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Chris Claremont and John Byrne (co-plotters), Chris Claremont (writer), John Byrne (penciler), Terry Austin (inker), Glynis Wein (colorist), Tom Orzechowski (letterer), Louise Jones (editor), Jim Shooter (editor in chief)
It’s Christmas Eve but all of the X-Men are busy and leave Kitty behind at the mansion alone. Scott Summers calls from Florida, where he hires on a ship. Later the mansion is attacked by a N’garai demon. Kitty tries to escape and phases through floor and walls but the demon keeps up. She lures it into the Danger Room, but it trashes every single weapon that the room throws at it. Finally Kitty escapes into the Hangar and manages to fry the demon with the Blackbird’s afterburners. Later the X-Men return with Kittys’s parents as a surprise, they are proud how well she handled the situation.
Storm battles N’garai demons that try to invade Earth through a cairn near Xavier’s mansion. At first she is able to avoid their attacks, but finally she is hit by a bolt of energy and drawn inside the cairn. Being claustrophobic she panics and shatters the cairn with a flash of lightning. Believing the threat to be over, Storm returns to the mansion. The seasons turn and their battle with the N’garai is all but forgotten, but far from over. Professor Xavier believed that destroying the cairn would forever seal this gateway between the N’garai dimension and Earth. He was wrong as over a year later one of the demons crawls out of the debris. A young couple is out in the woods to get themselves a christmas tree, they are only the first to be attacked and killed by the demon.
Christmas Eve in the Mansion. Kitty's getting a lesson on flying the Blackbird from Professor X. Angel comes in to tell him that his car is ready. Talk about a timely interruption, Kitty jokes. She feels like she could build the Blackbird out of spare parts with her eyes closed by now. He won’t be satisfied until she can, Xavier deadpans. Angel comforts her that they all had to go through this. Now it’s her turn and this is just the easy part. He’s sure Kitty appreciates such encouragement, Xavier comments wryly and adds that he’ll be downstairs directly.
Angel, Colossus, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Sprite, Storm, Wolverine, Professor Charles Xavier (all X-Men)
Mariko Yashida, Wolverine’s girlfriend
Aleytis “Lee“ Forrester, a ship captain
Carmen and Terri Pryde, Kitty’s parents
A N’garai demon
The Storm flashback refers to Uncanny X-Men #96, when the N’garai made their first appearance in the X-books.