Saturday, October 29, 2016
Studio Time: Thirty Nine - Part 2
He took a step toward them and both of them looked up and smiled. "Hi Shooter!" Autumn called out.
Hugs smiled but didn't say anything. She'd called him 'Mr. James' until he asked her to call him Shooter for about the tenth time. It didn't work the way he thought it would. Pretty obviously uncomfortable and embarrassed, she didn't call him 'Mr. James' or Shooter. "Hi," she finally said, avoiding the name issue completely. Ok he could deal with that. Hi was as good a name as Shooter.
He grinned. Autumn knew how to build a fire, how to keep it burning and how to put it out. The dead leaves all around the place would be a fire hazard with anybody else, like her friend for example. "I’m running late, I gotta talk to your dad, Autumn.”
Autumn got to her feet and sashayed around the fire while Hugs hung back. "He's in the house. So are you still leaving on the tour tomorrow?"
"That's the plan. What are you girls doing out here by yourselves?"
"We're working on a science project, you know, for botany, mountain botany."
Shooter looked at her dubiously, pretty sure that botany was plants, going with that. "You're studying botany out here in the dark?"
"We're just taking a little break." Autumn's smile lit up her face. "Are you going to need help taking care of your house while you're gone? We could rake the leaves."
"We could water the plants," Hugs added from two feet back.
"Your dad's gonna take care of the house so if he wants help with the plants you can ask him about it. I don't rake the leaves you know. Kind of no point because of the woods."
"We can keep them off the deck though." Hugs was clenching her hands under her chin and blushing. "We can move them from the deck to the woods."
These girls couldn't be more than fourteen and probably had band posters in their rooms. In a few more years, they'd probably be breaking hearts all over but for now he definitely didn’t want them in his house.
"Yeah well your dad’s gonna take care of things Autumn. Ask your dad if you can help while he’s there. There in the house. Not by yourself."