Katie’s father had taken the afternoon off from the Eagle Nest Lodge bookkeeping. He sat on a bench by the lake chatting with Daniel.
Katie was on the veranda, trying to read and overhear what they were saying, but the wind was in the wrong direction.
Finally, her father got up and came toward her. Daniel went back to cleaning rowboats.
“He’s one of a kind,” Katie’s father said, stopping by her chair.
“Who?” she asked.
He nodded toward the boats. “Wants to be a wildlife biologist. All of life is sacred, he says.”
“He’s nice,” Katie said. “But a little odd.” Daniel confused her. His eyes lit up when he saw her. He took her fishing and into the forest to observe elk and turkey. But he hadn’t even tried to kiss her.
Her father patted her shoulder and went into the lodge.
Copyright © 2014 Loretta Miles Tollefson