By Jayne Ann Krentz
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He released her and strode quickly over to the body in the white linen suit. He stood looking down for a few seconds, taking in the absoluteness of death in one glance. The expression on his face was difficult to read. It was not shock or surprise or fear or horror—just a remote, implacable sort of fierceness. Mattie watched him, aware she should be grateful he had appeared at this particular moment in her life. No one else she knew was better qualified to get her out of this sticky situation than Hugh Abbott.
Except that she was not truly terrified, she realized vaguely. Not with Hugh standing beside her looking so thoroughly annoyed. Hugh glanced at her, his eyes narrowed consideringly. “We'll figure out something. ” “Don't worry, I won't. A good case of hysterics takes energy, and frankly, I'm exhausted. Are you going to tell me we have to turn around and go back out through those awful corridors? Because if so, I think you had better knock me unconscious first. ” “Relax, babe. This cavern is as good a place to hide as any until we can liberate another boat.
The lady had guts. He knew what it was like to keep moving ahead when your whole body was bathed in the sweat of fear and your insides felt loose and out of control. He had nothing but respect for anyone else who could manage the trick. Hugh watched the dark water lapping against rock. He would have given a great deal to know what had happened to the boat that Cormier had always kept at the ready here in this cavern. It was not like his friend to be taken off guard. Cormier had always been a planner, a careful strategist who had prided himself on being prepared for all contingencies.
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