The Unexpected Wedding (Comfort Crossing Book 5)(7)

By: Kay Correll

Steve wrote the address of his house and handed it to Cal. “Tell you what. I’ll meet you at my house tomorrow about noon. I’ll introduce you to Mrs. Baker, she should be back from church by then. You can start work on Monday.”

“Thank you. I’ll see you tomorrow, then.”

Steve settled down at his desk to do some of the never-ending paperwork for his company. He looked up later when the door opened and sunlight came streaming inside on the old wooden floorboards. Someone stood in the doorway, blocking the light.

“Holly.” He came from behind the desk and wrapped his arms around her. She stood on tiptoe and kissed him.

“I missed you. I had a break in my schedule and thought I’d pop in and see you. Are we still on for dinner tonight?”

“We are. Josh already has the table set up all fancy. He wants to pick flowers from the garden, too.”

Holly’s face crinkled into a warm smile. “He sure is getting into this fancy dinner thing.”

“He is. Says it’s good to have a woman in the house. The kid cracks me up.”

“You know, you two don’t have to go to all this trouble when you invite me over.”

“We’re just so dang happy you moved to town.” Steve nuzzled her neck. “I’m particularly happy to have you here.”

“Hmmm. I’m kinda glad I moved here, too.” She leaned into his embrace.

The back door flew open and Josh burst in. “Hey, Miss Holly. You’re here.”

“I am.”

“Did Dad tell you I already set the table for dinner? You didn’t change your mind did you? You’re still coming?”

“Wouldn’t miss it.”

Josh grinned from ear to ear.

“I better get back to work. Gil Amaud found a stray dog hanging around the Feed and Seed, looking for food. He followed her and found a litter of puppies. Looks like someone abandoned her and the pups. He’s bringing them in to let me check them out.”

“That’s cool. Can I come see them too?”

“It’s up to your father.”

“Can I, Dad? Please? I won’t get in Miss Holly’s way. I promise.”

“Okay, but come straight back here after that. Don’t go getting in the way over there at the vet clinic.”

“I don’t get in the way. I’m a big help when I’m there, aren’t I, Miss Holly?”

“You are. Come on. Let’s see what you can help with until Gil shows up with those pups.”

Steve watched Holly and Josh walk down the street toward the veterinary clinic. Josh skipped around and popped back from side to side around Holly. The boy had more energy than ten people.

Steve smiled then, content with his life. Josh was happy, Holly had moved to Comfort Crossing, and things were working out between them. Good. Better than good. He was nuts about the woman, but knew she needed some time to adjust to all the changes in her life the last few years. But he’d give her time. All the time she needed.

~ * ~

Becky Lee looked up to see that man from yesterday and the little boy—Scotty, wasn’t it?— coming through the door to the cafe for a late lunch. The man still looked a little too closely at her, like he was searching for something.

Or, of course, it could be her imagination.

“Grab a seat anywhere. I’ll be by in a sec to get your order.”

The man picked up two menus from the counter by the door and headed over to a window seat. Scotty looked perkier today, and for some reason that tickled her. She never could stand to see a sad child, it tore at her heartstrings.

She brought over the order for Sue Lake, a history teacher at the local high school. The woman smiled up at her. “I sure do like my summers. Late lunches at the cafe. No papers to grade. I bet I’ve read fifty books so far this summer.”

Becky Lee laughed. “Just like the school kids. Everyone enjoys their summers.”

“I’m reading an entire series of romances set in the Scottish highlands. The author did a remarkable job with the historical details.”

“Sounds right up your alley.” Becky Lee set the plates on the table. “Let me know if you need anything else.”

“I will.”

Becky Lee watched as the woman propped a book open beside her lunch and started reading. With a quick glance around the cafe, she didn’t see anyone else who needed her attention, so she headed over to the man and Scotty.

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