“We’re contracting out this year,” The elf said, leaning their long and angular frame down to peer at the two gnomes.
“Contracting out? I don’t understand,” one of the pair said.
The elf sighed. “It has been a difficult year. The Big Guy needs a bit of help with deliveries.”
“Does he?” The other asked.
“Belief is somewhat thin this year. We were hoping to borrow some power from the Deep Places,” the elf admitted.
A gnome grinned wolfishly. “Were you now? And what have you brought to bargain?” The elf reached into their sack, hoping for a Christmas Miracle.

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