Here's a new chapter I hope that you all enjoy it. I'm sorry it took me so long to up date. Summer, boyfriend and a lack of a computer at home don't really mix too well. I promise that I'll have another up date in a week or so. Lot's of love to my readers.


Chapter 3

"Doctor, who is that?" John Morland looked over at Hope's bed.

"A young women who is not only lost to her family but to herself as well."

"What do you mean, she's lost to herself and her family?"

"You heard about that ship that sank a few weeks back?" The doctor waited until he saw John nod his head in agledishment. "Well, she was on the ship and she has no morey of her family. She was married that much we know. She wears a ring on her finger and she is with child. But that is all we know of her."

"What is to happen to her?"

"Nothing, for the moment. We are searching for a family to take her in and help her with the child she bears."

John looked at the sleeping women lying in the bed, he couldn't help but think that he should take her in. "Doctor, I have a cousin coming for a visit in a few months, if it would please you, I'd like to care for her. My cousin's had three children of her own and I'm sure she'd stay to help."

The Doctor looked from John to Hope and back again. He wasn't all too sure about the match but decided that it would have to do. "All right but not because I want to but because I need the bed. You have a week to convince her to go with and make whatever agreements you need to make. Now let me get back to my work."

John looked at the women asleep on the bed and swallowed hard. He didn't know what made him feel as if he was trudging into water to deep for him to stand in but a stronger feeling told him he was doing the right thing. That if he didn't take this women into his home she would be lost forever.

When Hope woke first she noticed that a dozen yellow roses had been placed on her night stand second that there was a man sitting in the chair by her bed. She looked at him not knowing who he was but saw a kind softness to his eyes that made her heart melt.

"Hello, my dear lady. You don't know me and I don't know you. Well, I don't think that was the best way to start. I certainly didn't want to start that way. Let me start over. My name is John Morland. I am orgainly from England and I came to Ireland to join in the horse business. The only thing that I really know about. I own a small house with a large horse barn with a very large number of horses. You see I bread them to race and sell. I do fairly well. I also buy so I can bread better horses for next season."

"Sir, I don't mean to be rude but why are you telling me this?"

"I haven't really said what I wanted to say have I? Well, you know that the doctor has been looking for someone to take you in. To take care of you, make sure that you learn your way around. Maybe even find your family. Well, I'd like to do that for you if you don't mind me asking."

"You want to become my care taker?" John nodded his head. "Why?" Hope's eyes narrowed.

"Well, I have a feeling that I should. Something is telling me that I need to do this. Now before you get any notion that I mean you any harm at all I have a cousin who will be here to help. She is in America but she'll be here in a few mouths."

Hope looked at him and saw what she thought was pure honesty in his eyes. She didn't really know what to think of him. He looked clean and he seemed well educated. But she wasn't sure if she should be going off with some man that she knew nothing about. But she didn't want to stay in the hospital any longer either. She wasn't at all sure of what she should do. "Why don't you come by every day. Let me get to know you and I do need to think about it. It's just that I don't know you, well I don't know anyone but I really don't want to go off with anyone. But I do want to get out of this hospital. So give a few days to think on it."

John looked at and thought about telling her that she needs to be out of there in a week time. But thought better of it, she needed time. "All right, I'll be here tomorrow around 3. I'll look forward to seeing you."

John went home to get ready for Hopes arrival. He wasn't sure what a woman would need in a house. The only thing that he really knew about was horses. Everything else wasn't something that he concerned himself with. He only hoped that he could make this women feel at home. He wasn't sure if it was a good idea now that he thought about it. Hope had no idea who she was and what if someone came looking for her? What if he fell in love with her and then her husband wanted her back? What would he do? What would she do?

You shouldn't worry about such things. Whatever happens will happen. It's just like taking a chance on a horse. You do your best because you think the horse has it in him/her to race. Sometimes you're wrong and sometimes you're right and you get lucky. Just wait and see.

"John, you have a letter from your friend Christian."

"Oh, just leave it on the table, I'll read it later." But then he thought better of it.

Dear John,

I'd like to come out and look at horses for while. I told you that I was planning to come out in a couple of months anyways. I'm bringing a friend who is out of the weather; his wife was killed in a boating incident a while ago. We'll be arriving in three months time. I have a few things that I have to tend to before I can make the trip out there. For one I still have to get my Friend to join me. I hope this isn't a problem if there are any issues please send word as soon as possible. I won't be at this address for much longer. I hope all is well.