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The New Assistant: The fun really begins The New Assistant: The fun really begins
by Thanos K & Asa B
2008-12-18 08:55:38
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Santa's sudden arrival in the stable, promotion of Matti and just as sudden departure had left everybody speechless, including the magpie. Mika was the first to break the silence, "Congratulations, Matti! I wish you a lot of luck - and I mean A LOT of luck - as Mr. Posi's new assistant!" Henry patted Matti on the back and Uuno didn't know whether to laugh or cry, so he just stood shaking his head in disbelief. Matti hadn't said anything since Santa had talked with him and Mika began to wonder if the bird was feeling okay.

santa05_400"Doctor Uro, I think you'd better check to see whether Matti is feeling well. He doesn't seem to be moving at all," observed Mika. The doctor picked up his little brown medicine bag and walked over to Matti who was still as still as a statue, although not many statues stand with their mouth open wide. Dr. Uro quickly examined Matti and gave his diagnosis to the assembled group, "He's simply in shock. Hand me that mug of hot chocolate, Uuno." Uuno picked up the mug and gave it to the doctor, who then sprinkled some spices in the liquid, stirred it and then held it under Matti's nose. "Right, this should bring him back to earth… 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, now!"

Matti suddenly burst back into life making everybody, even the doctor, jump. He flapped his wings a few times, hopped left and then right, circled his head clockwise and then back again, coughed, squawked, drank the hot chocolate in one fast gulp and started singing "I'm the chief’s assistant" over and over again. When Matti started to dance to his own song Mika approached the funny little magpie and tapped him on the shoulder, "Excuse me Mr. Assistant!" Matti turned round to face his friend, "Ohh Mika, you don't have to call me Mr. Assistant… Sir will do!"

Mika, Henry and Uuno began to laugh, but Matti didn't smile, "I'm sorry! Is there something funny that I have missed?" Everybody stopped laughing and began to exchange worried looks, "Don't you all have work to be doing?" squawked Matti, "Christmas is almost here and we have lots of work to do! Christmas won't wait, you know! Chop, chop! Off to work all of you!" The doctor shut his medicine bag, "Well, it seems my patient is well. Don't work them too hard, Matti! Cheerio!" Uuno and Henry didn't want to stay any longer, so they quickly left with the doctor leaving Matti alone with Mika.

"Since you don't have any work to do right now, Mika, you can carry me to the warehouse where I'm sure they are eagerly awaiting my arrival!" declared Matti to the bemused moose. Mika saw no harm in giving the excited bird and lift, especially after the magpie could still be a bit weak after collapsing in the snow. "Hop on board, sir!" said Mika playing along with his friend's outrageous behaviour. As they walked along Matti began loudly singing again, "I'm the chief's assistant" and he was making sure that everybody heard.

"Matti, I think I owe you an apology, but… it was like…" but the little bird could hear nothing. Less than an hour ago he was cold, confused and lonely in the middle of a snowstorm and now he was the chief assistant in Santa’s workshop lost in his own little world! Mika had stopped walking and was waiting for Matti to notice the lack of movement - it took a few minutes. "Hey! Why have we stopped? I didn't tell you to stop! Come on, Mika Moose; there are children depending on me to make their presents and deliver them on time! It is up to me to save Christmas, perhaps I should be called Matti Claus… hmmm!"

Mika rolled his eyes at his friend's imagination and began walking again hoping that this would soon pass and Matti would prove to be good at his new job. "I hope I get a big mug that says "Chief's Assistant" on the side and it is written in gold letters, yes, beautiful gold letters and my name is above, no below the word "Chief's Assistant" and…" Mika coughed loudly and intentionally, Matti stopped talking, "Matti, we are at the warehouse. You have to go in alone because I need to meet the other reindeer now." Matti looked worried for a moment, "Go in by myself… all alone? Okay, okay, no problem. There's nothing to be nervous about! I am the chef's assistant! No, I mean I am the chief's assistant!" Mika patted Matti on the head, "Good luck little friend!"

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