New Life's Eve Tracy Beaker Returns


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New Life's Eve

Drama set in a children's home. Working at the Dumping Ground, Tracy finds she is not as indispensable as she thought. Will she get the sack?


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'I'm Tracy Beaker. Welcome to my first Youth Side View column.

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'Writing's my proper job, but I'm an ex care kid

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'who's done all right for herself.

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'So I help out a bit at the dumping ground where I grew up.'

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ARGUING

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'Everyone's been having such a laugh since I arrived.

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'I'm a role model for the kids.'

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What are you doing?

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Trying to move the bed!

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Yeah, well not very...

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'Cos they know I've been where they are now. And I'm there for them.'

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ARGUING

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'They rely on me for advice.'

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CRASH AND A THUD

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'And someone to lean on.'

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ARGUING GETS LOUDER

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WHAT ARE YOU DOIN'?

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Huh?

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You were supposed to wait until Tracy helped you move room!

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-She did wait!

-But Tracy never turned up!

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She never does anything she's supposed to.

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Help!

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You're going to be late again!

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It's my first column!

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I need it to be great.

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What you need is to not get fired,

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so you can pay me back the money you owe me.

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I got the job, didn't I?

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Yes, and now you're going to lose it.

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Fine.

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-Nearer Lily's bed.

-No, by the window.

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Perfect.

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Lost the cupboard a bit there.

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Maybe we can move the cupboard?

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Make up your mind please.

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-By Lily's bed.

-By the window.

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By the wall!

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Thank you.

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Sharing's going to be amazing.

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Hey. Oh, is Tracy here then?

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ALL: No.

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Lily seems to have perked up.

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Let's hope she sleeps better now she's sharing.

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If Carmen stops yakking long enough to let her.

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That was a good idea of Tracy's.

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When she shows up for work, I will be sure to thank her.

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TV Girl's tour was supposed to start after my piano practice.

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At 9.40.

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It's 9.57.

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She'll be here soon, Gus.

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Yesterday, "soon" was 26 minutes late,

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and you said it was too late for her to do my tour.

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Well, I'm sure she won't be too late today. Soon!

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So, how long is today's "soon"?

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Yes, Mike, how long is it, hmm?

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OK, I'll go and ring her.

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TELEPHONE RINGS

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Tracy!

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Oh, sorry. Hi, Rob.

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Mm-hmm, come on.

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Just had social services on the phone. Liam's coming back.

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-Brilliant!

-He's not been arrested again, has he?

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No, something about a minor explosion.

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No, no, no, no, no, no, no! No-one's been hurt.

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Right. Well, there's still no Tracy,

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so I guess I'd better make up his room.

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What time do you call this?

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Tracy, you're over an hour late!

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I know, I'm really sorry. I was working on my column.

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-It's the first one, it's kind of a big deal.

-So is this job.

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Hm! What an honour(!)

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Now, take that, sort out Carmen's old room.

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-Oh, Liam's coming back.

-How come?

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It didn't work out with his foster family.

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-I thought you'd convinced them to give him another chance.

-So did I.

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Tracy, the tour starts upstairs!

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Oh, Gus, can we do this later? I'm busy now.

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No, you promised me you'd do my tour.

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And I can't do anything until I've crossed the tour off my list.

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I can't cross the tour of my list till you've done it!

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This is Tee's room.

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Tee, the girl, is spelt with two E's,

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but tea, the drink, is spelt with an E and an A.

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Hiya!

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Oh, I was going to do that with you.

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Yeah, yesterday.

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Tee, I'm so sorry...

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No talking on the tour, you'll hold us up and we're late already!

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This is Harry's room.

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Harry has a toy giraffe called Geoff.

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He thinks Geoff can talk. He can't.

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Well, maybe you've never heard him.

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Toys can't talk. And you can't talk on my tour.

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Sapphire's room.

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Get out!

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THUD

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When you open the door without knocking, she throws things.

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When you knock, she shouts, "Go away!"

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Go away!

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This would look amazing on you!

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You have to borrow it.

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Really? Can I?

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Yeah, sure. That's what best friends do. They share.

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I've never had a best friend before.

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Well, you've got one now. Try it on.

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This was Lily's room, but now it's...

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Lily and Carmen's room!

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-No talking on the tour, you're spoiling it!

-OK, I won't, I promise.

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-You don't keep your promises.

-I do!

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-Don't!

-We're not talking to her!

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-What did I do?

-If you don't know, we're not telling you.

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Stop talking!

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-Oh, I said I'd help you move rooms.

-Talking!

-Hang on.

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Look, girls, I'm really sorry, but...

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You're doing it again! Stop talking!

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"Tracy Beaker promises not to talk on Gus's tour." There.

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Gus!

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Now what did I do?! Gus!

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Oh, now the tour's over you can get on and do some work.

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Yeah? Go on. That way.

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-Liam's here!

-Liam!

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Hi, Liam!

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Where is he?

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He's right behind me.

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Liam?

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Come on, it's only ten metres between here and the car,

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we can't have lost him already!

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# A million love songs later

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-# And here I am trying to tell you

-Keep it down!

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-# That I care

-Tracy!

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-# A million love songs later

-Tracy!

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# Here I am... #

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SCREAMS AND COMMOTION

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-Get out, get out!

-Get that thing away from me!

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Get it away!

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What's going on?

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Oh.

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Hey, Liam.

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Sapph.

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I told you it was Liam.

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-Lily, this is Liam.

-Hi.

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HE GRUNTS

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So, I guess this ain't my room any more.

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It's Poppy and Rosie's. Their sister's my best friend.

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Oh, for goodness' sake, Liam!

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Could you not come in the front door like everybody else?

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What did you think you were doin', huh?

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What? You wanted to end up a pile of broken bones on the floor?

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Oh, nice to see you too, Gina. So, where am I staying, then?

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The pink palace! My favourite.

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-We helped paint it.

-Entertainment's better than I remember!

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She works here.

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Oh! Hey, Liam.

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Oh! Writing career going well, then?

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Oh! We met in prison.

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We met at the police station.

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Heard you were coming back.

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-You OK?

-Why wouldn't I be?

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-Cos you're back here and not with your foster family?

-Yeah, but...

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they didn't have a pink bedroom,

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or a Frank.

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Let's talk.

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Er, just Liam, Frank.

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But he only just got here.

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Tell you what, I'm making lunch today.

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How about I make you a burger?

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She'll forget!

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No, I won't!

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Take it, mate.

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Burger.

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Deal.

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Come on.

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You don't have to pretend with me.

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Pretend about what?

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Being back here! It sucks, right?

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It's not that bad.

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I've been dumped by hundreds of foster parents, it sucks.

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-It's OK.

-Really?

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I was gutted every time I got sent back here.

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Well, I'm good.

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-Fine. If you ever decide you want to talk...

-Sure.

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Erm, are we done, cos...

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I really wanna catch up with Frank.

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Sure.

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The little girl stood up.

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"I'm Katie Kilometre, the famous explorer,

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"and I'm back from Antarctica." Everyone cheered.

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-But Katie...

-What are you doing?

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Carmen's reading us a story.

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The Tale Of Katie Kilometre. It's the best book ever!

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I tell them stories at bedtime.

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They wanted a story now.

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But Katie wasn't alone. Behind her was a huge bear,

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as tall as three normal bears standing on each other's shoulders.

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Where's Liam's file?

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Ex-resident's drawer, I haven't had a chance to move it.

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Tracy.

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I need to talk to you about your timekeeping

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and the way you've just...

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I'm sorry, I've been all over the place.

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It's my first week, I'm trying to get my column right... I'll sort it.

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Hey, Liam's been returned five times.

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He can be a handful.

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It says he always takes it well.

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Ah well, not everybody breaks things like you used to.

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A-ha-ha, funny(!)

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I just think he's not that surprised any more.

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-Yeah, but it's still not...

-Remember, you're doing lunch.

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..normal.

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You are witnessing the birth of Liam-ade.

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The greatest fizzy drink of the 21st century.

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-He'll blow it up!

-What?!

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It doesn't blow up.

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It does!

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OK, it did once, but it wasn't supposed to happen.

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-What did happen, then?

-I stored it under my foster mum and dad's bed.

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You killed your foster parents?

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No! Just...gave 'em a shock and...

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got them a little bit soggy.

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It is safe now, though?

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Course.

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I have made improvements.

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Is the bottle getting bigger?

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I think we'd better run!

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Whoa, slow down! Somebody'll have an accident!

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Find Liam and posse and get them to clear up the kitchen, will you?

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Mike! I can't believe you never showed me this!

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Tracy, I don't know what that is, but it can wait till I've cleaned off.

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No, it can't! It's a letter from my mum I've never seen before!

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With a note attached from you saying not to show it to me.

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Oh, this is really old.

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I'm sorry. This should have been in your red file when you left us.

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Well, it wasn't! I found it screwed up in the filing cabinet.

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I don't know how that happened. I'm sorry, it was a bad mistake.

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The mistake was not showing it to me when it arrived!

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We did what we thought was best at the time.

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It's a letter from my birth mum!

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Yes, saying that she MIGHT visit and she'd always let you down before!

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So, Cam and I thought it was best not to show you

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until we'd had some confirmation!

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Cam knew about this?

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Well, yes, but...

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Gus?

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No.

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Gus...

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Nearly...

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Nearly...Now!

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-Yes.

-LUNCH!

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How come you're making lunch? Where's Tracy?

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She's, er, she's nipped out. I'll explain later.

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He means he'll tell you when we're not about.

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Shall I add "Tracy not doing lunch"

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to my list of what she's done wrong?

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No, thank you, Gus. Go and sit down.

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I want chips! Can we have chips?

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Well, let's see. She was late for work,

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she didn't help Carmen move rooms,

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she wrote in my book...

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Not doing lunch makes four.

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Eh, Tracy promised me a burger.

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Yeah, well, Tracy isn't here, is she, Frank?

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I'm adding Frank's burger to my list.

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Give her a break, she hasn't been here long.

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What do you think people thought of you at first?

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You were strange.

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Yeah, well, you think your giraffe talks.

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Here you are, Poppy, I'll do it.

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I bet Tracy's done some good stuff, too.

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You should make a list of stuff she's done right

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since she's been here.

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-She helped me out at the cop shop.

-Oh, yes.

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And Tracy's criminal record is an inspiration to us all.

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DOOR SLAMS

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Tracy?

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What are you doing back? Oh, don't tell me you've got fired.

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Why are you bringing this up?

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This is five years old.

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And I thought you knew.

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If I knew about it, I'd have said something.

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Well, we were trying to protect you!

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And we were right.

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She never even applied for visiting rights.

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You should have told me.

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At least I'd have known she was thinking about me.

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I'm sorry.

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It felt like the right thing to do at the time.

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What other secrets have you kept from me?

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Have I got a dad somewhere out there I don't know about?

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Brothers? Sisters? Am I twins?

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Tracy, just calm down! We can talk about this...

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I trusted you and you betrayed me!

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I'll never be able to trust you again.

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Oh, well, now you know how I felt after you stole my money!

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It doesn't go in there!

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It goes in the compost bin!

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Johnny, what are you doing? Get off!

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-I'm going to put this in the compost bin!

-Johnny, let go!

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-Tracy?

-What?

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This can't go on.

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You have been late for work every day.

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And when you're meant to do lunch, you go out,

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and worse, and even more unforgivable,

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is that you keep on breaking your promises to the kids.

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I do not!

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There's Carmen, Lily,

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Frank, Gus...

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Hmm? You keep letting them down and it happens every day!

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And you out of all people should know,

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you cannot break your promise to children in care.

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Come on, Tracy. You better get your act together, otherwise you're out!

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You can't fire me!

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You're not in charge, only Mike can fire me!

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Tracy.

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Kids, go on, off you go.

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If you don't mind, Gina, I'll deal with this.

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Listen, I've let things slide because I thought you'd find your feet.

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But your behaviour today has been completely unacceptable.

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And if you don't change your attitude, well...

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we're going to have to let you go.

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Let me save you the trouble.

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I quit!

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# Keep on runnin'

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# Keep on hidin'

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# One fine day, I'm gonna be the one

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# To make you understand

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# Oh yeah, I'm gonna be your man... #

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Don't they look great, Lily?

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The clothes are too big.

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We're just having a laugh. Fancy some sparklers?

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Rosie doesn't like stuff in her hair.

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She'll love it, it's like fairy dust.

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She won't like it.

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She will, look! It's amazing.

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-Eurgh!

-I told you not to!

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I thought she'd like it.

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You never listen!

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I don't want to be best friends with you any more.

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Come on, I'll wash that off.

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-Is that what you wanted?

-Yes.

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Do you want another one?

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No, thank you. One each. Sapphire's next.

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Good luck!

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That's a weird question.

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-Give them back.

-No.

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Why not?

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-They look great.

-They look stupid.

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People are going to laugh at me.

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Well, why did you wear them then?

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-Cos my others are being washed.

-Oh, wow, they look great.

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You look just like Peter Pan.

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Tee...

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Can Carmen move into your room?

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-Yeah. OK.

-Cool, let's go.

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Wait.

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Carmen is not moving into your room.

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Why not?

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Why can't she stay in your room?

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Me and Carmen ain't friends anymore.

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-She made Poppy cry.

-Carmen?

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Well, she didn't mean to, but...

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she just keep interfering. She wants to take over.

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Lily, I think... I think she might just want to be your friend.

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You should give her another chance.

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-Really?

-Yeah. then she won't have to move in with Tee.

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Liam?

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Yo.

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Lily doesn't want to be friends any more.

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That's how it is in a place like this. You'll get used to it.

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But you're in my room, I've got nowhere to sleep.

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Yep, the pink palace is now Liam's lair.

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It's not like you're homeless, you've still got a bed.

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In a room where I'm not wanted.

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Listen.

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You and Lily, you've just gotta get used to each other.

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It's a big deal, living with someone you're not used to.

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-Is it?

-One of the biggest things ever.

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Look at me, I blew me foster parents up!

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Did you blow Lily up?

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Listen, you're doing better than me already.

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Just give 'em a bit of space, eh? And don't blow 'em up.

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Yeah?

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What are you doing out here?

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What do you think?

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Last bottle of lemonade.

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Want some?

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So, why'd you come back to the Dumping Ground?

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Needed a job.

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Yeah, but here?

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You don't have to pretend with me.

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What?

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"Being back here, it sucks, right?"

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I worked so hard to get away from this place and now I'm back.

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Well, I was.

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You showed some back there.

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Everyone was watching, weren't they?

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Not everyone, but the people who weren't,

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they had it acted out for 'em.

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Oh, no!

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It was a laugh.

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"I quit!" Tshhh!

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Oh! What was I thinking?

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Oh, forget it.

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It's done.

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You don't see me crying over something I can't change.

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You wanna see someone cry?

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Go write in Gus's notebook.

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Who told you?

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He did, of course.

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Well,

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that's your "Liam time" up.

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So drink up and shove off.

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Yeah.

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Takes a bit of getting used to.

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And when the storm came,

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Princess Rosie, Princess Poppy and Princess Lily

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went and sheltered underneath a tent made of feathers and leaves...

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I'm...

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going to ask Mike if we can change bedrooms.

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I'm sorry I've been such a pain,

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but I hope we can still be friends.

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I want you to have this.

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Thanks.

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..a tent made of feathers and leaves.

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Is Carmen in our story?

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Do you want her to be?

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Carmen?

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Yeah?

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You don't have to ask Mike to move rooms. I want you to stay.

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We all do.

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Thanks, Lily!

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I have a question.

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Mike, I'm really sorry about earlier.

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-It's OK.

-No, it's not OK.

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I made a mistake, I... I want to stay.

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I'm sorry, Tracy, but it's not that simple.

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-But...

-Look.

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I don't think that you made a mistake. I think I did.

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The business with the letter

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has shown me just how hard it is for you to come back.

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I shouldn't have said you could come and work here.

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But I can do it!

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I'll turn up to work on time,

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I won't make any promises I can't keep!

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I'll make it up to the children. Please, Mike!

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-I need this job.

-OK.

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I'm sorry, Tracy.

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It's been a really tough decision,

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but...but it's for the best.

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As much as I would like to help you,

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the kids come first.

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I have to do what's best for them.

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I have a list to read out.

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Oh, erm, can we hear it later?

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Yes, you can hear it later,

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but you need to hear it now too.

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OK.

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Things Tracy has done right -

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Rosie says Tracy makes her laugh.

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Lily says Tracy's the only other person Poppy lets tie her shoelaces.

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Sapphire says Tracy was rude to a boy who phoned her.

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She says that's a good thing.

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Liam says he likes it with Tracy here,

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because he's not the only one causing trouble.

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That might have been a joke.

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Geoff likes Tracy, Gus.

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Tee says Tracy makes...

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OK, thanks, Gus, thanks.

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I have 11 more things Tracy has done right...

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That's OK, but I think I've got your point. Yep.

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Now, why don't you leave us alone, please?

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Tracy and I need to talk.

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Seems like the kids want you to stay.

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And if you do,

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you are making a huge commitment to these children, right?

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You can't keep letting them down.

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I won't. I promise.

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I know I've got to stop living in the past and move on.

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All right. How are you going to do that?

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Mike, I've no idea.

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But I think I know where to start.

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'So, I guess what I want to say is

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'sometimes, having a fresh start

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'doesn't mean doing something completely new.

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'Sometimes it means doing something that you've done before,

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'but in a new way.

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'Moving forward instead of looking back.

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'A wise young man told me something this afternoon,

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'which made me realise -

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'tomorrow starts today.

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'This is my first column and my fresh start.

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'So, to all my readers - Happy New Life's Eve.'

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ALL: Yeaaah!

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