Santa sat in his office, listening as a group of Elves told him about Waldo and the Yeti.
"They were picking him up and throwing him!" said Holly Elf.
"Like he was some sort of ball!" said Smitty Elf.
"They tossed him around and around...at least 45 times by my count," said Adamup Elf. He was Santa's Chief Counting Elf, and just couldn't help but count things.
"I see," said Santa.
"And Waldo's been really upset about it, and he's not been acting like himself," said Holly Elf.
"I've noticed," said Santa.
"And something needs to be done about it!" said Smitty Elf.
"Yes," said Santa. "But what?"
The Elves looked at each other. "Well," said Holly,"you should go talk to the Yeti. Tell them to stop throwing Waldo around!" said Holly.
"I could do that," admitted Santa, "but I'm not going to. At least, not yet." Santa smiled kindly at Waldo. "You haven't said much about all this, Waldo," said Santa. "Why not?"
Waldo shrugged. "I...I guess I was too embarrassed. And too scared."
"Embarrassed? By what?" asked Smitty Elf.
"That I had to ask for help," said Waldo.
Santa chuckled. "We all have to ask for help, at one time or another," he said. "That's nothing to be ashamed of."
"But you said you weren't going to help me,' said Waldo.
"No, I said I wasn't going to tell the Yeti to stop," said Santa. "But I will help you. I'll go with you, but I want you to tell them to stop picking on you. What they're doing is called 'bullying,' and the first thing you should to when you're bullied is tell the bullies to stop--that it's not okay that they're doing what they're doing. If they don't stop, then we'll try something. Else." Santa stood up and walked with Waldo to the door.
"Well, Waldo? Do you think you're ready to try to talk to them?"
Waldo swallowed hard, and nodded. "I will. Let's go, Santa!"
What will happen? Will Waldo get the Yeti to stop their bullying behavior? Keep reading the North Pole Times to find out!