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Nim and Lil barely looked at Figgy and Pixie at check-in, let alone talked to them. The mood at the North Pole was tense and Glitter was even more irritated than usual.
“Geez,” said Figgy on the flight back. “What in the narwhal horn is going on?”
“I think I know,” said Pixie, finally ready to share her suspicions with Figgy.
They had both just landed on the windowsill. Figgy turned to her in surprise.
“I overheard Stardust telling Sparkle that she’d heard from Tinsel who got it from Bowie who–”.
“Ok, ok!” burst in Figgy. “I get it. You overheard a conversation. Now can we get to the good stuff?”
Pixie took a deep breath. “Santa found out that the Birthday Beagle and the Easter Bunny are staging a c-o-u-p.”
Figgy stared blankly at Pixie. “A coop?”
“No, a coup! The ‘p’ is silent.”
“The pee is silent? Are you talking in some kind of code?”
Pixie huffed and stomped her foot. “Basically, the Beagle and the Bunny have decided that Santa gets WAY too much funding from the Department of Festive Fun and Frivolity. They don’t like it and so have filed several complaints.”
“So…the board of directors has agreed to listen to the complaints at a formal hearing.”
“And…it is set for December 23rd.”
“That’s why they needed all the available elves?”
“Yes,” Pixie said. “They are trying to come up with a plan to deliver the presents in case Santa is…detained.”
Both elves sat on the window sill, staring out into the night sky wondering what would happen if Santa couldn’t deliver.
Startled, Pixie and Figgy turned around to see Joe’s face, bright and smiling. He held a small Twister mat in his hand. “I’ve got the games all ready and look what I made for you two!”
The elves both forced bright, cheery smiles and headed inside to finish setting up for Game Day. But their little elven hearts just weren’t as cheerful as usual.