If you have been waiting anxiously for the conclusion of this festive Dave story, wait no longer…
Dave went to bed, thinking the only three spirits he would be interested in were Gin, Whiskey and Vodka, and being woken up at One o’clock in the morning was not his idea of Christmas preparation. Nonetheless, he went to bed after double checking the cupboard under the stairs was locked. He pushed the sofa back against it, to be safe.
Sure enough, as the church bell chimed once for the hour, Dave’s bedroom was flooded with light. He sat up with a start and found himself confronted with a hovering apparition of a young girl. He looked around to see if Yvette Fielding was going to jump out with her Ghost Hunting crew, or maybe Bill Murray would shoot it with a proton beam. Slightly disappointed when neither happened, Dave asked the ghost girl what she wanted with him. She was here to show him Christmases past, apparently. She held out her hand and hesitantly, Dave reached out to touch it. Before he knew what was going on, the room around him swirled and disappeared. He was soon in a strange place. He asked the ghost where he was. She looked at him a bit weird, before telling him this was his past. Dave shook his head and told her he’d never seen this place before. The ghost looked at him again. She asked him if he was Ebenezer Scrooge, of 15 Pinewood Road. Dave shook his head. He informed her that he was Dave, of 15 Pinewood Crescent. The ghost girl reached into her floating form and pulled out a ghostly looking notepad. She cursed and apologised profusely for disturbing him. She held her hand out again and Dave took hold of it, and then all of a sudden he was back in his bedroom. She apologised again, before vanishing in a flash of white light. Dave shook his head in disbelief and went back to sleep.
Just as Dave was drifting into a deep sleep, the church bell chimed twice. He opened one eye, then the other. He heard a jolly laughing coming from his walk-in wardrobe. Now Dave knew that Santa Claus didn’t exist, so he thought he was either hallucinating vividly, or someone was playing a killer prank on him. He sat up and crept over to the wardrobe door. He opened it slowly, and was gobsmacked to see his wardrobe inhabited by a tall guy in a robe and a crown on his head. This one introduced himself as the Ghost of Christmas Present. The ghost held his hand out and Dave hesitated, because he hadn’t held a man’s hand since he held his dad’s hand as a child. After much cajoling by the ghost, he took the hand offered and then they were out in a snow covered street. Again Dave wasn’t really sure where he was going with this, but he went along with it. He got to see the jolly chap from Mr Scrooge’s office with his family and friends, then off they went to Bob Cratchit’s house. Dave saw his family, in particular his young son, Tiny Tim, who was struggling with an ailment. The Ghost of Christmas present watched Dave’s detached, expressionless face, and then took him to one side. He queried Dave as to why the plight of his most trusted and loyal employee was having no effect on him. This is when Dave had to admit he wasn’t Ebenezer Scrooge, and didn’t really have a vested interest in Bob Cratchit’s welfare, or that of his family. The Ghost of Christmas Present rolled his eyes and disappeared cursing Dave for wasting his time. Dave was left stood in the street outside the house of a stranger.
Dave reached into his pocket and pulled out his… mobile phone, because this is a story about salvation, not public indecency, and tried opening up the Google Maps app. Thanks to the rubbish H+ signal, it was taking ages, and so he didn’t see the huge swirling fog approach. Before he knew it, he was enveloped and couldn’t see more than a few yards in front of him. With a gulp, he put the phone away and turned around, only to come face to face with a tall, hooded, figure. Dave asked him if he was the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, and the figure nodded. Dave then asked if he was expecting Ebenezer Scrooge, to which the figure nodded again. Dave calmly informed the figure that he was not Mr Scrooge. The figure shrugged it’s shoulders and lifted it’s hands to the hood. Dave held his breath as the hood was pushed backwards. He opened his mouth to scream, but nothing came out. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come was none other than Simon Cowell. He took a cigarette from the pocket of his cloak, and put it in his mouth, lighting it with a gold lighter. Dave wondered if he shouldn’t be seeking out Ebenezer Scrooge, but Simon Cowell shook his head and told Dave that it was Three o’clock in the sodding morning, and he was buggered if he was traipsing across town. Besides, he said, he was paid for the hour, so it made no difference to him. Dave felt a bit sorry for this Mr Scrooge, but before he could take it up with the Simon Cowell ghost, he was back in his own room again. Being completely knackered, he fell asleep almost immediately.
It was Christmas Day when Dave awoke, and he felt really bad for this Mr Scrooge. If he was as doomed as all these spirits had alluded, then God help the poor old bastard. Feeling a little bit affected by the evening’s proceedings himself, Dave rang Donna and wished her a Merry Christmas, and also spoke to Annabel. Then, he got dressed and went out into the world to find Ebenezer Scrooge and see if he had experienced the epiphany he was meant to. He found his way to 15 Pinewood Road and knocked on the door. A window opened above his head, and snow dusted his head and shoulders. Dave looked up to see Mr Scrooge glaring at him from on high. Dave smiled nervously, thinking to himself that this was not the look of a man who should be full of joy for having been saved from a miserable life after death. Then, without warning, Mr Scrooge smiled and laughed. He told Dave that he would indeed be accepting his quote, and also wanted additional Directors and Officers cover. More than that, he would be happy to recommend Dave to his customers. With a smile on his face, Dave was about to leave for home when Mr Scrooge invited him to dinner at Bob Cratchit’s house. Dave nodded his thanks and together, they sang and danced through the town to the home of Mr Scrooge’s loyal employee. They knocked on the door, and waited patiently. Minutes passed. Mr Scrooge knocked again. More minutes passed. Then a cough behind them made the two men turn around. A kindly old lady was stood at the end of the drive. She kindly informed them that the Cratchits had won the lottery and gone to DisneyWorld for Christmas.
Seeing Ebenezer Scrooge’s crestfallen look, Dave invited him back to his house for dinner instead.
The two men got royally shit-faced on brandy and wine, and then fell asleep before the Queen’s Speech came on.