The summer solstice light fell with the suddenness of a broken shoe lace. The only safe place to walk was down the center of the now deserted road, pitch dark and while not lost very far from home. High on life, a few beers and a spliff, but mostly on other things that words can’t describe, not mine at least. The long winding road led to home, our home…
I hadn’t planned on that first sunset, nor any of them. The two chase lounges on a private beach were too inviting, sandwiches, chips and beers from the south end market. The right amount of sun, a light breeze and many many miles underfoot. Oh and the lemon marange we shared in the back seat of a car a young girl was learning to drive while her father tried to fatten us for the looming winter months.
Paddle boarding, my first try and I’m hooked. One project knocked out on Sookie. Two days sleeping in far to long and three nights that almost Became day. Farmers markets and hippies in the park. Backpacks loaded with staples and treats. Fresh Dungeness crab dockside, home made hooch and local drawn butter with sautéed farm fresh garlic.
One of the girls I work with cornered me, is that her? Is she your girlfriend? She was blushing and smiling in a way only a good friend can, the type of person that wishes upon a star for all your dreams to come true. “I saw you guys wandering down the road holding hands” her blush intensifies, her smile grows, voice goes soft and sincere. I’m surrounded by the most amazing people even if my favorite islander has made a break for the ski slopes of South America.
Boaters pass and chat as we sit around lazily like two turtles sunning themselfs on a log. Sookie is the star of the show but we are willing passengers on a ride with no destination, no purpose, no difinitive starting point and no known end. This journey started many years ago and then again on a small patch of sand a million miles from anywhere. Call it chance, fate, or destiny; but what ever it is it was the last thing I could have ever expected.
I let her go once, my mistake. This time I grabbed a fistful of hair, dragged her aboard and locked her in my boat, um our boat…