The following is Chapter Eighteen of my story about a pair of free black siblings making the journey to California in 1849:
The past several days have been uneventful since our departure from Ash Hollow. Mrs. Robbins and I have maintained a close eye upon both Mr. Cross and Miss Watkins, since that evening we found them . . . together inside one of the caves. Perhaps their meeting proved to be a single occurrence. I hope so, for their sake. Mr. Cross and Miss Watkins' employer, Mr. Anderson, have detested each other since our crossing of the Big Blue River.