“Why?” Lisa asked, as they were walking out in the front yard.
“Cause I can do this!” He jumped hard as he could in a puddle and water flew up and drenched Lisa.
“Well, that’s nice!” Lisa replied.
“I can find something to do in each season: go swimming in summer, jump in piles of leaves in fall, have snow fights in winter, and drench Lisa in spring! Hey! William’s coming out of the house!” Timmy said, slyly.
But Timmy didn’t get William wet because Lisa called to him, “Hey, William! Timmy’s finding mischief to do! Don’t get near him and his puddles!” William understood.
“Aww, Lisa! You ruined my fun!” Timmy said, “There is no one else to do it to other than the neighbor kids.”
“Then I’ll go over right now and tell them too,” Lisa said laughing.
“Lisa, do you remember that I lost my watch in the snow when we were having a snowball fight abut a month and a half ago?” William asked.
“Oh, yes,” Lisa replied frowning a little, “We should look for it.”
“Even if we did find the watch,” Timmy pointed out, “it would be frozen and it wouldn’t work.”
“I hadn’t thought of that…but let’s still look for it since it was Grandpa’s watch whether it works or not,” William decided. So all that afternoon William, Lisa, and Timmy searched for the gold watch.
One of the neighbor kids walked by singing a song. Lisa only heard a little of it, “Mole hole, mole hole. If he’s nowhere else he’s in the mole hole!”
“My Melons! I hadn’t thought of that!” Lisa aid, running to the place where they had seen the mole pop up in the winter time.
“You sound like Uncle Brett,” Timmy giggled while he and William followed their sister.
Lisa stuck her hands deep into the mound of dirt. It seemed to be abandoned. “I’ve got it!” she shouted, pulling out the gold watch.
William immediately began checking to see if it worked. “A couple parts are broken off and the hands are frozen. There’s water in it too, but I could get it out by putting it in a bowl of rice,” William said, “If only I had the money to get the clock mender to fix it. I’ve heard he costs a lot.”
“Couldn’t Father fix it? He’s good at that kind of stuff,” Timmy suggested.
William shook his head sadly, “It’s too badly broken.”
“I have three cents,” Timmy offered solemnly.
William dug in his pockets and found he only had a few dollars he’d earned from mowing lawns, and doing the neighbor’s animal chores while they were on vacation.
Lisa tapped his arm, “Do you know how much it would cost to fix your watch.”
“Not an idea. Only I know it’s way too much to be afforded,” William sighed.
Timmy said, “When I grow up I will be a clock mender who charges nothing for boys whose watches got broken from being lost in the snow.”
“I guess I’ll have to wait until Timmy is “big”,” William said.
“No, because by the time I’m big you will be huge, and I’m only free to boys. Not men in their twenties. Sorry,” said Timmy, firmly.
The entire time Timmy and William were talking, Lisa was staring at a beautiful blue butterfly and thinking. “William,” she said.
“Huh?” William asked.
He looked at her and she said, “Come inside with me.”
Timmy tagged along but stopped in the kitchen when he saw that Mother was baking cookies (maybe he could have one). There were racks set out on the counters with Gingerbread cookies sitting on them to cool.
“Can I have one?” he asked.
“One,” Mother said, smiling.
Meanwhile, William and Lisa had entered Lisa’s room. Lisa got her green and gold box and opened it with her key. “Is this what Uncle Brett gave you?” asked William.
“Yes,” said Lisa, “I meant to show it to you, but I forgot.”
When she opened the lid the tune played. “Nice song!” said William.
Lisa lifted up the velvet in the bottom and William’s eyes got big as she placed the money in his hand. She said, “It’s for you.” A weird grin formed on William’s face, and he shouted, “Thank you, Lisa!” With a quick half hug he rocketed out of the room.
Lisa contentedly picked up a book and began to read. This one was a story, nothing about amphibians. Lisa was glad about that because, well, amphibians kind of began to gross her out.
She never did finish the book she was reading last winter. In fact it had gotten lost. Or had Timmy used it for something?
She smiled and dug deeper into the great story.
A week passed and one day William came running into the house. “Lisa, Timmy!” he called.
“What, what?” Timmy vaulted the couch, and Lisa came to see what was exciting William so much.
“The watch!” William said, “It’s as good as new!”
“That’s so great! Can I see it?” Lisa asked, smiling more than ever.
William put his hand in his pocket and brought out the shining gold watch. “It’s off time, but I’ll fix that,” William said.
“It’s so beautiful!” Lisa exclaimed
“Wow, it is nice!” Timmy admired it.
“The guy even polished it for free!” William said, “I’m going to go show Mother and Father!”
“Do you want to play Monopoly, Lisa?” Timmy asked.
Lisa ran her hand through her golden hair, saying, “Absolutely, Timothy McEvan! I will play Monopoly with you!”
Timmy’s freckled face lit up and he ran off to get the board… and William.