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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

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from an epic adventurer.

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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

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of teacups.

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You've still got your coat on, Elliot.

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Come on, 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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But which one?

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That one.

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Oh.

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The Roman Snake Bracelet.

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What a choice, Elliot.

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I do really love that story.

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This is 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 Roman Snake Bracelet.

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A-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 Roman Snake Bracelet.

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It all began long, 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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Elliot was off to explore the Roman hills

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when he made his way into the imperial capital.

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The shops were closed

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and the streets, normally bustling with people, were quiet

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except for a solitary fruit seller

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who was packing his things to go home.

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As he worked, a young woman called Vivian approached

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and spoke to him in a chirpy, cheerful voice.

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Hello. Is it too late to buy a bunch of your juiciest grapes?

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You're just in time, my friend. These are VERY rare. Very expensive.

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-Is it just the one bunch?

-Two, please.

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Having a good day?

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One of the best days of my life.

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These are so delicious.

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Last night,

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my master gave me my freedom.

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Ten years ago, the Roman army docked me here to work on a farm.

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And today, I'm on my way home to find my mother.

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It's always good to see a happy face.

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Two bunches of grapes...

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I'm afraid that'll be ten sestercii.

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Wow! That is a lot.

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-Everything OK?

-My purse, it's gone!

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It had all my money in it.

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-The fruit seller was a kindly man.

-Oh, that's terrible.

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But he was nearly as poor as she was.

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-He certainly couldn't afford to give away the grapes.

-I have no money.

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I can't afford to give you even the grapes you've eaten.

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-Could you just give me three sestercii?

-My purse is gone!

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-You could pay me with this.

-Stop! You can't take that!

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-It's broken, barely worth a single sestertius.

-It was my mother's.

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The day the soldiers took me away,

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she broke it off a bracelet and wrapped it around my wrist.

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-It's all I have to find her.

-I wish I could just give you the grapes,

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but I can't afford it.

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Now it's not always good to get into someone else's argument,

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but Elliot wondered if he could help.

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Excuse me, I have an idea.

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-He REALLY needs the money.

-I know, I know.

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And the bracelet is VERY precious to her.

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Yes, I see that.

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Elliot knew that the next bit was going to be difficult.

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So why don't you let him look after the bracelet

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while you go and get some more money?

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I was on my way to a job in the hills picking olives.

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-As soon as you get paid, you can come back.

-I'd be very careful with it.

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So, are we agreed?

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But he really felt for Vivian.

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She didn't want to be parted

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from the bracelet her mother had given her, not even for a moment.

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But what else could anyone do?

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They set off for the hills together,

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Vivian for her job picking olives,

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Elliot to explore.

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The days passed quickly for Elliot.

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He'd been worried about Vivian and her bracelet,

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so one afternoon he waited on a ridge near the olive grove.

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In the haze was a little hut,

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where have Vivian was laying a sack of olives by the door.

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There, too, was the farmer with a woman,

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a merchant from a distant land

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eager to buy the olives.

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-That's the last sack of olives for today, master.

-Thank you.

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Here's two sestercii

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and you can have the rest tomorrow.

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Vivian was delighted.

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In just one more day,

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she would have enough money to buy back her bracelet.

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Meanwhile, the farmer and merchant were trying to make a bargain.

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OK. It's more than I planned,

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but I'll take the lot.

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I'll have to go back to boat for more money.

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But life has a way of springing surprises.

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Something Vivian could never have expected

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glinted in the sunlight and caught her eye.

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That's a very pretty pendant.

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I'm not sure if I'd call it pretty, but it's very precious to me.

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I've had it a long time.

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-Is it made from part of a bracelet?

-Yes.

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Come on, Julie, there's still a lot to be done

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if you're going to be ready to sail home tomorrow morning.

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Right then, Claudius,

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I'll be back with the money first thing in the morning.

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When Elliot saw Vivian slump on the bench and stare into the dust,

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he knew something was wrong.

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Vivian, what's the matter?

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-I think I've found my mother.

-That's brilliant!

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Yes, but she didn't recognise me.

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She hasn't seen me since I was a little girl.

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I haven't got the bracelet to prove that I'm her daughter

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and she sails back home tomorrow. I might never see her again.

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-So what are we waiting for? Let's go.

-I still don't have enough money.

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If I go and get it, my mother will leave.

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Go and find her, don't let her out of your sight.

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I'll go to Owen and see if he'll take anything less.

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We'll meet here in the morning.

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Elliot had thought getting back to Rome

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would be as easy as one, two, three,

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

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By the time he arrived at the main road,

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he'd missed the last wagon to Rome.

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It wasn't even a week since he'd met Vivian,

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but, deary me, it had got complicated.

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He'd done his best to persuade Vivian

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to let the fruit seller look after her bracelet,

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and he'd managed to convince the fruit seller

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that she'd come back with the money,

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but he'd never expected Vivian to find her mother so soon.

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And, between them, they still didn't have enough money.

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He couldn't go back with nothing, could he?

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There was nothing else for it but to get his skates on to Rome

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to the fruit seller.

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So off went Elliot in his old battered boots.

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He scrambled up the rugged mountain paths until...

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when he 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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Elliot took a de-e-ep breath.

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Safely across,

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Elliot set off once more until,

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as dawn broke, he reached the imperial city of Rome.

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But there was no time to waste.

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Elliot had to get that bracelet.

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He soon found himself back in the market square,

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where the fruit seller had already set up his stall for the day.

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He knew he would have to do his very best

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to try and persuade him to give him the bracelet.

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-Hello again.

-Oh, hello.

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-Is something wrong?

-I need the snake bracelet my friend had,

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but, well, I don't quite have enough money.

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No, this is only two. We said three.

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I know, but Vivian's just found her mother,

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but she doesn't have the snake bracelet to prove it.

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Couldn't you settle for two?

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She only had a few grapes, and she'll pay the rest of the money tomorrow.

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Oh, I don't know.

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But the stallholder really was a kind-hearted man.

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It'll make such a difference to Vivian.

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All right. That's a fair trade.

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Tell her I don't need the rest of the money.

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Elliot was so pleased

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to finally have the bracelet in his hand.

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It felt pebble-smooth to the touch.

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It was much lighter than Elliot had expected.

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Thank you so much! Bye.

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Back came Elliot in his old battered boots,

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across the open plains and down the mountainside.

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With the bracelet in his pocket,

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Elliot arrived back at the olive grove.

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-I'm sorry, I really have to go.

-But I'm sure he'll be here.

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I've got the snake bracelet!

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That's impossible. I gave it to my...

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Daughter.

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Ten years ago, when she...

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I mean, I...

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was just a child.

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I'm called Vivian. I think I'm your daughter.

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That's it.

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That's the bracelet.

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-Vivian!

-Mother!

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-And it's all thanks to you, Elliot.

-My bit was easy.

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Now, shall we go home?

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Yes, let's.

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And that was that, the whole kit and caboodle.

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Elliot And The Adventure

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Of The Roman Snake Bracelet.

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I was so pleased the market trader gave you back Vivian's bracelet.

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-Me, too.

-Of course, those little bracelets were so common -

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lots of people made them, all over the Empire.

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But that broken bracelet was PRICELESS to Vivian and her mum.

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Absolutely. That bracelet was the key to them finding each other

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after so long apart.

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Well, I never! Is that the time already?

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

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Now, 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 Roman Snake Bracelet. A woman in ancient Rome needs Elliot's help to be reunited with her long-lost mother. Elliot goes on an epic quest to find a market trader before it's too late.


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