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Chapter 3 â€“ Prank 1: The Guardian Shield Maneuver
I walked out onto the porch at HnH headquarters. It was cool, but not cold outside. I raised up my walkie talkie.
â€œAgent Eastie? Are you there?â€
â€œThis is Agent Eastie!â€ he whispered violently â€œturn off the extra sounds! Turn off the extra sounds!â€
My walkie-talkie had been set to conclude each message with a loud blip. Had this simple lack of foresight ruined our chances?
â€œSorry! Are all systems go?â€ I asked nervously
â€œI think someone is still awake, I think I hear walking upstairs.â€
Kurt was alone in enemy territory. He had spent the past 6 hours waiting in the dirt and dust. And now it was 4am and members of the Yellow House were still awake. Agent dirt started his walk by. The result was not promising. Goss, John, and a visitor were still awake in the dining room. They were, of course, playing Magic (the gathering!).
There was also a light on the second floor in JRoyâ€™s room and on the third floor in the kitchen. This was bad. But we had to keep going with the mission. Our group of agents left HnH and circled around to Berkshire street so that we wouldn’t be spotted by the dudes in the West dining room. We sprinted to the back of the yellow house following the green dashed line in the map below.
Upon reaching the back of the house we knocked the secret knock on the back door. Kurt was ready. He opened the door and we quickly poured into the basement.
With Goss and John M. playing Magic, we had no idea when the house might clear. We knew Jon O. got up early for his golf course jobâ€¦ we had a very limited time window to pull this thing off. It was now 4:30am, the sun was risingâ€¦ and we were nervous. Since the dining room had a clear view of the staircase as well, it was very unlikely that weâ€™d be able to sneak past them.
It was time to improvise. We decided that I would swing around to the front of the house, knock on the door and see if I could get the boys to walk down the street for ice cream. If I could do it, then Kurt could lead the teams upstairs for a fast and furious Guardian placement.
I left the others in the basement and got to the houseâ€™s back door.
â€œhey Guys! Letâ€™s go get Ice cream!â€
â€œwhat?â€ Goss and John were completely confused.
â€œseriously. We gotta go get ice cream.â€
â€œuhâ€¦ no thanksâ€
â€œdude, we already had ice cream tonight.â€
What were the odds?
â€œcan I go snag some water from the kitchen?â€
They had no idea that there were a dozen people in the basement waiting patiently to swarm through the house. I left the dining room and ran downstairs into the cellar.
â€œThey arenâ€™t falling for the ice cream bit.â€
â€œsee if you can figure out when theyâ€™re going to bed!â€
I ran back upstairs hastily grabbed some water from the kitchen and barged back into the dining room.
â€œGood Lord Dudes. How long do these Magic games last?â€
â€œehâ€¦ this oneâ€™s just about done. Mike Dâ€¦ why are you awake?â€
â€œI have no idea.â€ I noticed that Jon Oâ€™s door was openâ€¦ and dark.
I hung around for a few more minutes until they started wrapping up their game. I did a brief check of the other floors under the pretense that I was seeing if Joslyn was awake.
Eventually the boys went to bed. And I pretended to leaveâ€¦ instead, I ran back into the cellar.
â€œweâ€™re clear, and I think Jon already went to the golf course.â€
And with that, the Guardian distribution began. We stormed upstairs taking special care to be quite outside of Goss’s and John’s bedroom doors.
Guardians were put EVERYWHERE.
Inside the Swiss Miss
In cereal boxes
Under Couch cushions
In the toilet water tank
On top of doorframes
Under the Carpet
Frozen into ice cube trays (a personal favorite, we had to empty the trays ahead of time)
In the egg cartons
Outside of every bedroom door
Behind the T.V.
In peopleâ€™s coats
And in Ernieâ€™s room. He wasnâ€™t in town that weekend, and he foolishly left his door open.
As Kurt had mentioned, every Guardian was numbered. But we skipped 50 random numbers. The intention was to make the Yellow House believe that there were always more Guardians hidden. They could never find them all.
250 Guardians is a LOT of Guardians. It was so intense that I had trouble placing my final guardian. So I ran down to the kitchenâ€¦ which had the most potential hiding spots. First, I figured Iâ€™d throw it in someoneâ€™s Chex cereal. But there was already one there. Then, I figured Iâ€™d put it under the seat cushionâ€¦ already one there.
Silverware drawer? Guardians.
In boots by the door? Guardians.
Finally, once all were placedâ€¦ we all returned to the basement. We opened the back door, locked it behind us, and raced victorious back to the House of Rock where we all tried to get back to sleep.
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