WHILE THE KIDS WERE HAVING FUN, MOLLY HAD DECIDED, AT THAT EXACT MOMENT. TO GO FOR A WALK OVER BY THE PIER SHE LOOKED UP TOWARDS THE BRIGHT WAVY SKY.
"I wonder what it would be like to go up there?" SHE THOUGHT. UNAWARE THAT HER FRIENDS WERE UP THERE NOW,
WHEN THEY FINISHED PLAYING IN THE ARCADE THE STARTED FOR THE WATER. OONA WAS HOLDING HER LITTLE PRIZE SHE WON. "I hope Molly likes it" "she's gonna LOVE it" SAID DEEMA. BUT JUST AS THEY WERE ABOUT TO JUMP IN, AN UNFAMILIAR ARM GRABBED DEEMA!
"Here she is guys, the mermaid!" SAID THE GIRL WHO'D TOOK HER NECKLACE EARLIER
"HEY, let go! SHOUTED DEEMA. BUT TWO BOYS HELD HER BACK.
"Watch, when you take off that necklace. She turns into a mermaid!"
"Well c'mon let's see the tail!" SAID ONE OF THE BOYS.
DEEMA FRANTICALLY TRIED TO GET AWAY, BUT THOSE BOYS HELD TIGHT. BUBBLE PUPPY BARKED AND GROWLED AT THE KIDS. "GIL! HELP!!" AS THEY REACHED FOR HER SHELL. THANKFULLY GOBY SAW THIS AND HE AND GIL CAUGHT AN OFFICER'S ATTENTION. WHO BROKE UP THE FIGHT
"Alright, what's going on?" ASKED THE POLICEMAN.
"These three were bothering my friend Deema, and were trying to take her necklace" SAID GOBY
"But she's a mermaid!" SAID THE GIRL "that shell keeps her human and-"
"That's enough young lady, you two let her go and come with me! We'll explain all of this to your
parents." AND THE COP LED THEM AWAY.
"Thanks Goby, you saved my scales!"
"We look out for each other, and besides we have to be careful up here" GOBY REMINDED HER.
"Yeah" SAID GIL "we don't want to attract any attention"
SO WITHOUT ANYONE NOTICING THE KIDS, ALONG WITH BUBBLE PUPPY. DOVE OFF THE PIER, AND BACK INTO THE WATER. THEN THEY REMOVED THEIR NECKLACES AND REGAINED THEIR TAILS.
OONA TOOK A DEEP BREATH "ahh, fresh water!" SHE SAID. SHE WAS GLAD TO BE A GUPPY AGAIN.
"Oona?!" CALLED A VOICE.
THE KIDS LOOKED AROUND, "who's there?" ASKED NONNY
THEN THE VOICE CAME AGAIN "Nonny, is that you?"
"Yes, but who is THIS!?"
THEN MOLLY CAME FROM BEHIND THE POST. "IT IS YOU GUYS!" SHE CRIED. AND SHE WAS GREETED WITH A WARM WELCOME OF HUGS, HI-FINS,PUPPY KISSES AND 'WE MISSED YOU SO MUCH".
"I missed you guys too, how did you get all the way here?"
"It's a LONG story" SAID GIL
"Well let's go to my house, and You can explain it there. you're probably tired." AND SO THEY
FOLLOWED MOLLY TO LAKESIDE.HOME FOR THE NIGHT
"so after we hid in a bus, we crossed the desert. And there was bubble puppy and I, starring into the dark at some dangerous creature!" SAID GIL, DRAMATICALLY "then what happened?!" ASKED MOLLY
"Then we went up on land" SAID DEEMA
"You went on LAND! But how?"
"Well see, there was this glowing mermaid that just appeared out of nowhere!" EXPLAINED GIL.
"YEAH, and we breathed air! And went to this arcade-"
"And I got you this" SAID OONA. AND SHE GAVE MOLLY THE LITTLE FISH DOLL.
"Awe, she's too cute, thank you oona, Gil I'm surprised that you were brave enough to come all
GIL BLUSHED AND SCRATCHED THE BACK OF HIS HEAD "well it wasn't all me. But I couldn't stay at home knowing that our last goodbye was so sad, I wanted to make a better memory. "
"Oh gilly, that's so sweet"
"Yep, and he wouldn't let us sleep either until we found you!" SAID DEEMA
"I'd love to. Let's make our last time our best"
"WE'LL ALL REMEMBER!" CHIMED THE OTHERS IN A SARCASTIC TONE.
"So what should we do?" GOBY ASKED
THEY HADN'T THOUGHT OF THAT! THEY HAD COME ALL THIS WAY AND THEY DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO! GIL THOUGHT HARD AND LONG. HE WASN'T GOING TO LET HIS PLAN GO TO WASTE...!
"We'll all have a nice.. a nice, uh?
"A nice night here at home" MOLLY FINISHED.
"Yeah! I'd like that" SAID GOBY
"ME TOO!" ADDED OONA.
"I could use some R & R" SIGHED DEEMA
"Yes" SAID NONNY SLOWLY. AND HE WINKED AT MOLLY AND GIL. "-we'll have a quiet time here" THEN HE WHISPERED "while you two go out and go have a good time"
"Thank you Nonny
" SMILED MOLLY, AND WINKED.
GIL WAS CONFUSED? "Wait. So you guys are staying here"
"So Molly can take me out?"
"On a- date?!?"
MOLLY BLUSHED "well I guess you could say that, I mean you did come all this way"
GIL STARTED TO STAMMER "well, uh..uh y-yes. Of course! *chuckle* but I..wasn't sure think you'd want to go..NOT-not that I don't wanna!! 'Just that, I.."
"-never went on a date with a girl?" SAID DEEMA SMIRKING. "UH-OH! someone's NER-VOUS!"
"AM NOT!" GIL SAID FIRMLY AS HE OPENED THE DOOR. "I'll show you who's NOT scared! C'mon sweethea-
I mean MOLLY, let's go"
"I'm not scared" THOUGHT GIL, BUT HE WAS A LITTLE NERVOUS.
"HOLD ME TIGHT"
SO MOLLY AND GIL WENT OUT FOR A NIGHT ON THE TOWN. AND IF YOU'RE WONDERING ABOUT MR. GROUPER HE WAS RELAXING IN HIS CABANA, WHEN HE GOT THIS PHONE CALL "Mr. Grouper, how is everything?" IT WAS GIL'S MOTHER
"Oh just fine Mrs. Gordon, Just enjoying the fresh sea-air and sunset."
"Sea air and Sunset? i didn't know they had those at the nature camp?"
"Nature camp?" MR. GROUPER WAS CONFUSED
"Yes, you're at the Nature camp. On a field trip right?"
"Sorry Mrs. Gordon. You're probably mistaken. The kids are taking a week off from school."
MRS. GORDON QUICKLY CORRECTED HIM "Yes..to go on the field trip"
"Wait a minute, I don't remember organizing a field trip. The superintendent's Secretary called me three nights ago and said I was to be given a vacation. And that the parents would be informed..."
"But Gil told me to sign this permission slip-" SUDDENLY A THOUGHT CAME TO HER "hold on. GIL asked
"You do think..?" ASKED MR. GROUPER
"He has been missing molly, but even he wouldn't.."
"Or would he?"
SUDDENLY IT HIT THEM BOTH IN THE FACE! "I've got to catch a plane!" SAID MR. GROUPER AND HE HUNG UP.
MEANWHILE, GIL MOLLY WERE STILL PADDLING THE STREETS OF LAKESIDE. WHEN GIL SAW A HANDSOME SUIT IN A TAILOR SHOP. HE IMAGINED HIMSELF WEARING IT WHILE HE AND MOLLY DANCED AWAY IN A PALATIAL DANCE ROOM..HOW HANDSOME AND HAPPY THEY LOOKED.
THEN MOLLY DASHED AWAY.. "be right back" SHE CALLED "don't move!"
A FEW MINUTES LATER GIL HEARD A VOICE, "HEY, 'You Gil gordon?" "Yeah?" "Phone!"
SO GIL ANSWERED THE PHONE "Hello?"
"Hello there Mr. Gordon" MOLLY SAID IN A SMOOTH-SLOW VOICE
"Molly? Where did you go? Where are you?"
"Turn down 8th street, and turn around"
SO GIL WENT DOWN 8th STREET, TURNED AROUND. AND SAW A LITTLE ITALIAN BISTRO WITH TWINKLING LIGHTS STRUNG FROM EVERYWHERE. VIOLIN MUSIC DRIFTED THROUGH THE AIR, GIVING IT A LOVELY ATMOSPHERE. "I guess this is where molly meant to meet her?" HE SHRUGGED AN WALKED IN. THE WAITER AT THE BOOTH WAS VERY WELCOMING WHEN HE SAW HIM.
"Ah, il signor Gordon presumo?"
"Uh, yes?" ROUGHLY UNDERSTANDING HIM
"In questo modo, (THIS WAY) -tu sei sicuramente un ragazzo molto fortunato a condividere questa sera con il suo"
(You're certainly a very lucky boy to share this evening with..her.)
AND HE LED HIM TO A BOOTH IN THE BACK WHERE MOLLY WAS WAITING. GIL TOOK ONE LOOK AND HE FELL INTO A DAZE, ACCOMPANIED BY A HAPPY GRIN.
"WOW!! *Ahem* good evening " Ms. Gentella" you look beautiful."
"Incantelvo mio caro" WHISPERED THE WAITER
"Uh sure, you look "Incantelvo miya carpo"
"Awe, thank you Gil"
THEN THE WAITER TOOK THEIR ORDERS
"Posso si inizia con un drink luce signora"
(MIGHT I START YOU OFF WITH A LIGHT DRINK MA'AM)
"E voi, signore"? ASKING GIL
"Umm, I'll take the pink lemonade..with two straws"
"AH vedo, ragazzo Casanova. Subito!"
(AH I SEE, KID CASANOVA. RIGHT AWAY).
SO WHILE THEY WAITED THEY TOOK IN ALL THE SCENERY THE BISTRO HAD TO OFFER. GIL AND MOLLY STARTED TALKING.
"Have you made any new friends yet?" GIL ASKED
"No,not yet. How are things back at home?"
"nothing to big, nothing really happens in bubbletucky" GIL SAID MODESTLY
MOLLY CHUCKLED "Well what about the time the firefighters had to rescued you and bubble puppy. And the big storm that wrecked the park. Plus the train race and the police cop-etition-"
GIL STOPPED HER "Ok,OK! Nothing exciting HAPPENED in bubbletucky, in the last few days!"
"*giggles* sorry Gil, I guess I did what you usually do huh?!"
GIL BLUSHED "yeah I guess you did" ... THEN HE ASKED "what do you mean 'what i normally do?"
AFTER DINNER, THEY SAW EVERYONE WAS DANCING TO THE HOUSE MUSIC. NOT WANTING TO LOOK STIFF, GIL GATHERED HIS COURAGE.
"Molly, do you wanna dance?" HE ASKED
"Sure, c'mon Gil"
BUT GIL WAS TO "SLOW" WHEN IT CAME TO SLOW DANCING. HE KEPT TRIPPING OVER HIS TAIL AND FELT EMBARRASSED AROUND MOLLY. BUT MOLLY HELPED HIM OUT.
"Here Gil, give me your hand. Put your hand on my shoulder. Now just follow my lead and listen to
AND SHE LED GIL, WHO FELT BETTER NOW. THE MUSIC CONTINUED TO PLAY, BUT ALL GIL FOCUSED ON WAS MOLLY'S EYES. HE THOUGHT THEY LOOKED SPARKLY. SOON, THE SLOW MUSIC STOPPED, AND A FAMILIAR OLD SONG STARTED TO PLAY.
"Remember this song?" GIL ASKED
MOLLY SMILED "yes. It's called 'hold me tight" by the Beatles"
AND PAUL AND GEORGE CONTINUED TO SING "IT FEELS SO RIGHT NOW,HOLD..ME TIGHT! TELL ME I'M THE ONLY ONE. AND THEN..I MIGHT! NEVER BE THE LONELY ONE. SO HOLD ME TIGHT, TONIGHT, TONIGHT, IT'S YOU, YOU YOU YOU OO-OOOO.
AFTER THEY HAD FINISHED DANCING, THEY DECIDED TO GO FOR A WALK THROUGH THE CITY. AND ENDED UP IN THE PARK, CLIMBING A HILL TO A BENCH PERCHED ON TOP OVERLOOKING THE CITY. GIL WAS GOBSMACKED WITH AMAZEMENT. THE HILL COULD'VE LOOKED OUT ALL ACROSS THE OCEAN.
"I started coming up here a few days after we moved" SAID MOLLY "Do you Wanna now why?"
AND SHE POINTED FAR OUT IN THE DISTANCE.
"I can't see anything" SAID GIL, SQUINTING HIS EYES.
"it's that twinkling light far in the distance. That light is bubbletucky"
GIL WAS IMPRESSED "THAT'S bubbletucky?!.. We have come far!"
IT WAS BREATHTAKING..BUT THEN MOLLY ASKED A QUESTION THAT NEARLY MADE GIL' S HEART STOP.
"Gil? Aren't you worried?"
"Mr. Grouper finding out what you did? And what about you parents and the other's parents?"
"Don't worry molly" HE SAID CONFIDENTLY "I planned out everything! We sleep here tonight
then catch the next bus back home before Mr. Grouper gets back. And all the parents think
we're on a "field trip."
"I get that" SHE SAID "But i just think that you guys, especially you, you might get in trouble
because of ME"
"no way! GIL FROWNED "This was MY decision. You won't get in trouble, and neither will WE."
AS THEY SWAM BACK DOWN THE HILL TOWARDS HOME MOLLY COULDN'T HELP FEEL UNEASY, THEN THEY HEARD A BARKING NOISE. IT WAS BUBBLE PUPPY
"hey boy! did You come to bring us home? Take us home boy!"
SO THEY CHASED AFTER BUBBLE PUPPY ALL THE WAY TO MOLLY'S HOUSE. INSIDE THE OTHER GUPPIES WERE ASLEEP. FORTUNATELY THEY KEPT OUT OF SIGHT FROM MOLLY'S PARENTS WHEN THEY CAME HOME. AND KEPT QUIET.
"I hope you had a great time" SAID GIL
"yes, it was really fun. I'll never forget it!"
GIL SMILED "and we'll be on the next bus tomorrow, it'll be like we never left"
"alright then" SAID MOLLY "good night. Sleep tight"
AS SOON AS MOLLY CLIMBED THE STAIRS,AND SHUT THE DOOR..
"YES!! It worked! My plan worked!!" CHEERED GIL IN A LOUD WHISPER.
HE FOUND SOME SPARE BLANKETS IN THE LINEN CLOSET. ACTUALLY THEY FOUND HIM AND MET HIM ON THE WAY DOWN. SEE, THE BLANKET HE WANTED WAS WEDGED UNDER A TALL PILE OF SHEETS. GIL FELT MORE COMFY THAN NEEDED. HE UNCOVERED HIMSELF AND AND SLEPT ON THE COUCH WITH NONNY AND GOBY. BUBBLE PUPPY CUDDLED UP BETWEEN THEM.
DAWN ARRIVED, AND THEY WERE ON THEIR WAY TO THE BUS STATION. THEY ALL SAID GOODBYE TO MOLLY. AND WISHED HER THE BEST OF LUCK IN HER NEW HOME.
"Come back to Bubbletucky and see us soon!" SAID GOBY
"I will" SAID MOLLY " And I hope you can come back soon to. Properly, next time" DIRECTING IT AT GIL.
"but before you go, there's something i wanted to give you guys" SHE SAID. AND SHE HANDED THEM A FRAMED PICTURE OF ALL OF THEM WITH MR. GROUPER. HER MOM HAD TAKEN IT ON HER FIRST DAY.
"if you ever feel sad, just look at this, and think of me" SHE SAID.
THEY ALL SMILED, AND WITH TEARS IN THEIR EYES THEY GAVE MOLLY A GROUP-HUG. BUBBLE PUPPY GAVE HER PUPPY-KISSES. "I'll miss you to, boy" SHE SIGHED. SHE WAS ABOUT TO SAY SOMETHING TO GIL, BUT THEN NONNY SAID "We'd better get going if we want to get home soon"
"you're right, Nonny. Let's go" AND THEN THEY HEADED OFF TOWARDS THE BUS STATION. MOLLY WATCHED THEM UNTIL THEY WERE OUT OF SIGHT. FORTUNATELY, THE BUS THEY GOT ON WAS A ONE WAY TO BUBBLETUCKY. AND MOLLY HAD GIVEN THEM A BUS CARD WITH ENOUGH CHANGE TO GET THEM HOME. THROUGH CLEAR-WATER, STREAMLINE, AND FINALLY BUBBLETUCKY. THEY LEFT THE BUS STATION, AND ARRIVED AT THE SCHOOL. IT WAS 8:35PM; SUNSET.
THEY WERE STILL LOST IN THEIR THOUGHTS ABOUT WHAT HAD HAPPENED, BUT MOSTLY SAD THAT MOLLY WAS LEFT BEHIND..AND THEY ALL WENT BACK HOME WITHOUT ANOTHER WORD.. IN THE MORNING, GIL & BUBBLE PUPPY WOKE-UP TO SEE MR. AND MRS. GORDON LOOKING FURIOUS!
"young man, where have you BEEN!" SAID HIS MOTHER IN ANGER.
"on a field trip" LIED GIL "we all went on one and got back last night, with Mr. grouper"
HIS FATHER STARED AT HIM "well Mr. Grouper says he knew nothing about a field trip! And now has to try and explain why he left for his "vacation'"