A Merry Group of Friends, Vol 1: In Which Our Friends Find Each Other
Once upon a time there was a duck and a puppy and they were the very best of friends. They loved to relax by the river.
“Quack quack,” Duck would say. “Nice day we’re having.”
“Woof woof,” replied Puppy. “Very nice, indeed.”
And then one day the duck was quacking and the puppy was woofing and they were interrupted by a kitty cat.
“You two look so happy,” the kitty cat said. “Can I be your friend?”
The duck and the puppy thought it would be lovely to have kitty as their friend, so the three of them went on their merry way.
Then one day the duck and the puppy and the kitty were relaxing by the river, when all of a sudden, they were startled by a monkey falling out of a tree!
The monkey stood up eagerly and said, “I’m a monkey and my name is Bananas. Can I be your friend?” The duck and the puppy and the kitty thought it would be lovely to have this monkey named Bananas as their friend, so the four of them went on their merry way.
Then one day the duck and the puppy and the kitty and the monkey named Bananas were relaxing by the river, and they saw a gorgeous giraffe with a beautiful long neck taking a drink of water. And the giraffe thought it would be lovely to have the duck and the puppy and the kitty and the monkey named Bananas as friends, so the five of them went on their merry way.
A duck, a puppy, a kitty, a monkey named Bananas and a giraffe!
But something was missing.
Or someONE, rather.
“Friends,” Duck quacked,”gather round.” And so they all gathered round by the river.
“Friends,” Duck quacked, “we have a good group here. But I feel what we need is a girl, because girls tell wonderful stories and are always ready for wonderful adventures. I would like to hear some stories and go on adventures. Should we find a girl?”
And the puppy and the kitty and the monkey named Bananas and the giraffe all nodded their heads and thought how lovely it would be to hear stories and go on adventures.
So they searched far and wide to find the perfect girl. They searched high and low. There were plenty of girls, but some were too old and some were too young. Some were too loud and some were too quiet. Some did not like stories, and some did not like adventures.
And then one day, Duck saw the perfect girl. This girl had rosy cheeks, large blue eyes, and hair that looked golden in the sun. Duck waddled up to the girl and quacked, “My name is Duck and we would like to be your friend. Do you tell stories?”
And the girl replied, “My name is Tabitha. I love telling stories!”
“What about adventures,” quacked Duck. “Do you like adventures?”
“Adventures,” said Tabitha, “is my middle name!”
And Tabitha thought it would be lovely to have the duck and the puppy and the kitty and the monkey name Bananas and the giraffe as friends.
So our merry group of friends–a duck, a puppy, a kitty, a monkey named Bananas, a giraffe and a girl named Tabitha, relaxed by the river, told stories, and began to plan their very first adventure…
The girl named Tabitha.
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