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On the Run with the Lawman

Written by Delores Fossen

Chapter Twenty

Cassie nearly dropped to her knees. Oh, God. It wasn't over.

"Colt's at the ranch, and I'll call him," Cooper said to them. "Go ahead. Leave. I'll take care of this piece of scum."

Cooper didn't have to tell them twice. Both Pete and she took off running, fighting their way through the woods to get back to the SUV.

"Colt's a good deputy," Pete reminded her. "He'll get to Anna in time."

Once they were inside the SUV, he sped off, heading to the main road. Each second seemed to take an eternity, but Cassie estimated that it was less than ten minutes before she spotted the black car stopped at the cattle gate that led to the ranch. There was a cruiser in front of it, but Cassie didn't see anyone.

Mercy. Her heart was about to beat out of her chest.

Pete braked to a stop about twenty feet from the truck, and Cassie saw Colt then. He had his gun aimed at a man who was kneeling on the ground in front of him. Thank God. Colt had caught him, but Cassie didn't feel complete relief until she saw her sister. Anna came out from the side of the truck and ran toward her. Cassie ran, too, and pulled her sister into her arms.

"You're okay," Cassie said. "The sheriff has Everett under arrest."

Anna didn't appear to have a scratch on her, and even though Cassie knew she had to be shaken up, Anna managed a smile when she looked at Pete. "You were right," Anna whispered to her. "He is a hot deputy."

Cassie was pretty sure Pete heard that because he managed a smile, too, and went to assist Colt.

"He's been talking like crazy," Colt explained. He dragged the guy to his feet, headed to the cruiser. "I got a confession. Everett was going to set up Bruce Cantores to take the fall for murdering Cassie and you."

The dispatcher on the take. Everett probably figured it'd be easy to set up someone who was already under suspicion. It sickened her to think of how close Everett's plan had come to working.

Of how close she'd come to losing her sister and Pete.

"Your hot deputy's looking worried about you," Anna said. She nudged Cassie toward him. "You should probably let him know you're okay."

Cassie nodded, went to Pete, figuring she needed to start with a huge apology. But she didn't get a chance to say a word before Pete kissed her. It was long. Very long. And it robbed her of what little breath she had.

"I didn't think you'd ever manage to forgive me," she said.

"Of course, I have." And he kissed her again. This one went on so long that Colt cleared his throat. Anna chuckled.

"You two should get a room," Colt joked, shoving the gunman into the back of the cruiser.

"I got a better idea." Pete looked at her. "Cassie, I don't want just a room, I want a life with you."

She blinked. "W-hat?"

"A life," he repeated. "As in the whole package. Trust me when I say it's not the adrenaline talking, I'm in love with you."

The tears came again, and it'd been a long time since she'd shed happy tears. Cassie kissed him, smiling through both the tears and the kiss. "I'm in love with you, too."

"I knew it," Anna declared. "You'd be a fool to let a hot deputy like that get away."

She would be, and there was no way Cassie would let that happen. Pete apparently felt the same way because he caught onto her and hauled her back for another long kiss.

"Just what does the whole package include?" Cassie asked with her mouth still against his.

"A life together. More kisses. More sex. More everything." Pete smiled.

"Good." And she meant it. For the first time in months, Cassie felt true happiness. "Because I want a happy ending, and I want it with you."

Pete scooped her up in his arms. Kissed her. "Then, let's get started right now."

THE END

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