Chapter 1 of 3: This is the fourth story of seven about a 6th-grade boy named Jack. He really enjoys hanging out with his good friends Don and Ron. The only problem is that Ron starts sniping at Jack. Will the two boys manage to work out their differences or sever their friendship? Read this story to find out what happens.
© 2001 re-told by and reformatted by Debbie Dunn; Original author Terry Gardner.
As a clinical social worker, Terry Gardner kindly created these stories for Debbie Dunn’s Communication Skills class at CMS.
This is a Terry Gardner Jack Tale shared in his memory and with permission of his widow, Lin Gardner.
Chapter 1: Conflict is brewing between Ron and Jack
Jack was close friends with two brothers: Ron and Don. In fact, Ron and Don are fraternal twin brothers. In other words, they were born on the same day to the same parents; however, they did not look like each other.
All three boys were on the track team. They also enjoyed playing video games and talking about girls.
One day, the three sixth graders finished track practice. Jack hurried to catch up with Ron and Don so they could walk home together.
Jack called out, “Hey, you two! Slow up! If you ran as fast in practice as you do to get out of it, you’d be state finalists!”
Don laughed and said, “We had to get a jump on you. Your long legs carry your one step to our two steps.”
His brother Ron scowled. He looked over at Jack and said, “Complain, complain, Jack! I get tired of your gripes!”
Jack said, “Whoa, there, Ron! Lighten up! I was just kidding around with you.”
There was an awkward silence for a moment. Then Jack asked, “So, what do you two have going this weekend?”
Don said, “Oh, nothing much. I’ve got to help around the house. You know — cutting the lawn, taking out trash, and cleaning up the basement.”
Looking a bit calmer, Ron said, “Yeah! I’m helping with the same stuff. How about you?”
Jack said, “My parents have me doing a few things. Let’s get together after we finish our chores.”
Ron said, “Sounds great!”
Don said, “I’d like that, too. How’s this? I’ve got a couple of new video games we can use. Plus, I think our dad will take us to the University Track Meet. It will last all Saturday afternoon and early evening.”
Jack smiled with delight and said, “Great, Don! I’d about give anything to go to the University Track Meet. They’re fabulous! I’ll check with my parents and get back to you right away.”
Starting to look upset again, Ron demanded, “Hey, what about me? Do I get to say something?”
Don smiled good-naturedly at his twin and said, “Say on, brother. Say on!”
Ron said, “I’d like to do the video games and track meet, too.”
Jack said, “You’re on, Ron! Of course, I like having you around too.”
Jack, Don, and Ron made their Saturday plans. Nevertheless, Ron felt left out and was also still feeling angry at Jack from earlier.
Ron and Don continued talking after Jack left them. Don looked at his twin and said, “Jack’s a good friend to us. I like him a lot. He’s funny, really good at sports like basketball and track, and he comes up with the craziest things to do.”
Ron shrugged his shoulders and said, “Yeah, he’s okay. Sometimes, he gets on my nerves. He’s so sure of himself — like with that chick, Ann.
Don said, “He did okay. We had to get his head on again, but he sees her and us as well.”
Ron said, “I don’t know. That Ann is really cute! I don’t get what she sees in Jack.”
Don said, “Hey, Brother! Are you jealous or something?”
Ron said, “Me?!! Jealous? Ha! Those two look so silly. Tall Jack and tiny Ann!”
Don just shook his head and grimaced a bit; however, he wisely said nothing.
- Click CHAPTER 2 of THE HEART to read the next chapter of the Jack tale called “The Heart.”
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