Trent wasn’t sure how much clout he carried in the community or whether his concerns and observations would be taken seriously but he’d become friends with the fire chief and when asked what or who he thought could be responsible, he’d looked him straight in the eye and explained. He’d watched as the fire chief’s eyes revealed his shock. When he asked for an explanation, Trent hadn’t hesitated.
Sampson revealed he’d gone to school with the chump in question and said he didn’t doubt he was capable of anything since he’d always been an odd duck and always on the outside looking in. What’s more, his father had always covered over any transgressions he’d been involved with or suspected of. He promised he’d keep an eye on the situation for Trent, Maggy and her family and encouraged them to call him any time day or night and he’d be there with backup.
Trent conveyed the conversation to Maggy, and her family, and watched as silent relief wash over their faces. At least someone was taking the situation seriously, especially since arson was a major step up from voyeurism. If they were lucky, he’d been careless, and they’d find evidence to ensure an arrest. Certainly, none of them were beyond the realms of his retribution and although he hadn’t caused issues for Maggy’s folks, the possibility was there since he’d no doubt witnessed their friendship with Trent.
They returned to town and immediately participated in several games and events the town had planned. The antics of the locals was delightful, especially the children involved in sack races, egg races, apple bobbing and more. It was a day well spent and when they returned to the Jenkin’s home, they enjoyed coffee together and the Jenkin’s retired for the evening.
Maggy and Trent sat on the front porch watching a brilliant moon rise over the water. “You’re a romantic,” Maggy suggested as Trent sighed his delight.
“I guess so. That or the setting has become part of my soul. I was raised in the city and I thought that would always be my life, but coming here changed all that, for the better.”