Scene 3 A Night Of Preparation
A Night of Preparation
Su heads back to the bedroom. Lucky tries hopping onto the bed from a hope chest at the foot of their king-size bed and can’t pull himself up. He gives up and sits at the foot of the bed staring at chest.
Su sees Lucky’s dilemma and helps him onto the bed. Worried and sad, she talks to him. “You gonna make it to Sanibel big guy? You remember Sanibel, you got stickers in your paws last time, remember? “
Su rubs his paws, talking to him as he pants with what looks like a smile on his face licking her hands and face. He rubs his face against the bed covers. ” You like it there. Remember when you were chasing, biting at the waves? You get to chase and bite the waves again! ” Su says while giving him his little quick kisses that he loves so much.
Lucky licks her face giving her kisses back and rubs his snout with his paws.
” No stickers this time, we’ll keep you away from that area, ok? ” Su smiles, rubs his ears and gives him a hug. Lucky stretches out on the bed, rubs snout with his paws, then begins happily panting, shaking the bed. John calls what Lucky is doing ” lady fingers “, because when Lucky pants on the bed, he shakes it like the old vibrating machines found in hotels a long time ago, you’d stick a quarter in them to vibrate the bed.
John stops in the door of the bedroom and watches Su begin to undress, looking at her shapely curves and sensitive neck. She feels him watching her change into what she calls her “ migrant shorts. ” She says she calls them that because they are unbecoming, but very comfortable and worn out. Something you might see a migrant wearing in the orange fields or on the farm picking veggies. John finds it attractive in some strange way. He doesn’t know why he does, he just knows he does.
Smiling, looking over her shoulder with her shirt halfway off and wrapped around her elbows, Su asks, ” what are you doing? “
With hungry eyes, John says, ” watching you and thinking about touchin’ you.”
“ Undo me,” she tells him.
John walks over to her, facing her back and smells her neck. Reaching up and undoing her bra strap he hugs her, slowly trying to work his hands to her breasts. Su clamps down with her arms trapping his. ” Mmm, Stop! I’m all sweaty.”
John wiggles his fingers playfully. Su giggles, as he slips his arms out of her grip, placing them on her hips, turning her around gently. Looking at her, he blows on her chest. ” Want me to blow dry them for you? ” he asks.
Su giggles and gives him a little love push, turns and heads towards the bathroom. John grins ear to ear.
Turning around, Su says, ” later, we gotta pack and get the car loaded, we have so much to do right now.”
John throws his hands out to the side, ” ah man!” he says playfully.
Su points and smiles slyly at him shaking her finger like, ” you naughty boy you.”
John wants to catch her in the hall to the bathroom, reach around from behind and get something going with her like he has on many occasions. But today he does not want to cross any boundaries. He saw her limping and holding herself up by leaning on things as she walked and he does not want to aggravate her pain any more than what she is already dealing with.
She already said ” Later “… But that could mean later tomorrow, who knows…..
Su changes her clothing and they both make their way to the living room where they talk about their day very briefly before doing the evening rituals of dinner and walking the dog.
Ordering a delivery pizza, they take Lucky for his walk while waiting for it to get there.
They make their way alongside the houses towards the canal when Mr. Bean, a small yappy dog starts barking at Lucky through the screened in porch of one of the privacy fences. Mr. Bean’s female owner calls ” Luckay, Luckay, Luckay!”
Lucky gets excited for a brief moment by trotting ahead at a quicker pace. Lucky keeps on walking, almost seemingly ignoring the dog as Mr. Bean keeps barking. Mr. Bean’s owner laughs out in a loud nasally laugh so loud that it echoes through the community on the other side of the long trimmed Australian Pine hedge that separates the two complexes.
Su and John look at each other and smile, then wave to Mr. Bean and his owner.
Mr. Bean’s owner says, ” he ain’t paying you no attention Mr. Bean… Luckay! Aahahahaaa!”
Su and John smile at one another and keep heading towards the canal so Lucky can do his business. Lucky wobbles and gimps his way around sniffing from spot to spot where cats or other animals seem to have been, then goes through his routine of finding that perfect blade of grass to poop on.
Watching for fish in the rust colored water of the narrow drainage canal then looking over to Lucky, John says, ” round and round he goes, where he poops only Lucky knows.”
Su scans the banks of the canal and spots a Pink Spoonbill. Pointing at it she says , ” I love those birds.”
John looks over in the direction she is pointing, sees the cotton candy pink and long flat billed bird and says, ” they miss you. You know they have them in Sanibel at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, right?” Su smiles and says, ” yes, I wish I could see the otters again.” John clears his throat knowing the river otters can be very aggressive and carry rabies, but doesn’t say anything.
John cleans up after Lucky and they all head back down the long stretch of grass between the homes and the hedge to their house. Trying to quietly make it by, ” Mr. Mean”, Lucky snoops over in his direction. Lucky entertains Mr. Bean and works his way through a large tangled bush of aloe sniffing the screen where Mr. Bean is barking like mad at him. Mr. Bean’s owner starts laughing that nasally laugh again.
Mr. Bean’s owner talks to Lucky through the dark screen enclosure between the slats of the wooden privacy fence, “ oh Luckay, you ok? You getting’ old. Luckyay Luckay Luckay, awwwe.”
Su locates the woman through the screen and says, ” Lucky is going to Sanibel, ain’t ya buddy?” Lucky is too busy trying to sniff through the small opening to hear her. That or he is just ignoring her, something he does quite often.
Mr. Bean’s owner watches her dog and says ” oh Lucky, you so lucky.”
” Yeah, we hope he makes it, he’s not feeling so well,” Su says, looking up from Lucky.
” Awwe Lucky, you be ok, huh? He’ll be ok,” Mr. Bean’s owner says.
Lucky starts backing out of the close quarters. ” Beeep… Beeep… Beeep…” Su imitates the alarm on a large truck backing up.
Lucky has a hard time turning around and seems confused as to where to go, he sits down on the aloe plant. Everyone sees it and Su tries to guide him out with the leash with no luck. John steps forward and tries to persuade him to turn around by guiding him out of the plants. With a little hop and stumble, Lucky figures it out, sways a little and walks toward the house. Su and John follow his lead.
Su waves, smiling, ” see you later.”
Mr. Bean’s owner says, ” bye Luckay.” John waves and they make their way back home.
Entering the house, Su says, ” I’m worried about Lucky.” She lays the leash on the table.
” He’s getting’ pretty old. He’s still got life in ’em though, he’s movin’ around and eating,” John replies.
” I’m afraid it’s not going to be too long,” she says pouting.
John walks over to her, hugging her to comfort her. ” If he goes anytime soon, at least he’s lived a good life. He’s happy, we always treated him well, he loves you… us… he has made many people happy. Us, the kids, Christine, other dogs…..”
Su nods and stares with a loving look at Lucky as he sits by the kitchen table looking up at her panting with the smile he always seems to have when he’s happy and when he is waiting for his treats.
John kisses Su, walks into the kitchen reaching beneath the sink and gets him his after walk treats, tossing them to him. Lucky lays down with the treats between his paws and crunches on them.
Su and John turn their attention to packing bags and getting all the things they need for the trip stacked by the front door to pack into the car in the morning.
The pizza girl shows up with the pizza, Lucky barks and gets excited. Su gets the pizza and brings it in. They take a well-deserved break, enjoying the pizza as Lucky sits at the end of the table and begs.
Su looks at Lucky as Lucky looks at her with pizza in her mouth, ” not from the table,” she mumbles. Lucky continues to beg her for a minute then goes and lays down on the other side of the table waiting patiently.
After dinner, Su gives Lucky a slice of left over pizza crust. Lucky slowly chews it as if he is actually trying to savor every bite.
After they finish eating and getting everything packed and ready to go, they spend a little mutual individual free time watching TV and playing games on the computer.
Tonight Su just wants to relax and play casual games with her friends on the computer until she gets tired enough to just pass out in bed. This speeds things up for her. She falls asleep about 11 pm.
John gives Su her kiss goodnight and waits for a sign if she is in the mood or not. He gets no sign and doesn’t press the issue. He heads into the office, looking up information about the place they will be staying and some general information about the locale again.
They have been there together before on a couple of occasions , but he has never spent ten straight days there like she has in the past and not with other members of her family either. Just her and Lucky. Lucky goes everywhere with them.
Sanibel Island really got into his blood on their last visit there. The last couple of visits he took were just one and two day excursions alone with Su and Lucky. It had such a tranquil effect on him, it is now his favorite place to go now too.
This time they will be joined for a few days by her daughter Christine, her daughter’s boyfriend Brent and the two grandchildren, Justin, who is twelve and Peyton, who is six years old.
While planning the trip earlier in the year, Su mentioned she wanted to invite them, saying, “this might be the last time that we can spend time like this together in my favorite place in the whole world and I want them to share this experience with us at least once in their lifetime.” John agreed and had no problems with it, he was excited about it.
After researching the barrier island that’s located on the west coast of Florida, learning more of the resident’s daily conservation lifestyle, more about its lighthouse, the pirates that used to be there like Gasparilla and Henri Caesar, a little about the Calusa Indians and a few of their legends and of course Su’s goal this time around, ” The Junonia” shell, the pride of Sanibel. John pulls out his old pyrography tools and burns a detailed version of the shell on both sides of his faux leather cigarette case to use as an identification picture since he’s never laid his eyes on one except in pictures. It’s alot different looking at one in a picture than actually hunting for one on the beach, John thinks to himself.
He remembers at one point during the planning she mentioned, ” this time around I am determined to find one.” His goal now too is to find one for her. He finishes up his rendition, locks up the house, turns the alarm on instant and sneaks into bed about 4 am., hoping not to snore too loud to wake Su up and falls asleep.
Copyright © 2012 by John Edward Petersen