A Late Christmas Tale


Benjamin from Brothers Campfire here!

Gather round and I will spin you a tale….

Crewmember Ricardo fumed.

Furious and embarrassed after release from confinement on the Bovine Planetary Federation flagship B.C.Halhïn Gol, he was out for blood.

Not only had he been stripped and flaunted all over Earth’s news, but he was nearly sold as ground beef at a market. 

To make things worse, the other crew were blaming him for canceling post revelry and all the additional work assignments they had been tasked with. 

Ricardo proposed in his heart to avenge himself and destroy the meat market. 

Approaching the vehicle bay, he grabbed the keys of a 2023 Red Longhorn fighter and began the preflight checklist.  

(A Red Bull Fighter may have been sufficient, but probably they are copyrighted)

A hoof touched his shoulder. 

Where are you going, Ricardo? 

It was Captain J. Wardance.

“Sir, I must avenge myself for all the wrong I have caused in the ship. I am going to destroy the meat market, and perhaps .”

Experienced with bulls of this caliber, Wardance redirected. “Maybe some other time, Ricardo. Santa Claus is in the skies and Rudolph’s homing beacon is not one to be trifled with. Besides, it is  Christmas and their New Year.”

“Santa means nothing to me, Captain Wardance, I would wreck Rudolph with ease. What do I care about Christmas?  It’s a Human Earth dweller Holiday.”

“Ricardo, let me tell you a story about the earth dwellers and Christmas.”

“Way back when, God made people and he wanted to be loved by them.”

“Not one to corral them in if they didn’t want to be, they did whatever they wanted, goring each other and such. It took humans some doing as they had to manufacture goring implements.”

“God did not approve, and when people wanted to get God’s attention or stave off judgment for inappropriate behavior, they would get their favorite livestock and burn it on an altar as a sacrifice.” 

“Well Ricardo, God had a plan to stop all that so he borrowed a womb and was born on earth as a man. Notably, he was born in a barn-like us back home.”

“They called Him Jesus, and the important part for us is that He presented Himself as the sacrifice for wrongdoing. Because of Him, we aren’t used for sacrifices by most of the people down there.”

“They being said, now is not the time”

With a crisp cloven salute, Ricardo responded,

“And How, Brown Cow”, and returned the Longhorn fighter keys to their place. He would get revenge some other day.

Author: Benjamin

Benjamin Thiel is a community leader, urban farmer, and author of The Ongoing Tale at Brothers Campfire. He might know a guy...

19 thoughts on “A Late Christmas Tale

  1. herbthiel says:

    “…Borrowed a womb…” Very succinct and accurate. This has been a great storyline so far.

  2. Thattamma C.G Menon says:

    A Late Christmas Tale written, so braveness and self depend yourself always in your life with
    awesome imagination and love to eternity nature 🌹🙏👍🏻💐 the most wonderful story 👏👌
    Have a fantastic day and awesome life ahead dear friend 💕🖖😊

  3. MichaelStephenWills says:

    Hey Benjamin, it’s fascinating how you blend sci-fi elements with Christmas themes in your tale. The character of Ricardo is intriguing, especially his desire for revenge contrasted with the wise intervention of Captain J. Wardance. It’s interesting how the story incorporates aspects of Christianity and its significance to humans, used as a way to dissuade Ricardo from his destructive path. The mix of humor, conflict, and moral lessons makes your story quite engaging. How do you come up with such unique characters and plotlines? Do you draw inspiration from any particular sources or experiences?

    1. Benjamin says:

      Thank you for your review, it is much appreciated! I would say I am mostly drawing from experiences and utilizing an age-old method of replacing people with critters to make a statement without causing a stir. Some older philosophers seemed to have a knack for it.


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