Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Further Adventures of Busterigo & Lucia: "The Cruise"

Images of Bella Lucia's beauty had haunted Buster since that breathtaking week in Salzburg.

It was a risk, but he calculated that his very soul depended upon it. He invited her to accompany him on a cruise.

Now, all the right people know this. When you go first-class, the prestigious White Star Line is the only option!

Thus, they set off from Southampton on the much-discussed maiden voyage of the White Star Line's newest and greatest vessel! Its sleek lines hinted at the grace of Lucia's cheeks; its accommodations were exquisite. And it was, of course, unsinkable. What could be better?

Lucia made una bella figura as she boarded the vessel in a suit so striking that the paparazzi swarmed to get photos.

Busterigo was dressed more casually, perhaps in tribute to his ignominious peasant origins. Nevertheless, the entire ship was abuzz with tales of incipient romance.

One starlit evening, Busterigo invited Bella Lucia to accompany him to his "secret place"--right up on the very prow of the flagship of the White Star Line!

It was an unforgettable experience. The song of the wind and Big Dipper low on the horizon. Lucia felt suddenly alive.

Later that evening, Busterigo surprised her by changing from his Italo-Irish-Peasant-Dog attire and greeting her upon the staircase of the Grand Salon for the Captain's Ball.

Who Knew?

But fate had other plans for our star-crossed couple.

It seems that 26,342 years ago, during a certain Glacial Maximum, a large ice-shelf had formed off the coast of what is now
(aptly named) Greenland. During the ensuing years of global warming, pieces of this shelf had incrementally broken off, forming what mariners came to call "icebergs." Since the International Ice Patrol would not be formed for another year--precisely as a result of the adventure upon which Lucia and Busterigo were unwittingly about to embark--there was no way that they could have known that they were being stalked by a 26,000-year-old giant ice-cube.

Second Officer Lightoller ordered, "Airedales and Kerrys First!" in deference to that quaint Victorian belief that certain members of the species deserve extra protection and care. After Lucia and Busterigo boarded the first life-boat, the remaining craft were filled with human women and children. Busterigo commented a bit dryly, "I suppose this beats the dog-paddle...Don't you love that orchestra on the fantail?"

By dawn, the Steamship Carpathia appeared on the horizon to pick up our survivors.

As they climbed the Jacob's Ladder to the Carpathia's quarterdeck, Lucia asked, "Busterigo-- this was really exciting, but do you have any other great ideas like this?"

Busterigo, of course, had already made plans!

An exciting trip from Frankfurt-Am-Main to Lakehurst, New Jersey aboard the new, sleek, safe (because it is a triumph of German engineering) dirigible, Hindenburg!

(to be continued, after Busterigo recovers from his injuries...)


Lucia said...

Ciao il mio dolce Busterigo!

La mia ragazza read that two dogs survived the sinking ship. Hmmm ... do you suppose...?!?!?!?! Heeee!! It's a good thing we both like to swim! (And the Hindenburg next!!! Santa vacca!!!)

Principe azzurro, you have outdone yourself on this one -- I very nearly had to administer emergency oxygen to la mia ragazza because she laughed so much that she could not catch her breath ....!! Bravo, bravo for your endless creativity and wonderfully non-linear way of thinking! Magnifico!!!

Tanti baci e abbracci!

PeeEss: Smoochies to Ms. Sephie and Ms. B-BLue!

Clive said...

Brillant, absolutely brillant!

We thoroughly enjoyed reading it!

Great post!

lots of woofs
Clive and gang

Hudson said...

Loved the story of their great adventure on the cruise. Too creative to say the least!!!

Asta said...

Even thought the stowy sounded familiaw..I just knew it would have a happy could it not, wif you and the bootimous Lucia .
I'm glad you managed to save the gweat pictoowes fo the two of you..the pawfect couple
smoochie kisses
pee ess can't wait fow youw next gweat idea, hehehe

Noah the Airedale said...

I heard a similar story but it had a slightly different ending. I like your version better. I hope Busterigo changes his plans for your trip on the Hindenburg.


Amber-Mae said...

Titanic sank! NO!!!! But I'm glad you guys are safe.

Solid Gold "Actress"

Petey said...

Hmmm, and perhaps after your flight, you can relax in the beautiful Italian mountains near the quaint town of Pompeii...

Great story! "I'm KIng Kerry of the World!"

Your pal,