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By Kelouisa

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2012 by Kelouisa

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All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

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The girl kneeled on the hard-packed dirt, watching the cowboy pace in front of her with wary eyes. She hadn’t been this terrified since the first time. The rowdy noise of woman-starved cowboys was simply a fence away. If they saw her, whether over the plank fence or through a loose board, or if either of them made too much noise, she doubted Richard could keep them from having their turn. Worse, she wasn’t entirely sure he would even try.

This certainly had not been the fate she’d expected when she’d responded to his tentatively scribed letters, which he’d shyly admitted to her were dictated to another. It didn’t take long indeed for her to realize that all the shyness and romanticism of a tender young man was projected on the page from her innocent imagination. She knew that if she read those letters now, the voice reading them would be gruff and far surer of itself.

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