I may hate snow, but ice cream will always be one of my favorite treats. In "Happily Ever After", it's a nice treat, too, for Rowena Mather on the Fourth of July.
"How come you're home so early, Papa?” Rowena tugged at his sleeve.George smiled down at his daughter. “Because it's a special day. I sent everyone at the newspaper office home to enjoy the day with their family, and I figured I'd do the same.” He put a finger to the little girl's nose. “I bought some fireworks in town, just for you. I thought after dark we'd have a little celebration. I went to the dairy too. Mr. Johnson made ice cream today.” He turned and glanced at the buggy sitting at the side of the road beneath the hot, July sun. “It's probably melted now.”“Maybe you should check on the ice cream, sir,” Anne suggested. “I'll take Rowena to the house.” She reached her hand out to the girl.Suddenly the earth trembled beneath her feet. An explosion shook the grove of trees that stood beyond the gate. Clouds of grayish-white smoke billowed through the air.
HAPPILY EVER AFTER