Chapter Fourteen

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"I want to give you the number at my dad's place. Of course, Mathew and I will have our cell phones too if you need to reach us for anything." Sunny handed Leo a small slip of paper.

"Don't worry, I'll be fine." He nodded and tucked it safely in his pocket.

"Are you sure you want to take Bunny with you?" Sunny asked.

"Are you kidding me? You take your baby and I'll take mine." Leo gave them a grin. "Besides, it's only for a few days."

Mathew swiveled his chair around and eyed Leo once again. For years, he'd shared a quiet meal of thanks each November with the man sitting across from him. Leo had always wintered with him, trading off Christmas each year with Sarah. Looking at him now, almost back to one hundred percent in terms of his health, Mathew couldn't help feeling somewhat sad that he'd be spending the holiday away from the friend he was most thankful for.

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Huck revved the engine of his Hog the minute he saw the grill of their SUV. He'd ridden down to greet them. When their vehicle got close, he turned sharply and took off. The SUV made its way up the winding dirt drive behind a cloud of dust kicked up by Huck's motorcycle. Mathew parked in front of the house and emerged from the driver's side first. Huck hollered out to him, and he waved hello in return. Sunny wasted no time and shot out of the driver's side door.

"Hi Daddy!" Sunny beamed.

"Are my eyes playing tricks on me?" He hopped off his bike and pulled his daughter in for a tight hug.

"What do you mean?" Sunny asked.

"For a minute I thought you were your mother. My god, it's incredible how much you look like her."

"Huck, you look great." Mathew said, extending his hand to his father-in-law.

"Mathew, I don't know what you've been doing but don't stop. My girl here looks fabulous."

"Well, I wish I could take the credit. But I think you have yourself and Daphne to thank for that. She was a vision long before I ever got my hands on her." His smile was playful and loving and still made Sunny's heart turn a flip.

"She certainly was." Huck turned his happy face back toward Sunny. " I've been cooking for two days straight, getting all your favorites ready for dinner tomorrow."

"I'm sure it will be delicious." She answered.

"C'mon, you two. Let's get your things inside. I have a trip planned."

"A trip? But we just got here." Sunny looked at her father, confused.

"I assure you that the commute is minimal." He gave her a wink.

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"Just give me a minute..." Huck said, as he removed his glasses from his pocket and examined the projector.

"Daddy, this is wonderful. Where did you find these?" Sunny looked up at her father, balancing a box filled with old photos on her lap.

"Well, when I went looking for the baby booties, I came across a few other treasures that we haven't seen in a while."

"And the home movies? I haven't seen these in years." She carefully placed the box on the floor beside her.

"I finally get to see a Sunny Parker I've never seen before." Mathew said with a smile.

"Mathew, would you get the lights?" Huck asked.

"Certainly." Mathew crossed the room and flipped the switch.

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