by Bridger Thomsen
Once upon a time there was a grumpy old stegosaurus named Stegeneezer Scrooge. Stegosauruses are a little cranky by nature, except when their babies are around. But Scrooge didn’t have babies, and all he cared about was money. On the night before Christmas, Scrooge’s employee, a Parasaurolophus named Bob Cratchet, asked if he could have Christmas Day off. Scrooge was cranky about it, but he said OK.
When it was closing time, Scrooge went home. As he sat down by the fireplace, a giant fossil appeared. Scrooge saw it was the fossil of his old employee, Marley, a Pachycephalosaurus. Marley warned Scrooge that he would be visited by three other fossils that night.
Scrooge went up to his bedroom, still shocked at what he had seen. He closed his eyes and fell asleep. When he woke up there was a huge Brachiosaurus skeleton standing a few feet away. It said that it was the Fossil of Christmas Past. He told Scrooge to get on his boney back. Scrooge did as he was asked, and the Brachiosaurus jumped through the wall and flew away. The fossil showed him what happened in his past.
Scrooge woke up when he fell face-first on the floor of his bedroom. He heard laughing, so he went into the kitchen and saw a huge Giganotosaurus, who called himself the Fossil of Christmas Present. He was joyful and jolly. He brought Scrooge to Bob Cratchet’s house where he saw a little Parasaurolophus named Tiny Tim, who had a broken leg. He was a very grateful little boy. The family was eating a berry salad just as small as Tiny Tim.
The Giganotosaurus brought Scrooge back to his room. Scrooge just lay there waiting for the Fossil of Christmas Future. Then he wasn’t in his bed; he was outside. When he looked up, he saw another fossil. This one had the head of a Triceratops and the body of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. All of its bones were black. The fossil brought Scrooge to a quarry and pointed to a fossil that Scrooge recognized as his own.
Steganeezer Scrooge woke up surprised, but with joy in his heart. He knew he could change the future, so he brought some food to the Cratchet house, and was never cranky again.