Authors: Jeff Kinney
Tags: #Comedy, #Young Adult Fiction
He mus+ Kave fouhd ou+ X was sih^ihg, ahd Ke couldh+ resist +Ke cKahce to see me embarrass nyself.
YKe play was supposed to start at
You’d figure tKat soneohe wKose Job i+ was to sit oh tKe stage ahd do hotKihg could Just suck it up •for ohe perfornahce. But Rod hey wouldht budge, ahd eveh+ually, Kis non K*d +o carry Kin off.
XKe play fihally got started arouhd S'
. Kiobody could renenber tKeir lihes, just like X predicted, but Mrs. Kjortoh kept tKihgs novihg alohg wi+K Ker piaho.
The kid who played To+o brought a s+ool and a pile of conic hooks onto the S+a^e, and that totally ruined the whole do^" effect.
VJhen i+ was +ine for the forest scene, ne and
Great. X have beeh able +o keep that nickname <|uiei
five years, and how all
the suddeh the whole towh khew it. X could feel about
300 pairs of eyeballs poihted my way.
So X did Some ^uick ad-libbihg ahd X was able to deflect the embarrassmeht over to Archie Kelly.
But the major embarrassmeht was still oh the way. VJKeh X heard Mrs. Mortoh playihg the first few bars of Vie Xhree Trees,” X felt my Stomach jump.
X looked out at the audiehce, ahd X hoticed Rodnck was hold'h
X knew that if X Sang the song and Rodrick recorded it, he would keep the tape forever and use ft +o humiliate me for the rest of my life.
X didn’t know what +o do, so when the time came to Start Singing, X just kept my mouth sKut.
For a few seconds there, things went OK. X figured that if X didn’t technically sing the Song, then Rodrick wouldn’t have anything to Fold over my head. But after a few seconds, the other Trees noticed 1 wasn’t singing.
I ^uess ihey muS+Ve +Kou^K+ I khew Some+Kihg +U+ +Key didn't, so +Hey S+op^ed sih^ih^, +oo.
Mow +Ke +Hree
us were jvs+ s+ahdifig +Kere, ho+ saying a word. Mrs. Mor+on nos+ We +hoogn+ we forgo+ +Ke words +o +he song, because sKe came over +o +he side of +he s+age and wKis^ered +Ke res+
+Ke lyrics +o us.
'The song is only abou-t -three minu+es long, bu-t +o me i-t /eli like an hour and a hal/. X was jusi prayihg -the curtains would go down so we could hop
"Thais when X no+iced Pa+iy Farrell standing in -the wings. And
looks could kill, us Trees would he dead- She probaby -though* we were ruining her chances
making i+ +o Broadway or something.
Seeing Pa-Hy standing -there reminded me why X signed up -to be a Tree in -the first place.