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••• The International Writers Magazine - Our 20th Year: Santa Stories

Saving Santa
• Martin Green

Santa List

I was putting the last ornament on the tree when Jeeves came in, holding the telephone. 
“It’s him again,” Jeeves said.   “Shall I tell him you’re busy?”
“Nah, I’ll take it.”   He handed me the phone and discreetly left.   “Hi, Claus, how’s it going?   Well, what do you expect, having to depend on a bunch of elves.   I told you, you gotta modernize.   Get with it.   Those computers my buddy Bill sent you working okay?   Good.   So what’s the problem?
“The elves are pulling a last-minute slowdown?   They say you’re a greedy capitalist?    They must have been listening to what’s-her-name, that Warren woman.   Look,, tell them you’ll work out a profit-sharing deal.   That’ll make them happy.  There’s something else?   Rudolph what?   You’re kidding.  The worst fog in history and he’s gotten a nose job.  And a complete makeover.   Okay, okay, let me think.  My friend Donald is no help, too many problems of his own.  Wait a minute.  Call my friend  Oprah.   Yeah, tell her you need to borrow her private jet.   Mention my name.   If she gives you any trouble, tell her to get in touch with me.   That should do it.
“But Claus, look, we gotta talk.   You hafta get up to date.   After the first, we’ll do lunch.   We’ll get you into the twenty-first century yet.   And you hafta get rid of those damned elves.   Don’t worry, I’ll think of something.   Maybe early retirement.   Outsourcing, that’s the name of the game.   Okay, that should do it.   Yeah, you have a merry, too.   Right.   And a ho, ho, ho to you, too.”
Well, I hope that takes care of everything, but I bet he calls again, just before midnight.   “Jeeves.   Where are my stockings?   I hafta hang ‘em up with care.”

© Martin Green Dec 2nd 2019

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