“No way Jose!” Jessie’s arms were folded in what was half stubborn refusal, half terrified self-preservation.
Derek laughed and wiggled his toes, which were caked with mud and muck and unidentifiable stuff that was best left well outside of sniffing range.
His sister groaned. “Do you have to be so gross?”
“What’s wrong with a little bit of nature, eh?” he teased. He took a step and bent to touch the carpet of green algae that covered the pond. It looked like velvet.
“Are you nuts?!” Jessie looked ready to lunge and probably would’ve pulled him back if it weren’t for the fact that it would require getting closer to the pond’s edge.
“Chill, Sis,” Derek shook his head. “It’s not like I’m gonna be eaten by Nessie.”
“Imaginary monsters don’t worry me,” Jessie’s lip curled in disgust. “Salmonella from those mallards and whatever else in this water sure does.”