Nim and Lil had spent all day in the “snow globes” glaring at Glitter with a mixture of annoyance, awe and admiration.
She had gotten the better of them. And while they could enthusiastically acknowledge her accomplishment, they could not let her get away with it.
“I am sorry for tying you up, stuffing you in bottles and turning you into elfin snowglobes.”
“That’s ok Glitter,” said Nim in a falsely cheerful voice as he squeezed his way out of the bottle.
“And I’m sorry I stuffed cotton balls in after you.”
“Every snow globe needs some snow, right Nim?” Lil dusted cotton fluff off her shoulder.
Both elves were smiling, but the impish glints in their eyes made Glitter nervous. Very nervous.
“Really Glitter,” said Nim as if reading her thoughts. “We are not mad.”
“We know that you were just trying to help us keep the Top Shelf Elf title,” said Lil.
“Oh I’m so glad you aren’t angry,” Glitter shuffled her hooves.
“That’s why we aren’t going to be too hard on you when we get back,” said Nim.
Nim and Lil linked arms and floated out the window leaving Glitter to watch them with apprehension.
The game was on.
“Glitter, we’re baaa-aaack!” Nim plopped on the table with a wrapped package under his arm.
“And we have a surprise for you,” Lil said landing lightly next to Nim.
“You were gone for a lon–what are you wearing Nim?”
“This? This is my new superhero costume.”
“And this,” said Lil. “Is my new Santa costume.”
“We are going to set the stage for an escapade!” Nim flicked his cape over his shoulder.
“I am going to play Santa, on the run from a band of vicious villains intent on holding me for ransom.” Lil held up her Santa hat.
“And I am going to play the courageous superhero who bravely saves Santa from the band of bandits.”
Glitter started to smile, but then noticed something shiny and green in Nim’s arms. She gulped.
“And you Glitter, are going to play the evil mastermind behind the crime.” Nim smiled and narrowed his eyes.
“In short,” said Lil with a smirk. “You are going to play the bad guy.”
“Play? But you know I don’t like–ermph!”
Nim and Lil pulled green goggles over Glitter’s head and shiny green boots over her hooves.
“You are the Evil Sparkle, a rogue reindeer cast out from the North Pole for crimes against Christmas,” said Nim.
Lil giggled. “And so our story begins….
On Christmas Eve, the minute before Santa was to start his journey, a dastardly deer snuck stealthily into Santa’s workshop.
‘I am here to kidnap you!’ said the Evil Sparkle.
‘Ho, ho, No you’re not!’
Suddenly, SuperElf, a brave hero and champion of all elves, tumbled down the chimney and found the Evil Sparkle tying tinsel around Santa’s hands and feet!
SuperElf is victorious! Santa thanks the brave hero, hops in his sleigh and with a ‘Ho, ho ho!’ glides into the night to deliver presents to all the good little boys and girls.
Glitter, hanging upside down by her back legs, was outraged.
“How dare you! What if I have a flashback to the torture I experienced at Barrel’s paws?”
Nim and Lil stopped laughing and looked down at her in amusement.
“Oh Glitter, that won’t work on us.”