And then, they get married—and its more wonderful than all the Disney Princess wedding ceremonies combined.
That works out, doesnt it?Together, Harper and Daniel made breakfast. Her dad came in when he smelled it cooking, and the three of them ate together. It couldve been a little awkward, but it wasnt. Daniel was respectful and funny, and Brian seemed to like him.
She knew that when Daniel left, her dad would be full of inquiries about the nature of their relationship that she wasnt prepared to answer. But it was still worth it.Being on the island brought back memories. It had been far too long since either Harper or her father had been out to visit Bernie McAllister, so when Brian invited her to tag along with him that afternoon, she happily accepted.With Gemma still over at Alexs, it was just the two of them, and that was a bit of a shame, since Gemma had always liked Bernie, too. Although, to be fair, Harper had never been that sure if it was the old man or if she really just loved the island.
Brian had borrowed a boat from a friend to get there, and he pulled up to Bernies dock, which was almost hidden among the bald cypress trees that grew out into the water. There was a narrow path to the boathouse, but otherwise the island was almost overgrown with cypress trees and loblolly pines. The trees towering above them were nearly taller than the island was wide.Harper shielded her eyes from the bright sunlight that managed to break through the foliage, but she couldnt see Bernie anywhere.
Bernie? Brian asked. He climbed off the boat first, onto the dock, then helped his daughter do the same.
I thought that was you coming round there, Bernie said, and Harper finally spotted him trotting down the path and waving his hand. I wasnt expecting company today, but its a nice surprise.Yeah, Im good. I sigh. Just . . . you know . . . tired. But Im cool . . . totally cool.
And I shake it off, like I actually am.He nods and steps away. Ill fix the lock now. And Ill give you the key afterward. Keep it with you; dont lose it. From now on, you lock the door behind you when you leave, and you keep it locked when youre home by yourself. Understand?
I nod again. Livvy mustve been talking to him. Its not my fault keys abandon me. I put them in a specific spot, so Ill know where they are for later—and I swear to God, they sprout legs and run away.Slippery, little Houdini bastards.