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Here they come, my two intrepid explorers, 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,

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racing to hear another tale 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 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, let's have a lovely cup of tea.

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-But first, we need...

-The teacup.

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Which one?

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-That one.

-Oh.

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The Egyptian Headrest.

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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, are you ready?

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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 Ancient Headrest.

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SHE CLEARS HER THROAT

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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 Ancient Headrest.

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It all began long, long ago, in ancient Egypt...

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..where towering pyramids

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and gigantic limestone statues graced the golden sand dunes.

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Charlotte had travelled for miles and miles across the hot desert.

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Then one day, after marvelling at the wonders of the pyramids,

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she arrived at a town and found a nice spot to rest her legs.

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While she sat and drank some water, she noticed that in a tent nearby,

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a man was having a very special treatment done to his hair.

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There we go, Master Nakhti, it looks absolutely gorgeous,

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you are now ready for your party.

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Oh, yes, Master Nakhti, it really suits you, sir.

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-Excellent. When is the big party, did you say?

-Next week.

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Until then, please make sure you don't put your head down,

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otherwise, it will squash my work.

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Stay upright so it stays nice and tidy.

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-Have a lovely evening.

-What did you just say?

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That I should not put my head down for a whole week?

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Yes, if you want it to look good for your party, of course. Ta-ta.

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A whole week!

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How on earth am I supposed to sleep? This is outrageous.

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Charlotte, on the other hand, thought the answer to the master's

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problem was quite simple - all he needed to do was to find something

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to support his neck and he'd be able to sleep perfectly fine.

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Excuse me.

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Excuse me.

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I couldn't help but overhear your conversation

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and I think I might have a solution to your sleeping problem, sir.

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Is that right?

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Yes, all you need to do is find something to support your neck with,

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like...

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a bag, for example.

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Charlotte was sure her idea was a good one

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but Master Nakhti was going to take some persuading.

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Let me show you.

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You see, nothing touches my hair.

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Would you like to try it?

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Not bad, not bad at all.

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And that made Khu very happy indeed.

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Thank you so much.

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But Master Nakhti was so comfortable that he began to fall asleep.

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HE SNORES

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The only problem is, I need my bag. It's got all my stuff in.

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Wait here, I'll see what I can do.

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But getting the bag back would be tricky.

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Must be something else that would do the job.

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And, so, the hunt began.

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He tried all sorts.

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First, a bag of lentils.

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No good at all, much too noisy.

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How about a pot?

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It was so hard, it nearly woke Master Nakhti up again.

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What about a pair of sandals?

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But the smell was enough to wake a sleeping camel.

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The poor servant sat there, cradling his master's head in his hands.

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-HE WHISPERS:

-Charlotte, you'd better get your bag.

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Are you going to stay like this all afternoon?

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All night, if he sleeps right through.

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All week if he's really comfortable.

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But don't worry about me, I'll be fine.

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Poor Khu, he had a very hard task ahead of him.

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There must be something else we can find to rest your master's head on.

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The only thing I can think is

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a little shop I know that sells all sorts of sleeping accessories.

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-Maybe they've got something. I'll go tomorrow.

-I can go there now.

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Charlotte thought helping the poor servant

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would be as easy as falling off a log

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

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That's very kind, but unfortunately, the shop's really quite far away.

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-How far?

-Miles and miles.

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It was barely tea-time,

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how had Charlotte got herself into such a pickle so quickly?

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She'd shown Master Nakhti a good way to sleep with his new hairdo.

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Not bad at all.

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She watched as poor Khu tried to find something

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to replace her bag with but nothing seemed to work,

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except Khu holding his master's head in his hands.

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And she'd thought going to the shop would be a doddle.

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Charlotte couldn't abandon poor old Khu now, could she?

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There was nothing else for it, but to get her skates on

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to the other side of the kingdom

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and visit the special sleep shop that Khu had told her about.

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So, off went Charlotte in her old, battered boots.

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She crossed the desert peaks until,

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when she was almost out of breath, 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 began again,

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until there, in the vast desert,

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was a small town of sand-coloured houses.

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But there was no time to stop to admire the wonders,

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Charlotte had to find that sleep shop.

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The sun was as bright as ever

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when Charlotte came to a little mud-brick house,

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with a sign above the door.

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Compared to the blazing desert, the shop was ever so dark

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and in the gloom, she could see all sorts of interesting shapes

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of different sizes.

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As her eyes got used to it, and odd-looking wooden frame,

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standing alone on a table top, caught Charlotte's eye.

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It was quite heavy and solid and looked like some kind of support.

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Could that be what she was looking for?

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-Oh, a headrest, what a lovely choice.

-A headrest?

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Indeed. Try it out, be my guest.

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Once you rest your head, you'll never go back.

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Although it didn't look very promising to begin with,

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the headrest turned out to be extremely comfortable

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and exactly what she was looking for.

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Charlotte was over the moon.

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Her long journey had certainly paid off.

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-I'll take it.

-Excellent decision.

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I'll start making one for you this evening so you'll have it

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-by next week.

-Next week? I really need it now.

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-Can't I have this one?

-Oh, no, this is my special sample headrest,

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I can't make the others without it.

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For a moment, Charlotte thought she'd never get the headrest in time

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to save poor old Khu. But then, she saw...

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Clay. This might work.

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What a brilliant idea.

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When the clay dries, I can use the measurement from these

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to make more and more perfect headrests. Thank you.

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-You're very welcome. So, can I please buy this one?

-Absolutely.

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Thank you so much.

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Good luck with it

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and come by soon to see my new collection of headrests.

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Back came Charlotte in her old, battered boots,

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over the desert peaks and down the mountainside.

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It felt like a very long journey

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when Charlotte finally arrived back at the house.

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Master Nakhti was still far away in dreamland

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while weary Khu struggled to stay awake.

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-SHE WHISPERS: I've got it.

-Oh, thank goodness.

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I couldn't hold his head any longer.

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Sorry it took me so long. It wasn't as easy as I thought.

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Oh, I bet it wasn't.

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-But this headrest is perfect. Thank you.

-You're very welcome.

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Why don't we have a drink and a sit down before I fall asleep, too.

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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 Ancient Headrest.

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The master was so unhappy when he couldn't put his head down -

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-for a week.

-I would have been shocked, too.

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What about his poor servant?

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Imagine having to hold someone's head for a night.

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-Oh, no.

-Good thing you found that headrest.

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It's surprising how comfortable they are.

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Blow me down with a feather, is that the time already? Come on.

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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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Thanks, Great-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 Ancient Headrest. A wealthy man in ancient Egypt is shocked to discover that sleeping without a special tool will ruin his new hairdo. Charlotte goes on an epic quest for a headrest.


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