Miserable as he was, Jim was not going to let anyone make remarks about ticktock.
Returning, he fastened the gate securely and slid off ticktock.
As Jim started to lead his prodigal pony into the yard, he noticed for the first time that ticktock wore no bridle.
ticktock, in the meantime, had been watching the argument intently.
ticktock, becoming tired of the argument, decided to settle the issue by kicking Constable Whittaker out of town.
ticktock looked around at his rider with a question in his eyes.
Somehow he felt that ticktock would escape from the thief and return.
“Why, ticktock could catch any slow old Percheron,” said Jim scornfully.
This would be a secret rendezvous belonging to him and ticktock.
Also, ticktock was getting tired of going through trees after the mare.