Subject: "Well, I certainly wasn't expecting this. Should be fun!"
Posted on: 2022-01-02 23:55:58 UTC

A middle-aged Latino woman with dark hair and a smile as warm as her reindeer sweater walked up to the present pile. "Thank you for including a plus-one on the invitations. I'm glad I could make it; the Nursery holiday party takes just as long to clean up from as the party itself! Now, um..." She looked at the boxes, then the list of rules, and then at the boxes again. "These aren't going to explode in my face, are they?"

Two rows from the front, Miguel facepalmed. "Ay, Mamá, it was one box, two years ago, and I didn't even get that one."

"You can't blame me for being worried about my boy," Diane replied in rapid-fire Spanish. Then she picked up a red box with black ribbon and carefully opened it. "Awww, what a cute doll! Miguel, look, it's like a little man!"

As soon as she took it out of the box, however, the daruma doll let out a piercing "Nyahahahahahahahaha!", startling Diane into dropping it on the stage.

"What on God's green earth is this? Who put a laughing doll in the pile?"

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