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“Sorry, Miss. You can‟t go in there,” the firefighter said, releasing her.
“Don‟t know. Two guys there,” the ambulance driver said.
“Who?” April asked.
“Gavin and Bobby, I think.”
She gasped and tried to get closer. One fireman watching the barn from the outside held a walkie talkie to his mouth and was speaking to someone inside.
“Can you see him?” the fireman said.
Silence, as he listened to the response which sounded like static to April.
“Is he breathing?”
April felt her throat tighten and her pulse race, pounding in her ears.
“Bring him out. Yeah. EMT‟s here,” the fireman said and turned off the walkie talkie, “They‟re coming out.”
The EMT‟s were ready. April‟s skin prickled with the tension in the air.
“They‟re coming out, stand back.”
Shirley joined April, who took the older woman‟s hand and squeezed it, then. Shirley put her arm around April‟s shoulder.
“Here they come,” the fireman said, as a shadowy figure approached the barn door.
One man was carrying another. April strained her eyes but couldn‟t make out who was walking through the thick smoke. It wasn‟t long before she saw it was Gavin walking out with Bobby slung over his shoulder. Bobby was limp. The EMT crew raced up as Gavin laid Bobby down gently on the ground a safe distance from the barn. The rescuers went to work on Bobby immediately as he was unconscious. One worker gave Gavin a face mask attached to oxygen. Gavin coughed a few times and held the mask to his face.
“Gavin!” April shouted and waved before pushing past the other firefighters and running over to him.
He looked up at her and smiled. Before he could take more than a few breaths, she flew into his arms, tears spilling down her cheeks.
“Whoa, April! You‟re going to get full of smoke...what are you doing here?” He asked, folding his arms around her and smiling.
„Shirley and Hal told me—” She gasped for breath “…Told me the ambulance was probably for a fireman...and I thought it was you.”
“It‟s okay, Springtime,” he whispered, “I‟m okay.”
She closed her eyes, letting him hold her close, resting her cheek on his chest.
When she calmed down, she stepped back and saw his eyes shining at her through his soot-streaked face.
“Your clothes may be ruined,” he said.
She looked down to see smoke stains on her T-shirt and shorts.
“I don‟t care.”
“You thought I was hurt, eh? Came running over here, for…a friend?” He asked, staring into her eyes.
She backed away and dropped her gaze.
“Because I don‟t want you to get hurt doesn‟t...mean anything.”
He laughed. “Convince yourself, April, because you won‟t convince me,” he said, draping his arm around her shoulders as he walked over to the captain.
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A little bit about he book:
Fresh from graduate school, April McKenna, beautiful and brilliant vows to strike out on a new path rather than return to San Francisco to take a job with her father’s firm. She meets Rusty and sets off for an escapade that ends in tragedy. Injured and alone she is taken in by Sunny Davis, a friend of her mother’s who lives in a small town in the Catskill Mountains in New York.
During her recovery, April resolves to carve out an exotic life of travel and adventure. But she didn’t count on a sexy fireman upsetting her plans. Gavin Dailey has dated practically every woman in the county, but when he meets April, he knows he’s finally found the one he wants. Only a stubborn man like Gavin wouldn’t let April’s resistance to his charm and his small town change his plans. Determined to win her, he pulls out all the stops until he encounters one stumbling block he didn’t count on. Only a near-tragedy resurrected from the past gives April the tenacity she needs to make the right decision for her life in April’s Kiss in the Moonlight.
This is a sweet contemporary romance with no explicit sex or bad language.