John, Stephanie and Ryan all chowed down on the burgers that Meg barbequed. They all had time to catch up on what had transpired in each others’ lives since the last time they were altogether. After lunch everybody went for a nap.
Ryan was so exhausted after the long car trip that he slept for two hours. When he arose it was close to 4:00 PM. Ryan pulled a Rockstar Energy drink out of his back pack along with his mp3 player. While he drank the Rockstar Ryan listened to Led Zeppelin’s, The Song Remains the Same. This had always been his favorite album by Led Zeppelin. His favorite track was the live version of Stairway to Heaven.
When he felt fully awake again he headed downstairs to Aunt Meg’s living room. The others were all watching an episode of X-Factor that Meg had recorded. It was one of those episodes where the judges were auditioning potential contestants and some of the performances were horrible. Ryan wasn’t that interested in watching the show. He told the others that he was going out for a jog and was also going to do some exploring.
A couple of minutes into his jog another jogger was just a few feet behind him. He turned around to see a very attractive young woman wearing a B. C. Lions jersey. She asked Ryan if he minded having some company on his jog.
Ryan told her that he would be delighted as he was just vacationing in Kelowna and really didn’t know anyone besides his family and relatives.
“Let’s stop for a few minutes and talk,” suggested the attractive, young female jogger. “We should introduce ourselves. My name is Monique. I’m from Montreal, Quebec.”
Ryan stopped running and extended his hand, “Pleased to meet you. I’m Ryan Richards from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Obviously you speak English, Monique.”
“That’s right. I’m fluently bilingual in both French and English. I have just been in Kelowna for a week. My mother lives in Kelowna and I spend the summer months with her. During the winter months I attend university and live with my dad in Montreal,” said Monique.
“I hate to be so blunt, but are you married or do you have a boyfriend?” asked Ryan.
“Neither,” replied Monique. “How about you?”
“The same as you. I’m a free agent right now,” answered Ryan.\
“Free agent, eh,” Monique laughed. “You must be interested in sports.”
“I am. I played both hockey and football at my high school. I just graduated this year.”
“What are you going to do in the fall?” asked Monique.
“I’ve applied at The University of Manitoba and intend on trying out for both their football and hockey teams.”
“What area of studies do you want to major in?” asked Monique.
“Education. I’m signing up for the four year Bachelor of Education degree.”
“So you want to be a teacher?”
“That’s plan B. I’d rather be a professional athlete,” said Ryan.
“Well, you’d make a lot more money. That’s for sure.”
“What do you study at university?” Monique?
“I’ll be starting my third year at The Faculty of Education.”
“Ah, so we’re looking at two potential teachers here,” said Ryan.
“ Hey, Ryan, there’s a diner about a mile from here. Do you want to meet there for lunch?”
“That sounds like a plan to me.”