What happens when Freak and Max try to get some lemonade in Freak the Mighty?

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Kevin and Max decide to take in the Fourth of July festivites, culminating in a fireworks display at the millpond. Along the way, the boys get thirsty and decide to get some lemonade from one of the food-carts parked nearby. Max yearns for "how clean it will taste." But before the boys can make their purchase, Kevin--atop Max--spots a " 'Cretin at two o'clock.' " It is Blade and his gang of young thugs. They begin to chase the boys, and Max runs through the crowd as fast as he can with Kevin on board. When there is no where else to run, Kevin instructs Max to head out into the slimy, mucky waters of the pond. Soon, Max is stuck in the mud, but when he looks back, he sees Blade struggling to stay afloat. Blade's gang rescues him, and they begin to throw rocks at the Kevin and Max, but when police sirens are heard, Blade "and his punks are running away. Like snakes on sneakers..."