Another update from the Jungle….
After the fiasco of their Thanksgiving dinner, Rudy and Trish decide they will skip a holiday party this year. Even a warlock and a witch need a break. Jerry, the werewolf next door, offers to host a holiday party, but they turn him down. Every surface in Jerry’s house is covered in dog hairs and Trish is a finicky witch who doesn’t like the way the dog hairs stick to her clothing.
Besides, there are rumors of an employee party at the big box store where Rudy, Trish and Jerry work. Trish checks the bulletin board in the employee break room and sees the notice that the company is hosting a Christmas party for employees. Trish immediately complains to the HR manager that calling it a Christmas party interferes with her religious beliefs as a pagan. She threatens to take concerted action with the other witches to protect her workplace rights.
The HR manager cleverly deduces undercurrents of discontent and decides to take a survey of employees to ask who will attend the holiday party. Most employees say they will attend if they are paid for their time and there is no gift exchange. In a workplace full of witches, warlocks and a mischievous leprechaun, no gifting is a prudent choice so the HR manager agrees.
The HR manager reports the survey results to the ogre who owns the store and he agrees to pay the employees to attend the holiday party. Actually, what the ogre says is much pithier and an exact quote might give rise to an EEOC charge. The HR manager posts a signup sheet for the potluck lunch.
Trish brings sugar cookies shaped like pentagrams. She’s added a magic spell that increases the eater’s happiness. After eating a cookie, the HR manager smiles benevolently at her coworkers.
Ryan, the leprechaun, arrives late because it is normally his day off. But he never misses an opportunity to get paid for not working. He steps jauntily into the break room breathing Bushmills Irish Whiskey fumes on everyone and smiling blearily. As he passes the buffet table, he snatches one of Trish’s cookies and gulps it down in two bites.
The magic spell synchronizes beautifully with his whiskey. Ryan begins high-stepping around the room, like an extra in Riverdance, listening to a tune only he could hear. The HR manager joins him and soon everyone is hoofing it round the breakroom.
Everyone agrees it is the best office holiday party in years.
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