Butterscotch Lifesaver  

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2/10/2006 6:07 am

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

Butterscotch Lifesaver


"Katie?"
"Yes?"
"Do you want a lifesaver?" he asked.
They sat on a bridge that was a throwback to the old days. it was made of rough hewn lumber with no guard rail or banister
so you could hang your feet over the side just above the water.
"No thanks, I'm fine," she replied as she watched him pop one of the hard candies in his mouth.
The river was at full bank because it had snowed earlier in the week and then as it warmed up and melted the runoff swelled the
river until it was like a big fat snake writhing and twisting through cottonwood forests on both sides as far as the eye could
see.The afternoon was turning to evening and there was a soft chillin the air that made them unconsciously draw together on the
bridge, their arms touching.
"Are you sure?" he replied. "They're butterscotch and they make watching a sunset a sublime experience."
"You see, the flavors blend together like the colors and it's almost like you can taste it."
"I like my sunsets straight up."
"Oh I see, nothing to cut the strong flavor then?"
"No, I like the full effect with nothing to distract me."
He leaned back, supporting himself on the palms of his hands as he stared down the river.
She encircled his arm with hers and shivered slightly against him.
He loved it when she shivered even though he never quite knew what she was shivering about.
The sun was large now. You could almost see it yawning as it prepared to rest for the night because it's an early riser and it
needs its sleep
"I love the sunset." she whispered. "I love the thought that one dream can end and yet you know that tomorrow another one is
just beginning."
"I know what you mean," he replied. "And it's not as if the dream dies, but it's kinda held in reserve."
She looked into his eyes for any kind of expression and then she laughed.
He found himself wondering which which sounded happier. Her laughter or the sound of gurgling water as it made its way down
the river to Omaha-Naples to its final resting place in Lake Texarkana.
"That's the silliest thing I ever heard." she laughed.
"I know, gimme a break." "I can't be deep 24 hours a day."
"What do you really see when you look at a sunset?"
"Hmmm...Sometimes I see new life beginning."
"Sometimes a bittersweet ending or maybe just a beautiful picture it all depends on the mood I suppose."
The breeze picked up a little lifting the bare limbs of the cottonwoods with it until all the rustling and whistling was in perfect
harmony."
"You know," he said. "Some avowed sunset watchers spend their whole lives waiting to see that perfect sunset and they never
realize that it doesn't exist."
"Each one is different and what makes it perfect is the circumstances under which you view it."
"Baby?"
"Yes Katie?"
"I think I'll have that lifesaver now."
"I knew you couldn't resist."
As he reached into the inner pocket of his jacket to retrieve the package of candy she cupped his face, turned his head towards
her and kissed him softly, her lips parted, her tongue searching gently. He reacted with surprise then melted slowly into her.
When she broke the kiss the candy had disappeared from his mouth. He looked at her and laughed as she bit down on what
remained of it.
It was then that he realized. There was a cool breeze coming off the river. The air was fresh and clean and yet he was holding
his breath.
She encircled his arm again with hers.
"Do you think this is a perfect sunset?" she asked.
"As close as it ever will be for me." he replied.
"I think butterscotch is my most favorite lifesaver flavor."

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