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Published at by James Hampton

Copyright 2012 by James Hampton

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Chapter One

What Chad Stapleton really wished he could say was, “I don’t want to talk about it anymore.”

Those were the exact words.

He was bone-tired of hearing his fiancée, Jessica, express dismay over his travel plans. He knew it was only because she loved him; because she wanted him to be safe. He appreciated that. But the way she kept going on about the subject was really starting to grate on his nerves.

Maybe it was that she had said anything in the first place.

Chad almost felt demeaned by her concerns. All he wanted to do was make the drive from Palm Beach back to Savannah overnight, alone. There. That was it.

People made these kinds of drives all the time, didn’t they?

But here was Jessica Ricci, his twenty-four-year-old fiancé, standing over him while he packed his suitcase, acting as if he might not be up to the challenge of a stupid seven hour or so drive in the darkness.

That was what riled Chad, much as he hated to admit it.

Out of the corner of his eye he watched her; watched Jessica with her long dark hair, brown eyes, and splendid olive complexion, and wondered: How can someone so beautiful be so irritating sometimes?

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