I have more editing to do, so I headed for the writing cabin after tending the dogs. I flew the little gyrocopter low across the forest, around the meadow, and banked toward the landing strip.
That's when all Hell broke loose. An explosion sent rocks and sod soaring over a hundred feet into the air.
I pulled up on the stick and banked right. When I came around, the cabin still stood, but I wondered what the hell was going on.
Lisa Burton crackled across my radio. “I was paying attention to something else. Didn't know you were getting so close. Come on in, I promise it's safe.”
I touched down but veered at the end to avoid a six foot stone that landed at the end of the runway. The gyrocopter veered off into the soft dirt and grass. I left it there, and climbed out of the cockpit.
Lisa came running. “Sorry about that. I've been trying to dig a spot for your underground thingie. It's too rough for a shovel, so I tried the tractor. That didn't work either. Turns out Idaho is a sequence of granitic batholiths. I can't get your thing deep enough any other way.”
“It's a shelter, not a thingie–“
Lisa pushed me behind the gyrocopter.
She pushed down on the plunger and my knees buckled beneath me.
“Sorry, I thought you needed the shelter for your next story.”
“It's one of my next stories.”
“I found the outline and checked it out. Estivation is a cool title. I googled it, and it's like hibernation only in extreme heat.”
“Yeah, I know.”
“So what are we going to do down there, once I get it installed?”
“I figured we'd lock ourselves down there for three months, just like the people in the story. One of my author friends did some extreme research and she–“
“Oh, Hell no. You can stay down there for three months, but I have to take care of Bunny.”
“Bring him with us. It'll be fun.”
“Right, fun, until you go all Jack Nicholson from being locked up for so long.”
“I'll tell you what. You finish installing it, and then we'll talk about it. I have some editing work today.” I headed for the cabin. “And no more blasting while I'm here.”
“Killjoy. Fine, I can clear the hole with the tractor until you leave. I'll save my blasting until you go back to work.” She grabbed the gyrocopter with one hand and dragged it back onto the runway. “What about the other story? Is there something there I can work on while you're editing?”
“Not many special props for that one. It's called The Hat, so you can pick up a hat if you want.”
“Squeee! I look good in hats, I'd better order a bunch of them.”
“That's the spirit. Nice quiet internet shopping while I work on Yak Guy.”
“You've got it, boss.”
“And you're going to have to bust up that rock and get it out of here.”
“No problem. With explosives.“