It was a half hour later when the door to Andy's room creaked open. Bo walked in followed by Woody, rolling something on a skateboard.
Jessie had been brooding under the window closest to the bed ever since the argument with the others. As Bo led Woody and the board toward her, the other toys in the room stopped what they were doing to watch.
"Ooh boy, here it comes…" Hamm said.
"Here what comes?" Rex asked.
"The fur is gonna fly!" said Potato Head.
"They don't have any fur."
Potato Head ignored Rex. "I got my money on Red!"
"Don't be so sure, Spud Head. You know what they said about a woman scorned."
Buzz had been watching anxiously but now he turned to the others in disgust. "You know, you all really are pieces of work."
"Shhh!" Mrs. Potato Head waved her arms. "Listen!"
Jessie had finally seen Bo approaching and she straightened up, defensively. "Hello, Jessie."
"Uh…" Her voice sounded uncertain as she searched Bo's face. "Howdy."
"Woody told me about how you were trying to catch up on current events."
Jessie blinked. "Yeah…"
"Well you won't get anywhere with that encyclopedia set. It's so old it lists Bobby Fischer as the current world chess champion." Woody rolled the skateboard forward and Jessie could see a stack of books on top. "Mom has bought the Times's 'Year in Review' every New Year since…"
"1984," Woody said looking through the stack.
"1984. I thought maybe they would help you."
As Jessie looked up at Bo, all of her apprehension melted away. Gratitude shone on her face as she whispered, "Thank you."
Across the room, Buzz smiled as the other toys looked stunned. "They ain't fighting," said Potato Head.
"They don't even look mad."
As Bo took a seat next to Jessie, opening the first book, Rex observed, "Gee, it looks like they're…friends."
They watched for a moment as the two women began to look through the volume, Bo pointing out something while Jessie listened with interest.
"I don't get it," said Hamm, shaking his head.
A while later:
Jessie lay on her stomach, looking at pictures in a more recent magazine that Bo brought with the books. "Gosh, I can't believe they cloned a sheep. That's amazing."
"It's like something out of a science fiction novel," Bo agreed.
Woody was sitting on the skateboard behind them. "I don't think it's so great." They turned and looked at him in surprise. "Have you ever been around a sheep?" Bo raised her painted brows and he quickly self-corrected. "I mean a real sheep. They're stupid and smelly and they eat everything! Why couldn't they clone a better animal, like a horse or a dog?"
Jessie gave him a deadpan look. "So he's your boyfriend, huh?"
Bo smiled and shrugged. "Well he's cute."
Buzz meanwhile had come over. Quietly he took a seat on the skateboard next to Woody. Awkwardly he tapped his hands on his lap. "Sorry…About earlier…"
"Eh," Woody shrugged. "Water under the bridge."
"No, we're friends. And as your friend I should believe you and back you up. So…I'm sorry."
"Well thanks for that."
Jessie had twisted around and was staring at them with a big smile. Buzz looked confused. "What?" Leaning over Jessie whispered something to Bo, who giggled and whispered back. "What?" Buzz said again. "Is it me? Did I do something?"
Bo and Jessie looked at each other then suddenly burst into peals of laughter.
Woody leaned over, slinging his arm on Buzz's shoulder. "Louie, I think this is the beginning of an…odd friendship."