The Summer I went to Wuhu Island Part 2

“All aboard!”  I was at dock #3 with The Queen Peach. A beautiful cruise ship 246 feet long, it had a swimming pool, an excellent buffet, and first class cabin rooms.

I walked up the gangplank, the ship was going to be leaving for Wuhu Island! “Heave anchor!” I turned and waved to Mom. “Bye!” I called. “I’ll call when I get there!” There were lots of people waving and saying good bye. The ship slowly but surly chugged away from shore to the Caribbean.
A week passed, and I was just waking up when I heard. “Land ho!” I jumped up and ran up the railing. And there it was! Wuhu Island. I knew it from the postcards Grandma would send me during the holidays.
It was beautiful.All the way to my right I could see a long beach. Straight ahead was a dock that was in a town. I could see a volcano smoke drifting lazily out of the top. To my left there was a lighthouse and a windmill orchard. In the distance I could see a long waterfall. I just couldn’t wait for the boat to dock.
When The Queen Peach docked. I almost jumped across the gangplank.”Grandpa! Grandma! Uncle Dick!” I cried. An elderly man and woman stood on the dock. They wore straw hats and Hawaiian shirts. Next to them was a man about the age of thirty with sunglasses and a beard stubble.

“Kaitlin! It’s so good to see you again!” Grandma said hugging me. She smelled of coconut. “Was the boat good?” She asked. I nodded. “Oh good. The Queen Peach never fails to give good service to it’s passangers. Are you ready to go Grandpa and my home?”

“Yes.” I replied picking up my bags.

“Here let me help you.” Uncle Dick said. He picked up two of my suitcases. I followed him to a black SUV. Uncle Dick opened the back of the SUV and put my suitcases in. He turned and handed me the keys. “Want to drive?”

I smiled. Now I remembered why Uncle Dick was my favorite uncle. I took the keys and sat down in the driver’s seat. Grandpa and Grandma sat in the back. “Good gracious Dick, you’re letting her drive?” Grandma asked worriedly.

Grandma tended to worry about things like that. Uncle Dick looked at her over his sunglasses. “She’ll be fine Mom.” He nodded me on. I put the key into the ignition and started the SUV.

We drove through the town. It was small but people were everywhere. In the middle of the plaza there was a  fountain. I glanced over and saw two toddlers throwing coins into the fountain.
We headed out of the town and onto a dirt road. We came up to a cluster of  cabins.

“Stop here.” Uncle Dick said. I stopped in front of a colorful looking cabin. The foreground was pink, there were blue splotches all over the cabin.

I gave a short gasp. “I know isn’t it lovely?” Grandma said hopping out of the SUV.

“Yeah, lovely.” Uncle Dick said aloud then he looked at me and shook his and mouthed. “No.”

“Oh Dick we all know that you hate it.” Grandma said hauling some of my bags.

Uncle Dick and I got out. I handed him the keys back and took my last bag inside the cabin.

Inside the cabin was normal. It had four rooms. A kitchen, a living room with a dining room attached, Grandma and Grandpa’s room, and finally my room. “This is going to be your room for the summer.” Grandma said.

“We painted it blue because that’s what your mother said was your favorite color.” Grandpa said.
I looked around. There was a comfy bed and a desk on one wall. Next to the door was a bookshelf with a few books. And finally on the wall to the far left was a dresser. There was also a window facing the windmills.

I turned and looked at my grandparents. “Thank you. It’s beautiful.” I said. They smiled back.

“We’re going to leave you now to get settled in. Come out whenever you are ready.” Grandpa closed the door.

I put my clothes in the dresser. I pulled out a fluffy blue pillow and put it on the bed. The bed had a blue blanket with cherries all over it. I smiled, Grandma made this blanket for me. I loved it so much that I wanted  it to stay with her so I could use it when I visited her or when she visited me. It was the special blanket.

I turned and put a few books on the shelf. I placed my suitcases next to the bookshelf out of the way.
Then I walked out of my room into the dining room/living room.

Grandma walked out of the kitchen. “Oh are you ready already? Alright well tonight we are going to go to your Uncle’s Bowling Alley. We’re going to eat pizza there and then come back for apple pie.”

“You own a bowling alley?” I asked Uncle Dick. He nodded.

“You are lucky, tonight is the light show.” He said. “Oh, it’s not any normal light show. It’s different from everywhere else.”

“What’s different about it?” I asked.

Uncle Dick shook his head and smiled. “You’ll just have to wait and see.”


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