Binky and Boo were related somehow. Beetle was too. Everyone knew that.
They did not live in the same house. Binky's house was in the east. Boo's house was in the south. Beetle's house was as far west as a house could be without falling into that ocean.
They did not look the same. Binky's hair was straight. Boo's hair was curly. Beetle's hair had hardly grown in.
They did not like the same food. Binky spit out anything red. Boo would eat nothing green. Beetle put everything he found in his mouth.
But they all shared one same thing, Grandma's smile. When Binky, or Boo, or Beetle smiled, everyone would say, "There's that smile, Grandma's smile."
Binky, Boo, and Beetle did not see each other every day. On certain days they would go to Grandma and Grandpa's house in the north and Grandma would smile and tell everyone, "My angels are here." Grandpa would chuckle to himself, "Here comes the wrecking crew."
For at that house they were not angels. They were together and together they made more ruckus than ten hundred indomitable boys. Everyone knew that. When everyone saw Binky, Boo, and Beetle too all together at that house, they whispered, "Those boys are together again." and tightly shut their doors and windows.
One certain day Binky, Boo, and Beetle played loud, louder, loudest ever! Grandpa was deep in a book and deaf to the world. Grandma stopped smiling, held onto her head to prevent it from flying off, and shouted, "Quiet! I must have quiet! Go to that other room! Quietly! Sit down in there and keep quiet!"
"Here we go again." Said Binky to Boo.
"Oh no, not again." Said Boo to Binky.
Beetle cast himself upon the floor and had to be carried to that other room. Once there, they became quiet, very quiet.
"Let's go somewhere Grandma can't find us. " They conspired.
"Yes, let's trick Grandma and make her laugh." They plotted.
"We will turn into little sneaks and crawl out the window." They agreed.
Binky snuck out the window. Boo snuck out the window. Beetle snuck out the window too.
"My, how quiet they are." Grandma said. She was not accustomed to hearing herself think and it had taken some time for the quiet to be perceived by Grandma. "I wonder what they look like when they are being quiet?" She tiptoed to that other room and peered through the crack in the doorway. She did not see them.
She opened the door widely. She still did not see them. "But, they're not here." She worried.
She looked in all the house. "I cannot find them." She fretted.
"They're gone." She gasped.
Grandma ran out of the house, down the street, back up the street, calling out all the while, "They're gone! They're gone! Someone has stolen my boys!"
And everyone whispered behind their tightly shut windows and doors, "Who would steal Binky, Boo, and Beetle too?"
The three little sneaks were so tickled with their trick, they laughed and turned back into people. Laughter was their magic word. Grandma, who was running by on her way back down the street saw Binky, she saw Boo. And, she saw Beetle too, sitting outside the window, together, all laughing.
Grandma became indignant, causing her red hair to shoot sparks. Binky was impressed. Boo was impressed. Beetle sat down immediately and practiced looking innocent.
"Grandma's not laughing." Said Binky to Boo.
"Let's climb back in the window." Said Boo to Beetle.
Beetle pointed at the window. There stood Grandpa, not saying anything.
Now, on this certain day, Grandpa had finished reading his book and was no longer deaf to the world. It had occurred to Grandpa that the world inside the house was silent. This unusual discovery intrigued Grandpa and had sent him looking. He had looked in that other room and had seen the window was open. He had looked out the window and had seen the three little sneaks turn back into little boys. And, he had seen Grandma sparking indignantly. Grandpa had seen it all.
"What's going on?" Grandpa asked, knowing trickery full well when he saw it.
Binky said nothing. Boo said nothing. Beetle did not say nothing, Beetle said his first word.
"Food." Said Beetle.
"Beetle talked." Said Binky.
"He did." Said Boo.
"Oh my" Said Grandma.
"What's for dinner? " Asked Grandpa. "I'm hungry too."
Beetle had already climbed back in the window and was sitting at the table, ready to eat. And eat they did.
"What angels they are." Grandma said and smiled her smile at Grandpa after Binky, Boo, and Beetle were asleep.
"What?" Asked Grandpa, deep in another book. But Grandpa was smiling too.