By Randy Wayne White
A former intelligence agent now dwelling in Florida, Marion ""Doc"" Martin, together with his hippie sidekick, Thomlinson, needs to transparent his uncle of kidnapping and homicide fees stemming from his discovery of the Fountain of teenage.
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That first time, Ford had stayed near the telescope, watching her swim, waiting for her to climb up the stern pulpit so he could get another look. And he was at the scope the next afternoon, too . . which is when he caught himself. . Acting like some damn Peeping Tom. And the reality of what he was doing, imposing on a stranger's privacy, set him back a little, offended his own sense of self, and that was it. No more telescope. Not at sunset, anyway, no matter how badly he wanted to look. Ford found nothing wrong with using the scope to sweep past the boat at other times of the day, though.
October in Florida is hot. People don't get out to look at the sky much. A few did. On a Thursday morning that October, in the Gulf Coast village of Mango, Tucker Gatrell stepped off the porch of his ranch shack and considered the sky. It was dawn and the eastern horizon was the smoky, iridescent color of a hot camp fire. " Then he stood and looked for a while before saying, "Either the Everglades is on fire or they gone and blowed up Miami. " When Roscoe shook his head and popped the ground with his hoof, Tucker said, "Me, too.
I heard Jeth was trying to get in touch. I went into the marina this morning to get ice and Mack told me. He said Jeth tried to call you all day yesterday, only couldn't get through. It was busy—your phone. " Mack was manager of Dinkin's Bay Marina, which was just through the mangroves, three hundred yards down the shoreline. Jeth was Jeth Nicholes, the marina fishing guide who had taken off to travel to Palo Alto, California, but had ended up in Sao Paulo, South America, due to a miscommunication with an airline clerk who'd had no experience with Jeth's bad stutter.
The Man Who Invented Florida by Randy Wayne White