Marti Talbott's Highlander Series, Book 1 (ANNA - CHAPTER VI, page 1 of 16)


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In the beginning, Kevin had not planned to spend so much time with a wife. Nevertheless, she was his wife and he thought she would be furious in the morning, when she learned he left without her. She might be even more upset when her guards wouldn't let her leave, even to ride a horse when she was able. Furthermore, he was worried she would break away from her guard and ride all the way back to England alone. All manner of horrible things could happen to her, he didn't want that on his conscience too, and asked everyone to keep a close eye on her.

After their evening meal, he asked if she would enjoy another walk and she quickly agreed. Anna was still wearing the gown with the open back, but she walked much better and seemed far more cheerful.

She let him take her hand even though she was certain she wouldn't fall, and they turned up a different path. The cool air felt good on her back but the warmth of his hand felt even better. They were halfway up the slight incline when she stopped to look at the stars. "I love the stars. Perhaps someday we might sleep outside."

"You would not mind?"

"Heavens no, I love the outdoors and if you are with me, I will have nothing to fear."

"Except me."

"Aye."

He liked her honesty. "Are you afraid of what will happen when we consummate our marriage?"

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