59. Fishing with Dad (A)


The sun was beaming high overhead, and Mike was mildly anxious. He had already met Maria's mother not too long ago, and although their relationship had started off rocky, it had evolved into a mutual and loving friendship. Maria nudged over at Mike and asked, "You're not nervous, are you honey? This is the first time you're really meeting my dad. I'll understand if you're nervous, but he is a nice guy."

Mike, snapping out of a daydream where he had met Henry, Maria's father, and made a fool out of himself, replied, "I'm sure it'll be fine. Your mother gave me a hard time at first, but she came around. After all, who can deny some one as handsome as me?" Maria rolled her eyes and gave a look of disbelief. She knew deep down that her dad would like Mike. Finally arriving at San Diego, Mike and Maria roll into Henry's driveway. Mike stepped outside his car and right away noted the extreme weather differences from Pasadena.

"It's like twenty degrees hotter here. I hope you brought sunscreen," said Mike to Maria. "I sure did," replied Maria. Henry stepped out of the house and threw his arms up at the first sight of his daughter. "Maria, come here!" he said. Maria ran into father's arms, and with tears in her eyes, replied, "I've missed you so much dad." Henry stole a glance at Mike, and saw a friendly look on his face. He seemed a nice enough fellow to approach.

"So you're my son-in-law. How are you Mike? Good I hope. Long drive down here, eh? It's not so cold like in Pasadena." Mike remained quiet for a second, unsure of what to say. "It sure is hotter here," Mike finally answered back. "We're supposed to go fishing, right? I got the material needed, I say the sooner the better so our wives can cook up some dinner before sunset," Mike said after.

"That's smart thinking! I already like him better than your last boyfriend," said Henry with a laugh. Maria chuckled and rolled her eyes. She kissed Henry and Mike goodbye. Mike and Henry were going fishing without Maria. Maria told Mike not to worry and watched them drive away to the quarry. They reach the quarry and set up the equipment. They rented out a boat and embarked on the fishing trip.


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