Dan sat in his office discussing his trip to his home state of Minnesota with his father, George. George currently resided in Maple Grove, a Minneapolis suburb, but Dan grew up in North Minneapolis.
"You should bring up that girl you work with, Chloe was it?" George mentioned.
"Zoe." Dan corrected, "I doubt she'd want to come and leave her kids behind."
"Have them come too. It would be sort of like I had grandkids. You know I'm not getting any younger. I'd like to meet at least one of my grandchildren before I die, and since you are an only child…"
"Dad," Dan interrupted, "come on. You and I both know I need a woman to have a child with and since the girl I want doesn't share the same feelings…" he drifted off.
"Maybe she does and you don't know it. Why don't you invite her along instead for the weekend and you can get to know each other better." George suggested.
"It's Zoe." Dan said, bluntly. "She doesn't want a relationship with me. She sees us as strictly professional."
"Invite her along, for me." George said, "I'd like to get to know the woman who stole my son's heart and who I hope will become my daughter-in-law someday."
"Dad, don't jump to conclusions or get your hopes up."
"Can't an old man dream?"
"Can't an old man's son be left alone sometimes? I realize you want me to be happily married like you and Mom were, but I'm just not ready, nor has the right woman come along. But while we are on the subject of marriage, why haven't you remarried?"
"Because, ever since the cancer took your mother, I knew I could never find another woman as wonderful."
"Well have you at least tried looking?"
"Why bother? I don't really want to get married again anyway. I want to see you married and I think this Zoe girl is the right one for you."
"I think you're right, at least I want you to be."
There was a knock at the door.
"Hold on Dad, someone's at the door. " Dan said. "Come in!" he called.
Zoe stepped inside before realizing Dan was on the phone. "Oh, I'm sorry. I'll come back later." She whispered as she headed for the door.
"No, it's alright it's just my dad. Come sit down while I wrap it up with him."
Zoe obeyed and took a seat across from Dan.
"Yeah, Dad it's Zoe, so I'd better get to work."
"Since she's there why not ask her about the weekend? Then you can let me know right away."
"Fine, Dad." Dan said. "Zoe, my dad wants to know if you and the kids would like to go camping up in Itasca, Minnesota with him and I in two weeks?"
"How long are we talking here?"
"Thursday night to Monday night probably."
"Where would we be staying?"
"In my dad's cabin. It sleeps six."
"Sounds like fun. I'll have to see if I can get those days off before I say yes, but otherwise I am interested."
"Dad, she said she'd have to check with our boss, but she's considering it." Dan said into the phone.
"Well, get back to me if she says yes."
"Alright, Dad, I'll talk to you later."
"Bye, Danny boy." George said as they both hung up.
"So, what's up?" Dan asked, focusing on Zoe.
"I was just wondering if there were any updates on the Morris Lindberg case."
"I've got nothing, what about you?"
"Same here." Zoe said, before both of them sat in silence. "So where is Itasca?" Zoe finally asked, breaking the silence and changing the subject.
"It's about four hours from the Twin Cities. It's where the Mississippi River starts, too."
"That's cool, if I'm able to go, I should take the kids there. What are you planning on doing up there?"
"Well, my dad is bringing up his boat so we can do some fishing. Have you or the kids ever gone fishing?"
"I haven't been fishing since I was like ten or so. The kids may have gone with their mom, but I'm not sure."
"I'll have to show all of you how then." Dan suggested.
"That would be nice." Zoe said, with a winning smile.
"Well, I'm going to go ask M for those days off." Zoe said, getting up from her chair.
"Talk to you later and let me know what M says." Dan called as Zoe left.