“Have you told your sister that we’re coming?” Natalie asked.
After two nights in the City staying in the luxury of his family’s penthouse, they were back on the road heading north into the Hudson Valley. They had sold the bars of gold, handled all affairs with the financial firm, and taken a high speed elevator to the top of the Empire State Building, a decision Ethan regretted immediately and had to sit on the floor for about twenty minutes to stop the dizziness before heading back down.
“Uh, hadn’t thought to do that.” Ethan reached into his pocket and handed Natalie his phone. “Her number is the third down in my contacts list. Put it on speaker phone so I can talk to her without taking my hands off the wheel.”
“Give me a minute and I’ll sync the Blue tooth to the motorhome.” After a few seconds, the car’s sound system blasted the ringing phone and suddenly his sister’s voice boomed through the speakers.
“Ethan! How are you?”
“Greetings, Your Highness,” Ethan said. “How’s my favorite little sister?”
“Again? Didn’t you just have a baby two years ago.”
“Ethan, that was two years ago.” Miranda giggled. “We’re allowed to have more babies.”
“Well, congratulations. Hey, you up for some company?”
“Sure, when are you coming for a visit?”
“In about two hours,” Ethan said. “We’re just leaving New York City.”
Miranda squealed. “Seriously? Two hours? Wait, who’s we?”
“I’m travelling with my fiancé. I want you to meet her.”
“Your fiancé?” Miranda squealed again.
“Your fiancé?” Natalie mouthed.
“Yeah, we’re on our way to Vegas.” Ethan winked over at Natalie and she shook her head with an amused grin. He whispered to her, “It’s the easiest explanation.”
“Whatever, you silly guy.”
“Is that her?” Miranda asked. “Hi! What’s your name?”
“Hi, Miranda, I’m Natalie.”
“I’m so excited to meet you! I want to hear all about you and how you guys met and where you’re from and when you’re getting married. I want to hear everything.”
“How about if you start by giving us your address and we’ll plug it into the GPS so we can come tell you in person?”
“Ooh, I’ll give you the address to the tree house and I’ll tell the rest of the family to meet us there,” Miranda said.
“The treehouse?” Ethan glanced at Natalie who also had creased brows.
“Yeah, that’s what we call Prince Marcos and Princess Hazel’s house,” Miranda said. “It was built on top of a waterfall. You’ll see. Just go there and I’ll get Hayden to call up his brothers and his parents, and Alex, and everyone.”
“We’ll have fun. I promise,” Miranda said. “I’m texting you the address now and then I’ll hang up so I can help Hayden call the family.”
“Okay, sis, see you in a few hours.”
She squealed again. “Yay, I’m so excited!” The line went dead.
“Treehouse?” Ethan said.
“Waterfall?” Natalie asked. They looked at each other with gaping jaws. “Well, this will be an adventure.”
“Bring it on,” Ethan said with resignation. “We did want to see a waterfall, right?”
“We sure did.” Natalie plugged the address into the GPS and the electronic voice came over the speakers.
“You are on the fastest route,” the voice said. “You should reach your destination in one hour, forty-six minutes.”