Daddy John: A nice day for a change, so I sent Benjamin Roy out to take Annabelle for a walk. They were both getting a touch of cabin fever.
I was surprised not to see Peter tagging along; usually he and BR are joined at the hip (and he adores Annabelle). I found him upstairs, sitting in the blue chair and staring out the window.
Daddy John: Hey buddy, what's going on?
Pete Dakota: Hi, Daddy John. I was thinking about some stuff. Can I ask you something important?
Pete Dakota: Is a new boy coming to live with us?
Daddy John: Yes, he is. How did you know that?
Pete Dakota: I guessed when you said on the postcard that there was a surprise. And I overheard you and Daddy Steve talking about him.
Daddy John: Well, that'll teach me little pitchers have big ears. I was going to talk with you and BR about him tonight, actually. Pete, are you worried about the new boy?
Pete Dakota: A little.
Daddy John: Why, buddy?
Pete Dakota: (whispering) What if BR likes him better than me?
Daddy John: Oh, Pete...that's never going to happen. You and BR are best friends and I doubt anything could separate you two. I know if you always treat BR with kindness and respect like you always do --and he does the same to you--nothing bad will ever happen. Yes, things are going to change when Stephen Orange gets here, but only for the better.
Pete Dakota: That's his name? Stephen Orange? Almost like Daddy Steve's.
Daddy John: That's right, their names are similar. Remember how nervous BR was when he joined our family? And how you two got along right away? I know you will all get along and be friends.
Pete Dakota: Do you really think so?
Daddy John: I know it. In fact, you know what might help break the ice?
Pete Dakota: What?
Daddy John: Well, Stephen Orange really likes animals and he especially likes mysterious animals. I bet if you showed him your book about the Loch Ness Monster, he'd really like that.
Pete Dakota: Oh, that's a neat idea. I'd like that, too.
Daddy John: Good. Feel better?
Pete Dakota: Yes, I do. A little. When does he come?
Daddy John: Not for a couple weeks yet. Shall we go find BR and Annabelle and tell them about him?
Peter Dakota: Okay. Then I'd better find my book and have it ready.