A Late Chat Production
This is Rocky, he is your nine your old son. That is Mr. Bunny he is holding but more on that later.
This is Adrian. Adrian is your next door neighbor and Rocky's best friend. Adrian is also nine.
This is Paul. Paul is Adrian's little brother. Paul is five. Mr. Bunny is Paul's pet rabbit.
Rocky and Adrian walk to school together. They are big fourth graders now. Paul attends kindergarten at another school. His parents drive him to school.
Rocky got to Adrian's house this morning so they could walk together. Rocky saw Adrian had his new toy space ship and was putting it in his back pack.
"Why are you taking that to school?" Rocky's question was valid as toys are not allowed at school.
"For show and tell, you dork!" Adrian's response reminded Rocky he had forgotten something.
"Is that today?" Rocky decided he would go back to his house and grab his equally impressive remote control truck.
However as the boys were exiting Adrian's house another idea came to mind. There, in his hutch on the patio, was Mr. Bunny. And, it just so happened that a pet carrier was stashed neatly under the hutch - how convenient.
Why go home and get your impressive RC truck when you can "borrow" ("steal" is such a harsh word) your neighbor's kid brother's pet rabbit? A live bunny trumps any RC truck and it certainly is better than a toy space ship.
So Rocky opens the hutch and puts Mr. Bunny in to the carrier.
"Leave it open and get out of sight, I'll be right back." Adrian had devised a devilish plan to play a little joke on Paul.
Paul got in trouble just yesterday for always forgetting to close the hutch. Paul's parents had told him that if he couldn't remember to keep the hutch closed then he would get a spanking.
Adrian drags Paul out to the patio.
"You're in for it now! Look, you left it open and now Mr. Bunny has run off. I'm sure he'll come back but Mom and Dad are gonna be so mad." Adrian paused for dramatic effect. "Hmmm . . . what was it Dad said would happen if you left the hutch open again? Oh, yeah, a spanking. Now don't go off crying to Mom 'cause, like I said, the rabbit will probably come home. I just wanted you to know he was gone. When we get home from school, me and Rocky'll help you look for him. Have a good day at school and remember no crying and no telling Mom. Man, Paul, I sure hope we find him. It would be bad to lose your bunny and get a spanking all in the same day."
Why would Adrian do such a mean thing? Well, that's what big brothers do.
Adrian caught up with Rocky and filled him in on the "cool joke" and they headed on off to school. Paul went on to his kindergarten. His mom was none the wiser as she never passed the hutch and Paul knew it would be best not to inform her of Mr. Bunny's absence.
Show and tell was a huge success. Everyone, especially Mrs. Foster, was very impressed with Mr. Bunny. Rocky got a great participation grade on his show and tell project.
Paul had a bad day. His bunny was gone and he was facing a spanking. Luckily his kindergarten is dismissed at noon so Paul had all afternoon to look for Mr. Bunny. Why did he not notice the carrier was missing? Give him a break - he's only five.
Adrian and Rocky come home. Rocky hangs back while Adrian ushers Paul in to the house to get some carrots. Carrots are Mr. Bunny's favorite food and Adrian is sure that will help in the search. Rocky then sneaks in the yard and takes Mr. Bunny out of the carrier. The carrier is neatly returned to its home. Right on cue Adrian and Paul come out of the house and there is Rocky holding Mr. Bunny.
"Hey, Paul, lookie who I found. He was just hopping around in the yard."
Paul is overjoyed and returns Mr. Bunny to the hutch and makes sure it is closed tightly. Rocky and Adrian have a private chuckle.
End of story right? All's well that ends well? Well, not exactly.
Mrs. Foster calls you this evening. It seems she has been wanting to take up raising rabbits. Mr. Bunny's appearance at show and tell piqued her interest. Mrs. Foster asks if she can ask you a few questions. She says she was very impressed with Rocky's rabbit and would like some pointers on their care.
You of course say, "What rabbit?"
Mrs. Foster tells all. You explain to her that Rocky does not have a rabbit and you will get to the bottom of it.
Under intense interrogation (you simply asked Rocky where he got a rabbit to take to show and tell) Rocky folds like a cheap table and tells all. He also throws Adrian under the bus as well. What kid wants to be in trouble alone?
OK, your turn. What happens to Rocky?
And for a little bonus: pretend you are Adrian's and Paul's parent as well. You just got off the phone with your neighbor who explained the whole thing to you. What happens to Adrian and Paul?