Celine's big blue eyes watched Colt for a moment. Then as Darke started to go Celine looked startled. But she was already going and somehow the kit kept herself from running after her. She looked back up at Colt uncertainly.
Then the purest thing broke on her face. She smiled. She smiled up at him and her blue eyes shone like the depths of the glittering ocean.
"All my friends have daddies," she said softly. "Now I have one too!" She reached out with one hand and grabbed on to Colt's pant leg. She held on with a tight fist...as though he'd run off if she let go.