A Dog's Life The Story of Tracy Beaker


A Dog's Life

Drama series about life in a children's home. The kids think they have found the perfect foster parents, but a surprise visitor threatens to steal the limelight.


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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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Stop the presses!

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Who wants to be in the newspaper?

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-What?

-The local paper

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has finally noticed my talent as a reporter.

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They want to run a care home story and I suggested Tracy might write it.

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-Fancy helping me dish the dirt on the Dumping Ground?

-Tracy....

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no gossip and no scandal.

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What? Well, what can I write about?

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They want the truth about life in care, so tell them how tough it is.

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It's not just hanging out with your mates playing pool.

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There are deeper issues about family and loneliness, abandonment...

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-all that sort of stuff.

-So we can't mention Mike's...?

-No.

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-Or Shelley's... No.

-Or Elaine's got...

-No! Elaine's got what?

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Look, if I was writing it, I'd go for gritty social realism.

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Do you know what I mean?

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Note to self. Get a dictionary...

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..and a Dictaphone.

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Taxi for Ms Cam Lawson.

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You're late. No tip for you.

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-Oh, that is rank.

-Nice to see you too, Tracy.

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I'm not a dog, Gary.

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It's not working.

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He's lost forever.

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Wait...I'm getting something.

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-Roxy!

-Sticks and stones may break my bones.

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But not if I break them first.

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Hi, Roxy. We're looking for Layla's dog Rufus. Have you seen him?

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What does he look like?

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He's got soft brown fur, long ears and a pink tongue.

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Not any more he hasn't.

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Rufus!

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ARGH-GH!

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DOG BARKS

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PIERCING SCREAM

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What?

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I needed something to keep stuff in, so I had to pull his stuffing out.

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Look, he's got a lovely new collar!

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And a cute little hat!

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That's not a hat.

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I sewed his ear back in the wrong place.

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It's gonna be all right. Here...

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Put this on.

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-It's a charm necklace blessed with mystical powers.

-How does it work?

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Close your eyes, turn around twice and make a wish.

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The fairy queen appears, waves her magic wand

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and turns you into a princess, I s'pose?

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Don't be silly. That's my necklace with the glass beads.

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One...two.

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DOORBELL RINGS

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-I told you the necklace was magic.

-Yeah, right.

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-There's no-one there.

-So much for your stupid necklace.

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Hello! Where did you come from?

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-Dogs can't talk, stupid.

-She must be to replace Rufus.

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The necklace worked!

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"To whoever finds me,

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"my owners have split up and can't look after me any more.

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"They've left me here because you look after unwanted things."

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Ah, she can write too!

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Are you ever gonna grow a brain?

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The harsh reality of life in care.

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-Where are you gonna start?

-I'm not gonna write that twaddle.

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-You're not?

-Don't you know how the adult mind works?

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Cam wants me to write about how rubbish it is at the Dumping Ground,

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so it'll make me want to move back in with her.

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What will you write about?

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About how fun it is living here, and what a great laugh we all have.

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She can't stay here. Some potential foster parents are coming round.

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-I don't want anything to put them off.

-Oh, ple-ease, Shelley?

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I can't have dogs running round the place.

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But she's been dumped with no-one else to look after her.

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Just like us.

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She's gonna need food, exercise, entertainment...

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Just like us. What, are you saying we're too much hassle?

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-No, I meant that...

-We could always drop her off at a rescue centre.

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-Fantastic idea!

-She'll be well looked after.

-It's like here really.

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A care home for dogs till they find new owners.

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Won't that be great? Just like here, but not here.

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But what happens to dogs that nobody wants to foster?

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Well, they...

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Well, um...

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THEY SCREAM

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What?

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I only wanted them to taste my meat pie.

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It was my necklace that brought her here, so we've got to help.

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-Why can't she go to a rescue centre?

-If no-one wants to foster her...

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Don't be daft. She'll be like us, in care until she finds a home.

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But she might not find a home without our help.

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Then she's in the right place. We're fostering experts!

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-Think of what we can do.

-She's doomed.

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-We could stick posters on lamp posts.

-OK, what's her name?

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Er...she hasn't got one yet.

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Daisy! That's a cow's name.

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My grandma was called Daisy.

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She definitely reminds me of someone.

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-Oh, Tracy!

-What?

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-The dog, it looks like Tracy.

-Two Beakers in one Dumping Ground.

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That's gotta be bad news. Better get cracking.

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Let's show this dog that she's not alone.

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Is not having parents bossing you about the biggest advantage

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-about living in care?

-There is Shelley.

-And Elaine.

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-They tell us what to do.

-True.

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Er...the food. The food here is great, isn't it?

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-It was until Duke left.

-OK, OK forget that question.

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Let's start with something easier.

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What would you say

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is your favourite thing about living at the Dumping Ground?

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Second favourite thing?

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This is a masterpiece. You'd need a heart of stone not to be moved by it.

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-Rubbish.

-Like I said, a heart of stone.

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-Just one more thing.

-Oh, please! You don't actually believe that.

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One...

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Two...

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DOORBELL RINGS

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You must be the Lucres?

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Please come in. I'm Shelley Appleton.

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Is it safe to leave the Ferrari there?

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Oh my, yes, of course.

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Only two seats? So you won't be taking anyone with you today then?

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We've got a people carrier for that. You can get six in the back.

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We've built a tennis court near the swimming pool.

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-We'd love to have someone to share it all with us.

-When can I move in?!

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Think I'll go and change my socks.

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Pathetic.

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-So it's a big house then?

-Huge.

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-A gothic mansion with towers, spires and gargoyles.

-Sounds pretty spooky.

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Oh, it is. But if you can live with the cobwebs, it's great!

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-You're not helping.

-You're making the place sound like a holiday camp.

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Living in care is dull and boring.

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Don't you mean a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of recreation time?

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We're getting somewhere. Anything else?

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There's no privacy for starters.

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No privacy? Don't you mean "constant care and attention"?

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And people are always arguing and shouting.

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Lively atmosphere.

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This is good stuff. Keep it coming!

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-Don't twist our words. You hate being in care.

-Oh, stop whinging.

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-You came limping back from the sports academy.

-That's out of order.

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-Temper, temper.

-OK, I admit it.

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Living at the Dumping Ground must be absolutely brilliant.

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Why else would somebody who had a chance to have a home move back?

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You have to come and meet these people!

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We've got a whole range of children here.

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It's difficult to get them all together...

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Good afternoon. My name's Rio. It's a pleasure to meet you.

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May I introduce some of my friends?

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Milly.

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-Alice.

-How do you do?

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Layla.

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Pleased to meet you.

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-Wolfie.

-Bonjour.

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Lol.

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Marco.

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And this is...

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-Who are you?

-Your sister.

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Of course, this is Roxy.

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Oh, what an adorable group of children!

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I just wish I could take all of you!

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If you come back with the people carrier,

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-we'll be ready in...half an hour?

-Oh, and who's this?

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-Are you looking to get fostered too?

-No!

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Please foster her.

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We couldn't leave a cute little thing like you here!

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Actually, she's...

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-Got fleas.

-She'll ruin your sofa!

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-She isn't housetrained.

-She's vicious... She's ferocious!

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ALL SHOUT AT ONCE

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What's going on?

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Perhaps we'd better foster a dog to start with?

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-See how it goes.

-Let me get this straight.

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You came to foster a child and you're leaving with a dog?

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But she needs a good home.

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We all do! This isn't a holiday camp. It isn't fun living here.

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You have opportunity to change someone's life

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and you're gonna give it to a dog?

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I'm sorry. We've decided we're taking Tracy.

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-Me?!

-No. Tracy...the dog.

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That's her name, isn't it?

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The dog is called Tracy? You named that wiry haired fleabag Tracy?

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-It was her.

-It was him.

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ALL SHOUT AT ONCE

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Roxy! There's a present for you on the driveway.

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That dog of yours must've left it. Clean it up, would you?

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Alice!

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

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-# And the fight won't get me down

-No! No!

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# My dreams will turn things All around

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# With a smile upon my face I can see a better place

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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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