Log 5l: Unrelenting Itch

Hard to actually sleep with an ember in your belly, but somehow Edelweiss and Malcolm managed to get a few winks before sunup. Morning came and there was still no sign of their cabin-mates Easter or Jarrett.

Maybe breakfast will draw them.
Maybe a nice breakfast will draw them.

“This is so strange.” Ede mused as she whipped up something for everyone to eat. “Do you think they went home?”

“Not sure,” Malcolm said. “It seems unlike your sister to leave without letting you know somehow.”

Edelweiss was a lot better at cooking now, her skills far surpassing his.

Their cabin had a lovely, fully-stocked kitchen.
Their cabin had a lovely, fully-stocked kitchen.

“This food is phenomenal,” Malcolm commented on the meal.

“Thanks! I had this really hot teacher once who taught me the proper way to drop a spoon,” she bragged.

And you should've seen his chest.. you could bounce a quarter off that thing.
“And you should’ve seen his chest.. you could bounce a quarter off that thing.”

“Hey now,” he laughed, “I only dropped the hypothetical one.”

“But you did it so well,” she flirted.

Someone opened the cabin door. Ede was about to welcome her sister back and ask where the heck she’d been, but it wasn’t Easter who showed up at all, but some hat-wearing woman she didn’t even recognize.

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That almost looks like a disguise, but I’m quite confident we’d never met this person before.

And then another. Attracted by the smell of actual food, perhaps, they piled in and helped themselves to Ede’s cooking.

5k guest 2
The dish was diabolically good!

“We’re, uh, gonna head out..” Ede said to the guests. “You folks enjoy your meal.”

They’d have to figure out what happened to Easter and Jarrett later. The day was much too beautiful to waste. Onward to Granite National Park!

"Look at all that green!"
“Look at all that green!”

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Malcolm was still being devoured by mosquitos, but he was being a really good sport about it.

“Are you sure you don’t wanna head back?” Ede worried.

“Naw, I’m fine,” he said. “Let’s go explore.”

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The national park is really neat! It’s got that real forest shade thing going on, with lots of undergrowth. Ede found some wild mushrooms and herbs that she managed to harvest without incident. Also caught some gnarly termites, just because she could.

Ede was able to take a splice from this plant, even though she hadn't identified it yet.
Ede was able to take a splice from this plant, even though she hadn’t identified it yet.

Malcolm spotted a cave-looking thing off in the distance, its entrance obscured by hanging brambles.

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“Wait!” Ede called out, “Don’t go in there!”

“I’ll be fine,” he smirked over his shoulder to her as he stepped inside.

5k cave 2
“Plumming hell, Malcolm!”

The opening closed right back up after Malcolm passed though, as though the brambles were part of a sentient organism. Ede waited outside, unable to enter. She called to him, but he didn’t answer. She couldn’t hear or see a damn thing from where she was standing.

Please be okay.
Please come out of there okay so I can kick your plumming behind.

Inside the corridor, Malcolm was facing a series of obstacles. He pushed his way through darkened overgrowth and stopped to fish in a babbling brook, only to be chased out by some kind of woodland monster. Finally he emerged, shaken and scratching furiously.

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“What the heck were you doing in there?!” she scolded, relieved to see him. “Are you okay??”

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"Don't scare me like that."
“Don’t scare me like that.”

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Malcolm was itching all over from his experience in the cave-thinger. Ede was worried about it. They went to look for a forest ranger, hoping to find information on a remedy. Bound to be one around here somewhere, right?

"That's gotta be the ranger station."
“That’s gotta be the ranger station.”

The station (if that’s what this actually was) was deserted, though. Ranger whoever-it-was sure kept a lot of insects in there – nearly every available counter space held some kind of terrarium. Kinda creepy, really. Cozy little cabin though. Bathroom, chess table, fireplace, books.

Someone has an interest in entymology.
Someone has an interest in entomology.

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They looked around, hoping to find information that might help them out of their predicament. Ede picked up a romance novel from an end table and couldn’t help but crack it open, naturally.

“Ha,” she shared, “this one is about a lonely lumberjack and a mysterious woman with amnesia.”

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“What’s a good campfire song?” Malcolm asked, twanging a guitar string to check if it was in tune.

After giving the place a thorough rifling-through, they sat by the fire to warm up a bit, hoping the bug-wrangling lumberjack or mysterious amnesiac would show up if they just waited long enough.

This wouldn’t be such a bad life, if there were a double bed.

“I’m starving,” Ede confessed.

“We’d better go then, unless you mean to sample the beetles,” Malcolm joked.

Grilled fruit! Not sure if she pulled those from her inventory, or thin air. But neat new recipe.
Not sure if that was a new recipe or not, but, neat!

Ede grilled up some fresh fruit on the bbq outside. Despite being rather uncomfortable from his rash, Malcolm was feeling flirty so he sang her a silly little ditty while they ate.

" ~ My skin itches and burns for you.. ~ "
~ My limbs itch and burn for your love.. ~

Still not another soul in the forest. Would’ve been ideal were it not for their need for some guidance. Must be off-season or something?  The two headed back towards the cabin, hoping they’d finally find their fellow vacationers.

“Hey, this little thing is the ranger station! I wonder what that bug shack was about..”

"I'm buying a tent! Ha!"
“I’m buying a tent! Ha!”

Ede browsed the wares and picked up some basic camping supplies just for fun. No ointment or repellent, but she did manage to find an herbalism guide.  Bit late, as Malcolm’s rash was already feeling better.

A quick stop at the cabin revealed nothing. It didn’t even look like Easter and Jarrett had been by today. It wasn’t dark yet, but Ede was burned out and just wanted to take a bath and lay around, now.

“These two are making me mad,” Ede said. “I feel like we’ve spent half the time just trying to figure out where they are!”

“Well, your sister is a free spirit, and Jarrett’s got his own unique sense of things too.”

“I suppose,” Ede grumped.

“I’m still having a good time just being with you,” Malcolm said.

“Even though you’re being devoured by insects and maimed by plants?”

“Even though,” he smiled.

If only the beds weren't nailed down, we could scoot them together or something..
If only the beds weren’t nailed down, we could scoot them together or something..

“I plumming hate these beds,” Ede sighed.

As much as Edelweiss loved the woods, she was anxious to get home. Her sleeping arrangements were uncomfortable and frustrating, random strangers were still inviting themselves into their “private” cabin, and she felt bad that Malcolm kept getting bit and stung and plant-rashed during their outings while she got off scot-free. But they’d paid for the cabin for one more night, so she would have to make the best of it.

While she sat, too annoyed to surrender to slumber, her phone rang.

Are you still there?
“Easter?? About time you called, geez!”

It was her sister, finally!

“Where the heck are you guys?” Ede asked.

“What’s Parkshore? Where the plum is that??”

"Are you still there?"
“Well, are you coming back?”

Ede hung up. She was kind of miffed. “Parkshore” wasn’t even on the map. It made no sense.

“They won’t be back tonight?” Malcom asked.

“Nope. I guess Parkshore is way more interesting.”

Malcolm grinned. Ede didn’t know why the heck he would.

“Get dressed,” he said. “There are a couple of things we need to do.”

First, he dragged her outside for a campfire. (To be fair, she came willingly. ;D)

"We should've done this the first night," he smiled.
“We should’ve done this the first night.”

Although it wasn’t yet dark, the campfire was cozy and very camping-ish. People were finally starting to appear and wander around.  People and.. other things.

What the plum is that?
What the plum is that??
“Howdy, campers!”

After his encounter in the cavelike-opening, Malcolm wasn’t keen on being around another woodland beast. He hopped right up and retreated. Edelweiss, however, knew bears. And this was no bear.

“That’s a rather convincing costume you have there.”

The bear, who actually had quite the squeaky high-pitched voice, was a friendly, playful sort. Wanda was her name. The two chatted for a good while and became fast friends.

“Wow! I love crayons and underwear too!”

She was a bit shy at first, but Ede managed to get Wanda to join them for a marshmallow roast. Even Malcolm was okay with it, eventually. ;D

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“It’s all about balance, Wanda.. Sometimes you have to act more sim-like and less bear-like.”

Edelweiss and Malcolm returned to the cabin that evening in much higher spirits.

“I think we can go ahead and use the grownup room tonight,” Malcolm said.

Serious face is hawt.
Rawr. ❤

No complaints here. Or there. Or, anywhere.

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This was a much better bed indeed. I wasn’t keeping track or anything, but I’m sure it was at least 15 minutes before they fell asleep.


12 thoughts on “Log 5l: Unrelenting Itch

  1. I love how your storytelling has evolved with the story. In the beginning, I loved the whole author p.o.v. thing (and I still do) because you’re so plumming funny! I don’t exactly remember when it happened, but “something” happened and the storytelling is different now. It’s like, your voice is still there, but more in the background…like the characters stuffed you in the closet and took over lol. I love it all any way you slice it! Ok…just ONE more before I need to retire. Just one….

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    1. Hello! I’ve been stalking your blog for a while, and I totally agree with the above statement! I have always preferred the drama style narrative, and when I first started reading, I wasn’t sure how I would like it. But it was hilarious! There isn’t much that makes me laugh out loud. So I was slightly disappointed when it went to drama..but then I love it again! Very enjoyable story to read. 🙂

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