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They walked on in silence, until Adam broke the stillness.

"Maggie," began Adam, sincerely, "I'm very sorry to hear about you and Jeff. Charlie told me what happened."

"Yes," sighed Maggie, her mind returning to her lost love. "Dad says he doesn't trust Jeff alone with me."

"I'm going to talk to Jeff, today," announced Adam, matter-of-factly.

"Really?" asked Charlie, in surprise. "What for?"

"I think maybe we can help each other," he said, thoughtfully. "But, I'll wait to speak to Jeff, before I tell you what I'm thinking. It may not work out, and I'd hate to get hopes up for nothing."

"You're just full of secrets, aren't you?" laughed Charlie.

Adam only smiled. The newly engaged couple were brimming with so much happiness, that they smiled until their cheeks hurt-- and then they smiled some more. There was an exciting awe of life in the air, that even Maggie sensed. God was doing great things in their lives, and they knew it. In the book of John, the Bible says, "He that hath My [Christ's] commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him." Christ was true to His word, for Adam and Charlie, and even Maggie, were seeing God manifest Himself to them in their lives-- through each other, and even through the dazzling sunrise that was spreading itself in the skies before them, as if to say, "See how much your Creator loves you!"

After finishing breakfast at the Overholt house, Adam left with a promise to return later that day. When Charlie asked him what he was up to, all she got was a cryptic, "Wait and see."

Jeff Erickson was sitting in his squad car, eating the paper bag lunch his nine year old daughter had made for him, when he was greeted unexpectedly by Adam Clark.

"Adam!" cried Jeff, in surprise. "I didn't know you were back in Twin Yucca!"

"I got in early this morning," he explained. "I was wondering if you had a minute."

"If I get a call, I'll have to go immediately," said Jeff, "but I have some time right now. What can I do for you?"

"Well," replied Adam, still leaning through the passenger window, "it's more a matter of what we can do for each other."

"I'm listening," said Jeff, taking another bite from his sandwich.

"As you've no doubt heard by now, Charlie and I are engaged," began Adam, checking over his shoulder to make sure no one else was listening in. "Because of her age, she and I can't go anywhere without someone else accompanying us."

"Wait a minute," said Jeff, seeing that this was a personal matter. He opened the passenger side door, and Adam got in. "I think I see where you're going," guessed Jeff. "You want me to be your chaperon."

"Yes," continued Adam, "and I'll be your chaperon."

"Excuse me?" said Jeff, putting down his sandwich.

"Charlie tells me that Mr. Downen won't allow you to see Maggie, anymore," said Adam.

"That's right," confirmed Jeff, a little hesitantly.

"From what I hear, it's mainly because he doesn't trust you alone with his daughter," conjectured Adam.

"That seemed to be his main concern," agreed Jeff, his attention now fully engaged in the conversation.

"What if you and I went to Mr. Downen, and assured him that when you take Maggie out, I and Charlie will always be present. We would, in effect, be chaperoning each other. Between a publicized musician and a police officer, I'd think we should be able to manage some degree of credibility with Mr. Downen," explained Adam.

"It might work," said Jeff, thoughtfully.
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