Death Takes a 'Little' Holiday!
By Deb Roberts
One bright and sunny morning, (as opposed to a dark and stormy night), the Grim Reaper gazed from his window at the glorious sight of the sun gleaming on the moss covering the swap. As he listened to the melodious song of the vultures in the trees, it occurred to him that he hadn’t taken a vacation in quite some time. “And why shouldn’t Death take a holiday”, he thought to himself. “After all, Halloween is coming up and we’ll be busy making guest appearances and all, so this is the perfect time to take a day trip.”
After a quick stop at the store for supplies, the Grim Reaper loaded up his party boat, called his friends, and set out for a pleasure cruise thru the swamp.
Being the good son he is, he brought his Mummy along.
With Grim at the wheel, the boat slipped out of its mooring and began its cruise thru the swamp. The vultures sang their bon voyage song as the rats waved goodbye.
Well, it didn’t take long before the party boat was rocking! With Jerry on guitar, more than the boat was making waves! It’s a good thing the windows were already long gone, because the way they had the music cranked up, it would have shattered the glass.
Steve had been shooting a little pool, but when the waters got a bit rough, he took a break. As he told Earl the bartender, “It’s not easy to make that corner shot when Grim decides to cross a speedboat’s wake!” Earl mixed up a Bloody Mary for Steve and the two soon forgot all about rough waters.
Out on the back deck, Phil had been left in charge of the bbq.
Looks like ribs were on the menu! It also looks like Phil may have tipped back a few cold ones, but as long as he doesn’t set the boat on fire, it’s all okay. That ice cream freezer might be there for dessert, or maybe it’s there to put out the fire if Phil has one too many!
Just as the ribs were starting to sizzle, around the corner came Spike. Spike is Grim’s pet gator and it seems that he’d rather have a drumstick than ribs. I’m sure Phil was happy to toss that on the grill for him.
Up on the deck, Marty and Sally relaxed with some putting practice. Marty had just picked up a new set of clubs at the River Styx Country Club Pro Shop and was dying to try them out.
Harold said that he’d had a hard week at the mortuary, so he just kicked his feet up and relaxed in the shade.
Sue and Jeff had gone to see the Titanic the night before and couldn’t resist a little flying.
Grim’s brother Harvey and his girlfriend Alice decided that the scenery from the front deck was the best, so they set up some chairs, plopped a tub of ice between them and just caught some rays while they chatted with Grim.
Things got just a little bit scary when Grim edged the boat too close to a tree, but except for being screamed at by an irate buzzard, no harm was done.
At the end of the day, everyone agreed that spending some relaxing time on the boat with family and friends was just what they all needed before their busy season begins. So, if you look out your front door this Halloween and see the Grim Reaper standing there, don’t be scared. Just remember that underneath that black robe, he’s a party guy at heart.
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