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Mischief Makers Day 1: Crack the Code

Read Day 0: Peppermints and Promotions or listen here!

 

The adventure continues…

 

Day 1: Crack the Code

Nim and Lil hugged Figgy and Pixie at the window to Joe and Jake’s house. 

“You’ll be fine,” Lil told Pixie. “Just remember to have fun. The rest will fall into place.”

“We’re leaving Glitter with you,” said Nim. “At least for the first week. Then she’ll have to come back and—.”

“Do something else,” Lil interrupted, looking pointedly at Nim. 

Glitter stomped her hoof impatiently. She was not happy with this new arrangement. “Splitting up the team,” she muttered. “Might as well cancel Christmas.”

“Bah humbug,” laughed Lil

“Don’t worry about Glitter,” said Nim. “She’ll come around.”

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“Is she that upset at having to stay with us for a week?” asked Pixie with a worried frown.

“Oh no,” said Nim. “Quite the opposite. She hoped we would all be assigned to this house again.”

Figgy smiled. “To be honest, I’d hoped for the same.”

Nim grinned and patted Figgy on the back. “We’ll be a flight away and we’ll see you every night at check-in.”

“Remember what Santa told us,” said Lil as she and Nim prepared to take flight. “Joe is starting to wonder if Santa is real or not. It may be tempting to reveal yourselves to convince him, but if you do…you risk not only your assignment, but the entire Mischief Maker Program.”

Pixie and Figgy looked nervously at each other and gave Nim and Lil one final hug. Then, turning, they floated through the window with Glitter.

“Look, a note from Joe!” 

Figgy picked up the note and zoomed to Pixie. They huddled together and read.

Dear Nim, Lil, Pixie and Figgy, 

Jake and I love treasure hunts with secret codes. Maybe you could do one of those for us tonight? 

Thanks, Mom! Nim, Lil, Pixie and Figgy!

Love,
Joe

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Pixie gasped and turned to look at Figgy. “It’s worse than Santa thought!”

“What are we going to do?” Figgy’s voice trembled.

Glitter galloped over. Pixie and Figgy turned to her, tears in their eyes.

“Well team,” said Glitter, a determined glint in her eye. “We’ve got work to do if we are going to convince Joe we do exist without compromising the Mischief Maker program.”

Pixie and Figgy stared solemnly at each other, worry reflected in their eyes.

Pixie wiped the tears off her cheeks and held Figgy’s hand, determined and ready to get to work. “Let’s get started!”

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Mischief Makers Day 0: Peppermints and Promotions

“Where are they?” asked Pixie, a worried frown on her rosy face. “I haven’t seen them since breakfast, and they missed Butter Brickle Break, Sugar Snack and Lollipop Lunch. They love Lollipop Lunch.” 

“Especially when the side dish is sugared dumplings with extra syrup, chocolate chips and crushed candy canes,” added Figgy, Pixie’s partner in mischief. 

Pixie and Figgy craned their necks, searching for Nim and Lil–their friends and mentors. They’d learned so much from them on their first assignment last Christmas. Pixie and Figgy had still not been assigned their own house and were nervously awaiting the announcement from Santa. 

“Wait, I see them!” Figgy cried, bouncing on his toes. He pointed to the stage where Santa would deliver the annual start of the season speech. 

“What are they doing up there?” Pixie asked. “Aren’t they supposed to be—”.

“Ho, ho ho! Merry Christmas Season!” boomed a loud, jolly voice. Santa climbed the stairs to the top of the stage and gave a jaunty wave to the crowd of Mischief Making elves. 

Nim and Lil seemed to stand a little taller and beam a little brighter as Santa started to talk about the upcoming season. 

“I have some exciting news to share,” began Santa. “We are making a few changes to the Mischief Maker Program this year.” 

Silence fell as the elves waited for Santa to share the news. 

“To start, I will be stepping down as head of the Mischief Maker program.”

After a shocked pause, shouts of “No!” and “Say it isn’t so, Santa!” filled the crisp night air.

Santa raised a hand and the crowd grew quiet once more. 

“Yes, I will be stepping down. I’ve fallen short in my duties as Santa since we started this program. Complaints have started coming in, so I will be redoubling my dedication to my original purpose.”

A little elf, new to the program this year, squeaked out, “But Santa, who will train the new recruits?”

“Who will guide us?” shouted another.

“All will be well,” said Santa with a smile. “Two of our very best and oldest Mischief Makers are stepping up.” He gestured behind him. “Nim Noel and Lil’ Lil have been promoted to Chiefs in Charge of the Mischief Maker Program!”

Nim and Lil zig-zagged over the stage, throwing peppermints, glitter, and Christmas confetti and whooping. The rest of the Mischief Makers were silent at first, but then erupted into cheers and loud applause, excited for this new development.  

When the crowd quieted again, Santa turned to Nim and Lil. “I’ll let you two share the good news for our newest team.”

Nim and Lil held hands and smiled broadly. “Pixie Powder, a member of the Birthday Beagle Brigade and Figgy Frost, new to us last year, have been assigned their very own children to make mischief with this year.”

Pixie and Figgy held their breath.

“Your new house…,” said Lil.

“Joe and Jake! You got Joe and Jake!” Nim couldn’t contain his glee. Lil shook her head at Nim as a cheer once again erupted from the crowd. 

But a pink-clad pixie and her partner in green cheered the loudest and longest.  

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2018 Mischief Makers: Breaking News

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North Pole Gazette
December 25, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Top Shelf Elf Trophy Awarded
By Sparkly Sprinkles

In a surprise move, Santa awarded this year’s Top Shelf Elf trophy to new recruits Figgy Frost and the unknown Pixie Powder.

Late to the season, these new Mischief Makers worked hard to reunite last season’s winners Nim Noel and Lil’ Lil, who apparently had a falling out over Jell-O.

Powder, sources tell us, is a member of the Birthday Beagle Brigade and was on assignment when she met the Mischief Makers.

“I had so much fun with Nim, Lil and Figgy!” Powder told reporters, twirling about the cameras.

Santa announced that the duo would be partners for the 2019 Season and assigned to a yet-to-be-announced locale. Powder and Frost completely lost their minds at this news and reporters could no longer get anything coherent out of them.

 

2018 Mischief Makers Day 24

Day 24 All’s Well That Ends Well

Did you miss a few? Here they are in order!

Prologue

Day 0: The Launch

 

Day 1: Broken Bones and Promises

Day 2: Tinsel Town

Day 3: Snowmen at Night

 

Day 4: Cookie Clutter

 

Day 5: Elf in Trouble

 

Day 6: Scrooged

 

Day 7: Night Ninjas

Day 8: Googly-Eyed

 

Day 9 Snowglobes

Day 10 Hot Air Balloons

 

Day 11 Holidathlon

Day 12 Christmas Climb

Day 13 Nurse Nim

 

Day 14 Gingerbread House

 

 

 

 

 

Day 15 Sugar Cookie Showdown

 

 

Day 16: Sizzling Snowmen

 

 

Day 17 Gnomes at Home

 

Day 18 Snowballs

 

 

Day 19 Birthday Bash

 

Day 20 Believe

 

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Day 21 Christmas Caterpillar

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Day 22 Glitter the House Elf

 

Day 23 Christmas Clue

2018 Mischief Makers Day 23

Day 23 Christmas Clue

Did you miss a few? Here they are in order!

Prologue

Day 0: The Launch

 

Day 1: Broken Bones and Promises

Day 2: Tinsel Town

Day 3: Snowmen at Night

 

Day 4: Cookie Clutter

 

Day 5: Elf in Trouble

 

Day 6: Scrooged

 

Day 7: Night Ninjas

Day 8: Googly-Eyed

 

Day 9 Snowglobes

Day 10 Hot Air Balloons

 

Day 11 Holidathlon

Day 12 Christmas Climb

Day 13 Nurse Nim

 

Day 14 Gingerbread House

 

 

 

 

 

Day 15 Sugar Cookie Showdown

 

 

Day 16: Sizzling Snowmen

 

 

Day 17 Gnomes at Home

 

Day 18 Snowballs

 

 

Day 19 Birthday Bash

 

Day 20 Believe

 

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Day 21 Christmas Caterpillar

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Day 22 Glitter the House Elf

2018 Mischief Makers Day 22

Day 22 Glitter the House Elf

Did you miss a few? Here they are in order!

Prologue

Day 0: The Launch

 

Day 1: Broken Bones and Promises

Day 2: Tinsel Town

Day 3: Snowmen at Night

 

Day 4: Cookie Clutter

 

Day 5: Elf in Trouble

 

Day 6: Scrooged

 

Day 7: Night Ninjas

Day 8: Googly-Eyed

 

Day 9 Snowglobes

Day 10 Hot Air Balloons

 

Day 11 Holidathlon

Day 12 Christmas Climb

Day 13 Nurse Nim

 

Day 14 Gingerbread House

 

 

 

 

 

Day 15 Sugar Cookie Showdown

 

 

Day 16: Sizzling Snowmen

 

 

Day 17 Gnomes at Home

 

Day 18 Snowballs

 

 

Day 19 Birthday Bash

 

Day 20 Believe

 

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Day 21 Christmas Caterpillar

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2018 Mischief Makers Day 21

Day 21 Christmas Caterpillar

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Did you miss a few? Here they are in order!

Prologue

Day 0: The Launch

 

Day 1: Broken Bones and Promises

Day 2: Tinsel Town

Day 3: Snowmen at Night

 

Day 4: Cookie Clutter

 

Day 5: Elf in Trouble

 

Day 6: Scrooged

 

Day 7: Night Ninjas

Day 8: Googly-Eyed

 

Day 9 Snowglobes

Day 10 Hot Air Balloons

 

Day 11 Holidathlon

Day 12 Christmas Climb

Day 13 Nurse Nim

 

Day 14 Gingerbread House

 

 

 

 

 

Day 15 Sugar Cookie Showdown

 

 

Day 16: Sizzling Snowmen

 

 

Day 17 Gnomes at Home

 

Day 18 Snowballs

 

 

Day 19 Birthday Bash

 

Day 20 Believe

 

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2018 Mischief Makers Day 20

Day 20 Believe

 

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Did you miss a few? Here they are in order!

Prologue

Day 0: The Launch

 

Day 1: Broken Bones and Promises

Day 2: Tinsel Town

Day 3: Snowmen at Night

 

Day 4: Cookie Clutter

 

Day 5: Elf in Trouble

 

Day 6: Scrooged

 

Day 7: Night Ninjas

Day 8: Googly-Eyed

 

Day 9 Snowglobes

Day 10 Hot Air Balloons

 

Day 11 Holidathlon

Day 12 Christmas Climb

Day 13 Nurse Nim

 

Day 14 Gingerbread House

 

 

 

 

 

Day 15 Sugar Cookie Showdown

 

 

Day 16: Sizzling Snowmen

 

 

Day 17 Gnomes at Home

 

Day 18 Snowballs

 

 

Day 19 Birthday Bash

2018 Mischief Makers Day 19

Joe always loves getting up on his birthday to see what the elves did.

Day 19 Birthday Bash

 

Did you miss a few? Here they are in order!

Prologue

Day 0: The Launch

 

Day 1: Broken Bones and Promises

Day 2: Tinsel Town

Day 3: Snowmen at Night

 

Day 4: Cookie Clutter

 

Day 5: Elf in Trouble

 

Day 6: Scrooged

 

Day 7: Night Ninjas

Day 8: Googly-Eyed

 

Day 9 Snowglobes

Day 10 Hot Air Balloons

 

Day 11 Holidathlon

Day 12 Christmas Climb

Day 13 Nurse Nim

 

Day 14 Gingerbread House

 

 

 

 

 

Day 15 Sugar Cookie Showdown

 

 

Day 16: Sizzling Snowmen

 

 

Day 17 Gnomes at Home

 

Day 18 Snowballs

2018 Mischief Makers Day 18

I decided to play around with the vocals in today’s story. I changed the pitch and tone of each elf’s voice slightly. They sound more like chipmunks so I’m going to keep playing!

Day 18 Snowballs

Did you miss a few? Here they are in order!

Prologue

Day 0: The Launch

 

Day 1: Broken Bones and Promises

Day 2: Tinsel Town

Day 3: Snowmen at Night

 

Day 4: Cookie Clutter

 

Day 5: Elf in Trouble

 

Day 6: Scrooged

 

Day 7: Night Ninjas

Day 8: Googly-Eyed

 

Day 9 Snowglobes

Day 10 Hot Air Balloons

 

Day 11 Holidathlon

Day 12 Christmas Climb

Day 13 Nurse Nim

 

Day 14 Gingerbread House

 

 

 

 

 

Day 15 Sugar Cookie Showdown

 

 

Day 16: Sizzling Snowmen

 

 

Day 17 Gnomes at Home