I think this is the Josh I'm asking about.
Carmen had given Josh no encouragement.
As with Josh, he had simply assumed a relationship.
'Reward for information leading to Josh, last name unknown, worked around Ouray this past year as a miner, foreman, or manager.
Other than an infatuation with Josh before she met Alex, there had been no one else.
This Josh would send reports to my father of just how rich the mine was.
"Sounds to me Josh might have been something of a cad," Cynthia said as she glanced at her husband.
Josh had been her childhood playmate.
Maybe it was her way of keeping Josh alive.
I wonder who Josh is?
Never had she seen Alex so hostile - not even with Josh.
But your father didn't kiss me, and Josh didn't...
No one could have been more private than Josh.
I couldn't find nothing on Josh without a last name, but Ed Plotke was in the phone book for six years between 1956 and 1962.
Josh the cad got sweet young Edith pregnant and skipped.
Or, sweet Edith wasn't so sweet and bashed Josh's head in and left him in the mine.
Do you think this Josh character—the miner Fred found out about—might be her father?
Did you do any more checking on Ed and Edith Plotke— the people from the 1961 newspaper—and missing Josh the miner?
I might need a little of that as well, but mostly I'm trying to track down a guy named Josh who worked in mining in Ouray back in the 1960's.
Dean pulled out the photocopies of the old newspaper ads requesting information on Josh published first by Edith Plotke and later by her father.
I wonder if anyone answered his ad and he caught up with Josh.
I wouldn't wanted to be in this Josh fellow's shorts when Ed Plotke caught up with him!
Are you kin to Josh?
But the Josh I knew wasn't any miner.
"Josh was a bum, a real con man—what they used to call a grifter," Roger said.
They all left about the same time—Ed and his family and this Josh fella.
Never heard about Josh either, but nobody gave a hoot about him.
"If it was the same Josh, he left a good-paying job," Dean said.
I understand from Dawkins' son his old man was paying Josh pretty well to be his mine manager—up until August of 1961 when Josh disappeared.
"According to the son, Josh had high grade samples," Dean answered.
What makes you think it's the same Josh?
He disappeared about the same time as the newspaper ad and his name was Josh.
Josh salted that mine and strung along the owner just enough to get a salary out of him.
Dawkins, Sr. had never hired another mine manager after Josh and never so much as mentioned the Lucky Pup after that time—to his sons or his wife.
Do you know Josh's last name?
Josh did some work for her and lived there.
Josh Mulligan—the bones finally had a name.
One logical candidate was the offspring of Edith Plotke and Josh Mulligan: someone forty years old, perhaps a red head.
Certainly he has no ties to Josh Mulligan of forty years ago, or the Dawkins, or the Lucky Pup mine.
He's the illegitimate son of Josh 'Bones' Mulligan and he killed Billy Langstrom to shut him up!
He also withheld the identity of Josh, Dawkins Sr.'s mine manager, and the fact that someone fired a gun at the mine.
The remains of what was now universally presumed to be Josh Mulligan rested in an unnamed southern California landfill.
"Josh Mulligan was my natural father," Jennifer said.
Josh Mulligan was Paul's mine manager at the Lucky Pup.
Josh and my mother were involved—she was Edith Plotke.
Paul felt responsible for Josh's quick exit and when Ed talked about leaving Ouray with his family, Paul arranged for the Plotkes to come to California.
I have letters from Josh Mulligan—letters he wrote my mom.
I don't know whose bones were in the Lucky Pup Mine, but Josh Mulligan died in 1987 of cirrhosis of the liver from drinking too much.
Before leaving, Jennifer Radisson explained that Josh had learned of Edith's new address in California—perhaps through some common friend—and had written his teenage sweetheart.
If they don't belong to Josh Mulligan, they could be years older than the 1960's.
We based that belief on Josh Mulligan's reports to Paul Dawkins.
When he told Fred of Jennifer Radisson's revelation concerning Josh Mulligan, his stepfather's response was far more animated.
He soon returned to announce that he was unable to confirm Josh Mulligan's death via the Internet social security death records.
Now it was open season, as they had no idea of the skeleton's age—provided Jennifer Radisson's report of Josh Mulligan's later death was credible.
"That's too long ago for the skeleton to be Josh Mulligan," Cynthia said.
But then you were so convinced the bones belonged to that man Josh that I decided to let matters play out.
If he'd met Carmen any later, she probably would have been married to Josh.
Katie insisted she was going to be tall like Josh.
Destiny was born less than a week after Josh died.
Josh's mother and father lived on a farm within walking distance of Carmen and Alex – and from the farm where Lori and Josh lived when Josh died.
Josh was gone now, and Lori didn't want anything to do with Destiny.
But then, it was Josh who wanted a baby, not Lori.
Once Josh had considered substituting her birth control pills with candy.
Lori said Josh wanted Carmen and Alex to have the baby if anything happened to him.
Josh's sister had made a few comments to indicate that she thought Josh might have ended his life purposely because he still loved Carmen.
Certainly their marriage was a failure, but it was hard to believe Josh would do something like that.
She looks just like Josh!
Lori and Josh had everything going for them, but they were unhappy with each other.
It was hard to believe Josh left Lori out of his will completely.
Carmen had worked with Josh's parents to reserve both the money and the farm for Destiny.
Until she was of age, Josh's sister, Alice, and her husband would live on the farm and maintain it.
Josh would have wanted it that way – but what about Lori?
The death of Josh had underlined that thought.
Another way she was much like Josh.
For some reason he reminded her of Josh.
He was as tall as Josh, but he was built heavier – and not as good looking either.
After all, he had accused her of having an affair with Josh.
Alex, Lori had a crush on Josh when they were kids.
You told me that, but Josh was interested in you, not Lori.
So in her eyes, I took Josh and you from her – and now Destiny.
Josh just wanted to humiliate me by giving it to Carmen.
He looked so much like Josh.
And then Josh started in on me about how much you wanted a baby and how Alex couldn't...
Josh had called him a walk-away-Joe, but he was wrong.
It simply didn't make sense, and Josh was usually all about sense.
Josh wasn't a vindictive person.
All the answers had either died with Josh or would likely remain a secret with Lori.
Only two other people knew about that place – Josh and Alex.
Josh was gone and Alex didn't want her going up there alone.
As they passed Josh's house, she spied Lori's car.
She had endured a lot with Josh.
Carmen felt sorry for Lori because of the way Josh had treated her.
Maybe Josh realized what she was like.
She was with Josh then.
Josh and his group lost those rogues in Canada.
Besides, if the dairy went belly up, it would please Josh too much.
Josh is all the help we need, and he's right down the road.
Actually, Josh was more than she needed, and Katie was more than she could afford.
Then again, you did have Josh.
Josh never had to deal with anything like that.
The trouble is; Josh doesn't care what I want.
If you're so displeased with Josh, why don't you shop around some?
Like Josh would let me.
Anyway, none of the guys are interested - and if they were, Josh would see to it that they became uninterested.
They figure Josh is tough competition - but do you really think Josh could scare them off if they knew you were interested?
What's so terrible about Josh, anyway?
It wasn't that she didn't want Josh.
She and Josh had always known each other.
Josh wasn't exactly the romantic type - nor was she.
Why couldn't Josh express his feelings for her in some way besides jealousy?
Josh wants to wear the pants, but he doesn't have much respect for a subservient woman.
Josh didn't know about the horse ranch, and she wasn't about to tell him - not as long as he was holding the goats over her head like a club.
"You know," she continued as she scooped grain into a stanchion, "it really galls me that Josh is always encouraging Lori with her work, but he never misses an opportunity to belittle mine.
Everyone teases him, you know - Josh and the goat lady.
I'd be less than honest if I said the security Josh can offer wasn't tempting - that and the idea of having an instant family.
His folks were there when I was born and they're like second parents to me, but I'm not going to marry Josh because I'm lonely and poor.
So you've just described Josh.
Josh is religious, but there aren't many men who would claim to understand women.
Open enough to see that Josh would be a fine catch... for someone.
If you have any problems, call Josh.
No need to rout Josh out and make him drive 60 miles for nothing.
Maybe it would be a good idea to run down to Josh's place and call the vet.
I seem to remember you moaning one time that Josh viewed you as nothing more than an arm ornament.
Normally it was Josh who showered her with wisdom, and it was somehow unseemly for this newcomer to take up where Josh had left off.
Looking up into his face, it occurred to her that he was considerably shorter than Josh, and yet he didn't seem short.
If he wasn't genuinely interested, he was going to be as bored as Josh was with the dairy.
We've already invited Bill, Lori and Josh.
It would be awkward enough talking to Josh, without having an audience.
At the restaurant, Alex whipped the car in between Josh's gray truck and Lori's little red sports car.
She lagged behind so he could open the restaurant door for them, but once inside he surrendered their care to Josh and Bill.
"Come on," Josh said curtly to Carmen, and led her to the table with a stride she couldn't hope to match.
Alex held a chair for Lori, and Josh glanced uncomfortably at Carmen, running a hand through unruly red hair as he spoke under his breath in a sarcastic tone.
Alex glanced at Josh as he lowered himself to the chair beside Lori.
If the displeased look on his face was any indication, he must have heard Josh.
Women like to be treated like ladies now and then, Josh.
Her tone was light, but Josh scowled at her.
Certainly she was more independent, but hadn't Josh become more assertive?
Knock it off, Josh.
Lori always did have a way with Josh, even back when they were kids and she had a monstrous crush on him.
Josh shot a disgusted look at Alex.
Lori wrinkled her nose at Josh.
He was rewarded with an adoring smile from Katie and a chuckle from Josh.
It was past nine when Alex and Josh paid their bills, and the faint sound of thunder met them at the door.
I'm going to get Josh.
Me, Lori, Josh and Bill.
Josh lifted her into his arms and started for the house.
Josh turned his head sharply and snorted.
"In the barn?" she asked innocently, and glanced up in time to see the poisonous look Josh was shooting at Alex.
She tugged the hood back over her head and glanced at Josh.
Josh had left childhood behind long ago and this little frolic in the snow probably looked anything but innocent to him.
It was time to give Josh some kind of answer.
It was unfair to string Josh along this way.
Josh glanced up from his plate of sausage and eggs and reached over, pulling out a chair for her.
She sipped her coffee, aware that Josh was watching her intently.
Josh shook his head.
Then she made a face at Josh and left the room.
Josh was silent until they heard the front door close.
Josh wasn't considering her obstacles.
Josh, have you ever considered the thought that we're not right for each other?
Oh Josh, get real.
Josh Reynolds, you can march your jealous carcass right out that door and don't you come back until you can talk to me like I'm a reasonably intelligent and decent person.
"Josh," she cried frantically.
Josh released her and turned on Alex, who waited tensely in the kitchen doorway; hopelessly outmatched, but obviously determined.
Even when Josh moved toward him with raised fists, Alex didn't falter.
Josh swung, and Alex ducked.
With lightning speed, Alex moved in close, jerking one of Josh's legs out from under him.
Josh hit the floor with enough force to take the breath out of the average man.
But Josh wasn't the average man.
Josh had the advantage of size, but Alex was faster.
Alex feigned and then hooked Josh's leg again with the toe of his boot, sending Josh to the floor twice in as many minutes.
Josh wasn't as fast to rise this time, and when he finally regained his footing, he shook his head.
Alex watched him suspiciously when he lifted his hands in submission, but Josh moved around him and left the house.
Josh was no stranger to a fistfight, and he was considered by many to be a formidable opponent.
Josh didn't walk away because he was afraid to tackle Alex.
Alex stared after Josh, obviously surprised by the unnecessary surrender.
Maybe Josh wasn't so crazy after all.
No wonder Josh was so concerned.
Josh was probably right about Alex, though.
Losing Josh was like losing a brother.
Certainly Josh never had.
If I need any help, I can always depend on Josh.
I want you to come to me all sweet and willing - without dragging Josh along.
In the kitchen after Josh left, and here now, when she had willingly danced with him.
And hadn't she thrown Josh at him?
She and Josh had everything in common, yet there were no sparks.
It was a contradictory thought - and totally unfair to Josh.
If he had known what was happening, Josh would have unselfishly given his instant support.
Josh's words crept through her mind like an icy wind.
Josh had always been a good judge of character.
Katie could never handle the place on her own and Carmen refused to let her recruit Josh.
Remember good old Josh?
I just thought... well, it never occurred to me that Josh would do such a thing.
Where is Josh now?
I took care of the goats this morning and Josh will take care of them tonight.
Josh is taking care of the goats?
Leave it to Josh to be so callused.
And yet, it had been Josh who had stood vigil beside her sick bed, not Alex.
Yet, when Josh arrived that evening, she was napping.
Josh stood and cleared his throat.
Josh shrugged and glanced at Carmen.
but Josh lifted a hand.
Instead, she discovered it was Josh.
Why would Josh pay something so expensive?
She had missed Josh, but it wasn't the gut-wrenching loneliness she felt when Alex left.
Maybe that was because Josh was only a mile down the road.
Anyway, if money were the only issue, she should find Josh irresistible.
Of course, Josh was as good looking, if not better looking in a rugged kind of way.
Everyone still thought she was going to marry Josh.
Alex and Lori had been gone over two hours when Josh drove into the yard.
Then he shut the door and glanced at Josh's truck - and the barn.
Actually, until she met Alex, even she had assumed that Josh would eventually be her husband - though she wasn't in any big hurry.
Hadn't she been drifting from Josh for the last few months - before she knew anything about Alex?
Still, marrying Josh while another man was so capable of lighting her fire didn't seem fair - especially when Josh couldn't.
But all she managed to do was arouse Josh.
Another would be Josh, because you are still considering him.
He was the third man - the only man for her, because he could do something that neither her father nor Josh could.
Now she couldn't marry Josh - and couldn't bring herself to break the news to him.
Alex might have given up on her, but Josh had doubled his efforts.
The man in her dreams often started out as Josh, but always ended up being Alex.
Alex was on his feet instantly, watching Josh intently.
He stepped away from her, facing off with Josh.
Josh smiled without humor.
Carmen lunged at Josh, grabbing his arm and jerking on it.
Josh glanced down at her coldly and flexed his arm.
She fell to the floor and Alex glanced at her, allowing his attention to stray from Josh for a second.
Josh swung at Alex, grazing his head with a fist as Alex ducked.
She stepped in between them again, distracting Alex to the point that Josh came close to hitting him.
But before she could get out of the way, Josh bounced a blow off her shoulder.
Wincing, she fell to the floor, turning pleading eyes on Josh.
Alex glanced up at Josh coolly.
Josh shook a finger at Alex.
What had Josh caught Alex and Lori doing?
And why was Josh worried about what might be happening between Alex and Lori, anyway?
Josh was making fight sounds, but if he had wanted to fight Alex, nothing she could have done would have stopped him.
She turned to Josh.
Josh wiped his forehead with a sleeve and gazed down at her.
She stood beside Alex and listened to the truck door slam and the engine race when Josh started it.
After Josh left the farm, she stared at the empty doorway.
So when Lori picked him up again Easter Sunday morning, Carmen said nothing - except a prayer that Josh wouldn't catch him.
If Alex was interested in Lori, Josh had no right to insist he make an honest woman of Carmen.
Apparently Josh thought they were having an affair.
They were doing exactly what Josh had thought.
The only thing Josh didn't know was that Alex had stopped when she protested.
And yet his only attempt at defense had been to tell Josh that things weren't as they appeared.
And hadn't he told Josh that it wasn't what it looked like - when it was exactly what it looked like?
Was he telling her to scratch Josh's name off her list?
Anyway, I was causing enough trouble between you and Josh as it was - and I wasn't sure where you stood with him.
Do you honestly think there could be anything between Josh and me after that scene in the barn yesterday?
If it is, I can get Bill or Josh to move it.
Sure, she and Josh had their share of ups and downs, but never like this.
I wasn't here five minutes before you mentioned Josh.
"Josh didn't," she shot at him.
Beat me over the head with Josh.
I don't want Josh.
Maybe Josh never pushed me about sex because we're too much like sister and brother.
I'm afraid if I don't do something soon, Josh is going to get you back.
Josh can't give me anything more than you can.
She walked two miles to Josh's place.
Josh wasn't alone, though.
She shouldn't have walked in unannounced - but who would have thought Josh would be doing something like that?
Lori didn't surprise her, but with Josh?
Lori had never made a secret of her feelings for Josh.
Even Josh had known.
Carmen glanced back to see a red-faced Josh striding toward her, still tucking in his shirt.
Josh strode off toward his truck.
Josh was jumping to conclusions again.
Finally something was working out for Josh.
Has Josh been by?
Josh said the engine is shot.
The city slicker and the country hick - even Josh had warned her.
If you have to marry Josh to get that happiness.
She raced for the barn, for the first time wishing she had invested in that rifle Josh wanted her to buy.
Was it possible that Josh had heard the noise and was checking?
A vehicle door slammed and Josh was yelling for her to get back.
Josh yelled at her as he approached Brutus.
Josh grabbed the sack and pulled Brutus along.
Josh stared at her.
Josh strolled across the room and glanced down at her - misreading her expression, as usual.
Josh was behind Alex, and he grinned at Carmen.
Josh wasn't concerned about Alex making a pass at Carmen.
Josh left, not knowing what had come between them.
Josh, Bill and Alex had gone hunting for them the day after the attack, but they lost the trail in some rocks on her back 40 acres.
Josh was certain it was a pack, not simply a gathering of neighbor dogs.
A gray truck stopped at the gate and she waved at Josh.
Josh was living proof.
Behind her, Josh roared his engine as he turn the truck around, and slung gravel on the road as he took off.
It was in her mind to go back up the hill and check on Alex when she saw Josh pull up at the gate.
Josh pulled his truck through the gate and leaped out, grabbing his shotgun from the rack behind the seat.
Josh grabbed her arm.
Josh vaulted the fence and raced up the hill, only to stop in surprise as Alex emerged from the trees riding a horse colored enough like Ed to be his twin.
"I've got my mind made up," Josh responded testily.
My loss is your gain, Josh.
What she needed was a little of that stuff she had been pitching at Josh... trust.
Under the circumstances, Carmen didn't want to drive Alex's truck, so she accepted Josh and Lori's invitation to ride with them.
"No," Josh answered, pointing to an empty chair beside Carmen.
Carmen frowned at Josh.
Josh took a sip of his drink.
Josh eyed Carmen skeptically.
So why had he challenged Josh?
Because he thought she and Josh were discussing their engagement, not Lori and Josh.
His voice faded off as he realized that Lori and Josh were sitting at the opposite end of the table from Carmen.
Briefly: Josh thought you were chasing Lori so he told you to knock it off.
I didn't know you thought Josh and I were engaged.
I believe this dinner is for Josh and Lori.
Had he seen Josh pick her up?
And when I came out of those trees, I thought the worst too... when I saw you and Josh together.
You were afraid I would drop you and marry Josh.
Last, but not least, was Josh.
From the expression on Lori's face at those times, she didn't think the romance was over either – at least not for Josh.
Even Josh couldn't contain a chuckle.
The last two men Alex knew well, Josh and Paul.
Paul shook his hand, but Josh suddenly found interest in the dust on his boots.
Whether or not Josh was civil to him wouldn't make or break his day.
Josh still had his nose out of joint about Carmen.
Josh took the sandwiches.
She was sure stubborn about the goats with Josh.
That's because Josh gave her an ultimatum... him or the goats.
I think that was the only reason she and Josh became an item.
I knew she didn't really love Josh, but I didn't know how to tell them – or even if I should.
Josh was so jealous.
If Josh admired him, he certainly hid it well.
"Josh was always so possessive about her," Mrs. Reynolds continued, shaking her head.
Josh had only been married to Lori a few months.
In actually, she was accepted because she was Josh's wife.
Carmen was only two years younger than Josh, so it was no surprise that they had become inseparable playmates.
Carmen and Josh had never discussed marriage.
What Josh represented to her at that time was security and family.
"So did Josh," Mary said without looking up from the magazine she was flipping through.
Josh had saved her life on more than one occasion.
Maybe that was why Josh had never shown much interest in her then.
Still, even knowing that Lori was interested in Josh, it was hard to imagine that she wasn't attracted to Alex.
Even Josh had said something to indicate a relationship between the two of them existed.
But again, if that were the most important issue, she should have married Josh.
She sucked in her breath quickly and then let it escape in a relieved sigh when she realized it was Josh.
Josh towered over her, gazing down at her with those unreadable gray eyes.
"Yeah," Josh ran a hand through his hair.
What did Josh want?
Josh said something to upset you, didn't he?
That idea hadn't troubled her with Josh – possibly because she had never thought of them as a married couple?
First there had been her father and then Josh.
Maintaining a relationship with Josh was exhausting enough.
Josh must be working in the field today.
Josh was glowering at her.
Josh stared at her swim suit, his expression swinging back and fourth from surprise to embarrassment.
Why is Josh calling you, and what's he bothering you about?
Josh was the last person on earth she wanted to talk to right now.
Footsteps sounded behind her and she whirled, half expecting to see Josh.
Josh knew she was afraid of storms, but now he had Lori to think about.
Josh was the only one who ever understood.
I don't compare you to Josh.
What did Josh want this time?
Josh slid out of his truck and glanced down at the old house.
In fact, he never liked Josh too well - but what man does like a boy who is going to take his little girl away?
For some reason, Dad simply didn't care for Josh... never did.
Or maybe he knew his little girl wasn't really in love with Josh.
Josh shifted from one foot to another.
I didn't give up anything, Josh.
I don't love you, Josh.
We are waiting, Josh.
A white truck pulled into the yard but Josh didn't look that way.
Did Josh plan this?
"Go home to Lori, Josh," she said gently.
Josh dropped his arms and turned away.
Did Alex suspect that Josh was still interested in her, or was he trying to say that she should be sleeping with Alex?
Did Josh tell him?
His house was built on a tree-covered knoll overlooking her farm, but part of Josh's land was visible from their porch.
Josh's house wasn't visible, but it was only about a quarter of a mile from her drive.
Lori and Josh's relationship was the one in trouble.
I never had torrid thoughts about Josh.
Actually, he never liked Josh much.
He thought Josh was a superb farmer.
Does Josh like animals?
As she turned to leave the barn, Josh stepped through the door.
He sounded like he had been drinking, but Josh didn't touch liquor.
Josh, this is between you and Lori.
Josh took her by the arm and leaned down, brushing her lips with his before she realized his intent.
Leave me alone, Josh.
As she surged forward to get away from Josh, a ripping sound followed her.
One glance back revealed that Josh was still in pursuit.
Josh was instantly beside her, grabbing her arm and twisting her to face him.
Surely she hadn't saved herself for Alex only to have Josh take her by force.
Josh relaxed his grip and she jerked her arm free.
Josh remained sitting in the hay, staring at her as if confused by her response.
Josh stood and brushed his clothing off, watching her warily as he stepped around her.
Josh doesn't drink, so I'm sure that was all it took.
Did he talk to Josh yet, or was that what he was doing now?
The idea of what Josh might do made her stomach contract.
Alex thought he could handle Josh.
Alex had been no match for Josh there in her kitchen, but he had certainly done well for himself.
And then again weeks later when Josh had caught them kissing in the barn.
Both times Josh had walked away without harming Alex.
But Josh had not been motivated enough to hurt him.
Now Alex was only days away from assuming the role Josh had always considered his.
Josh was married to Lori now, but he was territorial.
If Alex tried to tell him what to do, Josh might lose his temper.
It crossed her mind to call him, but if he was with Josh, that might be a trigger.
On the other hand, maybe he decided not to talk to Josh.
Did you talk to Josh?
Josh said he wouldn't come around me until after the wedding, didn't he?
Any time Alex didn't mind when she brought up Josh, it left her a little nervous.
You were engaged to Josh.
I was NOT engaged to Josh!
Actually, Josh did ask her, but she had never answered.
The Sycamore tree that had fallen on it had been removed by Josh, Bill, Alex and Mr. Reynolds using a chain saw and good old-fashioned elbow grease.
She and Josh had discovered a different route.
As far as she knew, only she, Josh and Dad had been there.
"Josh," he stated, still watching her intently.
As for Josh, he's still hoping you'll change your mind.
Josh wouldn't do that to Lori.
Somehow it seemed that Josh knew her concern.
Josh was in his field digging fence post holes when she passed.
If she had married Josh, she would probably have been out there in the hot sun working with him.
Josh was watching her with a strange expression.
Josh squatted beside her, eyeing the pond with a sour expression.
So why had she married Josh?
Josh was watching her, waiting for an answer.
I don't think I'm the one you should ask about that, Josh.
Alex wants a baby, Josh.
This is something really important, Josh.
There never was an us, Josh.
Josh walked away, shaking his head.
Josh couldn't claim he didn't know before he married her – or became involved with her, for that matter.
How did he know Josh had been there?
For Lori and Josh, they were like building blocks being torn down.
Did Josh and Lori actually love each other?
Hopefully it wouldn't involve Josh – or Lori, for that matter.
Yet, if his interest in her was fading, surely he wouldn't be so concerned about Josh.
She was reaching for her phone when she saw Josh coming up the hill.
Josh could help with this issue.
Josh eyed Brutus and then shook his head.
Josh stared at her for a moment and then a lopsided smile twisted his lips.
Josh continued to watch her.