31. Epilogue

“For our newcomers: while Tony & I are on the road, please enjoy his book, ‘Leaving the Trail’ as a weekly series in condensed form. Be sure to go back to the beginning to understand the story! If you can’t stand the suspense, simply order a copy from Amazon or write to info@martonpublishing.com.”

An overnight shower had settled the dust over Rendezvous camp, and the early morning sun was now baking tents and sleeping bags as they hung out, prior to folding and packing away.

It had been nearly two months since Fisher and Sandy had returned to the trail, bringing with them all their new friends from the valley. Sandy had been wounded slightly in that last battle with the demon warriors, but was recovering nicely.  Now it was time to go.

Their gear was packed, and they were making the rounds of the camp, saying last farewells. While Fisher was engaged in conversation with Aaron and Reese, Sandy slipped over to the first aid tent, where Dr. Artinian was preparing a bundle of supplies for her.

“Here’s some extra bandages, Sandy,” he said. Be sure and dress the wounds every evening, using clean water to get rid of the trail dust. You’ll still be feeling some shortness of breath for awhile, so take it easy on the uphill climbs, and stop to rest every hour or so.”

Looking right and left, he lowered his voice to a stage whisper, then added, “There’s some vitamins in there as well. Don’t forget to take them every day, especially since your body is supporting two, now.” He patted her on the hand and said, “Have you told Fisher yet?”

“I’m planning to, as soon as we get off to ourselves. I don’t think he could handle the news right now, along with saying goodbye to everyone.” She hugged Dr. Artinian and through her tears said, “How can I ever thank you enough for all you’ve done?”

“Just make your way to Rendezvous often, so that I can check up on you from time to time. I want to see you in a month, now, even if that means making camp and waiting for us to catch up!”

“No problem there, Doc,” Sandy laughed. “Fisher’s anxious to check out a settlement to the north, where we saw smoke rising the other morning. That may take us away from the trail for some time. When we get back, you’ll probably have gone on ahead. We’ll leave a marker where we turn off, and if you’ll put something there as you go by, then we’ll know which way to go in order to find you.”

“Do take care of yourselves,” said Dr. Artinian with a touch of sadness in his voice. “We’ll be thinking of you and praying for you until we meet again.”

Fisher walked up just then, back pack in place and obviously ready to travel. “Everything okay Doc?” he asked, giving Sandy a hug and helping her cinch up her straps.

“She’s just fine, my boy,” he assured them both. “But I’m counting on you to make her take it easy until she’s fully recovered.” With that, he winked at Sandy and gave her a pat on the cheek.

“What did I miss here?” asked Fisher. “Is there something you guys aren’t telling me?”

“Oh there’s plenty I’m not telling you,” he replied with a grin. “But you know … doctor patient privilege.”

“Don’t sweat it, Sweetie,” she said with a flick of her hair. All will be revealed in good time.”

And so it will.

*****

This ends the condensed version of Leaving the Trail. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together. If you’d like to read the story in its entirety, you can find it at www.amazon.com . Also, don’t forget to go to the appendix, there you will find devotional topics related to the story of Fisher and Sandy as they leave the trail on a missionary journey.

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