Marmaduke says goodbye to Mr Snake and his secrets (Part 2)
Continues from Marmaduke and the Ghosts (Part 1).
Mr. Snake had worked at the Squirrel School for a very, very long time. He was now Deputy Headmaster.
He was an unusual character that was often surrounded by clouds of smoke when he was outside the Squirrel School. However what was interesting about Mr. Snake was his secrets.
Either Mr. Snake was very lucky or had a special kind of magic as whenever one of the other staff at the Squirrel School found out about one of his secrets they vanished!
His boss the headmaster Mr. Burger had vanished over Christmas last year. There were many other people that had once worked there, but had left mysteriously once they had discovered a secret of Mr. Snake.
Two visitors to the Squirrel School, an Australian called Mr. Griffin and his friend Mr. Hobgoblin had tried to tell people about Mr. Snake’s secrets.
However many people they told about Mr. Snake’s secrets they didn’t get much further. Mr. Burger just told them they were wrong to say bad things about Mr. Snake.
Others said they didn’t understand the secrets and it was all very sad.
So many spells had been cast on the two ghosts to make them go away that they didn’t know much about Mr. Snake’s secrets.
Eventually Mr Hobgoblin got cross. He felt Mr. Snake wasn’t being fair and had too much power.
So he cast a spell called “I know” which meant the Squirrel School had to tell him Mr. Snake’s secrets.
Mr. Snake asked his good friend Mr. Journey to cast the counter-spell, “No you don’t know” instead.
And so it went on and on for a year until everyone, including those watching were quite exhausted.
ICO then told the Squirrel School to stop being so silly and tell Mr. Hobgoblin Mr Snake’s secrets.
Mr. Snake had had enough and decided it was time to go. Unfortunately his disappearing spell hadn’t worked on Mr. Hobgoblin and Mr. Griffin so he tried it on himself instead!
Marmaduke however felt sorry for Mr. Snake. So he asked his friends in the Red Gang and the Blue Gang to give him 49,000 gold coins and his pension early (at a cost of between 207,000 and 228,000 gold coins).
A promise was made to Mr. Snake that they would tell the ghosts to go away so they wouldn’t know.
However this made one of the ghosts angry, so Mr Journey told the pupils to tell the ghost that he could not talk, to just make an information request and go away!
The Head of the Yellow Gang Mr. Gilbert wasn’t happy with Mr. Snake leaving. He didn’t feel it was right. After all hadn’t Marmaduke told people the Squirrel School didn’t have any money left?
Mr. Snake left and soon found a job elsewhere thanks to his friends.
This story continue with Marmaduke in Going to the Dogs (Part 3).
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