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Bee Movie: The Junior Novel
Barry B. Benson was a blur of black and yellow as the bee rushed around, getting ready for the biggest day of his life. Barry felt his antennae vibrate.
He quickly finished brushing his teeth, then answered his phone. "Hello?"
"Barry!" a familiar voice greeted him. It was Adam Flayman, Barry's best friend.
"Can you believe it?" Adam burst out excitedly. "This is it!"
"I cannot believe it," Barry replied. "It's unbelievable."
"I'll see you there," Adam said. "Don't be late, OK?"
"I won't," Barry promised. "Bye."
He went over to his closet, trying to decide which sweater to wear. On such an important day, it was a big decision, even though all the sweaters looked exactly alike—bright yellow with black stripes.
"Barry!" Janet Benson yelled up from the kitchen. "Are you ready yet?"
"Uh . . . almost, Mom!" he called back. He yanked a sweater down over his round bee tummy and then slipped on his tennis shoes. "I'm coming!"
He flew into the kitchen, where his parents were eating breakfast.
Mrs. Benson eyed his outfit critically through her glasses. "I thought you were going to wear the other sweater," she said.
"This is the other one," Barry said. "They're all the same anyway, Mom—remember?"
His mother pointed to the pile of honey pancakes on the table. "You want some honey on your honey?"
He shook his head. "I think I'll just have the honey."
Mr. Benson helped himself to a few pancakes. "Mmm . . . good honey," he told hiswife. Then he looked over at Barry. "You know, son, we're very proud of you today."
"Very proud," Mrs. Benson echoed.
"Are you sure you can't come?" Barry asked them hopefully.
"We'd love to," his mother started to say. "But . . ."
"We're too busy," his father chimed in.
Barry nodded, knowing it was true. The honeybees in his hive could never get a day off from work.
"OK." He gulped down some honey, then wiped his mouth. "I'll see you later. Bye!"
With that, he leaped off the terrace—and flew down into the beehive toward his destiny. Today was graduation day—he was finally going to enter the real world and become a working honeybee.
Barry raced through the bustling streets and narrow alleyways of New Hive City. Finally, he spotted a podium that was set up outdoors in front of rows and rows of chairs. A large sign read: Welcome, Graduates!
Barry zipped up the aisle, ducking into line behind Adam. The other bee wore a shirt and tie. He had frameless glasses on, too.
Adam grinned at him. "Well, if it isn't Barry B. Benson, college graduate!" he said.
"Not yet," Barry reminded his friend. "Did your parents come?"
"Nope," Adam answered.
"Too busy," the boys said together.
"I'm pretty excited," Barry said. "Can you believe that after today, we're going to be the ones who make the honey in this hive?"
"It's very cool," Adam agreed. "I can't wait to touch that stuff!"
Dean Buzzwell stood at the podium. "Welcome, New Hive City graduating class of"—he glanced at the clock—"nine-fifteen!"
There were so many bees in New Hive City that graduation was happening all the time.
"Congratulations," Dean Buzzwell went on. "And that concludes our graduation ceremonies!"
Barry joined in with the other bees in his class as they tossed their caps into the air. Like magic, their graduation caps were instantly replaced with work helmets.
"And so begins your career at Honex Industries!" Dean Buzzwell continued.
"Wow . . . ," Barry murmured. "That was fast. Do you think we'll actually get to do anything today?" he asked Adam.
"No." Adam shook his head. "Day one is just orientation."
A few minutes later the graduates were ushered onto a tram for a tour of Honex Industries. The Honex factory was the core of the beehive.
"Keep your hands and antennae inside the car at all times!" said the woman who was leading the tour. "My name is Trudy, and I'll be your guide today."
"I wonder what it's going to be like to work at Honex," Barry said nervously.
"It's a little scary," Adam said. "I mean, we're not kids anymore, you know."
In front of them, several doors slid open, one after the other, to let the tram through. Finally they were inside the lobby.
"Welcome to Honex, a division of Honesco, and a part of the Hexagon Group," Trudy announced proudly.
"Wow. . . ." Barry looked around, amazed that he was finally here. "This is it, Adam. We've arrived!"
"Now," Trudy said to the graduates, "we know that you, as a bee, have worked your whole life to get to this point so that you can work for your whole life. Congratulations!" She went on, "You won't ever work anywhere else—or do anything else—ever again!"
"Like I'd want to," Barry whispered.
"Yeah," Adam agreed. "Like, where are we going to go?"
"Nowhere," Barry replied with a grin. "We're here, baby!"Bee Movie: The Junior Novel. Copyright � by Susan Korman. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.