Tabby's Rescuers (Elite Dragoons #4)(12)

By: Becca Van


“Thank you,” Tabby whispered and let Fletch help her to the edge of the bed while Cal put his vest back on. She couldn’t help but notice his bulging, flexing biceps and pectoral muscles as he moved, and she sighed with resignation when he finally closed the fastening, covering his massively defined chest and abdominal muscles from her view.

Fletch stood up in front of her and cupped her face between his hands so she was looking him in the eyes. There was a twinkle of heat and humor in their depths, and she wondered if he’d caught her ogling his brother. “Are you ready to try and stand up, love?”

“Yes.”

“We’ll take it nice and slow again. I want you to tell me if you get lightheaded, okay?”

“Okay.”

Tabby clung to his forearms when he clasped her upper arms and he slowly pulled her to her feet. She swayed and blinked to clear her vision when everything went dark. “I can’t see.”

“Shit.” She heard Fletcher curse just before she was swept from her feet. Tabby breathed deeply a few times and was glad the dizziness passed quickly. She stared up into Fletcher’s blue eyes and felt like she was drowning in them. He looked so worried about her, and she wanted to alleviate his concern. He and his brothers had already done so much for her. They had all risked their own lives to save her, twice.

“I’m okay, now.”

Fletch smiled and winked at her. “I’m glad to hear that, love. Are you up to talking to the sheriff?”

“Yes.”

Fletch began carrying her toward the door, and when she looked at Law he smiled and winked at her as he moved aside for his brother.

Tabby saw the elderly sheriff, and he cursed loudly when he saw her.

“Shit! Oh, sorry, ma’am. We’ve been so worried about you. Are you all right? Do you want me to call the paramedics?”

“No, thank you, sheriff. I’m fine.”

Fletch didn’t stop walking until he carried her out onto the front porch, and she was surprised when he didn’t put her down but instead sat on the step with her in his lap. She was relieved he didn’t let her go. She was cold and his body heat was helping to keep her warm, and she liked the way it felt to be in his arms. If she had her way, she didn’t want to ever leave these three men again.

Tabby couldn’t explain it, but for some reason she felt so connected to them. She had only just met them, but she felt like she’d known them for years. It was crazy and she had no idea why she felt the way she did. Cal, Law, and the sheriff followed her and Fletch out, and the sheriff walked down the steps until he was standing in front of her. Law sat down beside her and took one of her hands in his, and Cal stood beside the sheriff.

“Can you tell me what happened to you, Tabitha?” the sheriff asked.

Tabby took a deep breath, nodded her head, and then started explaining. Once she had finished telling the sheriff about being kidnapped and tied up for two long days, she was utterly exhausted.

Tabby tensed again when another vehicle pulled into the driveway of the property, but she relaxed again when Fletch caressed her arm. “It’s okay, love. It’s only the coroner.”

Cal’s voice drew her attention. He and the sheriff had moved away from her and she couldn’t hear what they were saying, but the sheriff nodded and then handed what looked like a business card to Cal. Cal moved closer to her and held a hand out to her. When she reached for it, she expected him to help her stand up, which he did, but then he lifted her into his arms and began walking down the long driveway toward the road.

Law hurried past them at a quick jog and she wondered where he was going. She looked up into Cal’s gray eyes, and even though there was hardly any light left, she could have sworn she saw possessiveness and hunger in them.

“Where is Law going?”

“He’s gone to get our truck, kitten. He’ll have it here before we get to the road.”

It was only after Cal spoke that she realized how slowly he was walking, as if he was trying not to jostle her too much so he wouldn’t hurt her.

“I’m not hurt. My shoulders and arms are a bit sore, but other than that I’m fine. I can probably walk now, too.”