Edie woke up. She rolled over and looked at the clock.
She rubbed her eyes and looked again.
“But how, it can’t be, am I dreaming? This is not possible. I told Ralph to wake up later”
Just then, Yarrow walked into her room. He looked like a zombie again, but today he looked like a confused zombie. They both yawned.
While Yarrow was munching through his cereal, he had an idea.
“Maybe Ralph doesn’t speak English,” he told Edie.
“Maybe he didn’t understand us yesterday,” and he rushed out the door and into Ralph’s enclosure. He started speaking to Ralph, but not in English. He used his own language. It didn’t have a name, but it had a bit of Dutch, because his favourite colour was orange. It had a bit of Japanese, because he watched anime cartoons, and it had a bit of Italian, because he loooooved pizza.
Edie and her parents watched Yarrow talk to Ralph. They didn’t understand his language, and his friends didn’t understand his language. Would Ralph understand his language?
Later that day, when Yarrow was at his friend’s place, he fell asleep while playing handball. To make it worse, he was in KING when he fell asleep. In KING! His friends carried him to the DUNCE square and left him there. His friends were always playing jokes on each other, they were great fun to hang out with. Yarrow only woke up when he heard his dad come to pick him up.
Edie’s day was worse. It should have been great, because she went to Marcela’s birthday party with all of her best friends. There was food, plus drinks, and lollies, there was a jumping castle, and even a clown. Edie was having so much fun, but then disaster struck.
Marcela’s cake was placed on the table. It was beautiful and blue with images of dolphins, because Marcela was obsessed with dolphins. Edie offered to help put the candles on the cake, and then it happened.
She placed one candle, then she yawned.
She placed another candle, and she yawned again.
When she placed the third candle, she yawned the biggest yawn she had ever yawned, and her eyes closed. Then she fell forward, further and further, until her head went SPLAT, right into Marcela’s cake. It was a disaster. The dolphins were ruined, the cake was ruined, and Edie’s face was covered in cake and icing. She couldn’t even say sorry to Marcela, because she was fast asleep.
“We have to try again,” said Edie when she got home and washed her face. Yarrow tried to watch his cartoons, but Edie was even more determined than before.
“Ralph needs a clock!” she decided.
“What’s a clock?” asked Yarrow.
“It’s a thing old people use to tell the time. Mrs Kauff uses one, and she showed us one in class last week.”
“But where do we get a clock?”
“We make one.”
So, Yarrow and Edie walked off into the bush to find materials to make a clock. Luckily, they didn’t see any snakes. Luckily, they didn’t see any spiders. Luckily, they did see a wallaby and they did see a Rosella. Edie loves Rosellas, they’re so colourful.
Edie and Yarrow found a piece of wood, which was shaped like a circle. They found some small stones, leaves and flowers. Then Edie came back with two sticks; a big one and a little one.
“Why is one big and one small?” asked Yarrow.
“The small stick shows the hour, and the big stick shows the minutes, and together they tell the time,” Edie explained.
They spent all afternoon making their clock, and it was almost dark when they finished. Finally, they took the clock to Ralph and told him:
“Ralph, look at the clock. This is 4 o’clock,”
Then Edie moved the big stick and the little stick.
“This is 6 o’clock. You can wake up at 6 o’clock, but not before.”
Ralph looked at Edie, then looked at the clock. He looked at Yarrow, then looked at the clock. He was still looking at the clock when Edie and Yarrow left the enclosure. It was dark now, and they were so hungry. They could smell their dinner, and it smelt really, really good.
Image: Arib Neko