Pete and Patty were two peas in a pod. They lived happily in their cozy home, hanging from a vine in a farmer’s garden. They had everything they needed: sunlight, water, and each other.
One day, they noticed a new visitor in the garden. It was a caterpillar, crawling on a nearby leaf. He was green and fuzzy, with black stripes and yellow spots. He looked very hungry, as he nibbled on the leaf.
“Hello there,” Pete said to the caterpillar. “What’s your name?”
“Hi, I’m Carl,” the caterpillar said. “I’m just passing by, looking for some food.”
“Well, you’re welcome to stay here as long as you like,” Patty said. “There’s plenty of leaves to eat.”
“Thank you, that’s very kind of you,” Carl said. “You two are very nice. What are you doing in that pod?”
“We’re peas,” Pete said proudly. “We’re growing and waiting for the right time to be picked.”
“Picked? By whom?” Carl asked.
“By the farmer, of course,” Patty said. “He takes care of this garden, and he harvests the fruits and vegetables when they’re ripe.”
“And then what?” Carl asked.
“Then he eats them, or sells them, or gives them away,” Pete said. “We don’t know exactly, but we’re sure it’s something wonderful.”
Carl looked puzzled. He didn’t understand why anyone would want to be eaten or sold or given away. He decided not to say anything, though. He didn’t want to offend his new friends.
They chatted for a while, and Carl learned more about Pete and Patty’s life in the pod. They told him about their dreams and hopes, their jokes and stories, their fears and worries. They laughed and cried together, and soon they became good friends.
Carl enjoyed their company, but he also felt sorry for them. He knew that they were destined for a fate that they didn’t understand. He wished he could help them somehow, but he didn’t know how.
He decided to stay with them for as long as he could, and make them happy while they were still alive.
The next day, he brought them some flowers from the other side of the garden. He told them they were beautiful, just like them.
The day after that, he sang them a song that he learned from a bird. He told them they had lovely voices, just like him.
The day after that, he showed them some tricks that he could do with his body. He told them they were amazing, just like him.
Pete and Patty were delighted by Carl’s gifts and compliments. They thanked him for being such a wonderful friend. They told him they loved him, just like each other.
Carl was happy to see them smile, but he also felt sad. He knew that their time was running out. He wished he could save them somehow, but he didn’t know how.
He decided to do something special for them on their last day together.
He woke up early in the morning, before the sun rose. He crawled out of his leafy bed, and went to find something special.
He searched high and low, far and wide, until he found what he was looking for.
He returned to the pod with his surprise.
He knocked on the pod gently.
“Pete? Patty? Are you awake?” he whispered.
“Yes, we are,” Pete said. “What is it?”
“I have something for you,” Carl said. “Come out and see.”
Pete and Patty opened their pod cautiously. They saw Carl waiting for them with a big smile on his face.
And behind him, they saw something amazing.
It was a butterfly.
A beautiful butterfly, with wings of blue and purple and pink. It fluttered gracefully in the air, shining in the morning light.
“Wow!” Pete exclaimed.
“Wow!” Patty echoed.
“This is for you,” Carl said. “This is my gift to you.”
“What do you mean?” Pete asked.
“This is me,” Carl said. “I’m the butterfly.”
Pete and Patty gasped.
“You’re the butterfly?” Pete asked.
“Yes,” Carl said. “I went through a change last night. I wrapped myself in a cocoon, and when I came out, I was this.”
“That’s incredible!” Patty said.
“It’s called metamorphosis,” Carl explained. “It’s something that caterpillars do when they’re ready to become butterflies.”
“That’s amazing!” Pete said.
“It’s wonderful!” Patty said.
They hugged Carl gently, careful not to hurt his delicate wings.
“Thank you for this gift,” Pete said.
“Thank you for being our friend,” Patty said.
“I love you both,” Carl said.
They looked at each other with tears in their eyes.
They knew that this was goodbye.
They knew that Carl had to fly away.
They knew that they had to stay.
They knew that the farmer would come soon.
They knew that they would be gone soon.
But they also knew that they had lived a good life.
They also knew that they had shared a great love.
They also knew that they had made a true friend.
And they also knew that they would never forget him.
So they said their final farewell, and watched him soar into the sky.
They smiled and waved, until he was out of sight.
Then they closed their pod, and cuddled together.
They waited for the end, with peace in their hearts.