Another glimpse of To Dance With Dolphins, my summer release.
They hadn't been on the road more than a few minutes when Claire spotted a man hobbling east along the far side of the road.
"I wonder what he's doing all the way out here. Maybe we ought to give him a ride." Willow wasn't going very fast, but now she slowed to a crawl. "He's limping."
"No way!" Taylor said. "He could be an axe murderer or something."
Willow looked at Claire. "What do you think?"
Remembering her mother's warning, she said, "It's probably not a good idea. We don't know anything about him." She studied the man.
He was tall and slender, dark haired, and very good looking.
"Though he looks nice."
"I'm sure that makes him just fine, then." Taylor's voice dripped with disdain. "Even Ted Bundy looked like a nice guy. Not every criminal looks like Charles Manson."
"It doesn't seem right to leave him out here, injured," said Willow. She turned to Claire. "We're on an adventure, right?" She chuckled, eyes dancing with mischief as she stopped the coach.
Willow leaned out the window. "Are you all right?"
The man drew close. "Yeah. Me and my bike had a close encounter with an antelope a few miles back. The bike is lying in a gully, totaled, and I'm lucky that I only wrenched my knee."
"Where you from?"
Claire leaned toward Willow to get a better look.
"It's beautiful there. Where you heading?"
"You look like you could use a ride."
The stranger looked to be in his mid-twenties. He smiled, and his deep blue eyes met Claie's.
Claire's cheeks heated up, and she quickly looked away.
"I sure could use a ride, but you're going the wrong way."
Claire dared to look again. He seemed harmless.
"We're only going to a campground a couple of miles up the road and then we'll be traveling east."
The stranger didn't say anything.
"You're welcome to ride with us," Willow said.
"Taylor, open the door for this young man."
Taylor threw a disgusted look at Willow, then opened the door.
The man climbed in, favoring his right lgeg. "Thanks."
Daisy's hackles were raised, and she woofed at the stranger.
"Hey girl," he said and held out a hand.
Daisy sniffed his fingers and seemed to relax.
"Nice dog." He stroked the top of her head. His gaze fixed on Clair for a brief moment, then he turned to Willow. "I'm Sean Sullivan. I appreciate the ride."
And so the adventure continues in To Dance With Dolphins.
I'm also having a Christmas drawing. Each day that I leave an excerpt from To Dance With Dolphins I'll also post a question and if you answer the question or leave a comment, you'll be entered in the giveaway. The winner will be announced on December 11th. Each time you comment I will add your name again, which gives you a better chance of winning.
I'll be giving away a complete set of the Alaskan Skies series or Sydney Cove series - your choice.
Question of the day - What is your most fun or funniest Christmas memory?
Grace and peace to you from God,