Christmas Chicken




"I'm the Christmas chicken!" Noel shouts as he pops up from the sea of wrappings with a small box - the last unopened present. He waddles on his knees to Ray making clucking noises while Florian tries to muffle his laughter.


Ray tears the paper gleefully, in defiance of Florian’s neat pile of salvaged gift wrap. Noel cheers him on by flapping his arms and hopping. He drops to the floor and giggles when Ray unwraps a Fabergé egg with a tiny chest of jewels inside.


Before dawn, Florian wakes Ray with a kiss. He’s crowing just as the sun rises.


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