by Mickie Sherwood
Although Ashley Wagner feels more like Scrooge than Santa, she keeps her promise and accompanies her sister back home for a Christmas wedding. Her three-day weekend is off to a rocky start, thanks to the unexpected run-in with her womanizing ex-husband, and his very pregnant new wife. She manages to get away with her dignity intact, but later, with old wounds ripped open, the professional crisis manager ends up in the middle of her own life-altering predicament.
Then, sports journalist Craig Johnston, wheels to her rescue.
Will Ashley spend Christmas brooding over bitter memories? Or will Craig, a dynamic paraplegic, present the deserving divorcée with a gift she can't resist?
Scene: Ashley visits Craig's office to thank him for rescuing her.
Ashley paid attention to Craig as he came back with the iPod. Even dressed in his business attire, it was obvious he worked out. His body appeared muscular and fit from head to toe. In fact, he looked as if he could just stand up out of that wheelchair and trot away, no problem whatsoever.
Craig smiled at her.
That should have lessened her anxiety about being a nuisance. Instead, she wrestled with the self-conscious disrespect shown by her gawking. She tried to shake the feeling, but couldn't. His outstretched hand tempted her. Still, instead of accepting the iPod, she stood.
"I can't do this." Ashley put down the crackers. "I'm in the way." She didn't get to make a step, for his hand swallowed hers. Ashley looked at their blended fingers. Then she basked in his warm, friendly gaze.
"You owe me, you know."
"I do. That's why I'm going to let you get back to work." She slipped her hand from his. Her voice was quiet. "Thanks for what you did."
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Mickie Sherwood is an author and a novice photographer. Using her backyard as the backdrop for her inspiration, she loves taking pictures of nature. Her love of photography incites her creativity for writing. Spending time with her family and cruise vacations, also stokes her imagination.
With all of her interest combined, fascinating characters and intriguing circumstances can develop.
Mickie also enjoys a good laugh. Revel in the humorous stories she shares about life, at her blog—Mickie's Mutterings.