Ardanowski, called ‘V’ by her friends, kept the canister of pepper spray
trained on the strange young man. “Anna
Devane doesn’t have a younger brother,” she said.
“You should have come up with a better story.”
name is Gabriel Devane and Anna asked me to wait for her here.”
ignored the young man’s earnest expression.
“Then where is she?”
don’t know. I thought you were
her.” Gabriel began to rise from
the bed. A subtle movement from V
discouraged that. “Look, if you
will let me get my phone, I will call her.”
hesitation irritated Gabriel. He
stood up, allowing the sheet to fall from his nude body. “I am not going to hurt you,” he ground out between
clenched teeth. “I am not even
carrying a weapon!”
was highly debatable, V thought, tearing her gaze away from his ample endowment.
“Fine,” she said. “Just
don’t try anything.”
crossed the room and retrieved a tiny cell phone from the pocket of his jeans.
He carelessly draped the jeans back onto the chair as before.
All the while he was aware of V’s frankly assessing gaze upon his body.
me guess,” V smirked. Her eyes
drifted back up his body to settle upon his face.
Gabriel had the tiny phone pressed to his ear and a frown upon his face.
“Anna doesn’t answer your call.
sarcastic tone was not lost on the young man.
He knew that his inability to reach his older sister further convinced
the beautiful redhead that Gabriel’s story was not true.
“No,” the young man explained. “Anna
left me a message. Something has
happened and she had to go back to the police station.”
sure…” V gestured with the
canister of pepper spray. “I’ll
tell you what. You put your clothes
on. We will go and meet Anna
sighed but did not move. Instinctively
V’s grip tightened about the small canister as her past training as a WSB
agent automatically kicked in. Both
she and Gabriel stared at one another as they stood in a frozen tableau.
the young man’s gaze drifted downward. V
realized that his body had undergone significant changes.
“Well, just…You can…” Her
face grew red with embarrassment. Her
WSB training had not prepared her for a situation like this.
“Can’t you still get dressed with it like this?”
shrugged. “My jeans are tight.
V was flustered.
Gabriel seemed unaffected by his body’s arousal.
In fact, he continued to stare at V with an intense, unblinking gaze.
sit back down on the bed,” she demanded weakly. Her hands fluttered in the air.
“And cover up. Please.”
desperately tried to figure out her next move.
She and the stranger could just wait until ‘it’ went down.
But frankly, she admitted to herself, she did not have enough experience
with the male anatomy to know how long such a thing might take.
are you doing?”
frowned as Gabriel’s fingers flew across the phone’s keypad.
“I am sending Anna a message. When
she calls me back, you will have your proof.”
a simple solution! V was tempted to
slap herself on the forehead.
immediately the tiny cell phone rang, causing V to jump.
Gabriel carefully answered the call.
“Here,” he proffered the phone her way.
“Anna wants to speak with you.”
accepted the phone with caution. “Hello?”
correctly read V’s expression. She
had finally accepted that he was who he claimed.
sorry,” V said, snapping the little phone shut. “I didn’t know.”
apologized with each step she took toward the door. She fled Gabriel’s presence with an immense sense of
relief. There was nothing she
wanted more than to just put the embarrassing episode behind her.
was only one problem. A crystal
clear image of a naked Gabriel Devane remained foremost in her mind.