the adventures of molly the octopus: fun stories, to octopi your weary mind, before bed 2:11…

​when we last left, molly…

molly pinched herself, on her right leg. juniper saw her, winked, and asked,”what’s the verdict, san felipe? is this a dream? or, is this the real thing?” molly giggled to herself and replied,”i’m pretty sure that, this is the real thing…”

from the rooftop deck, molly and juniper, could see the flickering lights, of the city of san diego. juniper began pointing out landmarks, to molly,”do you see those lights that follow the curve, over the ocean? that’s the coronado bay bridge. do you see that beacon of white light? that’s the old point loma lighthouse. do you see those angular green lights? that’s the emerald plaza.” 

molly was in awe. the skyline was spectacular. she was witnessing sights with childlike wonder, enthusiasm, and curiosity. she never knew that life on land, would be so exhilarating and so freeing.

and then, there was a loud roar overhead. the strings of white lights and colored flags blew fiercely. the pergola, with vining, night-blooming jasmine began to sway. and the flames from the hundred, or so, different sized, white candles danced ferociously.

whatever it was, both thrilled and terrified molly. she jumped about three feet in the air and screamed,”what was that?” molly began to fall, just as quickly as she jumped up. she was flailing around, in mid-air and was not going to land gracefully.

juniper reached out and caught her, on her way back down. molly looked at juniper with wild eyes and exclaimed,”i don’t know what that was, but that whole event was so exciting!! can we do it again?” 

juniper, still holding, molly, in her arms…chuckled, smiled, and said,”settle down, san felipe…that was an airplane flying overhead, getting ready to land, at the airport. do you see all of the little red lights over there? that’s the runway, at the airport.”

molly smiled and rested her head against, juniper’s, right shoulder. she breathed in the scent of juniper’s kismet and sighed, a very contented sigh. she thought that if she weren’t so hungry, she could just fall asleep, in juniper’s arms. she let her body relax and allowed her eyelids to close, ever so briefly.

juniper heard molly begin to breathe deeply and felt her getting ready to fall asleep. she looked down at her sleepy companion and put a kiss on her forehead, above the bridge of her nose, right between her two eyebrows. molly opened her eyes. juniper looked at her and said,”you’re a nice girl.” and, molly responded with a smile and tight hug around juniper’s neck. then she whispered,”so are you.”

“hola, amigas…,” came a voice from the other side of the door. “oh molly, i’ve got to grab the door, to let the waiter up with our food.” she put molly down gently and opened the door. “hola, amigo,” said juniper. 

the waiter pulled out a chair and seated molly, first. then, he pulled out the other chair and seated juniper. he placed a linen napkin, in each of their laps and began to serve the couple. juniper’s food all fit on one plate. molly’s food, however, required an extra table side tray to fit the five, extra plates.

“muchas gracias,” said juniper. the waiter responded,”enjoy,” and left to let the couple enjoy their meal. molly eyed the curious looking drinks, with weird, white stuff, on the edge of the glass. 

“what’s that?” molly asked. juniper said,”it’s a margarita, you should try it.” molly could smell it with her suction cups. it smelled strangely to her. she took a sip and then another sip, after three sips, it was long gone.

molly licked the white stuff off of her lips, it tasted briny, like the ocean. molly looked at juniper and said,”that was delicious, but it made me have tingles, in my tummy.” juniper replied,”that’s because it has alcohol, in it.” molly said,”oh, can i have another one…please?”

“of course…,” juniper replied. with that, she sent a text message to the bar, for two more margaritas. and then, she looked over at molly and asked,”are you hungry? shall we eat?” molly nodded an enthusiastic,”yes.” she could feel herself salivating, just looking at and smelling all of her different shrimp dishes…tacos, tostadas, burritos, and tamales.

so, until tomorrow then…

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the adventures of molly the octopus: fun stories, to octopi your weary mind, before bed 2:10…

when we last left, molly…

molly could feel a smile forming, in each of her three hearts. she was happy. she was excited. she was about to be surprised. she was on an adventure. she was with juniper. she planted her feet, got her balance, squeezed juniper’s hand, and slowly opened her eyes.

it took molly’s eyes a few moments to adjust to the beautiful colors and soft lights. she breathed in deeply and held her breath, as she took advantage of the fact that her octopus eyes, could see three hundred and sixty degrees around her. molly was able to take in, the entire scene.

when molly finally let her breath out, she squealed with delight. she couldn’t have pictured a more beautiful and perfect scene. molly was overcome with emotion. her three hearts swelled with that feeling, that she was rapidly beginning to suspect, was love.

molly, still holding juniper’s hand, squeezed it and pulled juniper closer. she embraced her with a warm hug, kissed her on the cheek, and whispered,”i think that, i more than like you, too.” 

juniper looked into molly’s eyes, noticing firey, red flecks and smiled. then she said,”look molly, i don’t want you to miss this.” molly turned around and realized, that she and juniper were standing outside, on a rooftop deck…overlooking the ocean.

the sun was beginning to set and the sky was beginning to darken, as twinkling stars began to reveal themselves. the couple stood hand, in hand and watched the magnificent sunset. the sky turned orange, then pink, and then periwinkle, the shade, that they were both wearing.

juniper asked,”hey, molly…where’s your phone? let’s get some photos.” molly exclaimed,”oh my gosh…i almost forgot!!” the couple posed for numerous selfies, with the colors of the changing sky and the ocean visible, in the background.

molly stared out at the ocean and wondered about her brother’s, inky and paul. she had no way of knowing where they were, if they had cell phones, or how to get in contact with them. she still had a little more than, eleven months to go, until they would meet again, in the sea of cortez.

molly wondered about her brother’s experiences and how they compared to her own. she couldn’t have ever imagined, that her adventure would bring her, so far, so fast. 

there she found herself, on dry land (her new home), overlooking the ocean (her old home), and feeling like she, “more than liked,” a human. it was a lot to fathom, but her hearts were filled, with happiness, joy, and pride.

molly pinched herself, on her right leg. juniper saw her, winked, and asked,”what’s the verdict, san felipe? is this a dream? or, is this the real thing?” molly giggled to herself and replied,”i’m pretty sure that, this is the real thing…”

so, until tomorrow then…

 

the adventures of molly the octopus: fun stories, to octopi your weary mind, before bed 2:9…

when we last left, molly…

neither juniper, nor molly had consulted with the other prior to dressing. so, when juniper walked out of the bathroom and saw molly standing before her, in the periwinkle and aqua-blue, polka-dotted sundress. the sight of molly, took juniper’s breath away and made her heart flutter. the two stood there staring at the other, not saying a word.

molly felt frozen in place. she felt warm and woozy, but didn’t know why. she was a little disoriented and a little self-conscious, but mesmerized by juniper’s intense gaze.

juniper felt her breath return, after nearly a full minute. she felt her flutters turn into palpitations, while her pulse raced. she noticed, that she had no words and no thoughts, only emotion.

juniper had a sudden flash of self-awareness. she realized that she would be long gone, at the same time, the next day. she would be apart from, molly, for the first time in over a week. juniper knew that she would miss, molly, but that they would be lifelong friends. it was in that moment, that juniper knew…

juniper stepped forward and extended her hand to molly. molly still staring into, juniper’s eyes, took the extended hand, into her own and squeezed it. 

juniper pulled molly close to her and embraced her, in a warm hug. as she began to let molly go, she leaned in and kissed her gingerly, on the cheek and whispered,”i think, that i more than like you.”

molly felt like she was beginning to identify, what her strange new sensations were akin to. they had something to do with being close to juniper and what juniper had just whispered into her ear. 

she thought to herself,”i think that maybe, i might more than like, juniper, too…could i possibly love her? is this what love feels like?”

juniper said softly,”come on, san felipe! the night waits for no one. let’s make our last night together, a memorable one. do you have your phone, little lady? we should take lots of photos. are you ready to experience, san diego nightlife?”

juniper planned ahead and used the lyft application, on her phone, to order a car and driver. the snazzily coordinated couple, got in the car, and juniper said,”el indio please, corner of grape and india.” and, off they went.

they arrived at a very tiny, quaint restaurant. it was packed, with a line extending out of the door. juniper looked at molly and said,”don’t worry molly, i’ve been coming here, since i was a little girl…i know how to do this. i have the best table in the house, waiting just for us.”

the duo got in line, behind everyone else. the smells excited the suction cups, on all six of molly’s arms, and both of her legs. the information came flying into her nine, octopus brains all at once. it was wildly exciting, sensory overload, and she was starving.

molly began bouncing trying to get a look at what people were receiving, when the loud voice spoke. “numero uno, por favor.” molly grabbed juniper’s hand and squeezed it. juniper looked into molly’s excited, amber colored eyes. 

molly enthusiastically asked,”what smells so good?” to which juniper responded,”everything,” and smiled. molly asked,”what are you going to get?” juniper said,”i’m going to get an order of beef mini-mordiditas, a cheese tamale, and a chile releno burrito. what are you going to order, molly?” molly smiled and said,”i’ll have what you’re having.” 

when they finally got to the front of the ordering line, molly, could see the people in the back preparing the food. she saw a big pile of shrimp, squeezed juniper’s hand extremely tightly, and excitedly proclaimed,”and, i want those,” while gesticulating wildly toward the pile.

the older lady at the counter asked,”tacos? burritos? quesadillas? tostados?” molly answered,”yes, please.” the lady asked,”how many?” to which molly smiled and answered,”all of them, the whole pile.” 

juniper stood by just watching and giggling to herself. she thought,”finally, a woman after my own heart. she knows what she wants and she’s not afraid to ask for it. she knows when she’s hungry and she eats. there’s a novel thought. no worries. no shame. no food hang-ups.”

juniper was familiar with the woman behind the counter, who reached over and gave her a hug. the woman told juniper,”you know the way.” juniper winked and replied,”yes, indeedy.”

juniper squeezed molly’s hand and smiled. “come on, molly, i’ve got a little surprise for you.” molly returned the squeeze and smiled back. 

juniper led molly through the employees door, around conveyor belts full of tortillas, over the flour on the floor, to a small, hidden staircase.

the couple ascended the staircase. there was a closed door, at the top of the stairs. juniper stopped and said,”molly, if i hold your hand and guide you, will you close your eyes, and keep them closed, until i tell you to open them?” molly nodded with enthusiasm and anticipation.

juniper reached for and turned the doorknob, while pushing the door open. she guided molly through the door. juniper said,”okay, molly, you can open your eyes now.”

molly could feel a smile forming, in each of her three hearts. she was happy. she was excited. she was about to be surprised. she was on an adventure. she was with juniper. she planted her feet, got her balance, squeezed juniper’s hand, and slowly opened her eyes.

so, until tomorrow then…

the adventures of molly the octopus: fun stories, to octopi your weary mind, before bed 2:8…

when we last left molly…

molly said,”i’m so sleepy, but i just want to be close to you. i want to fall asleep listening to your heartbeat.” with that statement, molly pulled juniper even closer, and rolled her onto her back. molly, with her arms wrapped around juniper, nestled her head into juniper’s chest, right above her heart. juniper wrapped her right arm around molly, and held her lovingly. 

juniper woke up. she laid quietly, with her right arm still around molly, thinking. she felt peaceful, warm, and loved. she didn’t want to let go of molly, but she knew that she had to. juniper wanted to make that night special. 

juniper gently let go of molly. she touched molly’s cheek with her right hand, which woke the sleeping octopus up. juniper looked into molly’s sleepy eyes and said,”you’re a nice girl.” and with that, she planted a well-placed kiss, on molly’s forehead…right between her eyebrows, at the top of the bridge, of her nose.

juniper slid out of bed and put herself in the shower. molly laid in bed, thinking. her mind was scattered and she had a hard time focusing on anything, except for the butterflies, that she felt in her tummy. molly suddenly felt sad, at a loss. she realized that juniper would soon be gone.

molly knew that she needed to get out of bed and get ready for her night out on the town, with juniper. molly, as all octopuses, was able to change her appearance via deimatic behavior. deimatic behavior generally serves the purpose of frightening off predators, in the wild. on land, molly was able to utilize it, to change her “look” for humans.

while juniper showered, molly, stood before the full-length mirror and experimented with different “looks and outfits.” she finally found an “outfit,” that she liked and felt that she looked good in. she wore a periwinkle and aqua, polka-dotted, sun dress with a pair of coordinating flip-flops.

juniper got out of the shower. she decided on an outfit and began her post-shower routine. juniper put on her signature scent, the essential oil and patchouli combination known as, “kismet,” and began dressing.

juniper decided to wear aqua-blue, suit shorts, with an aqua-blue, short-sleeved, button-up shirt, with a periwinkle bow tie. she wore periwinkle scrunched down socks, with black, suede creepers. juniper punctuated her outfit, by adding her black, swatch watch, with diamond chips.

neither juniper, nor molly had consulted with the other, prior to dressing. so, when juniper walked out of the bathroom and saw molly standing before her, in the periwinkle and aqua-blue, polka-dotted sundress. the sight of molly, took juniper’s breath away and made her heart flutter. the two stood there staring at the other, not saying a word.

until tomorrow then…

molly update…

since people have been asking, molly will be reappearing this coming week. the second book will hopefully be completed, by october thirty-first.

the first book, should be out and available, by christmas.

thank you for asking, enjoying, and supporting this endeavor!

the adventures of molly the octopus: fun stories, to octopi your weary mind, before bed 2:7…

​when we left molly last…
they arrived back at the vespa. they donned their helmets, and got on. juniper started the scooter, as molly wrapped her three arms on the right-side, and three arms on the left-side, tightly around juniper. and, molly realized what it was that she wanted. she wanted to be close to juniper.

molly was so tired when they arrived back at the storage unit, that she literally slid off of the scooter. juniper took her helmet off, and put it on the metal shelf. she felt a tug on her shirt. juniper looked over her shoulder, to see molly looking at her. molly was flashing sad puppy eyes, and extending her head toward juniper.

juniper lifted molly’s head a bit, putting her palm under molly’s chin. the two locked eyes, only for a moment, but that moment seemed somehow special and significant for both. molly felt like her stomach was full of butterflies. juniper felt aware of a sudden desire to embrace molly. 

juniper, had no clue about how molly felt…the fact that she wanted to be close to juniper. juniper maintained eye contact with molly, as she slowly unbuckled, molly’s helmet, removed it, and placed it back, on the metal shelf. molly felt really tired, but also really strange. her face felt hot and her body felt tingly. molly felt really light-headed and woozy; combined to make another new feeling.

molly took a step forward toward juniper, as if in a trance, neither of them looked away, nor did they blink. molly felt the feeling intensify, it took her breath away. she felt herself falling forward, and that was the last thing that she remembered for awhile.

juniper’s heart was beating out of her chest. she caught molly, as she fell forward into her waiting arms. juniper was holding onto an exhausted, snoring molly. she had scooped molly up, and carried her from the storage unit, back to the sea-hag, and carefully down the ladder to the master bed, and carefully laid her down there. 

juniper stopped for a moment, and watched her friend sleep.
as juniper turned around to leave, she felt a familiar tug on her shirt. juniper turned around, to see that molly had scooted over in the bed, and was holding the “two arms,” that juniper could see, outstretched to her. juniper stood there for a moment, just staring at molly. molly whispered,”come lay with me.”

juniper crawled into bed next to molly, very tentatively. once again, her heart began racing and felt like it would pound out of her chest. the two lay face to face. juniper placed her left hand, on molly’s side. molly wrapped her three, right arms, around juniper’s waist, and pulled her closer. 

molly said,”i’m so sleepy, but i just want to be close to you. i want to fall asleep listening to your heartbeat.” with that statement, molly pulled juniper even closer, and rolled her onto her back. molly, with her arms still wrapped around juniper, nestled her head into juniper’s chest, right above her heart. juniper wrapped her right arm around molly, and held her lovingly. 

so, until tomorrow then…

the adventures of molly the octopus: fun stories, to octopi your weary mind, before bed 2:6…

when we left molly last…

juniper laid down on her back, watching the cloud formations drift across the sky. molly laid her head down on juniper’s tummy and said, “you make a perfect pillow, even if you are soggy.” juniper giggled, which made her tummy jiggle. molly said,”settle down, juniper,” and they both fell asleep.

juniper awoke to the familiar sound of a clicking camera. she opened her eyes to see molly taking photographs of her. juniper was startled, and asked,”how long have you been up?” molly replied,”long enough to take lots of photos of you sleeping.” juniper smiled, and said,”well, i hope that you got my good side…”

molly was aching to get back to exploring her surroundings. juniper got up after lots of prompting, and off the duo went. exploring all that balboa park had to offer.

they started at the reuben h. fleet science center. where they watched a movie, “the beautiful planet,” in the omni-max theater…reclining and watching the movie unfold all around them. molly touched the sphere of electricity, and her “hair” stood straight up. on their way out, molly and juniper ate astronaut ice cream.

molly decided to go to the hoyt arboretum next. she was amazed at all of the plant, flower, and tree life held inside. it was beautiful, lush, humid, and fragrant.

birds of all colors, shapes, and sounds flew all around. they were chirping, squawking, and carrying on. molly was snapping photos of some colorful, red parrots that were eating bananas, in a banana tree. juniper sat on a bench and watched a squirrel run up a tree, with a peanut.

neither molly, nor juniper noticed that they were being eyed and snuck up on by a rather large, perfectly, plumed peacock. he strode right up behind molly, and pecked her hard on the behind. jostled and disturbed, molly reached out and smacked juniper on the top of her head.

one moment later, the peacock let out a blood curdling scream, like peacocks do. molly jumped backward and up, landing on a deaf and confused juniper, with enough force, that it propelled the bench backward, and off they slid…into the reflection pool behind them.

molly just gave juniper,”the look,”and juniper knew. juniper knew that molly was none to pleased. she extended her arm to molly. molly took one look at it, scowled, and suddenly disappeared under the water. juniper was confused. suddenly, juniper let out a yelp, and shot out of the water.

molly emerged, with her wet “hair” plastered to her face. juniper knew better than to laugh, and had to work hard to stifle it. molly moved her hair from her eyes, looked defiantly at juniper, and said,”so, now you know how it feels!!” juniper replied,”molly what are you talking about?”

“you pinched my ass, so i pinched yours,” molly said. “i did nothing of the sort!! i’ve never even touched it,” replied juniper. “well then, if you didn’t do it, who did?” asked molly. juniper responded,”well molly, it wouldn’t be the first time today, that a bird has tried to get your backside.”

with that observation, molly grabbed juniper’s legs, and yanked her back into the reflection pool. juniper was just able to say,”what the,” before her mouth was filled with water. molly was laughing hysterically, so, juniper splashed her back playfully. 

they were both in the pool oblivious to anyone else around them, including the man in green. he was telling them emphatically to get out, or be banned from the park forever. they got out slowly, as their clothes were full of water. once out, the man in green, a park ranger, let them go with a warning.

molly and juniper locked eyes for a moment, and grinned at each other. molly looked at her phone, and thanked her lucky stars that it was waterproof. she noticed the time, and felt her stomach sink. it was three-thirty-three in the afternoon. 

molly realized that at that time the next day, juniper would be long gone. she felt an emotion that she had never felt before. it was a type of sadness, she knew what sadness felt like. this felt like a hollowness or emptiness, with a crushing or tearing pain. she thought that if she couldn’t figure it out, she would ask juniper about it later. 

suddenly, molly realized that she wanted something. she asked juniper if they could just go back to the sea hag, get cleaned up, and take a little nap before going out again. juniper agreed wholeheartedly.

she walked closer to juniper, and whispered,”will you give me a piggy back ride for old times sake?” juniper smiled, stooped a bit, and turned for molly to get on. they fit together nicely, like peanut butter and jelly. 

they arrived back at the vespa. they donned their helmets, and got on. juniper started the scooter, as molly wrapped her three arms on the right-side, and three arms on the left-side, tightly around juniper. and, molly realized what it was that she wanted. she wanted to be close to juniper.

so, until tomorrow then…