Chapter 1 – Enter Barry B. Benson
Barry B. Benson was a young bee, barely out of college and already feeling the pressure of an ordinary life. His friends were swarming around, buzzing excitedly about the path they were taking—publishing, law, engineering, and some even had promising careers in the honey business. But Barry wanted more. He wanted to choose his own destiny.
So, one day Barry B. Benson decided to take a chance, and he stepped out of the hive for the first time. He had heard tales of the world outside, of vast green fields and bright flowers. Finally, here he was, ready for the great adventure.
But as soon as he stepped out, he noticed something strange—there was a human, a boy, standing just a few feet away. Barry was startled, but he was even more so when the boy spoke.
“Hi there!” the boy said. “I’m Dave. What’s your name?”
Barry froze. He had been warned never to talk to humans, but here he was, face to face with one. He tried his best to keep calm, but his heart was pounding.
Finally, he squeaked out a reply. “My name is Barry B. Benson.”
Dave smiled. “It’s nice to meet you, Barry. What brings you out here?”
Barry took a deep breath before speaking. “I want to see the world. I want to choose my own destiny.”
Dave nodded, understanding. “Well, you’ve come to the right place. There’s so much to explore out here. Let me show you around!”
Barry was hesitant at first, but Dave seemed friendly enough. With a bit of trepidation, Barry agreed to tag along.
Chapter 2 – Exploring the World
For the next few hours, Barry and Dave explored the world outside of the hive. Dave showed Barry the wonders of the natural world—from the deep blue oceans to the highest mountain peaks. Everywhere they went, there were new sights, sounds and smells to experience.
As they walked, Dave told Barry stories of faraway places and incredible creatures. He pointed out plants and animals that Barry had never seen before. Barry was amazed by the diversity and beauty of the natural world.
Finally, as the sun began to set, Dave and Barry returned to the hive. Barry was overwhelmed by all that he had seen and learned, and he was bursting with excitement. He knew that this was only the beginning of his journey, and he couldn’t wait to see what else the world had to offer.
Chapter 3 – Making a Choice
Back at the hive, Barry was met with both excitement and condemnation. His friends were thrilled for him—they were envious of his daring adventure and couldn’t wait to hear all about it. But the elders were horrified—Barry had broken one of the cardinal rules of the bee world by talking to a human.
Nevertheless, Barry persisted. He explained to the elders that he was tired of only having one career choice—honey—and that he wanted to explore other options. He talked of the amazing things he had seen out in the world, and how he wanted to experience more of it.
Most of the elders dismissed Barry’s ideas, but one elder, Mrs. Poppybee, listened intently. After hearing his story, she told him something he would never forget.
“You can choose your own destiny, young Barry,” she said. “The world is filled with possibility. Go out and explore it. Make a choice that is right for you.”
Chapter 4 – A Bee’s Life
With Mrs. Poppybee’s advice in mind, Barry B. Benson began to make a life for himself outside of the hive. He traveled to different places, learned new things and made wonderful new friends. Everywhere he went, he was welcomed with open arms.
But no matter how far Barry roamed, he never forgot his roots. He was a bee, and that was something he was proud of. He took great joy in the little things—the smell of the flowers, the taste of the nectar, the buzzing of the bees surrounding him.
Finally, after many years of exploration, Barry returned to the hive with a newfound purpose. He had chosen his own destiny, and it was a good one. He was happy and content, and he knew that he had made the right choice.
Barry B. Benson’s story spread quickly throughout the bee world. His courage and determination inspired generations of bees to break free from tradition and explore the world for themselves.
Today, Barry B. Benson is remembered as a true inspiration—not only for bees, but for all who seek to choose their own destiny.
EXT. CITY STREETS – DAY
A bustling city street with cars and buses whizzing past. Weaving in and out of them, barely managing to avoid collisions, is a small, yellow and black striped insect. It’s BARRY B. BENSON, a bee.
Woah! Too close!
He manages to escape unscathed and continues to zip around the street as if he owns it.
EXT. PARK – DAY
Barry stops in a patch of manicured grass, looking up at the sky with a dreamy expression in his eyes.
Ahhh. It’s beautiful!
He takes off again, zooming through the air with a newfound sense of freedom.
EXT. FLOWER SHOP – DAY
Barry stops at a flower shop, mesmerized by the vibrant colors and fragrances. He lands on a sunflower and begins talking to it.
Ah, the sweet scent of nectar! I think I could get used to this.
Suddenly, he hears a voice behind him.
It’s about time you saw the beauty of the outside world, Barry.
Barry turns to see an older bee, a worker. He looks a bit disapproving.
The outside world?
The worker nods.
It’s not like the hive. There’s so much more out here than just honey and flowers.
But that’s all we’re meant to do, isn’t it? Make honey and pollinate flowers?
The worker shakes his head.
No. There are other possibilities. That’s what you have to discover.
Barry looks skeptical but intrigued.
EXT. CITY STREET – DAY
Barry is soaring through the air, taking in the sights and sounds of the city. He passes a group of humans on the sidewalk, talking loudly. He hovers nearby, listening.
I’m graduating in a few months. I can’t wait to start my career.
Barry is taken aback.
Career? What is that?
He zooms closer, listening even more intently.
It’s when you devote your life to a profession, something you love.
Barry is stunned. He had never considered this.
EXT. BARRY’S HIVE – DAY
Barry lands back at his hive, deep in thought. He finds his parents and siblings buzzing around in their usual manner.
Mom, Dad…I have something to tell you.
His parents and siblings freeze and regard him with surprise.
I don’t want to make honey anymore. I want to have a career.
Barry’s parents exchange a worried glance.
Barry, you know that’s not allowed!
Barry shakes his head.
But why not? It’s all these humans do.
His father closes his eyes and takes a deep breath.
Barry, you have to understand. We bees have one job: to make honey and pollinate flowers. Anything else is forbidden.
Barry looks determined.
Then I’ll just have to find a way around that.
He flies off, leaving a shocked silence behind him.
EXT. PARK – DAY
Barry is hovering in front of a human, a young boy. The boy is sitting on a bench, eating a sandwich and reading a book. Barry is gazing at him in wonder.
What are you doing?
The boy looks up, startled.
Um, I’m just reading a book.
What type of book?
The boy smiles.
It’s a story about a family that goes on a great adventure.
Barry is fascinated.
Oh, wow! What type of adventure?
The boy shrugs.
Lots of different ones. They meet all sorts of creatures and have lots of fun.
Barry shakes his head.
I’ve never done anything like that.
The boy looks at him sympathetically.
Maybe you should try it. Life is too short to just stay in one place.
Barry takes this to heart and zooms off.
EXT. CITY STREET – DAY
Barry is soaring through the air, looking for something different. He passes a group of humans on the sidewalk, talking and laughing. He stops to listen.
I’m starting a new business. I can’t wait to make some real money!
Barry is intrigued. He zooms closer, listening intently.
You just have to think outside the box and take risks. That’s how you make it big.
Barry nods, a plan starting to form in his mind.
EXT. BARRY’S HIVE – DAY
Barry lands back at his hive, buzzing with excitement. He finds his parents and siblings, waiting for him.
Well? What did you learn?
I learned that I don’t have to settle for just one career. I can do whatever I want.
His parents and siblings look at him skeptically, but Barry is undeterred.
I’m going to start my own business.
Barry’s family gasps.
But, Barry, that’s never been done before.
Exactly. That’s what makes it so exciting.
He takes off, leaving behind a stunned silence.
EXT. SKY – DAY
Barry is hovering in the sky, gazing out at the horizon with a determined expression on his face.
I’m going to make it big!
He takes off, soaring through the air with newfound confidence.