" T'was the night before Xmas " or " What the Conte saw "

The Conte Liked to think of himself as an enlightened man. He had always enjoyed learning, and was fascinated by all the “Sciences”. His, was a curious and restless nature, always ready to pursue a mystery, always seeking to know more.  He liked to work late into the night and often it would be dawn before he was ready to stop.

This Christmas Eve had been just such a night. When Midnight Mass was over, everyone had gone to their respective homes. He had found himself alone, far from his family, so it had been a perfect night to indulge his interests.Now the cold winter light of dawn was shining through the windows. The Conte felt tired, but satisfied with the nights work.

He liked this time of the night, when everything was quiet. He liked to stand and look out from his window at the port and Village of Sorentina, asleep bellow, sipping his home made Grappa.

As he gazed out of the window, as he had done on so many other nights he saw something very unusual.The Conte moved closer to the window to get a better look........Not believing his eyes he looked at the glass containing his latest batch of Grappa and put it down and looked again.


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Comment by Fiorino Pera on January 1, 2014 at 4:17pm

Grazie del racconto carino. Vi auguro un bell'anno nuovo, a Voi, Contessina, e al venerabile padre vostro.  

Comment by Lady Aphrodite Macbain on December 26, 2013 at 1:54pm

If it isn't grappa, what could it be? A distilled essence of something more dangerous-spaghetti bolognese?

Comment by Jean-Matisse on December 26, 2013 at 6:38am

I saw the books and the wall posters too...hmmm....could be camouflage

and of course Galvani/Bologna......me was told about that man....*nods

Comment by Mercury Gandt on December 26, 2013 at 3:40am

If you look at the books and the wall posters, this is definitely not grappa...

(I meant Galvani though.)

Comment by Jean-Matisse on December 26, 2013 at 3:37am

My first thought was, the Conte produces the grappa there. But, yes Mercury....I saw such things in Dr. Messmer`s laboratory...

Comment by Mercury Gandt on December 26, 2013 at 3:17am

/me instead of gasping about the flying sleigh phenomena, stares intently on the mysterious devices in the Conte's laboratory, guessing if it is that thing a well-known Bologna professor is experimenting with, trying to revive dead body parts with electricity?

:) Happy Christmas.

Comment by Hugo Dieter on December 25, 2013 at 2:57pm

A marvelous tale Conte, fortune favors the island when such a visitor appears overhead.  Grazie, very enjoyable story and Merry Christmas! =]

Comment by Lady Aphrodite Macbain on December 25, 2013 at 2:00pm

Merry Christmas to you too  dear count and Elena too (not to mention Nim). I think one of those reindeer you saw must have been my very own Rosie. :-) I gave her a good feed of hay and oats before she set out.

Comment by Summer Serendipity on December 25, 2013 at 1:36pm

Lovely little Christmas tale told by a master talesmith.  ( : Thank you, Nimue!  Merry Christmas. 

Comment by Lady Leena Fandango on December 25, 2013 at 1:23pm

Merry Christmas!  A wonderful story :)

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