Derek looked down upon the black mop of hair that was his newly found son's head. After hearing what his name was, he could already tell that Isabella didn't really like her 3rd son, and that he was probably shown little love, and the bad food. He wanted to keep Once-ler, but, he didn't want to get accused of kidnapping Once-ler either. "Does your mother know your here?" he asked. There was a sniffle then the black mop of hair moved to reveal the face of a 16 year old boy. His big blue eyes looked very somber.
"Uh, yah, when I first found you, I was 14, and I asked her if I could meet you. She said only way I could meet you, was if I raised the money to buy the plain ticket to New York." "So you saved up for 2 years to come and see me?" "Yah, though, I bought a one way ticket though, I was thinking I could live with you until I go off to college.". Hearing all this made Derek want to keep him even more. He wanted to make up for everything he missed. "Ok, I'm gonna call your mother and offer to take you off her hands." Once-ler's face lightened up. "Your really gonna?" "Yes, I don't want you to go back. I'm gonna take a responsibility over you." and with that, Derek left and went to grab his house phone, and the phone book. Once he found Isabella's number and dialed and waited.
After a couple of minutes of waiting for her to answer he heard a "Hello? Who is this?" "Uh Isabella? It's me Derek." "YOU! WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU HAVE THE RIGHT, TO YOU HAVE TO CALL ME!?!" "Well, by the fact that a 16 year old boy who claims to be my son, showed up at my bar. Who also said you were his mother." "Wait, that's where he went!?! I thought he went out with one of his loser friends!" "Well no, he went and got on an airplane to New York to see me. And why are his friends losers?" "Because that's what they are! Greed-ler, Swag-ler, and Pun-ler. Who names their kids that!" "Says the woman who named her son Once-ler." Derek said under his breath, but loud and clear enough for Isabella to hear. He heard her scoff at that statement. "So why did you call? Need me to come and take away the little monster?" "No, I actually was calling to say that I can take Once-ler off your hands. He can live with me, in New York if he wants to. In which he does." "Uh! I don't think so?" "Why is that exactly? You obviously don't want him!" "I don't like him, but, I do want him. I need him for all the chores."
Derek's eyes went wide, "Wait, does he do all the chores?" "Of course he does! What else would he do?" that was it, Derek would not stand for this any longer. "Yah, I'll see you in court." "What does that mean!?!" "It means I'm gonna fight for the custody for my son! And I will win!" and then he hung up the phone. He turned around to see Once-ler behind him, with a huge smile on his face.