A Summer Day: Part Two.
So normally I would be posting Photo Friday but today I am just going to post the rest of this story. I hope you enjoy it and I will try to do another photo post soon! 🙂
Jordan was not the only one lost to the world of imagination, Rhyan and Scott were too. But they were characters not authors.
“Ahhhg!” Rhyan screamed as she pretended to be captured by evil pirates. “Ok Scott. You be the bad pirates now!”
This Scott did by crossing his eyes and sticking out his tongue. He marched dizzily toward Rhyan pretending to be the sickly crew.
“Alwight!” He spewed, his tongue still out. “Fiwst push youw fwined of the plwank and then jump aftew him!”
“Never!” Rhyan yelled, snatching tightly to the dog that sometimes doubled as Scott when he was playing bad guy parts, as he often did.
“Then Scott will watch you die!” The pirate suddenly forgot his lisp and hollered wildly.
Then Rhyan attacked and knocked the pirate out! She untied herself and Scott. They jumped up and were almost away when there came the mighty pirate, Captain Evil beard!
“Hahahahah!” He laughed. “I’ve got you now!”
“Quick!” Scott hollered, dragging Rhyan on top of the bunk bed. “Jump!”
“But the sea is full of sharks!”
“Yah, but this boat is full of weird pirates!!”
They jumped and at once Rhyan exclaimed, “Quick, let’s swim! We can since we’re done with our chores!”
“Oh yes!” Within minutes the twins were in the pool courageously fighting off villains!
Pearl, meanwhile, was trotting up the steps. She came upon James, just getting home, and flew at him excitedly.
“James!! You’re home!! Hurrah!” She gave him a huge hug and James laughed while hugging her back.
“What’s up now?” He wondered. “The last few times you’ve greeted me like that were because you’d been getting into trouble.” He eyed her with teased suspicion.
“Nothing’s up! I’m greeting you like this so you won’t think every time I greet you I’m in trouble!” She announced.
“Ok.” He laughed. “I’ll believe you!”
“Good.” She grinned as they headed up the stairs.
While Pearl headed on out to the porch James greeted Ana, who was in the kitchen.
“How was work?” She wondered, handing him a handful of chocolate chips.
“Pretty good.” He smiled, popping the whole handful into his mouth. “No one drowned and everything went well.”
She laughed. “I hope no one drowned!”
“Yes.” He teased back. “If the Coast Guard workers were drowning we’d be in trouble!” He then turned serious and added. “But it is good to be back. I didn’t know how much I missed living here.”
Ana smiled happily at him. “I know, I love it here too. And with these kids. . .” She paused as the sounds of Scott and Rhyan’s squeals and Pearl’s singing drifted in through the open screen door. “it’s perfect here!”
“Speaking of those kids I need to get them started on their swimming lessons.” James noted.
“Well you can hear that the twins are out there and you might as well start with them!” Ana grinned.
“Yah, I think I will.” James stood and headed to their room to change.
Pearl was happily humming to herself as she entered the top deck. It was the third story deck and she was slowly overcoming her fear of heights by walking out on it everyday. That day seven of her stuffed animals wanted to swing so she had promised to take them up on the highest deck and let them swing.
They were all jumping about excitedly as she tried to warn them to not fall off! Pearl tied seven strings to the railing. At last she got them all on and began to tie in the animals. She hung them all out and they happily set to swinging. Pearl was in the midst of joy and was laughing as her animals swung cheerily. Just then Ana called,
“Pearl, could you come help me for a moment?”
“Sure!” Pearl turned away and dashed to the kitchen where Ana was making chocolate chip cookies for supper.
“Do you want to pour in the chocolate chips, please? I need to start the macaroni.” Ana told her.
“Macaroni!? Hurrah!” Pearl exclaimed, as she grabbed the chocolates, and, in her excitement, she forgot all about her animals swinging on the porch.
The adventurers, Scott and Rhyan, were at that time maneuvering silently through a water cave. They had to go into the cave to escape the sharks but an ancient, sea serpent lived there. If they were very quiet he would not eat them but if they woke him up all was lost.
“We are almost there.” Scott whispered and Rhyan nodded. Suddenly, out of nowhere, they heard a tremendous shriek as something flew from inside the house, lept high in the air, and landed in the pool with an enormous splash in the water.!
“Run!!!” Rhyan hollered.
“Swim!” Scott commanded. “It’s the cave bear he’s come to eat us!!” The twins sped for shore, scrambled up on it, and ran for the nearest lawn chairs while James, the cave bear, lay in the water laughing.
“The sea monster’s going to get you!!!” Scott hollered. “You woke him up!”
“Nah!” James called back. “I eat sea monsters for breakfast.”
“Look.” Rhyan was looking up at the third deck. “What is that?”
They all turned and gazed where she was looking. Seven animals were hanging from the railing. Pearl, not really thinking what she was doing, had tied to ropes around their necks instead of their waists. In her mind they were happily swinging but the three at the pool did not know that. All they saw were seven of Pearls stuffed animals hanging by their necks with Pearl no where in sight!
“It’s more pirates!” Rhyan squeaked.
“Yah but Pearl killed them. She must be pretty strong!” Scott decided.
“Well.” James announced. “I knew she was up to something!”
Jordan only came from her Irish Fisherman world when the smell of cooking hamburgers reached her nose. Then her stomach brought her home and she found herself on the fish chopping table, her pen in hand, and several stories of the Red Haired Irishman written in her note book.
Smiling and hungry, she jumped up, stuffed her book into her bag, and ran back the stepping stones and into the house, just in time for supper!
She met Kate on the second floor and the two of them dashed up the stairs taking the stairs two by two. The twins and James arrived and soon the whole family was sitting around the glass, dining table in the windowed dining room. It wasn’t really a room, just a space big enough for the table but it was of to itself so they called it the dining room.
James prayed and then they all dug in to the freshly grilled hamburgers and macaroni and cheese. The ate ravenously, though with manners, for they all were hungry. Kate announced her plan to make and sing songs and the twins told of their adventures. Ana told James about her visit to the beach that day. She had been surfing when all of a sudden a kite almost hit her in the head! It caught in the waves near her and was rolling towards her when she realized it was their kite!
She had pulled it onto her board and looking back saw Pearl looking forlornly out at sea where she had lost the kite! Ana decided she would take it back, of course. So she started paddling for shore. Just then a small wave came up behind her and she had a great idea! She would try to surf with a kite! Keeping the kite under her she swam swiftly and then stood up. It was a gentle, close to shore wave and she surfed it with ease. She held up the kite and it worked, sort of!
“It flew for a little.” She told us.
“And it looked awesome!” Pearl grinned. “My stuffed sea gull was out there with me and he really liked it!”
“Oh, by the way.” James noted. “What happened to your stuffed animals? Did they disobey the law?”
“What?” Pearl was confused.
“Their out there hanging by their necks.” Scott noted sarcastically.
“Oh!” Pearl exclaimed. “I forgot about them! They are swinging they wanted to today!”
Laughing Ana noted. “Maybe we had better make them some swings?”
“Could we?” Pearl was ecstatic at that idea.
“I don’t know why not.” James decided.
“Yes!” Pearl lept up to go tell the swinging convicts.
“A swing might be better than hanging them all.” Rhyan noted.
“Yes!” Kate agreed and jumped up to go see what it looked like.
Only Jordan did not relay what she had done that afternoon, except to say she started song lyrics. No one knew of her special spot, except Peter, and she often kept her stories secrets until they were done. Instead she ate her food quietly imagining how the next adventure of the Red Haired Irish man would be. She decided that he was going to met an evil lady who hung her stuffed animals! But the only way he could defeat her was if he got the help of a singing mermaid! Ideas swirled in her mind and suddenly she couldn’t wait to get to writing.
Kate and Pearl came in with Pearl’s stuffed animals, the twins told James he should play with them more, and Ana got up to pass around the cookies. Then they all ate their cookies and settled into play some games before bed time. It had been an eventful, summer day and like almost all their days at that beach it had been a good one for they were happy. They were healthy. And most importantly they were together!
Together at the beach! What could be better?
If you want to read more about the Florez family here are some more posts about them!