Esme had lived alone in the cabin high in the mountains as long as she could remember, getting by on what she could find and on ‘make do and mend’. She liked it that way. People were a nuisance like the wolves and the bears – only more dangerous.
So when she found the unconscious man she was half-inclined to leave him be. But of course, she took him in and saw him right.
Two years later Esme regretted her decision as the mining company began to rip up her mountain on the report of the freelance geologist she had saved.