Stains of Destiny
by Sheldon Bass
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Not For Sale
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Rene, the pretty young vacationer looked adorable with both palms pressed against her blushing cheeks.
Her form was bathed in the early morning light streaming through the window of their motel room. Three days of sun and fun had tinted her face a pinkish, red. Holding up her flashy new swim suit so the outside of the bottoms were facing Kathy, she scolded.
“Why didn’t you tell me I had something on my suit? Just look at that! You had to notice!”
“It’s not that bad Rene.”
“Not that bad?! Whatever it is, it’s brown! And it’s the size of Texas!”
“Well it is sort of shaped like Texas.” Kathy said, trying to stifle a giggle.
“That’s not funny. Matt had to see it. I’m so embarrassed.”
“It’s not like you were on the six o’clock news Rene… But maybe it made the papers. ‘Woman Visiting from Wisconsin Stains her Bottom.”
Rene threw a fist to her hip. “Ha-ha!”
Kathy couldn’t resist razzing her some more.“What did she sit in? Was it motor oil? A cow paddy perhaps? Or did she just forget to pack her diapers?”
With that, Rene threw a wadded up beach towel across the motel room at her best friend, but it unfurled in mid-air, landing short.
“Listen Rene, it couldn’t have happened until after dark. It wasn’t there when we were at the beach. You had your suit on under your slacks when we went to the restaurant, right?”
“That’s right!” She said, streaking to the bathroom to examine the black pants hanging on the back of the door. Sure enough, the seat of them were emblazoned with a map of Texas, showing up a bit lighter than the fabric. But it was noticeable only by close examination. The tension went visibly from Rene’s body with a big sigh.
Kathy smiled. “C’mon cowgirl, let’s go eat breakfast.”
Meanwhile across town, Matt and Blake were heading out of their shared hotel room for breakfast as well.
Blake tugged at the brim of his Stetson hat, shading his face from Florida’s morning sun. “Her eyes keep haunting me. They’re so alive—I’ve never seen that color of brown before.”
“Rene’s are prettier though—like a crystal green.” Matt retorted, as he climbed in the driver’s side of a classic dodge pick-up truck bearing Texas tags.
Blake hopped in the passenger’s side.“No way. Kathy’s eyes remind me of the sun coming up over the Santo de Cristo’s on a clear summer morning.”
“How can brown be compared to a sunrise?”
“It’s the light in them.”
Pulling into an old fashioned diner, Matt broke a three-minute silence between them.
“The soul of an angel—shining through iridescent emeralds—alive with flames of living beauty.”
“Now you’re a poet? You must be in love! I’m not even gonna try to top tha—LOOK!”
Blake’s mouth hung open as he pointed at two gorgeous Wisconsin women just climbing out of a Honda Civic in the same diner’s parking lot. It was Kathy and Rene.
This chance meeting between yesterday’s double daters, was scarcely believed a coincidence by the two friends from cheese country. Seeing the two beaus they’d just been discussing, both women stared wide mouthed, with their hands pressed against their faces.
After the initial shock, all agreed it must be divine providence, and the two parties joined up for breakfast.
The food was exceptional, and the relaxed, informal atmosphere spread an ambiance of comfort. Last night had been the quad’s second double date after their first meeting at a local beach three days ago. Conversation ensued of work backgrounds, with Blake taking off on a speech about his job on a drilling rig in the oilfields outside Houston.
Matt soon excused himself for a trip to the restroom and began to rise. Only, his wooden chair stuck to the seat of his jeans and rose with him. It then flopped loose creating a loud, “thunk”, on the tiled floor. With all eyes now glued to the sandy haired Matt, he turned to examine the seat of the chair while instinctively swiping a hand over his butt. His fingers came away sticky.
“Syrup! I sat in maple syrup!”
Rene got all bug eyed and covered her mouth with a palm. She’d been quite taken with Matt already. But more so, as his handsome features looked even cuter than usual wearing the crimson hue of embarrassment.
The Texan’s irritation showed as he pivoted towards the men’s room. When he turned, the other three couldn’t help but to check out the syrup stain on the seat of his faded jeans.
Kathy erupted into an uncontrollable laugh, which took everyone by surprise, with Matt now frozen in wonder. When finally she regained control, Rene demanded an explanation. To which Kathy responded.
“Just look at that stain!” Matt’s face become steadily redder as all eyes, even those of the other patrons in the diner now shot to his butt.
Kathy continued,“It’s shaped like Wisconsin!”
Fifteen years later, Rene and Matt still tell the story of their first three dates, and the stains which confirmed that they were meant to be together.
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