“What the hell is that supposed to mean?” Dumbfounded, Luke stared at Carly. The woman had balls. He’d give her that.
“I can’t—I won’t—leave this village. Not voluntarily.”
Well, then, that only left involuntarily. “Listen,” he said, heading round the car toward the five foot two, one-hundred-twenty pound piece of cake.
“Oh, no you don’t.” She backed up, keeping what she apparently considered a safe distance between them.
He almost smiled. Almost. There she stood, swimming like a little kid in his oversized T-shirt with dried blood in the corner of her mouth and a nasty scrape across her cheek and still she acted as if she was calling the shots. Then he looked again. Beneath the bravado was heart-wrenching vulnerability, and an odd sense of protectiveness—maybe even possessiveness—passed through him, throwing him off his game.
Oh, no, you don’t, Griggs. Do not let her fool you again.
“Hear me out first before you overpower me and shove me in that car,” she went on. “Once you hear what I have to say, you might even offer to help.”
Wouldn’t count on it. He stopped, but stayed on the ready. Any minute the sun was going to rise above the horizon, and they’d be sitting ducks. “Okay. I’m listening.”
“No, you’re not.” She backed up even farther. “You’re just waiting for your opportunity. I can see it in your eyes.”
For having known him only a few weeks she sure as hell could read him well. “All right, fine.” He crossed his arms and leaned against the wall. “You going to tell me what’s going on or should we play twenty questions?”
She took a deep, shaky breath. “My brother’s name is Dr. Jason Danson.”
The name sounded familiar.
“About a year ago, he came to Somalia to provide humanitarian aid to the refugees.”
Luke had a feeling he knew where this was leading, and it wasn’t pretty.
“Yeah. You got it.” She held his gaze. “Jason was with that medical team that was ambushed last month.”
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Helen Brenna is the author of the popular Mirabelle Island series set off Wisconsin’s Lake Superior shore. Since her first book was published in 2007, she’s won numerous awards, including two Romance Writers of America’s RITAs, two RT Bookreviews Reviewer’s Choice awards, the Readers’ Crown and the National Readers’ Choice award. She lives with her family in Minnesota and a menagerie of pets.