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Mystery Animals on the Mystical Mead

The first chapter of this story will begin at the a majestic tree in Norton St Philip, which sits between the School and the Church.

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Chapter one

The Beginning

The woodland procession approaches, and lifted highly upon firm branches, all knotted in a crazy splendid mess, sits the Forest Tree King, and all about is perfect. The sunshine of the day perches upon his shoulder and he looks lovingly down into the gathered crowd.

Ribbons and bunting are everywhere, gold, green, blue, white, yellow, fluttering like butterflies in the light summer breeze.

'Welcome my friends' he says to the gathering, his deep voice, warm and welcoming. 'Now who shall sit on my throne for the day? Who shall bring me the most perfect leaf, for that is what you must do for me and then I will grant the winner a seat upon my throne for the day.'
Chapter two

The Leaf

He then pauses for effect though the words are the same every year.
'But there is one simple rule, do you know it?' and all about the crowd chant 'Yes, yes we do.'
'Well then that is good, but lets help our new friends freshly joined' and he turns to you and says.

'The leaves must fall naturally to the ground, none must be picked from the trees themselves, and be careful where you collect them from, it must be clean and free from litter of any kind. Now are you ready?'

Are you? Then nod to the Forest Tree King.

All about the courtyard the frenzy is about to begin, there is a magic hush as the King lifts his arm in readiness. Everyone holds their breath waiting for the signal, then he opens his palm and out spill hundreds of rose petals, and off like a gun the crowd goes, to the left and right, people scurrying and snatching at the leaves on the ground, along the side, on rocks, on the tops of the walls. When they have what they believe to be the best, then they head off across the grass at a mad pace.

Then the King of the Forest turns gently to you again and asks kindly. 'What are you waiting for, find one superb leaf each, make it different from each others, so no two should be alike if you can help it, then take them to the five judges in the field.'

'The winner will have the chance to sit upon my throne, it is always the prize going far back into history, further than books, and long beards, and perhaps even before shoes were invented, and that is a very long way back indeed!'

So your task is set, each take a moment to find a leaf, as perfect as can be and then when you are ready, come back to me and read on.

You all have a leaf?
Chapter three

Directions to Snaky the Python

From the Majestic Tree, head through the grave yard and out into the Mead field. Take a sharp left and walk to the bottom left hand corner of the field. This is your location.
 
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Chapter four

Oliver

Snaky the python is orange and black and wears a hat. Snaky loves to sleep.
Snaky's favourite hiding spot and resting place is on the big brown door.
Snaky likes eating birds for dinner, but he doesn't like eagles.
Snaky is looking for the thinnest leaf.
Whoever has the thinest leaf wins.
Chapter five

Directions to Bob Badger

To get to Bob the Badger, cross the Mead diagonally, Bob is beneath a tree on the far corner near the exit to Budgeons.
 
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Chapter six

Mathew

Badger
Bob Badger is black and white. His food is worms and slugs. If he can not find any worms or slugs he has to find small and little leaves.

Bob Badger lives in a hole at the bottom of the big shady tree. He is looking for the biggest leaf in the world. Bob Badger is getting really cold and wet so he needs the leaf to keep warm. The biggest leaf will win the point.

GOOD LUCK!
Chapter seven

Chapter eight

Directions to Goldy the Eagle

Go across the top of the Mead, past the play park and near the exit, I am near the secret door.
 
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Chapter nine

Ruby

My Character is an eagle, she is called Goldy. She is in the top left part of the Mead. She is a big eagle and a gold colour. She has giant wings and she is fluffy. She likes to eat salmon and likes fresh water from the river. She wants a sparkly leaf to sleep on. Put your leaves in the air and the one that is the sparkliest is the winner.
Chapter ten

Directions to Buzz the Bee

Go back the way you came towards Bob the Badger, just past the play park you will find Buzz the Bee. He is by the wall waiting for you.
Chapter eleven

Goldy the Eagle

 
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Chapter twelve

Buzz the Bee

Chapter thirteen

Phoebe

Buzz the bee has a scarf, that has got lots of buttons on it. She is a girl and she likes the colour yellow. Put your leaf on the floor to see whose is the yellowest, that will be the winner.
Chapter fourteen

Directions

Walk straight down across the field, heading to the pavillion. When you get to the pavillion walk to the wall on the right, and I will see you there.
 
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Chapter fifteen

Rufus

My animal's name is Oney the Owl.
Oney's colour is black and red.
Oney eats maggots and sausages, he steals them from shops. He sneaks around Norton St Philip every night finding maggots or sausages.
Oney likes to drink rain water from the school gutter, but if there's no rain water he doesn't have any.
Oney likes to hang upside down during the day, but at night he tweets, blending into the tree with his brown leaf.
Line up the leaves on the floor and I will choose the biggest, brownest and crustiest leaf.

Chapter sixteen

Chapter seventeen

Directions to Midnight the puppy

You are now on a hunt for Midnight the Puppy! Turn around to face down the path of the Mead and towards the gate that leads out of the Mead and on to the graveyard,once you have got down to the gate,you continue to go down the path until you have got to the left hand bottom corner of the field and you have reached Midnight the Puppy!!!
WELL DONE,WELL DONE,WELL DONE!!!

(This is where you first met Snakey the Python in the bottom left corner of the Mead, return here and you will meet Midnight the Puppy.)
 
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Chapter eighteen

Lilia

My charecter is a puppy and she is a sausage-dog called Midnight, and she is looking for a soft leaf to sleep on, and she goes out every day at twelve o'clock at lunch time to find her lunch and searches for the leaf of her dreams. At midnight in the middle of the night, she goes out and tries to find another leaf to sleep on and if she finds a bunch and takes them back to her house and none of them are suitable for her to sleep on, then she has to wait until lunch time at twelve to find another paw-full! (And it is very tiring as well) But now that you are here, she won't have to do all of that (thanks to you!)

The softest leaf will win because she won't have to go out so late every night. Once you have visited her and given the leaf that you think will win, she will then rub it on her cheek before she sleeps on it!

GOOD-LUCK!!
















Chapter nineteen

Midnight the Puppy

Chapter twenty

Directions to the Forest King

Congratulations, you have nearly finished, return to the Forest King who is waiting at the gate from the Mead Field into the Church yard. Go there now for him to judge who has the best leaf.



 
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Chapter twenty-one

End - The Tree Forest King

The King waits eagerly, he has judged many leaves already, but lots of faces are a little glum as nobody has won yet today, but then you place your leaves on the church yard wall, and the Kings wise eyes light right up.

'All these leaves are so beautiful,' he says 'but every competition needs a winner and the throne can only hold one person, so . . . ' and he pauses thinking for a moment.

'Is there one leaf which has been chosen more than the others?'

Who's leaf has been chosen the most times?

But the King shakes his head, 'We can't leave it like this, I have an idea, you can take it in turns on my throne.'

And an enormous raw of applause erupts from the crowd, hats are thrown into the air and music begins to start.

Then the Forest Tree King lifts you up high onto the throne of branches and all cheer at the first winner.
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