Summary: No one should be alone at Christmas. Tinker 'Andy' Anderson decides he's going to bring his lover home for an old-fashioned holiday.

Notes: This is based upon the 1958 movie It! The Terror from Beyond Space, the screenplay for which was written by Jerome Bixby, but takes place after the events of the movie. I changed the 'Ann' character to *Andy*. (It's what they really should have done.) I also took the liberty of changing the names of the spaceships from Challenger 141 and 142 to Defiance and Defender. Keep in mind that while the events of this movie are supposed to take place in 1970, it was filmed in 1958 and that's the time that is reflected. Hence, Andy driving an Edsel. As an aside, It! is the basis of Ridley Scott's Alien. I fudged the timeline in my story a bit, since Frost's assignment in the Alps was The Crawling Eye (1958), and the next one in the Himalayas is The Abominable Snowman (1957). The hoax of Martians landing in Princeton, NY is an obvious reference to Orson Welles' War of the Worlds. Additional disclaimers at the end. The Air Force Base Andy and Carr transfer to is named for John Gillespie Magee, Jr., who wrote High Flight, which was read after the Challenger disaster. Thanks to Tony for a man's POV. Beta'd by Gail, for which I give her many thanks.