Grace retired to her room and allowed herself to daydream about Jack Garrison and what it would be like to be held in his arms and to have his lips capture hers. She had yet to experience a romantic kiss but could easily imagine the feelings. They had to be similar to what she was experiencing.
After some time, she roamed to her window and stared out into the night. To her surprise, she saw Calvin and Jack outside talking together. Then she saw Jack hand her brother a package.
Her curiosity got the better of her and she joined them outside to see what they were discussing and what was in the package.
Calvin turned to greet her as the door swung open. "Little sister, I have news."
"Sheriff Garrison has provided tickets for our return trip to Philadelphia. We can be back in time for Christmas."
"Is that so?" A sinking feeling filled her. It was true. He wanted her to go. She gave Jack a withering look before turning on her heel and storming back into the house.