Advent Rush – Day 11 (all)(520 words)

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“You look nice today” said the clock.

“Thank you” replied the streetlight.

Santa walked passed the two with Shawn.

“That’s the problem with those two things” said Santa.  “I wanted to get a different clock, but Mrs Claus insisted that I bought something that complemented the streetlight.”

“Only 13 more days” thought Shawn.


A sound echoed from around the valley. BEE-DO BEE-DO BEE-DO it went. WEE-OO WEE-OO WEE-OO.

There was a WHOOSH and a sled appeared with a red object on it.  Santa and Shawn walked over to it.

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On the sled was a large red boot.  On the side of the boot was the logo of Gru Industries. Santa touched it. BEE-DO BEE-DO BEE-DOOO it beeped out and then emitted a green gas.

“Good grief!” cried Santa. “That smells awful!  STUART!!”

Stuart poked his head round the side of the door.  He’d learned (the hard way)  that there’s a number of ways in which you can be called.  “Oh, Stuart…” can mean that you’re about to get something nice – a banana perhaps – or it could be that your friends are about do something where you are the victim – for example, have a banana pie thrown at your face!  “STUART!!!” could mean “I want you to do something” or “I’ve found something bad that you might be responsible for” – like not securing a bomb in its carrier, causing it to fall and leave a dent in the head of another minion. But there is also “STUART MICHAEL JASON KYLIE BOURBON BANANA!!!” – and when all parts of your name are called out you really should just get to wherever you need to be very, very quickly. That one’s often BAD.

Anyway, it was just “STUART” so Stuart decided caution may be the better approach.

“Yes? Da?”

“Stuart … come over here… do you have any idea what this is?  Every time I touch it, it releases the green gas!”

Stuart giggled.  He knew EXACTLY what it was.

“Try again” he said, surpressing a giggle.

“No, thank you” said Santa.

“Oh, go on…”

“No. What is it?”

Stuart pressed the logo on the sock.  Santa held his nose.  But instead of a green gas, a small compartment opened up. Stuart put his hand in and pulled out an envelope. He handed it to Santa.

On the outside, it said simply “Big Guy”. Santa opened it.  Inside it read:

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Dear Big Guy,

We hope everything is gud.

Gru hopes this will help you. It’s early as a present, but I’m sure you’ll find a use for it.

Mionon Karl

Best writer in Gru shop.

Stuart closed the compartment door.  There was a hiss as the door closed, then a small ‘pop’ and the top opened.

Santa looked carefully inside.  He let out a hearty laugh.

“Yes” he said “That will certainly help –  it is much appreciated.  I think it will become even more useful when I get close to Christmas Eve!”

Chuckling he picked the boot up and walked back to the house.  Stuart looked at Shawn.  They both shrugged. “I wonder what that was?” they asked themselves silently.

Author note: Yes, I know that the spelling in the letter is wrong, but given that Minions are genetically created and even in the films don’t actually speak in a single language I thought it better to write a letter in a more realistic way.

Today’s advent presents:

Lego provide us with a matching clock to the streetlight. Again, like the streetlight it will be a useful addition to the Christmas scene, but it isn’t really a “play” feature.

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The Minion advent calendar give us a sock.  It is a little frustrating that there isn’t any mechanisms to connect the sock to the fireplace, but it has come with a printed Gru Industries brick – which may be useful for Minion-related builds!

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