Encounter in a Far-Off Land

The slight one turned to her. “Is it sunny every day?”

“Not every day, but lots.”

The wind rose a little more, not dissipating the fog at all but blowing scraps of newspaper and styrofoam toward the edge of the lookout. The slight one seemed to be thinking. The pimply one downed the rest of his soda and tossed the empty can over his shoulder into the void.

“Have you been to the spring break?” the slight one said.

“Once,” said Mrs. Plansky, “but a long time ago.”

“You didn’t like it?”

“No, I did, but spring break is for young people.”

“Chay?” said the pimply one again, which she guessed was spelled ce and probably meant what.

Again the slight one spoke to him in Romanian. A back and forth ensued, the pimply one growing more animated at what Mrs. Plansky assumed was a description of the goings-on at spring break. He turned to her and smiled, tapping his chest.

“Romeo,” he said.

Uh-oh. No, it couldn’t be. Some sort of wildly mistaken come-on based on a cartoonish image of female America, specifically the Florida spring break variety, combined with an adolescent inability to see what was in front of his face, namely a seventy-one year old woman, going on seventy-two? Just then, when she was about to try “You’re not lookin’ at Juliet, buddy boy,” or something like that, he pointed to the slight one and said, “Dinu.”

Ah. “Those are your names, Romeo and Dinu?”

[Coming in July. Publishers love pre-orders.]


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10 Responses to “Encounter in a Far-Off Land”

  1. Bluecat
    8:01 am on January 28th, 2023

    Good Saturday Everybody.

    Mrs. P is pre-ordered as well as C&B. Can’t wait to meet Mrs.P and anticipating really liking her and her attitude.

    Rio! Tell Friend yes, she made the quilling. It was an auction item back in the day.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    9:35 am on January 28th, 2023


    Bluecat, I forgot to mention your quilling is whimsical and lovely!

    Mrs. P is quite a character. :^)

    Create a good day!

  3. Herd of Hounds
    10:12 am on January 28th, 2023

    Good day everyone!
    71 going on 72 used to sound really old. Now it sounds perfectly normal.

  4. B. Stover
    11:04 am on January 28th, 2023

    Mrs. P does sound like a fun character.

    Good day to all.

  5. dawson
    8:47 pm on January 28th, 2023

    I’m looking forward to reading both books.

    Long lost art!
    BStover and Rio: Stored at my son’s house in Bellingham along with other treasures that used to live at Mom and Dad’s Minneapolis house. Now in Canada.

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:42 pm on January 28th, 2023

    Wow!…Rose, Blu-Kat and Dawson my friend was sure busy back in the day…snort!snort!…Wonderful of youse to share those pieces. My friend needs encouragement…wiffle!…She is at the terrifying point of gluing all the quilled pieces of the 2nd miniature art down in its forever place…gah!…Tomorrow is the scheduled day for this to happen…gurgle!

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:44 pm on January 28th, 2023

    Plansky!…A very mysterious character indeed…sniff!…I am truly looking forward to her arrival on the New York Times best selling list!…snorkel!

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:50 pm on January 28th, 2023

    Blu-Kat!…My friend did remember making the quilling youse posted the other night!…snort!…It is because she made so many different things over the last 10 years of so…heh!…It’s hard to keep track, even for a pug…grunt!

  9. Bluecat
    9:57 pm on January 28th, 2023


  10. Staff
    12:07 am on January 29th, 2023

    Here is the quilling that lives in my spare bedroom. Dawson may have noticed it when she visited in December?

    I had to move it to Mr.Fireslippers messy desk to take the picture. It is dark in that room right now. Usually the little vase sits on the side table next to the bed and is very decorative!

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