Marine Under the Mistletoe by Heather Long

Marine Under the Mistletoe by Heather Long

Author:Heather Long [Long, Heather]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Adult, Romance
Amazon: B00GKUYJ2O
Barnesnoble: B00GKUYJ2O
Goodreads: 18720288
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Published: 2013-11-01T00:00:00+00:00

Chapter Four

Kaiden refused to let her help build the fire. Instead, she had to sit, chin propped on her palm, elbow on her knee, and watch him. Not that watching him was a terrific hardship. “You know it would go faster if we were both gathering wood.”

“It will go slower if you wrench your ankle—which you tried to do twice on the way down here.” The man didn’t miss a beat.

“So, you’ve learned my awful secret.” She sighed mournfully.

“Yep, you have terrible night vision. So sit there, nice and safe, and I’ll get our fire started.” The flash of his smile sent a tingle right through her.

Of course, she might spoil it by pushing. “Kaiden?”

“Yes?”

“Why did you want to come down here alone with me?” In some ways, she was so comfortable with him—he was almost too familiar. And in others, they remained relative strangers. She believed in reincarnation, always had, but she’d never been confronted by such utter familiarity before. Except the first time she’d come to an Esbat circle with the coven—but Kaiden hadn’t been there. Of course, mentioning that might make her appear crazy. Crazier than greeting him with a kiss and a hug and spending time fantasizing about him naked, Rowan, really?

He paused in mid-stack of wood, and she didn’t have to see his eyes to know he stared at her. “Did you not want to come down here?”

“Didn’t say that, but I am curious.” Particularly after his I want to live comment.

Instead of answering, he continued to stack the wood into a triangle with an almost OCD attention to detail. Finally, he sat back on his heels, rested his hands on his thighs and his gaze on her. “I like being with you. I relax.”

“Okay.” It was a hell of a lot more of an answer than she’d expected to get. A chill wind rolled off the lake and she pulled her jacket tighter.

He laughed. The low sound, husky and very masculine, sent an entirely different kind of shiver racing over her skin. “And that is why I like being with you.”

“I suppose I feel a little guilty,” she admitted.

A spark and flare of light started the kindling burning. The flickering flames sent shadows dancing over Kaiden’s face. “What do you have to feel guilty about?”

Chewing her lower lip, she considered how to phrase her next words. “I didn’t know you before. Everyone else has been looking so forward to you being here, I feel guilty about their disappointment.”

“Odd. You told me they didn’t have expectations.”

“Of course they have some, even when they try not to have them. I, however, feel a tad guilty and selfish.” But she couldn’t stop the smile curving the corners of her mouth.

The flames continued to lick over the wood and offered an illusion of warmth. Walking around the fire, Kaiden came over to sit on the blanket next to her, close enough their shoulders brushed. “You have nothing to feel guilty about. But if it bothers you, we can go to the main circle with the others.



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