Chapter 1

One summer morning at the park, Benson had just called his employees outside for a meeting.

"Alright, everyone. I have an announcement to make," Benson said.

"You know who else has an announcement to make? MY MOM!" Muscle Man joked.

Benson sighed in frustration. "Anyway, we have three newcomers who'll be working with us for the summer," Benson informed.

"Oh, boy!" Pops cheered. "I can't wait to meet them. When will they arrive?"

"They should be here sometime this afternoon," Benson answered.

"You think we can get them to do our work for us?" Rigby whispered to Mordecai.


"Chill, Benson. I was just joking,"

"I don't want you two being bad influences on them," Benson told Mordecai and Rigby.

"Hey, we're not bad influences," Rigby protested.

"I think he's mostly talking about you, Rigby," Mordecai joked.


"Alright, that's enough!" Benson interrupted. "When the newcomers arrive, I want you all to meet them and make them feel welcome, got it?"

"Yes, sir," the employees replied in unison.

The Eds were riding a bus and were on their way to the park. Ed and Edd were looking forward to their new summer jobs but Eddy wasn't.

"Man, I can't believe our parents are makin' us get summer jobs," Eddy complained with his arms folded.

"I think it's a wonderful idea," Edd said. "Having summer jobs will better prepare us for adulthood."

"I don't wanna work all summer, Double-D. Jobs work ya too long for too little pay,"

"You'll need to obtain a career eventually, Eddy. You can't spend the rest of your life scamming people,"

"Sure, I can," Eddy argued. "Playin' dirty is the fastest way to earn big bucks. I don't need you to tell me how to make cash, Double-D."

"What kinda summer jobs did we get, Double-D?" Ed asked.

"Groundskeeping, Ed," Edd answered.

"What's that?"

"A groundskeeper is someone who maintains a park for functional and aesthetic purposes," Edd explained.

"Oh, great. So, we gotta take care of some stupid park all summer?" Eddy asked negatively.

"That's correct, Eddy,"

"Sounds like fun," Ed said, unaware of how wrong he was.

"That's the spirit, Ed," Edd complimented.

Eddy groaned and slid down in his seat. "It's gonna be a long summer," he said.

When the bus pulled up at the park entrance, the Eds exited the bus. Then, it drove away.

"Well, here we are, gentlemen. The first day of our first summer job. Isn't this exciting?" Edd asked excitedly. "Just think of it; responsibility. That's a sign of growing up, you know. A key to enter our social structure, a tip of the hat, a flag wave to the world proclaiming-"

"Alright, Double-D! We get the point already! Geez!" Eddy interrupted.

The Eds entered the park and started walking down the sidewalk.

"Look!" Ed exclaimed. He pointed to a four-seater cart that was approaching them. Pops was waving at the Eds while driving the cart.

"He must be one of the groundskeepers," Edd assumed.

Ed and Edd waved back at Pops. Eddy took one look at Pops and snickered.

"Get a load of that guy's big head," Eddy teased.

"He looks like a lollypop," Ed commented.

They both laughed.

"Ed, Eddy, shame on you," Edd scolded. "You both should know better than to ridicule someone for their appearance."

Pops stopped and exited the cart. Then, he walked over to the Eds.

"Good afternoon, gentlemen," Pops greeted. "Welcome to the park. I'm Pops."

"It's nice to meet you, Pops," Edd replied as he shook Pops's hand. "I'm Eddward but I'm usually referred to as 'Double-D'. These are my friends, Ed and Eddy."

"You three have the same name? What a coincidence!"

"Hello, friend," Ed greeted as he shook Pops's hand. "I like the size of your head. How did it get so big?"

"Ed, you're embarrassing him," Edd complained.

"Oh, that's quite alright. You boys must be the new employees Benson mentioned earlier," Pops said. He reached into his shirt pocket, took out three butterscotch ripple lollypops and handed them to the Eds. "Here you go. I give lollypops to all park visitors."

"Cool! Free candy!" Ed exclaimed.

"Thank you, Pops," Edd said.

Ed and Edd each took a lollypop. Ed ate his right away while Edd just held his in his hand. Edd didn't really want the lollypop because he knew it had sugar in it and that it would give him cavities but he took it anyway because he didn't want to hurt Pops's feelings.

"Ya got any jawbreakers?" Eddy asked disapprovingly.

"No, I'm afraid I don't," Pops answered, upset that Eddy didn't want a lollypop.

"Eddy, don't make Pops feel bad," Edd said. "At least, he's generous enough to offer us candy."

"Lollypops are for babies, Double-D," Eddy complained.

"It's the thought that counts,"

"Whatever. I don't want it,"

"Alright, then," Pops said as he put the one lollypop he had left back inside his shirt pocket. "Let me show you where you'll be staying for the summer."