He turned and smiled. Within seconds he was stripping, prepared to enter the waterfall and he grinned when she became aware and pinked up. Delightful! “Won’t belong!”

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He turned and smiled. Within seconds he was stripping, prepared to enter the waterfall and he grinned when she became aware and pinked up. Delightful! “Won’t be long!”

She quickly turned her back as he dropped the remainder of his clothing and began his own ablutions. June couldn’t hold back her own smile. From what she’d seen he definitely worked out. Another time and place, she might have suggested they shower together.

As soon as Nigel was dressed, he joined her. “I think it’s safe enough to stay here for a bit, grab a bite and let our clothes dry for a while.”

“I’m in.” They dragged out some bars and filled cups with drinking water from the waterfall.

“How are we doing? Time-wise? Are we close to being on schedule?”

“There isn’t a schedule when it comes to finding lost people, June. It is what it is. Sometimes it takes days, depending on the distance, timeline and terrain.”

“I get that, I do. I still can’t help but wonder.”

“We have a damn good idea where they’re headed, we outnumber them, we’re prepared. We’ll find them, June.”

“Yeah, I’m sure of that.” She desperately hoped they’d be in one piece.

Dusk settled around them as they set up another makeshift camp and were warming by a fire when June started laughing. At Nigel’s questioning look, she said, “Sorry, was thinking of a comedy, I was trying to come up with a movie that fit the situation. Roland loved comedy as much as me. As kids we’d spend hours watching slapstick, stand up, you name it.”

“Who’s your favourite comedian?” Nigel asked intrigued.

“Oh, god, too many to choose from but Robin Williams, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, George Carlin, Jim Carey. I must say I think “Saturday Night Live” spawned some of the best. Loved that show!”

“Past tense?”

“Yeah, I don’t take enough time to watch these days. Life’s been hectic.”

“Other than your art, how do you fill your days and nights?”

June paused before answering, wondering if there were more to the question than met the eye. Was he asking if she was involved with someone? “Trust me, my art sometimes takes over my life, especially when I’m onto something that captivates me. The need to get it just right can take over if I’m not careful. It hasn’t left much time for much else. Trying to keep up with my family is a full-time job.”

“Perhaps if the right man came along, that could change.”

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