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On the Run with the Lawman

Written by Delores Fossen

Chapter Eleven

Pete hoped that coming to Sweetwater Ranch didn't turn out to be a mistake, but then just about everything he could do at this point could fall into the mistake category.

Including not distancing himself from Cassie.

This was about as big of a conflict of interest as a lawman could have, but here he was in a small hunting cabin with her. So close that he could see every drop of fear in her eyes.

Still, pretty much anything was better than being on that farm road with Everett and his hired thugs, especially since the cabin had a security system and was in a clearing so it would make it very hard for anyone to sneak up on them.

He'd gotten lucky, being able to outrun those thugs. It'd helped that Everett had had to jump inside the truck to go in pursuit. The man had wasted critical moments that had allowed Cassie and him to escape, but Pete hated that he had to rely on something like Everett's mistake and some luck to get Cassie safely out of there.

Hated even more that this was far from being over.

Cassie obviously knew that, too, because she definitely wasn't relaxing. She still had a death grip on her gun and was pacing in the cabin.

Not that there was much room to pace.

The whole area was only about fifteen square feet with the living area, kitchen and bed all in the same room. In addition to that was a single storage closet and bathroom. Still, Cassie made use of each inch and checked the trio of windows each time she passed them. She was beyond being on edge and right at the breaking point with tears threatening. He figured once she started crying, it would be a long time before she stopped.

"I'm so sorry about all of this," she said—again.

Pete had lost count of exactly how many times she'd apologized since they'd arrived at the cabin, and he didn't bother telling her—again—that this wasn't her fault. He doubted there was much of anything he could say that would help so when she paced by him, he hooked his arm around her waist and pulled her to him.

"Don't," Cassie warned him. "You don't need to comfort me."

Pete ignored her, and because he thought they could both use it, he brushed a kiss on her forehead. "Maybe I need you to comfort me."

She leaned back. Stared at him and frowned. "Don't be nice to me right now. I don't think I could handle that."

He nearly laughed. "I'm not being nice. Your legs are shaky. You look ready to keel over. If you fall in a space this small, you'll take me with you."

The corner of her mouth twitched, threatening to smile, but it quickly vanished. The tears came, shimmering in her eyes, and Pete knew he had to do something to stop her from crumbling.

So, he kissed her.

Yeah, it was stupid, but after one taste, Pete forgot all about the stupid part and remembered exactly why they'd hooked up in the first place. This attraction. And that was a mild word for it. The heat went through him like wildfire, starting at his mouth and going to every part of him. Especially one part.

He snapped her even closer, and much to his surprise, Cassie didn't even try to pull away from him. She melted into his arms, into the kiss, and soon they were grappling to get even closer. Something that wouldn't happen unless they stripped and got in the bed.

And with the way things were going, that's exactly what was about to happen.

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