One of Those Days Part 36One of Those DaysPart 36The BeginningQuinn drove in silence along familiar old back roads until he reached the place he searched for. He gently nudged his wife. "Merai, wake up, we're almost there, there's something I want you to see...""Hmmm?" said Merai sleepily.Quinn rolled down the windows, cool, fragrant, summer night air permeated the car. Merai inhaled deeply its invigorating freshness. She looked around, they no longer followed the highway, instead Kadie's tires shushed as they drove over soft vegetation on a grassy green path. The headlights revealed tall trees along either side of the slightly overgrown road. Merai's ears perked up and her quills rose momentarily, "Where are we?""Years ago, when I was still a boy my dad had a talk with me, ... The Talk" explained Quinn. Merai could feel the heat rising to his face, it made her smile, her quills retracted. "He told me; "Son
One of Those Days Part 35One of Those DaysPart 35Onward!Time flew by for Merai and Quinn at the reception. Quinn thought he could not get enough of the "mandatory" kisses as they ate their first meal together as husband and wife.Around 10:30 the new couple quietly made their good-byes and prepared to leave. They dashed across the church parking lot to where Kadie waited for them."Ok, Merai, we'll change at my parents house and then we'll start our tour of America!""Here, Quinn, you take the keys""Are you sure?""I just like to watch you in the driver's seat!""Thanks, Merai!" Quinn kissed his new wife again, and opened the door to let her into the car. He hopped over to the other side and started the motor. Katie's engine came to life. Quinn put her in gear, but the car seemed to hesitate. He applied a little more throttle, and Katie rumbled drunkenly forward."What the?!?" said Quinn in dismay. He let off the gas an
One of Those Days Part 34One of Those DaysPart 34The Big day!How does time fly and crawl simultaneously? Anticipation of the special date made time crawl interminably, but preparations seemed endless, invitations, contacting relatives. Merai's brothers needed to coordinate leaves in order to make it to the wedding, but her sister could not be reached.The fire hall needed reserved, Ma agreed to do the catering. "Woo hoo!" cried Verne, "Ma's Yankee pot roast for everyone!"Counseling sessions for the new couple were scheduled to ease the transition from single to married life. They discussed various life issues from finance to sex, from conflict resolution and the great toilet seat debate to living conditions and division of household chores.One day Verne called Quinn into his office. "Son, I know we don't make too much money, here. Things are picking up, but I know it can be tight to start a new life like this. So if you need any
One of Those Days Part 33One of Those DaysPart 33The County FairTwo days later Merai visited Tom and Ellie, she brought a friend with her.Tom let Merai into the house. "Good morning, Merai, what brings you here this early? And who is this young man?""Why,girl, you're practically glowing!" said Ellie, the calico had a little difficulty hugging the excited porcupine, she could barely keep her quills down. "What happened to you"?Merai couldn't stop smiling, "Let me introduce Quinn, I met him the day I bought Kadie. Last night, at the county fair..."Merai hadn't been to the fair in years. Quinn, Verne and "Ma" picked her up at her home and drove her to the fairgrounds in Verne's Superurban truck. They spent the day wandering the exhibits, enjoying the food, the rides, the music, and each other's company. Quinn even managed to win a small stuffed porcupine for Merai at a balloon popping game.Evening came and the fair clo
One of Those Days Part 32One of Those DaysPart 32Welcome Back!About an hour later, Merai and Quinn arrived at Verne's. The beaver greeted them at the front entrance. "Well, it's about time! We was about to send out a search party!""You know, Verne, it is really hard to use a hand pump once the air pressure gets over 20 PSI in a tire, Verne, especially when you're working with a gimp arm!"Verne blinked, "I threw you the pump as a joke, I put an air compressor in Merai's trunk to do the job!""What!?!" replied Quinn and Merai in stereo."Open the trunk!" said Verne. Merai complied. "I don't see an air compressor!"Verne looked in, and lifted the tire cover off where Quinn had dropped it. A small portable air unit nestled beneath.Quinn blinked. "You have got to be kidding me!"The trio burst out in laughter. "Now come into the garage, Quinn, we have a little surprise for you courtesy our other new
One of Those Days Part 31One of Those DaysPart 31One Step ForwardQuinn stared at Merai for a minute. "But, ... how?"Merai smiled impishly, "Well, Jose showed me, you just unscrew this little doohickey inside the valve stem and..."Quinn boggled.Merai laughed, it sounded like a musical instrument. "You should see the look on your face it is priceless!""But.... your job, Arizona...""Please, allow me to introduce myself" She straightened herself off Kadie's fender and took a step forward. "My name is Merai, and I'm the new secretary, technology consultant, dispatch officer, and parts retrieval specialist for Verne's Automotive repair and Body shop!" she smiled and extended her paw.Quinn closed his eyes and softly began to cry. "Merai, I'm so sorry, I've ruined everything!" He felt himself encircled by a warm embrace. She buried her head in his chest, gently nuzzling him."Quinn, you hurt me deeply at the hospital."