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The Shooting Stars

Children's series. The whole village of Staithes is lit up at night by some naughty shooting stars.


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Good day to you.

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# This is the place to be For Salty Dog and me

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# Down by the harbour we'll be there

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# Round every corner there's something to share

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# Give us a cheer Our friends are here

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# Just Salty Dog and me. #

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Ha-ha, come on, Salty!

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# This is the place to meet

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# Down at the end of the street

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# Seagulls flying up in the blue

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# There's always a cup of tea waiting for you

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# Out in the sun, having some fun Just Salty Dog and me

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# Haul away, haul away Sing the song of the sea

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# Hoist the sail, I'll tell you a tale of Salty Dog and me

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# This is the place to go

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# And these are the people we know

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# The village is busy with things to see

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# And there's the Rainbow down by the quay

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# There's stories to tell, join us as well, just Salty Dog and me. #

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MOBILE PHONE BLEEPS

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SEAGULLS CALL

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There she is, the Rainbow!

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Well, what have you got for us today, me dear?

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STEAM WHISTLE

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Hey-hey! Come on, Salty.

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JACK HUMS ABSENT-MINDEDLY

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Here we are.

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TIMBERS CREAK

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STEAM WHISTLE

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There!

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Now, you settle yourself down, girl.

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Today, Salty, is nap day. Ha-ha!

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I'm going to sit in my chair

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and have a well-deserved snooze.

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Yeah?

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No jobs to do. Everything in the village is quiet.

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Perfect! Ah!

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HE SIGHS

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-Are you ready with that switch, Sam?

-Almost ready, Ernie.

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Ho-ho! Jack's going to love this!

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As soon as you're ready, we'll give him a call.

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-It'll be a wonderful...

-Surprise?

-Absolutely! Hee-hee!

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Ready!

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Great! Let's give it a go.

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WHIRRING

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Ha-ha!

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Huh?! What? What?!

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'Jack? Jack!'

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Ernie?

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Jack! How are you doing?

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What? Well, my lights just came on.

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Is this anything to do with you?

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It is! We've managed to make a little contraption.

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When Ernie needs to speak to you by speaking tube...

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I just press a button

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'and then all your lights come on'

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and you know it's me!

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But I, I didn't want my lights on! I'm trying to have a snooze!

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Oh.

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Ah.

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Can you switch 'em back off?

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Er... (Can we?)

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(I've no idea!)

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Can we get back to you on that one, Jack? Over and out!

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Right. Thanks, Ernie(!)

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Huh! I'm not going to get much peace today

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with the lights going on and off.

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Oh! Do you know, it's like that time

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we had a visit from the shooting stars.

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Do you remember, Salty?

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Oh! You settle down, I'll tell you the story.

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This will wiffle your whiskers!

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Once upon a twinkly time we set off from Staithes,

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waved goodbye to Whitby and disappeared over the horizon.

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Well, late that night, we were gliding along

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and everything was silent and still,

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with just the duf-duf-duf-duf-duf of the engine.

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# Just Salty Dog and me

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# Sailing on the sea

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# Staring at all of the stars in the sky

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# Asking 'em questions and wondering why

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# Heading home soon by the light of the moon

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# Just Salty Dog and me. #

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Ha-ha-ha!

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But then, boof-whoosh!

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And I looked up.

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There was a shooting star.

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It fell across the sky

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zooming down, down, down towards the horizon.

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"Look, Salty", I said. "Shooting stars are lucky.

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"You should make a wish." Ha-ha!

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Salty wished for a nice, juicy bone

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but then, all of a sudden, whoosh!

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I saw a second shooting star. Whoosh!

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And then a third. Whoosh! And then a fourth!

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And, whoosh! Shooting star number five!

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I looked into the distance where the shooting stars had landed

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and I could see a glowing light twinkling on the water.

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"Salty," I said, "this is mysterious."

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"Let's take a look."

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As we got closer, the air got brighter

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until it was as bright as day,

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even though it was still the middle of the night.

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And then I saw where the light was coming from.

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Five little shooting stars

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were bobbing up and down just on top of the water.

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They were shining so brightly

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that they lit up the waves and the clouds

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and everything in between.

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And they were giggling!

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They sang,

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# "Ha-ha-ha, hee-hee-hee!

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# "Shooting stars from the sky are we!" #

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And they went shooting off!

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They went whoosh! Heading for land, burning as bright as can be.

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I said, "I'd better keep an eye on them."

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And then I fired up the engine

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and Salty and I zoomed across the waves as fast as we could.

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We reached the village but the shooting stars had got there first.

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They danced and bobbed and jiggled all around the houses

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and the whole village became as bright as day.

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The shooting stars sang,

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# "Ha-ha-ha, hee-hee-hee!

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# "Watch us shine so joyously!" #

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Miss Bowline-Hitch, oh! She came out in her pyjamas.

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She said...

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Good morning, Jack! Oh, dear me! I'm late!

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I must get to work! I'm busy-busy!

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I said, "But it's not the morning. It's ten past midnight."

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But how is that possible?

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..Said Captain Periwinkle.

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It's as bright as day! What do I do? Is it day or is it night?

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Pip and Olive appeared in their bedroom window.

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Is it morning?

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..They said. And then I saw Ernie.

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He was standing in the street in his dressing gown.

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I'm running late, Jack! I didn't hear me alarm go off!

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I said, "Well, no wonder! It's ten past midnight!"

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Don't be daft! It's as bright as day! And I'd better sell me fish!

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Fresh fish! Lovely fish! Everybody! Wake up!

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And then Emily ran past, in her nightie, saying...

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Good morning, Jack! I'm ever so late!

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I didn't realise it was daytime!

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I said, "It isn't! It's ten past midnight!"

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And Emily said...

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Don't be daft!

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I've got to sell my lovely ice cream on a sunny day like this!

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Well, I looked around. Everyone was up and about.

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All of them in pyjamas and nighties and dressing gowns

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and all looking round, confused, saying...

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What time is it? Is it day or is it night?

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I called out, "Listen to me, everyone!

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"It's the middle of the night!

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"All the daylight is coming from them!"

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Everyone looked up.

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And there were the five little shooting stars

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dancing about and singing,

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# "Ha-ha-ha, hee-hee-hee!

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# "We are shining brightly!" #

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Miss Bowline-Hitch said...

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Oh, no! I'm too tired to be busy-busy!

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And Ernie said...

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Oh, no, I'm going to be exhausted in the morning!

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And the whole village started grumbling. Sam said...

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We're so tired, we want to sleep!

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Can't you turn the light off, little shooting stars?

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Now the shooting stars looked a little bit sad. They sang,

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# "Oh, dear, dear, oh, woe is me!

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# "Don't you like our shining spree?" #

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-And everybody said...

-No!

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I felt a little bit sorry for the shooting stars.

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I said to them, "You think you're being nice and kind,

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"lighting everything up, but people like a bit of darkness now and then.

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"They need the night so they can get some sleep, cos sleep is lovely.

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"Once you've had a good sleep,

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"you're all refreshed for the next morning.

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"So I think it's best if you go shooting back up into the sky."

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And all the villagers shouted, "Yes, please!"

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But then the shooting stars looked even sadder. They sang,

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# "Oh, dear, dear, a small hiccup!

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# "Stars fall down but can't go up!" #

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I said, "Does that mean you've got to stay down here?"

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And they said, "Yes, it's true. Poor little us.

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"Now we're stuck with all this fuss."

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I looked all round, and I don't mind admitting, I was worried.

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I said to myself, "What can we do? What CAN we do?"

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And then I saw it.

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The Rainbow. My lovely old boat.

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The answer to all our problems.

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I called out, "This way, little stars!

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"Gather yourselves in my fishing net."

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Well, the shooting stars did what I asked, and then,

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with Salty's help, I scooped them into the funnel of the Rainbow.

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Then I stoked up the engine,

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building up more and more power, until she was fit to burst.

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And then I pulled down on the whistle.

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WHISTLE

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And with a great big puff of smoke, the stars went, whoosh!

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They flew out of the funnel and all the way up, up, up into the sky,

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back where they belonged.

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All the light disappeared and suddenly it was night-time again.

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The villagers breathed a sigh of relief.

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"Phew-hoo-hoo!" They looked up at the sky and called out...

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-Thank you, little stars. Bye-bye!

-Bye-bye!

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And far up above, the distant stars twinkled.

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And I could hear their tiny voices carrying through the night air.

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# "Ha-ha-ha! Bye-bye-bye!

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# "Thank you, Jack We had to fly!" #

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And then I looked at all the people in their pyjamas. I said, "Come on.

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"Come on, you lot. Time you were back in bed. Ha-ha!

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"Good night, everybody!"

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-And the whole village said...

-Good night!

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Then everyone went back to bed.

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Soon, all you could hear was the sound of snoring.

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I looked around.

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Everything was peaceful and still.

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The people were back in their beds and the stars were back in the sky.

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Just as it should be. "There you are. All back to normal," I said.

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It was quite it was quite an adventure. Don't you think, Salty?

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Salty? Salty!

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There was no reply. I looked around.

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And guess what? Hoo-hoo-hoo!

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Salty was fast asleep.

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RAINBOW WHISTLES

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There. Try that.

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Er, we think we can switch your lights off now, Jack.

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Thanks, Ernie.

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MACHINE WHIRRS

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You've done it!

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Marvellous! We've done it!

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Good! Just...one small problem.

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I can't switch the lights back on again.

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Oops!

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Technical hitch, Jack. We can't seem to switch your lights back on again.

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-Oh, really?

-Sorry, Jack.

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Don't worry, you two, this is just perfect.

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Yeah, but you've hardly got any lights!

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Like I said, it's just perfect.

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Yeah, but, Jack, what we can actually do is, we can switch

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'the polarity and the feathers will go the other way round, so...'

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Ha-ha! Now, time for that nap, I think.

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Hmph! See you soon! Ha-ha!

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Oh. Ah, peace at last.

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Ah!

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In another magical tale from Russell T Davies, the whole village of Staithes is lit up at night by some naughty shooting stars.


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