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The Dream Thieves Scarlet

This tale is written to enjoy reading aloud to your group. Don't forget to bring chalk with you to mark the locations on the ground.

Instructions

Start on the lower path leading down through the wood.
 
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Chapter one

The Beginning

Knock three times
Then knock once again
Knock upon the moor land streams
Knock upon the glen
Knock upon the upright stones
Knock upon the gables
Knock upon the blue bell knolls
Knock upon upon the tables

Knock with all your strength and might
Knock till your palms are red
Knock till the morning light
To keep them from our beds

For the thieves they creep
Below mire and creak
Beneath paving curb slab and stone
They come to peruse
Those criminal crews
Right in the heart of your town

To succour sweet from children's cheeks
Tis true I have been told
They gouge your dreams
Just leaving screams
They come in the night and the cold

The dream thieves
The dream thieves
Are stealing into town
The dream thieves
The dream thieves
Are stealing all around

Clawing at your window pane
Creeping across your floor
Over tiny cracks
In chimney stacks
Or slithering beneath your door

So before they come a pestering
In the dark of night
And thieving beneath your pillow soft
We'll chase them far from sight

We'll stomp our feet
And then stomp the street
And shake their homes underground

We'll find those thieves
Deep beneath the leaves
With only chalk in hand
Continue along the path.
 
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Chapter two

Charlie

With a whiskers twitch
And then a ticklish itch
We know the dream thieves must be close
So place your ear
On a tree trunk near
Or fence post deep and strong
And listen to the dream thieves' talk
As they mumble and rumble along

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He has tiny teeth and he has eagle wings. He has bull horns on his head and he has stolen lots of trophies.

His home is very wet and very dark. His favourite food is octopus and squid and his cave has a fire to keep him warm.
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So first we scribe a circle
Deep and full and round
With silky toe
Wide and slow
Upon the trembling ground

Then make a simple chalky notch
Note the time
Check your watch

Then all can see it marks the den
So we can knock three times
And knock once again

So his home is marked
For the cross you've parked
Sits just meters from his squat
Now move on down
For the next is to be found
We won't stop till we have the lot
Continue along the path.
 
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Chapter three

Jamie

With a whiskers twitch
And then a ticklish itch
We know the dream thieves must be close
So place your ear
On a tree trunk near
Or fence post deep and strong
And listen to the dream thieves' talk
As they mumble and rumble along

x
He has pointy ears and he has sharp teeth like a shark. He has worms as his toes and he has spaghetti hair. He's got a hairy belly button. He has got brussel sprouts growing out his nose and he has got hairy legs. He has got a big belly button, which squishes out slime. He steals the brains and eyes from children.

The monster lives under ground in a ginormous house and he has got his family. He has got a living room with a TV and FIFA 18. He has got a kitchen, 2 bedrooms and a dining room.

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So first we scribe a circle
Deep and full and round
With silky toe
Wide and slow
Upon the trembling ground

Then make a simple chalky notch
Note the time
Check your watch

Then all can see it marks the den
So we can knock three times
And knock once again

So his home is marked
For the cross you've parked
Sits just meters from his squat
Now move on down
For the next is to be found
We won't stop till we have the lot
Continue along the path.
 
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Chapter four

John

With a whiskers twitch
And then a ticklish itch
We know the dream thieves must be close
So place your ear
On a tree trunk near
Or fence post deep and strong
And listen to the dream thieves' talk
As they mumble and rumble along

x
He has three shark tails on his feet and he has shark find for his arms. He has a long snake tongue and wobbly and squidgy octopus arms. He has scratches on his belly and lots of slime coming out of his nose. He has sharp gills to breathe under water and he has fluffy feathers for his ears. He has skeleton hair from people's bones and antennae eyes to see further.

He has a bedroom. In his bedroom he has Manchester City football tshirt. He has ten trophies.he has a PS4 with FIFA 18. He has a living room. In his living room he has a big sofa and a television. In his lunchroom he has table and one chair.he has a kitchen. In his kitchen he has a oven, a sink and a toaster and a microwave.
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So first we scribe a circle
Deep and full and round
With silky toe
Wide and slow
Upon the trembling ground

Then make a simple chalky notch
Note the time
Check your watch

Then all can see it marks the den
So we can knock three times
And knock once again

So his home is marked
For the cross you've parked
Sits just meters from his squat
Now move on down
For the next is to be found
We won't stop till we have the lot
Continue along the path.
 
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Chapter five

Cameron

With a whiskers twitch
And then a ticklish itch
We know the dream thieves must be close
So place your ear
On a tree trunk near
Or fence post deep and strong
And listen to the dream thieves' talk
As they mumble and rumble along

x
He sprays neurotoxic ink into their prey's eyes. He has sharp teeth that rip through flesh. He has bone hair and he has ten tentacle like legs. He has sharp teeth like a leopard and he likes eating whales.

His lair is dark and cold. He has gold silver trophies covering the ground and his favourite food is the killer whales. He can breathe under water and in lava. He lives in a mountain called frog mouth and no one can stay alive there. In the cave their are vampire bats.
x

So first we scribe a circle
Deep and full and round
With silky toe
Wide and slow
Upon the trembling ground

Then make a simple chalky notch
Note the time
Check your watch

Then all can see it marks the den
So we can knock three times
And knock once again

So his home is marked
For the cross you've parked
Sits just meters from his squat
Now move on down
For the next is to be found
We won't stop till we have the lot
Continue along the path.
 
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Chapter six

Maddie

With a whiskers twitch
And then a ticklish itch
We know the dream thieves must be close
So place your ear
On a tree trunk near
Or fence post deep and strong
And listen to the dream thieves' talk
As they mumble and rumble along

X
He has pointy ears and icy fingers. He has got spaghetti growing out of his tummy.
He has got claws for hands and talons for feet. He has got really straight hair like a piece of grass.

He has stolen lots of candles so he can see. He has stolen loads of dollars, trophies and a shiny medal. He has a bag of rotten tomatoes hidden in his nest and he has to push a secret button to see the the tomatoes. He has a spiked nest.

X

This one is tall and mysteriously dark
And can sometimes be spotted at the edges of the park
He lumbers slow into the cruelest places
And leaves no prints nor foot step traces
His unearthly gaze and long black brow
Reminds me of week old cheesy towels
And in his heart the bleakest sadness swells
Which he keeps in check with his lucky white shells
So how is it some can become so lost
With neither wife nor son what a terrible cost
But you ignore his loss
And begin the chalking
Now is not the time for talking

So first we scribe a circle
Deep and full and round
With silky toe
Wide and slow
Upon the trembling ground

Then make a simple chalky notch
Note the time
Check your watch

Then all can see it marks the den
So we can knock three times
And knock once again

So his home is marked
For the cross you've parked
Sits just meters from his squat
Now move on down
For the next is to be found
We won't stop till we have the lot
Continue along the path.
 
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Chapter seven

Greta

With a whiskers twitch
And then a ticklish itch
We know the dream thieves must be close
So place your ear
On a tree trunk near
Or fence post deep and strong
And listen to the dream thieves' talk
As they mumble and rumble along

x
She has fire legs and if you touch the fire legs you will die. She has got spaghetti coming out of her eye and out of the next eye it has blood coming out to. There is spaghetti coming out of her mouth and she is wet.

In her lair she has a table where she can eat food. She has a kitchen with spoons and forks and knives. There is a desk that has a computer. She lives in a cave that is underwater.

x

There he hides with his hands in his face
So sad that his luck has been squandered and misplaced
As you knock upon his roof he is chased away again
Another broken sleepless night
As he hides away his pain

When you knock three times
Then knock once again
All his aches and woes are multiplied by ten

He picks up his coat and leaves his tiny nest
He just wants to dream
With simply those that dream the best
With their super soft pillows and enchanting lullaby tunes
Sung by fathers, mothers and sisters
Gentle songs which soothe his blisters
And bring forth the sunshine
On his shadowed soul
And fill his heart with grace
Before he retreats back to his hole

And a simple thought crosses you
As you look upon your chalk
And think of all the markings you've made
Over squats and holes and ports
Up the street and pavement long
Now was I right or was I wrong?
You hear the dream thieves' movements
As they slowly scuttle away
And drag their cumbersome bodies
Did they only come to play?
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