“I wonder how many people have been caught in compromising positions by this,” Ian said gesturing at the car kitted out with a camera and computer.
Lila raised her eyebrows. “More than one, I’m sure.”
“C’mon.” Ian held out his hand to her. “Let’s walk across and get some coffee at the Starbucks across the street.”
Lila took his hand and they walked the short distance together to the coffee shop.
Fishing around in her purse for the Starbucks gift card she had received from a friend, her hand encountered a tightly folded piece of paper. Her eyes widened and she quickly handed the square of paper to Ian before completing her transaction.
The seated themselves outside on the patio at a distance from the other patrons, and Lila turned eagerly to Ian.
“Well, what does it say?”
“Nothing of interest,” Ian said deadpan and then grinned. “I waited until we could look at it together.”
“Aw, you’re such a thoughtful guy.” Lila leaned over and gave him a peck on the cheek.
“I know,” Ian replied cheekily. “Anywho, here it is.” He unrolled the paper and held it down so they could both read it.
“This is just like a scavenger hunt,” Lila murmured. The paper instructed them to drive to a public beach just north of Monterey.
“Bit of a drive,” Lila commented.
“We can make it there in about an hour,” Ian said confidently.
Grabbing their coffee and treats they walked quickly back to their car and headed south.
Ian pulled into the public beach parking lot just north of a hotel. Lila hopped out of the car to join him in walking over a log that crossed a stream and allowed them access to the beach area.
Strolling on the beach hand in hand, Lila kept glancing around trying to identify the person directing them.
A man approached them and gestured to his family who appeared to be from somewhere in South Asia. “Please could you take our photo?” He pointed to the ocean view behind them.
“Sure,” Lila agreed readily. The man showed her how to use the camera and after taking the quick photo, he thanked her, and gratefully gave her his business card, before taking back his camera and promenading away with his family members. Lila stuffed the business card in her purse.
After a few minutes of waiting around, Lila turned to Ian disappointedly. “Looks like whoever it was, isn’t going to make contact.”
They stood a minute enjoying the view before turning to make the trek back to the car.
Lila pursed her lips after settling into the passenger seat. “Where do we go next?”
Ian shrugged. “How about heading into Monterey for some sightseeing?”
“All right,” Lila said unenthusiastically. “I’m hungry. Maybe we can stop somewhere and pick up something to eat,” she said while digging into her purse for some mints to stave off the hunger for a little longer. Her hand encountered the business card the South Asian man had given her and she drew it closer to look at the small print:
STATUE OF LITTLE BOY WITH SAILBOAT
Lila looked puzzled and held it out for Ian to see. His eyes brightened. “I think I know where it is.”
“Great, because I have no idea. Oh, and food,” Lila reminded him.
“Very good,” Lila applauded him. “Now, where’s the next clue.” She walked carefully around the statue examining it for clues. Tucked in between the boy’s arm and sailboat was another piece of paper. Lila sighed. “I’m getting a little tired of this. And I’m ready for dinner.” Nonetheless she plucked up the paper and smoothed it on the boy’s back.
WALK NORTH TO THE STAIRS AND OVER TO THE BREAKERS
“O—kay,” Lila drew out the word. She pointed to the sun disappearing into the horizon. “At least we’re getting some good views. Sunset is coming.” They began walking toward the stairs that would take them down to the beach.