|NC2 - Hobbit Ribbon (standard:other, 933 words)|
|Author: Freya Griffin||Added: Jun 24 2005||Views/Reads: 1700/1059||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|The latest member of the Ribbon Family adopted by Jack|
Hobbit Ribbon by Freya G Since the Ribbons kids could remember, mother was always so strict about having had to buy things. She never quite believed in the economical trade system. Most of the things they had at home, except for the house itself which was bought from the developer, were home-grown or self-made; excavated from the neighborhood's disposal center, or a prize from a hunting game in flea markets. Not because they don't have any money to buy new ones, but simply because mother and father believes that recycling is one of the many things human can do in repaying their debts to mother-nature. For the Ribbons, consumerism is the axis of all evils. Kids at school would make fun of the Ribbons kids for wearing second-hand stuffs, or for not having the latest toy or whatever trend available for kids their age. Susan was quite okay with the name-calling. Although once she proceeded with punching a boy in the mouth after being called ‘garbage girl'. The boy lost a tooth, the cafeteria was in riot, father got called to the principle's office, and Susan had to stay in her room for a week. The good thing that came out of it was nobody called her garbage girl again. Jack, on the other hand, didn't handle it as good as Susan did. In second year, he broke down in tears when every boy in his class had the latest merchandise of the morphing robot squads that had became a big hit on tv. The drama continued with Jack refusing going to school the next day. Mother and father had a talk and decided to let Jack stayed at home. He was quite happy the first day of no school. The second day winded up slow. By the third day, Jack voluntarily woke up early and went back to his old classroom. He still complained about not having the most modern toys like his friends did, but mother always succeeded in pointing out what's necessary and what's not in one's life. Ever since Jack's drama, the house became TV-less. And so, the Ribbons kids were trained hard to be eco-warriors since a very, very tender age. One day, at age 8, Jack discovered that his classmate, Steven, age 8 and a half, owned a pet rabbit. Being cotton white, it was promptly named Snow. The rabbit was wonderfully friendly to humans. Being a natural naturalist, Jack decided to ask for a pet rabbit to his parents. “Steven has one!” “You will get bored with it soon, and then we have to bother finding a new owner for the poor rabbit,” was his father's reaction. “But Susan has her goldfishes! I want a pet too!” Jack is never known as being meek. “Susan takes care of her goldfishes and she already has them for two years.” “I can take care of my rabbit. I will feed it, and play with it, and clean the cage.” Mother intervened the debate since father was about to lose one argumentation away. “If you want it so much, you will have to know where to get it, will you able to keep it for a long term, how much it will cost us for as long as it stays here with us, will you be able to fix it, and make really sure that you won't get bored of it and to never abandon it.” And said it with one breath. Basically Jack wouldn't want to settle with a no. With his mind set on owning a pet rabbit, Jack launched a week full of research. He reported his progress of findings to his mother everyday. Click here to read the rest of this story (38 more lines)
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