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Outback Crisis

Written by Melanie Milburne

Chapter twenty

Alex had seen hundreds of movies with exactly this sort of scene but she had never once considered how accurately the actors had portrayed the stomach-churning fear she was currently feeling. Her whole body froze as if sprayed with instant-setting concrete; she couldn’t even get her throat to open enough to scream, and her heart was threatening to pop out of her chest before the shadowed figure could fire a bullet into it.

“Where are the drugs?” the man asked.

Alex looked at the gleam of the gun and swallowed a tight knot of dread. “D-drugs?”

“This is the doctor’s house, isn’t it?” he asked, narrowing his eyes. “I heard Dr MacDonald was arriving today. You’ve got narcotics in your bag, now where are they?”

“My bag is...” Where is my bag? She wondered in rising panic. Had she brought it in from Mack’s car or—

The man nudged her in the stomach with the gun, his eyes glazed with murderous rage. “Get me the bag. Now.”

“B-but I’m not Dr Alexander MacDonald,” Alex said, mentally crossing her fingers that she could stall him long enough for Mack to come to the rescue.

The man frowned. “Alexander MacDonald?”

“Yes,” she said shakily. “Dr MacDonald is a he not a she.”

“Then who the hell are you?” the man asked, absently lowering the gun.

“I’m...er...” Alex suddenly saw Mack coming up behind the gunman, his movement so stealthy it was mere seconds before the man was restrained, and the gun safely out of reach.

Mack marched the man to the house holding him up by the back of his shirt, the man’s feet barely touching the ground, and informed him the police weren’t far away. The Western Australian authorities had apparently been tailing him for a couple of days following a spate of medical clinic robberies along the coast and the outback.

* * *

Within an hour, the two police officers from Marraburra had arrived and loaded the offender into the back of the police van, and took statements from both Alex and Mack.

It was the first time Alex had met the sexy sergeant her friend Amy Tanner had fallen madly in love with and it made her realize love could find you in the remotest of places.

When the police left, Mack took both of Alex’s still shaking hands in his. “Are you all right, sweetheart?” he asked, his grey-blue gaze tender with concern.

“Hey,” she said giving him a wobbly smile. “You just called me sweetheart.”

He smiled crookedly and stroked his thumbs over the backs of her hands. “Yeah, I did, didn’t I?”

“Did you have any particular reason for calling me that?” she asked with a flicker of hopefulness in her eyes.

“Yes I do actually,” he said. “But you’re going to have to wait until the six months is up before I tell you.”

Her eyes brightened even further. “You mean you want me to stay?”

He kissed the tip of her upturned nose and smiled. “What do you think, Dr Alex MacDonald?”

The End

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