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Paranormal Romance, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
He rested his hands behind his head, a move that only served to draw attention to his well-developed arms and pectoral muscles. The man was built like every woman’s dream.
“Do you want to know what’s happening here?” he asked.
Not particularly, but that wasn’t going to stop him.
“It’s fate,” he said.
“I’m a woman of science.” Maybe I could dazzle him with my logic. It was worth a try, at least. “You have pajama bottoms on?”
“Why do you ask?” He questioned, amused and absolutely unwilling to make this any easier.
Because I was done with this hot soldier wearing nothing but a sheet.
Lucky for me, I saw the start of cotton sleep pants where a fine line of hair on his stomach snaked past his lower hips. “Come with me,” I said, motioning for a wheelchair.
Galen stood easily. “I don’t need a wheelchair,” he scoffed, towering above me. I stared straight into lean, hard muscle. And at that moment, I too saw the absurdity of cramming this powerful soldier into a chair.
He looked like he could wrestle a bear. Still, if I wanted to get him out of the Recovery Unit, I had to follow protocol. “It’s the only way you’re leaving with me.”
He gave me a faint salty smile. “Are you sure about that?”
No. “Listen,” I lowered my voice, “you want to talk, right? Well then I’ve got to get you somewhere private. In this,” I said, pointing to the wheelchair, the other hand balled into a fist in the pocket of my scrubs. “If anyone sees you walking around, you run the risk of getting sent back to your unit, with or without any interference from me. And you know what? I’d be just fine with that. So, if you want to talk, get in the chair.”
The corner of his mouth tipped up. “Do you know your cheeks flush when you’re angry?”
“Can it. Five more seconds and I walk.”
If I didn’t know better, I would have sworn I saw a flicker of surprise. He stared at me for a long moment, almost daring me to do it before taking two powerful strides in the direction of the feeble chair. “Shall we?” he asked dryly, sprawling over it like a king at court.
Good enough for me. I gripped the handles and steered his highness down the long hallway toward the door, ignoring the catcalls from the soldiers.
The doctor needs to see you alone?
Have fun with that exam.
Ask her if she makes house calls!
Galen grinned he was in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. I, on the other hand, blushed down to my toes. Didn’t these guys ever grow up?
Didn’t they see that I’d won? I’d gotten my way. Galen was going outside with me, per regulations.
So why did I feel like I’d just given him the battle?
Jaw clenched, I focused straight ahead as I steered him toward the door.
“That was brutal,” I said, when at last the door slammed closed behind us.
“Best time I’ve had all month,” Galen said, throwing an arm over the back of the chair. He gave me a conspiratorial grin. “Maybe I should start letting you order me around.”