Act IV: Homecoming
In case you were curious, I did go out the next morning with New Guy. Though, I did explain to him that I wasn't what he was looking for. It was a little awkward at first, but we laughed at the misunderstanding once we cleared things up. And we still decided to go out canoeing anyway. Why waste a perfectly good activity? It was a great way to enjoy a rare holiday.
We had a blast exploring the rivers, canals, & bay, spotting some fantastic wildlife & plants as we made our way towards the outer beaches & sandbars. We saw various birds, dragonflies, foxes, turtles, fish, & even a few dolphins! And it was fun negotiating some of the more challenging areas where the rivers got a bit fast & rough. But we pulled through & it was exciting. It was a very Bro-mantic experience, lots of fun & with such amazing views. It was certainly much better than scrubbing greasy, dirty pots & pans!
When we finished our canoeing adventure, we put the canoe up at New Guy's place before we met the others for a boat ride on Serenity, the newly renovated, reinvigorated, revitalized ship. The girls were there, giving me dirty looks at first. They didn't exhibit that sense of joy & satisfaction that one usually displays after a completing a community service. I suggested that perhaps if they did a few more community service projects, they'd find that joy that comes from giving.
The guys thought it was hilarious & laughed out loud. The girls tried to push me in the deep waters...twice! Both times, they claimed it was an accident, that they accidentally bumped into me while trying to get their sea legs. Liars! Assassins!
I thought it best to stay away from the rails of the ship & tighten my life vest. I had that feeling of danger nearby, like there were sharks in the water, checking for weaknesses, & they'd attack me when I'd least expect it.
I thought it wise that I ought stay in the middle of the group. Though, towards the last half of the boat ride, I felt safe enough to venture towards the rails, so long as the girls were in sight & a safe distance away. Though, sooner or later, when I wasn't looking, they'd strike back at me, & I would certainly pay dearly when they unleashed their vengeance. They were very patient, these shrewd, scheming, smart sharks.
And finally, Sailor Jack reports that all is well on the foul mouthed neighbors front. It seems that a few days later, the neighbors made up, forgave one another & reunited in their love. Sailor Jack heard them moaning before he looked out from his ship over to the neighbors' yard, where he saw the two of them intertwined & doing it loudly & drunkenly in their hammock. We took it as a sign that his party had won their hard fought campaign. Huzzah!
Sailor Jack reports that before he could look away, the hammock broke, & they fell onto the grass! But they kept going. Well, who are we to judge? That's love. And every returning sailor or traveler deserves a special homecoming celebration after a long journey. And so ends the holiday weekend, & we start the summer off with a bang.
Loose Lips Sink Ships Act I: Cast Off
Loose Lips Sink Ships Act II: Shipshape
Loose Lips Sink Ships Act III: Safe Harbor
The Feast of Predatory Beasts