December 2nd- Midnight at the Rivoli by Dawnwind

Hutch was powerless to look away. Like watching a train wreck, he stared in stupefied horror. The garish colors—  red and putrid green. The screams, the senseless violence—

“I can’t take any more of this!” he whispered.

“Ssh!” Starsky yanked on his sleeve. “Siddown!”

“This is the worst movie I have ever seen.”

“This is a classic.” Starsky waved at the screen. “Goodness and the spirit of giving overcoming—“

“Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is crap, Starsk.” He groaned.

“Thanks for giving me this for Christmas.”

Hutch melted. He’d seen far worse things last May. “You lived for me.”



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58 Responses to December 2nd- Midnight at the Rivoli by Dawnwind

  1. Dawnebeth says:

    Great picture for my little story, Mama bird!

  2. provencepuss says:

    lovely snippet and great photo.

  3. marianrose says:

    They give each other a lot of happiness. This story and picture gave the same to me. Thank you.

    • Dawnebeth says:

      Aw, thanks! I can just see Hutch’s face–he didn’t quite realize the extent of the horribleness of the movie.

  4. Spencer5460 says:

    Good one! 😀

    • Dawnebeth says:

      Thank you! I sort of wish I’d had the time to write more, but drabbles have to be 100 words, so…

  5. Samudee (Sam KW) says:

    Heee… heee! Did Hutch really give *that* gift! He better not complain now. 😀
    And that picture is fabulous!

  6. Lisa says:

    So “them”! Ha, that is a wretched movie & Starsky would love it!

    • Dawnebeth says:

      I don’t think I could watch the entire thing–the trailer on Youtube did me in. Thanks for reading!

  7. Pat says:

    Stupid question (with tongue firmly planted in my cheek), but is ‘Santa Claus Conquers the Martians’ a real film title? (No time to check IMDB right now). If so, would anyone bother to put it on video tape? All that aside, this is a wonderfully funny way to start a day. The picture and snippet are both terrific! Thanks, guys.

    • Dawnebeth says:

      Not only is it a real movie–you can watch the trailer (if not the whole film) on Youtube. The trailer was bad enough for me, and it is generally considered one of the worst movies ever made–up there with Plan 9 from Outer Space.

      • Pat says:

        Why is it the really, REALLY bad films are space flicks? As an amateur astronomer and science fiction nut, I’m saddened. Oh well… sigh.
        Thanks again, D and F, for this great 2nd day!

  8. Kat says:

    LOL! Hutch would give Starsky a gift he’s asked for without knowing about it! Adorable! Thanks for the story and thanks, F, for the pic.

    • Dawnebeth says:

      I just knew Starsky would appreciate the horribleness of the movie–he’d be a fan of MST3000, too!

  9. Duluth says:

    Oh, no, Hutch. Haven’t you learned by now not to make deals with Starsky? Thanks for the fun story, Dawn. And the picture is hilarious!

    • Dawnebeth says:

      I doubt Hutch will ever learn than lesson–nor Starsky learn it about Hutch. Think of the last scene in the pilot, yet they remained best friends forever.

  10. myhnabird says:

    Poor Hutch! Surely, Starsky’s company can’t be worth the awfulness of this movie…?

    • Dawnebeth says:

      exactly! He has his Starsky back, surely two awful hours will fade in a decade or two. Thanks for reading.

  11. xtexan86 says:

    Cute short story and lovely accompanying pic! That movie sounds like something Starsky would enjoy!

  12. Pat says:

    YEAH!!!!! Now, that’s a perfect last line. Thanks so much for the correction, F. Makes it even better. (‘ficlet’ what a wonderful word )

  13. Calliatra says:

    From scary to funny to heartwarming all in just one drabble – wow! What a ride, and what a wonderful read. And the picture is delight, too!

  14. MatSir says:

    SCCTM is one of my favorite bad movies! Poor Hutch, this isn’t going to help him embrace Christmas. Thanks for the laugh, I love how you took us from tension to humor to love in just a few paragraphs.

    • Dawnebeth says:

      So you’ve seen the whole thing? I wanted to call this Pia Zadora’s Triumph, but so few people know who she is or that she played a martian girl in the movie.

  15. Lesley Smith says:

    Without the last line this is great, with it it’s beautiful!

  16. wightfaerie says:

    Aww. Very nice, babe. I read Rivoli as Ravioli at first-lol.

    • Dawnebeth says:

      Well, take it from me, Hutch was in a giving mood and even took Starsky to an Italian restaurant for raviolis beforehand, despite the terrors that gives him, too.

  17. Verlaine says:

    I love it! Just so them, and the picture is a perfect match. Thank you, Dawn.

  18. Bee says:

    A pleasure read with a touching end…!!!

  19. Dianne says:

    Great little story and with a Sweet Revenge twist as well. Love it and Mama Bird did a nice job on the picture.

  20. Ursula Angstrom says:

    Hilarious and adorable, Dawnwind! Loved Midnight At The Rivoli. Touching ending.

    Ursula Angstrom

  21. nancys_soul says:

    LOL! So them and you did what you do best, entertain us!

  22. Hutcherie says:

    Awwww, that’s cute, Dawn! Love the pic, too.

  23. Elaine says:

    Love this! And the movie is so bad…it’s just so bad. The picture wraps it up. Drabbles are difficult, great job.

  24. susan (taass64) says:

    Perfectly them! I love the last line. Yeah, I bet Hutch gives Starsky just about anything he wants after he survives the hit. How could he not?

  25. Dawnebeth says:

    Thanks, Susan. Yep, that euphoric sentimentalism got Hutch good the Christmas of ’79.

  26. anachron says:

    Very cute, Dawn! And kicker of a last line! Certain events in one’s life do put things in perspective, don’t they? I think I have to check out SC Conquers the Martians now . . . just out of morbid curiosity, if nothing else. 🙂

    • Dawnebeth says:

      I’ve only watched the trailer–maybe someday I will get the courage to watch the whole movie.

      Thank you!

  27. Ly888ly888 says:

    “You lived for me,” perfect finish. Great glimpse at life after SR. Very well done and you couldn’t have picked a more “Starsky” movie, it’s a classic!

  28. Dawnebeth says:

    Thanks–I heard a mention of the movie a few days before I wrote the drabble and knew that was the movie Starsky would go see.

  29. Nicol says:

    LOL. great snippet, and such a perfect Boys moment you captured.

  30. Crazy Kater says:

    This is great Dawn. Short and satisfying. 🙂

  31. ksstarfire says:

    I very much enjoyed this. I loved the banter and the humor. Thank you! Sorry for the late posting. I finally got some days off in a row and get to run through all the days I missed.

    • Dawnebeth says:

      LOL–I know exactly what you mean. The other day, my daughter went to a friend’s earlier than expected, so I sat in Starbucks for an hour to catch up on the calendar.

      Glad you had time to read.

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