Mattie smiled and tried to look pleased for her best friend in the whole world—but it was hard. In the last year, Leona had gone from being one man’s fiancée to embarking on a whirlwind courtship with one of the nicest men Mattie had ever met.
All the while, Mattie had been trying to figure out what was going to happen between her and Danny. She had met Danny the same afternoon Leona had met Zack. But that was where the similarities of their courtships ended. While Leona and Zack had fallen swiftly in love, she and Danny had simply become good friends.
When she, Sara, and Leona had gone back to Ohio, Mattie and Danny had exchanged a few letters but nothing meaningful. Unfortunately, though Danny had written that he was looking forward to see her, she wasn’t sure if he was as eager to begin a real relationship as she was.
Leona suddenly looked uneasy. “Um, is staying here okay? I know when we first talked, I said that you and Sara could probably stay at Zack’s parents’ haus. I’m worried you’re going to use all your savings.”
Though at first Mattie had worried about the cost, her parents had surprised her by offering to pay for her room. “It’s fine. It’s more than fine, because my parents are helping me out,” she said as she stretched out on her bed. “Plus, it’s filled with so many wonderful memories that just sitting in this bright room makes me happy.”
Besides, Mattie was starting to think that she might need some space, too. She was anxious and nervous about the prospect of seeing Danny again. If things didn’t go as she’d planned, she had a feeling that she might need some quiet time to reflect on her future.
Leona suddenly smiled. “I’m so glad you did come. I’ve been anxious to hear about everything you are doing. Has any boy caught your eye back home?”
Mattie was about to confide that she was anxious to see Danny when they were interrupted by a clatter downstairs, followed by the rush of footsteps on the stairs.
“Leona?” a deep voice called. “Leona, are you up there?”
Looking alarmed, Leona jumped to her feet, grabbed her flip flops in one hand and ran out to the landing. “I’m in the attic, Zack,” she called before starting down the two flights of stairs.
After grabbing her purse and locking her room, Mattie followed. She was very curious about what could have made Zack come looking for Leona less than thirty minutes after she’d arrived.
It was time to go find out.