Life Blood: Cora's Choice Book 1 (Chapter Six, page 2 of 12)

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"Indeed," Mr. Thorne said.

The sommelier uncorked the white wine, pouring a small amount into the wineglass in front of him. Mr. Thorne sniffed it and nodded, and at his signal, the man half-filled first my glass and then his. I murmured my thanks reflexively even as my mind churned, waiting until she was out of earshot before I pounced.

"If you aren't a doctor, then what the hell do you think you are doing?" I demanded. "Why did you touch me?"

That wasn't what I had meant to say, and the words made my cheeks redden. Way to keep the moral high ground, Cora.

"Why did you take my blood?" I corrected. "Why did you tell me you could help?"

He lifted the wineglass and took a small sip as if to hide his amusement. "One hardly needs a medical degree to be a competent phlebotomist. And I did not hear you protesting at my skill."

His fingers on my wrist... I could almost feel them again. I realized suddenly that my lips had parted, my breathing speeding up involuntarily.

I took a gulp of wine, angry and ashamed, and tried again. "If you're not a doctor, how can you help me?"

"Do you think I am playing at this?" His expression was grave.

"I don't know. How could I know?" The tears, never far from the surface now, pricked my eyes. I shoved them back mercilessly. "You seem rich enough to be able to play at anything."

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