It was Christmas Eve in Shetland Library and Book Champ was champing at the bit, excited for Christmas Day.
She was browsing the many wonderful books that adorn the shelves when suddenly she saw a man walk past. He nodded and smiled as he walked silently towards the Vestry door.
Book Champ decided to follow. Tiptoeing through the crowds of people gathered to take out their Festive reads.
Nobody noticed him as he walked past.
It was like he was invisible to everyone but Book Champ.
She took a deep breath and reached for the handle. It sparkled and felt warm to the touch. She gently opened the door and entered.
The room was dark with very little light but the outside door was slightly ajar. A cold frosty air was squeezing through the gap.
Book Champ could hear the man speaking quietly.
She peeked through the gap and nearly fell backwards. She steadied herself and looked again at the surprising sight before her.
There stood the man, with a large reindeer and a sleigh.
The Man looked back at Book Champ.
“I had a late return from last year.”
And with that he was gone.
In a flash of Christmas magic.