Scene 13 Sunday Sunset
Entering the cottage Su calls for Lucky, ” Lucky! Lucky boy!…Phew it’s warm in here…..”
Lucky looks up from his blanket, wagging his tail he slowly gets up gimping to the kitchen on the tile.
” Hey Buddy,” John says.
” Look at you! Walking on the tiles,” Su says a little surprised.
” Smells that good food, he knows,” John remarks.
” Such a good boy waiting for Mom and Dad. We got something for the puppy,” Su says to him, rattling the doggy bag.
Lucky’s tail wags and his butt wiggles.
” John, could you turn down the A/C?”
” Yep. That late midday and late afternoon sun directly on the beach gets pretty hot. I bet the A/C’s work over time here. Something to keep in mind,” John says making his way over to the thermostat and lowering it to 60 degrees from 75. ” I bet he got up and roamed around a bit while we were out and that’s why he’s doing better on the tiles,” he says.
Su feeds Lucky the scraps from their dinner. Lucky begs for more by sitting down and trying to paw up, a position where he sits on his butt then lifts both paws in the air.
Lucky slips on the tile and becomes frightened. Head down, paws stretched out gripping the tiles with his toe nails, he tries to dig them in.
” Awe, puppy. You ok? John can you help me?” Su kneels down petting Lucky’s face and between his shoulders.
John grabs the blanket closest to the door and lays it out by Lucky and gently nudges him to get him to move over to the blanket. Lucky holds his grip.
John pats the blanket and calls him, trying to call him to it. ” Come on buddy, over here, come on.”
” Go with Dad Luck.”
Lucky licks his chops and tries to get up a couple of times, shaking a little bit from being scared.
” Come on buddy, you got it.”
Lucky doesn’t want to move and lays down panting without trying to stand up anymore. He seems a lot more relaxed in this position.
John goes into one of the closets and gets two cups of food and pours it into his food bowl, then sits the bowl on the blanket. ” Maybe that’ll do it,” John says.
Su puts the cheesecake in the fridge, fills a glass with ice and pops the top on a soda, pouring it into the glass. ” I don’t know what I’m gonna do when they stop making this, ” Su says referring to her particular brand of soda.
” Buy stock in it. How long til sunset?” he says and asks.
” We could just watch for it from here. I l ove how those windows are situated. But there’s nothing quite like being on the beach and watching it sink into the water,” Su says.
” Yeah, nothin’ but beach and the Gulf, don’t get much better than that.”
” Wish we were in that big house we saw,” she says staring out the window.
” That would be so sweet. Never know. Maybe one of these days,” John says thinking about his book.
” Yeah right,” Su says thinking about their financial situation.
” Well, we got right now and right now is pretty good even if we aren’t in a mini mansion. Look at that view,” he says.
Su walks over to John who’s standing in front of the three large windows and hugs him. “It is beautiful.”
” If we were any closer to the water the tide would wash us out, literally. Underneath us is the beach,” John says, giving her a little squeeze.
” We are together, Lucky is with us, the kids are coming. Absolutely no worries for the moment. What else could you want?” he says, trying to comfort her.
” For my back not to hurt, I love standing here in your arms but I got to sit down. Give me a kiss.”
They hug for a minute and kiss one another. Su sits down on the couch, while John sits on the edge of a cushion on the same couch.
” Oh phew!… This is actually a pretty comfortable sofa….” she says finding some relief.
” Yeah, not too bad for a pull out couch type.”
” This is where the kids are gonna sleep.”
” All four of them?”
” Probably not. Justin will be in the second bed, Christine, Brent and Peyton will be out here.”
” Lucky and you in th e first bed?” he asks.
” No, me and you in the first bed. Justin and Lucky in the other bed.”
” Think Lucky will be ok with that?”
” Yeah, they sleep together like that when Justin spends the night with us on the weekends.”
” That’s at home though.”
” It’ll be alright, they are used to one another.”
” Alright, we’ll see how it goes,” he says, kind of concerned that there may be a conflict on the bed.
” It’ll be fine,” she says.
“ You know how he doesn’t like people up in his face, those kids always seem to get right up in there.”
“ It’ll be fine,” she reassures him.
John thinks back to the time when the vet sniffed Lucky’s ears and he nipped at him.
Su hears Lucky’s nails scratching on the floor and looks over to see him climbing on his belly to the blanket towards the food bowl. ” There you go. Better huh?”
” Bootay!” John says, trying to encourage him in his gruff way.
” I forgot, why do you call him that?” Su asks.
” I’ve been calling him that for, God — years and you’re just now wondering that?”
” No, I wondered in the past, I just didn’t ask. I figured it was just a nickname and it’s been 12 years you’ve been calling him that.”
” 12 years huh? Fair enough. Well, It’s an accumulation of things. You call him “Wiggle Butt” because he wiggles his butt when he wags his tail. I call him “Droopy Drawers” because of that patch where his balls are suppose be and where his butt meets looks like a droopy diaper. We both call him “Buddy”. So “Bootay” just makes sense, to me at least. He responds to it by wagging his tail most of the time.”
“Bootay!” Su says loud to Lucky.
Lucky looks up from his bowl, turns his head while laying down and looks over his butt at Su. ” Hi buddy,” she says, smiling at him and the fact that he responded. Lucky wags his tail, looks back to his bowl and goes back to crunching on his food and smacking his lips.
” See,” John says.
” Booty, Buddy, Lucky it all sounds kind of the same probably,” she says.
” Don’t forget about “Yucky”. Remember when Justin couldn’t pronounce his name right and called him that,” she says with a little giggle.
” Yeah, “Yucky”, that was pretty good.” They both laugh.
” So when you wanna go out for the sunset?” he asks.
” Just before it hits the water, a couple of minutes.”
A few minutes pass as they sit on the couch looking out the window at the beach. John thumbs through a local advertisement magazine trying to get a feel for what is really going on here on the Island, looking out the window every so often. Su gazes straight out the window waiting for the moment when they can go out and see the spectacle.
A subtle darkness slowly begins shadowing the dunes in front of the cottage as the wind picks up and gently sways the Sea Oats to one side, twisting them at their drooping seed laden tops. As the brisk wind calms they pull themselves back into position. The bright white sun fades behind an overcast sky of clouds.
” Ready?” Su asks.
” Ready,” he replies, placing the magazine on the table.
” Thinks it’s time Luck?” she asks Lucky.
Lucky’s tail thumps the floor as Su grabs the leash and John goes into the kitchen filling his coffee mug with coffee.
” Should be a nice one tonight, no rain, not so many clouds we can’t see the sun go into the water,” she says.
” Let’s see.”
Heading out the door John puts on his large billed cap and sunscreen. Su helps Lucky down the deck stairs onto the sand.
“ Why are you putting on sunscreen when the sun is going down?”
” The reflection off the water. I’m still freaked about it a little bit. Better safe than sorry, y’know.”
” A lot cooler since the sun went behind those clouds,” he says.
” The sun is going down, look behind us,” She says pointing.
John looks behind them to the east and sees the sky darkening. ” I’ve seen that before, it is pretty cool how it can be dark all around but it’s all lit up over the water,” he says.
” It’s beautiful,” she remarks.
Lucky sniffs around the ground going from one spot to the next along the path to the beach between the dunes and finds one bunch of Sea Oats he seems to like. His nose gets wet and starts running.
” Must be another dog around,” John says.
” Yep. Come on, I don’t want you rolling in another pile like you did that one time. I still don’t understand what it is about things that are so nasty that he likes,” she says as she pulls Lucky away from the area.
” I don’t know, maybe that’s how he leaves his scent for others to find.”
” By rolling in shit?”
” I don’t know, maybe a little bit of ear wax gets left behind like pheromones or something, like a calling card.”
” It’s so gross.”
” That it is,” he says.
They walk to the top of the dune closest to the beach and stand watching the sun slowly falling beneath the low lying clouds. They see other people coming out to the beach to watch the sunset too picking up shells, walking and talking.
Several birds are picking at the shoreline, but not as many now as in the daylight hours. The waves have more of a curl to them, crashing before the shore, pushing gentle waves onto the sand that reflect the light in a beam from the beach to the sun across the water, almost like a bridge of light across the water.
A yellow-orange glow emanates from and around the sun into the sky stretching outward turning the sky a bubblegum color beneath the clouds. The clouds further away are long and white with puffs on top of them that blend into the disappearing horizon.
The clouds closer to the beachgoers are smaller versions of the clouds further out and are dark and fluffy with flat bottoms. The setting sun reflects orangeish red in various points of the darker, closer clouds. The sky above the clouds is light blue with wisps of white, the bubblegum and the light blue colors of the sky merge together.
Darkness starts to fall on the beach and it begins to cool down further as the sun slowly starts to sink beneath the horizon.
” Here it goes,” Su announces.
Su watches intently as the sun seemingly dips into the Gulf waters as if a big ball of fire is being extinguished by slowly falling into the water.
” Oh my god, that is so beautiful.”
As the sun disappears, a beautiful orange afterglow, sherbet orange in color lingers on top of the once darkened waters and the whole sky over the water becomes sherbet orange-pink in color with outlines of the clouds a mauve color and large stretches of white outlining and extending beyond the clouds.
“ Woow. Look at those colors. That is incredible how that does that,” John says as he watches in amazement.
” It’s beautiful,” Su says as she melts with it.
Su, John and Lucky all sit on the dune together for quite a while witnessing the event as it gets darker.
Copyright © 2013 by John Edward Petersen