As everyone stood and stared at each other, Ellis decided that the best thing to do was for Doodah to act as if nothing unusual was about to happen. The show couldn’t be cancelled. Even despite Daphne’s suggestion, everybody couldn’t simply go home because then Dr Don’t Know would know that something was up and he might never be caught.

‘This means,’ said Ellis, ‘that you must all act normally and keep singing no matter what you see or hear.’

She turned to Falcon Boy and Bewilder Bird.

Falconb Boy 1‘You two should be in the crowd and ready to pounce at the first sign of trouble. I will be backstage trying to find out what is going on.’

Having stood in silence for a while now and very keen to play a larger part in the exciting events unfolding around him, Falcon Boy stepped forward and Bewilder Bird stood beside him. They both puffed out their chests. Falcon Boy cleared his throat.

‘We want you all to know how safe you are going to be with the two of us keeping watch and having our eyes open for any movement made by Dr Don’t Know or any of his mindless minions, so we don’t want any of you to worry whatsoever as every outcome, incident and eventuality will be covered by and accounted for by the heroic two of us.’

It’s happening again with the whole horrendous mangled language thing. I thought that Daphne’s speech was bad enough, and now this from Falcon Boy. Things are going from bad to worse. The problem is that characters in stories need to say things to each other, even things as bad as these. This wouldn’t be much of a story if everyone was as silent as Bewilder Bird, but it might make it easier to read.

I guess for the sake of the rest of the story, we will have to accept the fact that this sort of thing is probably going to happen again. If this is the case, then what we need to do is try and find the good in every bad thing.

In the case of Daphne, the best thing we can take from her outburst is comfort in the fact that she normally doesn’t use this many words when she speaks and so is unlikely to do so ever again. It just isn’t like her. As for Falcon Boy, at least he sounded a bit more confident than he had done previously. And that’s a good thing, isn’t it?

Nobody replied and for a brief moment, Ellis feared that Davey would start teasing Falcon Boy again, but he just shrugged and said, ‘Whatever, man,’ and started fiddling with a spare pogo-stick tail he found leaning against a table.

That’s another good thing.

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