“Today we will move our training outside” said Santa, with an air of authority. “As well as being able to go down chimneys and get through fire places without leaving any marks, you might also need to get across very icy surfces.
“The problem is that you can’t use ice grips on your shoes – you will forget to take them off and apparently nobody likes to find spike scratches on their wooden flooring. Mrs Claus reminds me every year of the time I tried that.
“So – you will need to work your way across to this pie – yes, it’s Bapple – pick it up and – no, not eat it… not yet… take it back to your table when you CAN eat it.
We’ll take it one at a time. No, you can’t eat it when you get here either.”
This was not the best of training days. The Minions found that their boots were extra slippery – and Santa hadn’t detected the slight slope on the ground. The first minion stood onto the ice… then slowly drifted downhill. The others stood… and watched.
Eventually, the fun of slowly moving downhill got boring and the minions became competitive about getting the pie. Each slowly started to make their way forward, becoming more and more excitable, before SLIP THUD they landed on their back.
The closest was Stuart, who managed (by sheer luck) to make his way across the ice. He picked up the pie – considered just eating it there and then… and then started to make his way back. His colleagues encouraged him ever faster until.. SLIP… THUD.. SPLAT! And Stuart ended up wearing the pie. At that point Santa had to call a halt as all the other minions jumped on Stuart to start eating the pie straight off him!
Once everyone had calmed down, the Minions went home for their tea. Santa wondered where Nurgle had gone, when he heard FLAP FLAP FLAP FLAP… he turned round to see Nurgle with a very large Penguin.
“Do you want to join our club?” asked Nurgle.
“What’s that?” asked Santa.
“It’s a Penguin.”
“I can see that… what’s it doing?”
“Nothing. Just standing still. Or rather, slowly slipping downhill, like me.”
“No, what are you going to do with it? You can’t keep it!”
“What do you suggest?”
“Have you taken it to the zoo?”
“Yes” replied Nurgle “We both enjoyed it very much. But I did wonder about taking it to the cinema… what do you think?”
Lego City provides us with the fence – I think – a bag with three ice skates (no idea why I have a spare) and a little ice with a pie. It’s a bit of a space filler if I’m honest, but individually the parts could be useful in other builds.
The Minions advent calendar provides the penguin. At least, I think that’s what it is…