9019 Chapter 19 of: “Twinergy and the Boys of Clear Lake!”

Sasha: “Hey you guys, can we come up and check out the damage?”

Nika: “Yah”, as I kicked the rope ladder over the edge and down to them, “but we’re coming down”. At that, I ran to my left to the far edge of the balcony, and jumped up on to the wooden ledge and off into the air.

What a rush falling 20 to 25 feet through the air and down into 10 to 12 foot deep 80 degree water. I swam out a little and looked up and waited. Sure enough 5 to 10 seconds later, I saw Cody’s body come leaping over the ledge and down into the water as his arms were flailing in the air. I looked up towards the tree and sure enough Sasha and Sequoia were already half way up the ladder to look around at the accident scene.

I began to splash and swim about making sure to spread my legs far enough out to open my butt crack a little to clean myself up some with the aid of the pool water. We swam about for ten or fifteen minutes. It was high noon and very sunny. The pool area was in direct sunlight with no hindrance from the surrounding trees and it was nice hot dry mountain lake weather.

Sasha and Sequoia had made it to the top and went inside to look around the tree house. I heard Sasha giggle and say something about the empty beer cans. Then I heard them say something about a towel and our clothes. They came back out onto the balcony and I reminded them to be careful around the damaged area, that the railing was gone, and it was dangerous. They both nodded their heads in acknowledgment and Sasha blurted out, “Hey you guys, what’s that smell? It stinks inside up here. What smells so strong?”

Of course Cody and I looked at each other and kinda smiled. I could tell Cody was turning red, and Sequoia just put his hand over his face and kinda shook his head. “It’s just sweat Sasha, Cody and I were wrestling up there this morning.”

Sasha: “Oh, you guys should open the windows then, it smells really strong….more than just sweat, like bleach or chlorine or something.”

I was just glad that my mom and dad, sister or other friends weren’t around, because it would have been hella embarrassing.

Sequoia: “OK Sasha, we know it smells strong up here, so let’s let it go…..OK?”

Sasha: “Yah, OK Sequoia.” Embarrassed as if he’d said something wrong.

I couldn’t be mad, nor could Cody. It was kinda cute that Sash had no idea what he was saying, or why Sequoia was silencing him. But being the sweetheart he is, he just let it go at that. But you could tell there was a questioning look in his eyes when Sequoia asked him to let it go, as though he’d stumbled into something he didn’t understand. And that it was something that he was going to keep locked in that special inquisitive section of a preteen’s brain, to bring up again another time, till his curiosity is satisfied…..ahhh, what an age.

I was watching Sasha and Sequoia with special interest and noticed how well they got along and how much closer they had become in the last year or so. I mean, Sequoia is a little older and much more grounded and world-wise than Sasha, but I thought he was a great role model for Sasha. And that it was good for him to get away from the twins and Tanner once in awhile.

I have nothing against Travis and Wesley, or Tanner. Because they’re just high spirited kids. I had no problem with Sasha hanging around with them, but somehow I couldn’t help but feel that Sequoia helped balance Sasha out. As I laughed and giggled at them looking around the damage and playing with a beetle they found up there, I had to acknowledge how blessed I was to have the people that surrounded me in my life. I couldn’t have picked a better family, friends, community, and setting in which to live.

Sequoia and Sasha skinned their shorts and high tops and tossed them over the edge and onto the deck below. Then they climbed up to the ledge and hand in hand, counted to three and off they went into the pool to join Cody and I. For some weird reason as Sequoia and I swam up to one another in the shallow end, something came over me as I began to choke up a little. I wrapped my arms around Sequoia in a close strong hug and said, “Thank you for being who you are and being my friend. I know you thank me for what my family has done for you and your family, but you more than give it back by being who you are Sequoia, and I love you.”

Sequoia didn’t say anything, but just held onto me for another minute or two till we let go, then he said, “We’ve always been close Nika, there’s no need to thank me, but I do love you as well.”

About then Sasha and Cody said in unison, “I’m starving/I’m hungry!”

Sequoia: “My mom’s making lunch, she’ll be bringing it out any minute. It’s her way of thanking you for yesterday and everything else you guys.”

Nika: “Thanks Sequoia, she didn’t have to.”

Sequoia: “No, but she wanted to Nika.”

Nika: “Tamales, refried beans, rice, salsa, guacamole, and tortilla’s by any chance Sequoia?”

Sequoia: “You know it Nika!”

Nika: “Ahhh, fuck yah, score!”

I could see across the pool that Cody and Sasha were having a similar reaction. Her tamales and sides are things of legend in our back yard.

Not more than five minutes later, Sequoia’s mom (Golden Fawn…her Native American name) came through the gate in the back yard with a large basket, with his little sister trailing behind her carrying some additional bags of what I assumed was food.

Sasha went inside to get Tash and what remained of her friends up for lunch. Sequoia came back over to me and said he sensed something uneasy in me and asked if I needed to talk. I told him that I did, and it involved a very disturbing dream I had. He said, “OK, after we eat, we can go inside or go for a walk and talk privately.” I said OK, and we started throwing the football around in the pool with Cody and Sasha.

About then, Blake threw the gate open in the back yard and said, “Hey you guys, I smell food.”

Sequoia and I just cracked up.

Blake: “Tamales I think.”

Nika: “Yah Blake, Sequoia’s mom is fixing lunch, great timing as usual.”

Blake: “Ohh, kool. I’m starved.”

Sequoia: “Did you pick up the scent all the way from your house, Blake?”

Blake: “No, I’m not that good Tonto. I was coming over to swim, so about half way here I picked up the scent.”

Blake proceeded to strip down to his shorts and join us. Little by little, we seemed to be picking up things pretty much just like we left them last night. I was expecting Jace, K.C. and Reiley to be along at any time, trickling in one by one.

Nika: “Hey Blake, what’s up with dummy and stupid, are they coming over too?”

Blake: “Yahhh, I don’t think so Nika. They got into something with some of their other friends last night and are still pretty hung over, mom and dad are pissed. I think their on twin probation today. And they haven’t let go of last night either. They’re probably gonna be pretty peed at you two for a while. And once they do cool off, unfortunately for you, they’re probably gonna have a relapse of Nika-itus when the tutoring starts.”

Nika: “Well, fuck em, more for us, I guess.”

Reiley did come along five or ten minutes later, but no sign of KC or Jace. So Sequoia’s mom laid the food out on the banquet table in the back yard kinda pot-luck or buffet style, and my mom brought out all the paper plates and plastic forks and knives. Sequoia and Sasha went inside and brought out the ice chests that still had cold water and sodas in them from last night. And with no delay, we all grabbed a plate and began to fill up…..yum. I was starved.

After three tamales and several servings of beans and rice with guac, i was full. I decided not to tempt fate, and threw in the towel. I was stuffed, and hoped I could avoid the uncomfortable food-coma that comes along with eating too much at one time. But then, misery loves company. After being so proud of my three tamale accomplishment, I noticed that Blake was on his seventh with no signs of slowing down. I threw away my plate, and was walking towards the pool, when Sequoia took my hand and said, “come on Nik, let’s go for a walk.”

I walked hand in hand with him out the gate and towards the pine forest outside our back yard. The sun was warm, and the air felt and smelt wonderful. Walking hand in hand with Sequoia made me feel good. I loved being with this boy. He was soo earthy and wise for one so young, and had so much love and maturity about him. We walked for about ten minutes deep into the woods, then he asked, “So whats got a soul as innocent as yours so concerned Nika?”

Nika: “Just some random thoughts and a very disturbing nightmare, Sequoia. One that I would swear was real and really happened if I didn’t know any better.”

Sequoia: “Come here, let’s sit down against this log and just relax for a few. Maybe let you think or relive the experience a little bit.”

Nika: “Yah, OK.”

Sequoia: “I have the feeling you think there’s more to it than just a dream, Nikita.”

Nika: “I’m just troubled is all, Sequoia.”

Sequoia: “I can sense that Nika, that’s why I’m here. I have picked up on your torment, and I will help take it away.”

Nika: “I’m not sure you can Sequoia, it’s pretty disturbing. Actually very disturbing.”

Sequoia: “I know my brother. I can sense that you have had an encounter from the shadow world, I can help you with that.”

Nika: “Haha, shadow world?”

Sequoia: “Yes Nika, don’t laugh. It’s what my people call it. I will help.”

Nika: “How Sequoia, and how do you understand these things?”

Sequoia: “I was born with a very powerful gift Nika. In time you will come to understand it….or at least more than most. But you may never be able to completely grasp what and who I really am.”

2 Responses to “9019 Chapter 19 of: “Twinergy and the Boys of Clear Lake!””

  1. extremeadven Says:

    love that Sequoia kid. He’s really a great character.

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