He felt strange and uneasy about her, proud and uncomfortatable. He had been pleased last Saturday when she took him to the pool in town, but then she had worn a small bikini and the Syrian men round the bar had stared at her. Gavin walked down the road. He was wearing a striped T-shirt, white shorts and Clarks sandals without socks.
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The early afternoon sun beat down on his head and the heat vibrated up from the tarmac. On either side of him were the low senior-staff bungalows, shadowy beneath their wide eaves, and which seemed to be pressed down into the earth as if the blazing sun bore down with intolerable weight. The coruscating scarlet dazzle of flamboyant trees that lined the road danced spottily in his eyes. The university campus was a large one but Gavin had come to know it intimately in the two years since his parents had moved to Africa.
In Canterbury his father had only been a lecturer but here he was a professor in the Chemistry Department. Gavin loved to go down to the labs with their curious ammoniacal smells, brilliant fluids and mad-scientist constructions of phials, test-tubes and rubber pipes. He thought he might pay his father a surprise visit that afternoon as their lizard hunt should take them m that direction.
Gavin and his two friends had been shooting lizards with their catapults for the three weeks of the Easter holidays and had so far accounted for one hundred and forty-three. They killed mainly the male and female of one species that seemed to populate every group of boulders or area of concrete in the country. The lizards were large, sometimes growing to eighteen inches in length.
The females were slightly smallar than males and were a dirty speckled khaki colour. The males were more resplendent, with brilliant orange-red heads, pale grey bodies and black-barred feet and tails. They did no one any harm; just basked in the sun doing a curous bobbing press-up motion. At first they were ludicrously easy to kill. The boys could creep up to within three or four feet and with, one well-placed stone reduce the basking complacent lizard to a writhing knot, its feet clawing at a buckled spine or shattered head.
A slight guilt had soon grown up among the boys and they accordingly convinced themselves that the lizards were pests and that, rather like rats, they spread diseases. But the lizards, like any threatened species, grew wise to the hunters and now scurried off at the merest hint of approach, and the boys had to range wider and wider through the campus to find zones where the word had not spread and where the lizards still clung unconcernedly to walls, like dozing sunbathers unaware of the looming thunderclouds.
Gavin met his friends at the pre-arranged corner. Today they were heading for the university staffs preparatory school at a far edge of the campus.
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There was an expansive outcrop of boulders there with a sizeable lizard community that they had been evaluating for some time, and this afternoon they planned a blitz. We felt like part of the family. In fact, Kamie and I both felt as if we were talking to our parents again, of whom we both miss deeply. The atmosphere was relaxing, the accommodations were comfortable, and the food was delicious. Halloween is fast approaching and I still think that Skipper would make a great soccer ball with some carefully placed black pentagons just an idea!
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All this made our 25th Anniversary unforgettable! Thanks for the opportunity to get to know you both. Scenic wrote a review Jun What A Treat It Was! We came and stayed for the rainy weekend. Kay and Jonathan's kindness and hospitality was wonderful. They made us feel right at home. We loved the uniqueness and fun of staying on the boat on a rainy night.
It was a treat to be so close to everything. Kay's recommendations were perfect! And they helped us celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. The best part was meeting such kind and delightful people and playing with Skipper. Date of stay: August Trip type: Traveled as a couple. We really enjoyed having you onboard. Wall Township, New Jersey 2 contributions. Peaceful, Peaceful, Peaceful!! What a wonderful experience here on the Dream Lover. Peaceful, Peaceful, Peaceful! So nice to be on the water, sleeping and waking up to the sounds of seabirds. Food was fabulous.
Fresh flowers in our cabin and cloth napkins are always a nice touch. We had a fun unique experience for Bob's birthday. Date of stay: September Trip type: Traveled as a couple. It was great to have you onboard! Previous Next 1 2 3 4. Venice, Florida 2 contributions 1 helpful vote. Orlando, Florida 2 contributions.
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