Tuesday, January 10, 2017
The Adventures of Joe, part 8
"Actually we do have to get going. We only have the pod for three hours," Carl stated. "You'll have to say your goodbyes now." Suddenly Joe felt sad. Although he had only been with them a few minutes, being with his older brothers was always very special--even his in-the-future brothers. The bond was strong, and it would be hard to leave.
"Bye, Kim," Joe said as he shook his brother's hand. Kim grasped him to his chest. "I love you, Joe. I have confidence in you." Next was Leif. "You sure have grown up, Leelee!" Joe hugged his "little" nephew and reached up to pat him on the head. Then he turned to Boe, "I miss you," Joe was beginning to lose it as he clenched his brother tightly. "Aw, I'll be seeing you real soon. Take care, Kid," Boe sniffed.
As they walked back through the warehouse toward the craft, Joe asked Carl, "What is this place? Where are we?" "Can't tell you that," said Carl. "Loose lips sink ships." And that was it. They climbed back into the pod, a quick ride back, and next thing he knew Joe was home. "Bye Carl," he shook his nephew's hand, climbed in the window of his room, looked back and Carl was gone. Joe was once again at home in 2017.
He held the black box, shivering slightly. "Joe! Where the heck have you been?!!" Ray came barrelling into the room. "I, uh--" "Dude, I was actually worried about you! Ha! Anyway, Mom wasn't!" Ray gave Joe kind of a mean look and threw a nerf dart at him."What's in the box?" Ray asked. "Nothin', just some old box I found," Joe said casually. "Wanna go outside?" asked Ray. "All right. I gotta change first," Joe pushed Ray out the door and locked it. After hiding the box in a safe place, he headed downstairs.
Pickles greeted Joe eagerly, jumping up on his chest. She whimpered as she licked his face. She seemed to know that he had been gone and was happy to have him back. "Aw, hey girl! Good dog," Joe scratched Pickles' ears and hugged her. She trotted alongside him as he headed through the kitchen. "Where are you going?" demanded his mom. "Oh, hi Mom!" Joe was actually happy to see her. "We're gonna go shoot hoops--Hey, can I have a snack?"