• by Will Coleman

    Lester the Boat is desperately in love with a Seagull until he takes some visitors on a trip.
  • This is Lester.

    Lester ov vy!” says Lester, “I’m Boat!”

    Lester is desperately in love with a Seagull!

    My a’th kar, Goolan !” calls Lester, “I love you, Seagull!”

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  • Lester sees Goolan soaring effortlessly across the harbour.

    My a’th kar, Goolan!” calls Lester, “I love you, Seagull!”

    But Goolan is too far away to hear.

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  • Lester realises that Goolan is swooping close behind.

    My a’th kar, Goolan!” calls Lester, “I love you, Seagull!”

    But Goolan is too busy trying to snatch some fishy scraps to pay attention.

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  • Lester ties up alongside Town Quay.

    There is Goolan sitting on a window sill.

    My a’th kar, Goolan!” calls Lester, “I love you, Seagull!”

    Perhaps Goolan will come and perch on Lester’s foredeck?

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  • No; Lester’s attention is drawn by a crowd of visitors trooping on board. When Lester looks back, the window sill is empty.

    Lester feels like sinking without a trace.

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  • But, once Lester leaves the quay and begins splashing through the waves, the gang of visitors on board begin having fun.

    “Whee, my a yll sedha I can dive!” calls one little boy pretending to be a dolphin “I can dive through the waves!”

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  • “Whee, my a yll donsya I can dance!” calls one little girl pretending to be a mermaid, “I can dance on the waves!”

    “Whee, my a yll neyja I can fly!” calls another, pretending to be an aeroplane, “I can fly over the waves!”

    An lester ma yw bryntin!they all shout together, “This boat is brilliant!”

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  • Later, back at the quay, Goolan is looking for a foredeck to perch on.

    But Lester does not seem to mind where Goolan chooses to perch.

    An lester ma yw bryntin! thinks Lester contentedly, “This boat is brilliant!”

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