Total Eclipse Lockie Leonard


Total Eclipse

Live action comedy. Egg is struggling to cope with the changes in his life, but his self-destructive behaviour threatens to cost him Lockie's friendship.


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# Worlds away from anyone

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# They were burning themselves out in the sun

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# Worlds away from anyone

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# They were burning themselves out in the sun

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# There was just enough to get that far away

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# Ooh... #

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'Stars. There are quite a lot of them, really.

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'Billions of years old, millions of miles away.

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'Just hanging out, doing their own thing.

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'Did I mention there's a lot of them?

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'OK, so I'm hardly an expert. That's more Phillip's territory.

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'And ever since he made friends with Marjorie,

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'Phillip had learned even more about stars.

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'Phillip had found himself a whole constellation of new friends

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'in the Angelus Astronomy Society.'

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-She's a beauty, isn't she?

-Extraordinary.

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They look a lot like rocks, really, don't they?

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Odd sort of jagged little rocks.

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They're a bit dishevelled - they've come a long way.

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-They're the remains of shooting stars.

-Imagine, Joy.

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These have come from up there.

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Part of our great cosmos.

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Well, we shouldn't be too late tonight.

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We've had to practically wrestle Clive off the telescope

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since he had his cataracts removed.

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You hear that, Sarge?

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Cataracts.

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And rocks.

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What fun(!)

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'But Phillip and his new friends couldn't have been happier.

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'The whole society had their eyes fixed to the sky,

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'waiting patiently for the upcoming eclipse of the sun.'

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Just think! Only three more sleeps.

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Not since the great meteorite shower of 1912

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have I been so excited about a major astronomical event!

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Technically, it's not a total solar eclipse

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but a grazing occultation of the sun by the moon.

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My star pupil!

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Phillip's an old soul.

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We shouldn't be surprised that he and Marjorie have clicked.

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Makes sense.

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But what might make more sense, Sarge...

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..if he had a little friend his own age.

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Maybe two!

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Called Noah and Ruby.

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Mm.

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Together they could catch tadpoles, have sleepovers here.

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But instead...

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he's looking through large pipes

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with people who don't have their own teeth!

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Not that I have anything against people without teeth.

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-It's just...

-I know.

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It's just childhood is a very special time.

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I could never forgive myself, Sarge...

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if Phillip missed out on the whole...

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thingamajig of it.

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The magic, Joy?

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Yes, Sarge.

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The magic.

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I wouldn't worry.

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Phillip comes at life from a different angle to the rest of us.

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He'll find the magic.

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But in his own way.

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THEY CHUCKLE

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I hope you're right, Sarge, I really do.

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FLOORBOARDS CREAK

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CRASH!

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Don't creep about on my account.

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I haven't slept a wink.

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Now you tell me.

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How can I rest knowing we're on the brink

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of something so...life-changing?

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Think you could talk it up a bit more(?)

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The last eclipse in Angelus was years and years ago.

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Marjorie's old and even she wasn't there.

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This is big-ticket stuff, Lock.

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'But for once, Phillip wasn't alone in his thinking.'

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Picture it.

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You're in the middle of enjoying your afternoon scone.

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Next thing,

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your world is plunged into an unexplained darkness.

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You can't tell the jam from the cream.

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-Wow. That sounds...

-Terrifying?

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Discombobulating? An eclipse can be all of these things.

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We'll impose a blanket curfew.

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Order everyone behind closed doors. With force.

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That's one approach.

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-Or...just perhaps...

-MYSTERIOUS MUSIC PLAYS

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..we could reassure our citizens...

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that while this may feel like the very end of creation,

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it is, in fact...

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the dawn of a new era.

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I vote for the curfew. MUSIC SLOWS AND STOPS

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A huge crowd of people in the dark, staring up at the sky?

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It's an open invitation for pickpockets.

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-Or...is it an invitation...

-TRIUMPHANT MUSIC PLAYS

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..to lead our fellow man back toward the light?

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I'm sure you'll agree, comrades,

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THAT is the very essence of our responsibility as police officers.

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Yeats. Shakespeare. Go to work.

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'So maybe Sam wasn't quite into the whole stargazing thing.'

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SCREAMING

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'But the rest of the female population of Angelus -

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'that was another matter.

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'And their sights were set on the same thing.'

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HE PLAYS GUITAR SOLO

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'It was official.

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'Since his makeover, Egg was a star.

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'And he was milking it for all it was worth.'

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THEY CLAMOUR

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-I made you lunch. Take it!

-No, take mine!

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Ladies! Ladies, relax.

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There's more than one meal in a day.

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Plenty to go around! GIRLS GIGGLE

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Your music test cheat sheet, English essay,

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and Old Squasher's trigonometry assignment.

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How is that fair? I was up all night finishing mine.

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It's a little thing I like to call outsourcing.

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Sounds more like cheating to me.

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Just because you couldn't handle the fame thing doesn't mean I can't.

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I know how to work this.

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'Yep, Egg was a star, all right.

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'And for the moment, he was in demand.

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'He was cooler than cool, hotter than hot.

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-'Burning up, big-time.'

-GIRLS SCREAM

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'Enough!'

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-HE STRUMS CHORDS

-I said, enough!

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While I appreciate your enthusiasm,

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you'll drown out the woodwind section.

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And if you're not going to stick to the sheet music,

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I'll have to seriously consider asking you

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not to take part in Angelus High's Stars Of Tomorrow concert series.

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Bring it on! This music you're making us play...it's so yesterday!

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GIGGLING

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Well...in that case,

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perhaps you'd be more comfortable in the percussion team.

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-Are you serious?

-Yes, I am.

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Let's try it again, gang.

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From the top.

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Ready?

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-OK, Snowy, cue the lights.

-No!

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What the dickens is the matter, Constable?

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While I think a dress rehearsal is a great idea,

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maybe one of us should be manning the desk...

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out there, in the light.

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Just in case.

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But I already put the "back in five minutes" sign up.

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But who's to say something important won't come up, and we'll miss it,

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in here, in the dark?

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Snowy, cue the lights.

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-Is it just me...

-SHE WHIMPERS

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..or is anybody else having trouble reading?

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CONSTABLE WATTLE SOBS

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Constable?

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Right... Well, that's that done.

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I have to go and see a man about an octopus.

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'Ordinarily, a caring, nurturing teacher would be pleased

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'if a student showed dramatic improvement.'

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Geoffrey Eggleston!

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D+.

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'Sadly, Old Squasher wasn't one of those teachers.

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'Instead, he formed a crack forensic team with our music teacher,

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'Ms Archer.

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'Egg's homework outsourcing racket had been exposed,

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'so the Rev was called in for a disciplinary hearing.'

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Dishonesty, Geoffrey,

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is right up there in the top ten of God's not-to-do list.

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We're ready to see you now.

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HEAVENLY MUSIC PLAYS

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Please come right this way.

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Oh, sorry. Um, I'm confused.

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Do you mean this way as in that way, or...

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that way as in this way?

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-I'm hopeless with directions.

-Me too! Me and a compass,

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you couldn't meet two things more incompatible!

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'But Egg, he'd just see two things meet that WERE compatible,

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'and given that one of them wasn't his mum...'

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-POP!

-'..he didn't like it.'

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Consider that strike one.

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Two more and you'll be removed from general classes

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and placed in enrichment class for the morally malnourished,

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swiftly and without mercy.

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Is there anything you'd like to say?

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No comment.

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Geoffrey!

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'Egg was rattled and he needed a fame fix to calm his nerves.'

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They're dropping like flies!

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-Netball practice started 15 minutes ago.

-I'm here now, aren't I?

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An hour late! They'll move onto the next hit boy if you're not careful.

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EGG SIGHS

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I hope you like ginger nut.

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'Usually, Egg would have nothing against ginger nut.

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'But the shape was a problem.

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'He'd seen enough hearts for one day.

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'Unlike Egg's fans,

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'the Rev wasn't ready to give up on him just yet.'

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Er...

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I would like to report a missing person.

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SARGE CLEARS HIS THROAT

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Can you provide us with a description?

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Let's see...

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He's about...so high.

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Uh-huh. And hair colour?

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-Pretty similar to this.

-Eyes?

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Not far from these.

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I think I know the one.

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Nice young man, hm?

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Been through a little bit of a rough patch of late?

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-Any idea of his whereabouts?

-Well, he's not home.

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I wouldn't be surprised if he were heading

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to his best friend's residence.

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I'll see to it he's well taken care of.

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HE SCOFFS

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-I don't do spinach.

-Well, that's lucky, then.

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-It's broccoli.

-PHILLIP:

-You should eat it.

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Keeps you nice and regular.

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Like clockwork. Little tip I learnt from Clo.

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From the Astronomical Society.

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Yeah, well, whatever it is, it's still green.

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Sorry about that.

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I'm sure I've got some chicken noodles in there.

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Why don't I fetch you some of those?

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Maybe you'd like to take your glasses off.

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We're at a table, not a 3D picture show.

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I prefer to keep them on.

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Right you are, then.

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Your decision.

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Is it OK if I stay the night?

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-Because you're clearly having such a great time?

-Excellent!

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Thanks.

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'It was difficult to figure out what was going on in Egg's head.

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'He couldn't figure it out either.

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'But other people, they have a sixth sense about this stuff.'

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Shouldn't stay out here too long. You'll catch a cold.

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I couldn't sleep.

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Neither could I.

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Kept thinking about tomorrow's shopping list.

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I don't want to get it wrong!

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I mean, the thought of strange new brands in the pantry, phew!

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But then again...would it really be that much of a disaster?

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Be unusual at first, sure, but...

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you'd get used to it eventually.

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And everything would be OK again.

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I'm sorry I don't like broccoli.

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Honestly...

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..I'm not much for it myself.

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It's chook-feed, really.

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-CHICKENS CLUCK

-No offence, girls!

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Can I get you anything?

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A snack?

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You hardly ate at dinner.

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'What Egg really wanted, Mum was already giving him.'

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Did you see that?!

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Sweet dreams.

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# Still too young

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# To fail

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# Too scared

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# To sail away... #

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Sweet dreams.

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# I'll grow old and I'll grow brave

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# And I'll go... #

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Sweet dreams.

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# One of these days

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# La-daa da-daa daa

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# Daa daa daa. #

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-GIRL:

-He's here.

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I've been on the phone all night. People aren't happy, Egg.

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But luckily... I've had a brilliant idea.

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I don't do pink.

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You're going to give it to Erinna in the quadrangle,

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where everybody will see.

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Then, hopefully, Ginger-gate will be over.

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It's not my style.

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-I'm not doing it.

-You are! It's called "damage control", idiot!

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Sasha, I don't think this is working out for me.

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No, no, no! You are so NOT firing me!

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I quit.

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Do you know how many girls would kill for your job?!

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'Egg's star was starting to fade.

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'But the problem was, he wasn't ready for it to.

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'Not just yet.'

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Gang, it's almost time to take your positions at the hall.

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Now, no need to be nervous.

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Has anyone seen my baton?

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I'll meet you there.

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Just remember to breathe.

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Go, us!

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DOOR HANDLE RATTLES

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Lockie, are you going to be much longer?

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I'm on a very tight schedule.

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Show has to go on, right?

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-Shouldn't we wait for Ms Archer?

-She could be a while.

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MS ARCHER TAPS ON DOOR

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Help! Help!

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Help!

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Try and keep up, guys.

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CYMBALS CRASH

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HE PLAYS ROCK'N'ROLL TUNE

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HE PLAYS TUNELESSLY

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Enough!

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Enough! Stop that racket immediately!

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Maybe we should put it to the crowd.

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If you can't appreciate good music...

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Later.

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Oh!

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Thank goodness you're here!

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SHE GASPS

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I don't know how I locked myself in.

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SHE CHUCKLES

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Silly me, right?!

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There's no way she locked herself in.

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That doesn't prove Egg did it.

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He's been so full of himself lately.

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We have to stop him before he does something really stupid.

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Why do you always want to save everybody?

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-It's always Lockie Leonard to the rescue.

-No, it's not!

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Not everyone has it as easy as you.

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We can't all live perfect lives.

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I'm NOT perfect.

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Then don't expect everyone else to be.

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I'll see you at the eclipse.

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'That afternoon, everyone in Angelus flocked to the water's edge

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'to catch a glimpse of the day's star attraction - the eclipse.'

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The very latest in viewing technology.

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Remember, you mustn't look directly at the sun.

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Some of the other Society members are choosing an alternative method.

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But I choose to live dangerously.

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I hope you're not planning to light that baby up come show time.

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No, of course not.

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We'll all be perfectly fine, I imagine.

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All of us, in the complete and utter, total...

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dark.

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Why don't you come and take a seat with us?

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We'll all feel a lot safer with you around!

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I...I suppose I could stay.

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If you really need me.

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Well, I'm going to leave you all to have fun with your...large pipes.

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-Blob and I'll just get out of your way.

-You're not going anywhere.

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SHE CRIES SOFTLY

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Do you need a hand?

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Uh...

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Me? No, I'm fine.

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All good here. Long day, that's all.

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Here, let me help.

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'Egg knew why she was really crying.

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'Egg's star was hurtling back to Earth.

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'He needed something, anything, to break his fall.'

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You OK?

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Not sure.

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If it's any consolation, I know what you're going through.

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You do?

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Well, my mum hasn't moved to Scandinavia, but...

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most of the time she might as well have.

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Dad too.

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Sometimes it's like they're miles away.

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But you've still got your dad.

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And us.

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-Like you care.

-Of course we care.

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Lockie and I both do, OK?

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-See you at the eclipse.

-OK.

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-I'm so sorry, Vicki.

-Oh...

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Egg...

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Like I said, I'm so sorry.

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'Egg may think he's a star,

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'but he can't diss Mum's cooking, lock teachers in rooms,

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'and worse - try to kiss people's girlfriends, especially mine!

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'I was ready to give him a piece of my mind.

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-'But then...'

-You were right.

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I can't handle it.

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Not one bit.

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And now... now I've wrecked everything.

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Everyone hates me.

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You, Dad...Vicki.

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You've been a bit of a noodle, but no-one hates you.

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I don't like what's in my pantry, Lockie.

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Everything's changing...too fast.

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Everything's different.

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It's like... It's like I have no idea what to do next.

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'Finally, I understood why Egg was determined

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'to keep his star shining so bright.

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'Without it, he'd have to face the dark,

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'and that was scary.'

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Is this how it's going to be from now on?

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No Mum, no friends.

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That's all, folks.

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Things will get better.

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You reckon?

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You've got to have some faith.

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Go on, take your sunglasses off.

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You'll miss it otherwise.

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The darkness fell, like a heavy cloak over the unknowing glow.

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"But be not afraid," cried a voice in the night.

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"Have faith! He will return, your friend, the light."

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This is it, Phillip.

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It's everything I imagined it would be, and more.

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-You're right, it's beautiful. It's...

-Magical.

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Now we welcome a new day. A new beginning.

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A new way.

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# I'll grow old

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# And I'll grow brave... #

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'Egg was ready to get on with life,

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'now that he'd crashed back to Earth, where he belonged.'

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As we commit these garments to the ground,

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we ask your blessings.

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'But sometimes,

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'you have to face the darkness...

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'..so you can see the light up ahead.

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Egg is acting out, struggling to cope with all the sudden changes in his life, but his increasingly self-destructive behaviour threatens to cost him Lockie's friendship. Mum fears Phillip's friendship with Marjorie is robbing him of childhood magic, while Constable Wattle is forced to face her greatest phobia.


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