In the next few days, Brad couldn’t get his mind off of poor little Katie. She was such a happy little girl and so sweet. If only she could walk. He really wanted to know if she could be helped and he was determined to find out. He told Helen the next time Steve called, he wanted to talk to him.
The opportunity arose the very next evening.
“Brad, Steve is on the phone. I told him you wanted to talk to him.” Helen handed Brad the telephone and then sat down nearby in order to hear what she could of the conversation.
“Hi Steve.” Brad wasn’t as careful with his words as he should have been. “I hope you’ve been able to successfully deal with whatever has taken you away from your daughter.”
“I know how this must look Brad, but I’m here because of Katie. I didn’t want to say anything to Helen or Katie until I knew for sure Katie would be accepted by the hospital doing research on her condition. When I got the call, it was necessary to get here as soon as possible. I’m coming to get Katie this weekend. She will be here for two weeks and then come home for two weeks. This schedule could go on for quite some time.”
Brad felt terrible that he had doubted Steve’s dedication to his daughter. Don’t worry about a thing, Steve. I’m sure it took a lot of work on your part to get Katie accepted. I have to say that I really admire you for persevering. I insist that Helen continue to stay here at the ranch and that you and Katie come here for the two weeks she gets to be home.
“That’s very generous of you, Brad. That will take a load off my mind. Is Miss Bessie there? I need to talk to her about finishing up the barn.”
“Don’t worry about it. There will be time for that later.” Brad felt he had to bring up something else.
“There is one problem you’ll have to deal with, Steve. You’re going to have a heck of a time separating Katie and Arf. They make each other happy and they’re pretty much attached at the hip.”
“I thought as much. I might have a solution to that problem.”