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Chapter 1: First Day of School
Nine years before the whole 'sky is falling' ordeal ever happened, Buck Cluck was a strapping young cock that lived a good life with his wife and son. They meant the whole world to him and he was unaware of the things the next decade would bring to the little family.
One November night, there was a big storm over Oakey Oaks that lasted for a good two hours or so. It was letting up a little bit as Buck was driving home from work that night, but there was still a decent rain shower still pouring and the thunder was rumbling quietly. Buck picked up his cell phone and dialed in to home.
Chloe laid on her bed watching TV when the phone rang. She picked it up and put it to her ear. "Hello?"
Chloe smiled. "Hi, you headed home?"
"Well, in the process of it. Rain's still a little heavy, but I should be home in a few minutes."
"What are you up to?"
"Watching the news," Chloe smiled and glanced down at her small son at only four years old, fast asleep next to her. "And your son has just occupied your side of the bed, sir."
Buck smiled. "The storm was too much for him?"
His wife laughed a little. "He pretty much came running. You want me to move him back into his room?"
"Nah," Buck said, "he might wake up before I get there. I'll move him back to his bed later."
"Okay…" Chloe smiled. "I'll see you in a bit."
Chloe hung the phone back up and looked over at her son. She reached out and gently fingered through the soft feathers atop his head. It would be a few years before he started showing signs of growing a red comb like his father's. His feathers would also probably fade from the very soft yellowish color they were now and into a bright white.
It was the fall of '96, and the time had finally come for Chicken Little's first-ever day of preschool. It would be a lie to say that the little guy wasn't scared. I mean, c'mon, give the kid a break. They were actually getting him in a little later in the fall because he was so terrified at first. He was smaller than most of the kids his age, and he was aware of it. That was the one thing that worried Buck and Chloe. With him being so small, he was likely to be teased about it. The fact that he also recently had to start wearing eyeglasses wasn't bound to help either. What's more is that they knew their son was a kid that would make a stand for himself against any bully, despite how big they were compared to him. They had told him to make sure and be within his teacher's sight, just in case. In case of what, Chicken Little didn't quite understand.
As they were driving towards the school that next morning, Buck looked up at his overhead mirror from his driver seat. He could see his small son in the back seat, staring anxiously at the floor. Buck then looked at Chloe, who was seated in the passenger seat next to him. She had also noticed him looking distraught and she turned partially around in her seat.
"Aw, don't be scared, sweetie." she said gently. "You're gonna have lot's of fun at school. You know, your teacher Ms. Dinah and I grew up together. She's gonna take good care of you."
Chicken Little slid down in his seat. "Yeah, but…school sounds too scary, Mama…" he mumbled.
"It seems scary at first…" Chloe reasoned. "But everything will get better once you've found a friend."
"What if I don't find a friend?" her son looked up at her. "Nobody will like me there 'cause I'm a loser…"
"What?" Buck looked at him. "Who told you that?"
"Spike from next door told me."
"Aw c'mon, buddy, he's a rhino. His head comes to a point, literally!"
"Buck." Chloe snapped in a whisper.
"Hey, I'm just sayin'!" Buck defended himself.
"Show some regard around the 4 year-old, please?" She smirked. "You know you have a way with your words sometimes"
"Well, that's why you married me, isn't it?"
Chloe chuckled and leaned over to her husband, kissing him on the cheek.
"Eww…" Chicken Little made a face. "Dad! Mom! That's gross!"
"Heh, you say that now, but just you wait." Buck smiled. "One day you're gonna find a girl and you won't be able to take your eyes off of her."
"Aw, who needs girls?" Chicken Little waved his dad's remark off. "All they ever care about is girl stuff."
His parents only smiled and glanced at each other thoughtfully.
They arrived at the school within a window of a few more minutes. Chicken Little looked up at the big building with a fenced-in playground placed neatly on its right side. Buck parked the car in the front lot. "Okay, buddy," he smiled back at his son. "We're here."
Chicken Little glanced down at the car seat. He let out an uneasy sigh, unbuckled his seatbelt and grabbed the brown paper lunch bag that was beside him.
Buck opened the back door and his young son very carefully climbed out onto the ground. Chloe held out a hand and Chicken Little quickly grasped it. Buck closed up the car and the family headed towards the preschool building.
Chicken Little looked over into the nearby playground and saw a bunch of other kids his age playing and running around, but there was a noticeably odd fanaticism about some of the puppies chasing after two of the kittens. Chicken Little and his parents stepped into the building and found themselves in a classroom.
At the sight of an adult female Dalmatian dog in a purple outfit waiting for them at the other end of the room, Chicken Little edged closer to his mom.
"Hey, Chloe." the Dalmatian smiled and walked towards her friend. They embraced.
"Hi, Dinah." Chloe smiled.
Chicken Little didn't let go of his mom's skirt for one second as he stared up and watched her and the Dalmatian greet each other.
After a moment, Chloe pulled away from Dinah and all three adults looked down at him. Chloe laid her hand on top of her chick's head. "This is our son, Chicken Little."
Still nervous, Chicken Little slipped behind his mom and barely peeked out at the Dalmatian with his hand still clutched onto Chloe's skirt.
Chloe leaned down towards her son. "…This is your teacher, Ms. Dinah." She motioned with her head for him to come out. "C'mon, come say hello." She took her hand and gently nudged him forward. "C'mon," she coaxed gently.
Although hesitant at first, Chicken Little very shyly edged out from behind his mother and in front of Miss Dinah. She knelt down to the floor to get closer to his level. Chicken Little looked at her. She smiled at him, and he slightly smiled back politely but nervously.
"Your mom's told me so much about you, Chicken Little." his teacher told him. "We're going to have lots of fun here until your mom and dad come back, right?"
Chicken Little only nodded slightly. He gave another small smile at his teacher, and then looked up at his mother as she knelt down next to him to say goodbye.
But Chicken Little was not ready for her to leave. He rushed into her arms and partly hid his face in her shirt. "…Do I gotta stay?" he asked quietly.
"Oh, c'mon, sweetheart…" Chloe said gently. "You're gonna love it here, I promise. And you can tell us all about it when we come back."
"Will you come back soon?"
Chloe smiled. "Of course we will."
"Really soon? Like really, really soon?"
His mom chuckled and they hugged each other. "We'll be back before you know it, all right?"
Chicken Little sighed to himself and glanced at the ground. He nodded after a moment.
"There's my boy." Chloe smiled. "You be good for Ms. Dinah, okay?" she kissed him on the forehead. "We'll come get you this afternoon."
Chicken Little still didn't want his mom to go, but he knew he had to take this new place on and show his parents how brave he could be.
"See ya, kiddo." Buck smiled and gently ruffled his son's head feathers. He walked back to his wife, whose face seemed to beam proudly as she looked back at her son. "We love you." she called back.
The little chick waved. "Bye, Dad! Bye, Mommy!" he called, trying his best to sound brave. He stared after his parents until the last of his dad's tail disappeared through the doorway.
After they were gone, Ms. Dinah looked down at Chicken Little, and he eventually looked up at her.
She held out her paw to the young chick. "…Ready to go outside?"
Chicken Little stood with his hands clenched together nervously and glanced from her face to her outreached paw. He still wasn't exactly and completely comfortable with this new teacher of his. But, she did seem like she could've been kinda nice…and his mom had told him she was.
Finally, gathering up all the bravery he could, he put his tiny hand into Ms. Dinah's and he let her guide him outside to the playground.
Here are some ideal voices for the characters introduced:
Pre-K Chicken Little - Dylan Denton (youngest Rodney in Robots)
Chloe - Carolyn Hennesy (Bambi's mother in Bambi 2)
Ms. Dinah - Cree Summers (best known for Kida in Atlantis: The Lost Empire)