Quip blurted, “But I’m not certain it is safe yet, honey. We’ve not had time to monitor the …”
EZ interrupted and stated in no uncertain terms, “Honey, I love you. My dad is going to need some help, and I am going. I really wasn’t asking for permission. I have the programs set up. I have the monitors on the telecommunications traffic with filters set up to trap the parameters you and Julie requested. Now that you have the cameras and the sensors you can monitor from here. Are you taking me to the airport, or should I get a car? This is the only thing I am asking of you, sweetheart.”
Julie cringed, knowing that Quip was going to struggle with this. She crossed her fingers and held Juan’s hand, hoping he would make the right response. It was a very long, pregnant pause before Quip responded.
“EZ, you are not the kind of lady who takes no for an answer, and I’m not the kind of person who lamely goes along with risky situations, so allow me to worry about you. I cannot go with you at this point. I will follow as soon as I can. I do worry about you, but I can’t leave right now. I would ask that once you get to the ranch, you stay close to Mercedes and/or Ernie. If Mercedes says there is a risk and asks you to do something, please listen to her. She is an expert. Your ticket is going to be at the airport, and I will take you once you get packed. I arranged for the charter flight tonight to be ready when you get there. Give me a hug and kiss and go pack, my love.”
The enthusiastic kisses were heard by all with the whispers of thank you by EZ.
Quip returned to the call and added, “We are good here. I will call with the arrival time once she takes off. Can you arrange for her pick up, Mercedes? Promise me you will watch her closely, please.”
Julie sighed, and said, “Good call, Quip. I knew you could do it.”
Mercedes replied with a catch in her voice, “I promise to do my best, Quip. That was so sweet.”
Quip chuckled and said, “That has to be a first, me being called sweet. I could get used to that. Thanks all.”
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