I’ll Have a Blue Christmas ~ Naughty and Nice Episode Five

Hello friends!

We’ve reached the halfway point of Naughty and Nice. It’s kind of bittersweet for me because I’ve put a lot of time and work into this series and then the posts are all being published in a matter of months…but anyways, I’m really glad that I’m able to share this series with you! All of your comments on this series really do make my day!

Need to catch up?

He’s Making a List ~ Naughty and Nice Episode One

A Mantle of White ~ Naughty and Nice Episode Two

We Are Santa’s Elves ~ Naughty and Nice Episode Three

Checking It Twice ~ Naughty and Nice Episode Four

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That evening, Cocoa invited us to dinner with some of the other elves. Apparently, their names were also food-themed – Snickerdoodle and Gumdrop. I was beginning to feel out of place with a name like Nick.

I also had to suppress Jack’s chuckles. Despite how humorous our new friends’ names were, I couldn’t risk Jack offending the elves.

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Dinners at the North Pole were no more nutritious than candies. Tonight, we were each served our own personal gingerbread house.

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“Do you have anything…less sweet?” I certainly wasn’t complaining, but I knew Mom would disapprove of having nothing but sugar as a meal.

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“No?” Snickerdoodle shook her head. “We run on sugar. Anything else will just drain us.”

I nodded, trying to conceal the fact that I was not an elf.

“Oh, good. I was just testing you.”

I don’t know that she fully believed me, but the matter was dropped.

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“So,” Jack said, nibbling on a piece of gingerbread. “You’re all fellow list-keepers. Can any of you take us to see the Master List? I’m very curious about it.”

I discreetly elbowed my brother in the ribs. This was most certainly not the time nor the place to ask such a question.

“Actually, I would rather have a meeting with the big guy himself,” I added. “There are some things I’d like to ask him. Do you think that could be arranged?”

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Cocoa scratched her chin. “I wouldn’t normally grant such a request by a new worker. But, I need to arrange a meeting with Santa anyway to explain our new method…”

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Jack sat up straighter. “We would work extra hard and do anything you asked!”

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Cocoa studied him a moment before exclaiming, “Oh, what the gingerbread! I’ll get something set up.”

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I tried to hide my excitement on the outside, but inwardly I celebrated.

Yes!

Things were finally looking up. All I had to do was explain our situation to Santa, and he might decide to send us home. I was in such a great mood.

Until, of course, I heard Cocoa’s next comment.

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“And while Nick is meeting with Santa, I suppose I can take you to see the Master List. It is very inspiring, after all. But, you must promise to do whatever I ask.”

My face fell.

No, no, no! This couldn’t happen. If Jack messed with the Master List, it would ruin any chance of us going home. I glared at my brother.

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“Excuse us, I need to speak with my brother alone,”

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I led us away from the other list-keepers. Jack made a face but didn’t otherwise protest.

“This is perfect!” Jack grinned. “You can keep Santa distracted while I change the list!”

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“No.” I straightened my back, trying to seem taller. “I’m going to ask him if he can send us home. You’re going to be on your best behavior and not touch the list.”

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“But we can’t leave without getting you on the Nice List! That was the whole reason we came here!” Jack protested.

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“No, that was the whole reason you came here. You claim that you’re doing this for me, but have you ever listened to what I want? No!”

I expected more arguing from Jack, but instead he was silent.

Did he not even care enough to fight?

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“I just want to be alone for a while,” I sighed.

We broke apart for the first time since entering the North Pole. I assumed Jack went back to dinner. I just wanted to find a nice place to sleep.

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It wasn’t long before I ran into Peppermint – literally.

“Sorry,” I mumbled. “I wasn’t looking where I was going.”

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“Oh, you’re fine,” Peppermint sighed. “It’s just been a long day.”

She looked around. “Where’s your brother? I was just actually coming to find the two of you.”

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“Oh, um, he’s around. Why were you looking for us?”

“To show you to the dorms silly! Aren’t you getting tired?”

I stifled a yawn. “That’s actually exactly what I was looking for.”

“Well follow me then!” Peppermint laughed.

We walked down a set of stairs. I guess it made sense that the dorms were below the rest of the workshop. These hallways seemed much plainer than the top floor.

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“How’d your first day go?” Peppermint made light conversation.

“Okay, I guess…” I muttered. I wasn’t really in the talking mood.

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“Yeah,” she replied. “List-keeping can be hard. But you’re in good hands. Cocoa seems rough, but she’s actually pretty sweet.”

“You know her?”

“I know everyone here!” Peppermint laughed. “I’m basically second-in-command. The big guy would be lost without me. Plus, Cocoa’s my sister.”

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My jaw dropped. “But you’re so different!”

Peppermint was chipper and controlling, and Cocoa just seemed so gruff. I didn’t see how those two could be related.

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“And I suppose you and Jack are exactly the same?” Peppermint countered. “Siblings are weird sometimes.”

I supposed she had a point.

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“You got me there.”

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“Is everything alright with you two?” Peppermint asked. “You’re usually right beside each other.”

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I sighed. I didn’t like to say anything bad about Jack, but something about Peppermint made me feel like I could trust her. Plus, she might even be able to help, seeing that she’s a sibling herself.

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“Do you ever feel bad for being ungrateful? Like, let’s say Cocoa decided to do something nice for you. You appreciate the gesture, but sometimes you wish she hadn’t done anything at all because the thing she did was a lot of work? And you didn’t exactly want that?”

She chuckled. “That sounds oddly specific. But I suppose I have felt that way before, yes.”

“What did you do about it?”

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“Easy. I spoke up. I told Cocoa what I wanted, and it seems like you need to do the same with Jack.”

I could never. Jack was older, and I knew how disappointed he’d be. Why couldn’t he just figure my feelings out on his own?

It would certainly make things easier.

“I wish I had your confidence,” I confided. “But I could never tell Jack that.”

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Peppermint sighed. “One day you’ll understand. In the meantime, however, here’s your room.”

She opened a door that revealed a small room with a single bed. My pajamas from earlier were neatly folded atop the bed.

“Jack’s right next door to your right. Breakfast is at eight.”

I nodded. “Thank you.”

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“Of course,” she replied. “And for the record? I think you need to tell Jack how you feel.”

“I’ll think about it,” I lied. My mind was already made up.

Peppermint’s heels clicked away and I closed my door. My heart was heavy. I hated going to sleep after an argument with Jack.

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I sprawled out on the bed. Apologizing would have to wait until the morning. I was exhausted from my long day.

I just hoped Jack would forgive me.

Oop…tension. Fights are fun to write about, aren’t they?

Anyway, I will see you tomorrow for a fun photoshoot-type post!

19 thoughts on “I’ll Have a Blue Christmas ~ Naughty and Nice Episode Five

  1. oof, i relate with sibling fights so much! and im the younger one too, so i felt everything 😂 but i hope the siblings can make up together and be the best duo in the next episode! im loving the twists and turns in this series so much, good job diamond!
    cant wait for photoshoot post!

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  2. Plot twist!!! But, yeah, siblings are weird. Like all the time. But I guess that’s what keeps life interesting. XD

    And yesss!!! Fight scenes ARE fun to write!!

    Still REALLY enjoying this photoseries!!! <33333

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