Today has been difficult: I had to explain to Giraffe that he won’t be coming on the Attic Mission with us, despite his help with making the Anti-Spider Protection Vehicle. Otter Keeper says we can’t all go to the attic.
I think Giraffe has taken the news fairly well. I’ve given him 2 Glowsticks as compensation and promised to tell him all about the attic when we return. I’ve also said he can look after the torch until Saturday. (I think this has helped a bit, because Giraffe loves the torch.)
This might all be for the best. Giraffe has had no spider training whatsoever, so he just isn’t prepared for attic exploration! Sometimes being the Mission Leader is hard, but I know I’ve made the right decision. (Also, Giraffe doesn’t know how to turn the torch on, so the battery will be safe.)
Great news! After many hours of hard work I can happily say that the spider problem has now been solved. I would like to introduce: The Anti-Spider Protection Vehicle or A.S.P.V.for short.
The A.S.P.V. has been specially designed to allow the otter inside to concentrate on important attic missions (and talk to Santa), without having to worry about spiders. It features a clear ‘anti spider’ message on the side and it’s very hard for them to get in. I have also added Glowsticks because, as everyone knows, spiders hate Glowsticks.
Unfortunately, the A.S.P.V. is only big enough to carry one otter, and there is no room for best friends. This means Teddy won’t fit. He was a little upset at first, but has promised to be brave, and he is happy that I will be safe from the spiders. I said I’d give him some extra spider training, so things should be fine.
Finally, I want to point out that that the A.S.P.V. is not just confined to attic missions. If you are really scared of spiders, the A.S.P.V. could make everyday life around the house much easier. You can even take a trip to the local shop, park or Post Office, safe inside your A.S.P.V. I know this works because I took mine to the post office. This was frustrating for Otter Keeper, but everyone else was very interested and talked to me lots. If you’d like to build your own A.S.P.V., just ask me, Teddy, or Giraffe for details.
This past week, Teddy and I have been very busy preparing for the Attic Mission. We’ve held regular Q&A sessions with Otter Keeper, to find out as much as we can about the attic. These sessions have been very useful and we have learnt a lot! For example, did you know that Christmas decorations are stored in the attic? This means that it is technically Christmas all year round up there! (It could also mean it’s where Santa lives…)
However, in Friday’s Q&A (our least favourite so far), we found out that although there is a chance Santa may live in our attic, there is a much better chance that there are spiders up there. This is bad news because Teddy is very scared of spiders. I’ve had to come up with an additional spider-training module, at very short notice.
Phase one went well. I drew a picture of a spider and told Teddy that spiders are really not very scary, and he felt a lot better. We discussed spiders a lot and developed an important theory: spiders are scared of Glowsticks. Otter Keeper said this wasn’t the case, but he later admitted he has never actually seen a spider when he’s been holding a Glowstick.
Phase two involved looking up spider pictures on the Internet. It turns out phase two was a very bad idea, and I now wish we hadn’t done phase two at all. Actually, I don’t really want to talk about phase two. Phase two ruined everything. I’m never doing a phase two of anything ever again. Ever!
I’m trying to be brave for Teddy, but the truth is the Attic Mission may have to be called off altogether. Unless, that is, I can come up with a really clever plan..