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The morning wore on, and a hot afternoon sun beat down on them when they dispersed for lunch. Inside, Vera had food waiting on the table, and everyone gathered to eat when they heard Charlie washing up at the kitchen sink.

"It sure is hot out there!" she exclaimed, wearily dropping into her chair.

Adam smiled, but remained quiet.

"Beppe thinks we can finish removing the last of the old floors in the bungalows, by the end of the day," she informed everyone. Charlie was feeling self-conscious, and she wondered if Adam's old temptation might be winning, again.

"That's nice," mused Vera, passing the food around the table.

"I told Beppe," continued Charlie, "that I was going to take a nap after lunch." She glanced at Adam, and he again smiled at her. Charlie sighed. What was going through his mind right now? She would have been willing to pay a lot, to find out. "Did you get any sleep, Adam?" she inquired.

"No," he shook his head. "I was waiting for you." There was a warm glow in his eyes as he said this, and Charlie knew in her heart that he was all right. "I didn't forget, Charlie-girl," he smiled at her. "I said I wouldn't. I even promised, remember?"

Mystified, Vera and Kevin looked at the couple, and then at each other. With a shrug, the two kept eating their meal.

"I remember," smiled Charlie.

Adam was the first to finish his lunch, and while Charlie struggled to catch up, she heard her husband softly hum the love song they had enjoyed on the radio, from their night together in the desert.

"Set me [Adam] as a seal upon thine [Charlie's] heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame."
~ Song of Solomon 8:6 ~

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