The Mysterious Night

December is here! Its the busiest month of the year for 2 of our favorite elves. Do you think Jinx and Jangle are staying out of trouble? We will soon find out in the story below.  If you haven’t heard of Jinx and Jangle before, they are 2 of Santa’s elves who have run into several mishaps but Santa keeps them on, for they really are nice guys. If you haven’t read any of their adventures before here is a link to one of them.   for more of their adventures, just type Jinx and Jangle into the search bar and ENJOY!

The Mysterious Night

Snowflake and Candy Cane were sitting in Santa’s office with their heads in their hands as they were deep in thought. 

At last Candy Cane spoke up, “I may have a solution to our problem Santa.”

A spark gleamed in Santa’s eyes as he raised his head. ” Wonderful! What is it?” , he asked.

“Well don’t get too excited yet, not sure how wonderful you will think it is.” replied Candy Cane.

“We need 2 elves for this mission, right?  And right now we are so busy that it is hard to find any elves to spare, but there are a certain 2 elves that do come to my mind.” said Candy Cane.

Snowflake spoke up, ” Are you talking about who I think you are talking about?”

“Yes.”, Candy Cane said quietly, as Snowflake burst out laughing.

“I think you been working too hard Candy Cane, for your brain is…”

Santa cut in, “Now, now, Snowflake, don’t dismiss the idea right away. Candy Cane are you suggesting I send Jinx and Jangle on this mission?”

“Yes Santa, I think they could handle it without too much mishap!”

Snowflake chuckled again as he shook his head. ” This could turn out to be very interesting! Go ahead Santa, let them do it. What’s the worst that could happen?”

Santa looked at Snowflake and took a deep breath as he said, “I would rather not answer that question, but I think I will let them go, I really have no one else to spare. I will go talk to them now. ”

Early the next morning Jinx and Jangle were getting the sleigh ready for their trip. They were so excited to have been chosen for this mission.

Jinx stood up and stretched, he had been checking the sleigh over,  “Everything seems to be in working order, I would say that we are ready to go. Hop in Jangle and get ready to ride!”

Their sleigh glided over the snow, they were making good speed. Jinx turned to Jangle and said. ” Pretty cool, eh! I made sure to make the rudders extra slick.”

“Smart thinking Jinx, you always make such great sense!”said Jangle as he was looking at the map. “We need to make a right turn in just a little bit, like right about nowwww,,,,Um Jinx, you missed the turn!”

“I couldn’t slow down to turn. In fact I can’t slow down at all!!!”

Wham! They ran into a snowbank. Jinx did a somersault into the snow and Jangle just tumbled out of the side of the sleigh landing face first in the snow.

Not a word was spoken as they both stood up brushing the snow off of them. They sat back down in the sleigh and that’s when Jangle turned to Jinx and said, ” What exactly did you grease the rudders with?”

Jinx didn’t reply, he just kept a straight face as once again they took off, and this time he made sure to make the turn.

After a few moments of silence, Jinx spoke up, “Do you hear something Jangle?” 

Jangle strained to listen and then he heard it.  ” Yes, it sounds like a faint whimper.”

Jinx turned the sleigh towards the sound. “Umm..Jinx, the map says that we need to go straight.”

“Yes!” replied Jinx “But, we need to find out what is making that sound.”

The sound got a little louder the closer they got. Neither of them saw anything until they were almost on top of it.

“STOP Jinx!”

Jinx slid to a stop as Jangle fell out of his seat again. They both gasped as they looked at the sight in front of them. It was a little white arctic fox lying in the snow with its leg twisted at an odd angle.

“Poor fox!” said Jinx, we have to help it.

“Do you think it will bite? ” questioned Jangle.

“I am not sure, ” said Jinx, “Why don’t you hold its head while I try to lift it up.”

Jangle wasn’t sure how he felt about that plan! They both talked very soothingly to the little fox and moved slowly. Together they slowly picked it up and laid it in the back of their sleigh. It seemed to understand that they meant well and were trying to help it.

Jinx made sure to glide not as fast on his way home, and was very careful about hitting any bumps. It was late when they arrived back, but they knew that Vince the Vet would still be awake. He burned the midnight oil.

Jinx knocked on his door and they didn’t have to wait long at all before it opened.

“HI guys! What are you doing up this late?”

“We have a little Arctic Fox that needs your help. “

Vince was intrigued,  he didn’t even grab his coat to run out to the sleigh and see the fox.  “Aww, poor little thing! I will try my best to fix him up. How did you guys find him?”

“We were on our way to pick up the special …  OH NO! Jangle we forgot!” To Vince’s surprise they gently picked up the little fox and gave him to Vince and then they jumped in the sleigh, and sped off into the darkness.

Santa and Snowflake were out late walking and jumped out of the way of the speeding sleigh just in time. When seeing that it was Jinx and Jangle,their mouths dropped open and they watched them until they were out of sight. Snowflake looked at Santa and said, “Umm…Santa, shouldn’t they be…”  Santa held up his hand, ” Don’t say a word.” and in silence they went back to walking. Santa stared straight ahead wondering if he was getting too old for this job of being in charge of crazy elves!





































13 thoughts on “The Mysterious Night

  1. Benjamin and I have been very busy this Monday and today…the absolutely, positively, without a doubt very last leaf raking of the year. I raked and Benjamin helped bag, plus he jumped into the leaf mounds many times. He is much prefers scattering leaves to bagging them. Then, we helped my neighbor quickly bag all of the leaves in his yard that he had raked together. This afternoon all of the bags were sitting like soldiers in a row at the curb. The three of us waved goodbye watching as they were picked-up by the town truck, less than 15 minutes after we had deposited his last bag! After some tub time fun for Benjamin and a late lunch, we came to the computer for storytime with Jinx and Jangle. He loved it, but was worried about the little fox. Benjamin has two questions for Miss JoyRoses : “Is My Jodi never painting Jinx and Jangle?” and “Will Jinx and Jangle have their own book too, that’s a good idea right?” Benjamin has taken The Odessa Chronicles to preschool often and his teacher reads a different story each time. He thinks that his new friends at school would like Jinx and Jangle too! I must agree! Thank-you x 2!!

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    • Yay on Benjamin being such a great helper, thought I admit, I would rather play in the leaves too! 🙂
      So glad he loved this adventure that Jinx and Jangle had and how kind of his heart to worry about the little fox, assure him that the fox was able to be all fixed up and is resting now. He should be able to be back to normal after he recuperates, thanks to the skill of Vince the vet!

      I do know that Jodi really does want to paint a picture of Jinx and Jangle, and I will be sure to let her know that Benjamin can’t wait to see her talent used in that way!
      One never knows, a book may just happen! I am thrilled that he thinks they are worthy of a book of their own! And love that he is sharing the Odessa Chronicles with with preschool friends! So kind of him. Sending you both big hugs, thanks for the smiles and encouragement in this whole writing journey! Have a wonderful day!


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