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Here they come! My two intrepid explorers -

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Charlotte and Elliot.

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I'm their great aunt Lizzie, you see.

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And I wonder which one is coming to see me today...

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Ah! So, it's Elliot's turn.

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Here he comes!

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Racing to hear another tale from an epic adventurer.

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CLINK, CLINK, CLINK!

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And what wonderful adventures they were!

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So long ago and so far away...

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I collected a few souvenirs along the way.

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But my most precious possession of all

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is my extraordinary collection of teacups.

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You've still got your coat on, Elliot. Come on!

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No time to count the clouds. We've got stories to tell!

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Now...let's have a lovely cup of tea.

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-But first, we need...

-The teacup!

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But which one?

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That one!

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Mmm...

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The Bronze Brooch.

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What a choice, Elliot.

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I do really love that story.

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This will be just perfect to drink now.

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-So, are you ready?

-Ready!

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Then let me tell you the story of Great Aunt Lizzie

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And The Adventure Of The Bronze Brooch.

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Ahem, ahem!

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Oh, yes, of course!

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Let me tell you the story of Elliot

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And The Adventure Of The Bronze Brooch.

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It all began long, long ago

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in ancient Britain,

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an island of green forests, majestic mountains,

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silver rivers and tiny villages...

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Elliot had journeyed far across the Highlands and into the glens,

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when coming down from the hills

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he found a huddle of little round houses by the edge of a wood.

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One stood apart from the rest.

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And from inside came the sound of clattering and clunking.

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Smoke rose from the thick thatch roof, and through the door

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Elliot could see two men hard at work among the heat and smoke.

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-Phew!

-We've been working up quite a sweat today, boy.

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Good thing too. Nell will be here soon to pick up her order of nails.

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-Good thing I've got my tippy-tappy Jarrod to help me out.

-Dad!

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I'm only pulling your leg, son! I couldn't do it without you.

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But you'd be so much better if you just swung the hammer a bit harder.

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But I like making jewellery. You've got to be more careful

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with jewellery. I could never have made Mum's brooch

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swinging the hammer the way you do. You HAVE to be

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a bit more tippy-tappy.

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-Oh... I think it could use a little more work.

-MORE work?

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You've been at this thing all week.

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It is a pretty piece, I'll give you that,

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but you should stick to making nails. People NEED nails.

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Nobody needs brooches. Trust me.

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I know, Dad...

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And remember - nails don't need to be as pretty as brooches.

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-BANG

-Put a bit more oomph

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into your hammer swings.

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Now, I fancy some fried fish for lunch.

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Your mum caught a couple of tasty ones last night.

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Jarrod raised his hammer and hit the nail on the head.

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And that was when Elliot had one of his brilliant ideas.

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Hello.

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Hello.

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My dad might be right. I don't think I'll ever be able to do

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-what he does.

-I don't know anything about being a blacksmith.

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But I did notice that you don't hold the hammer the way your dad does.

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-What do you mean?

-Your dad doesn't hold his hammer THERE -

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he holds it down there. Maybe that's where he gets his "oomph" from.

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But I'd be careful with the brooch. You may be stronger than you think.

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Jarrod placed the brooch to one side, raised the hammer, and...

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BANG

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Oh, wow! Why didn't my dad tell me that?

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It's really dark and smoky in there. He probably never even noticed.

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I could do the tippy-tappy style for jewellery,

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and use the oomph for making nails.

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Jarrod, your dad says your lunch is nearly ready.

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-Mum, this is my friend.

-Oh, hello. Do you want to stay for lunch?

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Yes, please!

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They forgot all about the brooch, and after the most delicious lunch,

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Elliot helped out by collecting dry wood from the hillside.

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But as he returned, he realised something was wrong.

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-The merchant definitely took the cart?

-Definitely.

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-And the nails were IN the cart?

-Definitely.

-Definitely?

-Jarrod!

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We've got work to do! Now, get that forge roaring.

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Oh, Elliot. The bronze brooch, it's gone!

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I put it on the box with the nails, and when we were having lunch

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the merchant collected her cart.

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-She's taken the brooch.

-That's terrible!

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I'll go after her right now and get it back.

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Elliot thought getting the brooch back from the merchant,

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who left a short while ago, would be as easy as a walk in the park.

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But, of course, it was never going to be as easy as that.

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-She couldn't have gone far.

-Speedy Nell, the lightning-fast merchant?

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-She'll be miles away by now.

-Where?

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Well, if I know her, she'll take the mountain pass.

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If you're lucky, she might take a rest there.

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It was barely past lunchtime,

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and everything was in a right old pickle!

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He'd helped Jarrod work out how to use a hammer just like his father.

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He'd warned Jarrod to move the brooch in case it got damaged.

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And he had gathered firewood to help out after lunch.

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But by then, the merchant had collected her cart

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-and Jarrod's brooch along with it.

-She's taken the brooch.

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And he'd thought catching the merchant up

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and getting the brooch back would be a doddle.

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He couldn't let the brooch just disappear forever, could he?

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There was nothing else for it

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but to get his scampering boots on, to the pass in the mountains

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to where, hopefully, the merchant was taking a rest.

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So off went Elliot in his old, battered boots.

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He scrambled across the ancient highlands, until...

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..when he was almost out of breath...

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the path ran out!

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ROCKS TUMBLE

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There was only one way to get to the other side...

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Elliot took a deep breath...

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DRAMATIC MUSIC

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Safely across, Elliot pressed on, until there,

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across a wild and empty hillside, was a narrow mountain pass.

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But this was no time to stop and admire the scenery.

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Elliot had to get that brooch.

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He was in luck.

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The merchant was there, sound asleep.

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Elliot wondered what was the best way to wake her up

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without giving her a shock.

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Ooh... Oh, Hello there! I must have nodded off.

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I see you like my brooch. Nice, isn't it?

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You wouldn't believe how many people have stopped

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and asked me where I got it. I have a list of orders as long as my arm!

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Oh, dear!

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How was Elliot to tell the merchant he'd come to take

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back the brooch she was so fond of?

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He decided to just come straight out and say it.

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There's been a mistake.

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Jarrod made that for his mother to give to her today.

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Oh. Well, that's a shame.

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Oh, fair enough. You can have it back.

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But... Now, just a moment...

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"Too trusting and speedy Nell", that's what folk say.

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How do I know what you told me is true?

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-You could be one of those fibbers!

-I am not a fibber.

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That's what a fibber would say.

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Answer me a question about Jarrod correctly, and I'll believe you.

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Mmm... This was tricky. Elliot had only just met Jarrod.

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How could he make sure the merchant asked a question he could answer?

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What - you mean, his father's nickname for him?

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Yes! Good one!

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Well? What is it?

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-Tippy-tappy Jarrod, of course.

-Yes! That's it!

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Oh...

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So the brooch was for his mum?

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That's nice. It's a pity too.

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Elliot took the bronze brooch, and turned it over in his hand.

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It was like a big ring, with a pin through the centre.

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It was beautiful, and delicate. But he could see it was strong too.

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I could have sold that ten times over.

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I bet Jarrod could make some more.

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-I bet I could sell just as many as he could make.

-Great. I'll tell him.

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-Goodbye, friend.

-Bye!

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Back came Elliot, in his old, battered boots.

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Across the ancient highlands, and down the mountainside.

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Until he arrived back in the village outside the blacksmith's workshop.

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-I've got it!

-Oh! Wow, Elliot! Thank you!

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Why don't you give your mother the brooch now?

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You'll probably lose it!

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Then we can forget all about bronze brooches.

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Actually, the merchant says she could sell as many brooches

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-as Jarrod could make. People would pay a lot of money.

-Are you sure?

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-She had a list as long as her arm of people that wanted one.

-Goodness!

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You'd better get to work making more brooches!

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-Brooches. What brooches?

-Mum...I made this, for you!

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That's beautiful! Thank you.

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Oh - but I may need to copy it. To make more. Lots more.

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-Really?

-Yes!

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Looks like Tippy-tappy Jarrod is going to be a successful

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brooch-maker after all! Ha-ha! Less oomph, more tippy-tappy!

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-Let's have dinner to celebrate.

-Yes, let's!

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And that was that. The whole kit and caboodle.

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Elliot And The Adventure Of The Bronze Brooch.

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That was quite a lucky mistake. If it wasn't for the merchant

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taking the brooch in the first place,

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-then Jarrod wouldn't have got to do his dream job.

-I know!

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Funny how things change. We only wear brooches now for decoration.

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Back then, you needed them to keep your clothes on!

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No buttons or zips to keep the wind out.

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-They must have been freezing.

-I'm sure they were!

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My goodness, time does fly when you're having fun. Come on!

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Your mum'll be here in a minute.

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Your coat...

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How did that get there?

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Home time now, Elliot.

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Thanks, Great Aunt Lizzie!

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Cheery-bye, Elliot!

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Great Aunt Lizzie tells the story of Elliot and the Adventure of the Bronze Brooch. A young Celtic blacksmith is a dab hand at making jewellery, but his father is not so sure. Elliot goes on an epic quest to track down the fastest merchant in the land, Speedy Nel.


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