JP started to unfold him and laid him on a large table. He felt free finally after his long trip and listened to the conversation going on around him. “JP are you going to fill that raft tonight?” “Yes I want to make sure it holds air with no problems before morning.” “OK then I’m leaving for the day and I’ll see you out here tomorrow.” See you tomorrow Fish.” “Fish” he thought “who was that?”
He didn’t see who this Fish was but he could now feel the air filling him up. The sun was still out and he started to shine. He was pleased with how he looked and started to look around at his surroundings. He could see lots of trees and the smell of freshness that he had never smelt before. It was like flowers to him. He remembered when they first put air into him and there was a lady there that had what she called a flower behind one ear. The smell was similar to that. The he could hear a roar. He wondered what that was then remembered that “Water” sounded like that! “Ahhh! He thought. Water that he would use to raft people in here at his new home. He listened to a ringing sound coming from JP’s pocket. He watched as he put it to his ear and started talking. “Rafting in the Smokies” he said “JP here how can I help you?” “I’m good just filling the new raft we got in today. Then I’m calling it a day and will be back in the morning before the trips start.” “Great I’ll see you at 8” and slipped the object back into his pocket.
Everything was so new to him and he soon realized that he had a lot to learn. He was inflated full and he felt great. Then he was suddenly stood up and leaned against other rafts and they were the same color as him. He looked around and saw a grey one and knew he was something different. Some were bigger and others as he was. Then he saw the river flowing and swirling around the boulders and knew why the sound was so loud. He could see the structure setting by the river and could see people coming and going out of it. He liked the red roof and he could see all the busses lined up and watched the sun fluttering across the glass in the windows. He was glad that he had spent so much time listening to Doris on his ride to his new home. Curiosity was getting the best of him. He wanted to know all about everything that was going on. It seemed that most of the people were leaving. It was getting quiet. He realized the other rafts were not saying anything to him. But he spent the time enjoying being out of the box.
When everyone had left the Outpost the quiet set in. It was getting dark. Then he heard a older woman’s voice. “What’s do people call you?” He didn’t know what to say as no one had ever called him anything. “Well… I am the same as the Sun so I guess I’m Sun.” He was pleased with his answer. “You are not the sun little one.” He said then am I little one?” “No you’re not that either. I guess we will call you Sunny!” he liked that he would be called that. “Is this your first time?” he couldn’t remember anything and then remembered that Doris had told him he was “New”. “I guess I am new.” “What’s your name?” he questioned. I’m Big Momma!” her voice deepened and got louder what she spoke those words. He was quiet and she added “I will show you around and how things are done. Just do what I tell you and we will be alright.” He was glad to have someone tell how things are to be done.
“And I am Grey Ghost and the boss around here. You will do things my way or it will be the end of you!”