“Hi Evil Elf,” said Suzie Elf, one day after work. “It is getting so close to Christmas. Only two more days to go.”
“You know,” said Evil Elf. “It doesn’t really matter that Christmas is so close because we get one day off and then we have to get right back to work to prepare for the next Christmas.”
“Somebody woke up on the wrong side of the bed,” said Suzie Elf.
“Why do you say that?” asked Evil Elf. “Is it because I am telling the truth? Something else that is true is that I do not like the way you always go out of your way to talk to me. I don’t like you.”
Suzie Elf started to cry. She really liked Evil Elf but he really hurt her feelings. She ran up to the workshop.
“Oh dear,” said Evil Elf to himself. “What have I done? That was so evil of me.”
“I think you better go apologize to her,” said Santa, who happened to be walking down the pathway from the barn to the workshop. “I heard what you said to Suzie Elf. That was a really evil thing to say.”
“I know it was,” said Evil Elf. “I feel horrible. I will go apologize to her.”
Evil Elf went to the workshop. He found Suzie sitting all alone in the corner, crying her eyes out.
“I am so sorry,” said Evil Elf. “I should never have said those things to you. That was really evil of me.”
“All I wanted to do was to be friendly to you,” cried Suzie Elf.
“I know,” said Evil Elf. “I am so sorry. By the way, I didn’t mean to say that I don’t like you. I like you very much.”
“You do?” asked Suzie Elf.
“Yes,” said Evil Elf.
Evil Elf gave Suzie Elf a kiss on her cheek. Suzie Elf blushed.
Evil Elf walked back up to the barn. He felt better about the situation with Suzie Elf. However, he still felt bad about being so evil to her in the first place.
“Santa,” said Evil Elf that night after dinner. “I know what I want for my Christmas gift.”
“What?” asked Santa.
“I want to stop being evil,” said Evil Elf.
“I see,” said Santa. “Unfortunately, that is not something I can help you with. That is something you have to learn to do on your own. However, I can give you a tip. When you are about to say something evil, stop and think real hard before you speak.”
“Thank you,” said Evil Elf.
“Would you like to have dinner with me tonight?” asked Suzie Elf about a half hour later.
“Well,” said Evil Elf, remembering what Santa had said to him. “I just ate but I would love some dessert.”
“That would be wonderful,” said Suzie Elf.
“Santa’s tip worked,” said Evil Elf to himself.
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