"This doesn't have your signature," Mark observed.
"No, on that site I use different names depending of the story. I wrote this one as Partridge In A Pear Tree."
"So it's a 12 days of Christmas story then? Any background I need to know?"
"Yes, and not really. The main hero of that site is a young guy named Jim, with varying surnames depending on the author's whim. It isn't as organised as here. A typical story opening is that Jim wakes up in the morning and remembers it's his girlfriend Sharon's birthday, so he goes to the mall to buy her a present. In a shop called "Spells R Us" that is usually run by an old man (presumably a wizard) he finds a magical object which he either activates right ahead, buys and takes home to activate it there, or buys and gives to Sharon, who activates it. The magic has strange effects usually involving transformation, and is often irreversible. This story is set at a later time after this kind of thing has been going on for a while."
"I think I've, um, heard of that site," Mark re-marked (!). "Okay then..."
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