This was not the first time he’d paid us a visit. I thought he was creepy the first day. The second day, I couldn’t wait for him to leave. Today was overkill.
This time he came with the express purpose of talking to me. Bly saw him coming but was stuck aft working on a stuncil.
I felt sick to my stomach the moment I saw him. But it was too late. He was sitting down.
So I said something about coast guard regulations and that he had to back up. He protested mildly. Then asked me what I would do if I caught a fish. I told him we hadn’t caught a fish. But if you did?, he pressed.
“Sushi,” I answered, hoping that he would not ask how to make sushi. But he did.
I was flustered, trying to concentrate on getting the washing done so I could do my grocery run and hoping short answers would make him leave. Not in the least.
“I have a great picture of you in the galley,” he said. “You look really cute. I’d love to email it to you. What’s your email?”
“I’m off the grid,” I said. “No email.”
“So what’s that hole in front of you, on the other side of the galley? Where does that lead?”
“The fo’c’sle,” I said, “where the deckhands sleep.”
“Is that where you sleep?” Then he corrected himself, “No, that
‘s right. You sleep down below here.”
I wanted to barf.
“What’s your name?”
That was it. I did not want to tell him my name.
I called out to Mr. Pink, who was going to drive me to the store to do my provisioning. I walked over to him and told him I wanted to leave – now. We were out the door within ten minutes. I forgot to tell Cap we were leaving and ask for the credit cards – I even forgot the grocery list!
There’s only one other time that I’ve been so discomfited by someone. I told the story to Mr. Pink on the way to the store, and later to Bly.
I think Captain Flash thought I’d gone a little loony.
Bly said he’d take care of it and make sure to show the guy off the boat if he returned.
Dutch Baby with fresh-cut strawberries
Build-your-own sandwich with leftover chicken, lettuce, a cucumber raita, couscous salad, and more.
Amazing Texas brisket; carrots baked with brown sugar, salt and cinnamon; macaroni and cheese made like carbonara with cheddar; salad with dried cranberries, sunflower seeds and Asiago cheese; brown bread.
Mr. Pink bought dessert – ice cream – hurrah!