Welcome to Day 5 of 30 Minus 2 Days of Writing, the creative writing challenge that 4 out of 5 pharmacists agree is the reason for your side-effects. Today’s prompt is You Better Put Out, and you can thank Ziva for this one. Or you can just let me thank her. Often. Don’t forget to link up at the end of this post if you participated in today’s challenge before experiencing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, insomnia, impotence, 4-hour erections…
Meanwhile, Somewhere in Finland…
It was my first time. I was excited and nervous, but she promised me that I would love it. And she was right, of course. She was always right. Especially about the sharks. In my defense, there really was no way for me to know. But forgive me, I’ve skipped ahead.
Let me start by saying that I wasn’t completely inexperienced. I’d been around; America, Germany, Greece, Denmark… but nothing had ever prepared me for Finland.
She’d met me at the dock and I was immediately struck by the glow of her green skin in the morning sun. I felt a primal, tingly sensation watching how skillfully she guided the dogsled, each of her three arms masterfully working the guides and switch.
As I snuggled beneath the furs she had thoughtfully provided, I remarked that Finland wasn’t nearly as cold and snowy as everyone always joked. She laughed that marvelous laugh of hers and agreed that they were, indeed, enjoying a mild summer.
We reached the cave around lunchtime, and the mouthwatering smell of kalops greeted us. I inhaled deeply and exhaled a sigh of utter contentment. That smells heavenly. She smiled at me. Wait until you try the rönttönen… or I’ve got salmiakki, if you prefer.
Later, much later, our appetites completely sated, we spoke softly of the things we would do, places we would go, adventures we would have. It wasn’t long before the light in the cave began to fade, the darkness creeping stealthily closer. She sighed lightly. I had better put out the fire.
This completely baffled me, as the fire was the only heat source available in the cave. Mild July or not, it would get cold very quickly once the flames were extinguished.
You better put out the fire? Why on earth would you want to do that? She turned to me then, looking deep into my eyes. Because of the sharks, of course.
Oh, of course. The sharks. Lemmikki, what are you talking about?
She laughed her marvelous laugh again. Oh, my lovely Canadian. You have a lot to learn about Finland.
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