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Back in Halloween Town, everything was almost ready. Eddy and Double D were watching Sally put the finishing touches on Jack’s “Sandy Claws” outfit. As they watched, Eddy and Double D agreed on one thing: Jack didn’t look a thing like Santa Claus.

“You don’t look like yourself, Jack,” said Sally, in a last attempt to change her friend’s mind. “Not at all.”

“Isn’t it wonderful?” Jack asked as Sally sewed. “It couldn’t be more wonderful!”

“But you’re the Pumpkin King,” protested Sally, holding up an old picture of Jack.

“Not anymore,” said Jack, taking the picture and snapping it in half on his knee. “And I feel so much better.”

Sally, Double D, and Eddy were shocked at what Jack had just done.

“I hadn’t counted on that one,” Eddy said to Double D. Double D nodded in agreement.

“Jack, I know you think something’s missing,” Sally said as she ran a needle and thread through Jack’s sleeve. “But . . . ”

Sally was so distracted that she accidentally pricked Jack’s finger with the needle.

“Ow.”

“S-sorry,” Sally stammered when she realized what she had done.

“You’re right,” Jack said, looking at himself in the mirror. “Something is missing. But what?”

Sally, Double D, and Eddy’s faces lit up. Maybe Jack did have some reason in him.

“I’ve got the beard, the coat, the boots . . . ”

Sally sighed sadly, Double D groaned, and Eddy rubbed his temples, the pressure of a headache building. Eddy certainly knew what Jack was missing: his logic!

“Jack, Jack! This time we bagged him!”

Eddy looked up to see Lock, Shock, and Barrel running toward them, with a wriggling sack once again in the walking bathtub.

“This time we really did!” said Lock.

“He sure is big, Jack!” said Shock.

“And heavy!” added Barrel.

“It is not fair . . . ”

Eddy and Double D looked at each other. They knew that fourth voice. And he didn’t sound happy.

And sure enough, Ed trudged through the crowd, his head hanging low. His eyes were watery again, but this time it wasn’t from allergies.

Eddy and Double D ran to their friend. “Oh dear,” said Double D. “Don’t be sad, Ed. It will all work out.”

“Yeah, Lumpy,” said Eddy. “Don’t take it so hard.”

“But now I’ll never be an elf!” blubbered Ed. “And terrible things to Santa they will do!”

Eddy bit his lip. He may have been ignorant at times, but deep down, he didn’t like seeing his friends sad. He frantically looked around, searching for an idea. His eyes fell on Jack, who was now talking to Santa Claus.

“See that he’s comfortable,” Eddy heard Jack say to Lock, Shock, and Barrel. Then, “Just a second, fellas!” Jack paused, as if he were thinking. “Of course! That’s what I’m missing! Thanks!” He then took Santa’s hat and placed it on his head, much to Santa’s protest.

As Lock, Shock, and Barrel began to leave with Santa, the lightbulb went off in Eddy’s head. He turned back to his sad Viking friend.

“Hey, Ed . . . ” he said. He then leaned over and whispered something in Ed’s ear. As Ed listened, a hopeful smile appeared on his face.

“Really, Eddy?” Ed asked his friend.

“Yep,” said Eddy. “You’d better hurry so you can catch up to them.”

“Thank you, Eddy!” said Ed. He got up and ran after Lock, Shock, and Barrel.

“Eddy, what did you tell him?” asked Double D, suspicious.

“Oh, nothing,” said Eddy. “I just told him this little secret.”

“What secret?” asked Double D.

“Oh, the little secret about the “special job” Jack gave Ed,” said Eddy. “I told him that he didn’t hear it from me, but Jack gave him the assignment of keeping Santa company while Jack was off being a nut. Santa’s sure to make Ed an elf if he’s super-nice to him.”

Double D was confused. That didn’t sound like something Jack would say. Then his eyes lit up. He realized what Eddy had done.

“That was a nice thing you did, Eddy,” he said.

Eddy was surprised. Apparently, he hadn’t thought about being caught. “Oh . . . well, it’s not like I was being nice or anything,” he said in fake annoyance. “I just wanted him to stop all that blubbering! I have a bad enough headache.”

Double D smiled. He knew Eddy was faking. This was the kind of thing that really made them Stouthearted Eds.

Then Double D spied Sally. She did not look happy. She looked worried. “This is worse than I thought,” Double D heard her say. “Much worse . . . I know!” She then disappeared into the crowd.

---

Ed could plainly see Lock, Shock, and Barrel right in front of him. And he could hear everything they were saying, too.

“Where are we taking him?” asked Barrel.

“To Oogie Boogie, of course,” said Lock. “There isn’t anywhere in the whole world more comfortable than that. Jack said to make him comfortable, didn’t he?”

“Yes he did,” said Shock and Barrel.

“Haven’t you ever heard of peace on earth and goodwill toward men?” asked Santa.

“NO!” the three children exclaimed.

Ed stopped. They were talking about that “Oogie Boogie” guy again. The guy who would do terrible things to Santa! Who was he? But whatever the case, according to Eddy, Jack had given him a special job, and he had to do it! He ran after the three kids.

---

Before Ed knew it, he was back at the tree house. He followed the children and the bathtub into a lower level in the tree house.

“Don’t do this!” Santa said. “Naughty children never get any presents!”

But, of course, Lock, Shock, and Barrel ignored the jolly old elf, and proceeded to force him down what looked like a big metal chute.

“I think he might be too big,” said Shock.

“No, he’s not!” said Lock. “If he can go down a chimney, he can fit down here!”

Then, with one last big push, Santa disappeared down the chute!

“SANTA!” yelled Ed. He then burst into the room and jumped down the chute headfirst.

Lock, Shock, and Barrel just stared. What had just happened?

“Was that Lothar?” asked Barrel.

“I think it was,” said Lock.

“Good!” said Shock. “It serves him right for tricking us like that!”

---

When Ed finally emerged from the chute, he fell straight down and landed on Santa.

Ed grinned when he saw who he was with. “Hello Santa,” he said. “My name is Ed, and an elf I wish to be!”

Then Ed looked around. He and Santa seemed to be in the middle of a giant roulette table. Santa was lying on his back, his hands bound together above his shoulders. Ed, of course, wasn’t being restrained, so he could stand up.

Suddenly, the lights began to dim, and then everything began to shine with a neon glint. Ed could tell that black lights were causing everything to glow neon. “Cool,” he said, touching his bright orange beard.

Then he stopped. He turned around. Two massive doors opened, and a pair of dice rolled out.

“Lay low, Santa,” said Ed, readying his spatula. “Something wicked this way comes.”

Unfortunately, Ed was right.

Oogie Boogie: Well, well, well!
What have we here?
Sandy Claws, huh?
Ooh! I'm really scared!
So you're the one
Everybody's talkin' about!
Ha, ha, ha!

You're jokin'! You're jokin'!
I can't believe my eyes!
You're jokin' me! You gotta be!
This can't be the right guy!

He's ancient! He's ugly!
I don't know which is worse!
I might just split a seam now
If I don't die laughin' first!

Mister Oogie Boogie says
There's trouble close at hand!
You'd better pay attention now
'Cause I'm the Boogie Man!

And if you aren't shakin'
There's something very wrong!
'Cause this may be the last time
You hear the Boogie song!

Whoa oh!


Three Skeletons: Whoa oh!

Oogie Boogie: Whoa oh!

Two Skeletons: Whoa oh!

Oogie Boogie: Whoa oh!

Three Bats: Whoa oh!

Together: I'm (he's) the Oogie Boogie Man!

Apparently, there was “something very wrong” with Ed, because he wasn’t the slightest bit scared. In fact, he was actually a little disappointed with the bright green oversized potato sack dancing around him! This was the “Oogie Boogie” guy those brats kept talking about? Ed had seen worse monsters than this guy! He didn’t look so tough! But still, he wanted to hurt Santa, and Ed wasn’t going to take that sitting down. He pointed his spatula at Oogie.

Ed: Release him now or you must face
The dire consequences!
The children are expecting him
So please, come to your senses!


Oogie Boogie: Ha! You're jokin'! You're jokin'!
I can't believe my ears!
Would someone shut this brat up?
I'm drownin' in my tears!

It's funny! I'm laughin'!
You really are too much!
And now, with your permission
I'm going to do my stuff!


Ed: What are you going to do?

Oogie Boogie: I'm gonna do the best I can!

Whoooah

The sound of rolling dice
To me is music in the air!
'Cause I'm a gamblin' Boogie Man
Although I don't play fair!

It's much more fun, I must confess
With lives on the line!
Not mine, of course, but yours, old boy!
Now that'd be just fine!


Ed: Release him fast or you will have to
Answer for this heinous act!


Oogie Boogie: Oh, brother, you're somethin'!
You put me in a spin!You aren't comprehending
The position that you're in!

It's hopeless! You're finished!
You haven't got a prayer!
'Cause I'm Mister Oogie Boogie
And you ain't goin' nowhere!


As Oogie danced around, he attached a hook to the rope holding Santa. Ed watched as Santa began to be hoisted into the air. Then Oogie took another hook and walked over to Ed, only to notice that Ed wasn’t bound. But that didn’t stop Oogie. He simply shrugged and jammed the hook into Ed’s eyebrow! Ed didn’t seem to mind, though. He smiled contentedly as he too was hoisted in the air, next to Santa.

Ed looked over at the terrified Santa, then back down at Oogie (which can be hard to do when you’re hanging in the air by your eyebrow). “Do you think there will be an encore performance?” he asked Santa.

Despite being terrified, all Santa could do was roll his eyes.
Chapter 9.

Songs featured: Oogie Boogie's Song featuring Ed.

Chapter 1: [link]
Chapter 2: [link]
Chapter 3: [link]
Chapter 4: [link]
Chapter 5: [link]
Chapter 6: [link]
Chapter 7: [link]
Chapter 8: [link]
Chapter 9: [link]
Chapter 10: [link]
Chapter 11: [link]
Chapter 12: [link]
Chapter 13: [link]
Chapter 14: [link]
Chapter 15: [link]
Epilogue: [link]

Ed Edd n Eddy (c) Danny Antonucci
The Nightmare Before Christmas (c) Tim Burton, Henry Selick
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SubukuNoJess Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Student Writer
I remember this story from fanfiction.net! I loved how you included Ed, Edd, & Eddy in Nightmare Before Christmas :heart: You have real writing talent :D

I liked how Ed's really not so smart, but he acts so cute and innocent in the end. XD

Great story!
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AMX-269 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010   Writer
Glad you like it. ^_^ Thanks for reviewing.
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TheGFig Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Student General Artist
“Do you think there will be an encore performance?” Ed asked Santa.
XD
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