1THE BRIDAL VEIL
Copyright © by Alexis Harrington, 2002
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Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
“Have you come a far piece, ma’am?”
Emily Cannon turned her eyes from the view beyond the sternwheeler’s window to look at the rotund man sitting on the bench seat across from her. He’d been trying to engage her in conversation ever since she boarded in The Dalles. She had done her best to discourage him but her short replies and near-rudeness had not quelled his interest. Faint apprehension began to grow in her chest.