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Online Romance Novel — Chapter 7
By the dawn of the second day, snow still fell. The
Throughout the long morning the wind never abated,
Before dark, someone was going to have to go to the
After a lunch of canned stew and more cheese toast,
Jeff glanced up from the romance novel he was reading.
Haley shrugged. “Beats me. All I know how to do
“Yes, the, uh, coffee gave me my first clue.
“Thanks for the suggestion,” she said dryly.
With a pinched smile, she added, “Guess I was
Jeff heard the pain behind her joke. He knew Haley’s
An odd need to comfort her welled within him. “I
Jeff felt uncomfortably warm again. He cleared his
When Haley stared at him, he flushed and started
* * *
Haley felt the surprising pressure of tears. She
Blushing, her eyes dropped to the tangled crochet.
Startled by the force of that need, Haley stood
“Guess it’s time to clear the door again.”
“You’re the boss. Though I don’t know if freezing
Haley watched as he pulled one of her crochet squares
“Hey, give me a break. My blood’s thinner than
“Opens fine,” he gasped. Winter cold slipped
“How much longer do you think the storm will
“It shouldn’t last more than another day.”
“Another day of this, and I’ll be ready for a
Haley didn’t know why, but she was awfully glad he’d
Jeff shrugged. “My girlfriend and I split up.
Haley felt foolish. She should have known he had a
“It’s not really pinedrops,” she corrected.
“I know. I know. Don’t get upset. I really did
Haley didn’t want to discuss her research into the
“So tell me, Haley, have you–?” A creaking,
“Oh, no!” Haley looked up at the ceiling,
Then silence fell. Gradually, Haley became aware that
“You’re trembling,” he said softly.
Haley nodded, not wanting to move from his arms. Not
Jeff tilted her chin up and looked into her eyes.
Every nerve ending in her body went on red alert. His
“A falling tree,” she whispered. “Or a big
When his gaze dipped to her mouth, she fell silent.
What was Jeff waiting for?
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