I wakened shortly after sunrise. The pale May sunshine was showering through the spruces, and achill, inspiring wind was tossing the boughs about."Felix, wake up," I whispered, shaking him."What's the matter?" he murmured reluctantly."It's morning. Let's get up and go down and out. I can't wait another minute to see the placesfather has told us of."We slipped out of bed and dressed, without arousing Dan, who was still slumbering soundly, hismouth wide open, and his bed-clothes kicked off on the floor. I had hard work to keep Felix fromtrying to see if he could "shy" a marble into that tempting open mouth. I told him it would wakenDan, who would then likely insist on getting up and accompanying us, and it would be so muchnicer to go by ourselves for the first time.Everything was very still as we crept downstairs. Out in the kitchen we heard some one, presumably Uncle Alec, lighting the fire; but the heart of house had not yet begun to beat for theday.