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The Forest King's Mystery Friends

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 Sophie's tree

To find me you must look for a tree, outside the gate of Norton St Philip School. I'll give you a clue (It is believed true) I am surrounded by benches that are sat on by YOU!
Chapter four

Isabel

Hi my name is Sophie, I am a snake. My nickname is Secretive Sophie because I keep hundreds of secrets. My biggest secret is that I own a secret salon, and apart from you (of course) only Buzz the Bee knows about my secret salon! In my salon I have everything from hair straighteners to nail stickers!
Sophieis a lovely Jet Black snake with multi coloured markings, she is very modest because she hasn't mentioned her full name is Sophie,Shelly, Snakias,Snake princess of Snaketobia!
Hi it's me again, sorry my secretary is obsessed with telling everybody I'm wonderful (don't tell her but it's embarrassing!) Anyway I want to ask you a favour. Could you give me a thick leaf (I need a winter blanket for my beauty sleep) and a thin bouncy leaf (I need a summer blanket too). But as I'm a princess I will do it the fussy way! Lay your leaves on the ground and call "Special leaf delivery for Sophie" then stand back so you don't get sprayed with venom (I'm very careful)!
Thank you, sorry I wasted your time and remember to stand back, Bye!
Chapter five

Directions to Barry the badger

Barry the badger lives behind the Church, go through the gate, then round the back and there are steps to an under croft. Go around there now to meet Barry.
 
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Chapter six

Alexander

Barry the Badger lives beneath the Church, around here there are lots of trees and it is very dark and sheltered. It is very pretty, but it is very scary when it is dark at night. Barry the badger would like to eat Annoying Ant because he is very tasty nut thats another story. Barry the badger is black and white striped. Barry would like the largest, softest leaf because he likes to use it as a blanket. Put the leaves on the floor and smooth them with your index finger, the softest wins.
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Chapter eight

Directions to Annoying Ant

Go left until you get to the end of the church, turn right and keep going straight until you get to the flat path, then turn left and go forward towards the Mead. Open the gate and go onto the smooth gravel path of the Mead field, now turn right and the pavilion should be there, go forward until you get to the right hand side of the fence bit and Annoying Ant should be there.
 
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Chapter nine

Annoying Ant

Annoying Ant likes to eat your sandwiches that's why he is called Annoying Ant. I like my habitat because I can see a pavilion and footprints so I know my friends are around and I can protect myself, but I have to look out for Barry the Badger. Annoying Ant wants a big leaf to roll up in so Barry the Badger thinks he is a rolled up leaf.
Annoying Ant is Annoying, but the leaf which is easiest to roll wins here.
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Chapter eleven

Directions to Viscious Fox III

To get to Viscious Fox III you will have to walk further up the path on the right hand side of the Mead, towards the top you will find him in a small hole in the hedge.
 
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Chapter twelve

Harrison

Hi I'm Vicious Fox III, I am from the vicious fox family. My favourite leaf is a spiky leaf. Place your leaves on the floor and Vicious Fox will run across sniffing them, and judging which is the spikiest. Once he has judged the spikiest leaf he will jump over the hedge into his hideout where the other vicious foxes live. Our colour is actually orange, and our favourite food are hamburgers and chips. In our hideout we have a sleeping area, and a kitchen!

The spikiest leaf wins here.
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Chapter fourteen

Directions

To get from Vicious fox to Peppa rabbit walk to the play park and go under the little slide.
 
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Chapter fifteen

Triniti

Hi my name is Peppa the rabbit, I am so fluffy that some people mistake me as a big ball of fluff. Where I live I can hear shouts and barking of dogs and birds singing in the trees, I can hear traffic, and the wind blowing.

I can smell mud and old berries and fresh berries.

I can smell bird droppings and dog droppings and cat droppings.

I can feel rough leaves, and smooth wood and rough plastic and I can see the rest of the play park.

Peppa Rabbit would like the greenest leaf to win because it looks like lettuce and the greenest leaf is always the tastiest, but it has to be clean so that I can eat it as a snack in the day. Get as many as you like, because I am never not hungry! I am always hungry in the day but I do not like to eat the skin of people, I hate to eat people's skin! Ok, that's why I said to get as many as you can for me because I have a very busy family so most of the time I have to go without any good, delicious, fabulous, divine food so now you know why I said to get as many of the greenest leaves as you can for me!

I wish you good luck so bye till you find me again!
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Chapter seventeen

Directions to Slow-Bow

Come out of the play park through the top gate. Keep going until you get to the wall on the side of the field. Turn left and walk down, half way down the field, until you reach a bench and dustbin. Slow-Bow the caterpillar lives under the bench.
 
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Chapter eighteen

Joshua

Slow-bow is 99 years old slow-bow is allergic to the sun, when the sun comes out he will dry up! Slow-bow goes to sleep with his eye open. He is like a rainbow, he looks like a beautiful rainbow with lots of colour. Slow-bow likes the softest leaf to sleep on, so the softest leaf wins.

Tuck them in the table and see which is the softest.
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Chapter twenty

Directions to Forest Tree King

From Slow Bow you will have to go to the church gate and the Forest Tree King will be there!
 
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Chapter twenty-one

End - The Forest Tree 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 roar 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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