Time passed. Jed and Stewart continued to grow closer. So when Stewart had to go to college to become
an artist (his parents wouldn't let him do anything else), of course Jed was taken along with. For a time, everything
was as before. The companionship, the laughter the love. The joy they had before was continued without anything
to stop it. Jed didn't think life could get any better.
Unfortunately for Jed, somehow Stewart realized that life could get better. Perhaps Stewart had been
listening in one of those classes about intellectual development and found out that there was more to life than the
simple love between a boy and a rock. Something had changed Stewart, something evil. Stewart became mad.
Stewart began to become a very sick boy. Stewart lost all the love in his life, and began to do strange
things with strange people. Jed just got left behind. Even though Jed was left behind, Jed was still loyal. Jed would
sit quietly on Stewart's desk and wait for Jed to come back from another night out. Jed would smile innocently at
Stewart and hope that for one moment Stewart would care about him again. Stewart didn't care.
Actually Stewart slowly became annoyed with Jed. He couldn't stand that stupid rock just sitting there
smiling at him every day. Stewart finally decided that he was going to have to do away with Jed. Such suffering
Jed went through was unheard of, but Jed survived. He was a rock. Rocks can take a lot of abuse. Stewart got so
sick of it, that selling Jed into slavery was the only way left. Jed was abandoned. Left to be taken by a stranger.
Jed felt very lonely sitting by himself on the shelf. The candy was nice to him, but wasn't the same kind of
companionship that he had with Stewart. Having been left by his best friend in the whole world was very hard on
Jed. He didn't know what he had done wrong. He wished he could make things better. But he knew he was just
going to have to live on anyway.