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Special Forces Blind Date

Written by Regan Black

Chapter Twenty

“Now?” Alex echoed the question. “Now I want to take you away more than ever. I have leave. I’ll tap my savings account. Whatever it takes to have more time alone with you.” Anything to keep her safe, although his plans went further than an island vacation.

The police had assured them Ian would be held for at least a forty-eight-hour psych evaluation and charged with assault, weapons charges, as well as violation of the restraining order and any other charges they could pile on. Unless she had to testify in court, she probably would never see the idiot again due to the mandatory prison time that would come after he got out of the hospital.

“Tahiti seems a bit far for a man who’s always on call,” she replied.

“Is that what held you back when I asked you out before? My Special Forces commitment?”

“That and it was just too soon.” She rolled the shoulder that her ex had injured. “My confidence was too weak to deal with a man like you.”

“I knew it wasn’t the uniform,” he said to himself.

“What?”

“Doesn’t matter.” He reached out, hugged her close. “You are the most courageous woman I’ve met, in PT or out.” To his satisfaction, she laughed, her arms circling his waist as she leaned in. “Never forget it.”

She gazed up at the shattered bedroom window. “And still, I don’t know the first thing about window repair. Luckily, the maintenance crew here does.”

They walked up to her apartment and he found a broom and dustpan to clean up the debris while she made the call. It was impossible to stand in her bedroom and not think about what they’d shared last night. How much more he wanted to share every day to come with her.

Too soon or not, one of them would have to take the leap. After commenting on her courage, it was his turn to step up and take the chance. As he dumped another dustpan full of glass into the trash can, she walked in and he knew he had to act now or risk losing everything important.

“Alex?”

He set aside the broom and took her hands in his. “I love you, Helen. I’ve known you were special to me since the moment we met. I’ll resign my current post today if that’s what it takes to stay in your life.”

“No.” She cupped his face in her hands. “You’re perfect as you are and I love you for it. Don’t change anything for me.”

“Say it again, please?”

“I love you, Alex.”

His entire body sighed with contentment. Whether or not she asked, he would always do everything in his power to keep that wondrous smile on her face. “What about Tahiti? I’ll extend my leave for the rest of the month.”

“How about Florida?” she countered. “And just for the weekend. I know a great resort with tennis courts and private beaches.”

He supposed Tahiti could wait. For a honeymoon.

“Will you wear a bikini in Florida?”

She grinned. “Not on the tennis court.”

Laughing, he kissed her again, happier in this moment than he’d ever been in his life. The best part was knowing things would only get better with time.

The End

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