'Fallyn and the Dragons' by K J Rollinson

Allan and his twin sister Eileen, together with their best friend, Martin, are persuaded by a mysterious visitor, called Dorius, the Keeper of Dreams, to go to the aid of King Rudri of Outha, in the land of Nashta. In the dream world they are known as Lord Fallyn, Lady Eila, and Lord Merin. In the 'real' world Allan and company are aware of their visits to Nashta, and are able to use their conscious thoughts to aid Fallyn and company to overcome the many problems encountered in their adventures in the dream world.

King Rudri and his brother, Prince Bato, have been enemies since their father died, who left the Kingdom in the hands of younger brother, Rudri. Despite King Rudri's brother generosity in granting half of Nashta to his brother, together with titles, this is not enough for the scheming prince, who seeks to gain what he considers rightfully his, the crown and the whole of Nashta. To do this he must invade Outha with his dragons. The plot moves between the real/dream worlds.



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5. Chapter five

When Allan and Eileen entered the kitchen, they were surprised to see their dad seated at the breakfast table. Normally he would have already left for work before they appeared. He pushed a copy of the local paper The Gazette towards Allan. He pointed to an article, marked in red on the back page.

‘What’s this then? Why didn’t you mention it to your mum and me? This was pushed through the letterbox this morning, already marked.’

Allan and Eileen read the headline. ‘Morton’s captain scores an own goal. Gives match to Broadway.’ Allan groaned. ‘Morton’s junior captain played twelfth man for Broadway when he sent a scorcher into the back of his own goal!’

This had to be Bates’ work, he thought.

Allan gave a tentative grin. ‘You needn’t worry. It’s all sorted. Most people knew it was Colin Bates who set me up to get back at me for the fight we had.’

His mum laid down a butter knife. ‘What fight? You didn’t mention you had been in a fight.’

‘You better tell us all, lad,’ his dad said.

David Morris listened to Allan’s account. ‘Right, now I know all the facts, I’m going to get to the bottom of this and find out who leaked this article.’

Mr Morris went to the telephone to inform the headmaster that Allan and Eileen would be late arriving. He waited until nine o’clock, rang The Gazette and spoke to the editor.

‘I’m ringing regarding the article that appeared concerning the Morton School football match against Broadway. My boy and I would like to come down to your office and add some more comments.’

‘Right, Mr Bates, I’ll be pleased to see you and Colin anytime.’

‘Let’s see … how about tomorrow at nine-thirty? That was quite a story your boy told.’

Mr Morris winked at the twins.

‘It’s not Mr Bates. I’m Mr Morris, Allan Morris’ father, and I don’t need an appointment. You’ve told me all I want to know. If you want to hear the true version you should ring the headmaster of Morton School.’

The twins gleefully hugged their dad, telling him he was the best dad in the world and how clever he had been to find out it was Colin Bates who had informed the newspaper.

‘I was only telling the truth,’ Mr Morris said, with a straight face, but with a suspicion of a smile. ‘It was his fault if he wrongly assumed I was Mr Bates.’

Mrs Morris raised enquiring eyebrows to her husband that said, ‘but you let him carry on, without correcting him.’

Some of their classmates had seen the article and couldn’t understand the twins’ unperturbed manner when they arrived at school. Martin could hardly contain himself until the morning break when Allan told him about his dad’s phone call to The Gazette.

At that moment, Mr Smith passed by. ‘Allan, could you come to the headmaster’s office. Oh, by the way, Bates will be there as well.’ Mr Smith grinned.

Mr Smith knocked on the door of Mr Walker’s office.

‘Ah, come in, both of you.’ I’ve had the editor of The Gazette on the telephone. He’s going to issue an editor’s letter stating the full facts of the match and also add the following statement.’

Allan suppressed a smile, noticing Bates scowling face.

Mr Walker adjusted his glasses and picked up a piece of paper from his desk. ‘The Gazette understands that Colin Bates, who submitted the article regarding the football match to this newspaper, will not be representing the school in any further games.’

Mr Walker leaned back in his chair, ‘Bates has already been informed of the decision not to allow him to compete. I’ve also suspended him from attending school until next term, because there is evidence he’s been smoking. He’s responsible for deliberately setting fire to one of the bins stored outside the kitchen area.’

‘I bet it was you who grassed on me, wasn’t it? You saw me smoking that day when you came to tell me I could play in that stupid game against Broadway.’ Bates angrily accused Allan.

‘No, it wasn’t Morris, it was me,’ Mr Smith said, ‘I happened to be passing when I saw you running away from the burning bin. On questioning the kitchen staff they confirmed they had seen you smoking in the area on several occasions, and saw you throw a lighted match into the bin.’

Bates’ face was red with anger, realising how silly he was to accuse Allan, and admit he had been smoking.

‘I won’t be coming back next term, so you can keep your stupid school. I’m going to get a job and earn good money. So good riddance to the lot of you!’

He turned on his heels and slammed the door.

‘Well, that’s one boy I’ll not be wishing a happy birthday to,’ retorted the headmaster.

Mr Smith patted Allan on the shoulder. ‘We’d better decide then who’s going to play in place of Bates.  I was thinking of Rodney Bates, Colin’s younger brother?’

‘I’ve seen Bates with a younger boy with fair hair. Is that him?’

‘Yes, that’s him. He’s inherited Colin’s talent for playing football. He’s younger than you and the other team members, but he’s tall for his age. He and his brother are as different as chalk and cheese – he’s a really nice lad. I’ve just got to check that he’ll not get it in the neck from Colin if he accepts to play in the team.’

When Allan got back to the classroom, their teacher was leaning out of an open window.

‘You better tell us what happened. A few of us saw Colin Bates storming out through the gates shouting profanities that he never wanted to see the school again.’

Allan briefly outlined the events in the headmaster’s office. A loud cheer went up as he said to his classmates, ‘Bates has left the building!’          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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