1. Standards for the drawings were very high. They had to be to scale and easy to understand for someone who had no idea what they were doing.
2. No guessing the surprise. Should the surprise be accidentally guessed, the surprise would immediately be taken away. Sounds harsh, but them's the rules.
3. If the schematics were not up to snuff, no surprise. Full stop. I did warn Will that if he didn't have them, or they weren't up to standard, then I would still tell him what the surprise was, and this would make him very, very sad.
This seemed to light a bit of a fire under him. In addition to finishing his schematics (it came down to the wire, and he had to re-do two of them that were shoddy and not clear), Will has been on a reading tear, finishing ten books in the last six weeks. All on his own. He has also decided to write a persuasive letter for a paint job on his go-kart.
So what was the surprise?
A go-kart kit!! Same basic design and all the parts.
All he needs is an engine, which he has started looking around for and for which may design a fundraiser. The other students at HoneyFern are trying to convince him to paint it himself, but he wants a professional job. If his persuasive letter doesn't work, I will be posting painting pictures soon!
Go, Will, GO!