Caroline was alone in the woods to take photos for her portfolio. As she walked along the path, she noticed a young girl walking alone. When asked why she was walking alone in the woods, the girl revealed something that worried Caroline.
Caroline was a successful freelance photographer who chose to pursue her passion for art rather than work in her wealthy father’s company. Her father respected this decision and continued to make her a part of his business, inviting her to be the official photographer for all their events.
Caroline worked alone when she didn’t have clients to expand her portfolio. One day she decided to shoot in a scenic forest near her town to take pictures for her latest gallery function.
While photographing, she caught up with a young girl walking in the same direction along the path. She noted that the girl was alone, with no adult supervising her.
Caroline decided to approach her to ask if she was okay. “Hi. I’m Caroline,” she said, waving at the girl who appeared to be around 11 years old. “What are you doing here alone?” she asked.
“Hi. My name is Cara. I walk here almost every day. This is the way to the house I visit,” explained the young girl.
“You’re visiting a house here in the woods?” Caroline asked in surprise.
Cara nodded and pointed to the small hut they were approaching. As they approached, a man came out. He looked tired and it was clear he was homeless.
“I’m coming to take care of him,” the little girl said, running to hug the man. At first Caroline was concerned, until Cara said, “Hi, dad!”
“Hello, sorry to bother you,” Caroline said. “I saw Cara walking alone and was concerned. I’m glad to know that she is with her father.”
“That’s fine. Thanks for taking care of her. My name is Luke. Cara is my only child with my ex-wife. Please come in,” he said, gesturing towards the small house.
Caroline obeyed and entered. She was surprised to see that although the house looked old, the inside was neat and clean. There was hardly anything in it except a bed, a lamp, some clothes and a kitchen set.
“I hope you don’t mind if I ask, but why do you live here? Why don’t you two live together?” Caroline asked.
“My mother left my father a few months ago. She took the money from their joint savings account so the court would think he had no money. So I can’t live with him even if I want to,” the little girl explained.
Caroline felt sad for the little girl simply because she knew what it was like to be a daddy girl. She also loved her father very much and it hurt her that Cara couldn’t be with her father.
“My mother doesn’t even know I’m here. She remarried and spends all her time with her new husband. She doesn’t care where I go as long as I go home at the end of the day. Instead, this is where I spend all my free time because dad and I enjoy a lot of things together,” added Cara.
“I’m sorry to hear that, honey. You’re so young to experience something like this,” Caroline couldn’t help but say.
Luke nodded. “I know. It hurts that she has to go through all of this. None of this is her fault. My wife wasn’t happy with our average life and wanted more. I couldn’t give that to her, so she decided to focus on messy ones way to divorce me,” he shared.
“This is my grandmother’s old house. She wanted to retire near a lake so she built this house. When my ex-wife kicked me out, I knew this was the only place I could go,” added Luke.
Luke and Caroline talked to each other for the next few minutes while Cara looked through Caroline’s camera. She found out that Luke used to own a small but profitable business in the nearby town but had to close it when his ex-wife took his money.
The next day Caroline came back with food, water and clothes. Luke and Cara weren’t home at the time, so she waited for him outside for almost an hour. When they arrived they apologized. “I’m sorry Caroline! We went swimming in the lake,” Cara explained.
“Don’t worry, this is perfect! I brought hot meals for us to enjoy. You two must be hungry,” she said, smiling as she picked up the paper bags she was holding. The three enjoyed their meals together while sharing stories about how their day had gone.
After a while, Caroline noticed an iron box that was locked with a padlock and camouflaged between two wooden cupboards. “What’s in that box?” she decided to ask.
Luke followed Caroline’s gaze in confusion. He had never noticed the box before. He decided to pull it out and used an old wrench to pick the padlock open so they could see what was inside.
When he did, they gasped. There were a few small gold bars. “How could that be? I never knew my grandmother had a hidden gold stash! Cara, we have money! I’ll be able to open my business and fight for your custody in court,” Luke exclaimed.
Caroline smiled at how happy Luke and Cara looked. She then decided to joke, “You’re going to need a woman to take care of your daughter while you’re at your store.”
Although she was only joking at the time, she never thought that what she said would actually happen. Caroline helped Luke and Cara every step of the way and even offered to let Luke rent a small apartment owned by a friend of hers while he started his business.
Realizing that Caroline was a beautiful and kind-hearted woman who had nothing but good intentions for him and Cara, Luke began courting her. They started dating and eventually moved in together.
Caroline helped Luke run his business. She took photos of the store and the items it sold and posted them online. They formed a great team and the business became profitable again in a short time.
Once he was ready, Luke filed a motion in court to regain custody of Cara. His ex-wife hardly ever fought a good fight and he was awarded full custody. Caroline, Cara and Luke lived together as a family and were very happy.
A few years later, Luke and Caroline married. Caroline’s father had nothing but good words for his daughter’s husband after the party. “You were right, darling. Luke is a good person and a great businessman. I’m glad you chose him as your husband and decided to help him back then.”
Caroline thanked her father with tears in her eyes. “Thanks Dad for giving me these gold bars. I really wanted to help him. I couldn’t help but see you in him, dad. You were in a similar situation when mom left us and took your money. I didn’t want Cara to suffer like I did just to fight to be with you again.”
It turns out that when Caroline noticed that Luke and Cara weren’t home when she returned in the woods one day, she had someone put the old chest in the house. Luke and Cara never found out and it’s a secret Caroline was willing to keep forever.
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