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# I can make my world come true All my dreams will see me through

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-# It doesn't matter What may come my way...

-No! No!

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# Believe me now I will win some day. #

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Then she said she hadn't said that

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and I said I know she did because I was there. It was so funny.

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Are you and Jackie going to natter all night?

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That's what sleepovers are for. That and pillow fights.

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-Gotcha!

-Ow!

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Jackie.

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Jackie.

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Jackie, it's your grandpa.

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He's very poorly.

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The hospital rang. Would you like to go to him?

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-He seems to know you're here.

-Of course he does.

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You're his only family?

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We're a team.

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We run everywhere together.

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He bought me my first pair of running shoes.

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He had a proper training programme for me and everything.

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He helped me to be a real athlete like he was.

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I got older and faster. But Grandpa got older and slower.

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MACHINE BLEEPS STEADILY

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You must be very tired.

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You know, some people, they hold on.

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-They don't want to let go even when they really need to.

-Why?

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They don't want to leave their loved ones alone.

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I'll be all right, Grandpa.

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Honest.

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Grandpa's gone.

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-How is she?

-Did she get some sleep?

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-I am here, you know!

-You don't have to worry about a thing.

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-The funeral's being arranged. I'll take you.

-No!

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Sweetheart, these things have got to be done.

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-We'll get him nice flowers. He'd like that.

-You don't know that.

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He'd like a proper sendoff with all this old friends,

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not just Elaine the Pain and me.

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-Who's that?

-Arthur something.

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Grandpa's old running mate. He talked about him all the time.

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-Do you have his address?

-Grandpa got sick, he couldn't remember.

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I should have made him write it down. It's my fault.

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He'll have nobody to say a proper goodbye to him.

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Look. It's dated the year they won the medals.

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A proper champion runner but I can't think of his name.

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There must be a way to find him.

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Oi! I was run running the 1952 marathon.

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Look through those for local athletics clubs.

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Names and numbers of national running associations.

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Hello. I need information about some championship runners from the past.

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-I'm not hungry.

-Try and eat something later, then. Just for me?

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OK, Tracy, it's getting late. Time to call it a day.

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I have got an address and phone number for Arthur.

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I think Jackie's still up.

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KNOCK ON DOOR

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Arthur MacDonald.

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-What?

-His last known address and phone number. He's not far away.

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-How did you do that?

-Looked in the phone book, athletics associations.

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Super intelligence.

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RINGING TONE

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He's not in. It's too late. The funeral's tomorrow.

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-He might be back soon.

-We'll keep trying for you.

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Still no answer.

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Face it, guys, Arthur MacDonald doesn't live there any more.

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I can't find Jackie.

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Does anyone know where she is or why she might have run off?

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-We'll split up.

-No, let me look for her.

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She'll get more upset if she thinks everyone's on her case.

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-I've an idea where she might be.

-OK. ..You go with her.

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I want a phone call when you find her.

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-Where do you think she is?

-Where does she always go?

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I'll meet you there later. I have to try and find Arthur for Jackie.

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And for her grandpa.

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You'd have been in loads of trouble if I hadn't found you.

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-I'm not going back with you.

-You have to.

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-The funeral's in a few hours.

-I'm NOT going to the funeral.

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What?!

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You're just going to let Elaine the Pain say goodbye to your grandpa?!

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Oi! What do you think you're doing?

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-Does Arthur MacDonald live here?

-Nobody lives there. Clear off.

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Slow down! I just want to talk to you.

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He lived just round the corner, No 17.

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-Let me pass!

-Explain why you're not going to your grandpa's funeral.

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It's none of your business.

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Come on, Arthur.

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Hello.

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Uh...

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It's a funeral, not a race meeting. Don't you have a suit?

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It's a fellow athlete's funeral. I'm going in uniform.

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-OK, fine. It's that way.

-We're going this way.

-It's the wrong way.

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A few of the old team that used to run with us are still around.

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They'd never forgive me if I didn't run them up for Jack's funeral.

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I said they ran with us. Ran behind us, I should say!

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-I remember...

-We don't have time for this.

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Not if you stand around yakking all day! Move your carcass!

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Now, um...

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this lad calls himself Crash. ..And this is Freddie.

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Flying Freddie Mercer. Pleased to meet you.

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Hi. Can we go now?

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Just one more stop.

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You know as well as I do, if I'd run on the inside, I'd have beaten you.

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Rubbish! Your motor was dead...

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Can we please go?

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So, THIS is the granddaughter that Jack went off to bring up!

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-I imagined she'd be taller.

-Just have to look - a sprinter, I bet!

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Why do people talk like I'm invisible?

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-I'm not a sprinter, I'm a distance runner.

-Ah!

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Do you remember that marathon? What year was it...? Jack and me.

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Were you there that year? Save the memories.

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-We'll be late.

-We won't all fit into the car.

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-You go with Jackie. We'll walk.

-I'm not going to the funeral.

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-Just leave me alone.

-Jack's temper!

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It's the red hair.

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We were just trying to help.

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-We thought you wanted his old friends there.

-I do.

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So would Grandpa.

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You take them.

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You'll regret it for the rest of your life if you don't go.

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Please.

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I can't.

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Why not?

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Because the last thing I said to my grandpa was a big, fat lie.

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-What lie?

-I told him I'd be all right without him.

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-You will be.

-I can't watch him go away for ever.

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He's the only person I've got in the whole world.

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I'll never be all right without him.

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Know why I made it as a champion runner?

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No.

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Because of your grandpa.

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I was plagued with injuries, thought I'd never make it.

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We didn't have personal physiotherapists in those days.

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But Jack...

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exercised me, trained me.

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I'd never have made it without him.

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He was my friend.

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Like...these two, YOUR friends.

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-You're not alone, girl.

-I didn't think...

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Now...

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shall we go and say a proper goodbye to Jack, then?

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Great. But can we please get a move on?

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ENGINE COUGHS AND BANGS

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We're never going to make it now.

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-Ring Sid. He'll bring the minibus.

-Battery's gone.

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-There must be a bus.

-Even if there is, it'll only go round the houses.

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-We'll never get there in time.

-We're gonna let Jack down.

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Not on your nelly!

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But you can't. You're...

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Old? You're not wrong. But I've still got some breath left in me.

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Flying Freddie Mercer is going to that funeral if it kills him.

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-See you at the funeral. ..No offence.

-Watch out, lad.

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You could still make it.

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Oh, not me. Leg's gone.

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But you go without me.

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But you're Grandpa's best friend.

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-Tell him ta-ra from me.

-Go!

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-We're all here, then?

-WAIT! >

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I knew I could beat you.

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Oh, I don't believe it! It can't be true.

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Flying Freddie Mercer!

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And George Devine!

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I followed your careers when I was a boy. Oh, how wonderful!

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We'd best get on with it. Follow me, gentlemen.

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WAIT!

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It's Arthur MacDonald. What an honour, sir! What an honour!

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-Let's get on with it.

-With pleasure. With pleasure.

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CROWD ROARS

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We're gathered here today to say...

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goodbye...to Jack Hopper.

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Athlete...

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friend and beloved grandfather.

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You do know that every Tracy Beaker episode starts with a...BANG!

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-Looks like the pressure's getting to someone.

-Like your front teeth?

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Oh! You put me off! I'd have beaten him if you hadn't have put me off!

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-You tell her, Rio!

-I didn't do anything!

-I won, fair and square.

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You didn't! Jackie put me off!

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-Put a sock in it!

-Typical Wellard.

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Bad loser.

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-Oh, come on, lads.

-Go on, Crash!

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EVERYONE SHOUTS Rio! Rio! Rio!

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-Crash, my office.

-But...!

-Now!

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Isn't it about time you started using your brain before your fists?

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He'll have to find it first!

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-Don't let them get to you.

-Yeah, they're losers, Rio. Losers.

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-She put me off!

-Face facts, Rio.

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-When it comes to games...well, well, you're just rubbish!

-Shut it!

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Shut it or I'll...

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You'll what? Report me to Elaine?

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Oh, Rio, I'm so scared(!)

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You'll be laughing on the other side of your face, when I tell my dad what you said.

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When my dad gets out of prison, I'm going to tell him about you.

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And when he finds you, you're gonna be sorry, very sorry, you ever made a fool out of me.

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-You're bluffing.

-He isn't.

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-Rio's dad is a very...

-Very...

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..nasty piece of work.

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Ask the last man he put in hospital.

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Rio started it. It wasn't my fault!

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Crash, I haven't called you in here to talk about Rio.

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You've got a letter.

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It's from your dad.

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-What are you doing?

-Looking for spiders. What are YOU doing?

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I'm looking for my chocolate cake.

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If I didn't know any better, I'd say it had been...

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stolen.

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Don't let Rio wind you up.

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He's bad news.

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-Who's the letter from?

-My dad.

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-Isn't he in...?

-No. He's out.

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-He wants me to write to him.

-Are you going to?

-Why should I?

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-But he's your...

-It's no big deal, is it?

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You say it was a chocolate cake?

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Yes, Marco.

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-When did you last see it?

-This morning.

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I'm going to have to take your fingerprints, for the investigation.

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Hmm, interesting.

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-I was thinking...

-That makes a change.

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-Rio's dad...

-Spit it out, lollipop.

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Why is he in jail?

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Um, er...teacher abuse. Rio's teacher gave him a detention,

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so his dad tied him to the seat with sticky tape.

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That's not so bad, is it?

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It is when it's the last day before the summer holidays.

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They found him...

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six weeks later.

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What was she banging on about?

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Rio's dad. He's a right hard case.

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-No wonder he's in jail.

-Jail?

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-Ergh!

-The sooner someone fosters you weirdos, the better.

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-What's wrong with you?

-Nothing.

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The only reason you won was cos Jackie put me off.

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Darts, football, pool...

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I'd thrash you. Anywhere, anytime...

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-What you reading?

-Get off!

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-Weirdo.

-Game of pool?

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But...I don't want you throwing a wobbler when I beat you again, OK?

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As if!

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-What are you doing?

-Investigating the Mystery of the Stolen Cake.

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I could help you...for a price.

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I'm an expert in thieves. Rio's dad's a thief - puppies.

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He snatches cute little doggies when their owners aren't looking.

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Then he tries to sell 'em.

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And the ones nobody wants, well...

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GRRRRRR!

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-What does he do?!

-When the cops caught him,

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-he was boiling up a big bowl of puppy soup...

-Stop it!

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-I'm only telling him about Rio's dad!

-You're frightening him!

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It's a true story.

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Red ball...bottom left pocket.

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-Yes! Said I was good, didn't I?

-Did your dad teach you?

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-He gave me a few tips.

-I don't remember much about my dad.

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Why? Is he dead?

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No. He was in jail for ages.

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Jail?

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Yeah. Like yours. Er, Rio...?

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Your shot.

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What d'you want now, freak-boy?

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-Roxy said Rio's dad's in jail for stealing.

-So?

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-Did he ever steal cakes?

-Yeah. The police caught him

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with two doughnuts and a jam sponge hidden in his pockets.

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-Really?

-No! Rio's dad was a big-time thief!

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He used to break into the world's biggest banks.

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He'd be flown in by helicopter in the dead of night,

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and blow open safes with dynamite to get the money.

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He's in jail for stealing GOLD bars, not Mars bars.

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But I thought he was...

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Chantal? A word?

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Wey-hey! No hard feelings, eh?

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You didn't know you were playing a champion. I know loads of tricks.

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Did your dad teach you those, too?

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Er, yeah.

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-There's one where you line up the reds...

-Do you ever hear from him?

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-Sometimes. Another game?

-Do you write to him in jail?

-Erm...

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I'll go and see if Duke's got any chalk.

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-Very cosy.

-I thought you couldn't stand him.

-He... He's all right.

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-That's not what you said earlier.

-Crash is OK! Leave him alone!

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I've been looking for you everywhere.

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Do you want to break?

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-Erm, I'm sort of playing with someone.

-Who?

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-Duke hasn't got any chalk, but...

-Him! But you hate him!

-Oi!

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-If you don't mind, we're busy.

-It's boys stuff...

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y'know?

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Hey! What are you doing?

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-Looking for the stolen chocolate cake. You're the prime suspect.

-Why?

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It's probably in there.

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You cheeky...! Come here!

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I think it's in the drawer.

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Quick, then, before Sid comes back.

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-A-ha!

-What?

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Feeling hungry?

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If I had a penny for every time I'd heard that!

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-KNOCK ON THE DOOR

-Yes?

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I'm investigating the Mystery of the Stolen Cake.

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Well, I can assure you it's not in here...

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-Shall we try the garden?

-Mm-hm.

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How's the investigation going?

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Rubbish. No-one will help me with my enquiries.

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I haven't even questioned Crash yet.

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-He's playing pool with his new friend, Rio.

-Rio?

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Who'd want to be friends with him?

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-He's horrible!

-I think it's because Rio's dad's in jail,

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so Crash thinks they've got something in common.

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Rio's dad sounds even worse than Rio!

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Chantal says he's in jail for robbing banks. And he nicks puppies.

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-Jackie, I haven't got X-ray vision.

-Yeah. Shift your big bum.

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-Rio's dad...

-What about him?

-Why is he in prison?

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Cos the police caught him, stupid!

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-For stealing?

-Yeah. What's it got to do with YOU anyway?

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Stealing?! You said Rio's dad was in prison for teacher abuse!

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-He stole dogs as well.

-And robbed banks?

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Rio's dad isn't even in jail at all!

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-What's going on?

-Rio lied about his dad being in prison.

-I haven't!

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-Then why is your dad in jail?

-You don't have to tell them!

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-If he hasn't got anything to hide, he'll tell us.

-Well, spit it out!

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My dad's in jail...

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because...

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..because...he stole...

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he stole a car...and...

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he drove it to this big bank, and then he, um, went inside,

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and nicked all this stuff, um...

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stuff, you know, from the safe, um, money and jewels and, um,

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money and stuff.

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Everything, he stole everything in the whole place. The lot.

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Dad didn't flinch, not even when the big, angry guard dogs

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started growling and showing their teeth! Grrrr, grrr, grrr!

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That's my dad, see, not frightened of anything.

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Nothing at all!

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He's a hard man, a tough nut, a real hero!

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-He's making it up!

-I'm not!

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Happy now?

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-I knew you were lying.

-Oh, get a life, lollipop!

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-They're losers.

-Especially Jackie.

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She's not. She's just sticking up for her mate.

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Like we would.

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-What's up, buddy?

-I don't want to be a detective any more.

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-Why?

-I'm not very good at it. I didn't find your cake.

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Oh, that's all right.

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I made another one.

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-And this time, I'm gonna keep it in a very safe place.

-Where?

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Thought you might fancy playing cards later?

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You could teach me.

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Or we could go on the computer...

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if you want.

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I only said my dad was in jail to frighten Lol.

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I didn't know your dad had...

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I...

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I didn't know...

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At least you know where your dad is.

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I don't even know WHO mine is.

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-Maybe tomorrow.

-What?

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Cards.

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KNOCK ON THE DOOR

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Crash!

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I was just, um...

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-What can I do for you?

-Have you got a stamp?

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I need to send a letter.

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