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Seducing His Shy Cinderella

Written by Michelle Smart

Chapter Twelve

That didn’t sound good,” Jodie said tonelessly. Normally when the elevator reached the floor, it would jolt about a bit then give a little puff of defeat. It never just stopped.

They stared at each other for a moment, then Antonio stepped forward to slide the door open a couple of inches. He left enough of a gap for them to see only the top of the elevator had reached the floor. The rest of it was just hanging there. Hanging in the air, secured by nothing more than thick threads of metal wires.

He dragged his fingers through his hair.

“We’re stuck?” she asked, although it was more a statement of the blindingly obvious than a question.

Tight-lipped, he nodded.

Of course they were stuck. Being stuck in an elevator with Antonio was a fitting finale to what had been the worst week of her life. She couldn’t even muster the strength to wail at the fates.

With a sigh, Jodie hit the red button.

“Is that an alarm?” he asked, his first words since he’d opened the elevator door for her.

“Yes.” She grimaced. “It goes straight to the maintenance company in Pisa. Hopefully they won’t take too long to respond.”

“Has this happened before?”

“Not that I know of.”

He must have picked up something in her tone. “You thought something like this could happen?”

“It’s fifty years old,” she answered with a shrug. “A breakdown was inevitable.”

And she’d willingly got into it with him knowing this.

“Do you get claustrophobic?”

“No. Do you?”


“Then we have nothing to worry about. I’m sure we’ll be rescued at some point.”

A few minutes of awkward silence ensued, which were broken when he turned to her and said accusingly, “You’re being remarkably calm.”

“Would you prefer me to scream for help when I know there isn’t a thing anyone here can do to help us?” Or help her. All she could do was hold onto herself.

“Any sign of emotion would be a start.”

“I don’t know what you mean.”

You.” He stopped peering through the door to face her through narrowed, angry eyes. “I can’t read you. You act like I’m a stranger to you. Our night together didn’t mean a damn thing to you, did it?”

Jodie was so stunned at the bitterness in both his words and his voice that she took a step back and found herself trapped against the elevator wall.

She was trapped, full stop. Even if the maintenance company sent someone straight away, it would be at least half an hour before they reached the castello.

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