Before leaving to go and find Jessica, Peter instructed Bill to call Jessica's mom and tell her what was going on. "One of us should be here if Jessica's mom shows up, or if Jessica comes back to the camp," he told him. "I think I should be the one to go and look for her. Even though I didn't do it intentionally, I hurt her feelings. I need to talk to her." He suddenly felt a wave of guilt rush over him, and tears clogged his throat. "Bill, what kind of camp counselor am I? How could I have missed that Jessica and Susan's friendship was being torn up because of a mutual crush on me, or the fact that Jessica probably has a troubled home life? I'm supposed to know these things! How will I ever be able to take care of my own kids when I can't even take care of the ones at the camp?"Bill reached over and gave his brother a hug. "Peter, it's not your fault. We're camp counselors, not mind readers. Until now, Susan and Jessica didn't tell us what was going on with them. Now we know, and we're going to fix things. Come on, bro, let's pray for Jesus to protect Jessica and you to find her." Both Peter and Bill closed their eyes, and Bill led them in prayer. "Dear Heavenly Father, please be with all of us in this crisis. Please watch over Jessica, wherever she's at, and please give Peter success in finding her.""And dear Heavenly Father, please give me the words to say to Jessica. Please help her to understand that, although I love her in a different way than she loves me, I love her very much and that I didn't mean to hurt her," Peter added.As soon as the two men were finished with their prayer, Bill went to call Jessica's mother and the forest rangers, and Peter went off to search for Jessica. Susan, still feeling bad about the things she said to Jessica during their argument, wanted to go with Peter, but because of the dangers of the woods at night, Peter instructed Susan to remain at camp. Peter took everything with him when he went to look for Jessica---a flashlight, a rope, and a first aid kit with every possible first aid item in it.Jessica wandered through the woods, not knowing where she was going, but not stopping until she found a place where someone would love her. She hadn't found a place where someone would love her yet. At home, all her mom did was scream at her and make her feel like nothing she ever did was good enough. At camp, she ttried to make herself look nice and risked a friendship over Peter, only to find he was marrying someone else. She didn't care where she went, as long as she went to a place where she knew she would be loved. She walked on and on and on, but when five hours had passed, it was really dark, and she couldn't find any people. She soon stopped being able to see where she was going, and she fell down a steep ridge and skinned her arms and her legs up badly. She fell so hard that it hurt too much for her to be able to get back up. Suddenly she heard wolves start to howl in a distance, and she started to cry. "Dear Jesus, I am so sorry I ran away. I should never have left the camp. Jesus, please help someone find me before the wild animals eat me," she prayed.Just then she heard the sound of footsteps coming closer to her. Someone was walking toward her. Jessica looked up. It was Peter! "Counselor Peter!" she cried, relieved. She was so happy that Jesus had answered her prayers for rescue that tears started running down her cheeks. She continued to cry in pain. "Oh, I can't get up! I fell pretty hard, and I'm all scraped up!""It's OK, sweetie, don't try to get up," Peter said gently as he stroked her hair. He removed his backpack and took out the first aid kit and canteen of water. He used the water to wash off Jessica's bleeding cuts and scrapes, then poured antiseptic on all of them. Once he applied some salve and bandaged her up, he gently picked her up and began carrying her back toward the camp. He had learned to follow the stars to get back to camp. Suddenly he heard the wolves howling. More animals were making noise."We may not be able to make it back tonight," he said. "The wild animals are really coming out tonight. We need a place of shelter. Come on, let's go look." He looked and looked until finally he found a cabin. Peter walked up to the cabin, still holding Jessica. He knocked on the cabin door, but no one answered. He peeked in, but no one was inside. "I guess it's abandoned," he said to Jessica. "Well, let's go on in. Once you're in bed and you've gotten a good night's sleep, you should feel better in the morning." He walked into the cabin and found a room with a bed in it. He laid Jessica in it and tucked her in. "Jessica, you have no idea how scared Bill and I were. Why did you run away?"
"I thought no one loved me. My mom's always yelling at me. She's been that way since I was little, and I don't understand. Nothing I ever do is good enough for her. If I get all A's and one B, she asks why I didn't get all A's. If I misspell a word on a paper I write, she'll get on my case. I can't count how many times she criticizes me. Then at camp I lose my friendship with Susan because we both like you, and you don't even like me!" Jessica was sobbing.Peter gently stroked Jessica's hair. "Jessica, I'm sorry for the way your mom treats you. I don't know why she does that, but you don't deserve it. You're great. And Bill and I do care. We love all of the campers who come. My marrying Macy has nothing to do with you. I've known her longer, and...well, I wouldn't be able to marry or date a teenager. That's against the law. I love Macy and I am going to marry her, but I love you and all of the campers very much. I don't love you guys less than I love Macy, but I love you in a different way. The love I feel for you campers is not romantic, but it is an important kind of love. It's the kind of love that is always willing to listen to your problems and be there when you need me and keep you guys safe."Jessica smiled. "That makes me feel better," she said.Peter smiled back. "Someday, sweetheart, you will meet a nice, Christian man you will fall in love with. He'll fall in love with you, and you guys will get married." He yawned. "It's late. I'm going to sleep on the couch in the living room, but if you need me, come and get me," he said. He placed a fatherly kiss on Jessica's forehead. They said goodnight, and they each went to sleep.