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Online Romance Novel — Chapter 8
Haley wanted to ask Jeff why he waited, but her mouth
Slowly, Jeff’s head lowered. Haley’s eyes closed
Her response rocked Jeff. Hunger exploded in him.
Yet, beneath her genius-level IQ was a vulnerability
They broke apart, gasping for air. Then hungrily, his
Suddenly, another loud crash intruded, shaking the
Though Haley knew the huge boom was another lost tree,
Being snowbound with only each other for company had
From somewhere deep inside, she rallied her defenses.
Frantically, she brainstormed strategies for keeping
“Are you all right?” Jeff asked.
Haley stared at him, wondering at the note of concern
“I’m fine. I was just thinking that it’s going to
“Too late. It’s been dark all day,” Jeff
Haley turned away from his sharp gaze, not wanting him
Bed! If his kiss made her this erratic and emotional
“Yes, it’s dark now, that’s true,” she
“Right. I know the meaning of sunset.”
The easy humor in his voice nearly undid her. For a
“Okay, if you think it’s necessary.”
Haley looked up and saw Jeff getting his coat.
“Oh, no, not you. I’ll get the firewood.”
“Haley, you can’t go out there alone.”
“I can, and I will. You don’t have long johns or
Ruefully, Jeff said, “Surely my fingers and toes
“Without the right kind of gear, you wouldn’t
“Are you sure this is necessary? That wind sounds
“Trust me,” she said, with false bravado.
“It can’t get much colder. I can already see my
“Oh, you’d be surprised how much colder it can
“Maybe your truck will start.”
“Yeah, if a pine as big as Godzilla doesn’t fall
“What about my rental car? It might start.”
Haley laughed. “You’re not serious? It would be
“Okay. Let’s get this unpleasantness over
“You really do hate this cold weather, don’t
“You look ready to knock over a bank,” Jeff
“Maybe if I don’t get another research grant, I
“Okay, your turn.” As she secured the other
“You know, I was born on the hottest day of
His off-hand suggestion startled Haley. Did he mean
She definitely liked the mental picture of him and
Haley picked up the coiled length. “When I’m
“Okay, Gretel. That’s even better than
His closeness made her breathless. Maybe the cold
“No problem. Ready?”
Haley nodded. “Ten minutes should be enough time
“Okay, but I’m hauling you in when time’s up
Despite her stance as an expert, Haley had never
Jeff opened the door, and Haley stepped out as quickly
The ski mask helped, but icy needles still found their
Snowdrifts, level with the porch floor, alarmed her.
The cold was numbing. The wind-blown snow was more
Haley stumbled along to the woodshed, using the side
Carefully, she inched along, breathing shallowly and
Her next step broke through the top of a frozen
Haley gasped for air and found none.
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