A welcome new addition.
Unlike most of the patrons who were a liability, Peter had chipped in right from the start. She had been able to tell right away that he knew his way around the bush too and she had been relieved to see that she wasn't going to have to keep too much of an eye on him. Not, she had to admit to herself, that she would have minded all that much. He was, in fact, absolutely the most gorgeous young man she had ever seen. He was handsome and well built with long flowing blond hair and eyes that changed their shade of blue depending on which direction he was looking and he had one of those "little boy" smiles that in her most intimate moments with herself, Jackie had to admit she found especially attractive.
In a lot of ways, he reminded her of Jack when he had been young except that they were social opposites. Jack was always the life of the party, while Peter was quiet and introspective. There was no mistaking though that each had a certain panache, a love of life, and the ability to instill confidence in their abilities.
"This is a nice little place," he said after sitting on his knees in front of her and placing a basket of fruit at his side, "I hope I'm not intruding."
"No, you're fine," Jackie answered, "I was just cooling off a little."
"I brought you something," he said as he reached into the basket and held a flower out for her, but he had to keep it as Jackie made no move to accept.
Jackie felt a little tightening in her stomach as it was obvious Peter's visit was other than casual and considering the difference in their ages and his attractiveness, the only logical conclusion was that he saw her as an easy mark. For Jackie, the only question was whether he was going to get his head bashed in or his throat slit.
"You don't like flowers?" he asked.
"They're O.K.," said Jackie.
"Then perhaps some fruit," he said, "or maybe we could go for a swim or just sit and talk and get to know one another better."
"Oh I think I know you well enough Peter," said Jackie, "Let me guess, you are 25 years old and you are an Africa junkie now, but you are originally from California and you used to be a surfer."
"I confess," he said.
"Did you come here to seduce me Peter?" asked Jackie, seeking to disarm him with a preemptive attack.
"Yes," he said, to Jackie's surprise.
"Do you think you can?" she asked.
"Yes," he said.
Once again, Jackie paused to think. This wasn't going at all the way she had expected. She almost liked the sound of it, his confidence, the possibility of it, however absurd.
"Have you seduced a lot of women then?" she asked.
"Yes," he answered.
"Have you ever failed?" she asked.
"No," he said.
"Then this will be the first time," said Jackie.
"There is always that possibility," said Peter, "but I hope you will give me a chance.
Well, you have brought me a flower and you have told me I am beautiful," said Jackie, "One more strike and you're out."
"Would you like to see my dick?" he asked, grinning broadly.
At this, Jackie was forced to exert her most profound moment of control, namely the impulse to laugh uncontrollably.
"What?" she asked.
"It's a simple question," he replied.
"Okay," said Jackie, unable to deny herself the unexpected fun of the moment and wondering just how ridiculous things could get, but she was taken aback by her own reaction when he quickly slid out of his swimsuit and revealed himself.