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Friday, November 30, 2012
The Temptation of a Kiss ~ Chapter 4 and 5
Grams and Sarah gasped
and the men chuckled. Landon then walked away.
Brook sat on the ground
for a moment in disbelief. “That was utterly childish Landon,” she shouted at
Landon made his way to
the bar. “We are all children Brook. Is that not what the good book states?”
Brook rose from the
floor and brushed out the silky purple material of her skirts. “I think you
read from the bad book. The book called, “An idiot’s guide on how to live
without manners”. In fact I think you wrote it.”
Landon laughed hard.
“Well don’t pout Brook. You lost and I won. If you didn’t want-
“Stuff a map in it
already Landon,” Brook snapped.
Devon nudged Quentin
and they both walked over to Landon at the bar. “Perhaps it will be safer in my
study for a while. Besides I have to discuss something of importance with you,”
As the men left the
room, Brook took a seat in a chair that faced Sarah and Grams. The two women
were chit chatting away. Brook found herself lost in her own thoughts.
What kind of a man does that to a woman? I was not the one to encourage
the exchange between us. God he was so close. I wonder if he would have kissed
me again if we were alone. His lips were so soft and warm that night. Firm but
yet gentle. What would they feel like on my neck? I wanted him to-
“Brook!” Grams shouted.
Brook shook her head slightly. She
then gazed at the two with a blank stare.
Quentin started a fire
in Devon’s study. Landon took a seat in a club chair next to the fireplace.
Devon had excused himself for a moment to retrieve a document.
“Is it now customary
for you to drop beautiful woman on the floor?”
Landon looked at
Quentin. “She’ll be fine once she is done being cross with me.”
Quentin sat down across
from Landon. “I think she is going to hang you on one. That is not a woman I
care to mess with.” Quentin paused then said, “She has interest in you. Clearly
you can see that can you not.”
“What gives you that
impression?” Landon asked.
“I see you both sharing
an equal awareness with each other shall we say,” Quentin said.
Devon just then entered
the room. “I have a disquiet feeling concerning Lester McMay.” He handed Landon
the letter McMay had addressed to Sarah before he escaped prison. “He was seen
around town yesterday.”
Two months ago, Devon
never finished reading the letter from McMay.
Landon began to read
the letter aloud.
To my brother's child,
have stolen what is rightfully mine by birthright. You should have died that
night. Your last breath should have been done and gone like your father's and
Devon's father was. They both paid for their mistakes with their lives and so
will you Sarah.
want what is mine. All of you will suffer. I will make you watch me kill
everyone whom you dragged into this. And in the end, when you are alone
surrounded by your dead friends, I will kill you slowly as I did your father.
died by my hands and so will you Sarah. I will hunt you, follow you, and seek
you until I find you. You will forever as long as breath moves through your
body, look over your shoulder.
the birth of your first child, I will take it. You may never close your eyes at
night and not see me there Sarah. You, your child, Devon and everyone else are
all going to die.
looked towards Devon. “What are we to do with the women while the authorities
search for him?”
his hand threw his hair. “It concerns me to be honest with you and I do not
know what we are to do. The letter targets everyone. None of the women are safe
with McMay at large.”
“If I may
offer a solution,” Quentin said. “I had invited the women earlier this night to
visit my country estate. McMay, I assume, has no knowledge of me.”
Landon looked to one another and smiled. Landon said, “We accept.”
Sarah stared at Brook waiting for her answer.
child are you alright?” Grams asked.
expression was blank. “I am fine.” She stood quickly and crossed the room to
the bar and poured herself a glass of wine.
cleared her throat. “We were wondering if you care to have a picnic with us
tomorrow in the orchards. We could have some games and contests for the men.”
sounds lovely,” Brook said. A picnic with Landon. I will find an excuse
tomorrow not to go. Maybe I could plant the seed I am beginning not to feel
well before I leave tonight.
entered the room and walked over to Sarah. He held out a silver try in front of
her with a pill and a small glass of water. “Lady Sarah it is time for your
gazed up at him with confusion in her eyes. “I feel fine Richards.”
gazed at her for a brief moment than said, “Very well Lady Sarah.” As he left
his gaze locked with Gram’s gaze.
grabbed a road map and laid it out across his desk. Landon and Quentin planed
out the route to his country estate. Devon walked over to the painting of a
ship at sea hanging on the wall behind them. He pulled the painting open like a
door. Behind it was a safe set inside the wall. Devon pulled out four guns and
set them on top of the map in front of the men.
glanced at Devon. “Are these truly necessary?”
Landon picked up one of the smaller guns. “You did
not see Sarah when Devon found her in the cellar of McMay’s estate. I have
never seen such-
immediately shut his mouth when he saw Devon’s painful expression in his eyes
as he was telling Quentin the story.
looked back and forth to Landon and Devon. “Why do we not just hunt him down
ourselves? From what you have said he is broke and wanted. It shouldn’t be that
hard to find him. We have enough resources between the three of us.”
said, “It is not that simple Quentin. I wish it were. He has many bad friends
and contacts. The women are not safe with anyone but us. This man will stop at
nothing to fulfill his goal.”
A knock at
the door drew their attention. Landon pulled the map over the pile of guns.
the door holding a silver tray.
looked relieved at the sight of him. “I was about to fetch you. We are planning
to go for a trip in the country and needed to get organized concerning McMay.”
“Ah I see
Sir.” Richards looked serious. In a low hushed tone he said, “I need a moment
alone with you.”
walked with Richards into the hallway. He glanced down at the tray. “Again?” He
looked at Richards after he asked.
afraid so Sir.”
the tray from Richards’s hands and walked down the hallway to where Sarah was
sitting. He left the tray on a side table outside the room.
Devon said softly in the doorway to the sitting room.
and smiled at him. “Yes.”
have a private minute with you?”
stood and walked toward Devon at the doorway. “What is it Lord Price?”
pinched his lips together at her use of his proper name. Since the attack by
her uncle’s assistant, Sarah’s memory was missing large gaps of time, including
the fact they fell in love and were now engaged.
took her hand in his and walked a few steps back into the hallway. He gazed at
her with kind sweet eyes and in a soft voice said, “Sarah you have to take your
medicine every day.”
not need medicine Lord-
are engaged and you had an accident. Because you were hurt you now have to take
this medicine,” Devon said.
at him trying to figure out what was going on. And then it sparked. Tears began
to whelm up in her eyes. “How could I not remember this Dev? You, us, the
her in his arms and whispered, “You will sweetheart. It is just going to take
some time.” He pulled her away from him and smiled. “Now take this before you
not funny Dev,” Sarah said as she rolled her eyes.
her the pill and water with a smile. “Yes it was and so are you.” He kissed her
a seat across from Grams in a chair. She sipped her wine and then downed the
rest in her glass. Grams chuckled at her.
seems to be troubling you Brook?”
“I am fine
really,” Brook said with a smile.
smiled back. “So you have said but your face tells a different story my child.”
She leaned forward and continued, “It has been my experience that when a boy is
unkind to a girl it is for no other reason than he likes her. And from the way
he stares at you my love…I would say very much so at that.”
looked away from her. “We are merely friends Grams and neither of us care to be
anything more.” Brook wished Grams words did not bother her as much as they did.
She had no idea what he felt for her. He kissed her and both of them acted like
it had never happened. If she was to be truly honest with herself, she wished
that kiss had lasted longer. Even worse, she wished he would kiss her again.
stood up and poured another glass of wine from the bar. Sarah came back into
the room. Brook was relieved hearing Grams quickly engage in conversation with
handed Landon back the gun. “I have no need for this Landon.”
you are not fond of guns but it may come to the point where it is necessary to
use one. Just hold onto it. No one is saying you should use it,” Landon said.
smirked at Landon. “Then I have no need to carry one to begin with my friend.”
He slid the gun across the map to Landon. “A simple stick can be just as deadly
as a gun…and much quieter.”
laughed. “This is true Quent. I believe you could make a weapon out of a
patted Landon’s back. “Only if it were poisonous.”
the room and walked over to his desk. He pulled out a book and jotted down
something in it and put it away quickly. “I was thinking we should pare up into
three groups when we go to Quent’s estate. That way if we are followed it may
be easier to lose them.”
shook his head. “It has been my experience that there is safety in numbers
Landon said. “If we split up there is a danger of only one of the carriages
being pursued. Our strength is in our numbers. We must stay together Devon.”
have to agree as well Sir,” Richards said.
turned away and walked to the fire place resting his palms on the ledge. After
a moment he said, “I want to make it clear to everyone in this room that if I
get the chance to kill McMay I will.”
walked over to Devon and placed his hand on Devon’s shoulder and said, “Do not
think for a moment that I will not do the same Devon. We…you nearly lost Sarah
at the hands of that man and his assistant.”
gazed at Landon and the look in his eyes was unsettling to him. He saw pain. A
deep pain coming from somewhere in his friend and in that moment he understood
that he did not know of the love Devon carried for Sarah. He did respect it
though and for that reason alone he would do whatever needed to be done for
standing at the bar top with her back to the women Brook was now on her fourth
glass of wine. She had decided she was not going to turn around until it was
requested of her to do so. She quietly slid on top of a bar stool.
her eyes tight and drank another full glass without hesitation. An image of
Landon’s smile flashed in her mind. The low devilish sound of his words of
promised wickedness rang in her head. So vivid and real she shuttered from the
sound. Brook squeezed her eyes shut tighter. “Get out of my head,” she mumbled.
go away already,” Brook answered softly out loud.
it exactly am I doing in there and I want details Red,” Landon said in a low hushed
tone in her ear.
eyes flew open. Oh dear god. Panic began to wash over her.
walked over to Landon. “I was wondering where you had run off to. I thought I
might find you here.” He glanced over at Brook.
not move his gaze from Brook and she remained staring straight forward at the
shelves full of bottles lining the wall behind the bar. “Quent I seem to be
here there and everywhere at the moment. Would you not agree Brook?”
my boy. Come tell us of your estate. It has been years since my last visit,”
walked away leaving Brook and Landon to their acquired moment.
the bottle of wine and emptied the remainder of it into her glass and drank
half of it.
are we Red? Perhaps I shall join you and you can fill me in on what I’m doing
inside your pretty little Irish head.” Landon poured himself a splash of
scotch. He lifted the glass over to Brook’s and clanged them together.
refused to make eye contact with him. Could someone die of embarrassment? She
wanted to slither away in a corner and disappear. The room was growing warm and
she needed fresh air. Brook picked up her glass of wine. She slid herself off
the bar stool but when her feet hit the floor her legs felt like wet noodles.
Her body spun around and landed in the arms of Landon.
see she was flush. Brook grabbed his shoulders and her glass went tumbling to
alright?” he asked. His hands were around her waist holding her with a tight
shook her head as she gazed up into his deep green eyes. She found herself
leaning in a little closer to him. The warmth of his breath drew her closer and
closed the gap between their lips and kissed her. He did it without thinking.
The way she was looking at him captivated his every thought. It was his only
thought. Her lips were so close.
the room begin to spin. She squeezed Landon’s shoulders harder. The kiss was
brief as Brook pulled away from him. “I don’t feel very well Landon.
his eyes and she looked of a greenish color. “Brook are you going to be-
shook her head yes and Landon grabbed the ice bucket and dumped it on the floor
with force. As soon as he handed it to Brook she used it right there.
noise from Brook’s activity caused everyone in the room to turn.
knelt to the floor and Landon stood by next to her. “Do we have another
bucket? This one seems to be filling up quickly,” he asked. He bent down and
took up Brook’s hair for her.
Sarah for some water and a few rags. “Oh the poor dear. It sounds painful. Do
you think her to be sick with a bug?”
she was enjoying her wine tonight is all,” Quentin said.
all of you would like to regather in a different location for the evening,”
Landon said over Brook’s vocal activity.
stood up. “Yes I would agree that is best. If you need us we will not be far my
group was leaving Richards entered the room with a few supplies and placed them
next to Landon. “When you are able to move her Sir I will have a room ready for
her in the east wing of the house. It will be the chamber at the end of the
hall on the second floor. No one is in that wing so she may have her privacy.
Shall I call for a maid Sir?”
will be good Richards,” Landon said.
have two waiting in her chamber Sir,” Richards said.
another minute Brook lifted her head out of the bucket. Landon gently wiped her
face with the cool water. She had no color in her face at all.
sorry,” she whispered to him.
think anything of it. I myself have had many nights like this very one,” he
closed her eyes and fell backward to the floor. Landon picked her up and
carried her to the chamber on the second floor at the end of the hall. He laid
her on the bed and the two maids began to remove her shoes.
“I will be
outside the door when you are finished,” Landon said.
them said, “It will be a bit Sir. We have to clean her up.”
gave the woman a quick nod and shut the door behind him as he left.
up and down the long hallway. It was dim with only a single candle on the table
next to Brook’s room.
started to replay the moment in his mind before Brook had kissed him. The way
she had gazed into his eyes was no way any other woman had before. He wanted to
somehow feel the way she was looking at him. But what was it exactly? Desire to
be kissed? A feeling of fascination? No it was something else entirely. He did
not understand it; he only knew he had felt it.
was the wine? She did have a lot. Although she was not laughing as most women
do when they were in their drink.She
was staring. She was waiting. She was speaking to me with her eyes. Those gray
blue beautiful eyes. She didn’t blink. She had parted her lips slightly as she
had leaned in closer.
sound of her voice startled Landon and he whipped around. He walked to the
doorway of her room.
“Will you need
us further tonight Sir?”
said to them both. “No I will handle it from here.” He entered the room and
shut the door behind him. She was laid out in the bed with the covers up to her