Goodbyes The Tracy Beaker Survival Files - Tales from the Dumping Ground


Goodbyes

Tracy Beaker shares advice for life. There comes a time in everyone's life when they must say goodbye. Tracy knows it can be tough and she shares what she has learned.


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My name is Tracy Beaker, and these are my survival files.

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Your essential guide to the ups and downs of growing up.

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-Tracy?

-Tracy!

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Life in the Dumping Ground has taught me a lot about stuff.

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Tracy Beaker.

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Scary stuff...

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complicated stuff...

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stuff that can make you want to scream.

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If you can cope with the stuff that goes down in this place

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you can cope with pretty much anything.

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I've spent most of my life here.

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First when I was a kid, and now it's where I work.

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I've learnt a lot about friends...

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about enemies...

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..about what life can throw at you.

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It's not always been pretty, but it's made me who I am today

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and now I'm passing on my wisdom to you guys in a video blog.

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Pay attention, I've lived through all this so you don't have to.

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On the Tracy Beaker Survival Files this time, saying goodbye.

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How to deal with unexpected farewells and how to cope

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when you're the one saying the goodbyes.

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There's a lot in the Dumping Ground

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that can bring a tear to your eye, like Mike's cooking.

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SMOKE ALARM BEEPS

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Or Justine's fashion sense.

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As it's the front cover I'm going for, like,

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a moody yet vulnerable look.

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What do you think?

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But if there's one thing that's always guaranteed

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to bring on my hay fever, it's people saying goodbye.

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Bye, then.

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Yeah, bye, Peter.

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That's the Dumping Ground for you. There's that many comings and goings

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they should install a revolving door.

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Don't forget me!

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Yep, goodbyes are often tough, but the worse ones, I think,

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are those that take you by surprise when you've got no time to prepare.

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That happens a lot in this place. Everything's going along fine

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and then suddenly someone has important news.

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Right, girls, stop it.

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Settle down, all gather round. Mike's got something

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-he wants to talk to us about.

-Whatever it was, I didn't do it.

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Nobody's in trouble.

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I've been asked to be an emergency replacement at a bigger care home.

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Someone had to leave suddenly, they've asked Mike to step in.

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-For how long?

-It's permanent.

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When are you leaving?

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They say they need me for Monday.

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But this is your weekend off here!

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This is going to be Mike's last day here.

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Sorry it's so sudden, guys, nobody knew until the last minute.

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We're all going to miss Mike, but this is a great opportunity for him.

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So let's all wish him lots of luck.

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'I couldn't believe it. How could Mike be so selfish?

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'How could he leave me? I mean us. I was gutted!

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'Not that anyone could have guessed(!)'

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Taking that job was one of the toughest decisions of my life.

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-It was hard to leave you all.

-We know. That's why we all made

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-such an effort to make things easier for you.

-Really(?)

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Yeah, by being supportive, and stuff, so you knew

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we were all right behind you.

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Hang on, possibly it's my old man memory here,

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but I remember things slightly differently.

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About my leaving. There wasn't any time...

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-Is this a face of someone who cares?

-I care if you're upset.

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You get paid to care, Mr Care Worker. I don't!

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Ouch!

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And don't bother begging me to forgive you cos I'm not listening!

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Oh, are you still here?

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You really don't care about me, huh?

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Watch my lips.

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Ow!

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HEAVY THUD

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I'm really sorry, I do care, I didn't mean to hurt you!

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He-he, got you! All right, OK.

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Ah, the old falling-down-with-the slamming-door-in-the-face routine,

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always a winner.

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Hm, some care experts might say you should have been focusing

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on the grieving children you were leaving behind?

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-Instead of doing circus tricks.

-I was lightening the mood!

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You can't put a price on morale.

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Sometimes change can be good. Makes life interesting, anyway.

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So you're leaving us because we're boring and you want a change?

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You're definitely not boring.

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Look, if someone moves on, doesn't mean they're going to forget you.

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Everyone forgets Dumping Ground kids.

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I won't. I promise.

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I kept my word. I didn't forget you. I came back, didn't I?

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Yeah, why did you do that?

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I thought to myself, Trixie Becker and the others need me...

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-Ha, very funny.

-..And my cooking.

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-Now that IS funny.

-Thank you.

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Dinner is served!

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-Urgh!

-What is it?

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It's mystery stew.

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What's in it?

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That's the mystery.

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'Yeah, I suppose when you went away, it did have its upside.'

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can see now that it was hard for Mike telling us he was leaving,

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but compared with some others who have moved on from this place,

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he had it easy.

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# Bye, bye baby, don't make me cry. #

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When Chantal Wellard was leaving to go and live with her dad,

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she knew her brother and sister

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would hit the roof when she told them.

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So she came up with the perfect solution...

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she didn't tell them.

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How are Rio and Roxy taking it?

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-I haven't told them yet.

-Would you like me to talk to them?

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BOTH: No!

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I can't say I blame Chantal for keeping it quiet,

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nobody wanted to upset Rio and Roxy Wellard.

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It was worse for your health than eating Mike's mystery stew

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but, of course, they had to find out eventually.

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Rio?

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Thanks for telling me.

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-I didn't know how to.

-Everyone's pointing and laughing,

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-Rio's the last to know, made me feel great!

-Sorry.

-Some loser wants

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to play happy families and you can't get away fast enough!

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-He's my dad, he wants to try again.

-He's useless. All our dad's

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-have been useless. That's why we're here.

-I'll come and visit.

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Don't bother! I never want to see you again, ever.

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This was not going well and, worst of all,

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I wasn't around to sort things out.

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I was on holiday in Egypt with a love struck Cam,

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So this time the Dumping Ground

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young people had to sort out their own problems.

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'Luckily, I trained Crash well.'

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Listen, she'll always be your sister, wherever she is,

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no-one can take that away from you.

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'And even Justine Littlewood did her bit, for once.'

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Don't tell me - hay fever?

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No, chopping onions.

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Right. Must have been some onion?

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Chantal can't go, she's the only family we've got.

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It's OK, it'll all work out.

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What, like it did for you?

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Point taken.

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I'm sorry, it's just, I'm scared Chantal will forget about us.

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I was told the Wellards weren't scared of anything.

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Finally the big moment arrived, and guess what?

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An unexpected twist in the tale. You almost come

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to expect them in this place. Chantal suddenly changed her mind.

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You know what? I can't go.

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Course you can.

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We're family, we always will be.

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Chantal?

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Everyone, this is my dad.

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ALL: Hello.

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Hey you, baldy, look after her.

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-Or you'll have us to deal with.

-We're the Wellards.

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BOTH: And we know where you live!

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Whoa, I bet the poor man couldn't wait

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to say his goodbyes and get out.

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Saying goodbye is unpredictable. Sometimes you don't feel a lot,

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sometimes it's like being kicked in the stomach hard. Just ask Johnny.

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He learnt the hard way when he had to say goodbye to Tee.

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Go on, Tee, you've got to go.

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Jump in.

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I always said goodbyes didn't bother me.

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People came and went, you just got on with life, you get used to it.

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But not any more?

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When Tee went to live with the Watsons, it was different.

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'Johnny doesn't like anyone to see that he's hurting,

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'but when Tee left we all knew exactly what he was going through.

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'And he knew that we knew.

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'So he was even more determined to keep his feelings to himself.'

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It was the right thing to do but I miss Tee more than I thought I would.

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It was so hard leaving Johnny behind.

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I just wanted Tee to be happy.

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I wouldn't be happy unless Johnny was OK, too.

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Of course, as it turned out, they weren't saying goodbye for long.

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Tee's dream move to live with the Watsons didn't work out,

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so this goodbye was soon followed with a hello.

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Welcome back, Tee.

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Thank you.

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I'll see you soon.

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Anna?

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I was happy to be coming back

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but I had to say goodbye again to Hannah and the Watsons.

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I suppose it was rubbish for Hannah too,

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having to say goodbye to Tee, but I wasn't bothered about that.

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I was just so happy she was back.

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How you doing? Your room is just as you left it.

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But saying goodbye isn't just about whether you go or not,

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it's also about how to go.

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Should you just slip away, or make a big fuss about it?

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Do you take loads of stuff with you to remind you of the old days?

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Or cut all ties for a completely fresh start?

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When Louise got fostered, she had to make all these choices

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before she left the Dumping Ground for ever.

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You can't just leave everything behind you.

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It's like you're pretending you were never here.

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I won't forget the Dumping Ground, Justine, I'll think of it

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-every time I have a nightmare.

-But what about all the good times?

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All the fights and disappointments? People laughing at you at school

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because you wear rubbish clothes

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and live in a stinky children's home with...

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Stinky children?

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I don't stink! I smell of cornflakes.

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Louise was confused. She couldn't wait to get out

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of the Dumping Ground and yet she couldn't bear to leave.

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What she needed was a clued up, brilliant and imaginative mate

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who understood just how she was feeling.

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'Yep, luckily for her, I was on the case.'

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Never mind, Lou, I know what it's like.

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It's just I want to go without any fuss, without anyone getting upset.

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Lou, that was never going to happen. Not here.

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People get upset when Duke buys the wrong kind of beans.

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You should make as much fuss as possible.

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Is that all your Dumping Ground rubbish?

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It's just stuff that reminds me of...stuff.

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We should have a ceremony. Set fire to it all!

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No, better not. Wait, yes!

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And we come to lot 12 in the Louise Govern leaving auction.

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An exercise book containing some very disturbing drawings of members

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of the Dumping Ground staff. What am I bid?

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I'll take charge of that, thank you very much.

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Sold to the lovely lady in the cheap cardigan.

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To our next item, a monster mask.

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I'll have that!

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Very nice, I'm afraid that this item has suddenly been

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withdrawn from the sale.

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-What?!

-I wanted that.

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Just taking my fee!

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To our last item, a small, battered teddy bear named...

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-Tony.

-Tony Bear.

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'The auction had been a triumph and it was nearly over.

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'One more item to shift and it would be time for Louise to go.'

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He's cute!

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Any advances on cute?

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No! I mean, I don't want to give him away.

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I remember, it was a present from the staff.

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It was her first Christmas, she cried for hours.

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I... I don't want to leave.

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Louise,

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you're talking like a crazy person, you have to leave.

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Yeah, I mean if someone as boring as you can get fostered,

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then there's hope for all of us.

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Tracy!

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Tracy!

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Possibly not my most sensitive moment ever

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but after that Louise seemed much happier about leaving us all.

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Once again, I'd helped somebody deal

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with the total rubbishness of saying goodbye. I hope she was grateful.

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So what have we learned about goodbyes

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to put in the survival files?

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Well, they're a part of life that none of us can avoid

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and they can be really hard to deal with.

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Most people don't like change, especially if it means

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saying goodbye to someone that means a lot to you,

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and it can be even worse if it's unexpected.

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It's usual to feel a bit down when someone goes,

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because it's a big deal. That's why it's good to have a party

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or presents and stuff. It can really cheer you up.

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But when you leave somewhere, say if you're moving house or school,

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it doesn't mean that part of your life is over.

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Make plans to keep in touch with your old friends if you can

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and you will always have your memories,

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there's no need to say goodbye to them.

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So it can feel rubbish when people leave you,

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but what if you're the one making tracks?

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That's happened to me a lot. I've left the Dumping Ground

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more often than Mike and Duke have made lukewarm dinners.

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Bye, bye, have a great time. Come on!

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I never want to see you again!

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'But sooner or later, I always came back.'

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I hate your half-dozen brain cells for rubbing together.

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If you're having headaches

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wondering why I came back, it's because I wanted to!

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-'And then left again.'

-What are you doing?

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I'm going to live with Cam, since nobody wants me here.

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Don't you think Cam might want a say in that?

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No, it'll be a lovely surprise for her.

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'And then... Well, you get the idea.'

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-Tracy! How nice to see you.

-Believe me, it's great to be here.

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There was this one time

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when I thought I was finally going for good.

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No, not back to Cam's yet again, for once.

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I thought I'd found the foster parents of my dreams.

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-They want what?!

-It's true, Ben's aunt and uncle want you to think

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about them maybe fostering you.

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Tracy!

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-I can see this is bit of a shock.

-Thank you, Elaine, thank you.

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For realising at last that your job was to find me rich,

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good-looking, foster parents.

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It hadn't been working out with Cam, I'd been bouncing

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like a yoyo between her place and the Dumping Ground,

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but now I had the chance of a fresh start with Kate and Jasper.

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# I'm on my way, from misery To happiness today. #

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'And it looked like money was no object.'

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The other kids are mad with jealousy.

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Make out to them you're going to buy me heaps of stuff.

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He's been looking for an excuse to buy the latest computer game.

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This is going to be great.

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And going to Scotland? You wouldn't mind?

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Scotland? I'd prefer to go somewhere hot, with a beach and...

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Scotland it is, I'm afraid.

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It'll be great. We can check out the Loch Ness monster's hang-out!

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BAGPIPE MUSIC

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It just got better and better. Loads of holidays, too.

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Today Scotland, tomorrow the world, especially the sunny bits.

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As for Cam? I thought she'd be glad to get rid of me.

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I wish I could say let's try again, but...I'm sorry.

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It's OK.

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I do want to be your friend, always.

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It was hard, the thought of saying goodbye to you, Tracy.

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Yeah, but at the time I didn't really get

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why you were making such a fuss.

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That's because someone, a certain social worker,

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mentioning no names...

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Apart from pain, Elaine and 'the'.

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That anonymous someone had not told you the whole story.

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You didn't tell Tracy she was going to live in Scotland!

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'Live in Scotland? I hadn't expected that.'

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Suddenly everything turned upside down

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and I didn't know what I wanted anymore.

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But if I go to live in Scotland I wouldn't get to see you anymore.

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If you want to stay with your friends...with Cam...

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..we'll understand.

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But I don't know what to do! Tell me what to do!

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if you were a true friend you'd tell me what to do.

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You are getting a very special kid.

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You better give her everything she's ever dreamed of

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or you'll have me to answer to.

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This wasn't, "Goodbye, see you in a couple of weeks."

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This was, "Goodbye, maybe not see you ever again ever."

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Cam could have lost me for good

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and she was just letting it happen. I had to know why.

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Cam!

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Some friend. You didn't even put up a fight for me!

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They're good people.

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Foster parents aren't all they're cracked up to be. You proved that.

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Of course I didn't want to lose you.

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You didn't exactly beg me not to go.

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I just wanted you to be happy, have the best life you could.

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Hundreds of miles away? That didn't bother you?

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It bothered me a lot, but I was thinking of you, not myself.

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'I had to make some big decisions.'

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I am going to go to Scotland with Kate and Jasper.

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'But really, it was a no-brainer.'

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For a holiday.

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Then I'm coming back home to the Dumping Ground.

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Looks like you're stuck with me now.

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I chose Scotland and the Dumping Ground,

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so there were no goodbyes just yet.

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Cam and the rest of them must have been relieved,

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bet they couldn't imagine this place without me.

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Although there was another time more recently when it looked like

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we were going to part for ever.

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Listen up.

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I've been offered a job in London as a junior reporter on a newspaper.

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Wow!

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So I'm leaving.

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Look, I've dreamt of this job ever since I lived here.

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I'm sorry, I can't turn it down. Means too much.

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Oh, and we don't?

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Well, that's put us in our place.

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I didn't mean it like that.

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Don't beat yourself up, Beaker,

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you're just one in a long line of care workers.

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Easy come, easy go.

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Bye, bye, Tracy.

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I'm not leaving yet.

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I always thought you'd understand when I got offered that writing job.

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You've always said that you can't wait to get out of here.

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Listen, I wasn't bothered that you were clearing off.

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I just thought that some of the younger ones might miss you.

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Jeff was really upset that you were going.

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But he tried not to show it.

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I didn't want you to go, nor did anyone else.

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I think that's why we all reacted the way we did.

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I think this is great. You can write about us all, make us all famous.

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Well, I don't know about famous,

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but I would like to write about you.

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I want you to tell me what it's like to be in care.

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-You already know what it's like to be in a care home.

-Yeah, but

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the editor wants the article to be from your point of view.

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It's kind of a test.

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Hold on, hold on. You want to leave us, but you want our help?

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Sorry, Tracy, that sucks.

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Liam, please!

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You want out? Fine, go.

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You ain't getting my help.

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SAD MUSIC

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Carmen.

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Got it! Ow!

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You dropped a bombshell there.

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You know how it is. I try my best to keep it interesting.

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Well, it worked. You shook this place up.

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You are just using us so you can move on to something better.

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Is that what you all think?

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You promised me you would help me get back with Poppy and Rosie.

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Lily, I'm sorry.

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Guys, we're all in his together.

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No-one helps.

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Not good. To move on to my new job, I needed to do those interviews

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and the kids weren't even talking to me.

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Without their help, I couldn't go.

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But now they hated me so much I didn't want to stay. What a mess.

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'And then, on top of everything, my laptop went missing.'

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You sure you haven't seen it?

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I don't want to get Mike and Gina involved in this.

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Don't threaten me, I ain't seen your skanky laptop! All right?

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I never said that you had!

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-Just cos you met me down the nick, doesn't mean I'm a thief.

-I know!

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-Liam, please, will you just calm down?

-I'll show you, yeah?

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I'll show you I ain't got your laptop.

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See your laptop anywhere, do ya?

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What's going on?

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-Have you asked her about your precious laptop?

-No...

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No, cos I'm your prime suspect.

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-She's the one who handles stolen goods!

-Bang out of order, Liam.

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Not from where I'm standing, it's not! Go on, have a pop at her.

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What are you having a go at me for? I'm not the enemy, she is!

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-Get out of my room, all of ya!

-Wait!

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Look, I'm not stupid.

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I can see the damage that I've done by saying I want to leave.

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OK, so you won't help me with my article.

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Maybe it was unreasonable for me to ask.

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I'm obviously not going to get the job.

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But it's clear none of you lot want me here.

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So I might as well just leave anyway.

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But just when I thought I had blown it completely,

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something amazing happened.

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-So what's the first question?

-Hm?

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'One by one, everyone decided to help out after all.'

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Thanks, guys.

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Where you going?

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-Well, I didn't think you'd want to be in here with me.

-We don't mind.

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I came to do the interviews.

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-Only if you...

-Promise not to tell the others?

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Yeah.

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-What made everyone change their minds?

-Well, once we calmed

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down a bit, we realised that I guess we were being a bit selfish.

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Saff, that's really big of you to admit that.

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And plus we realised

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-that this was our one big chance to get shot of you for good!

-Saff!

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I'm only joking.

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Maybe.

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So this was it, goodbye time.

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Nothing was holding me back from my new life.

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As long as I was up to the job.

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That's amusing.

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And that.

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Well, you've covered all the bases.

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Make 'em laugh, make 'em cry, there's social comment.

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But the big question is,

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is it good enough to get you a full-time job on the paper?

0:25:330:25:38

'The moment I'd been waiting for all my life had arrived.'

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Were all my dreams of being a writer about to finally come true?

0:25:420:25:47

Tracy!

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Did you get it?

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Yes!

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Well done, Tracy.

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But...

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I didn't take it.

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-Why?

-What?

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I thought I'd miss you guys too much.

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So you're staying?

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If Mike will have me?

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Yes! He-he!

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It was a great job, but I already had one of those, so I decided

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to stay here a little bit longer. But goodbyes are a part of life

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and I know that one day I will say goodbye to this place for good.

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But at least I've had plenty of practice. Who knows?

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Maybe when the time comes, I'll finally get it right.

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So what have we learnt about goodbyes

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to put into my survival files?

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Well, saying goodbyes can be a big deal

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and just how much of a big deal can take you by surprise.

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And that can be equally true

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if you're the one leaving or the one being left behind.

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There's a bit on all of us

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that doesn't really like things to change,

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so when you've got used to someone being around,

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it can be tough to see them go.

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But moving on from time to time is just part of life.

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None of us can stay in the same place doing the same thing for ever.

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If you are leaving and are worried how others might react,

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don't beat around the bush like Chantal did,

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it's better to get these things out in the open so everyone can start

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to get used to the new situation. When it comes to saying goodbye,

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it's good to mark the occasion with a party or leaving presents.

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That can turn what might be a sad day into a happy occasion.

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So that's the Beaker guide to goodbyes safely uploaded

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to the Tracey Beaker Survival Files.

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And they'll be plenty more gems of wisdom from my experiences

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next time we say hello.

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Remember, I've been through all this so you don't have to.

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