by Justin Eells
So after Mom went to sleep, we went down by the pond and little Bammy followed some ducks down to the water and I found ten bucks in the weeds off the path. I was supposed to be watching him, but I never had so much money, so I picked it off the mud and let him go chase the ducks down by the pond grass. I knew the ten bucks was someone else’s, and maybe they was looking for it, but we really needed it. I was thinking of buying some new spy goggles they got at the Toy King for eight bucks, and I’d still have two bucks I could save up or give it to my mom for groceries because Pop Tarts cost two bucks and Go-Gurt’s even more, and I wanted to help out and I needed new spy goggles.
I was so happy I had ten bucks I forgot about little Bammy for a minute. He’s a good little brother, and I love him and he loves me too, but he’s little and he wouldn’t know what to do with ten bucks, and he don’t know how to play spy games, so I don’t like playing with him, but I think someday I will. He thinks he knows how to wrestle but he don’t, and every time he does he cries, and I hate it when he cries, because he’s my brother and I want him to be OK. So first I was mad when I heard him cry, but then I was scared when I saw him splashing down in the water by the rocks where it’s real deep because he can’t swim and I can’t swim neither and I think I dropped the ten bucks in the mud or it blew away in the water. Normally, I’d be real mad I lost the ten bucks, but I didn’t care because little Bammy’s worth more than ten bucks and he’s my little brother and I love him.
I looked in the water and saw his head going up and down, and his face was the same face he had when he was trying to wrestle and I got him pinned on the ground, all red and big eyes, and he was looking up at the sky. I didn’t know what happens if you’re in the water too long, but I knew it ain’t good, so I went to go get Mom, but Mom is sleeping and I can’t bother her when she sleeps so I don’t know what to do. I love little Bammy and I want him to be OK, no matter what it costs.