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Flora's Flute

Children's series. Jack and Salty have to help out when Flora loses her magical flute.


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And good day to you!

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# This is the place to be

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# 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

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# Just Salty Dog and me

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# Haul away, haul away

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# Sing the song of the sea

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# Hoist the sail, I'll tell you a tale

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# 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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# They're stories to tell, join us as well

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-# Just Salty Dog and me. #

-MOBILE PHONE RINGS

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JACK HUMS

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Ha-ha! Hello!

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Hello, Jack! Hello, Salty!

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Captain Periwinkle, what have you there?

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Ice-cream machine, one of Emily's.

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I borrowed it while she was in the sweet shop,

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but it's not working properly.

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-Sam's trying to...

-Fix it!

-What's the...

-Time?

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-No, no, what's the...

-Flavour?

-Rasberry Ripple, I think!

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No, what's the problem with the machine?

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Ah, well, every time I pull this lever... Oh!

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-Yeah.

-..that happens.

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-Well, I suggest you don't pull it, then!

-That's what I said!

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-Have you tried...

-Hammering it?

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-No.

-Screwing it?

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-No!

-Pulling the lever again?

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No! Not again!

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Have you tried asking Emily to help?

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It's her machine and there's nothing she doesn't know about ice cream.

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What a good idea, Jack! We'll do that, Sam.

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With you all the way, Captain P!

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We'll leave them to it, then. Good luck, you two.

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-See you later, Jack! Here you go, Sam.

-Thanks!

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There she is! The Rainbow!

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

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Heh-heh!

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Come on, Salty!

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Here we are.

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There you go, Salty, in your basket.

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Good girl, that's it.

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You know, girl, that funny old ice-cream maker

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needs somebody with a magic touch, I think. Oh, dear!

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Now, do you remember when we met someone with a magic touch?

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Do you, Salty? Little Flora?

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Yes, let me get comfortable,

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and I'll tell you the magical story of Flora's flute.

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This will make your whiskers whiffle.

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Once upon a twinkly time, the Rainbow set off from Staithes,

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waved goodbye to Whitby and disappeared over the horizon.

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Salty wasn't feeling her usual Salty self that day.

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She was in an iffy-offy mood, so I sang her a song.

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# Just Salty Dog and me

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# Upon the briny sea

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# All we've got is the day to share

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# Let's mosey together to who knows where

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# I'll bob for a while and make Salty smile

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# Just Salty Dog and me. #

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We'd set sail for the horizon and almost reached it when...

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"Blargh! "Brumm!"

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..the Rainbow let out a big billowing cloud of black smoke

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and that was followed by a "Chug!" and a "Clunk!"

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and a bit of the Rainbow's pipework fell off.

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"Oh, not you as well, Rainbow," I said, trying to fit it back.

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You know, the perfect way to cheer these iffy-offy moods

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is a visit to Moonstone Park.

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Moonstone Park is one of our favourite underwater places.

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If you need a spring in your step, that's the place to get it.

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It tickles Salty's whiskers with all the sniffs to sniff.

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But, best of all, is that Moonstone Park

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is where Flora Flowertail lives.

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Now, she plays the flute and makes Salty's ears twitch

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and her tail twirl.

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"We haven't seen Flora for a while, have we, girl?" I said,

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as we dropped anchor and headed below.

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The park was bursting with beds of sea flowers

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-sprouting from carpets of green.

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Salty dashed around faster than her feet could carry her!

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And then, suddenly, I heard a frilly, trilly flutey sound.

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It was Flora. I followed the music and there she was,

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a honey-coloured fish, playing a flute.

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Salty's ears twitched and her tail started twirling.

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There were lots of fish listening, as well.

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"Bravo!" we all cheered, when Flora had finished.

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"When we grow up, can we play the flute?" cried the cod twins.

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"Flora's fantastic! She is a very special little fish."

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"Oh, I'm not that special," Flora blushed. "It's my flute."

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"It was given to me by a Moon Maiden

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"and I'm sure it's the Moon Magic that makes it sound so beautiful."

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"A Moon Maiden?" I said.

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"We've met one of those, haven't we, Salty?

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"It must be very precious treasure indeed."

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And, with that, my words were caught by a bubble

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and floated off to the other side of the park.

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And who do you think heard them? Uh-huh!

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Kitty Cutlass!

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"Did someone say treasure?" she said.

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And her piratey eye peered at Flora's flute

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through her telescope.

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She was dazzled by the flute's glimmering shimmer

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and its Moon Magicy sound put her in a giddy mood.

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And, without a care for Flora or the fish that listen to her,

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Kitty thought, "I want that flute all to myself!"

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We'd no idea that Kitty was planning tricksy-tricks and devious deeds

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until Salty spotted her hand

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creeping out from a bushy bit of seaweed.

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She was holding a long sucker plant. It was heading for Flora's flute.

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"Look out!" Salty woofed.

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But with a slurp, the flute was sucked from Flora's fins.

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"It's mine!" cried Kitty, and she disappeared with the flute

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out of the park, back on board the Hurly Burly.

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Her ship caught a gust and she whooshed away.

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"Follow that pirate!" I shouted.

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"OK, jump on board," cried Donnie the Dolphin

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and, before you could say 'tizzely-squids',

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he dashed us back to the Rainbow.

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I fired up the boiler and we gave chase.

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The Rainbow can be a fast little boat,

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so it didn't take long for us to catch up with the Hurly Burly.

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Salty spotted the flute on deck.

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It was looking a little less glimmery and shimmery than before.

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"Give us back that flute, Kitty," I cried.

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"It's for everyone to enjoy!"

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Kitty scoffed, "I want it!"

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And with that, she put the flute to her lips and blew.

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THE FLUTE HONKS

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Out came a honking, swonking noise. Blaargh!

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Salty put her paws over her ears.

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The flute wasn't making the frilly, flutey sound we were used to.

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"This doesn't sound like treasure," Kitty said.

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"What a load of old rubbish!"

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She tossed the flute over her shoulder.

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It bounced off the Hurly Burly's rigging,

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snapping a rope and sending the mast crashing down to the deck. Boom!

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Right on the engine!

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"My lovely ship!" cried Kitty.

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The flute, meanwhile, flew up, in the air towards the Rainbow.

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"Catch it!" I cried, as Salty stretched out her paws.

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Now, paws aren't very good for holding flutes

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and Salty couldn't hold it.

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With a little wiggle, the flute slipped out of her grip

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and, sploosh, dropped right under the water.

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Salty dived in, her belly full of brave butterflies.

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I watched her paddle down and down, but with a gulping bubble,

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the flute was swallowed up by the sand on the seabed

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and was lost forever.

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"That useless flute has broken my ship," Kitty moaned.

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And she got out her paddles and started to row all the way home.

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"Serves you right!" I said,

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as a sad, bedraggled Salty climbed back aboard.

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We headed off to give Flora the terrible news.

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Now, all these adventures had put Salty and the Rainbow

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back in that iffy-offy mood.

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"Chug, clunk," went the Rainbow,

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as a bit of her pipework fell off again.

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"I'm sorry, Flora," I said, when we were back in the Moonstone Park.

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"Thank you for trying," she said,

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and her petally fins just drooped a bit.

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"I wish I could listen to you play your flute again,"

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the cod twins cried.

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"Maybe you could tootle the Rainbow's whistle

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"to cheer us up a bit, Jack!"

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And, with that, Salty's whiskers started whiffling.

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She was having one of her bright ideas!

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She bounded back to the Rainbow

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and returned in a flash with that fallen-offy bit of pipe.

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She cleaned it up, made it nice and shiny,

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and handed it to Flora.

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"Give it a toot!" I cried.

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"But I need a Moon Magic flute to make a nice noise," Flora said.

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"I'm no good without it. I'm just not that special."

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"Try it," we said.

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So, Flora tried it

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and out floated a frilly, trilly, flutey sound.

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The pipe started to glimmer and shimmer like moonlight.

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You see, Salty knew it wasn't the flute that was magic,

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it was Flora's playing.

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Moon Maidens only give gifts to very special little fish

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and looking at the smiles that Flora gave everyone,

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it was clear that she was a very special little fish indeed.

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"Thank you," Flora fluttered.

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"Toot-toot!" the Rainbow tooted.

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We left everyone listening to Flora's magical music.

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Night had fallen when we set off, so with a moonlit path leading our way,

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we headed back to Staithes and home.

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Flora's music was absolutely lovely.

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If you close your eyes, you can still hear it.

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Did you like that story, Salty?

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All true, of course.

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Mind you, my stories always are.

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Come on, girl.

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Heh-heh, here we go!

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Emily's come to fix the ice-cream machine!

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-Hello, Jack!

-Nice to see you, Jack. Have you come for some ice cream?

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Yes, I have. How's the fix-it job coming along?

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There's a bit of a pickle. Every time Sam goes to pull it...

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ALL: Don't pull it!

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-I don't think I have any clean towels left!

-Oh!

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I don't know what you're all moaning about.

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How did you do that? Let's have a look!

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-Oh, not again!

-Oh, dear!

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I don't know how you do it!

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It's a gift!

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-Emily, you can stick to serving the ice creams from now on.

-I will!

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And speaking of serving ice cream, could we be having some, please?

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Well, Salty, that's it for today.

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We'll see all our friends again next time.

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Oh, and we'll see you next time, as well! Bye-bye!

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Come on, girl.

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