Santa towered above a sea of elves giving The Eve of Christmas Eve Pep Talk.
“Mischief Makers, this is your final night on assignment. Tomorrow night will mark the end of another season.”
Loud cheers and whoops filled the air as the elves danced around each other merrily.
“The Top Shelf Elf Trophy has already been decided,” Santa called out over the hubbub. “The winning team will be announced on Christmas morning. Have fun and give your charges a fond farewell!”
Nim and Lil stayed at the North Pole longer than usual to chat with their friends about which team had won the trophy.
“My bet is on Squirt and Cosmo. Remember how they built a ball pit for their kids?”
“Nah, I bet Sprinkles and SugarGems win it. They built a life-size gingerbread house.”
“I can tell you who it’s not going to be,” said the Grumpy Old Elf as he jerked his head toward Nim and Lil.
“Hey, I heard that!.” Nim crossed his arms and glared at the Grump.
“Well it won’t be you,” he said. “Not after your reindeer went berserk.”
“Now you lis-“.
“Ignore him Nim, lets go.” Lil took Nim by the arm and pulled him over to the launch pad. It was a quiet flight back.
When they landed on the window sill, Lil touched Nim on the arm.
“Are you ok?”
“Yes,” said Nim. “I just wish the Grumpy Old Elf would have kept his mouth shut.”
“At least Glitter didn’t hear him.”
Nim shook his head and laughed. “Even if we don’t get the trophy, I don’t regret anything that happened this season.”
“Not even the paper airplane incident?”
“Not even that.” Nim smiled.
Agreeing not to tell Glitter about the Grumpy Old Elf, the elves went in to help give the boys one last surprise…and to have one last fun night together.
“Nim! Lil! Look at this!” Glitter was in the living room looking down at a race track.
At the elves puzzled looks, Glitter pointed a hoof at a note on the floor.
Nim, Lil, Glitter and Barrel,
We’ve had so much fun finding you every morning this year! Our favorite was when you took all those elfies and made ornaments out of them, and even though Mom was pretty upset about the snowstorm…we loved it!
Since you’ve worked so hard and given us so much, we wanted to give you the night off. Can you test out these new cars for us?
Thank you for another great December!
Joe and Jake
“Well,” said Nim.
“Wow,” said Lil.
“Isn’t it wonderful?” said Glitter. “Our boys are so sweet, so thoughtful and so, so good!”
Nim and Lil looked at each other and smiled.
“This note is worth ten Top Shelf Elf trophies,” said Lil.
“Come on…let’s play!!!”