“Daddy, can I go see if there are any other kids here?”
“Stay in sight of the cabin. I want to be able to see you.” He watched Andy run out the door.
“Do you want me to go keep an eye on him?”
Owen started to reply when Andy came back in.
“Daddy, there is a bear out there.”
Kyle looked out the window. “He’s right. There is a bear.”
“I’m not bear food. I’m going to stay inside.”
Andy played on his tablet while Owen and Kyle worked on the book. They had come to the campground to get inspiration.
“Daddy, what is for dinner tonight?”
Owen looked at his watch. They had lost track of time while they were working. “I’m sorry. I didn’t know it was this late. I will see what I can find that is fast to fix.”
He looked through the things they brought with them. He made them a quick dinner. He smiled watching Andy start to fall asleep at the table.
Kyle started to clear the table.
“I’ll get those.”
“You put him to bed. I’ll take care of these.”
Owen carefully picked his son up and carried him to bed. He tucked him in and kissed his forehead. “Sweet dreams, little buddy.”
He walked back to the main room. He sat down beside Kyle. “Thank you for washing the dishes.”
“It wasn’t a problem.”
“Thank you for everything you have done the last several months. I don’t know what Andy and I would have done without you.”
“You both were going through a hard time.” He turned his head to look at Owen and was surprised to see him so close. “I was happy to be there for both of you. I care a lot about you both.”
Owen watched him lick his lips. He leaned toward Kyle and softly kissed him. He was surprised by pleased when his kiss was returned.
Kyle looked into Owen’s eyes. “I have fallen in love with you.”
Owen looked away and bit his lip. He cared a lot for Kyle but his heart was hesitant to love again.
“I understand if you don’t return my feelings. I am okay just spending my time working with you. I just wanted you to know how I feel.”
Owen put his hand lightly on Kyle’s cheek. “I am sorry that I can’t say I love you back. I do care a lot for you. I like being around you.”
He softly kissed him again. What started as a soft, gentle kiss quickly turned into a passionate kiss and clothes being removed on the way to the bedroom.
The next chapter gives us a two year time jump.