The fight between the pirates and the pig Army was still raging on the beach
A flaming cannonball shot from the fortress wall of the palace zoomed over the village and flew all the way to the pirate ship, setting it ablaze.
Reginald looked down at the flames from the top of the mast and muttered, “This would be a good time, darling.”
The Duchess went zooming towards the ship. She opened the door on the bottom of the plane. One hundred coconuts fell onto the pirates below.
She lowered the skyhook and flew out past the pirate ship. She could see Reginald waving from the top of the mast.
She circled around with the hook trailing below and headed toward the ship.
Reginald watched as the skyhook came right at him. Zwoosh! It snatched the net perfectly from the top of the mast. The Duchess reeled him in.
By the time they landed, the sky was filled with hundreds of parachutes.
The Royal Army had arrived. They quickly rounded up all the pirates and brought them to the beach.
“Miss Clarice, please take Zeus and the children back to the palace. I want to talk with Spencer,” said Admiral Snout.
The weary Admiral knelt on one knee and sat Spencer on his other knee, so they would be eye to eye.
His smile was tender, unlike the tough military man that Spencer was used to.
“If it wasn’t for your quick thinking and fast action, I would surely have been killed by Phineas Nastybeard. Pigonia would have been lost to the pirates.”
“Thank you for your bravery and friendship.”
Spencer hugged the Admiral’s neck. His smile turned into a beaming grin.
The Admiral stood up and put Spencer on his shoulder. “You mean I’m not in trouble?” Spencer asked.
Admiral Snout laughed as he took off his scarf and wrapped it around the neck of his little hero.
“Oh, no! You’re a hero, my friend.”
“This scarf belonged to my father. He gave it to me when I joined the Navy.”
“It means a lot to me, and now I want you to have it,” said the Admiral.
Spencer was very touched. His eyes and smile grew wide.
“You’re going to need these, too,” Admiral Snout said as he took off his goggles and put them on Spencer’s face.
Spencer hugged the Admiral’s neck again. He imagined he was a fighter pilot in his new scarf and goggles.
“I’ll NEVER take these off, Admiral Snout. Thanks!”
“I don’t have a son of my own, Master Spencer, but you’ve become like a son to me during my years here in Pigonia. Now you’re my hero, too.”
They quickly walked off to the palace hoof in hoof.
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