# More rambling... - (5)

"Every Christmas, he would see his trains travelling through the flowerful plains in his bedroom, moving past the deserts at the library, going through mountains at the halls, arriving at a Christmas town in the living room.

(He said that if you were standing on the highest summit, you could see the unfrequented sea along the unexpressed coast. He also said that if you jumped over the mountains and touched the ceiling when the locomotives were going through the tunnel, you would be transported to the trains, you would turn back to normal when you received presents from the citizens of Christmas town as a way to express gratitude for staying in. The gifts would appear under the Christmas tree. He was imaginative.)

And the trains continued its journey to be more elaborate and overall, better.

I do not know how far the expanse and the expansion had gone. It is said there were multiple locomotives with passenger cars and boxcars, so there were stations with turnouts in every room. His trains were told to be ascending and descending the Christmas tree, on the handrails (Who would have thought?), between the balusters of the stairs.

It could even go underwater in the living room. (They substituted the fish tanks for the wine cabinets because most of the people in the palace were women. Hot chocolate topped with toasted marshmallow was served every winter, so was ice cream made from the undrunken tea in the kettles every summer.) Even the Peppermint Angelfish were having fun with the trains. (There were more than one fish, and by having fun I meant hiding among miniature palaces. They are relatively shy fish, even with each other.)"

"Could I have the recipe for their interpretations of hot chocolate and ice cream? Those sound like tasty treats to have at the balcony while watching the stars or basking under the sun."

"I do not have the recipe here but is that really the only information that you have paid attention to?

"Definitely no. But, I enjoy relaxing at the balcony although there was something tragic happened there that I cannot remember."

There was definitely something happened there.

"So, one more note before we get back to the stories. Remember the orphanage I was talking about? The children who started living there 16 years before he was born became his servants.

When they left the orphanage, they knew they could do everything adults finding well-built occupations in the city, could. But they found their job deep in the woods, away from society, where the owner offered them an opportunity to work for her and her child. They hesitated at first, but there was no choice left. They eventually agreed.

The servants all had happy marriages, some had kids of their own, and they all lived in the palace. It was the best place they could ever ask for. (Some married to other servants, some divorced to their partners. But do not be sad, divorce is the end of a disheartened marriage, so it was technically a good thing to happen.)

Another note is that they came from different countries, different cultures. So besides Christmas, the most important holiday in the palace, they also celebrated Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, (Human Rights Day, Festivus),..."

"Are you sure? Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world on 10 December 1948 to honour the United Nations General Assembly's adoption and proclamation. The United Nations General Assembly is the only one of the six principal organs of the United Nations in which all member nations have equal representation.

And Festivus was a parody holiday created by Daniel O'Keefe and popularized in episode 10, season 9 of Seinfeld called "The Strike", aired on December 18, 1997. Festivus was featured by his eldest son, Dan O'Keefe. It is celebrated on December 23 as an alternative to Christmas."

"If you can use the Internet to ascertain useful information, then why don't you find the recipe to those treats I talked about earlier? Also, it was a joke. Please, do not take it seriously."

"I tried to. And I want to get the facts out there, that is all."

"Wait, when did you get my smartphone?"

"Do not ask how. A magician never reveals secrets to the audiences."

"Anyway, the servants really enjoyed seeing him running from room to room to watch the trains go from land to land. Even the givers are the receivers. He would not mind if any of his servants suddenly turned on the switch in the middle of the day. He would not care if the trains landed on the piano, waiting for the next passengers while he was practising playing symphonies."

"Now for the melodrama..."

To be continued. I know that posting literature on a website based around math and science is not worth it. But it is worth a try.

Note by Thành Đạt Lê
1 year, 8 months ago

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Let's do a challenge. How many sentences are there between "And the trains continued its journey to be more elaborate and overall, better." and "Even the givers are the receivers."?

- 1 year, 8 months ago

I have counted 47.

- 1 year, 8 months ago

That is almost correct. I'll accept it anyway.

Oh yeah, do you want to suggest an idea? I'm not out of them. I just want someone else's and maybe, I could turn to a story.

- 1 year, 8 months ago