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Linarial pulled back. “But what about your family? You’d leave all of them?” “I’m not leaving them. It’s time to expand our horizons. I think we’ve both outgrown this place. Once we’re married, you won’t have to work at the nursery or anywhere.” “I don’t know what to say . . . I need time to think.” “You have plenty of time to think. Let’s get out of here and get something to eat. Lanarial followed Reed to a small Italian restaurant just outside Mount Gilead State Park. All the way there she thought about the message she heard at the lake. It scared her yet intrigued her. I’ve got to return to the lake—and soon. The normal workday at the nursery had Linarial jumpy as a cat and anxious to go back to Mirror Lake. She had tomorrow off, and also, had a date with Reed, but she knew in her mind she’d come up with a good excuse to get out of it. Aunt Mavis has been looking a bit weary these days. Maybe I do need to stay home with her? She texted Reed while she was on break, letting him know her plans. She didn’t wait for his reply as her name was being paged to come to the front store area and assist with a customer. *** The Friday morning sun peeked through the wooden shutters of her bedroom. Linarial glanced at the clock to see it was 8 am. “Damn! I never sleep this late!” The smell of fresh coffee wafted from the kitchen. She threw on her robe and followed the scent. Aunt Mavis was sitting at the table. “Come join me my dear. Pour a cup and grab a fresh apple muffin.” Linarial gave her aunt a hug. “I just love you. Don’t know what I’d do without you.”