They pulled up their horses, and he helped Laura dismount. Then he asked, “What didn’t you let Nanny finish telling me back at the cottage?”
Fidgeting with her lace jacket, Laura looked away, trying to think up a good answer. “Oh, I was afraid she’d go on and on about the family and bore you to death, so I decided to leave. Also, we do have lots of packing to do.”
He gently took her by the shoulders and turned her around to face him. Smiling into her eyes, he speculated, “I know that isn’t the reason.” Suddenly, before Laura knew what was happening, his lips were on hers. The warmth of his kiss was intoxicating. At first his lips gently brushed hers, and then they gradually increased their pressure. Laura was shocked at the rush of her feelings. As though she were drowning, she fought to regain control of the situation. She pushed hard on his chest with her hands, and he abruptly let her go.
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