I guess his stepfather thought more of him than her.
From what I read between the lines, the stepfather has no use for Howie, so Howie's presence isn't giving him any comfort.
The ten-year-old girl had resided at Bird Song with David Dean, his wife Cynthia, and Dean's seventy-seven-year-old stepfather, Fred O'Connor, for the past six months.
"I thought he was off with Mrs. Worthington," Cynthia said as Dean started up the stairs to fill in his stepfather on their afternoon plans.
Dean looked at his stepfather, who nodded in agreement.
In an effort to release the log jam, Dean gave his stepfather a hand with the moving.
"The plot thickens, Watkins," Dean said to his stepfather as the two examined the paper.
He just wished his stepfather would be more forthcoming about the nature of his concern so he'd know how to help.
After that nasty sheriff created all that fuss and arrested your stepfather, my attorney was sure the judge would call a mistrial and we'd have to start over again.
He knew I was adopted by my stepfather, but he wasn't sure what I'd been told, so he just kept quiet.
Dean fixed his stepfather a cup of coffee.
Dean started a fire for the returning guests but then joined his wife and stepfather in the kitchen.
As Dean and his stepfather neared the bridge, they looked up to see a uniformed City of Ouray police man pointing at him.
Dean tuned Fred to the off position until his stepfather floated back to reality and continued.
He filled in his stepfather on his conversation with Weller as the two shared a macaroni dinner Fred had heated up.
How did he act when his stepfather had his accident up in the ice park?
If he was still scared of his stepfather, he might have done it.
He assumed it was Fred, with a tray of food and a peck of good intentions, but just now, even his stepfather was not a welcome visitor.
Two days after landing in the United States, Dean received a phone call from Fred O'Connor, the stepfather he'd yet to meet, informing him his mother was gravely ill.
Dean ignored his stepfather and instead pointed out Jeffrey Byrne's belongings and suggested Mrs. Byrne might want to check them over before signing a receipt.
Your stepfather just called it in.
Is your stepfather okay?
Dean knew if his stepfather had developed any worthwhile information he would have blurted it out immediately.
Dean explained to his stepfather Cynthia's impromptu trip to the shore after receiving Atherton's letter.
Dean and his stepfather dined on western style beans, baked potatoes, sourdough bread and the best spareribs either had ever eaten.
Dean looked at his stepfather as he unfastened his helmet, waiting for him to continue.
The stepfather spent the tiny patrimony of the children; and at the age of thirteen Becher found himself responsible not only for his own support but also for that of his mother and brothers.
His preaching, his catechizing of the children after evensong, and his connexion with the Bala Methodists - his wife's stepfather being a Methodist preacher - gave great offence.
He twice visited his wife in disguise; was himself visited by his stepfather, Ogilvie, and generally observed less caution than his situation required.
In 74 B.C. he accused his stepfather Statius Albius Oppianicus of an attempt to poison him;.
Insurrections by adherents of the Alids gave him the opportunity to display his military skill; and when in 870 his stepfather died, by a stroke of luck the fief was given to his father-in-law, who retained Abmad in the lieutenancy, and indeed extended his authority to Alexandria, which had till that time been outside it.
Was trying to kidnap the child king, who found, as he grew up, that his stepfather, Angus, was his master and was the paid servant of Henry.
The result was that James threw off the yoke of his stepfather, Angus; drove him and his astute and treacherous brother, Sir George Douglas, into England (thereby raising up, like Bruce, a fatal party of lords disinherited), and while he was alienated from Henry and his Reformation, threw himself into the arms of France, of the clergy and of Rome.
He had complained to Henry of the captivity in which he was held by his hated stepfather, Angus.