PREVIOUSLY: Scene 2… In the Rail Car.
“Upstairs,” Sarah replied, “Men’s quarters through the door at the front of the car and women’s at the rear.”
“Yes,” Chris laughed, “Upstairs. We’ll take a tour in a bit. On this level we have the lounge, kitchen and other amenities. We take turns cooking; you may plan on taking your turn.”
“We’ll also give you a tour of the stable car,” Sarah added, “Our native friends enjoy camping there over the upstairs quarters.”
“Why does this not surprise me?” Lacy facetiously asked, “I suppose you have your own blacksmith as well.”
“We do,” Sarah replied, “Doesn’t everyone?”
“A saloon, I hope?” Jebediah asked, “A fella sometimes just needs a little rotgut whiskey.”
“Third floor,” Sarah smiled, “I could go for a glass of wine; c’mon, let’s go.”
Moments after trudging up two flights of stairs, they were standing outside the Adventure Train Saloon.
“Si, Jeb, si!”
Season 13—Adventure 2—Pioneer Moosehead County—Episode 9—Scene 1…In the Rail Car… “Let’s enjoy a quick refreshment before continuing our tour.”
“Right behind you, Sarah,” Chris smiled as she walked into the saloon; the others followed.
Sarah hadn’t paid attention to the two men standing at the bar; it may have been due to the fact she hadn’t thought about her “step” grandpa in many years that recognition came slowly, “Grampa Jay!”¹ she exclaimed, “Is it really you?”
“Is it really you?”
“In the flesh, Sarah” Jay replied, “Talking with my 2007 self; he’s probably more familiar to you in his appearance. This is my first visit to the past; I find it most exciting. Especially the part about being an US Marshal.”
“It’s so good to see you,” Sarah replied, “Where have you been?”
“The REAL WORLD me passed away in 2009, and Big Mac convinced Boomer to remove me from the Danger Bay blog; I can only exist here, or in the Great Beyond. I would be 91 in the REAL WORLD. I was quite ill with cancer when I passed, but I’m feeling pretty great right now.”
“You were a big deal on the Active Rain REAL WORLD blog-site; many thought you were Boomer.”
“They were wrong; I was Carl McIntyre. Boomer was Boomer.”
“I’m glad you’re here, Grampa Jay, and glad I have you as a step-grampa!”
¹ Jay Merton was based upon a friend of mine who lived in the same senior hi-rise as Collie & I in 2005. His real name was Jason Everett Martin; he passed away in March 2009 at age 85.
Archived image of Jay Merton
I told Boomer I was bringing him back. This character first appeared on the “Active Rain” in 2007. That character was eventually phased-out; but, curiously, remains the owner of this blog.”
To be CONTINUED…