At first she had been infatuated with Denton, but in the last year she had learned a lot about him.
Dad, the only thing Denton and I have in common is that we're both Homo Sapiens.
If Denton hadn't come along, would she still be blissfully letting her father run her life?
Denton might have a lot of girls fooled, but she knew him too well.
The last thing Denton needed was a fiery redhead with a tendency to speak her mind.
It wouldn't be easy to tell Denton the marriage was off.
What Denton wanted, he got - one way or another, and lately he seemed driven by some inner demon.
Tonight she would break the engagement with Denton... then she would face her father.
Denton met her at the door, smiling as though she were the only person on his mind.
Denton was fastidious about his appearance and he expected the woman at his side to mirror that image.
She opened her mouth to give him a smart reply, but Denton gripped her elbow.
Denton could lay on the charm when he wanted to, but his sense of humor needed improvement.
Denton kept her busy welcoming guests until Clarissa arrived.
Not that Denton would have remembered right now, anyway.
I'm sure Denton won't miss me now.
Denton is crazy about you.
Does Denton know that?
Denton is going places.
Obviously Mom had joined the ranks of those who thought marrying Denton was the only way she could live up to the O'Hara name.
One of the couples was Denton and Clarissa.
Are you and Denton looking for a house?
She was half listening to him while she watched Denton reluctantly leave Clarissa and glance around the crowd.
Denton had spotted them.
Denton scowled at her as he stopped beside them.
Denton turned the scowl on him.
The agent scurried away and Denton immediately turned on her.
But Denton was relentless.
When Denton sunk his teeth into something, he held on.
She was letting Denton get to her again.
She rejoined the party and even danced a few times with Denton, who was perplexed by her sudden change in mood.
Denton paused with his fork half way to his mouth, the saucer of cake perched delicately on his other hand.
Mrs. O'Hara glanced quickly at Denton and then Megan, but she said nothing.
Denton wasn't nearly as unhappy as he was going to be when he found out she was skipping the state.
Last night's confrontation with Denton was proof enough that she couldn't afford to tolerate any more interference in her life - from anyone.
Denton would certainly try.
I'd rather Denton didn't know about it because I want to avoid a scene.
According to Denton, there was only one reason why a man would give her so much attention.
Had Denton sent the man?
No, Denton didn't know she was leaving the state.
Too bad Denton didn't hear that - even if it did come from the lips of a child.
Denton has been asking where you are.
"Wouldn't Denton be proud if he could see you now," she muttered sarcastically as she hurried into the cabin.
Surely Denton hadn't found her already.
Denton - it had to be.
So Denton had decided to follow her after all.
Of course, Denton was no fool.
Eventually he would have thought about Scott Muldrow, and Denton could be persuasive.
So that was how Denton had found her.
Either Dad or Denton had sent him to spy on her.
But Denton had destroyed that notion.
Was it a guess or had Denton filled him in?
Denton was the one who hated to swim in the ocean.
On the other hand, it might not have been anything Denton had said.
Probably, but only because it would mean Denton was right.
Thinking of Denton made it much less attractive.
She could have made it without the help of Denton, Dad, or the man he had sent.
Why did she feel so depressed when she was with Denton and so elated when she was with Keaton - Justin?
Denton was flashier, more polished and ever the gentleman in his behavior.
Of course, Denton wasn't physically attracted to her - nor was she to him.
Denton hated the yellow sundress with its spaghetti straps, but it was one of her favorite dresses.
Turning first one way and then the other in front of the mirror, she tried to decide what it was about the dress that Denton found so objectionable.
As he strode around the car to the driver's side with his usual grace, it struck her that Denton never looked so nice in casual clothes.
Denton cultured his grace and worked at presenting the proper image.
Why did Denton keep entering her mind when she was enjoying the evening so much with Justin?
They had covered more topics tonight than she and Denton had discussed in their entire relationship.