Lie Close To Me (Lazarus Rising Book 5)(104)

By: Cynthia Eden

Yes. “Count on me for anything you need.”

Elizabeth came closer to the bed. “Thank you, Luna.” Her lashes covered her eyes as she glanced down. Her shoulders slumped a bit. “I’m…I’m so sorry for everything that happened to you. I created Lazarus. I swear, what’s happened was never my intent, but that doesn’t make it right. I tried to play God because I didn’t want to lose anyone else in my life. I thought I could stop death. I didn’t realize how many people would be hurt. Destroyed.” Her lashes lifted. “Again, I am so sorry.”

“We can’t change the past.” Luna cleared her throat. “But we can go forward. We can make things better. I figure with you and I working together, there’s not much that we can’t do.”

Elizabeth licked her lower lip. “Thank you, Luna. Thank you.” Then she backed away from the bed. A moment later, the door shut softly behind her.

Luna was left alone with Maddox. Her head turned. She met his watchful stare. “What?”

“I love you.”

She’d never get tired of hearing those words.

“I loved you yesterday, I love you today, and I’ll love you for all the tomorrows that we have coming.”

Very, very nice. She offered her hand to him. When his fingers curled around hers, Luna pulled him closer.

“Baby, your chest…I know it’s still tender…I don’t want to hurt—”

“You’ve never hurt me, and you never will.” Something she knew with absolute certainty. “Now kiss me and then tell me what we’re going to do…after.”

One brow lifted. “After?”

“After everyone has their memories back. After you and I start a life together. After we have a house…”

He pulled her close. “What kind of house do you have in mind?”

She considered his question for a moment. Maybe one on a beach? “I’ve always liked the sound of the ocean.”

His laughter warmed her very soul. “Me, too, Luna, me, too.” He cleared his throat. “After…we’re going to get a house on the beach. And a sailboat. And we’ll take that boat out, and we’ll have our little girl with us.”

Her breath slid in and out.

Her heart beat in a steady rhythm.

“Before the little girl comes, though, we’re going to get married. Maybe married on the beach. And after that…”

Her head tilted toward him. Their mouths were so close.

“We’ll do any damn thing you want.”

“I like that.”

“Good. Because there’s not going to be any more pain. Just good memories. Memories that we make.”

“How about we start making them right now?”

And he kissed her. The start of a new life. Their life. Not trapped in some lab. Not hunted prey that was being stalked. They were free. They were together.

And nothing was going to stop them from having their happily ever after.

The End