A face came in close. Nose squished into the window, Jason peered inside. Four off-white eggs rested safely.
Warmed to exactly 90 degrees, the little chicks baked and toasted their backsides. Jason thought he heard something. He pressed his ear up close and heard tiny chirping but also something else.
Jason lifted his head. “I hear singing, Mrs. Hawkins.”
“You hear them chirping inside their eggs.”
When the front sides cooled, the little chicks twisted and turned their tiny bodies toward the heat. Jason once again pressed his ear to the small incubator.
“Stay on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,” squeally little voices sang from inside the eggs.
“Are you sure chicks don’t sing?” Jason asked.
“I am very sure, Jason,” Mrs. Hawkins said with a smile.
Eggbert peeked out a teeny tiny hole that he had managed to peck out with his sharp beak. “Hellloooo,” he chirped to anyone listening.
“Eggman, is that you?”
A muffled voice came from the fragile shell. “Mmmmm.”
“Eggsmeralda, watcha ya doin’?”
“Argh! Tuk, beak iz tuk.”
Eggbert, being the self-proclaimed big brother, was quick to offer suggestions. He said slowly, one word at a time, “Eggsmeralda, can you hear me?”
“Vat? Am bizzy now. Vedy bizzy. Iz tuk, beak iz tuk.”
“I know that silly. Use your legs to push onto the shell and pull your head back,” this was said with the utmost patience.
Eggsmeralda drew up her legs and pushed against the wall with all her might. “Mmmwwwaaa,” little sister blew a kiss to her dear brother! “You’re the best, Eggbert!”
Giggles erupted from an egg sitting alone in the corner. A little girl chick was cracking up inside.
Jason looked over at his teacher, shrugged his shoulders, and then pressed his nose back to the window.
Eggman yelled out a warning. “Everyone hold on. Here she goes again!” Eggylou erupted into giggles and her egg started to roll back and forth. She held her tummy with her newly formed wings and laughed.
She got to laughing so hard that her egg rolled into Eggbert. Eggbert, from the force of Eggylou’s bump, slammed into Eggsmeralda. Eggsmeralda slid into Eggman and then Eggman completed the journey by crashing back into the trouble-maker, Eggylou.
“What, Eggsmeralda?” she gulped between tiny chuckles.
“I feel all scrambled inside. You are silly.”
“Am not silly. Don’t you see that gynormous nose poked against our window? Every time I see that nose, it makes me want to giggle. I can’t help myself.”
“But Eggylou, you hurt me. Will you please be a good egg? Really, you should be hard boiled, that would keep you still.”
Eggbert squealed, “Ewwww, who did it?”
“Did what?” they asked together.
“Wasn’t me. It’s Eggman.”
“Sisters are the stinky ones,” said Eggman.
The girls piped up, in their high-pitched, girlie chirps. ”Girls are best ‘cause boys are pests!”
Eggbert whined, “Are not pests! Where’s Mom?”
“I don’t know where Mom is. I sure do miss her but towards the end, it was like we were walking on egg shells around her,” Eggman smiled.
“You are a funny guy. When Mom gets back I’m telling. I’m telling on all of you!”
“You’re a tattletale, Eggsmeralda. Go suck an egg.”
Eggsmeralda gasped. “You said a bad word,” she chirped loudly.
Jason called out to Mrs. Hawkins. “Are you sure these chicks can’t sing and talk?”
Mrs. Hawkins peeked into the window with Jason. She drew in her breath. “Why, the yolk’s on me. I do hear singing and talking.”
At that same time, Eggman used all his boy-strength to poke through his egg. The bright light made him blink. The big nose and eyes looking through the glass made him shudder. He pulled himself up and wiggled his little bottom to knock off the piece of shell.
“Hey guys,” Eggman peeped. “Hurry and come out! I sure do want to meet my brothers and sisters!”
Soon, all three made their way out of hiding and greeted Eggman with hugs and kisses.
Jason’s eyes grew big and he shouted for all to come see the hugging, kissing chickens!
Then Eggman pecked at Eggsmeralda and thumped her on the head. Eggbert’s clumsy feet tripped up Eggylou. Eggylou bumped into Eggman who thumped the wall and shook the incubator bumping Jason’s squished up nose.
All four chickies looked up and saw a big grinning face with that gigantic nose and fell into a giggling pile of yellow fuzz.
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