He went slowly back to the wall, and that’s when I noticed his friends.

“So there’s more than one of you, then,” I said.

“Of course! There’s at least one KerDoodle for every human on the planet.”

“At least one?”

He shrugged his shoulders.

“Well, some of you take a lot of work. And sometimes, through certain – um – circumstances, there are – um – spares.”

He slunk back in behind the wall and looked suspiciously down at the flower.

“Why are you so nervous about that flower?” I asked.

As if afraid to speak louder, he whispered: “We don’t know what it is, or what it’s for. So we’re careful.”

“Has it ever hurt you before?”

“No, but it could. We’re all very suspicious.”

“How do you know it could if you’ve never gone near it?”

I watched them all as they continued to stare at the little flower, wondering for a moment who had put it in its little pot.

“It’s not going to bite you,” I said.

“So you say, but for now we’ll just keep our distance.”

Follow along to learn more about the KerDoodles, and if you like, contact me to find out if you’ve got a KerDoodle of your own.

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