A terrific summer story! I really like the portrayal of Ben and the young Cartwrights, especially Adam sitting there on the porch with his hat over his face (it made me think of that iconic scene from "The Ride"). I also like the change from relaxation to frenzied motion that happens in the story; it's a great contrast! The descriptions are, as usual, vivid. Thank you, ansi, for a wonderful read!
This was a fun story to read. The heat can make people do or say things without thinking. The ending was extra special with Hop Sing helping everyone cool down!
Thank you daisy60 and as alike my other responses I'm sorry for the delay.
Pleased you had fun reading - where would the Cartwright's be without Hop Sing - I have to include him in any family story.
In the heat, a man's bound to get irritated by anything and everything. This is a great way to demonstrate those feelings. I'm just glad that they all got a bit cooled off in the end. Something tells me they needed that.
Thank you, littlejoenice, first I must apologise for the late response.
I agree heat can make the mildest of men into a grump - nothing like an unexpected cooldown.
I enjoy prequels on occasion and this one portrays a most endearing little Little Joe. A leisurely, late afternoon turns from merely hot and uncomfortable into an inferno and then, a blessing from heaven. Humorous at points, serious in others, it's written in ansi's inimitable style.
Sorry for the 'long time no response' - July just flew by.
That young Joe came across as endearing is a bonus - I try to make him a pest but a lovable one.
Even in the dire circumstances I always find humour to be lurking - somewhere.
Heck!! Ant, your last three words leave me honoured!
This story explores the challenge prompt literally and figuratively. Ansinico's "younger Cartwrights" always entertain, and each younger version clearly reflects the adult men we know from the series.
A bit of mystery and action add nicely to the story, and the ending is a feel good for all.
Thanks, Tracy, sorry for the delay in responding July for me was a tad hectic.
I'm pleased that you found the young Cartwrights characters mini versions of those lovely men and also entertaining.