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The Cowboy’s Twins

Written by Linda Warren

Chapter Seven

Abby sat on one end of the sofa and Jess on the other. The lamp cast a glow around her and he thought she’d never looked more beautiful. Her dark eyes and hair were like a magnet to him in high school. Once she cast a glance at him from beneath those long dark eyelashes, he was lost. And he’d been lost for a long time without her.

She pushed a loose strand of hair behind her ear. “We argued a lot when we were together, but we always made up. Did you ever think about coming back in the last four years? Was it that easy to stop loving me?”

“I came back three days later. The landlord said you’d moved out of our apartment and he didn’t know where you’d gone, so I went to see your parents.”

She sat up straight. “You went to my parents?”

“Yes, as hard as it was to do, I went there. Your parents told me you didn’t want to see me. They asked that I leave you alone and let you make a new start.”

She shook her head. “No. My parents wouldn’t do that.”

“They did, Abby. Ask them.”

“And you just gave up?”

“Well, I got something called divorce papers that pretty well put the seal on what your parents had said. Did they press you to file for divorce?”

“Yes,” she murmured so low he barely heard it.

He had a lot to answer for, but so did Abby. And since she was asking questions he had a few of his own. “Why didn’t you call when you found out you were pregnant?”

Her eyes caught his. “I called about fifty times, but you changed your cell number.”

“I had to get a new one in Montana. I was getting some crank text messages.”

“Why didn’t you let me know?”

“I had divorce papers, Abby.” His voice rose and he was trying very hard not to lose his temper. “You could have called my dad and he would’ve given you my number.”

“I did. He said he would give you the message and he would appreciate it if I would stop messing with your head.”

“He never gave me a message. It seems our parents have a lot to do with keeping us apart.”

“They didn’t want us to get married in the first place, but we were so much in love and thought we could beat the odds. Guess what? We couldn’t. Our love faded quickly in the face of everyday challenges.”

Her words and stubborn expression were like a sucker punch to his gut. “You don’t mean that.”

She got to her feet, her back straight, her eyes stormy. “When’s your next rodeo?”

“I leave on Thursday.”

“I think that says it all. Just be prepared to explain to two little kids why their daddy won’t be here.” She delivered the words with the force of a bullet that ripped through his heart. “Daddy time is 24/7. Where will you be when they want a kiss good-night? Where will you be when they’re hurt and want to be held? Where will you be, Jess?”

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