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Gage stood and headed for the door. Briggs turned to Quentin with his eyebrows raised. ” “Yes, and no need to look so surprised. You are too hard on him, Briggs. ” “I have every right, no, every obligation to make sure my boat runs perfectly. ” “Oh, poppycock. He is the best engineer on the waterway. ” “Really, Quentin, you are turning into a hen before my very eyes. ” Briggs’ voice grated with annoyance. ” And had been for close to twenty years. The memory of pulling a burned and shattered fourteen26 year-old boy out of the icy river flashed through Quentin’s mind.
Just a little. She felt the prick, even through her corset, but she didn’t step back. She refused to step back. Instead, she straightened her shoulders. ” His eyes turned cold and hard as glass. He pulled the pitchfork back and tossed it aside. His hand shot out and grabbed her. He drug her into the barn, threw her in, and slammed the door. She skidded on the dirt, hitting her head from the force of his shove. The lock clicked. She pushed herself up and spat out straw and dirt. Jared’s voice slipped through the slats along with thin strands of early evening sun.
But you’re right. ” Briggs’ voice dripped with sincerity. “Thank you, gentlemen. ” Quentin walked in, and Emma smiled. Her delight faded when behind him came Captain Briggham. His personality filled the room. He strode over to her, passing Quentin. His intense eyes cut a path to her and for a moment she thought he might launch into her, his stride was so determined and sure. She backed up a step. He stopped. ” His voice resonated, deep and powerful. ” She remembered visiting the boat when Quentin and Captain Briggham first bought it, the summer her father died and she and Jared married.
First, There Is a River by Kathy Steffen