Chapter 2 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.
- Click here to read the previous chapter called “Chapter 1: Conflict is brewing between Ron and Jack.”
Chapter 2: Will Jack and Ron mend or sever their friendship?
Jack, Don, and Ron got together after finishing their Saturday chores. They played with the video games before going to the University Track Meet chauffeured by Ron’s and Don’s dad, Mr. Brilhart.
While waiting for the twins’ father to pick them up, Don grinned and teased Jack by saying, “Yo, Jack! You might be great with basketball and track, but you’re no Game-Boy genius.”
Ron bragged, “Jack, you’ve met the Awesome Twinsome. Don and I just buried you!!”
Jack laughed good-naturedly and said, “You two clowns really did me in this time. But, … next time.”
Don said, “I don’t really care who wins. We have a great time together.”
Jack said, “Yeah, that’s for sure. We have a great time.”
Ron complained, “I’m really tired of you two talking for me! I’d like to talk for myself.”
Jack smiled and said, “Hey, what’s up, Ron? I’ll listen to you. Open your mouth like this.”
Jack stretched his mouth wide open. Ron scowled and snapped, “Stop it! You’re not funny at all.”
Jack said, “Hey, Ron! Let’s chill it. I was just kidding with you.”
Don felt a little embarrassed by his twin. He was relieved that he could interrupt to say, “Hey! I hear Dad calling us to come to the car. This track meet is gonna be SO COOL!!!”
Once the four of them arrived at the track meet, Ron critically said, “Jack, do you think you could jump that high? That guy just flew over that pole.”
Jack said, “I’m getting there. I’m getting there. Ron, what’s going on? I think you’re my friend, but I’m not quite so sure.”
A little evasively, Ron glanced away and muttered, “Nothing to it at all. You’re dreaming, Man.”
Jack said, “I don’t know.”
Don interrupted to exclaim, “Hey, you guys! The sprinters are getting ready. There they go!!!”
Ron yelled, “Wow! Yippee! The University guys really made the guys on the other teams look bad.”
Jack said, “Well, the University guys really ran fast. By the way, you two do a great job for our team.”
Ron asked, “Jack, are you weird? You talk girl-talk like Ann. Only girls talk about how they feel.”
Jack looked hurt at Ron’s comment but said nothing.
Mr. Brilhart, Ron’s and Don’s dad, listened to all of the talk. Finally, Mr. Brilhart said, “Something for all three of you to consider. It’s okay for guys to have feelings and to show them. This means it’s okay to talk about feelings too.”
Ron complained, “Oh, Dad! You get going on all that adult stuff. What does that have to do with our track, videos, and girls?”
Mr. Brilhart said, “A whole lot, Ron; however, I can tell you don’t want to hear anything more.”
Ron said, “Thanks, Dad. That’s a relief!”
Jack said, “Mr. Brilhart, I earned some money from Mom today. I’d like to get us all something to drink.”
Mr. Brilhart said, “That’s really nice of you. Would you like to go with me now? I’ll get us all something to eat. Will you two characters be okay?”
Both Ron and Don said, “Yeah!”
Mr. Brilhart and Jack walked to the refreshment stand. Mr. Brilhart could see that Jack wished to talk with him.
Mr. Brilhart said, “Jack, you’ve got something on your mind. Do you want to talk with me?”
Jack said, “Well, yes, Mr. Brilhart. You see, I’ve got two really good friends. At least, I think both are good friends. But I’m not really sure about one of them.”
Mr. Brilhart said, “Jack, I know that you’re talking about Don and Ron. I can feel your confusion. We can talk very plainly about them, as you wish.”
Jack said, “Thanks, Mr. Brilhart. I wasn’t sure since you’re their dad and everything.”
Mr. Brilhart said, “Go ahead, Jack.”
Jack said, “Thanks, Mr. Brilhart. I’m really confused about Ron. I try to be nice to him, but he just says some mean things. I really like Ron and Don, but I’m starting to change about Ron.”
Mr. Brilhart said, “It’s really tough for us guys, Jack. Ron and Don are twins but very different. Tell me more about how you feel about Ron and Don.”
Jack said, “Well, I feel that Don likes our friendship. I can tell that he enjoys being with me. I’m not sure about Ron. He seems to like being with Don and me, but the way he talks sometimes … . Well, …, I, …, uh, I just don’t get it.”
Mr. Brilhart said, “If I understand you, Jack. You perhaps feel that Don is real and Ron acts a part. Right?”
Jack said, “Well, yes. I’m not sure what to do though.”
Mr. Brilhart and Jack paid for their drinks and eats. Then they continued their talk.
Mr. Brilhart said, “Jack, you can really figure people out. What do your feelings tell you to do?”
Jack said, “I guess they tell me to be friendly to Ron and Don but to let Ron go his own way if what he says bothers me. I’ll talk with him but not push the talk.”
Mr. Brilhart said, “Jack, that sounds like a good plan. Ron has much to learn about caring and loving other people.”
Jack said, “You’re helping me a lot, Mr. Brilhart.”
Mr. Brilhart asked, “Now, how do you feel about Don?”
Jack said, “Don’s a blast! I can tell that he’s real. He likes me and shows me.”
Mr. Brilhart said, “I’ve noticed the same thing about you.”
Jack said, “Mr. Brilhart, you’re okay, for a dad!”
Mr. Brilhart smiled and said, “Thanks, Jack! I take that as a compliment.”
Mr. Brilhart and Jack returned to their seats with Ron and Don. All four settled in and enjoyed the rest of the University Track Meet.
Jack felt a lot better about Ron and Don. Of course, he realized he must still get along with both brothers. All three talked together at the Brilhart house before Jack went home.
Jack said, “Hey, that was a great time. I really enjoyed you two. Plus, your dad is awesome!”
Ron shrugged, scowled a bit, and said, “He’s okay.”
Don said, “I’m glad you like him, Jack. He’s great!”
Ron asked, “Jack, do you ever talk to your dad? You know that you can’t be over here talking to our dad a lot.”
Jack decided to have a frank discussion with Ron. Let’s see how it goes.
- Click CHAPTER 3 of THE HEART to read the last chapter of the Jack tale called “The Heart.”
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