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A Christmas Story
Fatale is shopping in Lord and Taylor on Christmas Eve, the anniversary
of her mother's abduction. She is buying last minute presents for loved
ones when she sees the perfect coat that she's been looking for, the last
one of its kind or a one of a kind designer coat. A fur trimmed Anorak
snow bunny coat. (or a hat or a scarf?) It is the thing she has been
looking for for ages. She buys it, joking with the sales girl about buying
a present for herself. The doorman flirts with her as she leaves the store.
She walks down the street, enjoying the ambiance of New York at Christmas
time. She passes an old homeless woman who is talking to unseen things
like a crazy person and the woman looks hard at her, suddenly staring.
Fatale is nonplused by the scrutiny and keeps on walking, keeping a wary
eye on the woman, when something the woman says brings Fatale up short:
"There's a dragon in you".
Fatale says to her that while that may be accurate, she'd like to know
how the woman knows that. The woman insists that she come with her to see
her friend, a man who can understand this phenomenon. The woman is so desperately
insistent that Fatale goes along with her to the McDonalds in Times Square.
The old woman, Mercy, says Fatale must go in and talk to her friend Michael
sitting at a table inside. She says that she can't go in with her, the
management doesn't like her going in there.
It seems harmless so Fatale goes in to where Michael Alexander is drinking
coffee. He says that he can see she has a dragon in her but being more
savvy than Mercy, he can see that this is not a problem for her. He introduces
himself. He tells Fatale a bit about this being his busy season what with
all the people having many pressures on them and feeling depressed and
alone. He mentions that many are drawn to Times Square, a kind of center
for false hopes. This hits home to Fatale and she thinks about her mother.
She asks what he does and he says that he helps the people. He goes quantum
and Fatale is left looking around in confusion as he plucks a nasty demon
off of someone and tussles with it. He comes back and explains to her that
there are people who love to cause misery, that they thrive on it. He excuses
himself and leaves.
Fatale goes outside to where Mercy is waiting and explains that Michael
thinks the dragon thing is OK. Fatale asks where Mercy is going now, she
doesn't want to leave Mercy alone. A brutish man jostles Mercy and shouts
abusively at her for being in his way. Mercy fires back at the man and
a ruckus starts, his friends join in, it is obvious that these men have
been sent to hurt Mercy. Mercy is a tough old bird but hopelessly outnumbered.
Fatale helps fight them off. Afterward Fatale tries to convince Mercy to
come to her hotel or any place of Mercy's choosing, but Mercy won't go.
Fatale follows Mercy to her ATM cubicle and she gruffly gives Fatale something
she values, some sentimental thing. Fatale wants to give Mercy something...
she gives her the thing that she bought for herself. She begs Mercy to
come with her, she is supposed to meet Duke, Lucy, and Donny for Christmas
eve dinner, but Mercy refuses. So Fatale makes some calls and soon the
whole crew are having a splendid catered dinner in Mercy's ATM cubicle,
sitting on the floor, talking and laughing. Donny and Mercy hit it off,
On a roof top across the street Michael stands in Quantum, watching
the happy scene. The whole area is suffused by a bright golden glow shining
from the happiness of the people within and making passersby smile a little.
They are banishing the dark things, at least in this vicinity and making
a few hearts a little lighter.