Copa Cove is an exclusive capybara community, complete with a gate and 24-hour security. Most of the residents are executives at one of the eco-tourism companies or the tourism bureau. It was incredible how many humans come in just to see the capybaras. You’d think they had never seen a very large rodent in a tie before.
One spring morning, a new family moved in. There were two adults and two children. As the neighbors looked on in horror, the newcomers unpacked a raft and beach toys. And they were plastic!
The neighborhood planned a party to welcome the new residents. Everyone gathered by the water munching on crispy greens when they arrived. The male introduced himself as Frank.
Frank: Hello, neighbors! Name’s Frank, but you can call me Buzz. Like in Buzzco. That’s my company. I’ll get to it in a minute. This here’s my wife. Her name’s Julie, but you can call her Babette. Get it? Buzz and Babette. Sounds good together, doesn’t it?
(His children were standing by looking mortified. The neighbors were trying not to.)
Buzz: These are my children, Ben and Betty. Hoping to get them into the family business. No luck so far, but they’re young. Now let me tell you about Buzzco. It’s my company and my pride and joy. Has anyone heard of it?
Buzz: That’s OK. We’re small, but we’re growing every day. That’s how we can afford to live like. Remember the name: Buzzco.
Priscilla (when Buzz finally took a breath): That sounds very, uh, nice. What exactly do you do at Buzzco?
Buzz: I’m glad you asked. We’re a marketing company that specializes in land development companies. Get it? Buzzco? Like when a tree comes down?
(The group looks horrified.)
Carl: You do understand that you’re taking land from capybaras, don’t you?
Buzz: Don’t worry, there’s plenty of land left.
Carl: But they have to leave their homes.
Buzz: We’re a hardy species.
Carl: I wouldn’t want to move because someone destroyed my home.
Buzz: Don’t worry. Won’t happen. You don’t think I’d move somewhere they’re about to level, do you?
Darlene (trying to sound normal): Well, we should probably get to eating before the grasses wilt.
(Relieved, everyone moved to the water. The talk turned to the weather, children, and other general topics. The party soon broke up. There was work in the morning. Before they left, Buzz had one final thing to say.)
Buzz: You were so nice to us tonight, I’d like to invite you over on Saturday for brunch. That work for everybody?
Pete (with some hesitation): Hmm. That would be fine. We’ll see you then.
(No one knew what to expect when they got to Buzz’s. They were pleasantly surprised. The home was tastefully decorated and looked completely organized. Obviously, Babette ran the house. Buzz came from the backyard.)
Buzz: C’mon everyone. I have something to show you.
(They followed him back. He pointed to a large hole filled with water. His neighbors looked at him, puzzled.)
Buzz: It’s called a pool. I got the idea from the humans. They swim in them. I figured I’d try it.
(While he was extolling the virtues of having a pool, the children were running around. Suddenly the adults heard a splash and screaming. A small capybara had fallen into the pool. Her father Dave rushed over and pulled her out. She was bleeding in several places.)
Dave (puzzled): How did you get cut falling in the water, honey?
Daughter: There are a lot of sharp things in there.
(Dave looked at Buzz.)
Buzz: Sorry. Haven’t had time to put up a fence yet. Didn’t think about someone falling in.
Dave: What’s in the pool?
Buzz: Piranhas. Love the little guys. They have that killer instinct. Would make good businessmen.
Dave: You have piranhas in a pool that anyone could fall into?
Buzz: Actually, I’m surprised there was a problem. I’ve never been bitten. Of course, a child is a lot smaller. She probably frightened them. I should look into it.
Dave (between clenched teeth): And we need to look into getting rid of you.
(Buzz was too wrapped up in his fish to hear.)
To be continued…