by Jay Merton (writing as Molly Halloran)
PREVIOUSLY: And then the café door opened, and in walked…
“Hey I know you,” Jay greeted with a big smile, “You’re…”
“Hola amigos!” the familiar looking stranger greeted, interrupting Jay, “Deseo hablar con el dueño de la nave* ‘Sparrow’.”
“…Ines!” Jay continued, “Welcome to our little fantasy world. Ella es un barco.* Maggie runs the land based part of ‘Sparrow Cruises,’ you know Maggie of course, and Molly is the boat’s captain.”
“Hi Ines,” Maggie greeted, “this is a long way from Miami, no? Are you here to join us?”
“I wish a cruise on your magnificent ship—er—boat.” Ines replied.
“All Big Lake vessels are called boats,” explained Molly, “even the thousand-footers. Funny thing, the smaller salt-water vessels that cross the lake to the Twin Ports, are called ‘ships’,”
“Just a cruise for now,” Ines replied, “I would like to see this Big Lake of yours.”
“I’m sorry,” Boomer said, placing his mug of organically & shade-grown, fair-trade, French Roast coffee on the counter, “I didn’t catch your last name.”
“Let me think about that,” she replied, “I’ll get back to you. Maggie, let me see your magnificent—boat!”
TO BE CONTINUED…
* Spanish courtesy of “Babel Fish,” any errors also courtesy of “Babel Fish,” I don’t speak Spanish—Molly.