Chapter 11 (Written by: Flash2002)
After getting checked in at the campground and helping Nicholas set up the RV hook ups, Griffin decided he wanted to take a look around. “Hey, Nicholas, I’m gonna take a walk around and see what’s here. You wanna come with?”
“Nah. I still have a few things to sort out here. I might catch up to you in a bit though. Make sure your phone is charged.”
Griff rolled his eyes. “Of course, I have my phone charged. I’ll see ya in a few!”
Nicholas did stay behind to finish setting up, but he had another reason, too. He wanted to make a special dinner for Griffin. He glanced at his watch and saw that it was almost three o’clock. He had plenty of time. He cleaned up a bit and decided to make one of Griff’s favorites, chicken fried steak.
Carefully, he began to make the steaks, along with mashed potatoes and corn on cob. With everything on the stove, he wandered over to the table and set up the candles that he found. He grinned, remembering how sappily romantic his dad always was. Maybe that’s where he got it from. Next on his checklist, he doublechecked his new Spotify playlist. He wanted just the right mood to show Griffin some special attention, and also to thank him for the wonderful memories they had already made together so far on this trip.
He got all the food set up and eagerly awaited Griffin’s return. Thirty minutes later, still no Griffin and, of course, no cell service. Nicholas started to worry. “What is taking him so long? He said he was only going for a walk. Something could have happened to him; he’s been gone an hour and half now.” Nicholas made sure the stove was off and the candles were out, and he left the RV.
Meanwhile, Griffin had the same idea. He found a perfect spot for a romantic picnic. It was a peaceful and relaxing overlook with a dazzling view of the mountains. It was so beautiful there. He laid out blankets and set up his picnic basket. It was difficult but he prepared everything without Nicholas seeing him. He had candles, fancy glasses, and even some rose petals. He lost track of time and didn’t realize he had been gone well over an hour.
Nicholas scowled at the zero bars on his phone and searched for Griff. He, first, wandered around the RV park. In frustration, he even yelled out for him. “Griff! Hey, Griffin! Where are you?” Nicholas walked and yelled and walked and yelled some more. He finally spotted a hiker coming from one of the trails behind the campground. “Hey, have you seen anyone else on that trail?”
“Yeah, actually, I did. About a half mile up the trail, some weird guy with blankets and lots of other stuff. He was throwing rose petals everywhere. Kinda odd but hey, who am I to judge? Anyway, he was on the cliff overlooking the mountains about a half mile up the trail.” the hiker said
.“Thank you, sir. He may be odd, but if that’s Griff, he’s mine and I love odd. Have a good day!” Nicholas said and started up the trail. As Nicholas walked the trail, he mused, “Could it be Griff spreading rose petals? That would be funny if it is and we both had the same exact idea at the same exact time. He continued up the trail to find his friend.
Nicholas was still muttering to himself when he found Griffin. Griff saw him coming and yelled out, “Hey, Peaches! What are you doing out here?”
“Me? What are you still doing out here? Where in the world have you been? I have been waiting for you back at the RV. It’s been close to two hours! I was getting worried and there’s little to no cell service here.”
“Wow, I am so sorry. I didn’t realize I was gone that long. I wanted to do something special for you, but now I think it may be a little cheesy.” Griff said, running his fingers through his strawberry blonde hair.
“Guess what. I made you dinner. It’s waiting in the RV, I wanted to do something nice for you, too. So, if you’re cheesy then so am I.” Nicholas laughed. “Ok, new plan. We will have your picnic later, after we finish whatever else we end up doing today. After dark, under the stars. Right now, we head back and eat the dinner I made for you. How’s that sound?” Nicholas looked expectantly at Griff.
“Sounds like a plan!” Griff said with a huge smile. The two walked hand in hand back down the trail laughing about them both making special dinner plans at the same time.
“Nicholas, this was totally awesome! I didn’t realize you were such a good cook! And I like the music. New playlist?” Griff asked as “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) by Marvin Gaye ended and “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King started.
“Yeah, just made it this morning.” Nicholas blushed.
“For the record, I’ll always stand by you. Thank you so much. This was all so awesome!” Griffin said.
Nicholas leaned in and snuck a quick kiss, “You’re awesome. This was just dinner. So, what will we do now? There’s still a couple hours before dark.”
“Well, I found out from talking with a couple hikers out on the trail that there’s an awesome zipline place! It totally sounds fun, Nicky Wicky.” Griff said, laughing.
“Stop with the Nicky stuff. You know how much I hate that! I’ll let you get away with it this one this time. Ziplining sounds kinda fun. Let’s go.”
As Griff and Nicholas got to the zipline, Nicholas got a little nervous. He paled just watching people being pushed across line, legs dangling. They were up a lot higher, here in the mountains, than other ziplines that he had seen before. Griff looked at Nicholas and reassured him. “Everything will be okay. I promise. I’m right here.” He looked down into Nicholas’ bright blue eyes. “I will never let anything bad happen to you, Nicholas. Not ever.”
“Ok. I’m good. Let’s do this. Time to make some more fun memories together! Then later we’ll have our picnic under the stars. This is an awesome day so far, Griff.” Nicholas said, enthusiastically.
“Heck yeah let’s do this!” Griff said, with a smile that nearly split his face in two.