The Christ­mas Con­tract,

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Af­ter that, he told me that ev­ery­thing I heard and ev­ery­thing I saw was con­fi­den­tial. I swore to him I would not say any­thing, but I lied. He told me about how Santa Fe was one of his fa­vorite places in the world be­cause of its good food and nice peo­ple. He said that ev­ery year he dressed up in a dif­fer­ent dis­guise and went to a res­tau­rant to eat. Then, sud­denly, with no good­bye, he van­ished into thin air, only leav­ing be­hind the gifts and a piece of paper.

The paper he left be­hind was a con­tract stat­ing that if I told any­one about this I would get coal for Christ­mas. There was a place to sign my name, and I did. Sud­denly, the paper van­ished into thin air. I guess this year I might get coal, but it was worth it to get the story out. Those are the events that oc­curred on Dec. 25, 2008.

Dylan Her­rera is a sixth-grade stu­dent at Car­los Gil­bert Ele­men­tary School.

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