Demon-Speed Vespa Adventures
Everything was lush and green from the previous night’s rain. The sky was all shades of billowing gray.
Although far from sunny, the sisters thought the day was great, filled with their bantering and teasing and non-stop chatter as they rode alongside a very large lake.
Oh by the way, in case you haven’t met them yet, this is Jinamarie, the middle sister:
She loves martial arts, cooking, and allowing herself to get lost in her thoughts.
Mimi (the baby) is an artist-- shy and a bit moody, but very sweet natured:
And here is Bongie, the fearless leader of them all! She does everything from sewing, dancing, and reading to shelling out advice and organizing all sorts of adventures for herself and her sisters and all of her big resin and human friends:
So, there they were, early Sunday morning just a putt-puttering along and enjoying the scenery through what was a rather quiet and deserted park—-evidently everyone else in town were either sweating in the Bolder-Boulder 10K race or they were burrowing deep beneath their warm covers in order to hang onto the last remnants of idyllic dreams and restful REM. (Which was something I wasn’t allowed to do as Ms Margaret made me get up at the crack of dawn for this photoshoot by informing me that she would pick me up at 7 am! That’s right, 7 am!!! Can you imagine?????!!!!)
Anyway, back to our little story:
After riding along companionably and leisurely with her sisters, Jinamarie suddenly decided to put on some speed and called out a race to end of the lake (a loooong ways off)!
Caught completely by surprise, Bongie and Mimi were too slow to react, therefore Jina got quite the head start. She was shouting and chortling with much glee. However it wasn’t long before she had a clear epiphany that high speeds on a cobblestone path actually might not have been such a great idea…
Bumping and bucking wildly out of control, the Vespa’s front tire hit a snag and Jina was lifted from the seat!
Bongie tried to catch up as she and Mimi watched their poor sister fly WAY UP into the sky…
…complete a perfectly beautiful somersault in the air before hurtling back down to earth and…
ker-splatted next to her silver Vespa. The bike's wheels were still spinning, too!
"Ow, Ow, OWWWWW!”
(Take One) Bongie says, "Get up!" Both Mimi and Jina loudly protested that rather unsympathetic reaction, and Bongie agreed to try again.
(Take Two) Bongie says, "Wow! You're as flat as Stanley!” (I had to step in to calm everyone down. Then I took Bongie aside and coached her with some more appropriate method-acting tips.)
(Take Three) Bongie says...
"Well... I’ll give you a 7.5 for technical execution and a 9.0 for the incredible visual artistry!"
“Ruh-uh!" cried Mimi, "That was definitely a perfect 10!”
It was quite amazing to all of us how nothing was broken after that dramatic wipeout, not even the bike!
So with a great big sigh of relief, Jina heaved herself up off the ground, dusted off the seat new pants, wiped her nose, and then climbed back on her bike. The sisters agreed that they’ve all have had enough of the Demon-Speed Vespa Adventures and began the long ride back home.
“That was fun!”
“Yeah it was!”
“Hey, next week, we should…”