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The Doctor Everyone's Talking About

Written by Fiona McArthur

Chapter twenty

Angus walked with Zoe out of the foyer of the hospital on Monday after her shift. He'd dropped into the ward to say goodbye to Tessa but she'd discharged herself before he got there.

They found her outside the hospital clutching her baby with tears running down her face. Zoe hurried over and he followed. "You look miserable. What's happened?"

Tessa burst into tears. "He's not here. He said at three, but Chase isn't here. He said he'd be here fifteen minutes ago." Angus wanted to strangle her boyfriend. He knew this feeling so well.

She hugged Bodie tightly against her. "He doesn't love me or Bodie. Of course he doesn't."

Zoe looked at him and Angus said, "I'll take you and Bodie home." Zoe added, "In his fabulous car," but just as the words were out, a large, mohawked man covered in tattoos hurried up to them.

Angus glared at him until he saw the guy looked ready to cry, too. Maybe fairy tales did happen. Angus slid his hand into Zoe's and stepped back as the young man tried to hug Tessa still burdened by a huge blue rabbit and a bunch of wilting flowers.

"So sorry, babe. I couldn't make the baby seat fit in the car."

Tessa sniffed and smiled tremulously as if she couldn't believe he was there.

Zoe leaned forward without letting go of his hand. "You must be Chase. Here. Let me hold these for a sec." She took the rabbit, which she handed to Angus. Then she took the flowers.

"Ta." Chase glanced at Zoe briefly but his eyes were all for Tessa. "Babe. I love you. And our little man."

Angus squeezed Zoe's hand and they both looked away to hide smiles. Tessa's Chase had a marshmallow centre. Especially where his lady and his baby were concerned.

Tessa turned damp eyes to Zoe. "My lift's here, but maybe Dr. Angus should take you home in his car?"

Angus put his arm around Zoe and squeezed her gently against him where she felt so right. "I just might do that."

Zoe raised her brows. "And I might just let you."

***

Ten minutes later, with the roof down, they were parked under a tree at their favorite beach. Finally they broke apart. Angus stroked her face with his finger as he sat back, and his soft smile made her glow. "So how do I get to be a lifeguard's boyfriend?"

That was easy. "Keep kissing me like that."

"So where do we go from here?"

She grinned. "Anywhere with a more comfortable seat."

He reached forward and started the car. No delay at all. "See, I thought you only loved me for my car."

"Maybe I love your car because of you?"

"As long as you love me."

She looked at him. Her gorgeous, slightly insecure, amazing man who so wanted to do everything right for her. "More every day. But you'll have to get used to the boys. I might even have to forgive them because they kept me safe for you."

"They're already my favorite people. Next to you…"

THE END

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