Bryson City Seasons — Lost Boy (Part 2)

This is from the thirty-sixth chapter from my best-selling book, Bryson City Seasons, which is the sequel to Bryson City TalesI hope that you’ll enjoy going back to Bryson City with me each week and that if you do, you’ll be sure to invite your friends and family to join us.


As Rick went inside to call the police, I felt like crying or throwing up—or both. I sat down on the stoop next to Barb and tried to put my arm around her shoulder. She pulled away from me, her head in her hands—continuing to sob.

As I turned my head away from Barb and toward the hospital, I saw either a mirage or a miracle. I couldn’t believe my eyes! I actually rubbed them and looked again. There at the end of our driveway and walking toward us was Louise in her crisp, white nurse’s uniform. No, she wasn’t walking. She was marching! And smiling—a brilliant, white “I know something you don’t know” smile. And in her arms was Scott!

I slowly stood—in disbelief—as my jaw fell open for the sec- ond time that day. “Barb, look! Rick, come here!” I heard Barb gasp and then felt her brush by me as she began to run down the driveway toward Louise, with Rick and I hot on her tail.

“Barb, is this your son?” cried Louise before Barb reached her.

“Scoot. Oh my goodness. Oh yes!” exclaimed Barb between sobs.

Louise held Scott out, and Barb grabbed him into her arms, holding him tight and continuing to sob—but this time tears of relief and joy.

“Where’d you find him?” asked Rick as he ran up beside us. “I didn’t find him, Dr. Pyeritz.”
“Then who did?”

“Well, the sheriff was drivin’ up Hospital Hill bringin’ a prisoner up here for you to see. Halfway up the hill, about two hun- dred feet from your house, he saw this little blond-headed boy walkin’ right smack down the middle of the road. So he stopped to pick him up, put him in the backseat for the prisoner to hold, and brung him up to my emergency room.”

“And you knew it was Scott!” Barb cried.

“Well, not really, Barb. I just knew he was a little boy. I began to think to myself, ‘Louise, who do I know what has a little boy?’ I gotta confess, I didn’t think of you and Dr. Larimore. I knew you took better care of your kids than that.”

That stung. But Louise picked up the pain in my expression. “No offense meant.”

“None taken, Louise.”

Louise continued. “Well, Maxine came down and saw him and said, ‘That there is Dr. Larimore’s little boy. Shore ’nuff is.’ I was confounded for sure. ’Cause I’ll tell you the honest truth—I can’t tell the difference between white kids. They all look the same to me.”

Rick and I smiled at each other.

“Thanks, Louise. You’re a lifesaver!” exclaimed Barb. “Thanks for bringing my baby home!”

Barb turned to go inside with Scott in her arms. Rick and I were left with Louise.

“Were one of you supposed to be watching that young’un?” asked Louise in her most condescending voice.

We both nodded our heads like schoolboys caught red-handed in a prank.

“I wouldn’t want to be in your shoes.” She turned and left. “I don’t want to be in my shoes either,” I said.

“Well,” Rick said, “let’s go in and face the music.”



  1. Dead Man Standing (Part 1) (Part 2)(Part 3)
  2. Eyes Wide Open (Part 1)(Part 2)
  3. Auspicious Accidents (Part 1)(Part 2)
  4. Answered Prayers (Part 1), (Part 2), (Part 3), (Part 4)
  5. Rotary Luncheon
  6. Death by Emotion (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)(Part 4)
  7. The Invitation (Part 1)(Part 2)
  8. Barbecue and Bacon (Part 1)(Part 2)
  9. A Touchy Subject
  10. Family Time (Part 1)(Part 2)
  11. Chicken Pops(Part 1)(Part 2)
  12. Swain County Football (Part 1)(Part 2)
  13. Hospital Politics (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  14. The Bobcat Attacks (Part 1)(Part 2)
  15. Dungeons and Apples
  16. A Tale of Two Surgeons (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  17. Tanned Feets (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  18. Wise Counsel (Part 1)(Part 2)
  19. An Anniversary to Remember (Part 1)(Part 2)
  20. Mrs. Black Fox (Part 1)(Part 2)
  21. The Littlest Cherokee (Part 1)(Part 2)
  22. Christmas Firsts (Part 1)(Part 2)
  23. The Silver Torpedo
  24. Another New Year’s Catch
  25. Turned Tables
  26. Doctor Dad (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  27. The Phone Tap (Part 1), (Part 2)
  28. Labor Pains (Part 1), (Part 2)
  29. Staph and Staff (Part 1), (Part 2)
  30. The Ribbon Cutting
  31. Mountain Breakfast
  32. Walkingstick (Part 1), (Part 2)
  33. One Big Fish
  34. Memorial Day (Part 1); (Part 2)
  35. The Parade of the Century (Part 1)
  36. Lost Boy (Part 1); (Part 2)


  1. The Murder (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  2. The Arrival (Part 1)(Part 2)
  3. The Hemlock Inn (Part 1)(Part 2)
  4. The Grand Tour (Part 1)(Part 2)
  5. The Interview (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  6. Settling In (Part 1)(Part 2)
  7. First-Day Jitters (Part 1)(Part 2)
  8. Emergency (Part 1)(Part 2)
  9. The Delivery (Part 1)(Part 2)
  10. The “Expert” (Part 1)(Part 2)
  11. The Trial (Part 1)(Part 2)
  12. Shiitake Sam (Part 1)(Part 2)
  13. Wet Behind the Ears (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  14. Lessons in Daily Practice (Part 1) — Anal Angina(Part 2)(Part 3)(Part 4)
  15. White Lies
  16. The Epiphany (Part 1)(Part 2)
  17. Becoming Part of the Team (Part 1)(Part 2)
  18. Monuments (Part 1)(Part 2)
  19. My First Home Victory (Part 1)(Part 2)
  20. Fisher of Men (Part 1)(Part 2)
  21. Fly-Fishing (Part 1); (Part 2)
  22. Something Fishy (Part 1)(Part 2)
  23. A Good Day at the Office
  24. An Evening to Remember
  25. Another New Doc Comes to Town
  26. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (Part 1)(Part 2)
  27. A Surprising Gift
  28. The New Year (Part 1)(Part 2)
  29. The Home Birth (Part1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  30. The Showdown (Part1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  31. The Initiation (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  32. Home at Last (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)  

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