The boys both looked at Mom for the verdict from the Parent Court.

Mom cleared her throat and spoke, “Cheese, may I hold the notebook please?”

Cheese sighed and handed Judge Mom the notebook.

“In the Case of the Nifty Notebook. The notebook belongs to… Mack. When something is placed in the trash, it means that it is unwanted by the person who placed it there. As the old saying goes ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!’ So next time either of you decide to thrown something away, THINK TWICE.” said Judge Mom. And she handed the red notebook to Mack.

“Thank you, Your Honor! I will include you in the first story that I write in my new notebook. Don’t worry, Cheese. I will take good care of it. I might even write a story about you too.” smiled Mack.

Cheese frowned, “Leave me alone! I’m going to my room now.”

Mack shrugged, “Mom. I think my first story is going to be about the time you and I met the 44th President of the United States. Remember that?”

“Ummm, no. I don’t remember that. BUT I do remember the time your father and I met him.” replied Mom.

“Yeah, I know it was you and Dad, but it sounds better with me in the story. My stories won’t be how it exactly happened in real life. They will only be based on a true story… sometimes.” said Mack.