I drove us back to the trailer with Pam asleep on my lap. I could get used to this. I kept nodding off while driving. I don’t think that I had ever stayed up for two days straight before. I just kept looking down at Pam, and petting her beautiful reddish hair. That kept me wide awake.
When I finally drove up to the trailer, there were pick-ups and cars parked on both sides of the road. It looked like the party was getting bigger than the first night. This was crazy.
I parked on the side of the road, and gently woke up Pam. She smiled and kissed me, “Good Morning you sexy-ass Pooh-Bear!”
I didn’t think that I liked the whole “Pooh” nickname that Eze stuck me with until just then. I was ready to legally change my name. The way that she said it was just sultry!
We got out of the truck and walked down the road hugging and kissing and holding hands. She looked so beautiful without even any make-up on. She was so much more than Sheila. I was thankful that I never asked her out. Eze was right about that too! Pam was so much sweeter, and so much prettier.
We didn’t see Eze’s truck, but he probably had to park out on the road somewhere too. The door opened and some guy said to me, “It’s $5 bucks each!”
“What? Where’s Eze and Tuck?” I asked.
“Do you know them?” he asked surprised.
“This is our party! You can’t charge us a cover charge to get into our own party!” I bluffed. Where was Eze? Did something happen?
“Sweet!” He said with excitement now, “This is the best party ever! We had to start charging cover because we kept running out of kegs. Follow me, I have something for you guys.”
We walked into the front bedroom, and into the bathroom. He pointed at the bath tub that was full of one and five dollar bills. “It’s all there, except for what we spent on kegs! You guys rock! I’m going to get another beer! Hey wait, you must be Pooh! You’re the one that saved Tuck’s life, and snapped the snake’s head off like a whip, right? That is so awesome man!”
He walked out to the party and Pam looked at me. “You’re famous? You never said anything about that stuff!”
I looked at her, “People are going to say things about things the way they see them, even though it may have happened differently!”
“That’s okay Pooh, you can be my hero!”
We gathered up all of the money that was in the tub, and stacked it on Tuck’s bed. When we finished counting everything, there was over two thousand dollars. “
That is going to buy Tuck a lot of weed!” I said.
“Can you believe it?” Pam said. “That must be an amazing party!”
“I can’t believe that it’s still going on.” I said. “Let’s put this money somewhere safe, and see if we can find Eze and Gisela.”
We walked to the party and it was packed. There were twice as many tents as the first night. There was a whole tree on fire in the pit. There wasn’t anymore trash scattered around. I guessed that all of it probably got burned. There were two large piles of empty beer bottles and cans.
I was surprised that something like this was still going on. “Wow Pooh, when ya’ll throw a party, you really throw a party! I have never seen anything like this before!”
“Neither have I. I don’t recognize anyone here. This is beyond unbelievable.”
We walked around for thirty minutes through the crowd of tents and pick-ups. We never found Eze and Gisela. We didn’t even find Tuck. He was probably jumping from tent to tent.
“Where did all of these people come from?” asked Pam.
“I don’t know. I guess word of mouth travels fast out here. I’m sure that Eze will be along shortly. I know that he’s ready to leave.”
We went back to the trailer. No one was inside.
“Would you like to lay down on the couch for awhile?” I asked Pam.
“Why Pooh, are you trying to seduce me” She smiled and bit her lower lip again.
“Oh, no ma’am! I’m just exhausted. I thought that you might want to nap until Eze and Gisela get back. That’s all, honest.”
“Well, I’m trying to seduce you silly!” She giggled. “let me help you with those boots!”
She pulled off the cowboy boots that Eze let me borrow, and rolled me onto my stomach. I felt her hands squeezing my neck and rubbing my back, and…
I think that I need to pee. Am I dreaming again? I thought that Pam was sleeping on the couch with me? Why is everything moving? Am I in the bathroom ready to pee? That doesn’t feel like…
“What the? Oh no! What are you doing Pam?”
“Oh Pooh! I had too! You feel so good! I came three times. You are wonderful! Mmm, kiss me!”
I couldn’t believe it. I fell asleep when she was rubbing my neck. I remember that. That’s all that I remember. She was on top of me and I was inside of her. Both of us were completely naked on the couch in the tiny living room of the trailer.
Was that it? That’s what I had been saving myself for my whole life and I don’t even remember any of it!
Pam leaned down and kissed me. All of her skin was flushed and we were warm and wet.
“I can’t believe that you did that to me.” I said. “I have never been with anyone before. That was my first time, and I don’t even remember it. I wanted it to be with my wife.”
“Oh my God Pooh, are you serious? I am so sorry! Oh, I feel terrible. Why didn’t you tell me?”
I looked at her, and she was starting to cry. “I’m almost 21 years old! That’s not something most guys are going to brag about.” I said, embarrassed as I got up to get dressed. I had never been naked in front of a woman before, but that didn’t even matter to me right now. What was the big deal about having sex if you don’t even get to remember it?
“Pooh, I really am so sorry. I just felt connected with you, and after we danced, and then at the river, you are just so sweet. I have never met a man as kind and gentle as you before. I thought that you would want to make love with me. This isn’t something that I normally do. I just wanted you to be thinking about me while you were so far away.”
“I don’t know what I’m going to be thinking about, I’m just ready to go! I think that I’m going to borrow their shower, and change back into my own clothes.”
I walked down the hall to the bathroom with all of my stuff and locked the door. I was really tired. I turned the shower on and got in. My life had been turned inside out in just a few hours. I thought about my future wife and now I couldn’t say that she would be my first. I had not even met her yet and already I would be a disappointment!
My eyes started to well up with tears, thinking about what she might think about me on our wedding night. Right, now, I didn’t care about anything. Pam was the most beautiful woman that I had ever seen, and I’m sure that any man would give everything he had to have what I just had. It wasn’t like that though. I felt like I had returned to that night at the 9th grade mixer with Jenny, only this time it was Pam. I didn’t understand what had happened then, or now. Pam was sweet and kind too. Why did I make her cry for giving herself to me?
This was too much for me to think about right now, I was hoping that Eze would get here soon, so that we could just go. I got out of the shower and was looking for a towel to dry off with, when I heard the front door to the trailer close. Did Pam leave?
I grabbed my cowboy hat and put it over my privates and walked down the hall dripping wet. I smelled bacon, and eggs, and biscuits as I got to the kitchen.
“Oh, Hell Yeah Pooh, playing some Cowboy’s and Indians while we’re gone!” Eze said while standing by the door with Gisela in his arms smiling and blushing.
“What?” I looked at them and then turned to see that Pam had braided her hair into pony tails, like an Indian girl, and was cooking breakfast with nothing on but my t-shirt. It wasn’t long enough to cover her naked bottom when she reached into the cabinet to get some salt and pepper.
I looked back at Eze and Gisela, “No wait, this isn’t what you think!” I pleaded.
“Whoa, hey Amigo, you don’t have to explain anything! I’m proud of you!” Eze smiled as he smacked Gisela on the bottom, and sat down at the table.
“Morning ya’ll. Breakfast is ready.” Pam said while Gisela started setting the table.
“You have a look about you that I’ve never seen before.” Gisela whispered to Pam.
“I screwed up.” I heard her whisper back.
“Stop all of that whispering and let’s eat ladies! Pooh, there’s dry towels above the washer in the hall, if you want to join us! You didn’t find a stash of Tuck’s weed somewhere did you?” Eze joked while he looked down at my cowboy hat. “I can see that you’ve figured out more than one use for that hat already. There may be hope for you yet!”
“Uh, excuse me.” I said, backing down the hallway until I found the towels. I dried off, threw my clothes on and went back into the kitchen barefoot.
“I’m sorry about the food boys. All that I could find was some bacon, eggs and wop biscuits. I wish that I could have done more.”
“What are wop biscuits?” I asked foolishly.
Gisela jumped in and said “Pooh, they’re the ones that you buy in a can and have to wop on the counter to get them open, silly. I thought that you worked at the Safeway?”
“I do, but I honestly can’t say that I’ve ever heard them called that before.”
Suddenly there was a loud banging at the door like someone was trying to break it down. It startled all of us except for Eze. He was up and out the door with his .44 Magnum pistol pointed at the forehead of a Sheriff’s Deputy before any of us realized that someone was at the door.
I jumped up to find out what was going on, and walked over to the door.
The deputy was caught totally off-guard and had his hands up with both of his eyes staring at the barrel touching his forehead. Once Eze realized it was the law, he smiled and un-cocked the pistol and held his hands halfway in the air.
“Easy boys, I didn’t know that you were the law. You sounded like someone trying to break in. You need to do a better job of saying who you are when you bang on somebody’s door like that! What can we help you with?” Eze said while unloading his pistol.
The deputy with his hands up was still frozen, when the other deputy said “We’re looking for an Ezekiel Coltello. Would you happen to know where he is.”
Eze put the empty pistol in front of his waistband and held the bullets in his open hand. “Sure do, I’m right here.” He looked at the other deputy, “You can put your hands down, I’m not gonna shoot you!” he giggled.
The deputy was still shaken as he slowly lowered his hands. He looked down to confirm that he had peed his pants.
“Where is it?” said the other deputy.
“Where’s what, the party? It’s right out back, why is there a problem?” Eze asked. He looked over at the deputy who was still in shock, “You gonna be okay Amigo? I didn’t mean to startle you.”
He didn’t say a word. He just turned and walked slowly back to their car. He opened the door and sat down behind the wheel, staring into space. He gripped the wheel and just started crying uncontrollably and put his head on it.
“The truck, where’s the truck?” The deputy said attempting to divert our attention back to his authority. “What did you do with your truck?”
Eze got serious now, “Oh, that. Some piece of shit wrecker driver stole it from The Hall last night, and wants to charge me $85 for stealing it!”
“Well, that’s strange Mr. Coltello, because the wrecker yard was broken into early this morning, and the only vehicle missing was your truck. It happened to be parked in between a Mercedes and a Corvette. Why do you think that someone would steal a beat-up old pick-up like yours, and leave those other cars behind?”
“That’s easy, because my truck is unique! Anyone can buy a Mercedes or Corvette, but you just don’t come along a 1966 Toyota FJ45 Truck everyday. Hell, there only 1,100 of them brought to the U.S. between 1963-65, so I don’t feel bad for that piece of shit though. He shouldn’t have stolen my truck to begin with. It was legally parked, you can ask the lady that works the door at The Hall, she was the one that told me he took it.”
“Well, he said he won’t press charges if you pay for the damages. It appears that the fence was cut in several places, the lock was cut, and his pure-bred Catahoula Leopard Dog is missing! The deputy stated, clearly wanting to be done with us, and check on his partner.
“I’ll tell you what I’m willing to do officer. I won’t press charges against that piece of shit, and he can pay his own way. I’m sure that this isn’t the first time he has done this, but maybe he will think before he does it again. You can tell him that stealing a man’s truck is still a hanging offense in Texas, by God!”
The deputy sighed heavily, “You’re right about this not being the first time. We have had complaints about him before. Would you like to file a stolen vehicle report?”
“No sir, I’m sure that some kids probably took it for a joy ride. Somebody will see it, and realize that it’s mine, and it will probably just show up here when I least expect it. You can tell that fat bastard wrecker driver that if he ever does see my truck anywhere to steer clear of it, even if it’s on fire, or I’ll be coming after him.”
Eze shook the deputy’s hand as they walked to his car, “I truly am sorry about your friend there, I hope that he will be okay. Ya’ll are welcome to come to the party and have a beer on me when you get off.”
“Thanks, we might do just that. Have a good day, and I hope that you find you’re truck Mr. Coltello.” He winked.
“No sir, it’s Eze, and I’m sure that it will turn up.”