The Carriage

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A carriage driver is waiting to pick Ink up from her home in Sheffield and take her to her boarding school in Cambridge. He is driving a horse-drawn carriage which, along with the horse, belongs to Grandfather Williams and Mother Williams. The carriage driver is employed by the two. The Williams use the carriage whenever they need to travel some place far.

Mother Williams: Ink, did you take with you all that you needed to take to boarding school? Write to me soon!
Ink: Yes, I took everything I needed! I…
Grandfather Williams (interrupts): Did you take with you enough to eat during the journey?
Ink: Yes! I already have some water crackers with me and I will ask the carriage driver to take me to markets on the way to Cambridge so that I can get more food for myself!
Grandfather Williams: Do buy enough food for yourself when you are at the markets!

Ink says goodbye to her family, climbs into the carriage and shuts the door behind her. Soon, the carriage starts to move. For a few minutes, Ink just sits quietly inside the carriage and looks outside from her window. But she gets bored of doing this quite fast and so begins to read a book instead.

One hour later…

Ink opens the door of the carriage slightly, pops her head out, and yells for the carriage driver.

The Carriage Driver: Yes, miss!
Ink: Do you know how long it will take to get to Cambridge?
The Carriage Driver: Uh, it will take very long! Do you need to get food?
Ink: No! But when it’s noon, you must stop at a market on the way so that I can!


Recipes for the Feast

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Noir is inside the palace kitchen with Chef (he is the head cook in the palace). She is simultaneously discussing with him the recipes of the dishes which will be cooked to serve to the poor and jotting them down on a writing pad. When they have finished working on the recipes, all the kitchen boys that Cow keeps in the palace who help Chef out with all cooking-related work, like grocery shopping, will simply follow the recipes and make the food; Noir, Chef and Prince Eric will be helping them with that big task as well.

Noir: Do you think we need to make the cod salty or sour?
Chef: I think salty is a good idea.
Noir: Should the fish dish have broth?
Chef: Yes and the broth should contain some green-colored items!
Noir: What green-colored items?
Chef: Bok choy and um, how…
Noir (interrupts): Parsley?
Chef: Yes, that sounds lovely!
Noir (puts her pen down on the pad): So, the recipes are all complete now! We will just have to start cooking!
Chef: Yes! Well, I’ll be getting back to completing my many daily duties inside the kitchen but I cannot wait to also help with cooking for four thousand people later!

The Jewelry Shop

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It is eleven o’clock in the morning. Noir is sitting on her bed and brushing her hair with a pink-colored comb. Suddenly, Turmeric pops out of his lamp.

Turmeric: Noir, I have been thinking!
Noir: What have you been thinking?
Turmeric: I want to have my very own shop in Cairo.
Noir: What would you sell?
Turmeric: I would sell jewelry for women.
Noir: Really? Would that be jewelry you made yourself?
Turmeric: No! I have no idea how to make any jewelry! What I want to do is at first convince a few jewelers from bazaars in the city to let me stock some of their pieces in my shop. Then what I will do is charge a jewelry piece twice its actual price; it will earn me a good profit.
Noir: But if everything you stock in your shop will be so overpriced, why would women buy anything?
Turmeric: Because I am a really handsome genie! I just know women would never be able to control themselves from buying jewelry from me when I am so dashing!

A Feast For The Poor

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Cow is sitting on a bunch of cushions in his very large bedroom. He is listening intently to Noir talk about how according to her instructions some of his kingdom’s swordsmen caught the robbers and also what she had asked the swordsmen to do with the robbers afterwards.

Cow: My palace is safe again, then! It’s such a relief!
Prince Eric: Noir that was a really brave thing you did!
Cow: Yes, it really was! Will you finally be going to bed now?
Noir: I’m not sure! Maybe I will!
Prince Eric: I think you should!
Cow: Oh! Before I forget…Noir, I would like you and Prince Eric to help the chef out with some cooking later!
Noir: What for?
Cow: I want to throw a feast for poor people to celebrate that my palace is safe once more!
Prince Eric: Really?
Cow: Yes! You know, there will be a lot of cooking within the next few days for the feast! So, if both of you help then all of the cooking will finish fast!
Noir: Um…sure! A feast sounds like a great idea! What foods will we be cooking?
Cow: Mm…some rice and slices of cod fish, along with boiled green beans, carrots plus peas. I was thinking of serving only one bowl of food to a poor person; it will contain a helping of those foods I just mentioned before!

A Promise to Write Letters

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Ink is at Dimitri’s house again. The two are meeting one last time before both go back to their boarding schools. Dimitri is not supposed to go back until after one week. Ink, on the other hand, is going back two days later.

Dimitri: Pick a weekend next month!
Ink: Why?
Dimitri: I am going to ask my mother to let me visit you at your school over a weekend, that’s why!
Ink: What? No! You cannot come visit me on your own. Where will you stay?
Dimitri: I have no idea! But Ink…
Ink: Oh! We can just see each other next time we are back home because of school holidays.
Dimitri: I cannot wait that long.
Ink: Why not?
Dimitri: Ink, you are my best friend. I seriously cannot wait that long!
Ink: Oh! I will write to you every week! I promise!
Dimitri: Really? You promise?
Ink: Yes, I promise! I will save some of the money my mother gives me for extra food and buy the stamps with it to send you letters every month. I always usually have enough writing materials around, so…
Dimitri: Will you be eating enough?
Ink: Yes, I will. The extra food is only for me to very rarely munch on between the three daily meals which the school provides; I usually only spend it when I when I have to learn a lot and want to eat a lot of tasty food.
Dimitri (laughs): Fine then! I promise I will also write back to you every single time that you send me a letter. I think I will just save some of the money I usually waste on buying things I never need but can never stop myself from buying.
Ink (sighs): Oh! I really do not think I will be able to enjoy eating shortbread cookies for a very long time now on days when I have too much studying to do!

The Robbers and the Plan

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James and Jacob are standing inside the palace garden in the dead of the night. They have entered the palace following the clobbering of two guards which were guarding the red-colored front door.

Jacob: Why is it so quiet? It’s almost too quiet…
James: Maybe everybody in the palace is sleeping! It’s quite dark as well. I can’t make out if there are any valuables in the gardens we should rob first.
Jacob: No need to spend time pondering over that! I think if we just get ourselves two bulking bags of gold coins it will be more than enough…for now. If we need more then we can always come back and rob the palace again!
James: Sounds great!
Jacob: I think what we should do first is go through this long white corridor which seems to extend all over the garden. It should…

At that moment, unbeknownst to the two robbers, ropes cascade down the palace walls behind them. Then twenty-four swordsmen suddenly pounce upon James and Jacob. The swordsmen tie both the robbers with ropes; as they sit upon the grass tied together, Noir and Turmeric walks in from outside the palace and stands in front of them.

Turmeric: So, you two robbers thought you could just rob the palace? Um, I presume you never heard about Noir – she now guards the palace. Where are you two even from? Come on! Out with it!
James: We are from some place very far from here! And no we did not hear…
Turmeric: How far is that far exactly?
Jacob: We are from this place in Qatar. We did think we could rob this palace. In fact, we just came here from robbing quite a few!
Noir: Is this the first time you could not rob one?
Jacob: Yes! It is!
Noir (to the swordsmen): Take them away and just dump them some place where there is only sand from as far as you can see and nothing else at all! It will ensure they never come back to rob again!

Noir and Turmeric Sit on Potato Sacks

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Cow’s enormous palace is situated in front of a very big river. So, a bridge connects the palace grounds to the rest of the land beyond the river. Turmeric and Noir are sitting underneath the bridge during the dead of the night and waiting for the enemies to arrive to rob Cow and his kingdom. Noir has given instructions to the swordsmen to pounce on the robbers the moment they arrive; she and Turmeric are supposed to join them later to defend the palace.

Turmeric: These sacks of potatoes are very uncomfortable to sit on!
Noir: What? They are really cushy!
Turmeric: I don’t find them cushy. I think it would have been better if we sat on some poufs instead.
Noir: But I don’t want the enemies to notice us! If we sit on these sacks underneath the bridge then the darkness of the night will ensure that they don’t do so!
Turmeric: But poufs could have helped with that too!
Noir: No, they wouldn’t have! All our poufs are extremely colorful and expensive…don’t you think they would have noticed something that colorful and expensive-looking underneath the bridge? These sacks of potatoes we just brought from the palace kitchen just look like the chef’s apprentices have dumped them here after they bought them from the markets – you know, the robbers already know Cow has so much riches he can just afford to have two sacks of potatoes carelessly lie about underneath the bridge.
Turmeric: Yeah! It does sound like they would have noticed the poufs…this plan is better!

Twenty minutes later…

Turmeric: Oof! Noir, how long are we going to wait for the robbers? We are supposed to be in bed by now and sound asleep!
Noir: I know! Still no robbers…
Turmeric: I have a good mind to pick a fight with Butros! I…

A hoarse voice interrupts Turmeric…

James: Is this the palace of a great king?
Noir: Why?
Jacob: Who are you?
Turmeric: Who are you?
James: Why are you wasting your time with them? Let us just proceed and find out ourselves!
Jacob: Alright! Uh, thank you for your time!

Noir and Turmeric sit on and look at each other in silence.