When Brian headed to the sauna, Meadow followed him. He paused and looked at her speculatively.
"Sweetheart, are you sure you should go in here after everything--your bad sunburn and this last accident with the lightning?"
Meadow had always been an extremely healthy, strong woman and she resented the implication that she had weakened somehow. She'd been thinking and realized that, after having children, her hormonal balance had changed and that could also change the way the sun affected her. As for the lightning, that was just a freak accident. She thought the sauna would be good for her so Brian left it up to her.
About midway through the time, though, she suddenly began to feel a little queasy and much too warm, even for a sauna.
"What's up?" Brian asked as she made a face of discomfort.
"I don't feel so good," she murmured.
"Okay, let's go back to the room," he said decisively, "You can have a cool bath and rest a while."
"No...no, you finish here and I'll go get a massage, that will probably help and can rest on the massage table."
"Are you sure?" Brian looked worried.
"I just need to get out of this heat and I'll be fine."
So Brian spent a little more time in the sauna while she went off to have a hot stone massage. When he was done he changed back in to his clothes, found a hammock and dove into the second chapter of the book he'd been reading. It began once more to rain and there wasn't much shelter available at the springs unless you wanted to hang around the restrooms, so Brian headed over to where Meadow's massage was still going on under a sheltering roof.
She'd actually already had one massage and now was getting instruction on how to give the massage to someone else. Brian sat down cross-legged to observe. When her lesson was done, Brian paid for a massage and a lesson for himself while Meadow watched.
The rain stopped again and they went to have some Luau ribs at the food shack on the premises. Just as the sun went down and they were about to leave, Meadow was feeling much better. In fact, so much better that she remembered this was her honeymoon and jumped up into Brian's arms whispering,
"I love you, Brian."
Returning to the hotel they played part of a game of Chess in the lobby and then went out on the beach. It was dark and someone had lit a small bonfire. They sat and just enjoyed the salty breezes and stayed up quite late before they retired for the night.
The following day they planned to go to South Beach where a long-deserted pirate ship lay on the sand like a beached whale and was there for the exploring. But while they waited for a taxi Brian tried to teach Meadow the "hang loose" gesture. She was getting it, but it was a slow process.
On the ship Brian fooled around with a cutlass and a dummy pirate while Meadow revisited the crows nest. She'd been to Twikkii a dozen years before. Brian was suddenly like a small boy playing "let's pretend" as he stood at the helm of the ghostly ship.
Speaking of ghostly, Meadow made the acquaintances of the ghost of Captain Edward Dregg who seemed utterly charmed by her--and by her lovely, but scanty, island costume. They joked a while and then he taught her his sea chantey.
When they were finished on the ship, Brian dug for treasure while Meadow searched for gifts from the sea. Years ago she had found the beautiful earrings and bracelet she wore to this day. But this time she found only shells, although some were quite beautiful and she kept one or two. To the surprise of both of them Brian had actually acquired a tan; nothing as dark as Meadow's skin was naturally, but nevertheless a tan and not a burn. Meadow's burn had only faded away this morning.
For supper they had Chicken Teriyaki at the South Beach Shack, where an islander tried to flirt with Meadow. She didn't pay him much attention but Brian, who was normally not the jealous type, was losing patience with the man. Another admirer of Meadow's native attire, Brian thought with a flash of irritation. He'd not given much thought to what she was wearing this morning--she always looked ravishing in his opinion--but now he wished he'd asked her to find something less revealing. She was not flirting with the man at all though, so Brian saw no reason to say anything as they headed back to the hotel. Anyway, it was their last full night at Twikkii and romance was in the air. Once back in Pleasantview they would not have as much time or privacy as this, so Brian planned to take advantage of it.
Meadow was of the same mind and she put some romantic music on and smiled seductively at her husband. That was all it took.
The next morning they were both in a great mood--they planned to spend the rest of this last day enjoying the beach at the hotel and maybe they'd hit the boardwalk one last time. At breakfast, though, Meadow admitted to Brian that she was a little worried,
"About what?" he seemed mystified.
"Well, Brian, we were a bit careless last night. I mean, you don't think--"
He interrupted her,
"We're not supposed to worry on vacation, remember? I mean, it was just this one time--surely we're safe."
She just looked at him and he admitted,
"Okay, one time could do it, but that doesn't mean it did."
Meadow tried to forget it for now since Brian didn't seem to be bothered at all.
They sunbathed on the beach below their room and swam in the ocean most of the day and then as the sun went down they headed to the boardwalk. Brian wanted to master the fire dance this time--he'd learned it but had not become really proficient. Meadow cheered him on. When he went to play pinball she followed him and once more was anxious.
"Brian, I'm serious--what if I'm pregnant?"
He looked at her--for a moment he seemed to share her worry--but then he said,
"What if you are? We're married, we love each other; we'll deal with what comes."
"But you were so cautious when I wanted to have a second child--and, of course," here she looked down, feeling guilty, "I tricked you so I could have Willow."
"So you did, but what special girls Brook and Willow are--what would we do without them? So I think we should just be philosophical about this if it turns out that you're pregnant. Of course, I realize you are the one who has to go through the pregnancy, not me, but, if you're concerned about my opinion; don't be. I'm fine either way."
"I'm fine, too, now that you told me this," Meadow smiled.
"Not too worry, Sunshine," he squeezed her arm.
Midnight came and they boarded the shuttle bus. They were on their way home to their children and happy to be doing so.
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