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The Cowboy’s Twins

Written by Linda Warren

Chapter Twelve

The rest of the day went smoothly. After their families left, they went to Walmart to buy a wading pool and car seats for Jess’s truck. He also bought shorts, pajamas and flip-flops.

They spent the afternoon in the backyard, the kids jumping in and out of the pool. Abby lay in a lounge chair in a bathing suit getting some sun. His eyes kept straying to her smooth body and he remembered all the nights he’d held her. They played like a video in his mind. Unable to stop himself, he slid onto the lounge chair with her.

“Jess, you’re wet.”

“Did I tell you that you’re rocking that bathing suit?”

“That’s the worst come-on I’ve ever heard.” There was laughter in her voice and it lifted his spirits. Maybe, just maybe there might be a chance for them.

“Is it working?”

She glared at him. “No. And this chair is not big enough for both of us.”

“It’s the only one you have,” he pointed out.

“Well, up until now, there’s only been me here. You have to buy your own lounge chair.”

“Ah, I like this one.” He rubbed against her.


The kids jumped on top of them and laughter and squeals ensued. The chair broke and they all fell to the ground. Jess picked up Abby and dumped her in the pool. At the sparkle in her eyes, he felt on top of the world and he’d never been happier in his whole life. This was living—being with someone you loved more than life itself. It was a realization. It was a moment in time that was more than a wake-up call.


The kids were exhausted. Jess took Lane and put him in his pajamas and she took Lizzie. They were asleep before their heads hit the pillow. Jess and Abby walked into the living room.

“Thanks for letting me stay here,” he said.

“The kids would be disappointed if you didn’t. And I forgot to tell you the sofa makes into a bed.”

He reached out a hand to cradle her neck. His gentle touch weakened her resolve and every resistance she’d built up, but she had to be strong. For herself. And for her kids.

He kissed her cheek, and she breathed in the scent of him, losing herself in that feeling only he could create. “I miss you, Abs.”

“The sofa doesn’t come with fringe benefits.” Her voice came out hoarse.

“They used to. They used to come with a whole lot more.” He spoke against her cheek and her strength was ebbing away. “Remember all the times we made love on your parents’ sofa?”

He’s leaving on Thursday , she had to remind herself.

“Jess… Please, stop.”

He stepped back and she felt cold and alone.

She swallowed. “I’m not sure about the future and until I am…”

“I sleep on the sofa and you sleep in your bed.”

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