True romance is always an adventure...


"Going somewhere?"

She spun around to find Brandon Barnes standing in the open doorway. Other than Dalton, he was the last person she wanted to see right then. It was hard to even look at him, he reminded her so much of his brother. The man who had crushed her heart to smithereens. "I’m done here. I told you that."

"Well, you might wanna hold off on leaving."

She walked over to grab more books. "Why would I do that? Once the kids leave, my commitment to this place is over."

"Because my brother wants to have a word with you."

"It’s a little late for that don’t you think?

"He’s on his way here. Stay long enough to hear him out."

She dumped the last load of books into the box and then folded the flaps, sealing it shut. "No can do. I have a life to get on with. One that doesn’t include a smooth-talking, heart-breaking cowboy."

"I was afraid you’d say that." Brandon stepped into the room with a frown. "Dalton’s right. You’re a stubborn little thing." He turned and gave a whistle. "Kids!"

The screen door opened again and the counselors stepped inside, behind them came the rest of their groups, forming a tight circle around her.

"What’s going on?" she asked, looking around at the determined faces of the young counselors and teens. "Billy? Leah?"

It was Jimmy who stepped forward. The boy she had seen the most change in. Had grown the closest to. "You’ve taught us to trust ourselves to know right from wrong. How to use what we learned to help others. And now it’s our turn to help you, Miss Myers."


"You’ve gotta talk to Dalton," Kylie said, the others nodding in agreement.

"No," Caitlin said stiffly, "I don’t." She turned to Brandon in fury. How dare you bring them into this!"

He smiled. "All’s fair in love and war, Caitlin. And my brother loves you." He glanced past her with a nod. "Kids."

The next thing she knew, the circle around her began closing in. It was then she noticed the coils of rope in a few of the teens’ hands.

They wouldn’t.

They did.

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