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The hike back to the parking lot had seemed endless, and Toni had had to stop
several times to rest her foot during the bike ride home. With each stop she had
scowled more fiercely. Jessie tried once to break the silence, apologizing for
running away, but by that time Toni was unreachable. "Forget it!" Maybe it was
the pain in her foot, and maybe it was disgust at the way the hike had ended. In
any case, her tone made it clear that there wasn't anything Jessie Belland could
do or say ...
"Jessie, for Pete's sake — " She pointed through the door. "Someone was there!
A woman! She was standing right next to me!" Her father dashed outside and
looked around wildly. When he returned, his face was white and set. "Were you
asleep out there?" "I — I guess so." Jessie couldn't stop shaking. "Then you
dreamed the woman," her father said bluntly. "There's no way an intruder could
get through those bushes." He pulled a chair away from the table and sat down
with a thump.
"I told her she ought to stop over at your place and ask you to go along with her,"
Mr. Draves said. "Guess she didn't, huh?" Jessie shook her head. "It doesn't
matter. She probably felt like walking alone." "That's the trouble!" He kicked a
stone in a burst of feeling. "The girl's alone too much. It'd do her good to be with
folks once in a while, but she won't try." He looked unhappy. "Easy for me to say
— that's what she always tells me. I s'pose she's right, poor kid. "Maybe you can
still catch ...
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