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  • It was summer not this one now, but another, they'd planned to visit a new friends cottage that evening to spend the weekend on the island near Bancroft. He'd told them the weekend before how beautiful it was and all the fun they'd have swimming, sunning, drinking, laughing.

    He'd said to meet him at the dock and park their car he'd be there in his fathers speed boat and was experienced yes, no need to worry it was a short drive by boat.

    That afternoon at work her stomach churned and turned with a terrible feeling. She called him at work and told him she really would rather not go and listed reasons why not. The conversation between them continued as he arrived home and right through dinner but to no avail. The arguments made sense to neither of them.

    So they drove the half an hour to that dock and they parked their car and carried their things and said their hellos to the two in the boat and they began.

    It wasnt long before they realized he was in no condition to drive not even to stand really and their shouts began to slow down look out stop turning around and telling stories and focus on driving. He didnt, they hit an island with such a force that the passenger in the front nearly flew out smacking his head and arm into a tree.

    They must have been forty feet in the air flying through it. The girl fell to the floor of the boat and the motor was coming down very slowly above her head spinning on a sure track straight for her. Someone whispered let go stop thinking be still. She sat up and time stopped completely. For a much longer time then it should have then forward too far too then START.

    Sometimes angels dont fly with wings sometimes they drive speed boats. The boat landed right back in the water and the motor started up not one word was said between the four on the boat as they continued driving not even when they reached the dock they walked silently to the cottage to meet the others already there.

    Years later that girl was in a boat with the man and now a child he caught his first fish and the three of them were laughing and clapping and the girl, not a girl anymore cried. The two boys thought it was so sweet and that she was overcome by emotion for her son and his first fish he was so proud of.

    She let that logical reasonable man and that beautiful child think thats exactly what it was that made her cry that day. It was the sequence of moments happening then that had already played out across her heart years ago this was the child this was her charge what she was supposed to do the one thing she would not fail at.
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