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Misty Holiday Special Issue 1979


Date:July 1st, 1979

Old Ethna's House
Joy and friend conned into entering her house to help her, she asks them to look into her eyes – it is revealed they have vanished and cops find nothing – final reveal that Ethna is descended from medusa and has turned them to stone (not deserved! – they were only there because she asked for help)
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Miss T:Part 1800
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The Sea Maid
Bookended by Misty - Anne and mother on holiday in Cornwall, warned of legend of the sea maid who attracted sailors onto rocks, one night Anne hears cries from nearby island and investigates, finds and saves two girls who are dumb – Misty epilogue raises only questions and suggests sea maid has been ‘proving her innocence by saving two lives’
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The Crazy House!
Marie tries to enliven experience of crazy house for her young cousins but it ends up too convincing – not sure if it was her imagination or real
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The Pipe Dream Of Marty Scuttle
Thief Marty steals pipes alleged to belong to pied piper and steals all the children from town for ransom, in night they try and get the pipes but he wakes up and attempts to kill them by playing, instead though summons rats who push him over cliff and the children throw the pipes over as well
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The Swan-Song
Bookended by Misty – Wanda and friend Danny rescue a swan on her father’s nature reserve and are sure it will not die as ‘her ain’t sung her song’ (swan song), Danny disappears and swan struggles to fly away, then beautiful swan song leads them to him. He recovers and they tell him swan is fine, but Misty reveal that ‘But as Wanda walked home there were tears in her eyes, because in her heart she believed Snow Queen had died to save little Danny, and the haunting melody she had heard was its last lovely song.’
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Wendy the Witch:Part 14
Bully Bessie is stealling sweets. Wendy tricks her into ringing the doorbell of an adult bully who is asleep afer a night shift.
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The Takeover
Popular Miranda agrees to help Louise with sports but is forced to drop her by teachers so everyone turns against her. Louise gets stronger and better while Miranda fades away until she finally dies and it is revealed this was Louise’s plan all along, using her ‘Envy, hatred and resentment […] for her own evil plans’) and at which point Louise drops dead instead (having ‘taken over just one characteristic too many’) and Miranda makes full recovery
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The Magic Paintbrush
Bookended by Misty – Teresa gives up at everything and blames everyone else until she finds a magic paintbrush and takes all the credit, but it ultimately makes a mess and flies away during an art school interview – she gets a chance there anyway and agrees to try hard. Misty wraps up tale conclusively and positively although still leaves some questions open ‘Teresa didn’t give up either. She’s now a well-known painter and a much nicer person. What happened to the brush? Teresa never could find it – but then she no longer needed it, did she?’
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Wendy the Witch:Part 15
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Green Fizz
First-person story by Harriet whose Gran runs a corner shop in village. Her Green Fizz drink makes people contented and happy. Gran slips on ice and Harriet’s family come to take over shop, Gran tells Harriet she is a witch and has been keeping village happy for years with spells and been injecting this into the milk that everyone gets. ‘But the supermarket has put a stop to all hopes of that […] It’s taken my trade, dear.’ So ‘the milk of human kindness’ no longer able to get to everyone. Harriet burns Gran’s witching stuff as she asked and she goes to nursing home, although seems still has some spells as matron there becomes much nicer.
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Curse Of The Roman Sword (Storyteller)
Moira finds an old sword and cuts self on it, then things start to go wrong for village (supermarket, new road) and she thinks it must be cursed. There’s a big flood and then she discovers it has been sent away - and that the flood will mean no new road and supermarket due to damage caused. ‘Moira is still sure about the sword putting a curse on the village. And how many of you would say she was wrong, I wonder?’
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Miss T:Part 1801
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The Prize!
Perri enters essay comp for disabled children and wins, gets people to help her get there, not as nice as she seems when meets runner up Alan (‘I’m glad you won, Perri. At least I can still get about a bit’) versus her (‘Ha, ha! I pulled it off! All that hearts and flowers stuff in my essay … they fell for it hook, line and sinker! / Am I going to have fun spending my prize! That kid I beat wants to wise up. He’s got to learn to use his crutches to get what he wants!’) and then revealed she has pretended when she gets out of chair to pick up apple she was given and is hit by car, landing her in wheelchair ‘Perri, Perri! Oh, why did you cheat? Now you really will need to use gran’s old wheelchair … for the rest of your life!’
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