A Day At The Beach Part II
Chapter Description: Alan and Josie encounter some resistance to their love.
Josie and Alan stood in line at the ice cream stand, a frumpy,
middle-aged tourist with unhealthy, bone-white skin and perfect hair
approached them. Her steps had a purpose that exuded privilege and
entitlement. She gawked indignantly at the young teenage Josie in her skimpy
bikini, happily cuddling into a fully grown Alan.
now feeling inadequate, instinctively drew herself as close as she
could to Alan for protection. She stared back at the tourist with
the frightened eyes of an innocent bird attempting
to stare at a hungry house cat.
pulled his arm loose and pulled Josie closer to his body as he
returned the tourist’s stare. The feeling of Josie’s warm body
against his bolstered
his need to protect her against the frumpy lady.
a few moments of staring at each other, the harridan finally broke
the awkward silence.
old are you, little girl?” she asked with a voice that would be
right at home with fingernails on a chalkboard.
um, 13, I think?” answered Josie awkwardly.
you? How old are you?” she addressed Alan.
22, why do you ask?” replied Alan neutrally.
don’t you two think you’re a bit too friendly for such an age
difference?” asked the tourist rhetorically, “And your outfit,
little girl, don’t you think it’s very skimpy for one at the
tender age of THIRTEEN?”
finished her question with great emphasis on Josie’s age to shame them and invite public discourse.
think it’s fine,” countered Alan.
I don’t!” screeched the harridan, “You two are giving the
impression that it’s okay to have a 22-year-old date a 13-year-old!
Have you no shame?”
pulled herself tighter into Alan’s chest and felt the guilt that
the old hag was trying to push on her. A small part of her mind rose indignantly in protest.
well, what business is it of yours to-” she began timidly. The harridan cut her off in mid-sentence.
quiet, little girl! This is a discussion between grownups! If I want
your opinion, I’ll ask for it!”
was losing his patience at being harassed by the old biddy! He hoped his tone was civil and could turn the conversation to a more
platonic one. A small crowd noticed the altercation and gathered around the two lovebirds and their antagonist.
is young…” muttered one.
none of our business…” muttered another.
them be!” said one in a conversational tone. Several others chimed
in their agreement.
harridan would have none of that! She pulled back her shoulders and
crossed her arms against the growing rabble.
want to be civil, huh? Fine! My name is Karen! What’s yours?”
Alan and this is Josie, my loving younger sister,” said Alan
she’s your BABY sister? That’s rich!” retorted Karen as she
attempted to steer the opinion of the crowd in her direction. It
she’s his sister…” muttered one.
who cares about that?” chimed in another as the crowd broke up and dispersed. A few onlookers stuck around for the show.
They were the kind of people who slowed down for traffic accidents
not to allow emergency services to move more freely, but to see the
I think you’ve made your point, attempted to ridicule us, and have now failed. Are you finished?” asked Alan reasonably.
stared daggers at the pair and fumed before getting another nasty
thought and presenting it.
I’m going to see the manager of this ice cream stand and demand he
not serve you! Where’s the manager? I
want the manager!”
young female Samoan stopped what she was doing and addressed her.
the manager, Karen, and I would like you to leave. I saw it all and
you’re banned from my ice cream stand!” She fingered a trinket
shaped like an iridescent clam shell with a Samoan glyph on it.
le ae lagona lelei i lou fale i napekini, pepe.” she said to her.
reeled as if an electric shock hit her. Her stomach gurgled
loudly as she quickly turned to run off with purpose towards an
outdoor toilet, leaving her dignity and entitlement behind her.
thought Karen looked a little smaller upon reaching the toilet. The
black bathing suit that she wore looked like it was ready to fall off
baby’s wail soon
sounded from the toilet
as two police officers immediately walked up to it, entered, and came out
with a bawling baby, then moved away quickly.
owner turned to Alan and Josie. “Dear customers, I’m sorry you
had to experience that! Have some free ice cream and enjoy your
handed a cardboard cup holder with six cups of fine
gelato, napkins, and
small wooden spoons to
Alan. He accepted it gratefully as the owner winked at Josie.
see your performance tonight, Josie! Would you sing ‘I wish you
well' for me? It’s one of my favorite songs!”
What’s your name?”
laughed the ice cream stand owner as she got back to work.
the way back to the rest of the gang, Josie remarked, “Pago Pago
sure is an interesting place!”
could only nod his head in agreement.
who had just woken up, ran over to Alan and grabbed his arm, nearly
knocking the fresh gelato out of his hands.
“Hi, Alan! Did you miss me? Who’s the hussy?”
aged 13, looked down at the prepubescent Alexandra, age 10, with a
slight air of superiority and smiled, knowing that Alan was hers and
Alexandra. The honest
smile on her face deeply
disturbed Alexandra as
if unconsciously, she knew the truth.
stuck her bratty tongue out at Josie and ran back to the beach towel
where the other girls were at.
it say BAKA on her forehead, Alan?”
yes, it did!” said Alan with a small chuckle.