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  • Is the ranch far from here?

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  • After that other people brought water from a brook and sprinkled the earth.

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  • What are you going to hide from me that I haven't already seen?

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  • He leaped from his horse.

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  • Unhitch those tugs, Zeb, and set me free from the buggy, so I can fight comfortably.

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  • The sparkle faded from his eyes, leaving them soft sweet chocolate pools.

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  • Water was dripping from the trees, and the grass was wet.

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  • He got his satchel from the buggy and, opening it, took out two deadly looking revolvers that made the children shrink back in alarm just to look at.

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  • "Cheep! cheep! cheep!" came from the wet grass.

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  • She retrieved them from her purse and handed them to him.

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  • The only bait he could find was a bright red blossom from a flower; but he knew fishes are easy to fool if anything bright attracts their attention, so he decided to try the blossom.

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  • Then he took from his pocket a sheet of paper on which some verses were written.

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  • The Christmas tree could only be seen from the back of the house, but that didn't matter.

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  • In just eighteen months from now, we will have duplicated that again and effectively doubled our computation power.

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  • Sure, but we don't need that from the technology.

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  • They used to hang in long festoons from our porch, filling the whole air with their fragrance, untainted by any earthy smell; and in the early morning, washed in the dew, they felt so soft, so pure, I could not help wondering if they did not resemble the asphodels of God's garden.

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  • The next moment a broad-leaved plant was jerked from the ground where it grew and held suspended in the air before the Wizard.

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  • Alex said from the doorway.

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  • "Stith! stith! stith!" came from the leafy branches above them.

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  • He got down from his horse and very gently took the little ones up in his big warm hands.

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  • From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats.

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  • This is the only way, we say; but there are as many ways as there can be drawn radii from one centre.

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  • We were lucky to get away from those dreadful vegetable people.

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  • Anna Pavlovna's alarm was justified, for Pierre turned away from the aunt without waiting to hear her speech about Her Majesty's health.

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  • From time to time she smoothed the folds of her dress, and whenever the story produced an effect she glanced at Anna Pavlovna, at once adopted just the expression she saw on the maid of honor's face, and again relapsed into her radiant smile.

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  • I slipped from my mother's lap and almost ran toward them.

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  • Carmen refrained from looking at Alex or displaying the shock she felt at the introduction of two more siblings he had never mentioned - an entire family.

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  • The school was more than a mile from their home, and the children trotted along as fast as their short legs could carry them.

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  • She pushed the thought from her mind and turned to him.

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  • The day before they were scheduled to leave, Alex came home from work and asked to see the tickets.

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  • He pulled away from her, propping up on an elbow as he studied her face.

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  • A few impressions stand out vividly from the first years of my life; but "the shadows of the prison-house are on the rest."

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  • The family on my father's side is descended from Caspar Keller, a native of Switzerland, who settled in Maryland.

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  • He is the well-known Prince Bolkonski who had to retire from the army under the late Emperor, and was nicknamed 'the King of Prussia.'

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  • But scarcely had Pierre uttered these words before he was attacked from three sides.

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  • From the hall of the nobility the Emperor went to that of the merchants.

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  • From the garden it looked like an arbour.

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  • Is the gulf far from here?

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  • He came up behind her and took the coffee cup from her hands, sitting it on the table.

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  • This child, who is from the crust of the earth, like yourself, called you a Wizard.

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  • His fingers unwrapped from her wrists and his warm palms caressed hers.

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  • From the corner of her eye, she saw Alex watching her.

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  • I guess violet eyes are unusual, but I think they look the same from my viewpoint.

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  • We're running into a little turbulence from the storm.

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  • A quick look revealed the speedometer was nearing the ninety mark - or did it merely look like it from her seat?

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  • He dismounted and retrieved the snakes from the sand.

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  • Pierre was among those who saw him come out from the merchants' hall with tears of emotion in his eyes.

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  • His empty gaze shifted momentarily from the window to her face.

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  • Her dark hair was pulled back severely from a narrow face.

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  • Finally she pushed away from his embrace.

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  • The belt buckle that deflected the knife from his heart was now irritating the scar.

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  • He turned from the mirror and gazed down at her solemnly.

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  • Then he got into the buggy again and took the reins, and the horse at once backed away from the tree, turned slowly around, and began to trot down the sandy road which was just visible in the dim light.

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  • All of our Princes and Rulers have grown upon this one bush from time immemorial.

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  • Just then his eye fell upon the lanterns and the can of kerosene oil which Zeb had brought from the car of his balloon, and he got a clever idea from those commonplace things.

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  • Next the Wizard poured a pool of oil from the can upon the glass floor, where it covered quite a broad surface.

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  • From their elevated position they could overlook the entire valley, but not a single moving object could they see.

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  • "Where did you come from?" asked Dorothy, wonderingly.

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  • In this country, as in all others they had visited underneath the earth's surface, there was no night, a constant and strong light coming from some unknown source.

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  • But it is the biggest, best store ever, where you can buy anything from anywhere, based on reviews by other buyers, at a discount, and have it gift wrapped, engraved, altered, drop-shipped, and probably delivered by tomorrow.

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  • Think about it this way: All the technology accumulated from the dawn of time to today has given us a certain amount of processing power.

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  • From this period came some of humanity's greatest masterpieces, including St. Peter's Basilica, Da Vinci's Last Supper, Michelangelo's Pieta, and hundreds of other instantly recognizable artistic treasures.

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  • The coop was a comfortable 48°F - warm enough to keep the eggs from freezing, but cold enough that the chickens didn't get shocked by the temperature change when they went out of the coop.

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  • He felt that his words, apart from what meaning they conveyed, were less audible than the sound of his opponent's voice.

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  • I just wondered how you felt about him hiding things from you.

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  • Felipa took her from his arms and held her.

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  • His cool gaze shifted idly from Felipa to Señor Medena.

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  • Señor Medena was watching Alex, but from the corner of her eye Carmen could see Alex was looking out the window.

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  • We... actually, I... was thinking about adopting a few wild horses from out west where they have too many.

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  • More than likely the correction was to prevent her from being embarrassed.

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  • From the foyer, they entered a huge room with a wide staircase that curved gracefully from the balcony on the second floor.

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  • Alex retrieved her from Felipa and shifted her so that she sat on his arm, one of her arms around his neck.

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  • Carmen grabbed a napkin and began wiping the mashed potatoes from her hand.

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  • Waiting until they were out of view from the men at the corral, Carmen rode up beside Alex.

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  • Her anxious gaze went from Carmen to Alex and back again.

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  • Getting no response from Alex, he shrugged and turned to his desk.

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  • From behind them, Felipa's amused voice teased.

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  • If he hadn't hid it from her all this time, it wouldn't be such a shock.

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  • It wasn't the first time she had gone to bed while he was out on a call, but it was the first time she had done so away from home.

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  • If this was what defined a vacation away from home, she'd just as soon stay at home.

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  • She kissed his lips softly and rolled away from him.

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  • Her calculating gaze ran over Carmen from head to toe and she smiled.

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  • From there the horse dashed in and out of the poles and came to a stop on his haunches.

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  • The smile faded from his lips and he motioned for Jonathan to join him.

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  • Emerging from the bathroom an hour later half asleep, she put the new nightgown on and climbed into bed.

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  • In the morning she opened her eyes to find Destiny's face only inches away from hers.

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  • Maybe getting away from Dulce had helped.

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  • "These are from Alex," she said, and handed her matching earrings.

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  • We all knew about his family, but the way he acted, it was as if he wanted to hide them from us.

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  • If Alex felt the need to protect her from Gerald, maybe she shouldn't be dancing with him.

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  • Getting information about him from Katie is too much work.

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  • I think maybe Alex married you to get away from his family.

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  • His gaze shifted away from her.

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  • His gaze traveled over her face expressionlessly as they danced away from the spot.

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  • I just wish you'd stop hiding everything from me.

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  • It wasn't my intent to hide anything from you.

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  • He took the glass from her hand and sipped it.

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  • She had to grab it to keep it from falling to the floor.

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  • The way he acted tonight was a little too much like he did when he came home from the hospital.

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  • Alex unbuckled her from the bumper seat and carried her into the house.

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  • Dulce motioned to Carmen from a hallway, so Carmen told Alex to take the children up and she would be up shortly.

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  • Carmen took the picture from her hand and studied it.

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  • Carmen was looking at someone behind the camera and Alex was looking at a girl who stood about five feet from him.

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  • She reached out and took the picture from his hand.

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  • Maybe she thinks I'm the only thing keeping you from doing that.

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  • From that point on it was a nightmare.

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  • She bit her lips to keep them from quivering and blinked her eyes to get rid of the blur.

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  • She pushed away from Alex, removing her hand from her mouth.

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  • A piñata had been hung from one of the banisters above and the children of some of the employees joined them.

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  • When Dulce stopped talking, he said something and turned, walking away from her.

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  • There will be one from each of us to the other, and then a couple for the children from Santa.

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  • Jonathan separated himself from the other children.

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  • He glanced up and smiled when she came in, his gaze drifting from her to the door.

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  • It's the lessons we learned from the past.

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  • Alex spoke from behind her, his tone less than friendly.

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  • "Tomorrow afternoon," Alex responded as he spooned eggs into his plate from a Silver tray.

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  • It would be good to get home - away from all the finery and hostility.

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  • The smile faded from his face.

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  • The driver took them to a Spanish design home a few miles from the hacienda.

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  • A wide porch peeked from behind three stucco arches.

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  • She twisted her arm from his grip.

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  • The driver was standing by the car smoking a cigarette as they emerged from the house.

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  • Carmen turned and lifted a hand to shade her eyes from the sun.

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  • Morino's uncomfortable gaze shifted from Señor Medena to Alex, and then to Carmen, but he said nothing.

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  • Carmen let loose of his waist, moving away from the unclean thought.

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  • No wonder he had run away from this one.

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  • Dulce spun around and marched away from him.

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  • As Dulce had pointed out, he was trying to get away from the family.

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  • Carmen recoiled from her words and the hatred.

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  • Aside from his solemn expression, there was nothing in the way he acted with the children that might indicate anything was wrong between them.

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  • When they left, it sucked the life from the room.

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  • But then, he had made it clear from the start that he didn't want any of them in his life.

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  • She rolled over on her side away from him.

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  • She turned her face away from him.

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  • At her words, his gaze ripped from her breasts and pounced on her face.

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  • All the humor vanished from his eyes as he watched her.

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  • Some people just put more effort into distinguishing right from wrong than others.

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  • Clicking from one spreadsheet to another, she was shocked at the extent of his investments.

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  • It was unsettling to think he had concealed an entire family and lifestyle from her, but this was different.

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  • On the other hand, maybe he was hiding from something besides the responsibility of the ranch.

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  • His troubled gaze came back to her face, pacing from her eyes to her lips.

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  • Did you need time away from me?

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  • He didn't tell her about the money because it would lead to questions - both about the money and the fact that he had been hiding it from her.

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  • Still, hiding from them wasn't going to solve anything - especially for his sisters.

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  • How had their conversation gone from an inquiry about money to a litmus test of their stay in Texas?

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  • This wasn't about what he had hidden from her or the fact that he had left her alone for two weeks to go to Columbia.

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  • Alex was removing supper from the oven when she walked into the kitchen.

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  • Destiny glanced up at Carmen from her elevated chair at the table and then her attention swung back to Alex.

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  • Although the issue was not discussed, it was far from out of her mind.

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  • Katie glanced up from the potato in her hand.

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  • Katie shrugged her shoulders and focused on cutting an eye from the potato in her hand.

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  • Basically he tried to buy him from Mom and Dad.

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  • As for buying a child - was it so different from what they were doing?

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  • Maybe they had inherited or learned it from their mother, not his father.

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  • So where did the money come from?

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  • Some of it came from life insurance.

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  • That's where my part came from.

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  • My guess is that most of the savings came from Señor Medena, though.

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  • He came back from a trip down there one time and was upset because he said Uncle Fabrice treated him like a dunce in front of customers.

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  • Since his current office was directly across from their bedroom, it seemed a better place for babies that Alex said could be born early.

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  • Carmen had always looked forward to evening when Alex returned from work, but she was doubly relieved for the evening hours now.

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  • It was a pleasant escape from the dust and noise of the building going on above them.

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  • Carmen grabbed the thermometer from the counter and gave it to him.

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  • The noise from the machine that circulated the oxygen frightened her.

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  • She sobbed and begged them to let her out until Carmen felt like her heart was being brutally wrenched from her body.

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  • Preventing Destiny from crawling out of the bed wasn't easy.

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  • Exhaustion from the ordeal was taking its toll on Carmen as well, but she tried to stay awake.

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  • I've spoken to the school and you can take the bus from there.

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  • Someone from the church or clinic must have been by and brought it for Alex.

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  • Would god take Destiny from them - a trade for the twins?

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  • How will she get here from the airport?

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  • Carmen let the bed rail down and jerked the tent from under the mattress, allowing Destiny to crawl close.

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  • Carmen grabbed a tissue from the table next to the bed and wiped Destiny's nose.

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  • Carmen disentangled herself from Destiny and urged her to lie down.

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  • Carmen swallowed a lump in her throat and blinked tears from her eyes.

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  • Felipa definitely needed his help with chartering the helicopter, but he could have done that from Houston.

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  • After he recovered from the stabbing, the Doctor said he had scar tissue and would be susceptible to pneumonia in the injured lung.

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  • Carmen glanced up from rinsing the pot.

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  • I just got a call from the doctor.

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  • Pulling Alex's pillow from the bed, Carmen caught the faint whiff of his cologne.

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  • She started to put the pillow down and caught the movement in the mirror from the corner of her eye.

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  • He moved closer, taking the pillow from her hand.

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  • I was right from the start, though... about you.

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  • It didn't take long for him to get home, and when he came in from the garage, he went directly to his gun cabinet and took out a rifle.

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  • Loading it quickly, he watched the skunk from the house for a few minutes.

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  • Pulling gloves and a bag from his pocket, he proceeded to collect the grisly specimen.

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  • Alex shifted his attention to Carmen, his gaze covering her from toe to head.

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  • Carmen jerked her arms from his neck and sat up.

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  • Destiny's voice came reassuringly from the bathroom as she played.

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  • Alex had guessed it from the start.

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  • Destiny's voice sang from the other room.

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  • As she walked away from him, she let her hips swing slightly.

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  • Carmen read to her from a book for a few minutes until she fell asleep and then turned the light off.

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  • From now on she'd have a lot more respect for the art of romancing.

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  • From his square-toed boots to the white shirt tucked into indigo jeans, his lean frame was something to admire.

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  • Maybe because he went into hiding from his family.

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  • The wound opened again and the salt he threw into it drew a sharp response from her.

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  • More important, would there ever be a time when he stopped hiding things from her?

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  • She drug her mind back from that thought.

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  • As he absorbed her words, his expression went from tense to relieved, and then on to something sweet and sad.

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  • He wiped moisture from his eyes.

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  • It makes me feel small when you keep things from me - like you don't trust me, or you think I'm not mature enough to handle it.

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  • "I love that you're protective," she interrupted, "even when there is nothing to protect me from.

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  • Why would she hide him from me all this time and suddenly ask for a fortune?

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  • Freedom from that ugly feeling gave her the ability to speak of it lightly for the first time.

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  • Take everything from me.

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  • He was sitting in his chair, everything from the top of his head to his thighs covered with the newspaper he was holding out to read.

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  • They needed to gain a little weight before they would be released from the hospital, though.

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  • A lump formed in her throat and tears spilled from her eyes.

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  • She leaned her head back and looked up at him, wiping the tears from her cheeks.

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  • Carmen detached Matthew from her nipple and handed him to Alex, who sat down beside her.

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  • But you kept trying to take me from them.

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  • Not like I wanted to take him away from the man who had been a Dad to him.

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  • Alex stood and turned away from him, staring out the window.

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  • He turned from the window and faced Señor Medena.

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  • Her response to the issue about a son was indication that she was ready to break from the past.

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  • Headlights were backed up as far as the eye could see, waiting impatiently for someone to direct them away from the gridlock.

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  • Lathum's pale blue gaze lifted from the tablet and searched Quint's.

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  • Hopefully her family would be in the restaurant now – safe from any flooding on the highway.

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  • Releasing the curtain, she turned away from the window.

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  • Jarred from her thoughts, she began filling a tube with blue icing.

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  • Another figure emerged from the night to stand beside Len.

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  • Connie glanced from him to Lisa.

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  • Her gaze went from Len's stoic face to Howard and then to Connie, who looked pale.

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  • Len snatched the forgotten hat from his head.

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  • The blood drained from her face and goose bumps covered her arms under the sweater.

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  • Officer Quint came from the scene of the accident.

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  • His other hand removed the radio from his belt.

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  • Someone gasped and then she realized the sound came from her throat.

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  • "She's not crying," Howard said flatly from the doorway.

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  • Connie stood up from a chair by the wall.

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  • Lisa rolled her face away from the bright window.

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  • Lisa came home from the hospital the day before the funeral and Connie insisted on staying with her for a while.

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  • Once someone from church came by to see if she needed help.

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  • All this attention from Howard could be due to a guilty conscience.

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  • Her throat constricted and she pushed the thought from her mind.

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  • The letter from the auto insurance company lay abandoned on the kitchen cabinet.

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  • Pushing the thought from her mind, she focused on Allen's visit last night.

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  • Once the garage door was secured, she pulled away from the house.

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  • The radio channel played nonsensical songs from the 60's in a barely successful mission to lift her spirits.

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  • Beyond that, less than three feet separated the road from the edge of a cliff.

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  • Only low brush could grow in so small a space... no trees to prevent a vehicle from plunging into the forested mountain ranges below and beyond.

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  • The man lifted his hands gently from the trunk, and the rear wheels of the car lifted a few inches from the ground.

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  • That ridge was the only thing that had kept her from plunging over the edge... that and the man who was now glaring at her.

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  • Cupping a hand to her mouth, she turned away from him.

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  • Only blindness could have prevented her from knowing that she was unusually attractive.

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  • It was nearly dark and she was a good fifty miles from home.

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  • She counted the seconds in tense silence, waiting for the sound of an explosion, but the only sound was a car approaching from below.

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  • The man stepped out and those piercing blue eyes questioned her silently from under furrowed bows.

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  • You'll be safe from me there.

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  • She felt dizzy from breathing off the top of her lungs.

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  • A sweet voice called from another room.

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  • It's a long way to drive from Fayetteville, and then they'd have to bring you back in the morning.

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  • Only luck had kept her from joining her family today.

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  • The seclusion she knew well, having been brought up less than five miles from this house.

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  • She slid into the chair across from Tammy, and Sarah sat down at the other end of the table.

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  • The movement caught Giddon's attention and he glanced from Tammy to Lisa with a puzzled expression.

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  • She started to rise from her chair.

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  • She gripped him around the waist, wishing she could crush the breath from him.

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  • Giddon exclaimed sharply and clawed a spider web from his face.

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  • Far from the grouchy expression he had put on at the beginning of the ride, now his eyes flashed with humor, and his lips were twisted in a friendly smile.

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  • We'll have to walk from here.

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  • Monstrous gray rocks jutted up from the earth and found themselves entwined with honeysuckle and briar vines.

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  • On the other hand, if he wanted to harm her, he might snatch the stick from her and use it as a weapon against her.

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  • Deep uncontrollable sobs squeezed the breath from her lungs.

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  • Even so, it was as if a something had been lifted from her chest, allowing the flow of oxygen and blood to a starving brain.

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  • Opening it, she removed a tissue and wiped the tears from her face.

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  • Taking a deep ragged breath, she turned away from the car.

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  • "You can call your parents from the house," he said.

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  • She tried to keep up with him, but her legs ached from the unfamiliar exercise.

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  • Her ankle twisted painfully, forcing a quick cry of pain from her lips.

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  • She jerked her wrist from his hand and turned away, thankful at least for the warning.

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  • She stumbled as she dismounted from the ATV and Giddon reached out to help her.

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  • She had nearly run him down, slapped his face and taken him away from his work in less than twenty-four hours.

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  • The braids had to be untangled in order to shampoo the mud from her hair.

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  • Refreshed from the inside out, she dressed and combed her hair with her fingers.

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  • After they finished eating, Giddon rose from his chair.

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  • Finally he took the cup of coffee from her hand and nodded.

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  • Without taking his eyes from it, he finally spoke.

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  • It sounded like a good chance to get away from this house and the memories for a while.

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  • By the time I got it from the car, it was down to one bar.

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  • But when she asked Giddon to give Connie his phone number, he looked suspiciously from one of them to the other.

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  • With every second, they were getting farther from the safety of civilization.

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  • Sarah met them at the door, her puzzled gaze going from Giddon to Lisa.

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  • Giddon removed the suitcases from his car and joined them at the door.

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  • Sarah's expression went from surprise to joy in the blink of an eye.

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  • At noon he would come in from a path in the woods, eat and then return by the same path.

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  • He nodded and dropped his arms to his sides, moving lithely away from the tree.

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  • She slipped into her shoes, still smarting from his reproach.

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  • She forced the subject from her mind.

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  • Diablo. He's Yancey's method of relieving stress and getting away from us women once in a while.

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  • Silently, Giddon emerged from the path, carrying a saddle and halter.

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  • Lisa rose from her chair and glanced down at Sarah.

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  • It was simply a ruse to keep her from exploring that path and what lay beyond.

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  • But why wouldn't he want her to see the barn, and why would he build it so far from the house?

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  • And maybe he wasn't trying to keep her from seeing the barn.

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  • Lisa started to rise from her chair, but Giddon was faster.

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  • He closed his book and placed it on the end table and rose lithely from the chair.

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  • She woke to bright sunlight shining through her window and jumped from the bed, tugging on a pair of shorts and a blouse.

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  • Surely you're not trying to hide from me.

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  • From the door she turned and watched as he climbed into his car and drove away.

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  • From now on, she would be sure she had her beach robe by the pool when she swam, just in case someone came by... especially Giddon.

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  • Tammy's tiny fingers coaxed a cookie from the package, giggled as she handed it to Lisa.

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  • After lunch, Giddon's offer to help Lisa with the dishes was met by a raised eyebrow from Sarah.

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  • A rush of excitement sent color to her cheeks, and she tore her gaze from his, focusing her attention on the dishes.

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  • Without another word, he stalked from the room.

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  • After a while Giddon and the driver emerged from the building.

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  • She brushed leaves from her clothes and slowly walked up the drive.

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  • He reached out and plucked some stick-tights from her sleeve.

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  • She felt an unwelcome rush of excitement and reached to push his hand from her hair.

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  • She tried to push away from him but his embrace was too strong.

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  • As his grip on her relaxed, she stepped away from him, a flush creeping up her neck.

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  • His hand dropped from her arm and she opened the door.

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  • He had only said that because he was trying to discourage her from prying into his business.

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  • When the back door closed, she emerged from her room.

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  • From the window of his office, the path was clearly visible.

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  • Carefully lifting the envelope from the drawer, she opened it.

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  • Sealing the letter, she took a stamp from her purse and placed it on the envelope.

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  • Her plan was to approach the building from the back parking lot.

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  • She gingerly untangled herself from some thorny vines and tried to stand.

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  • She had a wild urge to throw her arms around his neck and kiss the worry from his face.

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  • He looked relieved and reached up, pulling a leaf from her hair.

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  • Her soft touch did more than erase the worry from his brow.

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  • Yancey lifted Lisa from the counter and helped her into a chair.

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  • She felt somehow drawn to the picture of a frail looking girl with dark eyes that looked out hauntingly from a delicately beautiful face.

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  • Who could blame Valorie for shrinking from Yancey's temper?

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  • Lisa retrieved the book from her room and decided to go read out on the patio.

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  • To keep her from wandering in the woods?

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  • An armadillo stared at them from a rocky ledge as they passed, and a doe and her fawn darted across the trail not more than a hundred yards ahead, disappearing into the brush.

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  • What would inspire someone to chisel their name into a rock so far from civilization?

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  • I've found old rock fences, and there's an old log cabin falling into ruins not too far from here.

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  • He moved away from the tree.

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  • A deer watched them from the trees.

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  • She stepped away from him, but he grabbed one arm, turning her around to face him.

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  • They had to get away from here - back to the house where there were other people.

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  • Yancey looked down at her as he helped her from the ATV.

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  • Her attention was completely diverted from Yancey.

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  • He was sitting at a table across and down from them.

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  • The man glanced up and she put a hand to her throat, feeling the blood drain from her face.

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  • Then why did he live so far away from everything?

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  • She started the coffee and picked up an empty pop bottle from the counter to discard in the trash.

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  • His warm lips left hers and started down her neck, forcing a moan from hers.

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  • Maybe Yancey would be more careful in the future about using the threat of bears as a method of keeping Lisa away from that building.

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  • He pulled an envelope from his pocket.

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  • The blood drained from her face.

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  • She snatched the envelope from his hand.

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  • A little memory work might be required, but anyone could count from nineteen to twenty.

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  • Six years isn't much difference, especially five years from now.

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  • At least it was still sealed and it was from Connie.

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  • Inside the card was a letter from Connie.

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  • She took a step back from him.

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  • She turned away from the temptation and went to her room.

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  • Things are coming to me like waking from a nightmare.

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  • I can't believe that it's healthy to push them from your mind altogether.

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  • Maybe if you took some pictures from the house and put them in your room.

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  • As you said, you're just waking up from a nightmare.

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  • It was Yancey standing outside that shop, and with him were the man from the building and Allen.

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  • A honk from behind drew their attention.

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  • Not that she would know a drug lord from a prince.

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  • When Lisa emerged from her room dressed in casuals, Sarah looked up and smiled.

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  • If he was trying to prevent her from escaping, he was doing a poor job of it.

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  • And from what – a little kiss?

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  • She twisted away from his hand.

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  • She was forming a habit of running from feelings.

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  • From now on, I think it's best you stay around the house.

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  • From the expression on his face, he wasn't consoled by the answer.

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  • Yancey moved away from the wall and reached for the phone, but she glared up at him, hugging the receiver to her chest.

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  • The door opened quietly and Yancey entered, his face bland as he retrieved the magazine from his chair.

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  • Lisa stared up at him, the blood draining from her face.

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  • Why did you hide it from me?

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  • Clouds drifted away from a full moon, drenching the patio with soft lunar light.

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  • "Don't move," a familiar voice commanded from behind her.

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  • Where did you come from?

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  • He touched her arm and she moved away from him.

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  • She tore her gaze from his chest.

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  • She was searching through her house for some unidentified object when a shadow emerged from the dark.

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  • Why are you trying to get away from me, Litha?

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  • Jumping from the bed, she dressed quickly and went to the kitchen.

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  • More likely it stemmed from the fact that she had not gone to the house yet.

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  • Are you wiping the sleep from your eyes?

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  • Maybe that was what the dream was about – shifting from one family to the next.

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  • The smile melted from her lips and her body chilled.

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  • She inched away from him.

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  • All I know is that he's temperamental, and you'd better stay away from him.

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  • You'll stop fighting when the breath is gone from your body!

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  • Jerking away from him, she wiped her mouth with the back of her hand.

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  • Wiping tears from her eyes with her hand, she failed to suppress a sob.

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  • From the time they broke up, she knew it could come to this if he were left to his own devices.

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  • Yancey called from inside the house.

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  • From the corner of her eye, she saw Yancey look sharply at Len.

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  • No, a restraining order wouldn't stop him from finding me if he wanted to, and it might just make him mad enough to do something worse.

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  • No one was in the kitchen, but a note from Sarah explained that she and Tammy had gone to town shopping again.

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  • She waited for him to get a little way down the path before she slipped from her hiding place and went to the door.

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  • It was bolted from the outside.

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  • She carried a chair to a spot that wouldn't be visible on a course from the path to the door, and sat down.

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  • He shut the door and walked away from the car.

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  • Once you get away from him, stay away.

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  • It wasn't easy to walk away from him – especially now.

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  • Yancey was in the kitchen, getting a cold drink from the refrigerator.

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  • She dragged the two suitcases from under her bed and began filling them with clothes from the closet.

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  • "Are you sure?" came Sarah's voice from the family room.

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  • I had my suspicions the day she fell from the cliff.

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  • Wasn't there some law that prevented a wife from testifying against her husband?

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  • She took the receiver from Sarah.

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  • Yancey lifted the telephone from her hand.

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  • She leaped back from the suitcase, paralyzed with fear.

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  • She backed away from him.

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  • She grabbed a handful of clothes from the drawer and threw them into the suitcase.

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  • He grabbed a handful of her clothes from the suitcase and put them back in the drawer.

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  • She raised her face to look at him and caught Sarah and Connie making a hasty exit from the room.

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  • He could see I was getting serious, and he was afraid you would draw me away from my work.

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  • I would never stop you from going to college or doing anything else you wanted to do.

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  • Flipping a light on, he guided them to a corner and pulled the cloth from a painting.

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  • One hand gracefully held the folds of her dress and the other brushed a wayward curl from her forehead.

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  • "Wooo!" was the response from the crowd, and Len's blush deepened.

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  • He must have gone straight from there to me.

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  • I suspected him right from the start.

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  • The voices of her roommates drifted from the kitchen where they were preparing supper.

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  • Charcoal gray eyes studied her critically from a face too rugged to be handsome.

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  • She couldn't have been farther from the truth.

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  • Adrienne grabbed a large stainless steel spoon from its hanger on the wall and primped at her distorted reflection.

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  • I made the mistake of telling her that parents of two of the girls wanted me here to protect them from thieves and murderers.

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  • "Bring something warm," he said as he rose from the table.

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  • She stepped away from him.

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  • She turned away from him, speaking flippantly.

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  • Besides, house rules protected him from that sort of thing.

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  • The house rules had been set up to protect the girls from him.

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  • Quick steps from behind alerted Adrienne to the arrival of Michael.

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  • As Adrienne stepped off the sidewalk, she heard quick steps from behind.

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  • Her erotic dreams were proof that he was becoming more than a friend to her, and that thought was troubling - both from the standpoint of her goals, and the fact that she was setting herself up for rejection.

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  • She tore her gaze from him.

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  • Maybe later - a few years from now.

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  • Adrienne expected a sharp response from Mr. Marsh, but he only regarded his wife thoughtfully for a few moments.

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  • She grabbed Brandon's shoulder to keep from falling.

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  • Brandon rode ahead of her most of the time, dropping back beside her when they emerged from the forest.

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  • She was miserably sore - and from such a short ride.

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  • Come to think of it, he hadn't been out at all since they returned from his parent's house.

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  • Chris and Donna eased away from the table, glancing apprehensively at Adrienne.

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  • He took the cup from her hand.

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  • She rose from the table and retrieved her purse.

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  • She pushed away from him and caught her breath sharply.

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  • She gently tugged her wrist from his hand, searching in her purse for the keys to the apartment.

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  • "And talk," he interrupted, tugging her away from the door.

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  • He pushed the hair from her neck and his lips sizzled a hot trail in its wake.

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  • Otherwise, what's so different from yesterday?

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  • She pulled away from him.

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  • She squirmed from his arms; her breath coming in short gasps.

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  • There's nothing stopping you from finishing school.

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  • No wonder he had kept his feelings hidden from her for so long.

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  • Adrienne tried to pull away from Brandon, but he hung on to her defiantly.

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  • Julia swung away from the door and called for Rachel.

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  • She finally managed to squirm from his embrace.

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  • "Nobody's going to throw either of you out," Rachel spoke from the door.

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  • She leaped from her bed, the book falling to the floor unnoticed.

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  • He grabbed a few things from a dresser drawer.

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  • Thirty minutes later, they emerged from the room.

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  • Adrienne didn't see or hear from Brandon again until Friday, when he showed up unexpectedly and started packing clothes.

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  • All I know is... all of the sudden you were walking away from me - right when I needed you the most.

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  • What can he do out there right now that he couldn't do a month and a half from now.

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  • A few years from now, he'll be regretting this.

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  • You told me you were tired of trying to scratch out a living from this ranch.

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  • She had made her intentions clear from the beginning.

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  • Anyway, the ranch was a good fifteen miles away from Bartlesville.

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  • Instead, she had heard nothing from him.

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  • She couldn't tear her gaze from his.

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  • It's a long way from Tulsa.

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  • From now on I'm going to get a new map every time there's a change.

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  • That way we'll never get lost from each other again.

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  • Not that she was likely to see him again - especially out here in the desert, hundreds of miles from their little Texas ranch.

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  • Ridges of sparkling white sand surrounded the camp like a sleeping dragon, soaking heat from the sun - resting now so it could spit its fiery breath at them later in the day.

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  • With a final glance at the approaching figures, she dropped from the wagon seat and sauntered over to join the men at the cook fire.

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  • The big German accepted a cup of coffee from Davis and squatted beside Royce at the fire.

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  • They just aren't expected to stray too far from the homestead in the process – or get paid for it.

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  • She shrugged and turned away from him.

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  • Royce snorted, unfolding his tall gangly frame from the ground.

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  • He walked back to his horse and untied something from the saddle.

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  • Bordeaux was retrieving the rabbits from the sand.

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  • Each day they changed positions in line so that no one ate the dust from all the wagons every day.

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  • Cassie folded the lip of her sombrero down to protect her face from the scorching sun.

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  • Grabbing her canteen and a feed sack, she leaped from the wagon.

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  • Pulling his Winchester from a boot attached to the side of the wagon, he walked toward her.

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  • The Frenchman had materialized from the desert on his bay.

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  • He finally glanced down at Pete and straightened in the saddle, removing his leg from the horn and placing it in the stirrup.

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  • You don't be wandering away from the wagons.

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  • That much she knew from a conversation she had overheard between two men in Ashley.

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  • There had been an instant bond between them from the day they met.

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  • He let the wagon pull ahead and crossed behind it, speeding up to reach the seat from the other side.

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  • He gave the horse enough room to walk away from the wagon and then tied the rope to the wagon.

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  • Throwing back the covers that had protected her from the cold night air, she grabbed one of her boots.

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  • She peered out from under her wagon and found the smiling face of Bordeaux.

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  • He scraped sand over the scorpion, burying it from her view.

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  • She scrambled from underneath the wagon and hastily threw her blankets under the seat.

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  • It would be nice to get away from the wagons for a while.

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  • That evening, she climbed from her wagon and beat the dust from her clothes with her hat.

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  • She lifted her canteen from the wagon and took a mouthful.

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  • Dampening her scarf, she closed her eyes and wiped most of the dust from her face.

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  • She pulled a handful of hay from under the tarp and fed it to the horse.

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  • A deep voice spoke from behind her.

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