There were ten fish in the bottom of the rowboat when they got back to Eagle Nest Lodge. They’d each caught five. Katie was sunburnt and tired, but happy. Daniel had pointed out two eagles and an osprey diving from the cliffs near the dam, but she was more interested in the thrill of fish tugging at her line.
“Would you like to go again tomorrow?” he asked, helping her from the boat.
“Sure,” she said. “Can we go farther out on the lake?”
“It’ll be windier out there.”
“We can see more.”
He smiled. “All right.”
They took the fish to the kitchen, where the cook promised to cook them for dinner, then Daniel went home.
As they were eating that night her mother said, “Well, I guess we don’t need to worry about Katie’s future. She can always catch fish.”
“Or boys.” Her father said, grinning. “Even here.”
Copyright © 2014 Loretta Miles Tollefson