Eagle Nest Lake Vacation – 13 of 15

“Maybe he’s just shy,” her mother said.

Katie looked at her blankly. They were on the Eagle Nest Lodge verandah, pretending to read but really watching the clouds and Daniel by the rowboats.

Her mother nodded toward Daniel. “He’s very nice and extremely polite.”

“Too polite,” Katie said, lifting her magazine. They’d gone fishing, visited his family ranch, and explored the forest together, but there’d been nothing more than a few moments holding hands. “Besides, we’re leaving in three days. There’s no point.”

“Just a summer romance,” her mother agreed.

Katie nodded and looked away.

“But I don’t know that we’re leaving. Not permanently, anyway,” her mother said.

“There’s nothing here,” Katie protested. “A vacation is one thing, but we can’t live here forever.”

“Your father and I might.”

Katie stood up. “You never think of anyone but yourselves!” She turned away sharply and went inside.

Copyright © 2014 Loretta Miles Tollefson

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