“William, the bus is going to be here soon,” says his mom. William rushes down the stairs excitedly and his mom notices. “William, he won’t be there,” says his mom.“You never know,” says William.“Every new day is a new opportunity”. William runs to the bus stop and to his disappointment doesn’t see his friend Richard. William runs to his other friend Bobby and asks, “Is Richard coming? Will I finally be able to write the song about summer with him?”Bobby coldly responds,“William, you have to move on and accept that Richard moved to another town. Now I’ve given you two years to process it but you still haven’t let go…” Suddenly,the two see a shadowy figure approaching.
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Bobby sits next to him and asks, “Why did you run up to the bus? Normally you let everybody else on first.”William shrugs it off and the rest of the day goes by uneventfully until lunch…Much to their surprise the person turns out to be a third grader, just like them. The boy looks at the two and says, “Hey guys, I’m Fred, and I just moved here and I was wondering since it's May…”. Fred is cut off by the whine of the bus screeching to a stop. This relieves William who rushes to the bus and sits in the farthest seat he can find.
During lunch William and Bobby sit alone together as they always do, but much to William’s surprise, Fred comes down and sits at the table. “I know we didn’t get to finish our conversation because the bus interrupted it, but I was wondering if you wanted to be my friend?” says Fred.“NO,” says William coldly, “Sorry but we’re not looking for any friends.” This shocks Bobby as normally he is the cold one, plus he’s never known William to be so rude.“It’s fine” says Fred. “I just wanted to know that’s all,” and with that Fred leaves the table.
However, Fred isn’t okay as for the rest of the month Fred keeps coming to the lunch table and asking William to be his friend, but William keeps refusing. In June Fred starts to get desperate because if he doesn’t become William’s friend he won’t have anyone to play with over the summer. This leads to Fred asking William not only at lunch but also at the bus stop, during class, and even after school.Unfortunately, William keeps on declining Fred but Fred endures until the last day of school. On the last day William goes too far and during lunch he screams, “FRED,YOU RAT! WHEN WILL YOU LEARN I WILL NEVER BE YOUR FRIEND?”
The kids’ teacher hears William screaming and rushes over to Fred. William notices the teacher’s anger building up like a volcano as did Bobby and everybody else in the class. As Fred told the teacher about every encounter he has had with William and how he always refused, the teacher finally snapped and roared loudly, “WILLIAM TO THE PRINCIPALS OFFICE NOW!” This terrifies William as he had never been to the principal's office before and is more scared now because it’s the last day of school and the last thing William wants is to be expelled. However, when William gets to the Principals office he doesn’t see what he expects.
Instead of an angry man ready to punish children there was a Happy man with a bowl of candy sitting by his desk. Fred takes a seat and after what feels like an eternity the principal finally speaks. “That bothered you didn’t it?” he says, “having to wait so long.”“Yes,” says William, “it made me feel unimportant.”“Exactly,” says the principal,“and that’s how Fred feels every time you neglect him.” This shocks William but he comes to realize it’s true. “You’re a good kid William so I am not going to punish you but promise me you’ll try and be Fred’s friend.” William promises and heads out determined to try and become Fred’s ally rather than enemy.