Prompt: Mari Lywd-the Christmas Zombie Horse
Characters: Amber, Bernd, and James
Word count: 558
Summary: Bernd found a new tradition to add to his family’s holiday celebration…
Author’s Note: Special thanks to Kat for pinking this for me. Also please note Amber and James belong to Kat; I’m just borrowing them.
“Hey, Bernd,” Amber said as she took off her coat and sat down at table. They were in the coffee shop near their college campus where they always met during their morning break. She sipped the tea he had gotten her. “How was class?”
Bernd swallowed a bite of his croissant, before replying. “Hey, Amber! It was good. We talked about Christmas customs and I explained about Krampusnacht. I learned about one, I think you’ll enjoy!”
“Yeah?” She reached for the extra croissant he had bought and ate some.
“Yeah! It’s Mari Lwyd - the Christmas Zombie Horse!” He picked up his cup of hot chocolate.
Amber laughed. “Christmas zombie horse? That’s got to be one for us, hunh?” She grinned. “So tell me about it.” Amber sipped her tea.
Bernd drank some of his cocoa. “Well, it’s like Christmas meets Halloween, I guess. There’s this dead or undead horse puppet and she’s got all these attendants and you go around from house to house, begging for food and drink, kinda like trick or treating!” He briefly paused to nibble on his croissant. “And in order to get any, you have this rhyming battle of wits with the homeowner!” He grinned. “And it takes place on New Year’s Eve and it’s Welsh…. Umm, do you think we can still celebrate it even if we’re German?”
“You’re German,” she said around a mouthful of croissant.”But I could be Welsh for all we know.” She swallowed and shook her head at him. “Anyway, I would think so, but I don’t think anyone is going to get what you’re trying to do.” She reached across the table and patted his hand. “Sorry, Bernd. It really does sound like fun”
“Oh…” He sighed as he agreed; it did sound like fun.
“But maybe we can still do it, just not on New Year’s Eve. Maybe the Zombie Horse can visit on Krampusnacht and hang out at the party.” Amber smiled. She thought he looked miserable at the thought of not including a horsey-themed custom to their Christmas/Yule celebration. “Or maybe she can come when she’s supposed to and join our New Year’s party.”
Bernd’s expression brightened. “Yeah! You think James’ll want to dress up like her? And do you think you and Tino can make a zombie horse?”
“We’ll have to ask James, but I think he’ll say ‘yes’ if you ask him. As for making a zombie horse, yeah, we can make something as long as we know what it’s supposed to look like.” Amber finished her tea.
Bernd grinned and downed the rest of his cocoa. “Why don’t we go to the library and look it up before class?”
“Sounds like a plan,” Amber said as they got up to leave.
As they left the coffee shop, they ran into James. Once he had a cup of coffee to go, they headed to the library. On the way, Bernd excitedly told James all about Mari Lwyd. “You think we could do it, James?”
James nodded groggily, unable to find much enthusiasm, before he drank his coffee. “Yeah. It sounds like fun.” He smiled as if to prove to Bernd he was really on board with the idea.
“Awesomeness!!” Bernd could not wait until classes were over so he could tell the others about this new addition to their holiday celebrations.