The Kip crewmembers are still sitting on rocks by the lake, studying the message. They’re wondering what this mission really means. Soca feels that making a moving machine is a really big and slightly scary task. And the gala sounds terribly exciting. But by working together, the crew believes they can cope with this challenge! Especially now that they’ve recruited a bunch of eager assistants to help them in their construction project. (Thank you, students!) Smeek has sent them missions before, and Tuka, Maco, Waaba and Soca have discovered that you always learn something new when you work together to solve problems. Not just about yourself, but also about others. And besides, trying out things together is a lot of fun!
So the happy and excited Kip crew head for Maco’s house. The best place to build the machine will be somewhere where they can find all kinds of material that can be recycled. By the way, did you know that Maco always saves everything! He can’t bear to part with anything.
But oh no, Maco is embarrassed to open his front door. There’s a terrible mess inside. All the things left over from his last construction project are still scattered higgledy-piggledy all over the house. As Maco’s friends step inside, they try to avoid his junk traps. There are lots of emotions in the air. The mess doesn’t bother Waaba! She gracefully floats above everything, already happily dreaming of the sparkling gala event. Maco is more annoyed with Waaba’s constant daydreaming than with the actual mess! He wants everyone to focus on the essentials and stay in the moment. Tuka is showing off her skills again. Soca is feeling anxious about both the jumble of things and the jumble of emotions. He tries to hang back on the stairs outside.
“Maco, you’re a right mucky pup!” Tuka shouts angrily. (Oops! That was a mistake!) Maco feels sad and hurt, and starts to cry. Before Tuka realises that she has made a mistake, Waaba has already run over to comfort Maco. “Oh dear, it’s nothing to worry about! It’s true that everything is all higgledy-piggledy in here, but there are nicer ways of saying that you need to tidy up!”
Maco’s friends are right. They need to clean up the mess before they can start any kind of new construction project at Maco’s house. They won’t be able to find the materials they need unless they tidy up the mess and put everything back in its proper place. Waaba shouts: “Hey Soca, where are you? Come inside! We need your superpower. A little tornado would come in handy right now!”
Soca is delighted at the suggestion and springs into the house, sending a mini tornado into the living room. He steers the whirlwind so skilfully that all the things end up in a neat pile in the middle of the floor. Now it’s easy to put them back in their proper place.
Tuka’s anger has subsided as quickly as it started. She has also realised that she needs to say sorry for her nasty words, and her apology has made Maco feel better. Tuka proudly takes up the reins and leads the team into action. Her strength is now required to organise the heavy objects. Maco is also surprised how quickly dreamy Waaba has managed to make the whole kitchen sparkling clean. Not a dirty dish in sight! Maco has made his bed and organised the shoes in the hallway into a neat row.