Kids and Quarrels is the 19th episode of the 2nd season.
One day on the Island of Sodor, Sir Topham Hatt drove up to Knapford Sheds.
"Jacob, Sierra, Kira, Cassie," he said, "Today you will drive Dailey, Dawson, Damian, and David at the Clay Pits."
"Aren't they those new annoying quadruplets that argue all the time?" Asked Jacob. He always found arguing really irritating.
"Yes, how did you know that?" Sir Topham Hatt asked.
"BoCo told me," Jacob replied.
"Just go to the Clay Pits and get to work," Sir Topham Hatt said irritated.
"Yes, sir," Jacob replied.Then Sir Topham Hatt left, and was followed by the Kids.
When they got to the Clay Pits, the Quadruplets were waiting.
"What took you so long?" Asked Dawson.
"Dawson, don't be rude," Dailey corrected.
"We have work to do," Dawson replied.
"That doesn't give you the right to be rude," said Dailey.
"She's right, Dawson," said David.
"Who's side are you on?" Dawson asked him.
"I'm on nobody's side. There are no sides," Dave replied.
"STOP!!!" Sierra yelled and the quadruplets all stared at her, "Sorry about yelling, but Jacob hates people, or I guess engines in this case, fighting."
"Ohhhhhh..." said Damian, "Well, hate to break it to ya, but you may just have to get used to it. It's not like it's gonna stop or anything."
"You're not helping anything," said David.
"Has he ever been helpful in any way, shape, or form?" Retorted Dawson.
"Eh, not really," agreed David. "Anyways, Jacob, I apologize on my siblings' behalf. They're... frankly, incompetent."
"That's okay," Jacob replied with a laugh, "My friends can be somewhat incompetent, too, especially Cassie."
"Hey!" said Cassie.
The other three engines then began yelling at once. Soon, the arguing had started up again!
"It's going to be a long day," Jacob whispered to Sierra.
"Yep," Sierra replied.
Just then BoCo pulled in.
"Would you four quit fighting,' he said to the quadruplets.
"Nope," said Damian.
"Hello, BoCo," said Jacob.
"Hi, guys," BoCo replied, "I'm sorry you're going to be stuck with them all day."
"That's not your fault," said Jacob.
"Yes, but I know how much you hate fighting and-"
"BoCo, I'll be fine," Jacob interrupted.
"Are you sure?" BoCo asked.
"Yes, now get to work, I'm sure you have a lot to do," Jacob said, but deep down, he wasn't sure if he would be okay.
"Alright. You should all be getting to work, too," said BoCo.
Came four voices.
"Bros, bros, group up," said Dailey quietly. The four engines consulted together. "Look, I know we tend to be..."
"Dysfunctional?" Suggested David.
"Right," Dailey went on, "But our arguing is clearly upsetting Jacob. I say we make an effort to get along today!"
"Ugh, effort?" Groaned Damian, "I hate effort!"
"Why do you have to be so difficult?" Grumbled Dawson.
"I'm not difficult. I'm easy-going and laid back."
"And inept," Added David, "And incompetent, and..."
"Stop saying dork words!" Snapped Damian.
"They're not dork words! They're, high-class, intellectual forms of dialect drawn from the knowledge of my mind!"
"Nothing you say makes sense!"
"It would if you had half of a brain!"
"Oh, yeah? Well if it wasn't for you, we wouldn't be in this mess, Dave!"
There was a short silence.
"What mess are we in?" Asked David.
"Ugh!" Groaned Dawson, "You know what? I've had it with you guys. I actually give up on you! I..."
"WOULD YOU ALL JUST PUT A DENT IN IT?!?" Shouted Dailey. The engines stopped talking to see everyone else staring at them.
"Hi..." The four engines said uncomfortably.
Nobody spoke for a long time.
Soon, everyone was at work, but every minute seemed like an eternity. Whenever any of the quads would talk, an argument would eventually start up. It soon came to the point where nobody was talking at all! Every single second was awkward and uncomfortable. Finally, Jacob spoke up.
"Okay guys, believe it or not, I'd rather you argue, just a little, than not speak at all, cuz this is getting a little awkward," he said.
"I agree," said Sierra, "This is getting kinda awkward."
"Well, if you insist..." Started Damian, but David interrupted.
"No!" He said, "If our arguing or severe lack of conversation is making work difficult for you, Jacob, then from this point on, I vow that I... er... we will not argue for a second for the rest of the day!"
"Yeah, we probably will," said Dawson.
"No, we... Ugh!" Sighed David, "You guys remember when we first arrived, and we had to stop arguing lest we all get sent away?"
"Lest?" Asked Damian.
"We need to act like that now," David went on, "We all know from experience that when we try, we can get over our differences."
"Dave's right," said Dailey, "We need to stop our nonstop quarreling, for our own benefit, and for everyone else's sanity."
"Thanks, guys," said Jacob gratefully.
"Don't mention it," said Damian.
David was about to say "You didn't do anything," but held his tongue. Instead, he said, "Alright, everybody, let's get to work!"
So for the rest of the day, the four engines worked hard. They no longer were silently making the situation awkward, but were thankfully making pleasant conversation. Only on occasion would an arguement start up, and whenever it did, the engines would shut it down as quickly as they could. By, the end of the day, Jacob had realized that though the quadruplets are sometimes annoying, they are also fun and nice and funny and caring, and now they are all great friends.
- China Clay Pits
- Knapford Sheds