John fought back his fear and called Dean Sanderson’s phone number.
“Hello, Dean Sanderson. This is John Richards, Ryan Richard’s father.”
“Hello, Mr. Richards. Your son is a fine young man. You should be very proud of the superb job you did raising him,” said Dean Sanderson.
“Thank you. Yes, I am very proud of my son,” answered John.
“What can I do for you today?”
“Well, I have a very big favor to ask?” asked John.
“Tell me what the favor is and I’ll tell you if I will be able to do it,” replied John.
“Well, sir. You probably haven’t heard of me but I’m a Canadian author with a couple of published books to my credit. I want to write my next novel about Ogopogo. In order, to make my writing come alive I would like to join your crew on your expedition. I would be willing to help in any way I can.”
“Well, as luck would have it I have room to add one more crew member and then I’m at capacity. Welcome aboard. I’m sure that the crew will find a place where your skills are needed,” answered Dean Sanderson.
“Thank you so much Dean Sanderson for this opportunity.”
After John ended his call, he walked into the living room with a big smile on his face. He looked around and saw Stephanie sitting on the sofa. From the look on her face John could see that his daughter looked very upset.
“What’s the matter, Steph?” asked John.
“Do you ever think about what I want Dad?” asked Stephanie. She was now crying.
“What do you mean, honey?” By now his smile had turned into a look of concern.
“I overhead you talking to Dean Sanderson. Why didn’t you ask if I could join the expedition, too?”
“Sorry honey. I didn’t think you would be interested in the expedition,” answered her father.
“Of course I want to come along. I don’t want to stay here with Aunt Meg while you guys are all out having fun,” said Stephanie squeezing a cushion tightly.
“I don’t know if it is going to be that much fun and it might be a very dangerous expedition.”
“That could be true but I’m going to find a way to join another expedition.”