Really, they are all so accident prone and unreliable that it’s high time we girls took a hand with the business. Grumbo will be out of action for at least six weeks, and Tingle is in such a bad mood because he thinks his singed beard spoils his looks, that I can’t see how the run up to the 24th is to be managed without us. As Grumbo can’t take Rudolph out at present, I have taken advantage by offering to look after him myself, and Nick has hardly been in a position to refuse. – Not that Rudolph actually needs anyone to look after him, for a more self sufficient reindeer I have never come across, but I told Nick that he did, and he was so busy worrying about the workload that he just accepted it.
It is quite easy to persuade Rudolph to do things providing you allow him to believe that the original idea was his own. I told him that the Mother Christmases were very fed up with being indoors and after a while I drew him into suggesting that he and the other reindeer could take them out for a run. After I’ve got the MCs buttering them up for a bit and they’ve got used to the idea of girls on the sleigh, I’ll introduce him to the idea of MCs taking over some of the runs. He loves the idea of being in charge, so if he is responsible for ‘training’ the MCs, showing them their routes and organising some of the other reindeer he’ll jump at it. There should be no need for the FCs to know anything about it until we are ready.
Well, that’s the plan so far. Now I have to go and do some invisible mending on Tingle’s suit and cover the main burn marks with extra fur.