Retold By: Phoebe Kim, Staff Writer
Hey, my name’s Rudolph, and my life sucks. I blame my parents for their genes, I mean, a red nose? A GLOWING red nose? When I was little, I thought it was cool and all, because I can see in the dark, and it’s like a glowing crystal ball. When I first tried to make friends, that’s when everything went awry. At Hide-and-Seek, I always got found first and I became the permanent seeker. In Marco Polo, we turned the lights off to play, and I ruined the whole effect. The worst part was that everyone kept on asking me if I was sick, and urged that I should go home. I finally got the message, and went back to my den with my mom and dad. They never let me play the reindeer games with them after that. That all happened years ago. Now, it only got worse. The reindeer all like to bully me, not letting me exist peacefully. I got used to being a loner, and having other deer yell at me saying,” Go home, Rudolph! You look sick!”. Instead of yelling back a really cool comeback, I just hung low and kept walking. They usually stop after that, but that wasn’t the case today.
The biggest bully at our school was Dasher. His posse included: Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, and Blitzen. They were the most popular, and everyone said they were going to be Santa’s reindeer this year. Again. Since they got picked every year, that left one spot for Santa’s sleigh. The best, most spirited, and athletic got picked as the tenth deer, and they led the front of the sleigh. On occasion, Santa just picked the deer on his own. It was the holiday season again, and everybody was excited for the annual tenth deer. Santa never really said Dasher and his crew are permanent deer, but they got picked every year. Anyways, I was looking at the poster for Santa’s sleigh audition. Dasher snatched it out of my hands and snarled,” You really think you have a chance for this? Santa probably only knows you as that freaky red-nosed deer. Actually, everyone knows as that. Your mom probably even forgot your name!”
Everyone laughed, and Vixen said in a high-pitched voice,” Come on, Red Nose! Time for dinner! Oh, your name is Rudolph? Dear me! I’ll just call you that from now on, okay?” It wasn’t even funny, but everyone still laughed. After they got tired of it, Dasher pushed me out of the way and left me alone.I choked back a sob, so no one will start laughing again. Dasher was right, I did have no chance at being recruited for Santa’s sleigh. My grade’s were terrible, teacher’s didn’t like me because Dasher likes blaming things on me, and I have no social life. My mom was always telling me I’ll do something special one day, but that was becoming hard to believe. Not like I ever believed it. Also, the only time Santa ever looked at me, he stared at me like I was crazy, and turned away. That really ruined my day, but that was only the beginning. In P.E, Dasher put rubber cement on my running hooves, so I was going to wear those for a while. In Language Arts, Dancer and Prancer had me volunteer to say an oral report I didn’t do, and I had to stand outside. In Science – well, you get the point now.
The week came and went, and it was now Christmas Eve. At the assembly, everyone was murmuring and seem panicked. Everyone’s normally happy because this is when Santa announces his deer for his sleigh, but there was a problem. It was crazy foggy, and most of the world was too. Santa is like, a thousand years old so his sight is terrible. The deer usually lead the way in the starry night, but the fog was too heavy and didn’t seem like it was going to lift anytime soon. Santa came up, and he seemed really controlled. He started the assembly like all the other years, “ Well, as you may know, this is when the most honorable deer are realized. These following deer have worked hard, showed spirit and strength. I know you have all worked hard, showed spirit and strength in their own way, but-”
“Except Rudolph!” Someone yelled.
Some reindeer snickered, but Santa cleared his throat and continued,” But these deer shined through the crowd. This year’s special deer are -”
A reindeer interrupted, “ Santa, have you not noticed this fog!?! We’re not going to be able to lead you if this doesn’t lift! We’ll crash! We’re going to have to skip this year.”
Other reindeer agreed, and everyone started talking at once.
Santa kept a calm face, and said, “ Calm down, my students. I have the perfect solution. Let me first call my deer, and we shall continue. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, VIxen, Comet , Cupid, Donder, Blitzen, and Rudolph.”
There were gasps throughout the room, and someone yelled, “ Rudolph can’t do anything right! Why are you picking him! He’s only a freak with a glowing nose!”
Santa calmly replied,” Don’t you see? He’s exactly what we need. He can lead the front and we can see because of his nose! Christmas is saved! First, I need to ask something to someone.” He turned to me and said, “ Rudolph, with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”
I whispered, “ Yes.”Santa laughed his jolly laugh, and dismissed the assembly. I was stunned and so happy at the same time. I rushed home and yelled the news,” MOM! DAD! GUESS WHAT??? I’M SANTA’S TENTH DEER!” They came running and gave me a bear hug.
“ I knew you would do something special someday,” my mom gushed.
“ I’m proud of you, son,” my dad said, smiling. It was the best day of my life.
After Christmas, I instantly became a hero. When I first came to school after Christmas, a reindeer came and said,” Nice job, bro. I’m sorry I ever laughed at you.” More reindeer came after him saying basically the same thing, but I felt really warm inside each time someone said it. When school went out, I walked outside and all the reindeer shouted,” Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, you’ll go down in history!”. Then they picked me up and carried me home. I looked behind me, and I saw Dasher and his crew, glaring at me. I ignored them and laughed as I finally felt my victory.
Now, my life is great. I have many friends, my grades went up, and nobody bullied me anymore. I also heard this really cool song, I’m not sure who wrote it. It kind of goes like:
Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer
had a very shiny nose.
And if you ever saw him,
you would even say it glows.
All of the other reindeer
used to laugh and call him names.
They never let poor Rudolph
join in any reindeer games.
Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say:
“Rudolph with your nose so bright,
won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”
Then all the reindeer loved him
as they shouted out in glee,
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer,
you’ll go down in history!