"Yes ma'am," he smiled and moved to pull the towel and robe from the hook behind the door. In one swift toss, he threw it toward her and started backing out of the bathroom, but not before he got an eyeful of beautiful pouting breast, and hair the color of chocolate flowing over ivory shoulders.

"Thank you," she called as he closed the door behind him.

Jake hadn't seen a naked woman that pretty in a long time and although he knew he shouldn't be thinking along those lines, he was sorely tempted to join her in the tub. However, considering the circumstances he was almost positive she wouldn't appreciate it.

He waited until she came out. Her long brown hair cascaded over the white robe like a soft wide ribbon. Her brown eyes spoke of her discomfiture.

"I'm…sorry…about the circumstances. Can you tell me what happened? I mean I've had some weird calls before, but this one takes the cake."

"Well, yes, I came home from work, I'm a nurse at the hospital, and I was tired and weary and thought a bath might make me feel better. So I climbed in my tub. But I wasn't there long before that snake stared me down as it crawled under the doorway. Do snakes come in the house all the time?"

"No ma'am, they don't. Especially rattlesnakes." Jake assured her. "Go on, what happened?"

"Well I stood up and reached over to get my cell phone and dialed 911 as fast as I could. The snake scared me silly. He just stood there staring at me for a long while, and then after I hung up, he began moving toward the tub. I knew I was in trouble, but I didn't know what to do. He moved very slowly at first. He coiled a couple of times before he got up to the tub and the faucets. I've never been so scared in my life…how could this have happened?"

"I don't know ma'am. How long have you lived out here, I thought the Turner place was vacant."

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