Liz made an apologetic face. "7..." she said, cringing. Not everyone liked waking up as early as she did...
Jason made a face. "Aw, man! Liz! Why'd you wake me up so early?" he asked, collapsing back on the bed.
"Sorry!" Liz told him.
"I can't believe I'm awake before 10 am!" he moaned, pulling the pillow over his head.
"Go back to bed?" Liz suggested, opening the door.
"No, no. I'm up. I'm up," Jason groaned.
"Okay, I'll meet you downstairs for breakfast," she told him, making a quick exit.
Jason watched Liz walk away and sighed.
"Really?!" Liz asked excitedly. "This is going to be so much fun!"
Jason didn't even have to say anything.
Liz grabbed his arm, pointing, "Is that the park?" she asked, pointing across him to the park entrance.
Jason smiled, her enthusiasm was catching.
Jason laughed along with her. "Come on, let's bob for apples!"
Liz scoffed. "No way! This is going to be a piece of cake!"
"Yes!" Jason hooted, sending a triumphant grin Liz's way.
"I'm not!" she pouted. "I totally beat you, though!"
"I've been trying to get a hold of you!" Ken said, nodding towards Liz. "Ma'am," he said absently in greeting.
Jason frowned and pulled his cell phone out. "Oh man, it got busted somehow. I'll have to get it fixed!" He looked at Coach and asked, "What's up?"
"I've got some good news," Ken told him.
Liz nodded towards the pumpkin patch. "I'll let you two talk," she said, making an exit. Jason didn't need her hanging around while he was working.
Coach Powers smiled widely and shook Jason's hand. "You're in, kid! You made the cut!"
"YES!" Jason fist pumped. "The Gnashing Gnomes were my first choice!" he said with relief. "I would've hated having to leave Sunset Valley - no matter how hard my stepdad was trying to get me to join the Spitting Llamas!"
Coach Powers heartily pumped his hand again. "We're real glad to have you, kid. Don't forget to check in for practice tomorrow morning. Bright and early at the stadium!"
"I won't! Thanks Coach!" Jason called out.
Liz grinned. "Awesome! I'm so happy for you!" she told him.
Jason glanced down at the pumpkins she'd set aside. "Planning on doing some baking?" he asked. "You do realize you can get it canned, right?"
Liz rolled her eyes. "Come on, let's go to the haunted house!"
Jason turned in that direction. "LIZ?!" he called back, heading in the direction he thought he'd heard her and feeling spiderwebs across his whole body. He immediately cringed, backing up and feeling a shiver violently work up and down his body. "EEK!"
Jason took a giant step to the side to avoid the spider web, calling out, "No! Must've been some girl towards the front of the house!"
Just then, she saw Jason catapult from the exit, running as though his life depended on it. When he was finally a good distance away, he stopped, bending over and panting.
Wrapping her arms around her middle, Liz tried to take deep breaths. "Oh God. I'm going to die!" she wheezed with laughter, unable to stop.
"LIZ!" he protested, chuckling at how out-of-control Liz was acting. "Come on, let's go home," he grumbled.
Jason rolled his eyes as he took a long swing from his drink. "That's what I was afraid of..."