be serious. I am not doing this. I’m not living in a cabin with a toilet that
harder this time.
sound, but nothing else happened.
I said aloud, my voice sounding hollow in the darkness. Great. This is just
perfect. I should have listened more carefully to Rita’s warnings about the
plumbing. What had she said, while I was busy thinking about the fire again?
miles away, Old Garsmouth still managed to fuck up my life.
deal with this problem in the dark. I’d call a plumber in the morning. I
slammed down the lid, and turned on the tap to wash my hand. A tiny trickle
came out, followed by nothing except a loud, thumping noise from the pipes.
against the wall. Something scuttled across my knuckles.
away and stumbled out the door, straight into a tall stranger who was standing
on the path.
deep voice boomed in my ear, with the familiar heavy vowels of a Scottish
accent. Huge arms wrapped around my body.
about, tearing myself away from his grip. Who the hell was that? Why was some
guy walking around my cabin at night?
feel so strange? It was as though I’d stuck my finger in a light socket. All
the hair on my body stood to attention. I could only imagine what the frizz on
top of my head must look like. My heart thundered in my chest, but this wasn’t
fear – it was something else. It almost felt like … excitement.
overwhelming urge to throw myself back into the arms of the stranger. What
is that about?
the loo, and studied the stranger. Even in the moonlight, it was obvious he was
the world’s most attractive man. Well maybe not the most … Idris Elba was still
alive, of course, and Sam Heughan. But this guy would certainly make top five.
And he had the significant advantage in that he was in my immediate vicinity,
although I still had yet to ascertain if that was a good thing or not.
that tumbled around his face in tousled waves. A line of dark stubble crossed
his strong, square jaw, and the corners of his mouth lifted up into a cheeky
half-grin. Eyes of blue ice looked me up and down with predator-like focus.
Even though his thick leather jacket, I could see the dark shapes of a tattoo
poking out from the side of his collar. He carried a metal box in his hand. A
gold ring dangled from the top of his right ear. God, I’d love to grab that
with my tongue and—
you even thinking? This is nuts. That’s a white guy, standing in the dark. Hot
or not, he can’t be there for any good reason.
trying to ignore the desire surging through my body. Stay alert, Rosa.
Ignore your body for the moment. It’s probably having some kind of seizure. If
he makes a move, turn and run for the path at the other side of the cabin—
plumbing issues?” The stranger asked, taking a step forward.
hell do you think you’re doing?” I demanded, in a voice that oozed the
confidence I did not feel. “You’re sneaking around my cabin in the middle of
the night wearing all black, you scare me half to death, and the first thing
you have to say to me is about the plumbing?”
wicked grin spreading across his face, the kind of grin that might move him
from top five hottest guys on earth into the top three. “Why not? I help lots
of women with their plumbing.”
you here to attack me? I warn you, I’m dangerous when provoked.” I tried to
make my feet move back, but they were frozen in place.
was that grin again. Cocky, self-assured. Sexy as hell. Damn this guy. “In all
seriousness, though. I just came to see if you were all right. I’ve brought my
hand, which upon closer inspection did indeed look like a toolbox. Certainly
not big enough to carry a body around in. That was some positive news.
“Do you just randomly walk around the forest in the dark, looking for plumbing
disasters? You still haven’t told me your name.”
The guy set down the box, and held up both hands in a gesture of supplication.
“My name’s Caleb. Rita hired me to do some carpentry work around the place. I’m
staying in the cabin just over there.” He jerked his thumb at the trees behind
us. “She asked me to come out and check on you, offer my services for whatever
you need.” Caleb grinned again. “Looks like I got here just in time.”