Every night, at bedtime, Max tucked Quackers into bed, then Aidan tucked Max into bed, and then his Mom tucked Aidan into bed.
Once his Dad turned off the bedroom light and shut the door, Aidan, Max and Quackers talked about important things like prime numbers and the many types of infinity. Only when his Mom and Dad came and told them to quiet down, would the three of them drift off to sleep.
Eventually, Aidan and his parents would end up having an argument because it would be almost bedtime, and the language homework would still not be done. Of course, Max and Quackers always sided with Aidan, which made him feel better, but did not help him win the argument against language homework.
Christmas came and went, as well as Valentine’s Day and March Break. The arguments kept on happening, and everyone in the house dreaded the days Aidan brought home language homework. April came, and it was Easter. Aidan raced through the house to find all the eggs before Max and Quackers could gobble them down.
When he came to the last room in the house, he dropped his egg basket, and jumped up and down. In the middle of the kitchen table, sat a new duck.
The duck quacked loudly, and Max and Quackers came running to see who had made such a loud noise. The new duck started to flap his wings and dance around the table. Everyone was looking at him.
“No, it isn’t,” said Fred. “Math is great, but what about science and social studies?”
“Okay,” said Aidan, “they are pretty good, too, but without math, they would be nothing.”
And then, Fred said, “what about language?”
Aidan, Max and Quackers started laughing so hard, their pyjama pants started to fall down.
“Are you crazy?” said Quackers.