Ben Cartwright tossed and turned with fever while his sons stood around his bed, anxiously watching.
"I can't stand seeing Pa like this," Hoss said in a low voice, not wanting to disturb him.
"Me neither," Little Joe agreed.
"You heard what Doc Martin told us," Adam reminded them. "He'll be as good as new once the fever breaks."
"But he couldn't tell us when it will break," Little Joe pointed out.
"Well, I'm just thankful knowing Pa will be all right," said Hoss. "I don't think I could stand it if I thought he might..."
But before Hoss could finish his sentence, Ben began to mutter something. Adam, Hoss, and Little Joe grew very quiet, listening. Their father
was incoherent at first,but then he spoke more and more clearly.
He said just one word... no, one name... over and over.
"Chloe. Chloe. Chloe."