Leading Up To…
by Gavin Biddlecombe
Sat at his desk and poring over the new intake of e-mails that continuously filled his inbox, Dave reviewed the names alongside the ancient, over-sized book beside him. He glanced over at the clock on the wall of the large office as it slowly ticked away. Almost 15 o’clock. Grimacing, he removed his specs and rubbed his eyes, stifling another yawn.
“Are you finished with the recent ones yet?” asked Merry Sparkletoes, startling Dave. “We need to get the list down to manufacturing as soon as possible.”
“Yep, here it is.” Dave reached over his desk, almost knocking over the remnants of his mug. He handed over the list. “We’ve only just finished Halloween and they’ve already been mailing us. I know there’s a need to get them in well in advance but this is ridiculous.”
“At least we can get ahead of the game. The quicker these are made, the better.”
“But they’re still chewing on their Halloween candy. Surely there’s plenty for them to get on with in the meantime?”
“They’re riding the sugar wave, excited at the next prospect”.
“I suppose,” said Dave climbing down off his seat “although we’re anticipating a lull the week after.”
“The sugar crash.” agreed Merry.
“Indeed, but it won’t last long”. Dave saved his place in the enormous book, collected his mug and followed Merry out of the office, down the long corridor to manufacturing. “The flood will start in a couple of weeks. It’ll be e-mails and letters galore”.
“I almost forgot about that. I’ve somehow blanked out last year’s mayhem. Poor old Garland Tinsel almost had a nervous breakdown”
“We’ve got the emergency team on standby, don’t we?”
“They’ve been called in immediately. We’re not taking any chances this time around.”
“And the supplies of extra hot chocolate and marshmallows?” Asked Dave.
“Order placed months ago and in stock. It steadied Garland’s nerves and put him back in the game.”
“Good. Good.” Dave nodded, stepping into the canteen. “Hot chocolate top up?”
“Not just yet. I need to get this list down to manufacturing. They’ll be finishing their current batch and need them to remain ahead of schedule.”
“Yeah, won’t be long before the kids start writing to us too.”