Every time Rafay walked down the lane where he lived, some neighbour or the other would remark that 'The Brat' was off to some place. The six-year-old was the only child of his parents and they spoilt him totally. Even when she was a small child, his parents had never refused him anything. And he, in turn, always made sure that he got what he wanted. One day Rafay's mother Ayesha, suddenly noticed that his son was not ready to share anything with his friends – be it a book, a toy or something to eat. She discovered something else as well – most children did not like to play with her son. They said he bossed them around and made them cry. Rafay's mother realised that it was their fault Rafay was behaving like this. For, hadn't they spoilt him by giving him anything and everything he asked for? Would Rafay be able to make good friends and learn to share things with them? She would soon know, for Rafay was now admitted to Class I, in a proper school. Everyone in his class admitted that Rafay was very intelligent. But he had no friends until Saad joined his class. New to the city and too shy to make any friends, he did not mind being taken under Rafay's wing. Though knowing Rafay, it was more of bossing around! But at least he had someone to play with. One day, the teacher scolded Saad for doing his sums without thinking. The little boy cried because the whole class had laughed at him. For, the teacher had patiently explained how to do the sums, but Saad was just not able to understand. Rafay told his mother about Saad crying in class. "Why don't you try to explain to him simply," asked his mother. "He likes you very much and if you teach him, he will understand." "Mummy, I don't have time to waste. What can I do if he is dumb?" said Rafay. "But Saad is your friend and if you don't help him, who will?" scolded his mother. Then she decided to tell Rafay the story of an ant and a dove."One day an ant fell into a stream and was desperately trying to save herself. A dove sitting on a tree overhanging the water plucked a leaf and let it fall into the stream close to the ant. The ant climbed onto it and floated safely to the bank," went the story. "A little later, a bird catcher came and stood under the tree, preparing to throw a net over the unsuspecting dove. The ant knew what he was planning and stung him in the foot. The bird catcher yelled out in pain and the noise made the dove fly away." "Did you understand the story, Rafay?" asked his mother. "It means that if you do a good turn, you will only get good in return." To this Rafay said: "What a silly story, mummy. It is for little children, I have grown big." Then Rafay's mother decided to act tough. "If you do not help him out, I will not let you watch cartoons for a week." Extremely unhappy, Rafay helped Saad. And wonder of wonders, Saad understood, for Rafay knew the trick of explaining simply. The teacher was happy that Saad had finally understood the sums and complimented him in front of the class. Saad was thrilled and told everyone what a good friend Rafay was. But Rafay preferred to forget the incident as something unpleasant he had been forced to do. Meanwhile, Saad had been wondering how he could repay his friend. The opportunity came sooner than he thought. One day, in a fit of anger Rafay called one of the younger boys in the school a "stupid idiot" (these words were banned in the school). He also pushed the boy, who fell and bruised his knee. The matter was reported to the Principal who scolded Rafay before the entire school, during the morning assembly. Not only that, the Principal told Rafay to stay back for two hours after school and pick up the waste paper from each and every classroom during detention. Rafay was heartbroken. he was a proud boy and could not bear the thought of being humiliated. Right now all he wanted was for the ground to open up and swallow him so that she wouldn't have to show her face to anyone. After school finished, Rafay was left all alone. And then he did what he had been holding back the whole day - he sobbed and sobbed and sobbed. That is how Saad found his best friend – sobbing. He stayed back with Rafay and helped him clean the school and remembered the story of the ant and dove. From that day, Rafay and Saad became the best of friends.