Thank you so much for all the feedback from you throughout the year! This is another long chapter as I plan to take a break after this.
The following is the teaser:
“Archie! Annie! Hurry up!” hollered Stear, flailing his left arm above his head. His other hand clasped Patty’s firmly.
It was Annie’s idea to go for a hike this morning behind the grand mansion after an early breakfast. First, Patty would be moving out later today. Besides, Dr. Morrison had suggested Stear have some moderate exercise on a regular basis to speed up his recovery.
So the young people meandered the grounds away from the lake and headed into the forest. Yet Stear was stronger than expected, and Annie had hard time catching up. Hence, Archie straggled behind with her.
“Stear, why don’t we take a break on this hill while waiting for them? It’s such a breathtaking lookout pont here-” suggested Patty, her index finger pointing towards the lake that was far behind them now. Yet her sentence was interrupted by Stear’s mouth. Ever since he had confessed his feelings to her, he had been more affectionate than she had ever dared to dream, kissing her whenever they were alone.
Just then, a sharp whistle cut through the crisp air, which alarmed the young lovers. “Who else is here?” murmured Stear after he had twirled around to protectively stand in front of his girlfriend. “Stay behind me, Patty.”