(My tricorn at sunset…)
Me: “You cannot be serious.”
Wood: “You lost the bet – thus you must wear a costume of my choosing.”
Beatrice and Laney both were staring at the pirate costume Wood held up for inspection. As costumes go, it was pretty nice – gold trimmed tricorne hat, leather bandolier, black velvet long coat – the whole shebang. I even owned a pair of black boots which wouldn’t look too bad with the entire ensemble.
However, I don’t think this was the wisest sartorial choice for planting casket analogs (i.e., rubber ducks) to demonstrate to my common sense challenged former manager the folly of using the particular patch of ground he’d chosen for a pet cemetery.
Me (grasping at straws): “It is well past Halloween.”
Wood: “No time like the present to settle up on an old debt.”
Three guesses what Wood wanted to trick-or-treat as when we were ten years old.
And the first two don’t count.
Apparently, I did not appreciate the level of loathing Wood still carried over his Labyrinth inspired Ludo costume he was required to wear the Halloween he lost the bet (I wore a facsimile of Sarah’s dress from the soap bubble scene).
Wood (a sly smile sliding over his lips): “Or are you a welsher?”
Crap. He was serious. Pulling out the whole Guys and Dolls, Sky Masterson thing. He’d spread it all over town (i.e., my family) that I welshed on the bet if I didn’t wear the pirate costume. Then I would really NEVER hear the end of it.
Me (with an air of resignation): “Hand it over.”
Laney: “Wood, honey, that’s a little mean making her dress up.”
Wood (brightening up): “Don’t worry I got a costume for each of us!”
Laney: “Umm, what?”
Turns out the local university’s theater department, to raise money, rents old costumes out to alumni and they just happened to have four pirate costumes.
Wood: “We can’t let Morticia have all the fun!”
Not sure why Laney and Beatrice were shocked. Wood wants everyone to be as happy as he is, and having Fun is a great way to achieve this goal. And tonight he’d decided that a pirate theme would kill two birds with one stone. I smiled at Laney and Beatrice with a touch of mischief in my eye, misery does love company.
Outfits in hand we trooped back up to the Lavender Lady to don our costumes, and with the judicious use of safety pins, the clothes fit us reasonably well. Then Tricornies (wordplay on the tricorn hat and corny – though I suppose if I need to explain the funny, it’s not that funny…) decided they wanted a more authentic piratey look, so they raided Beatrice’s collection of curiosities for beads and baubles to complete their outfits.
Thankfully “we” all agreed to leave the cutlasses and pistols at home figuring they’d get in the way of our digging. Though flasks of spiced rum were deemed a necessary accessory.
Because who ever heard of a pirate without rum?
Since I lost the bet, Wood was thrilled to remind me, he designated me the Chief Escape Artist or in nonpiratey terms – the designated driver. Which worked for me as I suspected they’d already taken a tipple whilst we were wiggling into our costumes.
They confirmed this suspicion when we exited the Lavender Lady, at eleven thirty at night, and started belting out a cobbled together sea shanty:
“Two feet at sea and none on shore,
A Pirate’s life for me!
Our ships’ named the HMS Pompadour!
Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
When we explore we always cause an uproar,
A Pirate’s life for me!
Now we are bound for Nevermore!
Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”
I wonder what Ms. Hettie thought of the procession down her back walk.