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Mischief Makers Day 5: Hershey Hello

Read Day 4: Masked Mummies or listen here!

 

Day 5: Hershey Hello

“Good grief that is a lot of chocolate!” Figgy watched as Glitter pulled a sleigh filled to the top, and overflowing with Hershey kisses. 

“Well. We have to up our game tonight,” said Pixie. 

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Figgy and Pixie had been so excited when they’d finished the confetti and streamer surprise. They were overjoyed when the boys came out and laughed at the trap they’d made for them. It had worked! It was perfect! 

And then, when Jake went to brush his teeth, they heard Joe whispering to his mom.

Hey Mom, thanks for the decorating our door.”

She denied having put it together, but he didn’t believe her. 

“At least he was laughing,” said Glitter. Little comfort that was. 

Barrel nudged Pixie with his soft nose as if to comfort her. She reached down and scratched him behind the ears and noticed something shiny on his collar. “What’s this?”

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Figgy floated over. “Oh, that’s a collar. Jake made it for him yesterday.”

“It’s so shiny and crinkly,” said Pixie. “I wonder what it’s made of.”

“Tin foil,” said Glitter, tossing another Hershey’s Kiss out of the sled.

Pixie’s eyes gleamed, a mischievous smile on her face. She pointed to the pile of Kisses. “Uh, Figgy…can you help me set these up? In the kitchen?”

“In the kitchen?” Figgy frowned. “But I thought we were going to put them in the windows.”

Pixie stared, wide-eyed at Figgy until he understood. 

“Oh!” he said. “Sure, I’ll help you in the kitchen.”

Rolling her eyes at his obvious I’m-up-to-something face, she led him to drawer under the microwave.

“So,” he asked. “What’s your idea?”

She smiled. “Weeellll,I thought maybe we could have a little fun and wrap Glitter up like a Hershey Kiss.” 

Figgy jumped up and down. “Genius! We can put a sign in front of her that says “Free kisses!”

“Shhh!” warned Pixie. “Or she’ll hear you.”

Figgy zipped his lips and they got to work on the sign. They had just placed it on the table when they heard clopping behind them. 

“I think you are forgetting something.”

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Pixie and Figgy turned. Glitter stood tapping her hoof and…was that a smile?

Nervously, Pixie asked, “What would that be?”

“Rrrrufff!” Barrel dropped a roll of tinfoil, grabbed the end and raced first around Pixie and then around Figgy. He was so fast, they barely had time to blink before they were secured in the foil…just like a Hershey Kiss. 

Glitter cleared her throat. “Reindeer have excellent hearing. She winked and tramped away with Barrel at her heels.

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Mischief Makers Day 4: Masked Mummies

Read Day 3: Tree Treats, or listen here!

 

The adventure continues….

 

Day 4 Masked Mummies

Nim and Lil gave Pixie and Figgy a night off from reporting. They’d seen the looks on the parent’s and then the boy’s faces when they saw the “forest”.

Not good. Not good at all.

Pixie and Figgy sat slumped in the sugar bowl, trying to cheer up. Glitter munched on a sugar cube. Even she could not put a positive spin on the situation. 

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“I’m not sure how we can make up for that disaster.” Figgy sighed and scooped up another handful of sugar.

“I wish we’d had time to tidy up a bit before everyone got up,” said Pixie.

“Well we didn’t. And that’s that.” Glitter kicked the sugar cube to the sink and stood up on all fours. “So. How are we going to make up to them for our…disaster last night?”

Pixie let out a heavy sigh. “Sugar cookies?”

“Too messy,” said Glitter. “Figgy?”

“Hot wheel wars?”

“Do you want the kids to hurt themselves?” Glitter glared.

“Fine,” said Pixie with a huff. “What’s your idea, Glitter?”

“Well, I heard Sprinkles talking the other night…”.

“Sprinkles?” Figgy sat up in outrage. “You want us to copy one of HER ideas?” 

“Glitter! How could you even suggest that??” Pixie fumed.

“If you two can’t come up with an idea that will knock their Christmas socks off, then yes. I do think we should use all the resources at hoof.”

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Pixie and Figgy stood and dusted the sugar off. 

“There is absolutely NO way we will take any of Sprinkles ideas. Come on Pixie. We’ve got a surprise to plan.”

Glitter smiled to herself as the two elves stomped away. “Nim and Lil were right. It just took a little goading to get them going.”

 

Mischief Makers Day 3: Tree Treats

Read Day 2: Chicken Charmers, or listen here!

 

 

The adventure continues….

 

Day 3 Tree Treats

 

“Thanks for coming with us tonight,” Pixie said, trying to sound upbeat.

Last night had been a disaster. As it turned out, Joe’s dad had opened the door to come and lock the chickens up. Luckily, the beam of his flashlight missed both Pixie and Figgy. 

 

But, by the time Figgy was able to get Pixie loose, the sun was coming up and they didn’t have time to do anything more than sit on the chicken coop and wait to be found. 

 

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“Yeah,” said Figgy. “After our complete flop last night, we could use the help.”

 

“But the boys found you and thought it was funny,” said Nim, trying to cheer them up.

 

“Yes, you told us that they both laughed for a full five minutes before heading back inside,” added Lil.

 

“I guess,” Pixie sighed.

 

“Oh cheer up you two. We will make up for it tonight.” Glitter finished unloading the candy and brownies from the sleigh they’d brought along. 

 

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The five friends headed to the study to set up what should have been last night’s surprise.

 

“Alright Pixie, Figgy,” asked Lil. “What do you want us to do?”

 

“Well,” began Figgy. “Last night, before the chicken debacle, we had planned to build an entire candy, cake and cookie forest in the study.”

 

Pixie jumped in, starting to cheer up. “We have brownie trees, candy canes, gum drops, chocolate frogs, animal cookies–”.

 

Nim held up his hands. “Ok, ok. I think we get it. Where do you want us to start?”

 

“With the treehouse,” said Glitter as she handed Nim and Lil chocolate covered pretzel rods and graham crackers.

 

“On it!” Lil took the materials and a few brownie trees and pulled Nim along to the Lego table.

 

Pixie and Figgy started setting up trees and bushes while Glitter trailed behind them and decorated with gumdrops and sprinkles. 

 

A few hours later, the five stood back to view their handiwork. 

“It’s magical,” Pixie sighed with sparkling eyes.

 

“They are going to be so excited!” Figgy sang.

 

Nim and Lil looked nervously at each other. They’d made…rather a mess of the study.

 

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Normally, messes did not bother Nim and Lil. They’d made their share over the past few years. But this was different. The kitchen and living room were one thing, but the study…

 

“Er,” began Nim. “Maybe we should have done this in the kitchen.”

 

“Are you kidding?” asked Figgy. “This is perfect! They love to play in here.”

 

“I think that is what Nim is saying,” added Lil. “They love playing in here. Daily.”

 

“Oh dear!” Pixie suddenly saw the problem. “They won’t be able to play without–”.

 

“Washing all the blocks and cleaning up this…mess.” Figgy hung his head. 

 

“Maybe it’s ok,” Nim said quickly, trying to salvage the situation. “Maybe we can just…”.

 

BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!

 

“Uh oh,” said Pixie. “Too late. The parents are awake.”

 

Mischief Makers Day 2: Chicken Charmers

Read Day 1: Crack the Code or listen here!

 

 

The adventure continues….

 

Day 2: Chicken Charmers

“And then, we hid the Christmas pajamas in the freezer with a secret code telling the boys where to find them!” Figgy exclaimed as he finished telling Nim and Lil what a big hit the treasure hunt was with the boys.

“Wow! They sure are growing up if they are writing notes. How exciting!” said Lil.

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“Yeees, well. The note had a typo,” said Figgy. 

“Oh,” said Nim. “Well, spelling can be difficult for kids his age–”

“N-not that kind of typo,” Pixie interrupted. “He’d accidentally thanked his mom before realizing he should be thanking us.”

Figgy showed Nim and Lil the note and their faces paled. 

“Oh,” said Nim again. “Well…”. But his voice trailed off. 

Lil quickly changed the subject. “So…what are your plans for tonight?”

Pixie smiled, her face brightening. “We have a BIG surprise planned for them.”

Figgy grinned. “A REALLY big surprise. And we’ll tell you all about it tomorrow night.”

 

* * *

 

“Bagawk!”

“What was that?” Pixie jumped, startled by the noise.

Figgy whipped his head around, searching for the source.

“Bawk-bawk-bawk. Bagawk!”

Shadows moved around the fenced in coop at the side of the deck.

“Oh no! They must have forgotten to lock the chickens up,” whispered Figgy.

Oh the poor things! They sound so scared. All alone, out in the dark.”

Pixie tiptoed toward the coop, crooning and trying to comfort the hens.

“Pixie, be careful! Those holes are big enough to—”. 

Too late Pixie realized her mistake. She fell through the chicken wire, her leg getting caught in the small holes. “Ack! Figgy, help me!”

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Figgy was frozen in place. He’d been scooped up by a robin when he was 103 and had been terrified of any type of bird ever since.

“I-I c-can’t.”

“WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU CAN’T?? I’M STUCK!!!”

Lights flipped on and the door slid open with a whoosh. Figgy, already frozen in place dropped to a sitting position and Pixie stilled. They’d been caught and weren’t sure if the shadow looming at the door had seen them…or not.

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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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