BIENVENIDO EL DUENDE by Trinie Dalton
correspondence between a Los Angeles resident and one of Santa’s dearest
helpers. Typically individuals mail Santa letters expressing concern about
their ‘naughty or nice’ status. Few ever venture to write to those beneath
Santa. Apparently the success rate for those who work for Santa is much higher.
Santa to date has yet to write back to the countless numbers of children or
adults who ever write back to him. Anyone desiring those fulfilling nourishing
morsels of wisdom from the North Pole ought to take up the example of this
fortunate individual of Nordic origin.
correspondence begins with tales of childhood disappointment. Whoever gets
through life without any sort of disappointment is usually a total idiot.
Disappointment is the part of life that makes successes that much sweeter. As
the elf responds to her humble inquiry he reveals that gnomes continue to live
in isolated pines forests. Essentially the elf considers the gnome the
equivalent of a ‘hick’ or ‘redneck’. Compared to the gnome the elf is far
wiser, exists in greater numbers and has a strong fondness for the cold frigid
air. Gnomes apparently are nearly extinct. By harping upon his own wisdom the
elf appears to have a certain degree of ego whilst writing to the Los Angeles
demeanor changes after she realizes what the elf looks like. Asking for a photo
is quite common in any letter exchange. Strangely there is no reveal of where
exactly the elf lives, if it is the North Pole in Alaska, Canada, Russia, Scandinavia,
etc. This lack of information makes the correspondence a bit more interesting.
Weirder yet is the lack of any sort of reference to an online profile, email,
phone number or more normal forms of communication. Due to the elf’s elevated
position in Santa’s hierarchy there may be a certain need for secrecy. Such
privacy is respected by the Los Angeles native.
end the flirtation between the two is strong. She invites him over to her place
in sunny Los Angeles. Her life appears to be in a vague degree of disarray. The
job she has does not pay well enough and she has difficulty in making it
through year after year. While the elf expresses concern about her depression
he understands why she reached out to him. Unfortunately the reader never
learns whether or not the two ever meet. Perhaps they do and perhaps they don’t
but at least they found a friend in each other.