Mike and Paige Fun Times at the Beach.
They hadn’t been back to California for almost five years, their jobs in DC were controlling their lives, they worked 9-5 and then the happily married couple made their way home to Alexandria. Paige had finally gotten their schedules to aline with vacation time, and the small family had made their way to the sunny beaches of San Diego. Traveling was always something their job required, but once Paige had put herself on desk duty, and Mike had taken a higher ranking job, they rarely got to travel. They pulled up to the sandy beach, unloading their beach bags, and making a bee line for the water. Mike grabbed the football, and Paige happily followed him, dragging a bag full of beach toys behind her. Their four year old son Ryan ran straight towards the crashing waves, he was already in his blue and white striped swim trunks, and he was very excited about the trip. The couple let him run, Ryan had been able to swim since he could walk, and the beach was very kid friendly, families swarming the shoreline.
Mike grabbed the ball, and Paige ran after him, happily tossing the ball with her husband, eventually the three became tired and hungry, and they walked towards the small tiki shack. Paige munched on her mint ice cream cone, and Mike helped Ryan finish the big serving of french fries. That’s when a face from the past caught Paige’s eye.
“Johnny!?” Paige exclaimed, and Johnny turned, confused as to who had called his name. That’s when he saw Paige,
“P Funk! What you doing here? You and Mikey ran away without a word!” He gave her a tight hug, and she laughed,
“Life got in the way, we promise we will visit more!” She smiled up at her old friend, that’s when Mike emerged from the picnic area, his son on his shoulders,
“Levi!” Johnny almost screamed, and Mike looked like he’d seen a ghost, but he regained his composure, and helped Ryan get off his shoulders,
“Can I go back to the sand castles Mommy?” Ryan asked and Paige nodded, he took off,
“Mommy?” Johnny joked, Paige shrugged, and he laughed deeply,
“Congratulations. Charlie is gonna kill you both for not telling her.” He shook Mike’s hand,
“We didn’t want to complicate your lives.” Paige explained and Johnny shrugged,
“Well do you three want to come by for dinner tonight? It’s sauce night.” And Mike nodded a sure, before going to check on Ryan,he found his son playing comfortably in the sand, and smiled back at his wife who was still talking to their old friend.