ADD TO GOODREADS
I’d just straightened
up the pile of mats when a scraping sound caught my attention. Raising the
blinds, I looked out the window and saw Rachel standing in the middle of the
road, shovel in hand, pushing the snow into big piles. She’d got about ten feet
of road cleared in addition to her car.
really think she could plow the fucking road between here and the highway? It
was miles of road!
“Son of a
bitch.” I ran out of the room. Three steps later, I almost tripped over Blue in
the hallway. He’d taken up a post between me and the doorway, almost like he
couldn’t decide who he should be guarding. “Hey, boy. You okay?”
Blue sat up
with a whine and swung his head toward the front door.
think we gotta talk some sense in her. She can’t plow the fucking road all by
herself. Come on.” I grabbed my coat next to the door and pulled it on over my
naked chest. My shirt was balled up somewhere in Cole’s home gym. I shoved my
bare feet into my boots next to the door and half-assedly laced them up. Blue
whined next to me, urging me to hurry. I ripped open the door, and Blue bounded
out, with me close on his heels.
hell are you doing, woman!” I shouted before I met up with Rachel.
at me then bent down to pet Blue. “What does it look like?”
like you’re fucking insane. You do know there’s like five miles of road between
us and the highway, right? Are you planning on plowing the whole fucking thing
“I have to
do something!” Rachel waved an agitated hand as she stood back up to face me.
“I can’t just sit here and wait for someone to call or show up. I have people
waiting on me—my family is counting on me.”
I don’t know that? You think the same fucking thing isn’t happening to me right
now? I was supposed to be at work today too. Our scariest fucking client is
expecting a bike delivery today, and
I’m not gonna be there to stand between him and my brother. That’s my job!
That’s what I’ve done my whole life, and today I’m not gonna be there. I won’t
be there to protect him.”
stared back at me with wide eyes, and her mouth opened and closed like a fish.
I sighed as
some of my anger melted away at Rachel’s bewilderment.
meant to reveal so much. My shit was my shit. No one else needed to know what
was really going on in my life—least of all a piece of ass I’d hooked up with
for a night. I just had so much anger pent up. Booze hadn’t helped. Exercise
hadn’t helped. Really the only thing that’d worked was when I had her naked and
under me, but that’d never happen again.
I needed to
get my shit under control.
sorry, okay?” I reached over and gently took the snow shovel out of her hands.
“We all have shit—that’s all I’m saying. Well, that, and there’s no way either
of us is going to be able to dig our way out of this mess. There’s too much
road between us and the highway. It’s dangerous. We’re better off waiting until
the plow comes. I don’t know where the hell Cole’s business manager is, but he
still hasn’t called me back. If you’d like, I can call around and see if I can
find another service.”
her lip and looked down the long, snow-covered road, her brow wrinkled.
eyes shot to mine. “It’s not the money that’s bothering me. Well, it is, ‘cause
I can’t afford it, but I’m worried about the weather. There’s supposed to be
another system moving in this afternoon. If we can’t get out of here by noon, I
doubt you’ll find another outfit willing to come out in the middle of another
storm. We could be trapped here overnight again.”
slowly. “I’ll get on the horn and see if we can get you home to your little boy
sooner than later.”
Gillian has a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering but
prefers to spend her time on happily ever after. She writes the kind of stories
she loves to read—the hotter the better!
When Gillian’s not pounding away on the keyboard, she can be
found surfing the couch indulging in her latest reality tv fixation, baking
something ridiculously tasty (and horrible for her waist line) or snuggling
with her husband.
Home is currently in the wilds of Nevada with her amazing
husband, ridiculously cute kiddo, and goofy dog.
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