Red hair . . .
The deepest hue of flaming red hair was the only attribute on his list Russell wanted to find, paired with her lovely, oval face.
He’d dated auburns, brunettes, blondes, browns, and black haired women before, but today and for the present time, only cascading red hair, smelling sweet like strawberries and cream would appease him. Where she was, this red haired beauty, Russell had yet to determine. He didn't know where he'd find her, what she would look like, he couldn't even imagine what her name would be. He only knew she was out there.
“Russ, baby, how’s it going?”
A balding man, dressed lackadaisically in white Bermuda shorts paired with a sky blue tank top, came plodding his way down the boat ramp. A leather briefcase swung from the man's broad left shoulder by a thinning strap.
“All's good, Nick. Can’t complain. What brings you to the Marina today?"
Russell released the bucket of water he'd been holding in his left hand, setting it gently on the deck of the boat. The water sloshed about momentarily then settled down. Shifting up slightly from his uncomfortable position, he extended his right hand. The two friends shook hands vigorously. Their camaraderie was evident. Russell took one step closer to Nick and prepared to listen intently to his friend.
The two men almost mirrored one another in physical appearance. Tall, slightly bow-legged, and ruggedly built, the only disparity that differentiated them was Nick's tell-tale balding. Despite being born with thick blonde hair, the stress of Nick's job in the corporate world had caused receding. A strong Italian background kept the bond the two men had forged almost impenetrable. As Russell squared off head to toe with his best friend, he hoped nothing would ever cause that bond to break
Nick cleared his throat.
"I think I saw her, Russell. ”
“Your red head, man. ”
Russell stopped wrapping the yellow water hose he held around his forearm.
“You kidding me, right?”
“No, man. I’m serious as a heart attack.”
“Where did you see her, find her I mean?”
For a moment, Russell was speechless. His eyes, he was sure, went glossy at Nick's mentioning he'd found the girl of his dreams. The idea registered slowly with him and then took off like lightning skittering across a barren plain.
“Strange thing. I was at Sidwell’s Grocery and I saw her talking to that pretty Black girl. Looked like they were real good friends.”
“Who? The red head and the pretty Black girl?”
“Yeah. Anyway, I think the pretty black girl called her Katie, or Kelly, or maybe it was Kathy. Something like that. I wasn't trying to be nosy, just overheard. Besides, I'm pretty bad at remembering names. ”
“And you didn't ask her her name; tell her you had a friend that wanted to meet her? Nothing?”
“I didn’t. Sorry, man. She is so stunningly beautiful that it didn't cross my mind until I was driving here! ”
“I should sock you, but since you had my back, I’ll just give ya a bear hug.”
The two men hunched down like two Sumo wrestlers, arms poised in a 'U' shape near their heads, and growled at one another, circling left and then right.
“Head or feet first into the water?”
Russell playfully glared at Nick, letting his eyes size him up. It might take brute strength to heave his friend into the water, but he could definitely try.
“You’re too old to make that move. Russell. Better take it to the mat.”
Hearty laughter escaped from the two men's mouths. Each stood up. shook hands, and with a promise to meet in the gym on Monday, parted company.
Nick stepped onto the ramp and sauntered away.
‘So he saw ‘my’ red head? Shit, he didn’t even tell me what she was wearing.’
Russell finished wrapping the water hose into its circular shape.
He’d have to remember to pick up a few peppers, chiles, and tomatoes at Sidwell’s. While he was there, he’d pick up a sweet red head, too.
“I’m sure she’d make my gumbo quite spicy!”
Russell laughed and put the hose in its bin by the captain’s room.
Nick hadn’t mentiond the red head’s details, but he knew without a doubt she was a looker.
He’d taught Nick everything he knew about women.
Nick knew what he liked.
Copyright © 2011 Satice James, All Rights Reserved
It All Sits Right . . .
Easy Chilli Recipe
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef, lean
- 1 green pepper, small, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 2 cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 cans diced tomatoes, 14 1/2 oz
- 2 to 3 tbsp. chilli powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- Cook first 4 ingredients in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain.
- Place mixture in 5-quart slow cooker; stir in beans and remaining ingredients. Cook at HIGH 3 to 4 hours or at LOW 5 to 6 hours.
- Notes: If you want to thicken this saucy chili, stir in finely crushed saltine crackers until the desired thickness is achieved.
|Serving size: 6 to 8 servings|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
© 2011 satice_j