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A Bunch of Battlers

took him to play at the lake. While Robyn did her own
schoolworksheinsistedthatBillyplaynearthecampHedidn’t
mind this as he hadjustdevelopedareal‘craze’forclimbingand
here the trees were tall and easy to climb. From his favourite
perch Billy could see the shimmering lake and observe the
pelicans as they swooped over the water. He often played at
being a pelican himself, swooping and skidding on the sand –
muchtoRobyn’samusement
lightflickeredthroughthenightshadows“Here’sPete!”cried
Billy.
Soonhisbrotherpushedhisbikethroughthescrub“Here
Nippergiveusahandtounloadthesepanniers”calledPete. He
filledBilly’sarmswithgroceries
“WhendoyouhavetogoagainPete?”enquiredBilly
“Thejob’scutoutnowBilly– thatmeansit’sfinishedTodaywas
paydayHere’sapresentforyou”Petethrustanotherparcelinto
Billy’sarms
“ThanksPete”thelittleboydumpedthegroceriesneartheir
makeshift larder for Robyn to sort out and squatted by the fire to
tearthewrappingfromhispresent“notherboat!”
“Lookinside”Petesuggested
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