Publisher: Lynn LaFleur
Release Date: January 23, 2017 (ebook)
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
Length: Short Novella
Cover Design by: Lynn LaFleur
|Driving Jaxon Greene home after a party, Michaela Ware’s car is engulfed by a bright light. They think it lasts for only a moment, but in actuality seven hours of their lives disappear.
As a reporter, Jax has to investigate what happened to them, and how. He’s always thought of Mike as a coworker and friend. His investigation brings him closer to her, and makes him realize he cares for her as much more than a friend.
(Previously published as “Abduction” in the anthology Ellora’s Cavemen Legendary Tails I.)
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“We were in a white room,” Jax said softly.
His words made her freeze. Slowly, she looked into his face. “What?” she asked weakly.
“Everything was white—the floor, the walls, the ceiling. No door. No windows. There was a large skylight in the ceiling. The only furniture in the room was a big desk. I think it was mahogany.”
Mike’s heart pounded. He described her fantasy perfectly. That wasn’t possible. “How—”
“We stood in the middle of the room,” he continued before she could finish her question. “I wasn’t sure what to do. I don’t think you knew either. You stood still, your arms wrapped across your stomach, frantically looking at every corner of the room.”
“Looking for a way out,” she whispered.
Jax nodded. “That’s what I figured. After a few minutes, we knew there was no way out. We started talking…”
“About our jobs…”
“And our friendship. I teased you about your frizzy hair.” He touched her hair, wrapped a thick tendril around his finger. “Your hair is beautiful, Michaela, not frizzy.”
Her eyelids grew heavy when he ran his hand beneath her hair to caress her neck. “You touched me like this, and kissed me.”
“You kissed me back.” He stepped closer to her. “Sunshine came through the skylight. It highlighted your hair, made it shiny. I kept running my hands through it. I couldn’t get enough of touching it.”
“You asked me if I was afraid.”
Jax nodded again. “You said you were, that you were afraid I’d be disappointed in you. I told you I could never be disappointed in you.”
A thousand butterflies had somehow taken up residence in Mike’s stomach and fought for their own space. It hadn’t been a fantasy or a daydream. She’d actually been with Jax in that room. They’d actually…
“We made love,” she said, her voice shaky.
He tightened his hold on her neck. “Yes, we did.”