a reply to: SyxPak
Syx!! I'm here, I'm here! (((HUGS)))
And now, back to our program:
Jacy and Sophie watched as Syx flew off in search of Dawg and the others. Reaching for a rope she pulled herself to her feet. The little ferret
climbed up onto her shoulder and whispered into Jacy's ear. "Now what?"
"Now I take a crash-course in steering this ship!" Jacy replied.
"Umm...could you please NOT use the word crash?" Sophie exclaimed. "One more blow to the head and you're gonna be as useless as a drunken
"Hey! A drunken pixie found my ring."
"Pixie STOLE your ring!" Sophie corrected her.
"Yeah well...I can see land up ahead, so quit pestering me and make yourself useful! Fill the backpack with as many supplies as you can find. I
need to figure out the steering wheel...and the brakes."
Sophie giggled as she scurried off, muttering under her breath, "Brakes! Hahaha...it's not a Pontiac..."
Without the others there to help her, Jacy realized that she didn't have a clue what she was doing. Placing both hands on the wheel, she ignored all
the other gadgets that weren't familiar to her.
"I'll just aim for the beach," she thought.
Sophie scuttled past her, pushing a can of beans with her nose. "You know what you're doing?" she called out as she headed for the supply bag.
"Not a clue!" Jacy laughed nervously.
As they approached the white sands, she could make out what looked like a skiff near some rocks.
"I think we've found Dawg!" she yelled out.
The ship was closing in on the beach rather quickly, so she braced herself for what could be a rather rough stop.
"Hang on Sophie!!!!"
KA-THUD!! The big boat hit the shallow water and then skidded to a stop. Both girl and ferret peered over the railing to see a startled TDawg
watching in astonishment.
"Jacy! How the hell did you get here?" he asked with a grin. Then he climbed the rope ladder up to the deck and wrapped his arms around her in a
Jacy hugged back with relief to find one of her missing family members, then suddenly pushed the Dawg away with a confused expression.
"You hugged me?" she exclaimed. "You never hug...you hate hugs!"
Dawg's eyes narrowed slightly, then he smiled and took a deep breath.
"Yeah well...I'm just glad you're okay..." he trailed off and then changed the subject.
"C'mon, I'll help you unload. I've got a bit of a campsite going over behind those trees."
Grabbing the knapsack, he slung it over his shoulder and quickly glanced around the deck.
"So...you're all alone here, huh?"
Sophie's head popped out of the sack and she looked quizzically at the man.
"Oh, I see you still have your side-kick?"
With that, the little ferret climbed out and ran over to Jacy. Pretending to cling to her owner's shoulder for the descent down the ladder, she
whispered in Jacy's ear.
"Something's not right! Don't say anything...but...Dawg's not right!"
As her feet hit the sand, Jacy gave Sophie a curious look...as if to say, "What do you mean?"
TDawg patted the ferret's head as he strode past to lead them inland. With a smile that almost resembled a sneer, he said, "Good timing
actually...I was just about to make some dinner. Caught a nice little furry animal that should roast up nicely on the coals."
Sophie dove down under Jacy's sweatshirt, trembling slightly.
With a backward glance toward the ship, Jacy felt a ripple of apprehension. Then the trio disappeared into the foliage.