With A Kick week: Bells and Balls

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Thursday’s turn is Bells and Balls. Rugby meets Santa over ice-cream

Rob gave her his best smile and kept it fixed on his face as he turned to the man he was interested in. Santa blinked as if he was dazzled by Rob’s grin.

“Uh, Pearl?”

Pearl’s eyes widened and she turned to Rob. “Santa knows my name?”

Rob had forgotten he’d mentioned Pearl’s name to Mick. “It looks like it, baby girl. Do you have anything you want to say to Santa?”

She shrank back for a moment and then nodded. Rob put her down on the floor and she ran up to Mick.

“Do you want to sit on my knee,” Mick asked. Pearl held out her arms and Mick picked her up.

“What have you asked Santa for Christmas?” Pearl looked conflicted. She looked at Rob and then tugged Mick down and whispered in his ear. He looked shocked and then his eyes softened. “Pearl, did your mummy tell you that?” She nodded. “Do you believe in Santa?”

“I don’t know,” she whispered. “My mummy said I should always tell the truth. She says Santa doesn’t exist but all my friends say he does and I don’t know what to believe.”

Mick looked at Rob, who stared back helplessly. Neither of them knew how to handle this. “Your mummy is right. You should always tell the truth but if you believe in Santa, you can believe in him inside.” He took her hand and placed it over her heart.

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