A/N #1: The idea for this little fic popped into my head and absolutely begged me to write it. I've never written a drabble-fic, and while I think *technically* drabbles are supposed to be something like 100 words or less...I couldn't hold to that. I tried. ;) I'm just too wordy! LOL I did manage to keep it under 500 words per chapter...except the last, which is just under 550. There are nine chapters total. I'll post one per day, with the final chapter posting on Christmas Day. Now that the author's note is just about as long as the chapter itself, I'll let you get to it. ;)
"It's time, son," my father said as I stood and began to pace. "I'm handing over the reins—literally and figuratively—to a new generation."
I wasn't sure what to say. I paced some more, raking a hand through my hair as my mother watched with worried eyes. My father looked calm, happy...at peace with his decision.
"I...I won't have any idea what to do," I argued, shaking my head. "You can't just expect me to step in and fill your shoes, Dad."
"Edward—" my mom started, but she quieted as my father stood, stopping me with his hands on my shoulders so he could look me in the eyes.
"Son, do you think I had any clue when your grandfather retired?" He chuckled, shaking his head. "I was scared to death, too. But you can do this. Your mother and I have faith in you, Edward. You just have to have faith in yourself."
After a moment, I nodded, huffing out a breath. "Faith. Right."
I could do this. I mean, I was born to do it, right? The men in my family had been doing it for nearly a thousand years. But that didn't mean I wasn't still scared out of my wits.
After all, my father had just said I was now the one and only Santa Claus.
A/N #2: Edward is Santa. *squee* Thank you to Deb, Bethy, & Cara, who read this as I wrote it. And Bethy made me the most adorable banner to go along with it. It seriously may be my favorite banner she's ever made. You can find a link on my profile.
Okay, chapter 2 will be up tomorrow! Please, let me know what you thought! Mwah! – Jen