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“Figgy, Pixie!” Lil panted. “Don’t do it!”
Nim and Lil came streaming through the kitchen with Glitter hot on their heels.
Pixie and Figgy frowned. “What’s wrong?”
Nim and Glitter looked around the room while Lil caught her breath. They saw the snack laden kitchen table and stack of games set up, ready to be played.
“Oh,” sighed Glitter. “Good.”
Nim laughed nervously. “Whew! We thought for sure you were set to go out with a bang.”
“Well,” said Figgy. “We were just discussing livening this game day up a bit with some sparklers and fireworks.”
“NO!” Glitter, Nim and Lil all yelled at once.
“Jeez you three,” laughed Pixie. “Figgy is just kidding. We were only arguing about which game we should add to the pile. Quirkle or Mancala. Any votes?”
The new arrivals sighed in relief.
“What’s going on?” asked Figgy. For the first time, he noticed the worried expressions on Nim and Lil’s faces and the serious set to Glitter’s head.
Nim and Lil looked at eachother, communicating with eyebrows and head nods.
“Wow you guys,” said Glitter. “Not too subtle, are you?”
Nim sighed. “We overheard Santa and The Director talking about you both.”
Figgy gasped. “The Director?”
“What am I missing?” asked Pixie. “Who is ‘The Director’?”
“Sorry, Pixie,” said Lil. “I forget you were originally under the Birthday Beagle Brigade. The Director is the Head of Operations at the North Pole.”
“I thought Santa was the COO?”
“He is…sort of,” said Glitter.
When Pixie still looked blank, Figgy filled her in.
“The Director is in charge of the entire North Pole. All programs and events…even Santa.”
“And,” added Nim. “When there are problems that can’t be solved by traditional means, The Director sends a crew in to help.”
“What problems have we caused?” asked Figgy. “We had a really rough start this season, but we managed to straighten out the Malloys ok.”
“Yeah,” added Pixie. “They’re absolute angels compared to the beginning of the year.”
“Righhhht,” said Glitter. “But it’s not just them. The Director had to re-enstate B.R.A.T.T. this season due to other…overzealous charges.”
“But that’s not our fault!” said Figgy.
“I know,” said Lil. “We’re not exactly sure what is going on. We just overheard Santa and The Director talking and we heard your names and words like ‘too many messes’ and ‘re-assignment’.”
“Just who is The Director and why does he have so much power!?” spluttered Pixie.
“She,” said Lil. “And she has so much power because she keeps the North Pole running smoothly. Santa would be lost without her help.”
Pixie’s eyes widened as realization dawned. “Mrs. Claus? She’s The Director?”
Nim nodded while Figgy spluttered. “B-but does that mean…we won’t be coming back here next season?”
Lil gulped. “I’m afraid it may be worse than that.”
“That’s right,” said Nim. “We think Santa is pulling you two from the program.”