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||Patrick Brody, Mischief Night
French: La Nuit des Farces (de la fiction historique)
German: éMischief Night' (Nacht des Unfugs) (historische Erzählung)
By Brenda B. Covert
1 Finola and Patrick Brody slipped out the back door after their parents put out the oil lamps and went to bed.
2 "Do you think anyone else in this country knows that it's Mischief Night?" Finola asked her brother as she threw her shawl over her shoulders.
3 "If they don't know now, they will know in the morning!" her brother replied in a low voice.
4 The dead leaves crackled as the twins crept out to the pumpkin patch. By the light of the orange moon, Finola chose a nice fat pumpkin. Patrick produced a small knife and set to work making a jack-o'-lantern of it. He pulled a short, stubby candle from his pocket and fitted it inside the pumpkin.
5 "Now, let there be light!" Patrick declared softly as he lit the candle. The jack-o'-lantern glowed eerily in the darkness.
6 The pair strolled down the road to the neighbor's house.
7 "What shall we do first?" Finola asked. Her long skirts swished around her legs.
8 Patrick looked at his sister. Her black shawl framed her face in shadows and blended in with her dark clothing. The orange-yellow glow of the jack-o'-lantern threw shadows across her eyes. She looked spooky, a bit like the grim reaper.
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