Punky burst through the front door of Henry's apartment. She was sad to see her day end but she was really glad to be home.
Henry came out of the kitchen, "Punky! Where were you!"
She hugged him, "Everywhere!"
"I was worried sick! I hadn't heard from you for over 12 hours!"
"I know Henry I'm sorry."
Joe walked in the door.
"Everything okay now?"
Punky went over to Joe, "Henry, this is Joe. He gave Cherie and I a ride home."
"Thank you very much."
"It was no problem. You all have a good night."
"Thank you same to you." He thought for a minute, "Where is Cherie anyway?"
"She went home."
"I bought you something."
"Yeah! It's a thanks for letting us go on the trip and for the idea." She pulled the hat she had bought for him out of one of the bags."
"Oh Punky, it's wonderful! Thank you!"
Henry noticed the other bags she had. "What are all those?"
"Oh, I got some things too!"
"How did you afford all that?"
"We saved money on our meals."
"What did you eat?"
"McDonalds! We got it for free!"
"Well, lets just say I have a way with people…"
Henry laughed. "So what else did you do?"
"Well, first we tried to teach Brandon some new tricks, then we were professional baseball players, then we were gangsters, I even nailed a guy right in the chops!"
"Henry, don't you know it's rude to interrupt someone while they're telling a story?"
"Not when I find out you stuck a person!"
"In my defense, he was trying to kill us."
"Where were you!"
"Punky! I told you that I don't want you playing there!"
"Don't worry! As long as Tony and his gang are there we won't go near it! We outran them anyway so we were fine!"
"Punky…" he shook his head.
"Can I finish my story now?"
"I don't know if I can handle much more."
"Don't worry Henry, that was the worst of it."
"Fine, go on."
"Anyway, then we were crocodile hunters at the lake. Don't worry, Brandon was the crocodile. Then we went to McDonalds where Judy wouldn't serve us inside because we had Brandon. Then she wouldn't serve us at the drive thru window. It wasn't even busy! Then the manager came out and felt sorry for us so he gave us our meals for free. He even gave Brandon a treat!"
"Well that was very kind of him."
"Yeah! Then we went shopping at the plaza, and finally we went to the fair."
"The fair? Isn't that on the other side of town?"
"Yeah, we took the bus."
"Henry you're such a worry wart!"
"Yes, I knew there was so sort of way to put it…"
"We ate fried dough, we play games, and Brandon won best dog costume!"
"That would explain his outfit."
"The best part was riding the Ferris Wheel when it was lit up!"
"That must have been nice."
"The view was amazing!"
"I can imagine."
"But then we missed the last bus. Luckily Joe drove up and we saw he was a cop so we asked him if he could give us a ride home. Thankfully he did!"
"Yes. That was very kind of him. Did he mention that I called wondering were you girls were?"
Punky's smile faded, "Yes…"
"Look Punky, I'm really happy you and Cherie had a great day, but I did not like the feeling that I had no idea where you were."
"I'm sorry Henry…"
"I know you are. What matters most right now is that you are both home safe and sound. We can talk about this in the morning. You go get some sleep."
"Okay Henry. Goodnight."
Punky dreamt about her great adventure and could wait to see when her next one would be. Or where it would be. There was so much this world had to offer. She couldn't wait to see where the wind would take her next.
Thanks for reading! I know this wasn't one of my best stories but hey, you win some, you lose some. ;) ~markaleen