Chapter 8: A Very Special Friend

"So let me get the facts." Lucy stated. "He's magical?"

"He sure is." Charlie Brown replied. "And he sure is special-just like all of you."

"Even you?" Lucy asked.

"Yup." Beamed Charlie Brown.

Charlie Brown:

You are special, you're the only one

You're the only one like you

There isn't another in the whole wide world

Who can do the things you do

Barney, Baby Bop, BJ and Charlie Brown:

'Cause you are special, special

Everyone is special

Everyone in his or her own way

Oh, you are special, special

Everyone is special

Everyone in his or her own way

Barney:

You're important, oh, you really are

You're the only one like you

The world is better, just because you're here

You should know that we love you

Barney, Baby Bop, BJ and Peanuts Gang:

'Cause you are special, special

Everyone is special

Everyone in his or her own way

Oh, you are special, special

Everyone is special

Everyone in his or her own way

Lucy:

Everyone?

Charlie Brown:

Everyone in his or her own way

"It's nice to meet you, Barney." Smiled Heather, touching the dinosaur's green tummy. "You sure are soft and friendly."

"So are we." Baby Bop smiled.


As the days passed by, the gang had a few more crazy adventures with the dinosaurs, but their best one was a baseball game against Peppermint Patty's team.

"GO PATTY!" BJ cheered from the sidelines.

"Go Charlie Brown!" Heather cheered.

"We believe in you!" Barney added.

"So do I!" beckoned Charlie Brown as he threw a pitch to Peppermint Patty. It was heading to right field.

"Catch it!" the kids exclaimed to Lucy. As Lucy turned towards Barney, something happened.

"Lucy caught the ball!" realized a happy Baby Bop.

"Throw it back!" Charlie Brown exclaimed as the fussbudget did so. "Catch it, Schroeder!"

"Gee, Snoopy, I think we're losing our old manager." Linus sighed. "I hope it's for the best."


A few days later, Charlie Brown was sitting by himself at the lunch table-well, not entirely by himself as Sally had joined him. "It's MY turn for show and tell today. At first I was sad that Eudora has the flu, but then I found something wonderful to bring to show and tell." She said, showing him the Barney doll. "Think the class will like it?"

"You already got As' for bringing Snoopy to class." Charlie Brown smiled as Heather joined them.

"Room for one more?" asked Heather.

"Sure." Charlie Brown said as Sally 'fed' the Barney doll a peanut butter sandwich.

"Good grief." The two laughed happily.

"Hey Chuck, hey Sal, hey Heather." Peppermint Patty waved as she and Marcie joined them. "Room for two more?"

"Sure." Charlie Brown smiled.

"Thanks Chuck. Y'know, I'm fine with us being just friends." The tomboy smiled.

"Me too." Charlie Brown replied.

"Hey Linus, wanna sit with us?" Sally called out.

"Okay…" Linus chuckled. "What do you have for lunch?" he asked.

"Peanut butter." Sally said.

"Same." Charlie Brown agreed.


After school that day, Sally smiled happily as she entered her brother's room. "Big Brother, you have someone here to see you." She happily said.

"Come in." Charlie Brown smiled as he drew a picture of his new dinosaur friends.

"SURPRISE!" most of his friends, Barney, Baby Bop and BJ called out, startling him.

"Wow, that was a surprise." Charlie Brown realized.

"What were you doing?" Baby Bop asked.

"I was drawing." Charlie Brown replied, showing them the drawing he did.

"I sure look pretty." Baby Bop giggled.

"Awesome! You got my good side." BJ chuckled.

"It's super-dee-duper!" Barney cheered.

After a few games and a parade in the backyard, Heather had a big surprise for the once blockhead.

"I have something for you." Heather smiled. "Close your eyes and open your hands."

"Okay." Charlie Brown said as she placed something in his hands. "Can I look now?"

"Yes." She replied as he glanced in his hands.

"Here you go, Charlie Brown." Heather said with a smile, having handed him her pencil he found when she first came to school, and returned it to her before she left for summer camp. The one with teeth marks over it. "You can keep it. As a token to our new relationship and friendships."

"Aww..." Barney smiled. "That's so nice, Heather."

"Thank you. You know, lately, I've had this warm, fuzzy feeling. A feeling called happiness, and…I want to share it." Charlie Brown smiled and blushed before they sang a song about happiness.

Charlie Brown:

Happiness is finding a pencil

Lucy:

Knowing a secret

Linus:

Telling the time

Schroeder:

Happiness is learning to whistle

Rerun:

Tying your shoes for the very first time

Sally:

Happiness is playing the drum in your own school band

Heather:

And happiness is walking hand in hand

Baby Bop:

Happiness is two kind of ice cream

BJ:

Pizza with sausage

Peppermint Patty:

Climbing a tree

Schroeder:

Happiness is five different crayons

Marcie:

Catching a firefly

Franklin:

Setting it free

Charlie Brown:

Happiness is being alone every now and then

Barney, Baby Bop, BJ, and Peanuts Gang:

And happiness is coming home again

Charlie Brown and Barney:

Happiness is morning and evening

Daytime and nighttime too

Your happiness is anyone and anything at all

That's loved by you

BJ, Linus and Rerun:

Happiness is having a sister

Baby Bop and Lucy:

Sharing a sandwich

BJ, Baby Bop, Rerun, Linus, and Lucy:

Getting along

Barney, Baby Bop, BJ, and Peanuts Gang:

Happiness is singing together when the day is through

And happiness is those who sing with you

Happiness is morning and evening

Daytime and nighttime too

Your happiness is anyone and anything at all

That's loved by you

Charlie Brown then hugged Barney. "Thank you, Barney. I'm glad you came into my life. You're the best friend anyone could ever have." Charlie Brown smiled. "Next to Snoopy, of course." Snoopy hugged his master and smiled. "Will you always be my friend?"

"Of course, Charlie Brown." Barney smiled. "When a dinosaur has friends like all of you, it's like having a great big family. That makes me feel welcome wherever I go. We always have to go wherever kids are using their imaginations."

"But whenever you leave, how will you come back to us?" Sally asked.

"Don't worry, Sally. If any of you wish really hard or use your imaginations, I'll be there." Barney promised. The kids' eyes were not dry as they became extremely happy. "Now, why don't we all sing my very favorite song?"

"What song is that, Barney?" Heather asked.

"Just listen." Barney said before whispering something into Woodstock's ear. He then whistled a very special tune that only Barney, Baby Bop, and BJ knew.

Barney, Baby Bop, and BJ:

I love you

You love me

We're as happy as can be

With a great big hug and a kiss from me to you

Won't you say you love me too?

"Aww..." the Peanuts Gang and Snoopy said as their eyes filled with happy tears and smiled. They all loved the song, even Lucy.

"Everyone hold hands and sing with us." Barney encouraged. Charlie Brown held Barney and Heather's hands as everyone in the room all held hands, even Schroeder with Lucy's, and Linus with Sally's as they sang the final verse.

Barney, Baby Bop, BJ, and Peanuts Gang:

I love you

You love me

We're a happy family

With a great big hug and a kiss from me to you

Won't you say you love me too?

After the song ended, Baby Bop began to yawn. "Come on, Sissy. We better get home."

"Yeah, and maybe we can introduce you to our friends." Baby bop said with another yawn.

"Bye guys!" BJ happily waved.

"Bye BJ, bye Baby Bop!" the Peanuts Gang waved as Baby Bop and BJ left the room and disappeared in a trace of magic.

"That was a good song, Barney." Heather smiled before she and the rest noticed that Barney wasn't in the room anymore. "Barney? Where are you?"

Charlie Brown smiled and pointed to his backyard and Snoopy's doghouse. Snoopy was smiling as he laid down with the Barney doll near his feet. "We love you too Barney." Everyone, except Lucy, smiled.

"Yeah, yeah. This town might be crazy, but I like you, Barney." Lucy said as the kids giggled.

Snoopy and the Barney doll then winked at their friends.

The End