They Loved to Laugh (Young Adult Bookshelf)
Jonathan came up first. He looked down at Martitia with irrepressible amusement lurking in his hazel eyes.
"So little are you, Martitia. So little and so solemn. If you would only laugh back at us, maybe we'd let you alone. Can't you learn to laugh too?
Martita refused to answer him.
He leaned over and picked her up lightly. "Come, Martita, I'll carry you across the stream."
He walked out surely on the log, with Martita held in his easy grasp. She felt secure at last.
Then, right in the middle of the stream, Jonathan jumped over into the creek with her!
It was as sudden as that. One minute she was held securely and dry and safe in Jonathan's arms on the log. Next minute she was scrambling and pawing in the waters of the creek. Martita wondered, wildly, if moccasins and leeches and lizards were feeding on her already. Blind with water, she struggled toward the bank of the creek. Slipping and weeping, she reached the edge. She stood there a minute, her muslin dress dankly dripping. Then without a backward look at her tormenters she fled weeping up the path in the direction of home.
Behind her the sound of giant laughter pursued her all the way to the springhouse.
Book is a paperback and sold in good condition with a crease on the back cover, other wise little wear visible on cover, binding, edges, and pages.