Danger Bay—Episode 2—Lar meets the Strangers

By Jay Merton (writing as Molly Halloran)

Previously:

Although Lar doesn’t know it yet,the strangers at the café are Jay, Boomer, & I, my fiancé, Joe Kewl, retired banker Trigg Guudlender, and real estate broker, “Miami” Maggie Dokic.

Lar’s world will soon be tipped on its side—and this is the continuing story of how that comes to pass.

Season I, Chapter 1, Episode 2:

Silverthorn's Cafe 2007 S1 Ep 1 & 2If you’ll remember, Gentle Reader, in our last installment, Medlar “Lar” Farkleberry as he was opening his Danger Bay Star Gas Station (full service only, thank you very much), he noticed a gaggle of strangers on the boardwalk of Silverthorns’ Café. Curiosity soon got the better of him:

Wal, I could do m’books later, I s’pect,he thought, “an’ nobody’s gonna be by f’gas for an hour or so, p’haps I’ll lock up an’ head over ta Silverthorn’s.”

And that’s just what he did. His heavy work-boots clopped on the boards, as he stepped up on the boardwalk, he saw the strangers through the window, two of them wearing maritime uniforms sitting at the small table, by the front plate-glass window, and four more with one also wearing a maritime outfit (that would be me) at the counter.

Mornin,” Lar greeted the strangers as he clopped over to the lone remaining stool at the counter and sat down, “welcome ta Danger Bay.”

He received a round of “Morning” and “How are you?” in return from our little entourage, and then he asked: “What brings you folks ta town? Howdja get here, don’t see no car?”

Came by boat,” I answered, “we’re tied up at the pier.”

We’re checking out Danger Bay as a place to live,” added Trigg, “At least I am. I’m Isaac Guudlender, but you may call me Trigg.”

Lar, a good judge of character, thought, This feller smiles a lot, not th’ stab ya in th’ back kinda smile, but th’ honest smile of a happy person.

Then he said, “Not much here anymore, but th’ blue house across th’ road’s fer sale.”

We’re also looking for a place,” I said as I placed my mug of really horrible coffee (Jay’s going to have do something about this) down on the counter, “to headquarter our boat and tour operation.”

I think I kin help ya,” Lar replied (and if you could see his thought bubble—it would be filled with question marks & dollar signs), “Who’re them fellers in the corner? They sure don’t have much ta say.”

Oh that’s Jay Merton & “Boomer” Jack Boardman,” I answered, smiling, “captain and 1st officer of the Sparrow. But I’m writing this story, and I won’t let them speak!”

To Be Continued…

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“Talley-HO!”

Pursuit BannerPREVIOUSLY: Hugs were exchanged in silence; words were not necessary. Just being together for Mac was enough for all present.

“Perhaps,” Collie suggested, “We should remember the good times we’ve had with my husband—I think he’d like that.”

“Remember the time when Mac and Simpson had it out?” Boomer asked. Continue reading

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THE FINAL FAREWELL

Modern loungePREVIOUSLY: There was complete silence—all were too stunned by the news.

Of all the Posse members, Boomer & Jay knew Mac the best—they had been friends since before #Twitter, or #Facebook, but waaaay back during Jay’s #ActiveRain (don’t ask) days.

“I just can’t accept that Mac is gone,” Boomer said, tears coursing down his face, “I just can’t!” Continue reading

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BIG MAC!

Modern Lounge BannerPREVIOUSLY: “I open tomorrow morning,” Jay replied, “And experience informs me that it won’t be long after that—I will be eliminated.”

“I’m sure you’re right,” Mac replied, “WOW—have I got me a hum-dinger of a headache!”

“Why don’t you go home—so Collie can work her magic on that,” Boomer laughed. Continue reading

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“Were you successful?”

Modern LoungePREVIOUSLY: Jay toured the lounge with Erik Ohara of Moosehead County Real Estate.

“It’s in good shape.”

“It is, Jay,” O’Hara replied, “The owner was incompetent, but not a slob.”

“So, it would seem, how much does he want for the place?”

“He has an offer on the place already—but is holding-out for a better offer.”

“Who’s his agent?”

“Me,” O’Hara replied, “But the buyer seems a bit (how shall I say this?) crooked.”

“It would be wrong of you accept a lower offer, then?” Jay asked.

“Yes—however if you offer a dollar more?”

“Is that ethical?”

“It’s borderline—but, if you have a standing-offer of a dollar more—what else can I do?”

Season 18, Adventure 6B, MODERN LOUNGE, Episode 8—Scene 1 … Inside the Lounge … Jay Merton met with Keller and Simpson.

“Well?” Big A asked, “Were you successful?”

Jay Merton met with Keller and Simpson ©JBoardman

“Were you successful?”

“Completely successful, Al,” Jay replied, “The deal was made, and I’m the proud owner of ‘Jay’s Lounge,’ lock, stock and barrel.”

“Perfect,” Keller said, “When do you take possession?”

“The transaction will be completed next week,” Jay replied, “I’ll take possession then.”

“Good, that should work-out very well,” Keller replied, “Right Al?”

After Jay left—the two very-bad guys both grinned from ear to ear, “How long before we eliminate Jay”

“Well, Mr. Keller—after we purchase the lounge from Jay.”

MODERN LOUNGE, Episode 8—Scene 2—the NEXT Day … The Posse met Jay in Jay’s Lounge …

“Well, Jay” Boomer asked, “How did it go?”

The Posse met Jay in Jay’s Lounge ©JBoardman

“How did it go?”

 “I open tomorrow morning,” Jay replied, “And experience informs me that it won’t be long after that—I will be eliminated.”

“I’m sure you’re right,” Mac replied, “WOW—have I got me a hum-dinger of a headache!”

“Why don’t you go home—so Collie can work her magic on that,” Boomer laughed.

“I think I will,” Mac grinned as he prepared to leave, “It’s already lessoned a bit.”

“Oh GOOD!” Jay exclaimed, “We do get tired of your grumping!”

“Yeah,” Debra joined-in, “Make like a tree—and leaf-already!”

“Out—out—OUT WITH YOU!” Chris exclaimed, “What a buzz-killer you are.”

After Mac left—the remaining Possewere concerned—Mac was almost never sick. He seemed to have a stainless-steel constitution.

“Does anyone remember Mac being sick?” Boomer asked.

“You and I go back a long time,” Chris replied, “And I simply can’t remember Mac ever complaining.”

“I know I’m worried,” Jay said—summing-up everyone’s concern.

Our story will be Continued …

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“How long has it been?”

Modern LoungePREVIOUSLY: “Next is to give you an assignment,” Keller replied, “But not in this century.”

“Century?”

“The 21st Century,” Simpson replied, “Juco is, at our request, sending us all to the 21st Century.”

“Juco can do that?” Continue reading

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“Okay, what’s next?”

Saloon BannerPREVIOUSLY: “Great, Jay,” Mac rumbled, “When do you join them?”

“As soon as I get packed.”

“Very well,” Mac replied, “We’ll assign Flutters to watch-over you.”

“That will help, Mac,” Jay said, “Thanks.”

 “You know what?” Joey asked, “We require some time off—Simpson & Keller won’t miss us for a few days.”

“You’re right,” Mac replied, “Where?”

“21st Century Wolfwood!”

SALOON, Episode 2—Scene 3 … 21st Century Wolfwood … “So,” Chris Earp observed, “Wolfwood really exists!”

“Yes.” Joey replied, “It really exists—let me give you a tour of the cabin.”

Joey gave the Posse a complete tour of the cabin—and then set-about making one of his special dishes for lunch: “Gratis on a Portis with Escofier sauce.”

Too soon, Gentle Reader™ the short vacation came to an end and our heroes returned to their 19th Century Posse HQ.

Season 18, Adventure 6, SALOON, Episode 3—Scene 1 … Outside the Posse™ HQ … Jay Merton left for Keller & Simpson’s HQ, “I’m off to a life of crime.”

“I’m off to a life of crime.”

“Be careful, Jay,” Mac admonished, “We don’t want to lose you so soon after your return.”

“C’mon Mac—how many adventures have we had since 2007?” Jay asked, “You must know I won’t be lost. And too, Flutters will watch-over me.”

“That’s small comfort, Jay,” Mac replied, “Perhaps we should ask Karma Big-Feathers to watch-over you.”

“There’s a thought,” Jay replied, “Just so she flies very-high above us.”

“She’s no fool, Jay—she’ll fly high and still be able to watch-over you.”

“I’ll be counting on that.”

SALOON, Episode 3—Scene 2 … Jay Merton arrived at Keller & Simpson’s HQ (with Karma Bigfeathers flying high overhead) … “Okay, what’s next?” Jay asked.

“Okay, what’s next?”

“Next is to give you an assignment,” Keller replied, “But not in this century.”

“Century?”

“The 21st Century,” Simpson replied, “Juco is, at our request, sending us all to the 21st Century.”

“Juco can do that?”

“Of course,” Keller replied, “He’s got mad skills.”

“What will we do when we get to the 21st Century?”

“We’ll open an upscale lounge catering to the very-wealthy,” Simpson replied, “With a back-room set-up with all manner of gambling opportunities.”

“I LIKE that,” Jay replied, “I need to pick-up a few things before we leave.”

“Make it quick,” Keller said, “We need to leave soon.”

“Oh—I’ll be quick—for an old man!”

SALOON, Episode 3—Scene 3 … Inside the Posse HQ™ … “It appears I’ll be going to the 21st Century,” Jay announced as he entered the Posse HQ, Keller & Simpson informed me that’s where we’re going.”

“Wonderful!” Mac exclaimed, “I’ll contact the 21st Century Silverthorn family & ask them to watch-over you—and let Karma Bigfeathers know so she can watch-over you.”

“Aren’t you coming too?”

Jay Merton reported back Inside the PosseHQ™ ©JBoardman

“Aren’t you coming too?”

“No—this is only ‘Episode 3’ of this ‘Adventure’—we have to stick around for a few more episodes.”

“And,” Boomer added, “It’s already confusing me!”

Our story will be Continued

 

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WOLFWOOD!

Saloon BannerPREVIOUSLY: “What’s up Coo-Coo?” Boomer asked.

“Simpson and Keller have become a team, Alpha-Boomer,” She replied, “And they’ve taken a room in Flyspeck.”

“Okay, gang,” Mac rumbled, “Let’s ride!” Continue reading

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Flyspeck

Saloon Banner ©JBoardmanPREVIOUSLY: “Jay Merton!” Mac exclaimed, “It’s been way too long!

“Blame Boomer,” Jay replied, “I believe he’s forgotten me!”

“A-HEM!” Boomer exclaimed, “You’re here—right?”

“Obviously.”

“It appears, Simpson,” Keller observed, “We’ve eluded the so-called Posse.” Continue reading

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The RETURN of Jay Merton

Simpson Banner(With this Episode I’ll again be posting on Tuesday & Thursdays)

PREVIOUSLY: “The Posse won’t look for us here!”

“I believe you, Simpson,” Keller replied, “At least not soon enough.”

“I suggest we tap into our reserve cash—you do have a reserve, right Stan?” Continue reading

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