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Long Way Home

Drama series. Ryan gets an unexpected text from Harry - it seems that things are going wrong in Harry's foster placement, and it falls to Ryan to rescue him.


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-Please Mike, please.

-Mike, the groceries haven't arrived yet.

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-But why can't I sleep in the garden?

-Cos you'll freeze to death.

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-Bailey and Mischief did it.

-My stuff isn't rubbish.

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What? I never said it was.

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Oh, girls, give it a rest.

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Mike, we've got no bread, no beans, no milk...nothing.

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-What are we going to do?

-We've got cake.

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Ah, little Marie Antoinette.

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"Let them eat cake." Good night.

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-Yeah.

-Mike.

-Come on, keep us happy...

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COMPUTER BEEPS

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DOOR SHUTS

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Who you texting?

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It's private, man.

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DIALLING TONE

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-Hello?

-Oh, hi. I wanted to speak to Harry.

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He's not on this number any more.

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-Sorry.

-Who is this?

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-Um, it's just a mate.

-You've got the wrong number. Sorry.

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DISCONNECTED BEEP

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-Morning, Ryan.

-Morning.

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What have I done with the office keys?

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Arr!

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-Excuse me.

-Anyone up for a game?

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I've got a book to finish.

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Come on, Floss.

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I'm doing a card for Harry. It's his birthday.

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Why don't you take Mischief for a walk, Tyler?

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The best offer I'm going to get.

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Harry's going to love that.

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Won't you need his address, though?

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-Oh, yeah. Do you have it?

-No.

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It's on the computer. I'll go get it. Come on.

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That's really weird. I'm...

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I'm sure I locked the cabinet last night.

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-Why is the computer on?

-What?

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-GIRL:

-You have to use the most common.

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Turn the page, it explains it. Yeah.

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-Done it.

-Oh, cool. I was just about to go out so I can post it for you.

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Thanks.

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Oh, what? You call that a walk?

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You was out there for, like, five minutes.

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What's that?

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Trumpet. Found it in the skip down the road.

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Someone's dumped a load of old instruments.

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-It's a trombone.

-Come on, then. Give us a tune.

-OK.

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TROMBONE SOUNDS

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I... I think you should put it back in the skip, mate.

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No way. I'll teach myself how to play.

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TRUMPET SOUNDS

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Whoever's been on here has opened a lot of the residents' case files.

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They're confidential.

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No-one should be looking at those.

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There's one not open.

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Where's Ryan?

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-Yeah?

-Is Harry in?

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Ryan, please. You need to go.

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There's me thinking you were pleased to see me.

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Here you are.

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Harry...mate.

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What's going on?

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-Nothing. It's fine.

-Oh, really?

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-Well, someone's got your phone for starters.

-Mr Aycliffe, my foster dad.

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He was angry with me for using it.

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Why? Because you sent me that text?

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-I never sent you any text.

-Harry.

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-Who's this?

-Finn. He's fostered here as well.

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-Hi, Finn. I'm Ryan.

-Ryan's from that place I told you about.

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-Ashdene Ridge.

-Have you come to take us away?

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-OUT OF BREATH:

-Hello.

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How you doing?

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Ryan, isn't it?

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I'm Adam.

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-Was that you on the phone earlier?

-Yeah.

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Sorry about that. I...I thought you were a crank caller.

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-Harry said you were angry.

-I never, honest.

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Well, he knows phones aren't allowed in the bedrooms, don't you? Hm?

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So, you two. Birthday outing, I thought we could go to the pictures.

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Then maybe a pizza. Hm?

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-Really?

-Sounds great, yeah?

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-Yeah.

-Right, what we waiting for?

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Can you give us a minute, please?

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Of course.

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-Don't be too long, Harry.

-HE CHUCKLES

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Pizza and a film, sounds all right.

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-You don't know.

-Yeah, you're right. I don't.

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I get a weird text saying help.

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I never sent that.

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So, I come in here...

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and everyone's nice as pie.

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There's something going on, but you're not telling me anything.

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So, next time...I'm not going to bother, OK?

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Happy birthday, yeah?

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Harry, say something.

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Tell Mike...tell Mike he has to come.

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TROMBONE SOUNDS

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Why can't he have just found a banjo, or something like that.

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-Yeah, or a triangle.

-Hang on.

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Tyler said that there were loads of instruments in the skip, right.

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So I'm thinking, if you can't beat them...

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You broke in here.

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You rifled through that filing cabinet.

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Found the password.

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And got on the computer.

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To read everyone's files.

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-Well, you left it open.

-No, I didn't.

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Ryan...this is serious.

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Look, it's Harry. He's in trouble.

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-Define trouble.

-At his foster home.

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He's scared, something's wrong.

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What, Ryan? What's wrong?

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-I don't know.

-His foster parents have passed all the criteria.

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I can't quite put my finger on it, but...

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-The house, it was...

-You went there?

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Yeah.

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-I went over this morning.

-What did Harry actually say was the problem?

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He didn't.

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-So there's actually nothing wrong?

-Yeah, he texted me.

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-He said he needed help.

-Show me the text.

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I deleted it.

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You've betrayed...every single young person in this house

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by looking at their personal files.

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-RAISING VOICE:

-And that's the best that you can come up with?

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Go! Get upstairs, go to your room!

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And stay there!

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This...this house, it's built on trust.

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It's...it's the mortar between the bricks.

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If we let Ryan stay...

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Aren't we saying that that doesn't matter?

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GIRL SCREAMS

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Floss? What is it? You OK?

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I thought I saw a mouse.

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It was just really a sock.

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FAINT VOICES

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RAISED VOICES

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-WOMAN:

-It just isn't good enough, is it?

-MAN:

-I am doing my best. I am!

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YELLING AND ARGUING CONTINUE

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What are you doing here? Why aren't you in there with the others?

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-We're not allowed in that room. Where's Mike?

-He's not here.

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Listen, you need to leave. You don't know what he's like.

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How angry he gets.

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-Mike said you've to come with me.

-What? Now?

-Yeah.

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-Come on, we need to go.

-What's going on?

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Come on, we need to go.

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SHOUTING CONTINUES

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Wait. What about Finn?

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We can come back. We need to go.

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-I'm not leaving without Finn.

-Harry, no.

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-ADAM:

-'Harry?'

-Come on.

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'What's going on?

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'Harry!

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'Finn!'

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CAR HORN BLARES

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-Come on.

-Why are we running?

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-Ryan, I think we should go back.

-No.

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-We'll be in trouble.

-Right.

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-Come on.

-OK.

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Harry!

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Boys!

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Are you there?

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Ryan.

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Ryan.

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TROMBONE SOUNDS

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OTHER INSTRUMENT NOISE

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-What's going on? What are you all doing?

-Come on, guys, please.

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What? So it's all right when he does it but not us?

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Look, has anybody spoken to Ryan?

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Did he say anything about what he was up to today?

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-I'll go to Harry's foster home.

-Why? What's going on?

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Are we going to the Ash Ridge place?

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Harry said it's always warm.

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And there's things to eat.

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And it's full of idiots. And...it's safe.

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Yeah, that's about right.

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Why didn't Mike come?

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He's just a bit mad at me, OK? It's got nothing to do with you.

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He said he'd help, didn't it?

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Well, yeah, but he's not going to turn you away.

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What about Finn? He said Finn too, yeah?

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Look, I got you out of there and I'll get you to Ashdene Ridge,

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but that's all I can do, OK?

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Look, I don't know about Finn, but... I'm sorry, mate.

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I go back, it'll be fine.

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No, no, Finn. Come on. You're coming with me.

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-GIRL:

-Don't you dare. I came down here to get away from you.

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-All I wanted was some peace and quiet.

-So do I.

-Oh, funny.

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I can't learn this thing with all that racket going on.

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INSTRUMENT NOISE Listen.

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Was I really that bad?

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Worse.

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I'm sorry. I just thought that...

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maybe this could be something I could do.

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-You're doing it wrong.

-Sorry?

-You need to do it properly.

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You're not even holding it right.

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-What do you mean?

-Give it to me.

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I know what happened to you.

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-Before you came to Ashdene Ridge.

-Well, how?

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I looked on the file, it's all on there.

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I know...I know I shouldn't have opened it, but...

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People are cruel, Harry.

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How do you know?

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Did...those things happen to you, too?

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Something like that.

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Someone's coming.

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Finn!

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In the car now!

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Have you completely lost your minds?

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I will deal...with you.

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Both of you...when we get home.

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Stupid, stupid idiots.

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Right.

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You've done this before?

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It's my dad.

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He's a musician.

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-He plays trombone?

-The trumpet, too.

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-That's how I know.

-And he taught you to play?

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He was going to.

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But then some of his friends who are in the band...

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They...disappeared.

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Disappeared? What? They just ran off?

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They were killed, Tyler.

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Because they made music.

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That's how it was in Somalia.

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One day my house was attacked.

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Soldiers took my dad and my brother.

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I haven't heard from my dad or my brother since.

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And I haven't heard that sound either.

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I'm really sorry.

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-I didn't know.

-It's OK.

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Maybe I needed to hear it.

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Played by someone better than me.

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But you haven't given up. That's good.

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I'm tired...and I feel sick.

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Look familiar, Harry? We're nearly there.

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Where? Is that it?

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-You'll be safe, mate.

-But he won't, will he?

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Listen. When you get back to the house,

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you're on your own.

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Cos Mike's not going to listen to me, so...

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Whatever went on in that foster home...you need to tell him, OK?

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But, what if Finn has go back there?

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He'll be on his own. You've seen how angry Adam gets.

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What? So say nothing and you both go back? Is that better?

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Come on. What are you waiting for?

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What do you reckon's up with Ryan?

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-I don't know, he's probably off robbing again.

-Robbing?

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-What? Has he done that before?

-Hasn't he told you?

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He used to break into cars and steal sat navs when he was a little kid.

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-What?

-Yeah his family made him do it.

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He reckons he can get into any car in, like, three seconds.

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-Well, what about the begging?

-Begging?

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He was in some gang and his mum and dad died.

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-They used to make him beg on the streets.

-No, that's not right.

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That can't be right.

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Tee, I don't know about any of this. You'll have to talk to Mike.

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-Talk to me about what?

-Any sign of Harry?

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Ah, apparently...his foster dad took him out for his birthday.

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So, Tee. What's up?

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Ryan's been telling everyone different stories.

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-Stories? What stories?

-DOORBELL RINGS

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Well, lies about his past.

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First of all, he was a car thief.

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Then he was in a begging gang and his dad

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used to make him fight people.

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Yeah, it's not true, is it? Any of it?

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-Tee...

-Mike, someone needs to see you.

-Oh. Right.

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No, we haven't seen them.

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Ryan, where have you been?

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Harry. Finn.

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Am I glad to see you.

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HE GROWLS

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Look, why don't you come in here?

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Stay.

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Tee, can you excuse us, please?

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Ryan, what have you been up to?

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-He's not safe in that house.

-Oh, and he is with you?

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Who's been telling people that he's a car thief or...what is it?

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A bare-knuckle fighter.

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Room, now. Stay!

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I'm surprised you gave that lad permission to visit alone.

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Er, we didn't. I'm...I'm...

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-We're very sorry, Mr Aycliffe.

-That's all right.

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Look... It's still your birthday.

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So, why don't we go for that pizza?

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Um, if that's all right with you, Harry? Yeah?

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Harry. Would you like it if I came back with you?

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Yeah.

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-That's really not convenient.

-Oh, no, no. It's...

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it's just till he gets settled in.

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No. You've no legal right.

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-We could call Social Services.

-Sure.

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But you can't stop us from leaving.

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Come on.

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-Harry's going nowhere.

-Ryan!

-Get out of my way.

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Harry, remember what I said. You have to tell Mike.

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I can't.

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Harry?

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Tell me what, Harry?

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Can Finn stay here if he needs to?

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-Yeah, of course he can.

-For goodness' sake!

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Excuse me, one second.

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OK, you heard. You're both safe.

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Don't make us go back. You don't know what it's like.

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Please, Mike.

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We wanted to give Finn a home.

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A good home.

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But when he arrived, he didn't...

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He just didn't seem to fit.

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I was on my own all the time.

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I tried to be brave, but I cried.

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All he did was cry. Day and night. It was exhausting.

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I was taking time off work.

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The business was in trouble. Nina and I started fighting.

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Finn was a problem.

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-You could have done something about it.

-We did.

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We got him a friend.

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Harry.

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When Harry came, things got better...

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for a while. For us.

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But not for them.

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We just stayed in my room.

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We weren't allowed downstairs.

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Like, they forgot about us. Never wanted us there.

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They were always shouting.

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-What about their daughter?

-Clare?

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She hated us.

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She says, "Everything's your fault."

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Clare tried really hard.

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But they didn't get on.

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Nina and I were fighting all the time.

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The whole house...

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It was just awful.

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We should have done something about the boys.

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You, um...

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-You could have picked up the phone.

-No, I couldn't.

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Because I lost my job.

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We needed the money.

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Money.

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This was all about money?

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Ohh!

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Last night was the worst.

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They had this huge fight.

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Adam saw me with my phone and grabbed it. Screaming at me.

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Really angry at me.

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Why was he angry?

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I was trying to call you.

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Oh, Harry.

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I stole it back this morning.

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-And I replied you that text.

-What text?

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The one from Ryan.

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So, there was a text?

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I'm so sorry.

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Those poor kids.

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What's going to happen?

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Um, Harry's social worker will have to report back.

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They may involve the police.

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You won't see the boys again.

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Can I at least say goodbye?

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You're kidding me!

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HE SIGHS

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So, here we keep all the cereals. And here we've got Cheery Rings.

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Someone's happy to be home.

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Yeah. We'll have to find Finn a room.

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-My guess is that he'll be staying.

-That's not a problem.

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We'll sort something out.

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-Oh, we're chock-a-block.

-One, two, three, four...

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ALL: # Happy birthday to you

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# Happy birthday to you

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# Happy birthday, dear Harry

0:25:230:25:28

# Happy birthday to you. #

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CHEERING

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Oh! If you don't mind, kids,

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I'm going to take my cup of tea outside.

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For a bit of peace and quiet.

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-You all right?

-Yeah.

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Always remember...it's all about number one.

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TRUMPET PLAYS THE HALL OF THE MOUNTAIN KING

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-Is that coming from outside?

-What? Tyler?

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Let's go and have a look.

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-CHEERING

-Hey, that's amazing.

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I never knew you could do that.

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Well, it's never come up before, to be honest.

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-But I haven't played it in years.

-You've still got it.

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Thank you very much. Here, I believe this is yours.

0:26:380:26:41

-No, keep it.

-Oh.

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I think I've...given it my best shot.

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All right then. So, who's hungry?

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-ALL: Me!

-Let's go eat.

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-Let's go eat.

-Fish and chips?

-No!

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Not eating?

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OK.

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I should have listened about Harry. I'm sorry.

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But that in no way excuses you

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for looking at those files, right?

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-I was just being nosy, I'm sorry.

-Why?

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These are people's lives.

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You can't just go dabbling in them.

0:27:170:27:19

Well, can I stay here?

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Yeah, for now.

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But one more step...and you're over that line, all right?

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I know about all your lies.

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I'm going to find out the truth.

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Good luck with that.

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Of course, I already know all about you.

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Soon, you won't have your big brother to watch over you.

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So I'd be very careful about making enemies.

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Know what I mean?

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