Tabby's Rescuers (Elite Dragoons #4)(5)

By: Becca Van

“Yeah, I’m more than ready.” Tabby looked over her shoulder at Law and then met Fletch’s and Cal’s gazes. “Thank you all for rescuing us. You put your lives on the line to rescue strangers. Thank you.”

“Just doing our job, Tabitha.” Cal’s face looked a little red when he said that and then he helped her to her feet.

She’d been sitting for so long and had had so little water and food that she was feeling weak, and when her knees buckled she was embarrassed. She wanted to be able to walk out of the clinic with the three soldiers and not impede their escape, but it didn’t look like that was going to happen.

“Whoa.” Cal’s hands gripped her waist and then he swung her up into his arms. “Hold on, Tabby cat, this could get rough.”

Just as Cal finished speaking, more gunfire broke out. He and his brothers used their bodies to shield her from getting hurt while the Navy SEALs returned fire. She saw the helicopter in the distance and then closed her eyes to pray that the men sent in to her rescue her and the two doctors didn’t get hurt. When she opened her eyes, Cal was stepping up into the helicopter. She wondered how the hell he had been able to travel such a distance so quickly and with her added weight. He hadn’t jostled her and he wasn’t even breathing heavily. She looked back over his shoulder and saw that she hadn’t underestimated the distance from the copter to the clinic.

The Navy SEALs were running while returning gunfire, and they took much longer than Cal and his brothers had to reach the aircraft. Do they have super powers or something?

God, Tabby, now you know you’re going crazy. You must have had your eyes closed for longer than you thought.

She was pleased to see that Max and Gloria were already safely in the helicopter. Cal sat down with her on his lap, and when she went to get up he squeezed her waist and shook his head. The SEALs scrambled into the copter, and when she looked about she realized that there were no more seats available, so she leaned back against Cal and got comfortable for the ride.

There was nothing else she could do. Not that she was complaining.

Cal loved having Tabitha Carey in his arms. She felt so damn right. When he’d first seen her curled up on the floor of that clinic, his heart had stopped in his chest. At first he’d thought she might have been seriously injured or dead, and that would have been a tragedy. His heart hadn’t felt like it had begun beating again until she lifted her head and blinked a few times.

She was so fucking beautiful his cock had twitched in his pants, and that had never happened to him before. Not while on a mission or just at the sight of a beautiful woman. He glanced over at Fletch and Law and saw that they were having a hard time keeping their eyes off of her, too. She was a stunningly gorgeous woman with her long, wavy white-blonde hair, light blue eyes, and pixie face. She couldn’t weigh much more than a hundred pounds and was definitely on the short side. If she was an inch over five feet he would eat his gun. She was so damn tiny, and even though she smelled of sweat, he caught a whiff of her perfume, the lingering scent of her body wash. She smelled like honey and milk, and saliva was pooling in his mouth, just urging him to take a bite out of her.

If he was able to, he would want to ask her out on a date, but he knew once he and his brothers got back on the aircraft carrier, she wouldn’t be their responsibility anymore. Plus, he and his brothers would be heading back home straight away now that the rescue mission had been successfully completed.

Cal was really cut up because he had a feeling that Tabitha Carey was one special lady and that she could just be the one woman he and his brothers had been waiting for, and he didn’t think that they would ever get to see her again.

When the helicopter arrived on the deck of the carrier, he reluctantly passed Tabby over to the medical officers and watched her being wheeled away on a portable gurney until he could no longer see her. His brothers were standing beside him, and when Law squeezed his shoulder, he reluctantly turned away and prepared to head home.

Chapter Two

Fletch and his brothers had been back from their mission to Frenda, Algeria, for four weeks, and no matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t get the image of Tabitha Carey out of his mind. He and his siblings had been snapping and snarling at everyone, and finally Whit had called them into his office to talk to them about their attitudes. That had been a week ago, and now he and his brothers were more aware of how they spoke to the others but that didn’t mean he wasn’t still thinking about that sexy, blue-eyed sprite.