When I wrote Finding the Way Back, I always loved the chance to write Ellie, Hazel’s four-year-old daughter. Kids that age are so much fun and can be so precocious. Here’s a peek at one of my favorite scenes between Hazel and Ellie.
Ellie looked up at Hazel. “Mommy, can I have a duck? A real one with feathers and quacks?”
“I’m afraid not. We don’t have a good place to keep a duck.” Hazel dried her daughter’s hair. “Ducks like water, remember? And we don’t have a pond or a stream for one to swim in.”
“We could keep it in the bathtub.”
“Then where would you take your bath? Ducks don’t like bubbles.” Hazel held out the pajama top.
“Oh.” Ellie pulled on the shirt and sighed. “I guess I can’t have a duck. Can we get a puppy?”
“Not right now.” Hazel helped her daughter finish dressing and led her out of the bathroom.
Ellie looked up at her as they walked. “Is it because Mr. Ian is here?”
“No, I just don’t think we’re quite ready for a puppy yet. They take a lot of work, you know.” Hazel guided the child into her bedroom and tucked her into bed. “And when I go back to work and you’re at Miss Daisy’s, who would let the puppy outside to potty?”
“I didn’t think about that.” Ellie smothered a yawn as Hazel grabbed their latest book off the nightstand. “Can we get a kitten? Miss Daisy has a kitty, and it uses a kitty pan in the house.”
Hazel fought back a smile. The girl sure was determined. “Sweetie, we’re not adopting any kind of animal right now. Maybe someday, but probably not any time soon.”
“What about a baby?”
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