King and Queens

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Henry the green engine has lived on Sodor for many years, and knows it very well. His good friends were Edward and Gordon, and his (sort of) girlfriend was Emily, who was constantly chasing him around. His driver is Homeschool Winner, and the fireman was Homeschool's best friend Strong Sad.

It was spring, and the engines were working hard, on Sir Topham Hatt's railway pulling passengers. Thomas and Homestar Jr. showed visitors their branchline, Emily and Wendy showed them the windmill, and James and Pom-Pom showed them the seaside.

One day, Gordon was speeding down the line with the express. It had been a month since his boiler was dented by Diesel 10, and he was now running good as new again. That night, he returned home with the other engines at Tidmouth Sheds. Sir Topham Hatt was waiting for him.

Sir Topham Hatt: The King and Queen of Sodor are coming to celebrate their sixtieth birthday. I need an engine to take them from Brendam Docks to Wellsworth Station for a celebration.

Henry: I'd like to pull the King and Queen of Sodor!

James: No you can't! You're useful for pulling trucks only! Ha!

Henry: I can pull coaches too!

Homeschool Winner: Yes, Henry, but while Gordon was undergoing repairs, you had a nasty accident with coaches!

Henry could remember the time he had this accident with the express...

Henry: Ah, this is the life! {He feels the coaches bumping him.} What the- OH NO!

{Henry sees Diesel 10 in his way. Diesel 10 raises his claw, and throws Henry off the rails.}

Henry: Oh! Ouch!

Homeschool Winner: Oh, that's torn it!

Strong Sad: Well, I almost died for a good cause....

Henry: {angry} That was not my fault!

James: Yes it was! I'll be taking the King and Queen of Sodor, because they like the color of red!

Emily: You?! The King and Queen wouldn't have a bumpy ride from a cocky red engine, even if his name is James! They have me pull it! I'm one of first steam engines built for the Great Northern Railway!

Sir Topham Hatt: {booming} Silence! Gordon will pull the King and Queen of Sodor tomorrow.

And he drove away. Gordon was excited!

Gordon: I'm going to pull the King and Queen today! {grinning} Slowpoke Henry couldn't be as good as me! I'm a guaranteed connection!

Emily: {as Gordon puffs away} Thomas is a guaranteed connection, too!

Next morning, Gordon arrived at Brendam Docks. Top Hat the railway Star tug was there with the King and Queen of Sodor.

Top Hat: I have your important passengers, Gordon!

Gordon: It's the King and Queen of Sodor! I feel like an important engine!

Top Hat: Yes, well, I better get back to work... {He chugs away, annoyed.}

Guard: All aboard! {Blows his whistle and waves his green flag.}

And the Special Train puffed away.

Gordon showed the King and Queen all the beautiful sights around the Island of Sodor. Then he could see Molly pulling a train of lumber to the lumber mill.

Gordon: Look out, Molly! Important train coming through!

This made Molly very cross. She didn't like it whenever her friends boasted about how special they were to Sodor. Gordon was boasting more than ever still, even Spencer was cross.

Gordon: I am a very important engine on Sodor!

Up ahead, Gordon could see pipes on the tracks, and was horrified! Bubs applied his brakes hard, but it was too late! Gordon went off the rails! Luckily, no one was hurt, but the King and Queen of Sodor were very cross.

King of Sodor: Gosh, Janice! This train's gone crazy!

Queen of Sodor: Yeah! I hate this train! And we'll never have a great birthday!

Gordon felt very silly, and very sad. Unfortunately for Gordon, Henry was on a siding and saw everything!

Henry: {laughs} Who's the slowpoke, now?

Gordon: Oh, no...

Queen of Sodor: Is that a handsome, green engine over here?

Homeschool Winner: Yes, it is, your Majesty! Climb aboard! We'll get you there on time!

The King and Queen of Sodor boarded Henry, and they set off, leaving Gordon upset and very cross!

Gordon: Hey! You thief! Get back here!

Bubs: Well, it's what you get for being oh-so-important!

Gordon didn't feel important anymore, and he began to cry.

Soon, Gordon was back on the rails, and when night came, he went back to Tidmouth Sheds.

Edward: So, Gordon, did you enjoy the King and Queen of Sodor's birthday?

Gordon: No, I've been foolish, and Henry took them for me. Henry?

Henry: Yes, Gordon?

Gordon: I'm sorry for what I said, and called you a slowpoke. I was too big for my wheels. You're an important engine, too.

Henry: That's okay, Gordon! That's what friends are for!

Gordon: Can we be friends again, please?

Henry: Yeah, like great friends should. I wish Sir Topham Hatt had chosen me, so we can still be's friends too.

Gordon: And it goes to show, we're the greatest express engines on Sodor!


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