“Once upon a time in a forest, there was a rabbit called Scabidy. Scabidy was always getting caught in all sorts of traps. He wanted to earn a living like the bit fat rat over there in that house with the doormat. But Scabidy didn’t understand how to scrounge and scavenge like the rat. Scabidy just thought it could hop around and munch on nice things it found.
“But then one day, Scabidy saw the rat gnawing through a package. And the rabbit thought, I could do that too. And Scabidy did it, quite easily. More easily than the rat could, because Scabidy had bigger teeth. But what Scabidy didn’t realise is that the package was just an encumbrance and need not be there at all.”
And so, that was when someone decided to say, “I think this is a scrappity story. Sounds like a preachity to me.”
The teacher wondered where that voice came from and gave the window cleaner an evil stare, while the class looked upon the scene and laughed.
The man poked his tongue out and the kids laughed even more.
“Let’s get back to the story shall we?” The teacher coughed as her voice became hoarse. “Stop it. Stop laughing this instant! Don’t you want to hear what Scabidy has to say?”
And from that moment on, the class booed whenever they heard that story time was coming.
There was one child that did though. Always asked questions. Wanted to hear about how the rabbit pulled another cork from the bottle of wine with his teeth like her uncle did, how the rat couldn’t do that. And how the rabbit tried out everything the rat wanted to get into.
But the teacher never read the story of Scabidy again. And when Jill asked her after class about the book, the teacher said, “Why would you want to know about such a silly old story for? No one else does.”
Jill said, “I want to know what happens.”
The teacher rolled her eyes. “The rat gets fat because of the food it eats. The rat isn’t rich, the stupid bunny was before it decided to become a rat.”
Jill started walking away and poked herself in the eye. She thought Scabidy was going to eat the rat, because rabbits have kittens, so she thought they must be something like cats.