Clayton and the other boys pulled off their shirts and capered around in the chilly water. Gabe and Luis joined them. When he was soaked through and still covered in soot, Gabe ran at Maddie with his arms out as if he were going to kiss her. She turned the hose on him, knocking him back a step.
Luis tried the same thing with Patti, but she grabbed the hose from Maddie and blasted him. For fun, the girls raised the nozzle skyward, making the chilly water rain down on them. Rainbows shimmered through the spray. Soon, they were all dripping and laughing. Jose turned off the hose.
Polly came out with an armload of towels and handed…
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