Consequences Ch. 04



"Flo's hot dog stand?"

"Nope." Though they did stop at Flo's for hot dogs.

They passed through Kennebunk, York, Portland. They stopped at the map store to take a picture of Zane in front of the huge globe outside. She made a u-turn to get back to an ice-cream stand that was visible from the road and still open that late in the season.

When they pulled into Camden, Zane's eyes lit up. "Are we going on a windjammer tour?"

She grinned at him. "Aww, you guessed!"

Dana opened the trunk and Zane grabbed both bags. They walked a block to the pier and Zane dropped both bags, standing in awe staring at the massive schooners pulled into port.

He turned to Dana, "How did you know?"

"I called Karyn and asked what she thought you'd like."

Zane wrapped her in his arms and hugged her tightly, "Thank you."

The captain greeted them and welcomed them aboard. There were 12 other people on board, in addition to the ship's crew. A quick orientation, review of safety procedures and the itinerary for the next two days and they were assigned to their private cabins.

Zane turned to Dana with a questioning look.

"I didn't think you'd mind sharing a room."

Zane didn't point out that it also meant sharing the double bed.

They stowed their clothing and joined the rest of the group on deck as the dinner bell rang. Zane stood behind Dana and wrapped his arms around her waist. After a simple but filling dinner of haddock and vegetables they joined in conversations around them.

Zane yawned and they stood and bid everyone a goodnight. The ship would sail early the next morning and he wanted to be up at the crack of dawn. They entered the cabin and Zane stood looking out the porthole. Dana grabbed a small bag and headed to the head. She washed up and changed into pajama pants and a t-shirt before heading back to the cabin.

Zane turned as she entered the room and smiled at her kitten pajama pants.

"Don't say a word, Zane." She picked up her book and slid into bed.

Zane grabbed his dopp bag and headed to the head. Zane returned and stowed his bag, removing his shirt and pants. Clad only in his boxers, he climbed into bed next to her.

"There's a book for you in my bag."

"I don't think I'll be able to read tonight. I'm too excited."

Dana put down her book, reached up and turned off the light above the bed.

"Goodnight, Zane."

Dana saw Zane's teeth flash in the darkness before he pulled her towards him, cradling her head against his chest.

"Goodnight, princess."

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