Six days of unusually foul weather delayed Miranda and Jeremy’s climb up Hawk Mountain. So, they were determined to take advantage of the first clear sky and warm sun. After parking the car in the gravel lot beside the rain-swollen muddy river that ran through the state’s largest nature preserve, Miranda and Jeremy stood at the trailhead.
Peering through the overgrown brush in search of the footpath beside the roaring waterfall, Miranda spun to Jeremy. “Think we can make it all the way to the top?”
“I know I can,” he called back.
Always ready for a challenge, physical or otherwise, Miranda said, “First one to the overlook wins.”
“What does the winner get?” Jeremy asked.
“Whatever she wants. The loser cannot refuse any demand.”
“She?” Jeremy replied, “What about he?”
“You gotta beat me for that to happen. Deal?” Miranda teased.
“Deal,” Jeremy agreed.