|The Ski Trip
by Indy ©
got wonderful friends with the greatest of intentions, but sometimes they
can be somewhat annoying.
Every year, we take a weekend ski trip. And every year they try to fix me up with someone. They dont understand that I take the trip to be with them, and not some stranger.
Until last year, that is.
The five of us own a time-share cabin in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee that we go to once a year. There was six of us until my break-up with Ricci, four years ago. We have the cabin for a whole week, but we usually only use it for the weekend, since all of us have jobs to go back to on Monday.
Last year, Brandi and Nicole decided to bring a friend with them. Tanya was a nice person. Very cute, with short dark blonde hair. She had brown eyes, a beautifully shaped nose and luscious lips. Her body reminded me of a model, with larger breasts than most models Id seen...not too large, and I certainly wouldnt kick her out of my bed because of them! And she had a very pleasant personality.
Nicole and I were close... like sisters. We talked about everything. She told me that Tanya worked with Brandi and that Tanya had been seeing someone and it just ended. Nicole didnt give me any details because she didnt have any to give.
We arrived at the cabin on Friday night, too exhausted from the week to do much of anything, so we went just went to dinner and then back to the cabin to crash. We sat in front of the fireplace, sipping wine and chatting about the goings on in each others lives. Around 2 a.m., the girls started heading for their respective rooms, leaving Tanya and I alone in front of the fireplace. We sat in a stilted silence for a long time.. neither of us knowing what to say or do. She was on one side of the heat, and I was on the other, both of us laying on sleeping bags laid on the thick rug.
"Nicole tells me you work with Brandi," I said, trying to initiate some kind of communication.
"Yeah, Im one of the accountants for Brandis firm," she said.
I thought, "Oh, great! An Accountant! Now what are we going to talk about?" But instead I said, "Accounting, huh? Sounds interesting."
"No. It isnt," she said with a laugh. "I see that oh shit! What do we talk about look."
Embarrassed that she read my mind, I laughed. But still didnt know what to say.
"Brandi tells me you all come up here every year," she said.
Relieved that she started a conversation I could follow, I said, "Yeah, its a nice getaway from the everyday stresses. And the one time a year, we all force ourselves to spend time with each other away from everything."
"Wow, thats great," she said. "You all seem so close."
"We try to do a lot of things together, but it seems were drifting apart more and more." I explained. "Anymore, we only get together once in the summer for a cookout and once in the winter for this ski trip. This is our eighth ski trip."
"That is so cool," she said.
We continued talking about the cabin, and some of the things weve done to it, and in it. All the animals around the place. And how peaceful it was up there, away from civilization. By the time we finished off another bottle of wine, we were getting sleepy. We had already stacked our sleeping bags to make the floor more comfortable, and were laying face to face with our hands supporting our heads. I vaguely remember saying goodnight.
The next morning, I woke up to "shhhhh.. theyre asleep". And to the pasty feel of old wine in my mouth. I opened my eyes to find Tanya laying beside me, curled up in a ball and snuggled with her back to me. Somehow, we were both covered by a blanket.
When I moved to get up, Tanya began to stir, I moved slowly so as not to wake her. I looked toward the kitchenette and saw the four of them watching me intently. Their disappointment was obvious when I emerged from the blanket fully dressed. They all groaned and turned their attention back to preparing breakfast. I spread my hands and gave them a "what did you expect?" look. Movement from the floor brought my attention back to the slumbering woman. I looked down at her and her eyes opened.
She gave a yawn and a stretch and said, "Good morning."
"Good morning," I said and reached down to take her hand. As I gave her a hand up, all eyes were on Tanya, to see her mode of dress. "It seems we have disappointed the girls," I said with a laugh.
Tanya laughed, and all four of them looked embarrassed.
Saturday was fun, well, most of it. We started off cross-country skiing. Re-discovered the paths that lead all through the snowy wonderland. The squirrels scurried around, watching these strange looking creatures invade their territory. We saw several rabbits and even caught a glimpse of a red fox jumping through the snow. Im sure we would have seen more wildlife if we had been a little quieter.
Around noon, we headed back to the cabin for a quick bite before gathering our downhill skis to hit the slopes.
Tanya admitted that she wasnt much for downhill skiing, that shed only done it a few times, and wasnt very good. She looked relieved when I told her it wasnt my forte, either, but I enjoyed it. "So well stick to the beginner slopes," I told her.
She smiled a thankful smile. The others just rolled their eyes.
On the way out, Nicole caught my arm. "Youre taking a liking to Tanya, arent you?"
"Nicole, shes a nice person. And shes easy to talk to," I said. "Dont go playing Cupid, were very different. If something happens, it happens... if it dont, it dont. Im not worried about it, so neither should you. Besides, now you guys dont have to babysit me on the bunny slopes this time."
"Yeah, I know," she said with a smile. "It sounds like youre going to be doing some babysitting of your own!"
I gave her a little shove out the door and said, "Get outta here, you perv!"
We both laughed as we walked out of the cabin.
It continued to be a beautiful day. The sun on the snow made it look like millions of diamonds were embedded in its surface, and I was glad I remembered my shades this time. The air was crisp and cold, as it should be, but we were all cozy in our ski bibs, mittens and boots.
When we arrived at the slopes, Tanya and I went in the direction of the beginner hills, while the others made their way to the more difficult side of the mountain. Riding the lift was probably the most fun. We could see where people had lost gloves, hats, scarves, and poles during their ride to the top. And it gave us the opportunity to talk.
We talked about everything. Our upbringing, siblings, parents, past relationships and experiences. And our abilities on the hill were about equal.
Toward the end of the day, I was relieved to discover that, like me, she wasnt interested in a long-term relationship. That she was very content to have her space at home without having to answer to anyone but herself. This was my kind of woman.
When I reached the bottom, I looked up the hill in time to see her sliding down the lower part of the hill on her stomach with her left ski preceding her by about 20 feet. It was a sight to see for sure.
Hiding my mirth, I ran up to her and asked if she was okay.
"Yeah," she said an embarrassed and disgusted look on her face. "I dont know what happened... all of a sudden my skis came out from under me, and trying to keep my balance, I heard something snap, then landed on my face."
I retrieved her ski, and attempted to help her stand. I got her to her feet in time for her to fall again. Her "Ouch" exclamation told me something wasnt quite right. After I helped her remove her remaining ski and taking mine off, I put her arm around my shoulder, put mine around her waist, and carried our skis toward the lodge while she hopped on one foot beside me. Thankfully, another skier saw our predicament and came to help. He carried the skis and I lifted Tanya into my arms for the remaining jaunt, all the while she complained she was too heavy for me to carry like that.
I said, "Dont be ridiculous. You dont weigh anything." Which was true. I bore her weight with very little effort. "Besides, it makes me feel good to rescue a damsel in distress," I said with a smile.
She smiled and turned beet red, but snuggled closer to my chest.
I sat her at a table and propped her left foot on my lap to remove her boot. It was a difficult task, because her ankle had already started swelling. I gently set her foot on the chair as I went to get an ice pack and two cups of hot chocolate. I set the beverages on the table and put her foot back in my lap, where I took her sock off. Her ankle was swelling nicely and was turning a deep purple.
"Excuse me, but can I help? I saw you get the ice pack and wondered if you needed help. Im the medic for the lodge." He was nice looking, somewhat tall and thin. The way a ski medic should look.
He looked at Tanyas ankle, turning it from side to side, moving her toes, and feeling around on her arch. He asked what happened, and she told him. "I dont think its broken," he said. "Could be sprained, but most likely its just a strain. And Ill bet it hurts like hell."
"Yes, it does," she said. "What should I do about it?"
"Exactly what youre doing," he suggested. "Keep the ice on it, and take ibuprofen for the pain and to keep the swelling down... oh, and try to keep it elevated."
"Ill make sure she does," I said. "Thank you very much." He walked away and I looked at Tanya, "Ill be right back. I think I have some Motrin in the truck."
When I went back in, Tanya was sitting dejectedly at the table. "Here, take a couple of these. It should help," I told her and handed her the bottle.
I sat back down and put her foot back in my lap.
"I feel so stupid! Ive ruined this whole weekend!" she said, as her eyes watered.
I wanted to make her feel better, but didnt know what to say. So I came up with, "To tell you the truth, I was ready for a break. I just didnt want you to think I was a wuss by asking you to stop and join me for cocoa."
"But now I cant go dancing with you guys tonight!" she whined.
"I didnt want to go anyway. Maybe we could just stay at the cabin and play cards or something," I suggested.
"You dont have to stay and babysit me."
"Who says Im babysitting?" I asked. "Ask the girls, Im usually the one who sits like a bump on a log while they dance. So, actually, youre doing me a favor."
"Are you sure?" she asked.
"Of course I am!" I said.
We were drinking our hot chocolate when Brandi and Nicole walked in, followed shortly by Renee and Lenore. All four of them crowded around us to ask what happened. As the story was retold, it was Brandi who looked at me and said, "Youd do anything to get out of going dancing with us, wouldnt you?" She smiled, then the rest of us burst into hysterical laughter.
I looked at Tanya and said, "See, I told you."
We all sat and drank hot chocolate, then decided everyone had enough skiing for one day and headed back to the cabin.
The girls showered and readied themselves for a night on the town, as I made sure Tanya was comfortable. It wasnt until after they left, that I discovered we forgot to stop and pick up dinner for us. Thankfully, we brought some staples with us for the weekend, and I was able to put together a nice little meal for the two of us. We had chilled wine, cheese & crackers, and some fruit consisting of grapes and strawberries.
"Its not much," I informed her, "but at least we wont starve."
"This is wonderful!" she said. "I wouldnt want anything else."
"I hope youre not just saying that," I said.
"Of course not! I wouldnt say it if I didnt mean it," she said sweetly.
I made her comfortable on the floor in front of the fireplace as I made a roaring fire, then lounged beside her, munching on the makeshift fare. We lay on our sides, facing each other, when she leaned over and kissed me. Nothing passionate, just a friendly kiss.
"What was that for?" I asked.
"Youre just so thoughtful, I felt like giving you a thank you kiss," she said. "I hope you dont mind?"
"No, not at all," I said embarrassed that she might have taken it the wrong way. "I kinda liked it. I dont get many thank you kisses." We both laughed.
"Um, Ive got a problem..." she started, then looked down at her swollen ankle.
"Whats that?" I asked.
"I dont know how to say this, but Ive got to go to the bathroom, and I dont think I can do it without assistance."
I jumped up quickly and said, "thats what Im here for! You helped me get out of dancing, and Im here to help you go to the bathroom!" We both laughed. I reached my hand down to help her up, then bent to pick her up.
"Oh no.. youre not carrying me again," she said. "Just let me hold onto you, and I can hobble to the bathroom."
"Its no trouble... really," I said. "Besides, how bad do you have to go? Because at this speed, its going to take awhile."
"Youve got a point there," she reasoned, and stopped to let me lift her.
When we reached our destination, I set her down and asked, "can you manage from here?"
She was already unbuttoning her jeans hastily, "I think I can. If I can get these down in time." We both laughed. She was so easy to laugh with, it amazed me. And I walked out of the room.
When she was finished she asked, "can you do me a huge favor?"
"Can you get into my bag and get my nightshirt? I think it would be easier and more comfortable than these jeans."
I retrieved the garment and delivered it to her on the throne. "Ill be out here when youre ready," I said.
"Okay, thanks," she said. A few minutes later she said, "Whew! Im finally ready."
I went back inside and lifted her again to take her back to the pallets in front of the fireplace. Then went back to put her clothes away so they wouldnt wrinkle, and I noticed her underthings were with the pile of clothes. All kinds of thoughts invaded my mind. "Dont be silly," I reasoned with myself. "Its just easier to facilitate bodily functions without these on."
When I returned
to her, I had also changed into sleeping attire, carrying more Motrin,
and lay back down in my spot. She took the pills and thanked me.
|Another top quality story by Indy.|