The Earl and I have been buddies for a long time. He’s begun, gradually, over time, to let his guard down. This weekend, in fact, he invited me out camping.
“There’s going to be cider,” he said. “I’m going full Johnny Appleseed on this.”
“That’s rustic!” I said.
“The castle’s a little stuffy. I’m branching out,” he said.
“BRANCHING?” I said.
“I LOVE IT WHEN SOMEONE GETS MY PUNS,” he said.
After a long day of hiking around a charming English forest, we set up our tents for the night.
The following morning, he slow-simmered some tea over a small fire. He threw lemon peel into it, apple bits, and a tiny bit of bourbon extract (no alcohol!).
“What do you think?” he asked as I sipped. He was slouched forward, hands clasped. He looked nervous. I could see his knuckles standing out white against his clenched skin.
“I ADORE IT,” I said.
He settled back against a tree, smiling.
“The lemons! The bourbon! Who would have thought you could take your classic recipe and do something so new with it? This is rich, and sweet, but the original is still there, too. It’s like you dropped a sweet, sweet remix on that beat!” I cried.
“You took the tea less traveled — and that has made all the difference!” I said.
“Speaking of which, we are really lost,” he said. “And I hate the woods.”
“Don’t worry,” I said. “It’s 2017. We have GPS now.”
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