Lovisma Tabitha Toothwich (or Lottie for short) was asked to mind her friend Molly’s house. Molly was going on holiday.
Lottie said, “Yes, please.”
They packed with care, for Lottie was bringing Bob with her. This meant there was a lot of extra’s : jelly babies, bones, and his favorite pink sunglasses.
When they arrived at the address they were surprised. Lottie danced and cartwheeled to the front door. She turned to wait for Bob who, wearing his pink sunglasses, plodded after her.
“Isn’t it perfect Bob? I forgot Moll lives in a lighthouse. I love circles and look the garden is one giant circle.”
Bob said, “Woof.” They did a lap of the garden to celebrate.
On the first morning Lottie raced to the top of the lighthouse and ran around shouting hello to the birds and animals far below. They spent the day exploring the lighthouse. They decided to sleep for the rest of the holiday right at the top of the building, outside.
That night they were watched carefully by the moon who seemed a little surprised at how soundly they snored while down below the waves crashed and thundered off the rocks.
Lottie and Bob enjoyed minding the lighthouse. The sun behaved as it should by rising promptly every morning. The dolphins and seals popped out of the water to say hello. Lottie and Bob ate most of their meals outside and left snippets of bread on the railing for the seagulls. Lottie loved to sit on the rocks below the lighthouse watching the seals play in the water while Bob preferred to sleep on the circular lawn.
At the end of the week Lottie noticed the grass was long and the weeds were growing tall. She mowed the grass then said, “I need to weed the garden.” Lottie took out the wheelbarrow and Bob jumped in. She pushed him towards the flowerbeds then stopped when she spotted a collection of wooden words dotted about the flowerbeds.
Lottie frowned. “Who would plant words in a garden, you can’t eat them? How did they grow there?”
A soft noise got her attention. Lottie pivoted about and saw a rabbit eating a word . By twisting her head sideways Lottie could read the word. “Forget.” She wondered what it meant.
“What a strange thing to have plonked in the ground. Did you do it?” Lottie asked the rabbit who ran away.
Lottie spent a long time weeding. The words were difficult to move. She had to dig the bigger ones free. When she was finished she sat on the ground and looked at the words lying on the grass around her. They were all sizes, big, little, thin and fat.
“I wish they were made of chocolate, “Lottie said to a passing bumble bee who ignored her and flew home. She stared at Bob who was chewing on his name.
“I bet that tastes nice,”Lottie said and picked up the nearest word. “Promised, sounds tasty” she said and took a bite. “Ugh it tastes of old boots,” Lottie grumbled, noticing Bob was chewing on a bone. He paused chewing to look up and smile at her.
After dinner Lottie decided to climb to the top of the lighthouse to see the words she had weeded.
She stood looking at the oodles and oodles of words. She twisted her head this way and that realising they might be a message but from who?
She got a piece of paper and a pencil. Then she began to write carefully.
“Its a puzzle. I need to solve this Bob.”
Her first attempt was terrible. It read;
Smiley don’t forget P.S. Bob Sunday Lunch me with your on surprising friend find it place in you for.
It took a long time but she finally solved the puzzled. It read:
Don’t Forget your promise to have lunch with me on Sunday, your surprisingly smiley friend.
P.S. I hope Bob left this message in a place for you to find it.
Lottie laughed. “He did, clever old Bob, lunch with Smiley Sam will be fun.” To celebrate they decided to have ice cream topped with marsmallows for Lottie and dog biscuits topped with Jelly Babies for Bob.