“Daddy! Daddy! Daddy! Can we go ride all the rides please?”
He chuckled at her excitement. It never ceased to amaze him when he would see her smile. It made what he did even more worthwhile when the most important smile he could see was hers. “I have to show you something first. It’s a new ride.”
Her eyes sparkled like tiny, little jewels when she heard that. “Oh show me the ride? Can we ride that one first? Please daddy?”
She didn’t give him a chance to show her, her little hand tighten around his own and begin to pull him. She didn’t know where the ride was but she wanted to get there as quickly as they possible.
Dallas Scott, couldn’t do anything else but allow her to pull him along. He knew when she found out the name of the ride her excitement would reach its peak level. He started to walk fast and scooped her up in his arms. His strides were even and purposeful. She giggled in his arms. “Daddy tell me about the ride?”
He nodded his head which caused her to pout. It was adorable the way she puffed out her right cheek with her lower lip tucked into her mouth and her arms folded across her chest. “It’s a surprise dumpling. You’ll see when we get there.”
“fine, but daddy when will I be able to make rides too?”
“When you take over the company.”
Her eyes widen in astonishment and her mouth formed an o, “You mean one day I can run Kari-Hope? Can I run it now then?”
He leaned his head down to nuzzle her cheek. It warmed his heart knowing that she would want to continue in his footsteps but she was only 6 years old her dreams could change. He stopped in front of the new ride. The name displayed on top ‘EJ MOUNTAIN’. Putting her on his shoulder, beaming as she squeezed his head. “Welcome to EJ MOUNTAIN!”
“EJ mountain? Daddy did you name this after me?”
“Yep, want to get on the ride now?”
“YES! I really do daddy.”
He held her hand and smiled at the attendant to let him through. They were the only ones on the ride due to it being just before opening. EJ Mountain had been tested several times to make sure it was safe; they were the first to ride it as it was finally ready to be open to the public. Normally these sorts of rides wouldn’t be for children her age and size but the engineers made sure that children as young as 5 would be able to safely ride.
They were both settled in the log boat when it started. Slowly they drifted down the river the left side of the boat had different types of dinosaurs on it. The right side had all manners of mythical creatures. EJ MOUNTAIN was catered more for the young child in the beginning. The ride started to go faster through the mountain, the water sloshing against the sides. They reached the top of the mountain where it turned to a roller coaster down. It looped this way and that before going around and then finally down. The ride soon was back in the water going at an easy pace. It slowed to a stop back where they started.
Dallas helped her out of the ride, then he squatted down to her eye level. “How did you like the ride Emma Jean?”
Emma jean looped her arms around his neck and squealed, “Daddy I loved it!! Dinosaurs and unicorns and more I want to go again. Can I go again?”
He mussed her hair and laughed “No dear one, the park is now open we can’t hog the ride.”
Emma jean knew what he was saying but she wanted to be selfish for a change. Stamping her foot she ran off away from the ride in a tantrum. Dallas didn’t have a chance to grab her, stopping her from running off. Neither did the attendant.
Emma jean raced off towards the carousel, she had grown up in this park she knew every ride they had there. The carousel was one that she loved the most.
It was a Thursday morning when they unveiled the ride and Emma ran off. She made it clear to the carousel before bumping into a kid about 2 feet taler than her. She fell backwards landing on her bottom. Instead of crying she apologized and tried to scramble away. The boy noticed she was alone and held out his hand to her. “Need any help looking or your parents?”
“Stranger danger! I own this park I don’t need help. Well my daddy does.” Emma Jean started to stand up on her own and started to walk towards the carousel.
The boys watched her and spoke sternly to her, “You may think that means something but remember there’s bad people in the world. Yelling out that can cause trouble for your parents. Stay with me until you’re ready to go back ok?”
She furrowed her tiny eyebrows in thought. “Ok, you can stay with me.” Emma jean took his proffered hand and they both walked to the carousel. The attendant seen this and was bout to radio to the park manager until Emma jean glared at him. Her green eyes narrowed into tiny slits. The face was both adorable and oddly frightening. The attendant waved the two of them on to the carousel. The boy helped her onto a unicorn and sat on one behind her
The carnival like sounds started, which signaled the ride was beginning. Parents waved at their children from the sidelines. Their cheers and squeals filled the area. Emma jean held on tightly to the ears of her unicorn. Her laughter rang out above the others. It was loud and happy. The boy figured whatever was bothering her was now a thing of the past. She really was a cutie it seemed.
Once the ride finished Emma jean grabbed the boys hand and pulled him off the carousel. “Want to go to the food court? I can get us anything to eat.” “We should get back to your parents.” “I don’t want to. I want to get something to eat. Let’s get something to eat right now.” The boy breathed deeply before following along with her whims. She may look like an angel but she certainly had a bratty attitude on her. He shook his head and let her lead the way. Emma jean took him to the food court and showed the vendors her special card. “We want ice cream. And funnel cake. Oh and I want a hot dog.” He tried to stop her from ordering something for him but when he seen her pout he couldn’t say no to her. The two of them found a shaded place in the courtyard and waited. Usually they would stay in line while they waited for their snacks but since he was with the owners daughter they were treated like royalty. Anything to keep the little princess happy. While th
Emma jean buckled herself in like she seen her dad do for her earlier. Leaning over to watch him, she made sure he was buckled in. “You have to make sure to look at both sides. You’ll miss all the fun stuff if you don’t.” The ride began to move just as it did before. It started off slow and this time there was a soundtrack being played over well-hidden speakers. This was the first time she heard the music so the ride was even more loved by her. She grabbed hold of his arm and squealed. The boy tensed at her sudden excited touch but relaxed soon after. “I take it this is the first time you heard the music?” “Yes! I love it even more. Do you like it?” He didn’t have a chance to answer her when the ride reached the peak. They both screamed and squealed in delight as they went around the mountain. It felt as if the ride was over too soon. They exited the ride. Emma jean grabbed hold of his hand. There was another place she wanted to go. The two of them went on th
Emma jean learned her lesson that day. Not just the one she was taught by her parents but also by the boy who helped her out that day. She grew into a kind, caring, and intelligent young lady. Popular in high school because she was patient and understanding. When the people around her were acting ridiculous she would tell them. Emma jean kept to her dreams of wanting to take over Kari-Hope land. Her senior year in high school she had been accepted into the best business school in the country. Sophomore year in college Emma jean went to a fraternity party. There she met Kieran Smith. The two of them hit it off instantly. Kieran was majoring in business management as well. While the two of them talked at the party, Emma jean found that the two of them shared a couple of classes together. “Do you know where you’ll end up after college?” Kieran held is solo cup in his hand as he pondered for a little while. “I haven’t the foggiest idea.” “You should come
Kieran woke up in an unfamiliar place. The ceiling had a different texture than the one he had become accustomed to in his dorm room. The bed itself was plush and comfortable. When he looked over there was Emma jean sitting in a chair holding a glass of water and an aspirin bottle. Kieran jumped out of the bed in shock tumbling on to the floor. “What are you doing here?” “I live here. If I recall you said last night and I quote ‘I’m going to sleep with Emma Jean.’ End quote. Does that not ring a bell?” His face turned a light shade of pink at her recollection of last night. He remembered what he had said. He felt embarrassed at his actions. “AH, sorry about that. I bet you wouldn’t want dome drunkard to work with you, now would you?” “That’s not true. Well, I wouldn’t want someone that was a slave to the bottle to work with me or for me but if I can help I would. I liked your honestly plus you’re super cute. It would help out a lot when I meet with certain cl
It had been a long time since he had been in this park. Having gotten a job at this particular park made him feel as if his dream of one day opening his own wasn’t so far in the realm of impossible. His palms felt sweaty. There was a few more minutes before he needed to be ready for the first meeting. The notion of wiping his trembling hands on the pristine white and baby blue uniform shirt and khaki shorts made him feel as if he would faint from the audacity.Taking several deep breaths, he calmed his nerves, then wiped his hands on his jeans. Now more relaxed he was able to get dressed. He exited the locker room. Nearly bumping into a beautiful brown skinned young lady with freckles. Her hair was auburn and pulled into a top bun. She looked at him with a small smile.“Excuse me.”He was speechless. When he attempted to say something it came out a mumbling mess. “duh ouy me excuse.” He smacked his forehead with his palm.She laughed at him and patted his sho
Emma jean waited with bated breath for her name to be called. He was calling the first partner in alphabetical order. There were several minutes before her was called. “Emma jean Scott, you’ll be paired with Kenji James at the carousel. Hurry and get to your stations the park will be opening in 30 minutes.” Emma jean stood up dejected. Another day and for the fifth time she had been thrusted to the carousel. She rubbed the bridge of her nose hoping that would help dissipate the annoyance she was feeling. Plastered on a smile she turned to Kenji. “We should hurry to the carousel. The little kids love that one a lot.” Kieran was placed with a slightly older gentleman. He looked at Emma jean and Kenji talking as they walked away. He pouted at his misfortune of being separated from her. They may have only just met but he wanted to cling to her as a newborn babe did to it’s mother. He was smitten with her. The man clapped his hand on Kieran shoulders. “Let’s go young buck
Once everyone was settled into their chosen seats, Kenji got down off the carousel and went towards the controls where Emma jean stood. Pulling the lever, the carousel slowly started to spin. The music played and the sound of laughing children soon filled their ears. The precious laughter of all children made her smile. There was a time when her dad told her that her smile was the most important one, he cared about when it came to the park. She understood what he meant in that moment. The smiles and laughter she seen and heard from others warmed her down to her soul. Kenji may think she could be great anywhere else but there was no place she would rather be using her knowledge and passion for. The ride slowed to a stop and the music shut down. The children ran screaming off in the direction of the exit and their parents. The next batch got on and it started all over again. Emma jean showed him how to do man the machine so the next set he could run. Kenji stumbled through his
Emma Jean put her car in reverse looking back she pulled out of her parking spot. She pressed the automatic windows to go down. When she got out of the parking lot, she headed to bar not far from her studio. It was only a 5-minute walk away from her place. The bar looked plain on the outside. A brick building on the corner of a less traveled street. They had amazing booze and great food to go with it. She led Kieran inside the bar. She was greeted by name; it was a place she always came to after her time at the park. It was something that Emma Jean did for herself. It was still daylight outside; they were going to only have one drink then head back to her place. Parking her butt at the bar she smiled at the bartender. “Hey Hank. Meet my friend Kieran. It’s his first time here so give him the first timer special. You know the one you guys gave me.” Kieran looked at her quizzically but didn’t think anything of it. Hank the bartender came back with a metal tumbler fille