At 4:14 during Billy’s tenth birthday party, his little sister Evie puked on his cake. At 4:15, time stopped. In that minute, each person at the party and in the United States of America, on the seven continents of the world, and every living thing stopped moving. Frozen in time.
Everyone that is, except Billy Ivy. He’d just ripped open the birthday gift he’d wanted more than anything else, and had been dreaming of for months. Billy lifted the Fantastic Talking Light Up Globe over his head, “Look guys,” he shouted at his friends. “I got the globe!” But no one even looked at Billy or his special gift.
Billy first noticed his best friend Russell, who never held still for anything. He had become a statue with his hands over his stomach, gagging as he watched Evie barf. Jared Puttner, the bully who was there only because Billy’s mom made him invite every boy in his fourth grade class, pointed and laughed at Evie.
Billy slowly approached the frozen bully. He dipped his hand into Jared's back pocket, bringing out a red velcro wallet. Opening it, he found a stack of twenties. Billy tucked four of them into his jeans.
"I think that will take care of my lunch money for the last two months."
He then took the rest of the wad.