Chapter 10:

Time passed. Days, Weeks, Months, Years. Sometimes fast, sometimes slow.

Soon Cody, Glen, and the others were 5 years old. During school, Cody always stared out into space, unable to go out on his own during the school day because these "Guards" were always watching him. But when he wasn't in school, he was out exploring, walking along the beach, and doing everything the other penguins would never do.

Then graduation day came. the day when all the kid penguins stop going to school and start working in the fish piles and hatching eggs. That was it, as simple as that. The kids had shed their fluffy feathers and looked more adult-like. Cody had shed most of his fluff, but he still had his head and arms to moult. He also had grown bigger, but not by much.

But on the big day, Cody was oversleeping, due to the fact that he was out exploring the night before. Glen and the others were out and ready to work. They sorted the fish flawlessly, to the praise of the rest of the colony.

During all of this, Cody was lost in Dreamland, but when he soon woke up, the day hit him hard.

YOUNG CODY:(sleeply) good morning, happy graduation... (gasps) GRADUATION!

He sped toward the piles, unaware that the ground was icy...

YOUNG CODY: I'm here, i'm here, i'm here...

COLONY: (various) Cody? Oh, not him...

But as Cody was running, he (somehow) ended up slipping pn a patch of ice, and slid head first into the biggest pile of fish. Penguins and fish went flying everywhere, as fish knocked over other fish in other piles. Then, just as quickly as it began, the flying fish stopped.

It was terrible, as all the fish were mixed in with one another, not to mention the penguins. Everything was dead silent, that is, until Cody, who was hidden under what used to be the pile of trout, began to speak.

YOUNG CODY: Oh, I am SO sorry, I promise i'll clean all this up...

YOUNG GLEN: Cody...

YOUNG CODY: ...It's just that I overslept and...

YOUNG GLEN: CODY....

YOUNG CODY: ...I was out exploring last night...

ENTIRE COLONY: CODY!!!

Cody fell silent. The force of the colony all shouting his name in perfect unison hit him hard, like a 10,000 ton iceberg. He lowered his head and slowly walked off, with all the eyes of his fellow penguins staring him down until he retreated to his igloo.

Cody knew that it would take a LONG time to clean up and sort all those fish, and he knew even better that they weren't going to let him help, let alone graduate.

Maybe he was more different than he thought.