Following a number of rigorous and hard fought volleyball matches, Chase bid farewell to the friends he had met that day and headed to the chalet. He took a long hot shower and searched for his clothes. On the couch, just like his mother had said, there was a brand new pair of shorts. This time they were in black. He fished through his clothes and decided on wearing the black shirt he had acquired the previous day to match. With his chest and biceps still inflamed and bulging from the workout, he had some trouble pulling it on. The shorts felt a little tighter also. Once was he was dressed, he looked in the mirror and shrugged his shoulders figuring his outfit would do nicely. Grabbing his sandals and wallet, he was out the door.
Arriving at the pavilion which, was really a large patio with an outdoor bar and a strangely shaped pool, Chase surveyed the environment. Walking down the long curving cement sidewalk that led to the pool, he could see Joe and Mimi sitting at a patio table ahead of him. Like the sidewalk, the tables were all arranged in a large sweeping arc. Joe and MimI were on the very end. He passed the pool, the bar, and a DJ booth not to mention the other tables. When we was within shouting distance he threw the two a waive. "Hi Joe. Hi Mimi."
"Well If it is isn't da little Lady killa himself! Hey Mimi, look what the cat dragged in eh? How ya doin kid? Pull up a seat!"
"Mimi looked up from a crossword and gushed. "Oh look at him Joe! Would ya have a have a look at that? What a drink a watah! He's adorable. Just look at him..
"Honey, I'm lookin, okay? I had a look. Considah him looked at."
"Hi there, handsome! Aren't you dashing today." Mimi cooed.
Chase smiled and took a seat at the table. "Thanks Mimi, you're a bit of a 'looker' yourself."
"HAAAA!!" Joe Laughed, almost choking on his drink.
Mimi was confused and slightly offended. "What ya laughin at? I think It was a nice thing for Chase to say.."
"HAAA!!" Joe laughed even harder. His big whopping laugh belting across the patio.
Mimi turned back to Chase, who was quietly giggling along. "So tell me handsome, where's Nikki run off to?"
Just then, Joe's emphatic laughter suddenly stopped. "Whoa, hold the phone.."
He'd gone silent so abruptly that everyone on the patio stopped and looked at him as if something was wrong. He was staring straight ahead, past Chase. Chase followed his gaze, turning around. His face took on a similar expression to Joe and Mimi's. This was repeated at almost every table and the entire pavilion fell to a brief hush.
"Mimi, have a look at that. Look.." Joe stuttered.
"Honey, I'm lookin...I'm definitely lookin.."
Chase blinked watching the woman approach from the other end if the pavilion. It was his mother! Stunned, he had to remind himself to breathe. The sight of her was incredible. Apparently, she had thrown caution to the wind and dressed for the occasion.
As her strap-heels clicked down the sidewalk, It was no secret that everyone in the place was eying her up. She wore a tight white mini skirt that ended about mid-thigh with two large silver zippers. One on each side, they zipped from the very top down to the hem line. They were slightly unzipped, showing even more leg and allowing her an unhindered stride. Her long hair was now layered and highlighted. The very tips frosted. In the front she had a long thin braid that ran down the side of her chest. She wore a long sleeve black lace cover-up that was cut so short, it hung off the front of her breasts, barely obscuring them. The neckline was broad and lay just at the edge of her shoulders. Beneath, was the ever thin white bikini top gleaming through the black lace of the tiny cover-up. Rising from the front, the bra strings ran over her shoulders, tying in a bow behind her. Around her neck, she wore a snug white felt choker. Attached to each side were two thin decorative sliver chains that ran down between her breasts. Continuing under the cover-up, they extended to her stomach and ending with silver pendulums just above her bellybutton.
Chase's mouth had already dropped. He felt as if he would die if he dared to look away for even an instant. Her long flowing mane was captivating. They way her breasts moved with every step was unbelievable! The shape of her hips and legs.. Just the sight of her was enough to make a man weep! It was almost too much for him to take in. Too much for his hormones to process. She almost transcended sexuality. Chase found his desires and urges begin to numb, eclipsed by pure amazement.
Every table she passed went silent. They're eyes and heads moving to follow her.
His mouth still open, Chase was sitting sideways, hanging over the back of his chair when she neared the table. Her stride softened and she came within inches of him. She ran all of her fingers through his hair. "How's my baby boy?" She purred.
Chase was looking up at her but couldn't quite make any words come out. She moved forward and cradled his head, gently bringing it to rest against against her stomach. Holding him to her with one hand, she continued stroking his hair with the other as she looked down on him. "Been waitin long?"
Once again the words escaped him but he managed to shake his head no.
Nikki slowly raised her head and looked toward Joe and Mimi. They were staring at her, speechless.
"Nikki, you look like a supa model!" Mimi squealed.
"Yeah wow, Nikki!" Joe stammered.
"Look at you! You're so beautiful!" Mimi gushed.
"Thank you, Mimi!" Nikki laughed, taking a seat next to Chase. He was still staring at her. She shot him a giddy little smile and held up the end of the bikini string from behind her neck. "It fit!" She giggled.
"Damn, I'm in love with you.." Chase murmured.
Nikki blushed, giving him a wink.
"...So I didn't mess up? The bottom part fit too?"
She crossed her legs toward him, smiling. The zippers on her skirt unzipping a little further. "What bottom part?"
Chase's eyes widened. "Damn, I'm In love with you.."
Joe started laughing. "..Well that's a good thing! Ya don't get this far without that!"
"Not at all!" Mimi added. " Look at me and Joe heea. Twenty years of nuttin but love. Isn't that right, honey?"
"Yea lotsa love, honey." Joe grumbled.
Mimi hit him. "Oh stop it! Come gimme a kiss.."
Joe leaned over and kissed her, clowning about. Chase and Nikki started laughing.
"..So tell us, how did the two of you meet in the first place?" Mimi asked.
Nikki and Chase exchanged looks.
"Well..eh.. I can't actually recall.." Chase stuttered. "..I've known her as long as I can remember."
"So you were from the same town then eh?" Mimi asked.
"Yeah.. We were neighbors.." Nikki attempted.
"..We lived really close to each other.." Chase added.
"Now Chase, you seem pretty young.. How was it you were able to land a grown woman back then?"
"Well.." Chase looked at Nikki for help.
"..I was his babysitter...Kind of.." Nikki said.
"Ha! Now that's what I call robbin the cradle!" Joe laughed.
"I'd say that's pretty accurate." Chase added, and receiving a kick from Nikki. "..But it, eh.. wasn't until recently that we discovered there was more to our relationship.."
Nikki stared at him.
"Awwwe." Mimi cooed.
"So how recent we talkin?" Asked Joe
"Um.." Chase looked over at his mother.
Nikki was still staring at him. Her eyes a bit glazed. "..Not very long at all.." Nikki replied, her eyes still locked on him. "..It was recent..very recent."
"Uh oh, don't look now.." Said Joe.
"It's da ring-nazi."
"The what?" Asked Chase.
Joe pointed. "You see that big black lady over there?"
Chase looked up seeing a large black woman wearing a name tag walking from one corner of the pavilion to the other.
"..Joe calls her 'the ring-nazi'. She's the one who's had people tossed out because they weren't wearing their rings." Mimi explained.
"Oh I see."
"Have you two made it to the gift shop yet?" Joe asked.
Nikki and Chase shook their heads.
"Well lucky for you, 'uncle Joe' went shoppin for ya.." Joe handed them each a ring box.
Nikki and Chase exchanged looks. Chase opened his ring box finding a woman's wedding ring inside. He went to pass the box to his mother. "I think this one's yours.."
"That's not how ya do it..." Mimi laughed. "It's a good thing you're gettin some practice.. Okay now listen sweetie, you take it out of the box and then you're the one that put's it on her finga.. You don't just hand the box to her.."
Chase went red as they all laughed "..Okay, here we go.. Let's try this again." He looked at Nikki. She perked up in her chair and held out her hand. He took her hand in his and slipped the ring onto her finger.
She smiled, cocking her head to the side. "Awwwe.." She then took the ring from the ring box she was given and slid it onto chase's finger.
"I now pronounce you husband and wife." Joe said, as they all began laughing. "..You may now kiss da bride!" Chase and Nikki looked at each other laughing and gave each other a quick peck of a kiss.
Joe stood up, theatrically taking a bow. "Consida it courtesy of the good minista, Joe Galletti!"
They laughed hysterically and applauded 'the good minister' as the waitress arrived delivering drinks.
"Don't forget your 'ded' cards!" The waitress said as she left.
Chase and Nikki looked at Joe and Mimi.
"What'd she say?" Nikki asked.
"..Dedication cards." Answered Joe. He reached into a box in the center of the table pulling a number of cards with lines on them. "..See you take these cards and write down the name of a song and who its for and the DJ guy over there plays it. ..I guess he must be gettin ready to start..
"..It's the only way they play music here." Mimi added.
"Well that's a neat idea." Nikki said.
Joe passed a card to everyone and they each filled one out. Taking them, he walked over to the DJ booth. By the time he returned the DJ began speaking.
"Ladies and gentlemen the deds-heads are rolling in. We're gonna start this off with one from Joe to his lovely wife Mimi. Bring it in for a 'Slow Dance' by Mr. John Legend!.."
The music started and Joe held out his hand. "Let's have it, beautiful."
Mimi Jumped up. "Cmon you two!"
Chase and Nikki looked at each other. Chase held out his hand. Nikki smiled, putting her hand in his. "Lead the way!"
The sun was almost down and the entire patio was bathed in dim glow. It was illuminated by candlelight from the candles on each table and string lights suspended from one side of the pavilion to the next .
Holding hands, Chase and Nikki followed Joe and Mimi to the dance floor adjacent to the pool. Chase turned around putting his hand to her waist. Nikki Moved closer to him draping her arms around his neck. More couples joined them on the dance floor. The night was perfect. The temperature was perfect. The song was perfect. They smiled, looking over at Joe and Mimi dancing cheek to cheek, completely lost in each other. Chase swung Nikki out to the end of his arm. She pivoted beautifully spinning in her her heels. She spun back to him. Her back now against him, she swayed her hips to the music, pushing into him. He swung her out in the opposite direction and she spun back to him, meeting him face to face. He slowly moved his lips near to her. She closed her eyes, moving toward his. There they remained. Slowly dancing with their eyes closed. Their lips almost touching.
Chase spoke softly. "Any chance I could be dreaming?"
"Uhuh." Nikki said, kissing him. Her kiss was slow and gentle. Slowly, she pulled her lips away. "..Would you wanna know If it was?"
Chase opened his eyes. Their eyes met, each seeing the exact shade of blue staring back. Simultaneously, they both found themselves shaking their heads. "Hell no." Chase answered. Hearing the song about to end, they turned back for the table.
As they were sitting down, Joe and Mimi returned looking happier than ever.
"Good song eh?" Joe said.
Chase and Nikki smiled at each other nodding.
"Hey I got somethin for da 'newlyweds'.." Joe said raising his arm. A waitress stopped at the table. "Tequila. Four shots."
Nikki raised her hand about to speak, but the waitress had already turned, swiftly moving to the bar to fill the order.
"Joe!" Mimi said. "Nikki, did you need somethin too, sweetie?
"Yeah, I don't don't like tequila.." Nikki replied.
"Did ya have a bad experience honey?" Mimi said, as the waitress returned.
"Yeah, you could say that.."
"Hasn't everybody?" Joe laughed, taking the shots from the waitress and passing them out. "...To Nikki and Chase. May you enjoy many years of happiness together. Salute."
They all raised their glasses and upended them.
The night went on much in the same manner as the night before. Just more drinking. They carried on laughing and listening to Joe's outrageous stories. Every few drinks, he ordered more tequila shots. All four of them were quickly approaching the threshold of inebriation. As was the case with each song, they stopped to hear the DJ dedicate the one about to play.
"..This one's hot, guys and gals so listen up. It goes out to Nikki with love from her shiny spankin new husband, Chase. It's Right Said Fred, with 'I'm Too Sexy'!"
Nikki, Mimi and Joe began laughing as they heard what song it was. Then Chase got up and started dancing on Nikki like a male stripper. The harder they all laughed, the more he got into it. He was actually pretty good! He certainly had the moves for it. Not to mention the body also. Couples from the nearby tables began cheering him on. He even went as far as taking his shirt off and swinging it over his head. Nikki had already turned a deep shade of red, crying from laughing so hard. She couldn't help liking what she saw however. She reached up and touched him, running her hand from his chest down to his chiseled abs. He eventually ran out of steam and slowed to a stop. The neighboring couples whistled cat-calls and applauded him. Out of breath, he took a bow and turned back to Nikki. Mimi passed her a dollar bill. She slipped it into the waistband of his shorts and patted him on the butt, sending him back to his seat.
"..Holy crap that was priceless!" Mimi laughed. "What got into ya, 'Mr. Chip n Dales?"
"Tequila! That's what got into him.." Nikki giggled, still red all over.
Chase nodded, putting his shirt on still catching his breath."
Mimi chuckled. "See, Nikki? Tequila aint so bad afterall, eh?
Nikki smiled. "After that, I think it's my new favorite.."
Mimi pointed at Joe and Chase. "How is it you two guys get all the applause around heea anyway?"
"..Cause we work for it, that's why." Joe said with a wink.
"Yeah?.." Mimi moved over to Joe and reached under the table. Well how about we go back to our room and I do a little striptease of my own? "
"What kind of applause ya lookin for? Joe said playfully.
Mimi leaned over and whispered something into his ear.
Chase and Nikki grinned at each other.
"..Say, you guys mind if we take a little walk back to our room for awhile?" Joe laughed.
Nikki and Chase shrugged. "Not at all."
Joe and Mimi stood up. "You two might need a little more tequilla.. I got a tab here so don't worry about it eh?"
"Thanks! Have fun you two." Chase smiled
"HA! ..You know it, champ!" Joe replied over his shoulder.
Nikki turned to Chase. "Actually.. I think I need to run back to the room myself. Would you mind hangin out till I get back?"
"Hell, I got nothin else goin on. I'll go with ya..."
"..Perk up those ears and crank up those hearing aides, folks. Celebrating 56 years of mind-altering self induced matrimony, this one goes out to Harold from his beautiful wife Mildred! It's Ginuwine with...,'Pony'??"
An elderly couple began shuffling toward the dance floor.
Chase looked at Nikki. "..Yeeeah, let's go.."