Gladys has been the brains and the driving force behind the girl band, the chiX which features her three older sisters. Laura, the lead singer, has walked out, but she's finding that her solo career is not going well. The chiX have entered for the first round of the Eurovision Song Contest, to see if they can be chosen to represent Britain. But can Gladys persuade Laura to rejoin the band?
Read by Natasha. Story by Bertie (with lots of inspiration from Natasha). Proofread by Claire Deakin. Duration 13.53 min. Picture of Arny, the manager of the chiX for Storynory by Tania Fernandes
Gladys and the chiX Reunited
It was the physical education lesson at school and Gladys was jogging around the football pitch. She wasn’t a very fast runner, and as she went she thought about what sort of song would have the best chance of winning the Eurovision song contest. “People from all over Europe have got to like it,” she thought to herself. “Including all these countries in the Eastern part, like Latvia, Estonia, Albania, Romania… There are loads of them, and all of them vote for the winner. I wonder what they will like… I need some ideas for some words.”
After school finished, Gladys stayed late for a piano lesson. Her teacher was from Estonia. She was extremely beautiful and rather serious. Gladys and she got on well together. When it was time to go home, Gladys asked her, “Maria, what do you miss most about Estonia?”
Maria put her music sheets in her bag and said, “I miss the sound of music students practising their scales. I miss running and hiding from the rain in the door of the conservatory. I miss the smell of the lilac trees in spring. ”
Although Gladys thought that Maria’s answer was very romantic and poetic, she didn’t give her an idea for a pop song. So she said, “But in general, what do people in Eastern Europe really like?”
“Ah, well everybody is different, but in general we like music, we like art, we like science, we like laughter, we like cry a bit, we like the theatre, we like the circus.”
“Thank you,” said Gladys, “That really helps me with something I’m doing.” Because now she had her idea for a song. “Yes,” she thought, “everybody likes the circus. The Russian Circus comes to London every year so it’s a real Eastern European thing. The chiX can have some great circus costumes and dance moves – that’s it, we’ll do a circus song.”
When she got home she went up to her room and started to think of all her favourite circus acts and to work them into the words of a song…
You taught me to fly and to swoop to your arms;
and though I soared high I came to no harm.
You sawed me in half and you pulled me apart
and though I really laughed, you had broken my heart.
You stood me quite still and you threw straight your knives
and though you didn’t kill, you used eight of my lives.
You rattled my cage and you cracked your whip
and though I really raged, I only bit my lip.
You set up a hoop, and I jumped through fire,
and though you were cool, you lit up my desire
You stretched a high wire, and you made me walk,
and though said you were a flyer, it was only talk.
You threw custard pies, and you made funny sounds,
and though I loved your lies, you were only clowning around
Her song was coming along nicely, but she still had to persuade her sister, Laura, to re-join the chiX. Laura was into indie music these days, and Gladys wondered if she would be too proud to take part in the Eurovision which, after all, everyone knows is a bit naff.
And to tell you the truth, Laura was still in quite a strange mood. She spent a lot of time on her own, and wasn’t talking to her sisters very much at all. Gladys went to see her in her room. She found her lying on her bed reading a magazine about celebrities.
“Laura,” she said, “Have you ever heard of anything so naff that it’s cool?”
And Laura said, “I suppose like a TV programme that we all watched when we were kids 10 years ago. When you see it now it’s kind of naff because it’s so out of date, but it’s kind of cool at the same time… or come to think of it Gladys, sensible shoes and glasses can be a bit naff, but cool at the same time because it’s a look that you’ve made your own.”
And Gladys thought that was an interesting answer, because up until then, nobody had ever suggested that her shoes and glasses might be cool. She thought she might just have a chance of winning Laura over, so she came to the point. “What about taking part in Eurovision. Is that so naff that it’s cool?”
“Well,” said Laura, sitting up now and looking more interested, “I suppose winning anything is cool. And getting no points is kind of cool. But on the other hand, coming fourteenth just behind Belgium is pretty naff.”
“But is it a risk worth taking? I mean, if the chiX were in the Eurovision, would you like to sing for us?”
And Laura said something that surprised Gladys very much. What she said was this:
“Gladdy, if you were organising it, I would go for it, because you’re a smart girl Gladdy. I mean it. If I’ve learned anything recently, it’s that you got the brains not just for homework and that kind of school stuff, but for life.”
Gladys felt wonderful, because not only were the chiX back in business, but her sister really appreciated her.
The chiX worked hard to get their act into shape. Their aim was to get on the national TV show, and then to be picked as the British entry in the competition.
Just three weeks later they took part in an audition to see if they were good enough to go on the show.
The auditions were held in a fringe theatre space in Islington. The chiX travelled across London by train and Underground, and then spent twenty minutes wandering around in the rain trying to find the venue. They were a bit bedraggled by the time they arrived, but none of the sisters complained to Gladys.
Four judges sat in the front row of the darkened theatre. The chiX performed their song with just a pianist for backing. They sang their words and did their circus moves but as Gladys watched from the side wings, she could see that the routine was still a bit ragged. At the end of the song, Laura and Mandy bowed and Sam curtsied. They smiled because that’s what Gladys had told them to do – but she could see it was a bit forced.
One of the judges was the TV programme’s producer. She asked the only questions.
“So why do you want to represent Britain in the Eurovision Song Contest?”
Mandy and Sam carried on smiling, but clearly could not think of an answer. “Because the chiX are the best,” said Laura.
“Thank you,” said the producer, “We’ll let your manager know.” And that was it. The audition was over.
In the changing room, Sam said, “That was easily the scariest thing we ever did.”
“Wasn’t it just?” Said Mandy. “Just four people staring at you. I mean, I felt like I was walking naked down the street.”
“But hey,” said Laura, “Performing in front of 50 million people won’t be scary at all.”
Gladys wasn’t at all sure that the girls had passed the audition, but their manager, Arny, told her not to worry. It was just a formality, he said.
And so the girls kept on practising their act. Arny brought in new backing musicians. They tried out different costumes. The choreographer worked on their routine. A special effect man came in to work on stage smoke, and fiery hoops.
And when they did get the invitation to take part on the TV show, they were feeling ready to go.
Gladys called Arny and said, “I want the chiX to arrive at the television centre feeling like they are on top of the world. I hope you don’t think this is a bit cheeky, but do you think you could get a taxi?”
And Arny said, “Right-oh Gladdy. The sisters have been good girls recently. Working really hard. It’s time for the red carpet.”
And on the day of the show, the chiX travelled to the TV centre in Arny’s stretch limo. They were met in reception by a young TV producer who led them through security and along the corridors past the doors to the big TV studios. They went into Stage Five which was a big room with lights and TV cameras, and technicians plugging in cables, and she led them around the side to the back and down another corridor to their changing room.
Hi Yeh-Jun glad you like Gladys, There are going to be three more stories, but they come out when we’ve written them, so no exact scale. We are thinking about doing some music for the last two episodes and that might delay them a little while we get the music together.
Dear Nikki, I wanted to write a story with lots of girls voices for Natasha. Also, a long, long time ago, I played in a band and I remember what it was like – – so I put the two ideas together and came up with a girl band.
i like gladys and now i like laura too, because she said the right thing about her she said this:
“Gladdy, if you were organising it, I would go for it, because you’re a smart girl Gladdy. I meant it. If I’ve learned anything recently, it’s that you got the brains not just for homework and that kind of school stuff, but for life.”
i love gladys if you are gonna put another chiX story then i will be always listening to storynory
bertie i have listened to all the stories in storynory please can you add stories every day not every week.
from sharanya 🙂
July 23, 2009
Dear Sharanya, I wish we could add a story every day, but we work full out to do one a week. We have to write them, record them, edit them. etc. But really glad that you like the stories so much. And you are quite right, Laura has finally learned to value Gladys. She had to try going “solo” to understand how much Gladys does in the background.
“You threw custard pies, and you made funny sounds,
and though I loved your lies, you were only clowning around” is not in the song and the lion line is “And though you did not kill you used 8 of my 9 lives “and in the story there’s no special effects.
Well, I’m always right.
But of COURSE no one is better at writing than me!Ha!
In fact, I even won over 100 awards for my books, which are all(and I mean all!!!) bestsellers. Ha!!!!
Hello, Bertie. I am Michelle, and I’m new to storynory. It is a fabulous site, and I love it. I heard all of the Gladys storys, and am waiting very hard for more.
I have always thought that Laura was a bet snooty and girlish(even if I myself has been like that for a long time)like the queen herself made her bed, but when she said
“Glady,if you were organizing it,I would go for it, because you are a smart girl Gladdy. I meant it. And if I’ve learned anything recently, it’s that you’ve got brains for not only homework and that kind of schoolwork, but for life too.”,
I felt some kind of different feelings towards her.
I love Gladys, and can’t wait to hear more.
If you decide to reply to this comment, please, tell me when the next Gladys story is coming. Really, I don’t mean to be pushy, but I’d be really grateful if you did.
July 24, 2009
this is a cool story.
July 28, 2009
Hello Bertie. This is Michelle. This time, I want to talk to you about ways to improve storynory, the site(Please, I hope i didn’t hurt feelings. Storynory is wonderful. Still..)
I have been thinking about this a lot, and finally decided to talk(comment) to you.
First, I think you should put more activities to it, besides listening to storys. For example, games. I have a feeling it will make the site more popular.
Second, you should decorate it more. add snow(Christmas), suns/beaches(Summer), leaves(fall), flowers(spring), and hearts(February). It would look waaaaaay better.
Last but not least, you should more often add storys. My friends say that storynory is wonderful, exept for the fact that it doesn’t so often have a new story.
Hope this helps. Bye for now!
July 28, 2009
Michelle, Many thanks for your ideas. Yes, more activities is a good idea. We do sometime decorate the site for christmas and halloween, but you are right, we could do it more often. I think a story every week is the most we can manage though. Many thanks for letting your friends know about Storynory. We’ll think about your ideas and try to do some of them.
oh, Bertie, I wish I looked like Laura, so grown up and fashionable. I’m ten years old, and I (don’t think of me snooty!)adore fashion. All I’ve got is my boring, long, curly brown hair and dark, brown eyes. But I still wear the latest fashion.
July 30, 2009
love the story is it frome bertie
July 30, 2009
When is the new Gladys story i want a new gladys story please reply
August 1, 2009
Hi Flora, the Next Gladys will be some time in august. Sorry to keep you waiting.
Hi, this is Hannah E.’s mom. I have a little girl in tears because somebody is using her user name. We just want you to know that she would never talk like that. Ever.
So sorry that somebody is misusing your very nice website. My children really enjoy listening to the stories all the time.
Dear Bertie, Hannah was right (same happen to my other name). I STILL worrying about someone tried to use my name to make worse (or rude) comment on other stories. That’s terrible! I wish comments have passwords that Hannah and I can put our own real names :<
Dear Princess Emma, Thanks for your idea. I’m afraid we can’t have log ins and passwords because we don’t collect personal information off people. I will try to be more vigilant at weeding out possible fake comments.
Bertie, I drink honey, lemon juice, and water when I have a sore throat too. Honey’s sweet and soothing, lemon juice helps your throat, and water makes it a fluid, and also healthy! By-the-way, my birthday is August 7. The next Gladys and the chiX will be like a birthday present!
August 5, 2009
AliQJ -Happy Birthday !
August 5, 2009
i want a new katie stori
August 5, 2009
This, is just a great story!
When is the new one comin’ up?
Dear Everyone on storyory.
Everyone, I am so, so sorry, but, I am the one who pretended to be Hannah E(And alot of other people). I checked out her blog, and I thought it would be fun to pretend I was her.
I know I was mean. I just didn’t know what I was doing. So here I am, apologizing.
Anyway, This is the first time on this wonderful site that I have shown my real name.
Hannah E. Bertie. Princess Emma.
Please forgive me.
August 16, 2009
Thanks Lily… Let’s just stick to commenting on the stories from now on. We don’t want any hurt feelings here.
I’m not talking about not replys. I’m talking about Gladys!
I want a new Gladys and I want it now! I don’t want delays! Make sure it comes out by August 31st. Is that clear young man????
Oh and If you don’t reply to this OR don’t get it out by the 31st, I’m gonna quit comin’ to storynory. And that’s the end of the matter, okay young man??
August 26, 2009
If you stop coming to Story Nory then you wouldn’t be able to listen to the next Gladys story when it does come out.
P.S. That Michelle above me is NOT the same Michelle as me. I swear on god. You can tell me and ther by that little ‘^^’I ALWAYS add to the end of my name.
August 27, 2009
Dear Michelle and girls. If anyone is insulting anyone please let me know. I must have missed it. I am ready to delete any insulting comments.
I also ought to point out that everyone’s computer has a number called an IP address which I can see. It doesn’t tell me who you are, but I can tell if the same person is commenting under different names. One person seems to do this rather a lot.
August 27, 2009
You are soo astute about having computer’s number called an IP address! ^^
However, my siblings are sometime use storynory with their(or my) computers. :/
However, i’m not worry about that because i will get NEW laptop touch screen next year! =]
Whoosh~! My school is almost begin!
hello i was just asking tha after natasha read They were met in reception by a young TV producer who led them through security and along the corridors past the doors to the big TV studios. They went into stage Five which was a big room with lights and TV cameras, and technicians plugging in cables, and she led them round the side and to the back and down another corridor to their changing room.
she still kept on reading not again and again just the rest of it when it wasnt realy there
December 29, 2009
Hi Fatima I think we might have lost the text for the last part of the story.
i loooove you so please reply bertie and can i marry you please and if you dont reply i might die because of a curse the which put on me . xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
bye bertie my beloved.
April 7, 2010
im dieing bertie dontyou love me? please reply.
April 8, 2010
it is so gggggggggggggggggggggggggggoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooddddddddddddddddddddd !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ( :
June 17, 2010
July 14, 2010
I am happy that the chiX got back together I thought that they would never get back together. 🙂 Berti- I like your stories. 🙂 I really like the one where you ran away. 🙂 LOL
September 29, 2010
Hey Bertie do you have Goosebumps?Please anser me!
Hi! when I was, say, about nine or ten I used to listen to these stories EVERY night! I loved them, and then for some reason, I stopped listening to them. (come on, you have to forgive me, I was only ten! Haha). But anyway, I just came back here yesterday for my little brother, and I wanted to just tell you that these stories are great!
Bertie do you think that sad that glades was not in the band at first?
March 11, 2013
I love the stories
March 11, 2013
I loved the story
It was amazing
It’s just that when I read it there are some misspelled words and there r some words that just really don’t belong there!!
But overall it was one of my favorite stories!!
March 31, 2013
everything is great about Glady.
i love sam!!!!
harry potter —
April 12, 2013
Bob the man —
April 22, 2013
I love the chiX!!! 😀
April 22, 2013
I love the way you tell your stories, they are amazing
July 29, 2013
OMG! Thats soooooo cool, LUV storynory, can you plz make more Katie stories? Thx!
August 18, 2013
The pictue wont show up
December 30, 2013
I really think this was awesomeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pls write more
April 19, 2014
im meg and i have commented lots of times and i just noticed that i commented a year ago on the 3rd of april you replied to me on the same day and you said that you had more chiX stories planned but a year later still nothing! just saying.
lots of love Meg
April 30, 2014
Dear Meg, funnily enough we are about to record the chiX series on Sunday… it will be out within a couple of weeks.
AMAZING could you make a new katie story plz and after a while make another series of chiX and gladys stories so there’s series 3
October 23, 2014
I really like listening to ur storeys and they have inspired me to want to write stuff as well I just thought that I would let h no x
November 9, 2014
Thanks Jess, Keep writing !
November 9, 2014
Dear Jess, that’s wonderful. Bertie is delighted to hear this!
All the best!
Jana Elizabeth —
November 9, 2014
The chiX r much nicer to gladys
December 10, 2014
December 18, 2014
We are really into the books! We made a front cover!
storynory fans —
December 30, 2014
I like it
May 19, 2015
What happened to the rest of the text after “And on the day of the show, the chiX travelled to the TV centre in Arny’s stretch limo. They were met in reception by a young TV producer who led them through security and along the corridors past the doors to the big TV studios. They went into Stage Five which was a big room with lights and TV cameras, and technicians plugging in cables, and she led them around the side to the back and down another corridor to their changing room.” Its not there!
Mountain Girl —
August 15, 2015
Hi… I sing too
September 22, 2015
Yeah I love singing and makeup and new clothes I live in henor
October 13, 2015
Hey Bertie you know Christmas of last year you discontinued the whole Gladys series. I think you should bring it back because half of all of the Storynory listeners will vote the Gladys Alone series as their favorite. Just some stats for you to think about. I love storynory. Please keep the stories coming! ??
October 21, 2015
I love your stories! I am your biggest fan. But, the awaking beauty episode do not let me listen to it. I mean, when I try to listen to the beauty under arrest, the page will come up, but it will not play! I waited for a long time, but it just did not come up! I hope you do not think I am bad, really I cannot even say darn! Can you please find me a solution? Thank u. I really love your stories! I have been listening since I was four years old! Thank u. Please don’t stop writing stories. Please reply. Cincerly from Jennifer.
Jennifer s.n. —
November 2, 2015
I loved the chiX story and I love glady story please make more
December 1, 2015
Really enjoying all of the stories on story nory. It’s made bedtimes so relaxing and I can’t go to sleep without listening to story nory first . Thank you all so much ❤️
January 24, 2016
April 10, 2017
Soooo cooolll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I💖It
May 10, 2017
Love the stories
June 23, 2017
Bertie please reply l am a big fan 👌🏾👌🏾👌🏾So good
October 22, 2017
I LOVE THESE!!!😍😍😍😍😍😍😍❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
January 4, 2018
I loveed it it was great
February 3, 2018
😍the chiX are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!👩
February 3, 2018
Hi I hope you like this comment and I love your story 🎨
Very artistic and musical
April 7, 2018
I still love Gladys and the chix but the music is cringey and annoying but all together good stories also Bertie what does nag mean? Please reply I really need to know.
May 9, 2018
Hi Minnie, nag means to harass someone.
Jana Elizabeth —
May 9, 2018
Bertie can you pleas tell me what naff is
PS: I LOVE THE GLADYS STORY’S EVEN THIS IS MY 5 STORY 😍😍😍😍😍😍❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤💗💗💗💗💗💗💖💖💖💖💝💝💝💝💘💘💟💟💟💟💟💞💞💞👍👍👍👍👍