Badger isn’t one for enjoying visitors. In fact, he isn’t one for enjoying other animals at all! He’s much more comfortable slipping into his safety glasses—with hammers, chisels and brushes at the ready—and doing some Important Rock Work in his specially set-aside rock room. In fact, as the sole resident of his aunt Lula’s brownstone, Badger is very contentedly happy to devote his day to a solo life befitting of a serious rock scientist.
So, when Skunk comes strolling in the front door of said brownstone with a slick how-do-you-do and a decidedly skunky grin, Badger is more than ready to throw him right back out on his skunky tail. The problem is, Aunt Lula sent Skunk over herself. She also sent three lengthy letters beforehand—letters that the important-rock-business-minded Badger had not yet found time to read—to explain her reasons why.
Badger quickly reads the letters:
“I hope this arrangement doesn’t come as a shock. In a previous letter I asked for your thoughts but have heard nothing. I would wait for a reply, but Skunk’s living situation is so precarious, so I will take your lack of response as agreement. I expect you’re busy with Important Rock Work!”
With that, Badger now has a new roommate. And he’s a happy, talkative, always-moving-about skunk. A skunk who upsets Badger’s world and touches Badger’s tools. And he’s a skunk that even enjoys inviting flocks of neighborhood chickens over to the house for popcorn and story time.
How will they ever, ever, ever, EVER get along?