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The Cowboy’s Twins

Written by Linda Warren

Chapter Four

"I want you to leave. Now!”

“I’m not going anywhere.” Jess almost spat the words at her, and that made Abby more determined. Deep down, she knew arguing with Jess wasn’t how she wanted this to go. She had two kids to think about, and having a father in their lives could only be a good thing. Somehow she had to believe that.

Before she could say anything, he added, “I have rights, you know. If you’re going to be pigheaded, I can hire an attorney and file for permanent custody. I am their father and you can’t keep me from them.”

She looked at him then, into his deep blue eyes that she’d loved from the moment she’d met him. They made her feel happy, alive and all woman. Today they didn’t have that effect on her.

“Is that how you want to deal with this, Jess? In a courtroom?”

He ran a hand through his hair in frustration. “No. I just want to see my kids.”

“I don’t want to fight with you about this. I made mistakes. You made mistakes. But my top priority is always my kids and I don’t want them caught in the middle.”

He looked toward the backyard. “What are their names?” This time his voice was softer and filled with longing.

She bit her lip, not wanting to say the words. They would reveal just how much she still loved Jess McQuire. And she was never going to get over him.

“You called the boy Lane. Did you name him after me and my dad?”

“His… His name is Jess Lane.”

“And the girl?”

“Jessica Elizabeth. We call her Lizzie.”

“You named her after my mom.”

“I always liked your mother and since we weren’t together I figured this was a way they would have something from the McQuire side of the family.”

“How did your parents feel about that?”

“They didn’t like it. It may surprise you, but I’ve become very independent and make my own decisions these days.”

“Where were they born?”

“In Houston.”

He lifted an eyebrow. “You lived in Houston?”

“Yes. Lori and I moved there and got jobs in the medical center. Lori helped me with the twins. I couldn’t have done it without her.”

He shifted from one boot to the other. “I remember her well. She was always in our apartment when I came home from the road. She seemed to be a permanent fixture.”

“She was a friend and she still is. She got engaged and moved in with her fiancé and I had to make other arrangements. That’s the main reason I came home. My parents didn’t understand my decision to stay in Houston but I stuck to it. I’m still raising my kids on my own and some days it’s a struggle. They’re the best thing that ever happened to me. They made me grow up real fast.”

“I’m sorry I wasn’t there for the birth.” His sad puppy dog eyes almost brought her to her knees. “May I please see my kids?”

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