Jessie sat under the dining room table and licked her front paw. It was sore from walking on the ice to the Guild of Magical Creatures. Above, Flora and Klaus had been called in to discuss the possibility of becoming weather magicians. Santa sat drinking cocoa and discussing his meeting at the Guild.
Flora’s feet were tapping rapidly on the floor and Jessie moved out from under the table to avoid being stomped on. She saw on the edge of the table a plate of sugar cookies and promptly walked up to Santa. She pushed his elbow with her nose and he looked down at her with an affectionate smile. Santa patted her on the head. He offered the dog a piece of his cookie and then turned back to Flora and Klaus.
“I won’t promise you the job will be easy. With global warming in effect Jack Frost has had to use all of his magic to protect our little villages from the sun . I do have every confidence that you will do your best to help save the North Pole from melting. Are either of you interested,” Santa raised his right eyebrow and reached for the jug of cocoa.
Flora and Klaus both jumped up and in squeaky voices yelled “Yes” and “Of course” at the same time. They looked at each other and sat down at the table to wait for Santa to talk to them.
“I don’t see any reason why we can’t have two weather magicians working together. In fact, it might be a good idea to double up on the job. Welcome my friends to the training program for weather magicians. Your training starts now. In order to protect our snow and ice it is important for you to know the difference between the types visible in the city. The ice and snow can be affected by many different things. Sometimes it can be heavy and watery, sometimes it can be light and fluffy and at other times it can make excellent snowballs. Right, Jessie?” Santa pushed the plate of cookies further over onto the table just as Jessie had pulled the table cloth over so that the contents of the plate would spill on the floor.
Jessie’s ears went down and she walked over to her bed in the corner. She turned in a circle and sat on her warm blanket.
Santa laughed. “I don’t blame you girl. Molly makes excellent cookies. But, you’ve had enough for today. Now, my elf friends your first training assignment is to assess the snow. Go into the corners of our village and tell me just how affected the buildings are by the weather. Once we’ve created a list of areas that need help you can start learning the actual magic and put it in place. We’ll meet here again tomorrow at the same time. Now, off you go and get to work and thank you.”
Santa opened the door to the Claus house to let the elves out and turned to look at Jessie. He sighed and walked over to the dog. Santa bent down and stroked the dogs soft fur. “I have a secret, Jessie. I don’t know if we can save the town. I fear the weather has affected the buildings to much and we may have to move. Can you imagine a world without Santa Claus at the North Pole?” Santa shook his head and yawned. “Well, I can’t do anything about it today. Let’s have a nap on the new couch. I won’t tell Molly if you won’t.”
Jessie barked and followed Christ to the big comfy sofa Molly had just brought into the house. Soon Santa and Jessie were fitfully sleeping in the warm summer afternoon.