Remember, Hattie is young, naive and experiencing new feelings around boys. She's grown up in a orphanage and has always been the older child. Now, striking out on her own as caretaker for the three Franklin children on a wagon train to California, she's attracted to Billy Monroe, the young man Mr. Franklin has hired to accompany the family for extra protection and help. Enter another handsome young man in the form of Deputy, Tom Wainright, and Hattie is even more confused...especially about why she is drawn to Tom when she likes Billy so much. Here's one of the latest scenes between her and Billy after she's met Tom:
Billy side-stepped away and removed his arm from around Hattie. He flashed a sheepish grin, wondering if she would say anything about his bold move. The redness in her cheeks and the manner in which she shifted from foot to foot showed her uneasiness without her muttering a word. He steeled himself and gathered his nerve.
“I thought he was payin’ a little more attention to you than he should have. I wanted him to know that someone is lookin’ out for you so he didn’t get any notion that you’re…."
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