Thursday, October 11, 2012
A Walk in the Park, Chapter 2
This is a continuation of “The Original 6 Page Work Called A Walk in the Park," Posted on this Blog on 9/24/12 Be sure to read that one first……….
I watched Special Agent Mills as she walked from the edge of my bed to the kitchen wearing nothing but my dress shirt. She still had a slight limp, and she should be using her crutches, but after last night I might be the one who needs crutches this morning. You never would have known that she had been shot in the hip less than two months ago.
She started opening cupboard doors looking for the coffee.
“It’s in the middle one, on the right-hand side.”
It was instant, but I live alone. I go to the local coffee shop on the corner if I want something special.
I was mesmerized by her figure as she bent over and searched the contents of my refrigerator for something eatable.
“Not much of a foodie are you Jim?”
“I’m only here one week out of any given month Tina. You should see my spread up on the mountain, beats the pants off of this apartment hands down.”
Tina returned to the bedroom, and sat on her knees at the end of my bed. “Now if you have no ham and eggs, what are we gonna do all morning?” She leaned forward, straddled my legs, and started to crawl up the bed.
I love the mountains. I’ve always been a mountain man. With the top half of my dress shirt hanging open, I had a perfect view of Tina’s mountains. When she was face to face with me she kissed me.
“That place of yours in the park belongs to the Federal Government, Ranger Jim.”
With that she tossed off the bed sheet and slowly settled herself down on top of me. Yippie-ki-yay, the cowgirl rides again.
“Hell yes darlin’. My momma didn’t raise no fool.”
We smiled, we laughed, we kissed, and we said good-bye. I watched her 2-door sedan pull out of town headed north. I straddled the gas tank of my motorcycle and kicked it over, then I left a trail of dust heading west to the Ranger station.
On that long lonely ride I had plenty to think about. I was close to 10 years older than her. She was smart. She was pretty, and she was in my head after just one night. I started an in depth discussion with myself as to when would be the best time to call her. Tonight? No way, too soon. Tomorrow? Maybe, that would be cool, yet caring.
As I turned up the road to the National Park Welcome Center my cell phone started to vibrate. I nervously pulled over and answered it on the first ring.
“Yo Jim-bo this is Mike.” My disappointment at hearing it was Mike, my Supervisor, and not Tina was immediate and deep.
“What’s up Mike?”
“Jim-bo I got a call. They want me down in Tahoe to supervise a forest fire fuel reduction effort. I only expect to be gone for two weeks. If you haven’t guessed son, you will be acting Supervisor while I’m gone. I left a rotation schedule for the Fire Watchtower assignments on my desk. Anybody gives you any crap about an assignment, kick ass and take names.”
“Two weeks Mike?”
“More than likely son. I am sure you can handle it, any problems radio dispatch should be able to get me.”
“OK Mike. Just make sure you run the other way when those lumberjacks yell TIMBER!”
“Will do Jim-bo, will do. Bye.”
“Bye Mike.” Crap. Two weeks of playing boss. Two weeks of not daring to take any time off. Two weeks of not being able to see Tina.
Tina had a long drive back to her place. Her place? Not really. She had been living with John for three years, one happy, one sad, and one miserable as all Hell. In the past year John had turned into a controlling and manipulative ogre. She didn't want to move back home, but that would be the only option available in her immediate future.
One night with Jim had been the catalyst to her courage. The final straw, the missing piece to the puzzle, now found, the picture of what she had to do was complete. Even if it was not Jim tomorrow, it was Jim last night, and that was good enough. She was finally certain that there would be life after John, maybe even love. She just hoped that John would not be there when she got back.
It wouldn't be like she would just show up on her mother’s doorstep. They had been talking regularly for the past year, ever since Tina’s father had passed away. Her mother was lonely, and would welcome her back, or so Tina reasoned.
Tina filled the back seat of her car with her clothes, and took those things she had brought into the relationship back out with her. She took her CDs, and left his, and so on through the apartment, except for the TV remote. The big-screen TV was Johns, but she took the remote control because she knew that would piss John off the most.
Tina drove up to her mother’s house and parked by the white picket fence. Her mother was outside picking weeds in the flower garden. Tears started to drip down Tina’s cheek as she opened the gate and slowly walked up the path to her mother. Tina’s mom looked at her daughter’s face, and the pile of clothing in the back seat of the car. She knew. She opened her arms and embraced her daughter. They walked quietly inside and had a cup of tea and a good cry. Tina’s room was waiting for her, just the way she left it 3 years ago.
Mom’s house did not have internet service. Personal phone calls and internet usage were taboo at work, and Jim spent most of his time in a dead zone. Tina started stopping by the internet-café after work and wrote long love letter E-mails to Jim, and he reciprocated in kind whenever he could. Tina was thrilled that this handsome hunk had such a romantic spirit.