Yummy smells were coming from the dining room of the
ship when Julio went back upstairs. Everyone, even
the workers came aboard for supper. Simeon invited
the ‘ole taxi driver beaver who had to be held up by
his elbows to get along up the gang plank. He was getting
on in age. Julio asked him how old he was and the ole
beaver said: "Hijo, cuando las fresas (when the
strawberries) and blackberries fall from the vine,
I will be 182!" said the beaver.
J walked back to the table and picked up the marshmallow
light and handed it to Simeon. J didn’t know what
to say. He felt like saying ‘gracias’ but didn’t
think that was quite right. But maybe it was, for
all Simeon had done for them.
Then Julio remembered that he wanted to play his toy
trumpet with the orchestra so he ran up to his room
and got it. Yeah, it was like his own room. Seems like
they had been here always almost. He came back with
one of his marshmallow lights and sat it on the table.
It was still glowing brightly and gave off a nice light
in the green and yellow of the setting suns. As usual,
the meal was fit for kings and queens. There was turkey
and ham with mashed potatoes, gravy and sweet potatoes,
(the Earthworld kind) creamed peas and corn on the
cob. There was a mango cobbler with mango ice cream
on top. Of course there were the usual fruit dishes
of blackberries and strawberries with whip cream. A
hot drink was served that would rival any hot chocolate
that we know about in Earthworld.
When they were done eating, Julio slipped out of his
chair and got closer to the instruments. He softly
began playing his little trumpet. It made a soft, somewhat
eerie sound, almost forlorn; sounded like they were
playing Amazing Grace.
It sadly reminded G & J that this was their last
nite on The Pink Bird. Tomorrow they would cross over
to the Island of the Lamb on the ferry. J began to
wonder if Simeon was coming with them, to wait with
them until they were sucked up, taken, or whatever.
Tomorrow nite the moons might not be full enough. It
might be the next night. He would ask G to ask S if
he was coming ~ in the morning. No ... he wanted to know tonight.