The closer we came to San Francisco the colder it became. Brenda and I still hung out at the pool every day, with Archie tagging along at all times. We would sit on the lounge chairs and talk. We didn't go in the water once it became cold.
The last night of the cruise was a talent contest and Brenda and I decided to do a hula together. We knew we probably would be placed in the children's category and therefore have little chance of winning a prize, but we loved being the center of attention.
We decided to dance to the song Ala Moana Annie, the story of a Hawaiian lady who has a large fanny and will dance for an alcoholic drink. It is a comedic dance, the type once done by the famous dancer, Hilo Hattie. Brenda had also taken hula lessons, so we practiced just to confirm that we would synchronize our steps.
That night we danced in front of the Leilani passengers, and once again we were a huge hit. And once again a young child took the prize. But Brenda and I were a very popular team and received compliments and congratulations from many in the audience.
It was our last night at sea, so after the talent contest Brenda, Archie and I went out on deck and talked and stared at the stars. When it became too cold, we went inside and continued talking until finally, we agreed to see each other in the morning. We all knew we may never be together again after this night.