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View character profile for: Santiago (Saint) Ortez
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Tequila and Slushies (Lake Eerie, OH)
River lounged across the backseat scribbling in her art book. She had plenty to say but she didnât think Rigo would or wanted to hear it. She wasnât looking forward to the waterpark either. The chlorine made her skin itch.
She wanted to go to the lake and not JUST to help but also to swim in a LAKE. Heck if they were there there was this place on Lake Michigan âŚ see if it existed or not. River peered over her doodles and sigils in her art book seeing the backs of both their head.
River looked back to her work and continued.
Saint sat in the passenger seat playing a game on his phone. He wasnât thrilled either to being relegated to babysitter. Not that he wasnât to just âŚ DUMP River anywhere but how was he supposed to learn anything if he was going to watching the kid all the time. At least they wouldnât be trapped in a hotel the whole time. Count the blessing while you can. At least River had the decency to also not look thrilled. That would have been really irksome.
The car was quiet. Just yesterday heâd complained about the noise and at times bickering, and the more he thought about it -- no. He just didnât miss that - at all. Having River was actually a bit of a less than subconscious blessing - he couldnât sideline Santiago forever, and most of the âkidâ was taken out of him when he chose the gang, but even that couldnât compare. Still, he hoped thereâd at least be a little excitement about Cedar Park. âYou know, I donât know if you remember, Mijo, I did take you to a Six Flags once when you were probably six or seven,â Rigo chuckled. âFirst ride you wanted to go on was this little hot rod racers, because all the cars looked like 57 Chevyâs. After that, you begged me to go on Full throttle, biggest wood coaster there. I let you stand on my foot so you fit the height requirement.â
Saint laughed. âI still love 57 Chevyâs.â He admitted. âThat coster was not kind on those turns âŚ how many times did we ride that? I think my hair was blasted strait.â
âEight.â Rigo laughed, âAfter the 7th, I made the mistake of getting you a corn dog and some cotton candy, then it was right back to it. Never seen a kid turn that shade of green, but you held it down, little bad ass.â
âStill worth it. The secret is to smile! Canât throw up when your smiling.â Saint chuckled remembering.
âI got a tequila bottle in the trunk says otherwise, after we get this wrapped up.â His uncle challenged. âAnd chica, weâll get you one of those slushy ices.â He checked in the rearview mirror, eyeing the kid.
âTio are you bribing me with tequila? If you are âŚ itâs working.â Saint said less put out than before. Rigo knew Saint well enough that he knew it was hard for him to be mad at Rigo for long.
âWeâll see if you say that after a few shots, Mijo.â Rodrigo both promised and warned.
River hardly even shrugged. A slushie DID sound nice but she was going to TELL him that.