In his freshman year of high school, Chase joined choir. But his voice was high-pitched and squeaky, and as much as he tried, he couldn’t keep a tune, so Chase decided to quit.

“You can’t quit now,” the music teacher said. “We’ve practiced all year, and we’re getting ready for the big performance. We need everybody.”

The choir had its big performance. Chase’s voice was high pitched and squeaky, but he didn’t quit.

As a sophomore, Chase joined the debate team. He was nervous and scared to talk to a group of people, so Chase decided to quit the team.

“You can’t quit now,” the teacher said. “We’ve practiced all year, and we’re getting ready for the big debate. We need everybody.”

The team had its big debate. Chase spoke so softly that nobody could hear him, but he didn’t quit.

In his junior year Chase decided to join the band and play the trumpet. He puffed and puffed, but couldn’t get a tune to come out of the trumpet. Chase decided to quit band.

“You can’t quit now,” the teacher said. “We’ve practiced all year, and we’re getting ready for the big performance. We need everybody.”

The band had its big performance. Chase had a red face and puffy cheeks as he huffed through the trumpet, and only the sound of air came out, but he didn’t quit.

In his senior year, Chase decided to join the football team. As much as he tried, he couldn’t catch or throw the ball, and all the other football players were much bigger than him. Chase decided to quit the team.

“You can’t quit now,” the coach said. “We’ve played all season, and we’re getting ready for the big game. We need everybody.”

The football team had its big game. All Chase could do was dodge all the big football players and try not to get squashed, but he didn’t quit.

At the end of the school year Chase’s graduating senior class went on a deep sea fishing trip. When the boat was far out at sea, the motor started smoking, then quit. All the classmates were scared.

“You can’t quit now!” they all yelled at the boat. “Now we’ll never make it back to land.”

Just then Molly lost her balance and fell into the ocean. She couldn’t swim and began to sink down into the deep ocean. Then sharks started coming. The classmates all screamed and panicked. They didn’t know what to do.

Chase dove in the water and swam deep down after Molly. Because he had tried to blow a tune in the trumpet for a year his lungs had grown large. He was able to hold his breath to swim down and grab Molly’s hand.

As he began towing Molly up to the surface, he saw the sharks coming after them. Because of his football experience, he was able to dodge the sharks. Chase and Molly made it to the surface.

Because of his experience in the choir Chase sang a high-pitched squeaky tune, which called the dolphins. They shooed off the sharks.

The teammates cheered and pulled them both out of the water. With his experience on the debate team, Chase convinced the dolphins to pull the boat to shore.

Everyone knew they could depend on Chase, because he never quits. Molly thought Chase was very talented and brave. She fell in love with him.

Buscrat’s Fables are simple stories that teach a moral. Visit buscratsfables.com for other fables.