A Conversation for The Mother of All Gooses

The Stage

Post 121

The Ugly (but rather big) Duckling

*carefully steps out from beneath the smiley - xmastree attracted by Cinder's friendly voice*


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Post 122

Mysterious Stranger

*mildly surprised by Mary's indifference when it comes to having a smiley - bat landing on her shoulder and also - although you would never get him to admit it - slightly impressed*

Ahem - yes, chérie - shall we get going? It is Sunday, non?

*looks around expecting to find Robyn by his other arm and instead spots the smiley - sheep*

Come now, my wolly headed friend - be a good smiley - sheep and run along ahead!

Mademoiselle Robyn - are you ready?

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Post 123

Pansy Ffing

*<-- offstage voice*

If any one wants to keep their "things" in this they are welcome.

smiley - space*Pansy's laundry basket is pushed onto the stage*

*<-- offstage voice* I usually use it when I take in washing, but I'm closed for sock taking at the moment. There's a queue of gentlemen eager to bring me their smalls, so I'll want it back.

The Stage

Post 124


*shouts out from her luxury seat*

Tour? What tour?

Have you booked
With Thomas Cook?

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Post 125


It's a smiley - magic tour, so I've heard. How exciting! Did you bring any sucky sweets, Caerwynn? I've just finished my smiley - popcorn
smiley - bluefish

The Stage

Post 126

Buttercup the Pantomime Cow

*the lights dim leaving just one spotlight on Buttercup the Cow* the Fresh Prince music starts up again*


smiley - musicalnote
For the eggs of Mother Goose smiley - space a search we must make
And, as someone suggested smiley - space we'll begin at the Lake
It's dark and it's misty smiley - space and a little bit scary
So follow the tail of smiley - space the Queen of the Dairy

*turns and dances upstage* the curtains close and the music fades away*

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Post 127

The Stage Manager

*doing his 'Voice of god' impression again* Ladies, Gentlemen, Boys, Girls and Other Entities. Atelier and Graphic Ants Productions proudly present the latest in entertainment experiences... *click* drumroll* ... the amazing... ... the wonderful... ... the fully interactive... ePantomime! *click* canned applause* Under each of your seats you will find your shrink-wrapped fully-adjustable Total Immersion Headwear and Glove. We invite you to join the cast and other members of the audience at Row Row Lake! http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/plain/F107682?thread=232292 *click* some music to give everyone time to organise themselves*

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Post 128

Buttercup the Pantomime Cow

*exits through the Garden Door at the back of the stage*

[Back]: *in an actorly voice* Charming evening we're having.
[Front]: Unforgettable.
[Back]: And it's not over.
[Front]: Apparently not.
[Back]: It's only beginning.
[Front]: It's awful.

*short dramatic pause*

[Back]: Worse than the pantomime.

*front snorts with laughter and they amble off to the green room to plug into the Total Immersion Unit*

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Post 129

Amy the Ant - High Manzanilla of the Church of the Stuffed Olive

*applauds vigorously*

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Post 130

Mary and her full-grown <sheep>

*Tugs on the Stranger's arm*

Come on, I think we're supposed to go this way.

smiley - sheep <-- kicks the stranger that slapped him, maintaining his position between the Stranger and Robyn.

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Post 131

Mysterious Stranger

*leans over as if to whisper something in the smiley - sheep's ear, cupping his hand in front of his mouth*

*behind the hand he bares his fangs at the smiley - sheep*

\/ smiley - space\/
/\ smiley - space/

Now, be a good little smiley - sheep and do as I tell you!

*straightens up, kicks the smiley - sheep in the butt sending it staggering forward, turns to Robyn offering her his other arm*

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Post 132


*rummages in a pocket and finds a packet of lemon sherbets*

Want one of these, coely?

Do you suppose these helmet things are 'one size fits all'?

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Post 133


That's it, Ducky out you come.

We are off to some lake or other, you can demonstrate your paddling and dibbling for duckweed.

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Post 134

Robyn Bankes

Thank you Mr Stranger, but as that smiley - sheep has a distinctly unpleasant look on it's face, I shall keep my distance!

*picks up her swag bag and heads for the Lake*

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Post 135

Mary and her full-grown <sheep>

*The sheep turns with a nasty look in his eye and the wool trying to bristle on his back. He starts walking slowly and deliberately towards the stranger, emitting something that sounds suspiciously like a growl. Mary makes some frantic hand motions with her free hand and manages to catch the sheep's eye. The sheep looks from Mary to the Stranger and back again. Finally, with a sigh, the sheep turns aside and walks over to Mary. Mary pats the sheep on the head and gives it the LOOK.*

There, there. I'm sure the Stranger meant you no harm. *Turns to Stranger and smiles sweetly* Did you, dear?

The Stage

Post 136

Seven Dwarves

*the dwarves decide to hurry off and get their Total Immersion devices before being left out of the plot*

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Post 137

Three Blind Mice

3: *dropping off his branch, feeling and sniffing the object he landed on* 'Ere. This isn't gold. It's wooden.
1: *landing beside Guido* It's been painted.
2: *Landing beside the other two* Probably gilded. I smell alderwood.

3: Let's go back to the green room.
2: All right.
1: All right.

*they drop to the ground under the tree and exit stage left*

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Post 138

Mysterious Stranger

*glares at the smiley - sheep in a 'if looks could kill' manner - he will /not/ be intimidated by a smiley - sheep*

Eh bien - let us hurry and catch up with the others, shall we my dear?

*has already grabbed a Total Immersion Unit for himself, and hands one to Mary*

*fails to hand one to smiley - sheep*

Ready? 1 - 2 - 3!

The Stage

Post 139

Thistle Howl - a frighteningly cute Critter of the Night

*in an amazingly transparent display of forced nonchalance, Thistle looks skyward, whistles toonlessly, and rolls something hidden under her dress far under the Christmas tree. She then kicks a few packages in front of it. Then she dashes off the get her TI Unit and join her fellow players at the Lake*

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Post 140

Thistle Howl - a frighteningly cute Critter of the Night

*dashes back, grabs a gingerbread man, and dashes out again.*

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