FULL MOON BLUES
"Because it was none of your business,|
Kelly, now was it..?" he said from around
the sports page.
"I tried to warn you all
to respect Gage's privacy...."
Roy studied his now empty coffee cup
and spun it around on its base in deep
thought. "Yeah, that you did.."
Johnny turned around
table again and suddenly finger snapped
for a pad of paper and a pen, his green
still on the wordfind he had been
working on before the phone call.
All the guys hastily shot
to their feet,
to give the writing pad to him and his
"Give me that..." Johnny
said, his voice's
bite toned down, when he saw them
kowtowing sheepishly to aid
of their childish behavior
a minute ago.
He shuffled phone receiver
to one shoulder and
a chin and said,
"OK, I got something to write on Hon.
What was that again? 414 Rural route 60,
San Bernadino Iduhapi Campground
Resort? Yeah, so that was where I was
calling into last night
. It's that
camp you told me about where the counselors
take you into the woods and stuff for
hikes and then teach Braille.
Yes, that's right. You said your grandfather was
there this week.
Yeah, That's not too far away for
me to come visit ya.. I'll be coming..
you worry..After all, I am
your "Big Brother".." he grinned, and visibly
melted as a very young
excitedly into his ear.
"And I'm sorry about
not calling last night like
we planned for
your cabin's sleepover in the morning
in time for sunrise show and tell. I sorta
kinda got interrupted..." And he glared at
the gang for the treatment he'd received
trying to contact Lydia.
No. no.. It's wasn't for a rescue. Just a..
just a tiny
garbage fire.. Heh. "
and he laughed. "Yeah, there's a lota
garbage in the city, that I'll admit.
Yeah, I got it all right here. Your address
and everything. You're really close, just
few miles away up in the mountains.
I'll write and send ya a care package for
you and the other
girls all right? Ok,.
I promise I'll come visit ya on my shift off,
yeah, I'll bring my firehat.
I promise.. Ok,
gotta go. ..Bye bye Lydia.."
And he hung up, smiling to himself|
hugely as he made his way back over to
the kitchen table.
The fellas were quiet, absorbing what they
had overheard. Then Chet spoke up.
"She a niece
or something, uh, Gage?"
"No..no. I.. I sort of volunteered for the Big
Brother Program earlier
this spring. Lydia's
blind, and I got picked to be her sponsor for
the summer. You know.. penpalling,
that sort of thing. You see, Lydia's five and
she requested a firefighter for her sponsor.
heh. Guess she did that because her own
father was one and passed on when she was
a car accident...And, that's also,
how she got blinded..." Johnny said.
Then he cleared his
throat self consciously.
"Well.. now that all your nosy curiosities
are satisfied.. I think I'll
get back to my
puzzles.." he said with a final glare of
challenge. He met none, only nods of
Chet spoke up again. "Wow, Gage, that's
that's really something. Being a sponsor
and all for her like that. I've heard of
the Iduhapi retreat. That's in the heart of
Bernadino Mountains, isn't it?"
"Yep. Halfway between us and Station Ten.
Believe it or not,
it was Brice who told me about
the Big Brother program they had going
with the camp. I mean, I
like a fool and not help out you know what
I mean?. He called me about it this spring.."
Mike chuckled. "You mean you got suckered
into volunteering because Brice was..."
felt pinned when that truth was
revealed. He just rolled his eyes and contented
himself with tightening
Marco coughed and said, finally sipping Johnny's
special tea.. "Amigo, when are the
you going to stop this one upmanship of yours.
I mean. Even your paramedic re-cert scores
were the same last month. I can just see it..
Soon, you'll start donating to the same
in higher and higher amounts
just to see who'll top the other.."
"Yeah, well I draw the line
there.. Brice is
Brice is.. not my idea of a fastheld friend
but there's station honor to uphold.
station was the only one who wasn't involved
with this Big Brother thing.. Couldn't let
stay that way.."
"Appreciate it, Gage.." Cap said. "MacConike
called about Station Ten's program
and I was
very very glad that you were already on
the rosters. Only got a grunt of approval
the chief and no inspection dates."
he said with relief..
"Glad to have obliged. I wash your
and you wash m--, oh never mind Cap.
I'm having fun. Lydia's something really
and I'm really glad I can be there
Roy smiled, getting up to fetch the coffee
"Want more coffee Johnny?" he
"Oh, no thanks." then he noticed Marco
medicinal tea. "Hey Roy..
He's doing it.." he said, holding up his
puzzle page so Marco wouldn't
him talking about him. "And Kelly here
thought I wouldn't be able to get
it by Lopez. Hehehe..
a thing or two.."
Roy rubbed his forehead. "Yeah, well.|
As long as Marco's cough goes away
it will. It will." Johnny said.
"Between the two of us, we'll get
him squared away."
had over heard. "Yeah, that's
until the next big fire un-does all that
nice preventative work.."
"Shhst.." Gage said, knocking on
Marco licked his lips, draining the
his cup and set it down
while he read the National Geographic
article he was turned to.
leaned in to Roy, "Hey Roy,
think I should sneak over there and
pour more tea for him?"
don't over do it.. or he'll catch
"You're right." Gage said.
"We'll just keep an ear
out like we've
Roy said, "Ummmhmmm." from deep
inside his article.
turned back to his puzzle with a
good heart, smiling when the next word
he found in his paper
turned out to
be .. 'samaritan.'
Bonnie barked when the clock struck one
pm and the cuckoo
popped out from
over the couch, disturbing her nap.
All was quiet for the next half hour
From : "Cassidy Meyers" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject : [emergencytheaterlive] Bonnie's Bad Day
Date : Mon, 21 Oct 2002 11:36:53 +0400
Roy noticed something strange. It made
him do a double take from his newspaper.
th--?:: he thought.
Bonnie had left her couch and was cowering
under it, trembling.
nudged Johnny, who was deep into
writing a pen pal letter to Lydia, the blind
girl from his phone
call, and he pointed Bonnie
out without saying anything.
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