“Children bring tears.” Masagawa greeted Salvador as if she knew him.
“I am so sorry to hear about the judgment against your grandsons. Perhaps I can help them in Monterey.”
“You help many. Ortega girls and others,” Masagawa said. “My Nina shares stories.”
“We always wish to protect our children.” Salvador thought of Dolores and Clara, both hurt by the same man, Captain Harris. He had not intended to discuss this with Masagawa.
Salvador’s other work for the governor was to remove undesirables from the territories. This territory attracted far too many opportunists.
“I must tell Clara.” Salvador asked the healer how to tell her that Harris was gone. Could he disguise Harris’s banishment as a special assignment?
“Him bad man,” Masagawa said. Harris’s reputation along the coast as a privateer was well known to the governor and to Tío Salvador. When Salvador’s relatives at Rancho Refugio reached out to him in a panic about Dolores’s pregnancy, he was more than happy to tell them about the Laredo School for Young Ladies. He convinced the governor to cosign a letter of introduction and recommendation for their eldest daughter.
“Children bring tears, then make more children.” Masagawa read his mind. It was a crime that Harris had pushed his way into the Ortega family. When Salvador arrived at the rancho he found that Harris had set his intentions on yet another Ortega sister. He pretended he didn’t recognize the cad on that first night. Harris had established a career of breaking as many hearts as possible.
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