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Great Aunt Lizzie tells the story of Charlotte and the Adventure of the Lost Keyring. A baker in ancient Rome accidentally bakes his keyring into a batch of bread loaves.


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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 Charlotte's turn.

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Here she comes, racing to hear another tale

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from an epic adventurer.

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TAP! TAP! TAP! TAP!

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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, Charlotte. Come on,

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no time to count the clouds, we've got stories to tell.

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Now...

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let's have a lovely cup of tea.

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But first we need...

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A teacup!

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Which one?

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That one!

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Oh.

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The Roman Key Ring.

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What a choice, Charlotte.

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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...

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-are you ready?

-Ready.

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Then let me tell you the story

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of Great Aunt Lizzie

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And The Adventure Of The Lost Key Ring.

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Ahem.

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Oh, yes, of course.

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Let me tell you the story of Charlotte

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And The Adventure Of The Lost Key Ring.

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It all began long ago

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in an ancient empire

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where towns and cities of marble and gold

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nestled among the hills and fields

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in a land we now call Italy.

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After journeying for days across the Roman Empire

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with its beautiful basilicas and magnificent mosaics,

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Charlotte found herself in...

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the cool morning shade of a grand street.

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The breeze was rich with the aroma of freshly baked bread.

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Charlotte followed her nose

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in search of the source of the tasty smell.

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That's the last two. All baked and done for today.

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That's great, Atticus.

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I think I'll just pop over and pay the miller -

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I don't like owing money for flour.

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You do that and I'll have a 10-minute rest.

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O-o-oh.

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Mm-hm.

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I need the money, Atticus.

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We owe them more this week because of the Vinalia Festival.

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-Oh, so we do.

-So where is the key to the strongbox?

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Then I can get the money to pay him.

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On my finger, where it always is.

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Atticus! I don't know why you can't have an ordinary key.

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You keep losing the key ring.

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It's the latest thing in Rome.

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It's a key on a ring that you can wear. It's very clever!

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Not if you keep losing it, it's not.

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Right then, I suppose we have to start to look.

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Again.

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-Maybe it's in the backroom, like last time.

-Hm.

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Aren't you going to help me look?

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I would, my love, but I have the shop to watch.

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Immediately, Charlotte knew how she could help.

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-Excuse me, I could watch the shop for you.

-Really?

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-Then you could both go and look.

-Excellent idea.

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-SHE SNAPS HER FINGERS

-Come on, Atticus!

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Coming, my love.

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-Good morning.

-Good morning.

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Do you have any fresh loaves?

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Yes, lots. These two have just come out the oven.

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Oh, yes, they're still warm. Wonderful.

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-They do smell delicious. I'll take them both.

-Oh, great.

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I'm meeting my brother in the square, he loves fresh bread too.

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-Thank you very much.

-Thank you.

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We can't find the key ring anywhere.

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What a puzzle.

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The key ring had to be somewhere.

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Maybe you need to think back to when you last had the key ring.

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That's a brilliant idea!

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Atticus, when did you last have it?

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I think I had it before I took it off to knead the dough

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to make the last two loaves.

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-HE SNAPS HIS FINGERS

-I put it right here on the table.

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Well, it's not there now.

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Maybe the key ring ended up in the dough while you were kneading it.

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-I suppose it's possible.

-Then you baked the dough.

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-With the key ring inside.

-The key ring must be in...

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-In the last two loaves of bread you made.

-Brilliant!

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Now all we have to do is break open the loaves

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and the key will be there!

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Where are they?

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In that split second, it dawned on Charlotte what had happened.

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I just sold them to a woman.

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Oh, no.

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Well, she can't be far.

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She said she was meeting her brother in the town square.

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Without wasting a moment, Charlotte sprang into action.

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She thought getting the key ring would be as easy as pie,

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

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Just as Charlotte approached,

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the woman popped the last piece of bread into her mouth.

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Oh, dear! Had she just eaten the key ring along with the loaf?

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Charlotte hardly dared ask.

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-The loaf...

-Was delicious.

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Thank goodness for that.

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The key ring must have ended up in the other loaf.

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Do you still have the other one?

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No. I gave it to my brother.

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He's gone home to Rome now.

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Crumbs.

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How had a little trip to the bakery got so complicated?

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She'd watched the shop as the baker and his wife looked for the ring...

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she'd got the baker to retrace his steps

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to try to remember where he'd put it...

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she'd sold the two loaves to the woman,

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but she couldn't have known that the key ring was inside it...

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and she thought getting the key ring back from the customer

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would be a doddle. But no,

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she couldn't go back without the key ring, could she?

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There was nothing else for it

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but to set off at a rate of knots

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to Rome to find the woman's brother.

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So off went Charlotte in her old battered boots,

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she scrambled up the rugged mountain paths

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until...

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when she was almost out of breath...

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the path ran out.

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

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Charlotte took a deep breath.

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Safely across, she set off once more

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until there before here

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was the magnificent city of Rome.

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But there was no time to be awestruck,

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Charlotte had to find that loaf.

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Charlotte ran through the streets

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and soon found herself at the brother's house in Rome.

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The loaf lay untouched on the table next to the man.

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At least he hadn't eaten it.

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Excuse me...

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I'm sorry to bother you, but did your sister give you that loaf?

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Yes, she did. We ate hers at lunchtime.

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I'm saving MINE for supper.

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Charlotte wasn't at all sure how to phrase this extraordinary request,

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so she decided that honesty was the best policy.

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The baker lost his key ring and I think it may be in that loaf.

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-Oh, really?

-So I was wondering if I could, erm,

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break it open.

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But if you break it open now,

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it would be all dry later when I eat it for my supper.

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What a conundrum. For a moment, Charlotte was stumped.

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So she looked in her bag for a bit of inspiration

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and pulled out...

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Tweezers!

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They might work.

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If Charlotte could extract the key ring very carefully...

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-Just hold this, please.

-..it would leave the loaf intact.

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The man agreed.

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As carefully as she could,

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Charlotte inserted the tweezers.

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She just about managed to get a purchase on the key ring and then...

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she pulled.

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I got it!

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And my loaf is still in one piece.

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Finally, Charlotte had the key ring.

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She turned it over in her hand

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and was surprised at how small it was.

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No wonder it had become hidden in the loaf.

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Thank you. I'd better take it straight back to the baker.

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-I hope you'll enjoy your loaf tonight.

-Thank you. I will.

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-Bye-bye.

-Bye.

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Back came Charlotte in her old battered boots,

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over the plains and down the mountainside.

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She's been to Rome and back in a day,

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and all for the sake of a key ring.

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She ran into town and back to the shop

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where Charlotte arrived in triumph.

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-You got it!

-Well done!

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It wasn't quite as easy as I thought.

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I'll go and pay the miller in a minute.

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First, let's have some lunch.

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But as the baker broke open the loaf,

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there was yet another surprise.

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Inside that loaf

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was another ring.

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Your wedding ring!

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Oops. Two in one day.

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-Hee-hee-hee.

-Let's just eat the soup.

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Yes, let's.

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And that was that, the whole kit and caboodle.

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Charlotte And The Adventure Of The Lost Key Ring.

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-Was that really his wedding ring in the loaf?

-It was.

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Thank goodness they had that loaf for lunch,

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or it might have gone forever.

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And to think, it all started

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-because his wife wanted to pay the miller for the flour.

-Exactly.

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Who'd have thought the key ring was in the loaf you sold to the woman.

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-Who gave it to her brother.

-Who was saving it for his supper.

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Well, I never! Is that time already?

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Come on, your mum will be here in a minute.

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Your coat.

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Now how did that get there?

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Home time now, Charlotte.

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Bye, aunt Lizzie!

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Cheery-bye, Charlotte!

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Great Aunt Lizzie tells the story of Charlotte and the Adventure of the Lost Keyring.

A baker in ancient Rome accidentally bakes his keyring into a batch of bread loaves. Charlotte goes on an epic quest to track down a customer before they get a surprise at supper.


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