After an eventful fortnight in the backcountry, Ed filled out the paperwork and had a couple of days off. When he returned for his next assignment, his supervisor handed him the paper with his next task. Ed wasn't surprised to see nothing about David working with him. When Ed looked up, his supervisor seemed to know what he was thinking.
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They had barely started hiking on the morning of the last day heading back, when Ed realized David wasn't with him. A dreaded thought came to Ed about where David might have gone, and just as he turned to look across the mire, he heard David scream for help.
Ed had just started cutting some small saplings with the bucksaw when he heard a scream. He turned to see David running across the meadow with a bear on his tail. David scurried up a tree, and Ed grabbed the chainsaw as he headed in their direction. He jerked the pull cord as he ran, and the saw roared to life.
Ed usually worked alone on the trails and had become well known for his efficiency and how much he accomplished. That was why Ed was surprised when his supervisor called him into his office and told him he would have an assistant one summer. Ed expressed his disinterest in having anybody work with him. Especially this rebellious teen who clearly didn't want to be there.