Percy is a small engine who lives at the big station on the Island of Sodor. He's cheeky little engine with 4 small wheels, a short stumpy funnel, a short stumpy boiler and a short stumpy dome. He's a fussy little engine too. Always pulling coaches about ready for the big engines to take on long journeys. And when trains come in, he pulls the empty coaches away so that the big engines can go and rest. Percy thinks no engine works as hard as he does. He loves playing tricks on them, inculding BoCo, the biggest and proudest engine of them all. Percy likes whistling rudely at him. Wake up lazybones! Why don't you work hard like me? One day, after pulling the big express, BoCo had arrived back at the siding very tired. He was just going to sleep when Percy came up in his cheeky way. Wake up lazybones! Do some hard work for a change. You can't catch me! And off he ran laughing. Instead of going to sleep again, BoCo thought how he could get back at Percy. One morning, Percy wouldn't wake up. His driver and fireman couldn't make him start. His fire went out and there was not enough steam. It was nearly time for the exprees. People were waiting, but the coaches weren't ready. At last, Percy started. Oh dear! Oh dear! He yawned. He fussed into the station where BoCo was waiting. Hurry up you! said BoCo. Hurry yourself! replied Percy. BoCo began making his plan. Yes. said BoCo I will. And almost before the coaches stop moving, BoCo reversed quickly and was coupled to the train. Get in quickly please. He tooted. Percy usually pushed behind the big trains to help them start. But he was always uncoupled first. This time BoCo started so quickly that they forgot to uncouple Percy. BoCo's chance had come. Come on! Come on! said BoCo to the coaches. The train went faster and faster. Too fast for Percy. He wanted to stop, but he couldn't. Peep! Peep! Stop! Stop! Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! said BoCo. You can't get away! You can't get away! Laughed the coaches. Poor Percy was going faster than he had ever gone before. He was out of breath. And his wheels hurt him, but he had to go on. I shall never be the same again. He huffed sadly. My wheels will be quite worned out. At last, they stopped at a station. Percy was uncoupled and he felt very silly and exhausted. Next, he went onto a turntable thinking of everyone laughing at him. Then he went onto a siding out of the way.Well little Percy. chuckled BoCo. Now you know what hard work means, do you? Poor Percy couldn't answer. He had no breath. He just puffed slowly away to rest and had a long, long drink. He went home very slowly and was careful afterwards never to be cheeky to BoCo again.

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