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Twitch’s New Home
Chapter One: The Phone Call
The sun removed his raincoat, making it bright and sunny in the vale on Saturday morning. A crisp smell from last night’s rainfall was still coming off the ground.
High in the sky, the sun looked down and heard the faint laughter of children playing in the fields.
“Ring-ring, ring-ring.” Rodney the Sweep looked up from placing the final bristles onto a new chimney brush. He placed the brush down gently on his work bench and walked over to the phone.
“Good morning, Rodney the Sweep’s Chimney Sweeping Service, Rodney here, how may I help?”
“Hello, Rodney,” said a familiar voice. “It’s Mr Brown. Can you come over? My home has been thick with smoke ever since I tried to light the fire this morning.”
Rodney had cleaned Mr Brown’s chimney before, so he knew where he lived.
“Certainly, Mr Brown,” said Rodney. “I will be round in two shakes of a chimney brush.”
Rodney the Sweep started to smile as he put the phone down. His daughter Jemima always enjoyed going out with her Dar on Saturdays. Rodney walked out of his workshop at the back of the barn and went into the yard, rubbing his hands in the bright sunshine. He pulled a rope to raise a chimney brush up a flagpole. The brush rang a cracked brass bell that gleamed in the morning light. This was how Rodney always called Jemima to work.
As the sound of the bell rang out from the farm, Jemima’s mum looked up from feeding the chickens. “You two keep out of mischief today!” she called to Rodney.
When Jemima heard the bell ring, she was playing football with her friends in a nearby field. She stopped running and looked back over her shoulder. She saw the bridge over the brook, built last summer by her Dar. In the distance at Sweeps End Farm, she could just make out the chimney brush on top of the flagpole. It was flying in the air, telling her to come to work. Jemima beamed a big, warm smile and began to run home. She turned and waved goodbye to her friends. “I’m off to work,” she explained. “I’ll see you all later.”