Through Ancient Eyes: Excerpt
“Wait! Are you crazy?” Jake’s voice carried after her into the small space. “Don’t go out the door.”
Danielle sighed and poked her head back through the window.
“If you do, everyone will know it, and I’m sure you’d like to keep your reputation intact.”
“You weren’t too concerned about my reputation earlier, buddy,” she panted as she placed her palms inside the frame of the opening and boosted herself halfway through.
“Oh, you’re wrong about that,” he answered her decidedly, and wrapped his arms around her waist to pull her free. “Tonight you were almost my wife.”
“You should be so lucky,” she said as the rest of her body smacked into his and she slid slowly against his solid frame until her feet found purchase on the ground.
“Lucky would be one word, honored would be another.”
Danielle felt the heat of his skin through her nighttime tunic, and she was consciously aware that he had not released her from his strong arms though she was free of the window.
His left hand supported the small of her back with firm pressure as he raised his right to caress her flushed cheek with the silken cluster of flowers.
“All my life I have longed for someone to share this place with, but I could never set aside my obligations to satisfy those dreams. I can barely believe it, but you’re here with me now, and it’s more gratifying than I ever could have imagined. Let me show you where these flowers grow.”
Jake tucked the delicate blossoms into her hair and ran his hands down the sides of her arms before he gently captured her fingers.
“Come with me. It’s safe. I promise I’ll take care of you.”