"Granny What's wrong? It's time to open the shop!"
Granny's voice is very croaky as she replies " That Mrs Mum has ..(. cough cough.. ) given me the flu ! I will have .. ( cough ) stay in bed for a day or two "
"Oh " says Bruno worried that Granny won't be opening the shop, she must be very poorly! thinking
quickly Bruno says " That's fine I will open and run the shop for you!"
Granny breathes in so fast It gives her a long coughing fit ! Finally she manages to speak " You will not! You will ( cough croak ) ring your Uncle Alfonso and ask him to come and look after the shop while I recover !"
" But granny! "
" No Buts! ring him and get to school! " she hears some noise from the shop downstairs " and whose in the shop? "
" Some children! I thought you were coming down so I opened up !"
" Well close up!" says Granny starting to sneeze " go...... shut up and ring Alfonso "
Bruno turns away muttering " Uncle Alfonso! He's not my uncle ! I don't like him! he's just after our shop! "
Sneezing and her ears blocked up Granny calls " Pardon! what's that Bruno? "
" NOTHING !" shouts Bruno hurrying away.
Downstairs some excited Wichtel children and looking at the train set " Oh Bruno we love this train set ! " Yes we do " chorus the others
" We are going to ask Santa for a train set just like this one!"
" YES! Santa!" agree the others!
" Well I need to get to school and so do you, so come along out!" sighs Bruno
The girls start heading for the door talking excitedly about adding the request for a train set to their letters to Santa!
Jana stops to ask Bruno " If Santa cannot bring us a train set will we be able to buy one from here? "
" I expect so " Bruno replies " We have a couple and i'm sure Granny can get in another one after Christmas if they have all gone"
Jana looks relieved , she didn't want to not have a train set if Santa could not managed it!
" Come along we'll both be late for school if you don't get a move on!" says Bruno hurrying her to the door
Once the shop doors locked and a sign saying closed is in place Bruno turns back to go get his school bag. " I'm not ringing that 'uncle' Alfonso " he says determinedly " I'll think of something !"
After school, Zak and Gloria return with Bruno to check on Granny , so they can report back to Mrs Mum, whose recovered from her flu, as to what help she may need.
Bruno sends them upstairs to see her, so he can get the shop opened for a couple of hours and catch some of the people on their way home from school or the station.
Granny is sound asleep , little snorts and snores the only sound in the room.
Mmm looks like she's been self medicating !
Zak and Gloria sneak into the room quietly and up to the bed.
" She looks very flushed!" whispers Zak
" Yes she does!" says Gloria " I think she should have the doctor call round!"
Suddenly as if sensing their presence Granny starts awake " W wh... HORRID ! PIGGY STEW!!! Poison me would you!"
Startled the pair start to talk over each other " It's me Zak !" It's Glory Granny come to see how you are!"
Blearily Granny tries to focus
" Out! " she says between coughing " Out! I've seen that film! Where's that hammer? Help help! Stew is after me! "
Zak looks at Gloria in a panic!
"What hammer? what Film ? "
Gloria is mystified " I don't know . maybe she's a vegetarian? "
Bruno calls from downstairs " What's going on? "
"Nothing " Gloria calls back
Gloria walks round the bed and pauses " Oh she's been on the sauce ! No wonder she's confused! "
" Out " mutters granny pointing at Zak her eyes beginning to flutter closed " I can... still.. feel... my .. toes.. you horror... ( snore...... )
Seeing Granny's fallen back to sleep Zak whispers " Sauce? toes? "
Glory just beckons him over and turns towards the door whispering " Come on , I'll explain it all once we are back home with mum "
Confused Zak follows Gloria out of the room and back down the stairs, Granny's not so gentle snores following on behind!