Nitro! Yo, Nitro! Wake up!” shouted Teach. Smack! Teach slapped the napping frog with a wet mackerel.

“Ouch! What’s that all about?” cried Nitro.

You were napping again!” shouted Teach as he tossed the mackerel back into the ocean. Now, everybody, listen up! Today, you graduate from Teach’s Life Training! Some of you did better than others!” Nitro withered under Teach’s glare. “It’s time to choose your skills! Choose carefully, you only get one shot at this! When I call your name, step forward and get your R.I.B.B.E.T.S.!”

Isn’t this so exciting?” asked Gloria, a pink frog.

Yeah! I can’t wait to get my skills! I’m going to be a master fisherfrog like Teach!” answered Nitro with stars in his eyes.

Penelope!” shouted Teach. Penelope, a sassy purple frog in a tutu, claimed her R.I.B.B.E.T.S. She turned the small red tablet over in her hand.

Thank you, Teach!” she said, prancing back.

Dexter!” shouted Teach. Dexter, a gray frog and “King of Nerds”, retrieved his R.I.B.B.E.T.S.

Why thank you, sir,” said Dexter, adjusting his thick glasses. “I’d just like to take this opportunity to say-“

Nobody likes a suck-up, Dex! Next, Gloria!” shouted Teach. Gloria practically floated over to get her R.I.B.B.E.T.S.

THANK YOU, TEACH!” said Gloria over-enthusiastically.

Lance!” shouted Teach. Lance, a blue frog of few words, collected his R.I.B.B.E.T.S.

Teach,” nodded Lance.

Lastly, Nitro! Try not to break it right away,” said Teach, momentarily losing his usual enthusiasm for shouting. Nitro, a typical green frog, snatched up his R.I.B.B.E.T.S.

Thanx, Teach!” shouted Nitro.

Excuse me?! I don’t think I heard that spelling correctly! Let’s try again!” shouted Teach.

Oops. Thanks, Teach!” Nitro corrected himself.

That’s more like it! If you have any questions, refer to the ‘HELP’ menu! DO NOT ASK ME! Good luck with life, cadets! I’m going to take a nap,” said Teach, exhausted.

After Teach had gone to lay in his hammock, the five young frogs chattered excitedly over their R.I.B.B.E.T.S.s. Nitro turned his over and over, tapped it, shook it, and sighed.

How does this thing work again?” asked Nitro.

The other frogs fell over. This was going to be a long day.

Published by Tyler Deal