(The Rose sits in a garden)
Rose: Oh, I’m so beautiful! Everybody tells me that everyday, and I think it’s true! The bee told me that my colors were marvelous, and the butterfly said the other day that I’m the prettiest flower in the garden… but still… I don’t know why people only stare at me… how come they don’t get closer and smell my sweet perfume?
(Suddenly she sees that there’s a chameleon beside her.)
Rose: Who are you? I have never seen you before… where have you been hiding?
Chamaleon: I don’t hide… I just change my colors to fit into the place I stand… that’s why you haven’t seen me.
Rose: Do you mean that you have been here all the time.
Rose: But you’re so ugly! Agh… You’re disgusting!
Chamaleon: I have never seen my reflection in the water, so I don’t know if I’m ugly as you say I am. But, if I am… I’m sorry.
Rose: I want you to go. Maybe that’s why people don’t get near me.
Chamaleon: If I bother you, then I’ll leave. I just wanted to protect you.
Rose: Protect me from what? I don’t need you!
Chamaleon: Before I leave you must know why I’m here…
Rose: All I know is that you scare people. Please, go away.
(The Chamaleon leaves)
(The Rose sits in the garden. She is sad and looks dry and shriveled)
Chamaleon: Hello, pretty rose!
Rose: I am not pretty anymore. Something happened to me since you left. Don’t you see me?
Chamaleon: Well… yes… what happened?
Rose: As soon as you left, a huge amount of insects and ants came to my stem and they started eating me, even my beautiful petals… and now look at me! I’m so ugly!
Chamaleon: I’m sorry, but you told me to go.
Rose: What is it with you? Did you have something to do with this?
Chamaleon: I told you I was here to protect you, and you didn’t listen. I was the one who was eating all those insects and ants, before they harmed you… that’s why you were the most beautiful rose in the garden.
Rose: I was so selfish and vain… and now I’m paying the price. I didn’t see what you were doing for me. Please forgive me… even though it’s too late.
Adapted by K I D S I N C O
Clip Art: Made by a Fourth Grader
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