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The Cowboy’s Twins

Written by Linda Warren

Chapter Thirteen

The next morning Jess awoke with two munchkins on top of him, giggling.

He grabbed them and tickled until they wiggled away. He loved the sound of his happy kids. Abby had done a great job raising them alone. Guilt held his heart hostage for a moment.

When it was breakfast time, Lane ran to his mother, but Lizzie looked upset. “What’s the matter, princess?”

“I want to comb my hair, but I can’t do it by myself.”

Jess looked toward the kitchen and saw Abby was busy. How hard could it be to fix a little girl’s hair? He took her hand and they went to the kids’ bedroom. She had a desk and a chair in one corner with brushes and girl stuff on it.

Sitting in the chair, Lizzie said, “Put it in two ponytails, please.”

Ponytails? He picked up the brush and ran it through her hair. She winced every now and then and he tried to be gentle. He parted it down the back and gathered one side into his hand and reached for a ponytail thingy. He could do two wraps and a hooey, so he could tie this. In minutes, he had her hair in ponytails. The smile on his daughter’s face said it all.

He trailed after her to the kitchen and saw the surprise on Abby’s face.

“You fixed her hair?”

He slid into a chair. “Easy as roping a calf.”

She lifted an eyebrow, about to say something, but the kids scrambled out of their chairs and headed for the back door.

Jess placed his fork on his plate. “Could I talk to you for a moment?”

“If it’s about last night…”

He shook his head. “No. I understand your reasoning.”

Another eyebrow shot up. “Really?”

“Yes, really. I can be understanding.”

“When it suits you.”

He held up a hand. “Let’s don’t argue. I’m sorry for the past, but I can’t go back and change anything. I just want to make the present better and I’m trying to do that.”

She leaned against the cabinet in an old Dallas Cowboys T-shirt and he knew all she had on underneath it was underwear. She used to wear sexy panties. What did she wear now? The question spiked his blood pressure.

“You’re being agreeable this morning, so you must want something. What is it?”

He carried his plate to the sink, hating that she knew him so well. “My dad called last night and wanted to know if we could bring the kids out to the ranch. Before you say no,” he added hurriedly, “I’d like to show them what I do for a living. That’s all I’m asking is to take them out there to enjoy the outdoors.”

She pushed away from the cabinet. “Okay.”

“What?” He hadn’t expected her to give in so easily.

“But I go with them and if they get tired or stressed we’re coming home.”

That angered him. “I’m allowed to spend some time with my kids.”

“You can spend time with them when I say you can. That’s it, Jess.”

He bit down on his anger because this was one fight he couldn’t win.

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