The flight to Woody Valley was uneventful weatherwise, so Leroy and Ross were able to relax and talk while they flew. Leroy had Ross laughing with his tales of Betsy's last birthday party, when the girls used trick candles on her cake, "Poor Betsy was huffing and puffing at those candles and they just wouldn't blow out, she realised in the end and had a good laugh with the girls, the flowers you sent were very nice, she loved them, said I should thank you in person, even though she phoned you the next day." "I remembered she's liked pink roses and white carnations ever since you gave her that first bunch from your Grandma's garden, I helped you pick them and reminded you to shave before going to see her, you were in such a hurry to get there and propose." "Yeah, that was a great day, I almost burst with delight when she said yes," said Leroy. "Now tell me what's going on in Woody Valley?" Ross said, " remember that time when Wayne went off the rails and claimed the kids were bedevilled and he had to save them? Jessy phoned me that time and again late last night, he's gone screwy again and she's very scared. I wish I still lived closer, I'd be there by now. I told her to get the kids and run away from the house, I should have told her to ring the police too. Are we in range yet? I can phone Don Summers, or whoever is on the night desk these days, at least do something and get some help out there. I don't know what's happened, Jessy was crying and I was in a hurry to get to the airport, I'm so glad it's you flying tonight Le, that Colin gives me the creeps sometimes with his funeral voice." "He's a bit of a sourpuss sometimes, comes in to work frowning, I suspect he doesn't really like flying, just does it for the extra money and so his wife can brag about her pilot husband, like he's a bigshot. I've heard he's going to give it up soon, he's bought a cabin by the oak tree lake and wants to spend his retirement days fishing. So what's this about wishing you lived closer? Is there any chance you can?" "Not yet." said Ross. "I have to wait until there's a position open in any Real Estate office within a reasonable distance and places just don't come up very often. It hasn't bothered me until now. Wayne has been okay for years, no confused looks in his eyes anymore. I might talk to his doctor and see if he'll get Wayne another brain scan or something. It was something that happened in the accident that caused a malfunction last time, that's what Dr Clarence said anyway, some sort of pressure on nerves or something. But his medication is supposed to be preventing that." "I can see how worried you are," said Leroy. "We're nearly there, see the landing strip lights? Go ahead and phone Don, send him out to the homestead and I'll run you there in the car as soon as we get down. Any word on Maddy? Is she there? Is she okay?" "Jessy didn't say. I hope she's there and alright, Wayne had her locked in the cellar last time." Ross fell silent as he waited for Don to answer the phone while Leroy brought the small plane down and taxied in, parking close to the banner welcoming them to Woody Valley. "That's new," said Leroy. "When did they put up a banner?" "Last month I think," said Ross after speaking to Don, who promised to get out there 'toot sweet'. "There was some sort of reunion going on and I guess they thought the banner looked good enough to leave up." They walked into the terminal and Leroy handed over the keys to the plane, saying he'd do the servicing himself before leaving again later in the day. He arranged to borrow a car and they put their bags on the back seat, then started down the road towards Wayne and Maddy's home.