By Molly Halloran
This episode takes place after “Return to the Real World—Old Men & Coffee Shops” (a continuation of Episode 25).
Today we find the following folks of Danger Bay gathered that evening for a little relaxation at “swigs!” bar: at the tables – MV Sparrow crew members Trigg Guudlender (1st Officer), Molly Halloran (Captain), Mac McIntyre (Chef), Sam Silverthorn & Medlar Farkleberry. Along the bar – Hy Silverthorn, the “Codger” (bartending), Mayor George Gamboge & “Big A” (the heck is He doing here?), Swigs owner Ines, and Sarah, prodigal owner of Cooper’s General Store.
“Sarah,” Ines, with a wary eye cast on Big A at the bar, greeted her friend, “Welcome home! Where have you been? We’ve missed you.”
“Oh Ines,” Sarah replied, “How long have I been gone? I have had…” Sarah’s narrative of her adventure was cut short (her absence was noted in Episode 21, bet you didn’t even notice that) by the raspy voice of Big A, and delaying the telling of Sarah’s story:
“Over there, Gamboge,” Big A Simpson snorted to his one-time supporter, “we see the rag-tag crew of the Sparrow drinkin’ their Shirley Temples.”
The Sparrow crew members who were chatting about their recent successful voyage to “Blackfish Bay” became silent as they realized Simpson was talking about them.
“Hey Al,” Gamboge said, “c’mon man don’t start anything here.”
“I ain’t startin’ nothing,” Simpson continued, sounding a little drunk (after one Appletini???), “I’m just saying what I think, and what I think is, over there sits the sorriest crew of any boat on Big Lake! Imagine a first officer whose banking experience got him the job…”
Trigg stiffened at the insult, but Mac murmured quietly: “Take it easy, Trigg, they’re only words spewed by a drunk.”
“And that big old man,” Simpson, warming to his rant continued, “who couldn’t get a job at a fast-food joint, is their chef!”
“Ignore him,” Mac said quietly not really believing his own words, “he’ll settle down soon if we don’t react.”
“AND THEIR SO-CALLED CAPTAIN,” Big A continued at a shout, “IS A WOMAN! WHAT SELF-RESPECTING LAKER WOULD ALLOW HIMSELF TO BE BOSSED AROUND BY A LITTLE WOMAN?”
OK Gentle Reader, I admit it—I was majorly pissed (can I say that?) and Mac, sensing thing were about to get out of hand, was just turning to face Big A, when he was hit by a well-aimed beer mug…
TO BE CONTINUED…