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An Excerpt from Fate Intended
Trip found Jane in the hallway kneeling on the floor stuffing groceries into a bag as she listened to Mr. Little’s various accounts of his service during the great war. Mr. Little gave him a wink and a thumb’s up. Trip shook his head and frowned at the old man.
Jane put the last item in the bag for the second time and stood, handing the groceries over very carefully. “Here you go.”
“It’s these hands. Useless damn things.”
“Accidents happen to everyone.” Jane assured with a sympathetic pat on the back.
“They happen to some more than others.” Trip grumbled.
Mr. Little’s grin offered no remorse as he gave Jane’s bottom a pat and shuffled along to his apartment.
Jane jumped, letting out a surprised, “Oooh.”
“You realize Mr. Little’s only clumsy when you’re around?” Trip said.
Jane slowly turned and looked at him as if he spoke a foreign tongue. Her mouth hung open, and she kept glancing over her shoulder at the elevator. Trip shifted from one foot to another, then cleared his throat and offered a simple, “I’m sorry.”
Jane’s head tipped to the right and she looked even more confused. “Sorry that Mr. Little is clumsy?”
Trip shook his head. “No, I’m sorry about Olivia.”
“Oh.” Jane’s eyes went wide for a moment, before returning to normal. She shrugged and shook her head. “It’s nothing.”
“No, it’s not. There’s no excusing Olivia’s behavior. I’m sorry you had to be on the receiving end. She’s mad at me. Not you.”
“I’m used to her…umm, unfriendliness?” Jane said retrieving her bag of laundry off the floor.
Trip’s eyes narrowed, and he crossed his arms over his chest. “Well, I’m not. I’ve never seen Liv this pissed.” Trip reddened. “Sorry, I mean angry.”
“Really?” Jane bit the side of her cheek.
Her blue eyes caught his attention. They were so dark he would have mistaken them for brown if he wasn’t so close. And her skin was smooth, even without make up. He hadn’t realized just how pretty she was before. He had to admit he was as guilty as Mr. Little about not getting beyond the curves of her petite body to notice her face. He felt his cheeks flush, then burn with his thoughts. She was too young, couldn’t be much older than eighteen. He mumbled yet another apology.
“Yeah. Usually she’s sweet.”
“Really.” Jane’s nose wrinkled.
“I take it she’s not so sweet around you?”
Jane shrugged again as the redness on her cheeks spilled down her throat. Trip couldn’t believe how upset Olivia made her. Maybe he was lucky to have seen this side of Liv before making the relationship exclusive. Olivia’s treatment of Jane stunned him. He couldn’t imagine anyone finding fault with the girl. She was sweet to everyone. Even pervy old Mr. Little.
“I’ve never seen Liv be so rude. And how she treated you? Like I said, that was my fault. I guess I stepped out of line.”
“Stepped out of line?” Jane asked, her eyes squinted, head shaking in thought.
"It’s a figure of speech. . . meaning I disobeyed.”
“Oh. I see.” Jane answered, awareness growing on her face.
“Evidently Olivia Higgins is not one to be crossed.”
“No, no she’s not. She is. . .” Jane struggled for the right word, “powerful?”
“Bossy as hell evidently.”
Jane smiled. The elevator started to ding, alerting the emergency stop button was still pressed. Jane situated the laundry bag on her hip. “I should…I need to drop this off for laundry.”
“Of course.” Trip stepped onto the elevator with her and closed the doors. Jane stared at her pink Converses.
“Which floor?” he asked.
“Basement,” she croaked. They rode in awkward silence.
Fate Intended is the third book in the Coulter Men Series. Trip is the last of the Coulter sons to find love. He’s a handsome man with all the skills a young spy needs to succeed. But when it comes to love, he misses the target. Jane is a sweet beauty who may or may not be wanted for murder. She’s hiding out as a cleaning lady when chance brings her and Trip together. It looks like a happily ever after is in the cross hairs until reality tries to destroy what fate has intended.
Elizabeth Seckman is a simple chick with a simple dream…to write stories people want to read.