From: "patti keiper" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue Feb 22, 2005 6:28 pm
Subject: Pure Fishy-ness
Mitch and Hobie were at
the zoo along with the whole gang from Station 51.
Dolphins leaped in their enclosed pool. The
water danced in the sunlight. They
chattered excitedly, begging Hobie for more fish. Mitch hiked up
his son so he
could more easily reach over the fence. His son threw in a sardine and three
played tag with it.
Hobie grinned. "Wouldn't it be neat if all dolphins were as smart as Koko?"
Mitch laughed and set his son down, "Yeah, it sure would. Maybe the dolphins
are the smart ones
and we're the ones who need to do all the learning."
"Think so?" wondered Chet Kelly.
said Chris DeSoto. "Aren't their brains larger than ours or something?"
Hobie looked up from the
dolphins, "Jill says it's too close to tell."
All nine of them leaned on the rail, watching the
light play on the dolphins'
Hobie chuckled, reaching up to hug his dad's neck. "You
know, I think mom's
going to like it here."
"I know she will Hobster, I know she will."
The firefighters of station 51 smiled broadly, recognizing that a small
rift had been mended between
the burly lifeguard and his son.
Gage grinned. "Hey, Roy.."
DeSoto didn't looked up from
the sardines he was feeding the milling
hungry mouths in the pool below them. "Yeah.."
"I think we oughta.. sign up for a tour with these Baywatch guys again.
I never got to hold one of those big red rescue can things and actually use
it going after a victim.."
"You aren't a certified lifeguard.." Roy smirked.
"Well between that nasty drain pipe oil fire, and treating all the drowning|
cases hauled in by em,
I certainly feel like one." he chortled.
"Can you do a pier jump? Or leap out of a hovering
helicopter? Or make a 1000 meter swim out and around a reef buoy
at full waxing tide?"
"..no.. Roy, that's not the point." Johnny sighed. "The point is..."
Captain Stanley broke
into the conversation, nipping the escalating
debate in the butt before it was overheard by the Buchannons.
"..the point is.. that ya had fun. We all did and the best part about
it, is that nobody died. Now
quit yapping, ya twits, and enjoy yourselves,
or I'll make a few heads roll. Consider that a ..friendly
your directly supervising superior. Gimme those fish, Roy, I wanna try
eyes boggled. "Cap, I thought you hated touching fish, or
the thought of even looking at one."
"Not any more. Cory Davison's been.. conditioning me with handling Koko.
I can even pet her now."
"Cap, Koko's not a fish, she's a--"
"SHhhh!" Cap said. "Quiet, Chet. You'll
ruin all her good hard work
getting me over my fish phobia. Don't say it's not working, Kelly.
you see that I actually have a food fish out by the tail?"
"Quit cheating and open up your eyes,
Cap." teased Stoker.
"Give me a minute.. I'm working up to it.. It's just that a sardine's so...
"So's a fire hose in a brush fire and that's never stopped you.."
"Telling point.." Cap said, cracking one eye open to look at
the fish he was moving over the dolphin
pool. "Thanks, DeSoto,
for your vote of confidence."
"Anytime. Sorry for these guys, Cap. I
do keep trying to teach them
em all the finer points of reverse psychology, but it's kinda hopeless
sometimes." Roy smiled.
Gage and Kelly glared in mild irritation at him, but held their tongues,
because they'd been ordered to.
"Keep at it. I like the thought of that end goal when they'll
as tactful as you about my personal affairs and the odd quirk or
two." Hank sniffed.
Marco snuck up behind Cap and said very loudly,|
Hank leaped up about six feet, and
the fish went flying.
It was snatched up by a hungry maw in seconds even
before it hit the water.
"Lopez! Would you ..CUT..THAT...OUT?! I'm trying to
concentrate here...." Cap sighed, catching
his breath as he
leaned heavily on the zoo railing.
"What, I didn't do anything.... Maybe the
us all to the convention."
Cap sighed, deciding to ignore his man, and he
into Roy's steel bucket for another fish.
Lopez leaned into Roy, "Hey, how
was that for a bit of psychology?
I was thinking it was sort of like how you scare someone to forget
about the fact that they're hiccupping..." he whispered.
"Crude.. but I think this situation calls
for more ....subtlety.."
"Oh. I'll keep working on it."
Gage started laughing
so hard, that he had to sit down.
Mitch Buchannon and Hobie glanced over their shoulders
and saw that the Los Angeles County firemen
relaxing out of the stress filled tension that they all
had when they had first arrived
at Baywatch. ::A grueling set of
workshifts'll do that to ya. I knew the balm of the ocean
set em all to rights. I'm glad I invited their crew out.
I think I'll do the same for the other shifts
at that station.::
Hobie Buchannon coughed lightly, clearing his still raspy
chest and he felt
his father's hand grasp his shoulder protectively.
To reassure Mitch that he was ok, Hobie reached
up with a
grip of his own and squeezed it affectionately.
To his thoughts, Hobie gave. ::Koko.
I'll never forget you.::
In his head, the memory of the dolphin's smile, seemed endless.
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