Cynthia toted her camera equipment, in part at least as an excuse for the trip should they be questioned.
The facility was funded in part by the city's recreation department, whose funds were, for the most part, generated from the highly profitable hot spring pool that operated year around at the edge of town.
Dean spent the afternoon busying himself with the chores of Bird Song, partially out of guilt for having dumped the morning duties on Fred and in part to take his mind off the ever-present feeling he'd caused long term or, heaven forbid, permanent damage to his seven-month marriage.
"So that's what happens when you feed the trees," Toby said in part wonder, part horror. "I'm glad I didn't try it."
While it was in part at least an indictment that Dean had allowed himself to be followed, it was still the best news he'd heard in weeks.