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Frank Lampard

Into the Unknown

In the back garden, Frankie was teaching his dog new tricks with his magic football. Max could almost balance it on his snout. Frankie chipped it to him, but the ball bounced off Max’s head, straight towards the fishpond.
‘No!’ cried Frankie.
He waited for the splash, but it never came.
Peering into the pond, he gasped. The water had gone! In its place was a slide of swirling colour, spiralling downwards.
‘Shall we see what’s down there, Max?’ asked Frankie.
Max barked and wagged his tail.
‘I guess that’s a yes!’ said Frankie.
Together, they leapt into the unknown.

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