It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! Time for another tantalizing look at Trail of Kisses….
“And this is Cade Lawson,” her father went on. “Your uncle hired him to be your escort.”
Lynne turned to see another man striding toward her, leading two horses. She barely registered that one horse was her own Clover. Cade Lawson was a sight to behold. Tall with broad shoulders and a narrow waist, he walked as if he owned the wagon train. Sunlight caught golden highlights in his hair and teased tiny lines around his blue eyes, but he wasn’t smiling. On the contrary, her unexpected escort looked about as serious as, well, as her father before he passed a judgment. His sensual lips were pressed in a tight line.
“Mr. Lawson, I’d like to introduce you to my daughter, Miss Lynne Tremaine.” Her father took a half step back to present her with a proud smile.
“Miss Tremaine.” Cade nodded to her without a hint of a smile, without so much as a flash in his eyes. He didn’t even extend his hand to her. It was rude of him, especially when she had the sudden desire to see if his grip was as manly as the rest of him.
“Mr. Lawson,” she replied, folding her hands demurely in front of her. If he wasn’t going to be a gentleman, then she wasn’t going to go out of her way to teach him manners. She turned to her father. “What do you mean, Uncle George has hired him to be my escort?”
“I mean just that,” her father replied. “Mr. Lawson has been charged with accompanying you on your journey and seeing you safe to Denver City.”
Lynne took another look at Mr. Lawson. He looked solid and strong. Solid and strong like trouble in reasonably well-kept clothes.
“Thank you, Mr. Lawson,” she said, tilting her head up, “but I won’t be needing an escort to Denver City. I am brave enough to make the journey on my own.”
Mr. Lawson’s brow darkened. “Excuse me?”
“Now Lynne.” Her father hooked his thumbs into his vest pockets. “This matter isn’t up for discussion. It is far too dangerous for a woman to travel in a wagon train alone. Far too dangerous and far too scandalous.”
“Is it any less scandalous for me to be traveling in the company of a man I don’t know?” she asked. “There’s the scandal, if you ask me.”
Her father frowned. “I have informed the trail boss, Mr. Evans, of the purpose of Mr. Lawson’s presence. He has assured me that he will make certain no untoward rumors are circulated amongst your fellow travelers.”
“Yes, my dear. So long as you behave yourself.”
Lynne crossed her arms, glancing from her father to Mr. Lawson. She was outnumbered. All she could do was swallow her sadness and harden her heart enough to bear being parted from the family she loved more than anything. “I see.”
“I’m glad you do,” her father replied.
By his tone she could tell he was teasing her. She wasn’t in the mood to be teased. What had started out as a bad idea on her father’s part was already on the verge of becoming a catastrophe, as far as she was concerned.
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