Saving Bonfire Night

Mrs Young smiled, and gave Thomas 50p and said it was the best guy she had seen! Mr Johnson said “Well done, young Thomas!” and gave him 20p! Miss Lovely from the hairdressers said “Oh, aren’t you sweet!” hugged him and gave him a perfumey kiss on his cheek with her bright red lipsticky mouth – YUK! Then she gave him a whole £1! Thomas gasped “Thank you, Miss Lovely” and then scrubbed his face with his coat sleeve before his friends saw the lipsticky mark!

At 3.30 Thomas and his friends met in the park and counted their money. Thomas had collected £8.75. Maggie and Billy, the twins, had collected £7.00 and Alfie had £8.50! Thomas had collected the most money. All the children were very pleased with themselves and ran off home shouting “See you later at the Bonfire”.

Thomas half carried and half dragged his guy down the street to his house.

Mum and Dad were waiting for him. “Well Thomas,” said Mum giving him a hug, “How did you get on?”

“Pretty good, I collected £8.75!” Thomas’s voice came out in a shout, (he was trying to be cool!).

Dad shook Thomas’s hand, ruffled his hair, and said “Well done, son, you’ve had a busy week helping to make the bonfire and collecting your fireworks money, now let’s hurry to the fireworks shop – we don’t want to be late for the bonfire do we?” With that Thomas and his parents set off.

With a bag full of Sparklers, Rockets, Fizzy Fliers, Whirling Wailers, Screaming Banshees and more, Thomas and his parents arrived at the Town’s Fun Field where the most enormous bonfire had been built right in the middle of the field. It was a dark, starry night and the air was cold. Thomas shivered, and jumped up and down to keep warm while he waited. It was so exciting. All around people were standing all wrapped up in their warm coats and hats and gloves, and some were already holding sparklers which were sprinkling little sparks into the night. Thomas felt Dragon wriggling as the air began to smell of cooking sausages and onions and smoke. Thomas lifted Dragon out of his pocket and Dragon blinked his long eyes, stretched and grew to boy size.

Dad got a packet of sparklers out of the bag, handed one to Thomas to hold and then lit it with a match! The sparkler fizzed and spluttered and then sent a shower of little sparks jumping and sizzling into the dark air. Dragon got very excited and breathed a shower of fiery sparks into the sky – Thomas laughed and patted Dragon on his scaly back. Then a loud voice echoed around the little field.

“Good Evening Everybody! Thank you all for coming tonight and a very big thank you to Thomas and his friends for collecting so much wood and helping to make this the biggest bonfire ever! Now we are ready to light the fire and I want you all to help with the COUNTDOWN!

All the people joined in for the loudest countdown Thomas had ever heard.

“TEN, NINE, EIGHT, SEVEN, SIX, FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE!!!!”

Nothing happened! Everything went quiet! The fire was not lit!

“What’s going on?” “What’s happening?”  “Did the torch go out?”  – Everybody was muttering and puzzled. Thomas whispered in Dragon’s ear, “Dragon Dragon!”

Dragon grew larger, Thomas climbed onto his back and they flew high into the starry sky. Dragon soared above the little town and Thomas looked down. There were no bonfires anywhere.  They heard a roar:

It was November 5th and Thomas and his friends had been collecting wood all week to help make the town bonfire the most successful ever. They had helped the townsfolk with clearing their gardens of loose branches, and even helped old Mrs Johnson take down an old crumbling shed which she then let them have for firewood!

Thomas had made a guy, and carried it up to the corner shop where Mr Baker had allowed him to place it on the pavement in front of the window.

“Penny for the Guy!” Thomas was red cheeked with the cold air and he shouted loudly to attract the attention of the customers.

“FE FI FO FUM THOMAS AND DRAGON HERE THEY COME!

TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT I’LL HAVE A FEAST,

A TASTY BOY AND A MAGIC BEAST!

I STOPPED THE BONFIRE, STOPPED THEIR FUN,

NOW I’LL HAVE THEM ONE BY ONE!”

Dragon breathed a huge flame and lit up the sky. Thomas shouted “There he is! It’s an OGRE, they are very dangerous, we must get away!”

There came another roar:

“THOMAS AND DRAGON COME TO ME,

I’M GOING TO HAVE YOU FOR MY TEA!”

Thomas and Dragon felt themselves being caught in a huge net and pulled down a long tunnel and then up onto a cloud which was green and had grass growing on it. In the distance they could see the Ogre’s castle with a large cook standing outside the door waving an enormous wooden spoon.

“Hurry up!” the cook yelled, “The cauldron is boiling!”

Thomas thought hard. Then he whispered in Dragon’s ear “Dragon, burn the net so we can escape!” Dragon breathed a tiny little flame which made a hole in the net, then made himself very small. Thomas picked Dragon up, put him in his pocket and crawled out. Then, released once more from Thomas’s pocket, Dragon grew to the largest that Thomas had ever seen him! He was even bigger than the Ogre and his flames were a mile long! He flew into the air and breathed out a most amazing flame and singed the Ogre’s hairy hand. This made him drop his sack – the one he was going to use to carry Thomas and Dragon back to the castle! The Ogre waved his mighty fists and tried his best to punch Dragon, but Dragon just flew up and breathed fire at the Ogre, and then raised his feet and landed on the Ogre’s back, digging in his scaly claws until the Ogre cried out:


“STOP, STOP I SAY, I’VE HAD ENOUGH,

I WON’T EAT YOU, YOU ARE TOO TOUGH,

GIVE ME THE BOY ALIVE OR DEAD,

WE’LL GRIND HIS BONES TO MAKE OUR BREAD”

At this, Dragon let out a mighty roar and scorched the Ogre’s bottom which sent him howling and running back to his castle, where Cook made him some tomato soup and gave him a bowl of cold water to sit in, saying, “Don’t let’s bother with humans again, they’re far too much trouble” Ogre sniffled a bit then agreed, roaring:

“FE FI FO FUM, I WANT TOMATOES IN MY TUM,

HUMANS AND DRAGONS ARE TOO MUCH TROUBLE,

LET’S GO HOME NOW, AT THE DOUBLE!”

With that the castle flew away over the universe to Ogstralia, where all the ogres live, and Thomas and Dragon flew quickly down to the town where the townsfolk were standing in the Fun Field watching the terrible fight!

Thomas stood on Dragon’s scaly back and shouted “Now to light the Bonfire! GO DRAGON”.


Dragon breathed out a mighty flaming breath and the bonfire burst into flames within seconds!

The people cheered and shouted “Three cheers for Thomas and
his Dragon!
   “Hip Hip HOORAY! Hip Hip HOORAY! Hip Hip HOORAY!”

Thomas and Dragon stood with Mum and Dad, who were very proud of them both, and Dad said, “Want to hold another sparkler Thomas?” Thomas shook his head and said “I think I might just watch for now!” Then he ate a lovely hot-dog with onions and tomato ketchup, and Dragon had some cinders from the hot dog man’s brazier.

Everyone had a lovely time watching the Firework Display with all the whizz bangs, screechers, jack flashes , smoky supersonics and moon rockets. After the Grand Finale when all the sky seemed to be lit up with beautiful colours and the night full of the sounds of Whoosh! Crack! Wheeee! and all the townsfolk had stopped breathing OOOH! and AAAAH!, Mum, Dad and Thomas made their way home with Dragon tucked up happily in Thomas’s pocket, and Thomas riding high on Dad’s shoulders.

It was the best Bonfire Night EVER!


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