Sam wasn’t moving. He might miss something. He kept his eyes on the screen as he nibbled on his popcorn. Ellie hugged a purple pillow to her chest.
The man in the movie pulled an old chest out of the sand. He had found the treasure at last. The screen went black.
“Momma, it’s over. Can we watch another movie?” Sam asked.
“No, one movie is enough. Why don’t you go outside for awhile?”
“I don’t want to play outside without Carlos.”
“Where is Carlos?”
“He is visiting his Grandma for two whole days.”
“Well, what did you use to play before Carlos moved here?” Momma asked.
“I can’t remember. I wasn’t ready for the movie to be over. My legs are still tired. All they want to do is sit and watch another movie.”
“You better start waking up those legs. They won’t be very strong if they sit all the time.”
“Ok. I’ll go outside. “ Sam turned to his sister. “Are you coming Ellie?”
“I want to watch tv.”
Ellie was still snuggled up with her pillow.
“The movie is over. Momma said we can’t watch anymore.”
“I will sit here and watch a movie in my head. I don’t want to get up yet.”
Watching a movie in his head didn’t sound like fun to Sam.
Outside had to be better than that.
Sam walked around the yard. Then he circled it again.
“Harty har har.”
Sam spun around.
“Who are you?”
“I be the evil pirate Captain Drake, the meanest pirate to sail the seven seas.”
“Why are you in my backyard?”
“Backyard? I see no back yard. Look around ,Matey. There is nothing out there but the open sea.
Sam looked. He was on a ship. The ocean stretched in front of him as far as he could see.
“Where are we going?”
“We be going to Dreadful Dragon Island. “
“You ask a lot of questions, boy. Why don’t ye hand over the map?”
“The map that be hidden in yer shoe.”
“I don’t have a map in my shoe. See?”
Sam pulled off his shoe. A piece of paper fluttered to the floor.
(to be continued)