Now, Part 2 of Rutherford and the Books!
At the end of Part 1, Wilhemina had just collapsed Rutherford's tidy stack of books...
Rutherford stared at the pile of books in shock.
"I love messes!" Wilfred yelled, bounding into the chaos.
"I am going to read," Rutherford said, turning to Hamlet and trying to stay calm.
He tried not to look at the mess behind him.
"We have to make it look so fun that he comes to play with us,"
Wilhemina whispered to Wilfred.
Rutherford overheard her. He promised himself that he wouldn't be swayed.
Wilfred and Wilhemina began to construct an eloborate structure.
"Isn't this fun, Wilfred?" Wilhemina asked loudly.
"It sure is!" Wilfred replied even louder. "I love having fun, don't you?"
Rutherford put all his effort into ignoring them. He thought he was doing a very good job.
"I get to be King when we're finished," said Wilhemina.
"That's not fair! I want to be King!" Wilfred shouted. "Anyway, you can't be King 'cause girls are supposed to be Queen!"
"What are you, sexist?" Wilhemina asked. "Stop being so dumb! Girls can be king, too!"
Rutherford prized himself on his patience. Then he realized he was still on the same page of Hamlet.
"Well it doesn't matter 'cause I'm gonna be King and that's that!" Wilfred stated emphatically.
It got suddenly quiet. Rutherford glanced back. They were whispering together.
Suddenly, they appeared right in front of him. Luckily, he had thought to turn the page.
"Wanna play?" asked Wilhemina.
"No, thank you," Rutherford replied politely.
"Aw, come on!" Wilfred exclaimed, jumping all over the book architecture. "I helped you clean! Now you have to play!"
"Maybe later," Rutherford replied.
"Well, your friend is officially no fun." Wilhemina frowned, turning back to the structure.
"No, he really is fun!" Wilfred protested. "He's just grumpy right now."
Rutherford's ears perked up. Was Wilfred sticking up for him?
Wilhemina looked at Rutherford, sitting all alone with his Shakespeare play.
"Rutherford," she said quietly. "I'm sorry I made a mess of your books."
Then she disappeared. For a moment, Rutherford thought he had imagined it.
He turned and saw them looking at him.
"Okay," he said. "I'll play. But promise you'll ask before making any more messes."
"We promise!" Wilfred and Wilhemina chimed.
Rutherford climbed onto the structure and looked around.
"This is pretty cool!" he said.
He wandered around for a minute and then made his way up to the front.
"Hey look!" he said, laughing. "I'm the KING!"
And Wilhemina and Wilfred laughed just for a moment...
"I get to be knight," said Wilfred.
"No, I get to be knight!" Wilhemina argued.
"Girls don't get to be knights!" Wilfred protested. "They're princesses and things!"
"I want to be a knight!" shouted Wilhemina.
And Rutherford just grinned.