Chapter 14 – A Bad Idea

When Kathryn returned home, she was surprised to see Ryder sitting in front of her computer.

“I can’t believe you’re here!” she said, a bit breathless after their kiss. “What are you doing here?”

“The captain said I had been working too much, so he sent me home,” Ryder replied. “I decided to come here instead.”

“I am so glad you did. I’ve missed you.”

“I’ve missed you too, babe. What have you been doing with yourself?”

Kathryn hesitated for a minute before answering. “I’ve been getting familiar with the area,” she said. “And I’ve met a few people. Been to the library, too.”

He chuckled. “That didn’t take long.”

“Well, I’ve been doing some research on local history. I think there might be a couple of articles in it.”

“That’s great. What are you focusing on?”

“Forgotten Hollow.”

“You’ve got to be kidding me. That is not a place you need to go. And I thought I told you to stay home, by the way.”

“I was bored! I’ve hardly seen you, and the only people I know are the Pancakes next door. You can’t expect me to sit here and stare at these walls all day with nothing to do!”

“You’re right,” Ryder said, giving her a hug. “I’m sorry. Just promise me this, though. You’ll drive wherever you have to go, make sure you’re aware of your surroundings, and don’t go out after dark by yourself.”

“Tell me why.”

“I can’t,” he sighed. “Not yet. I’d like to, but…well, just trust me. I’m trying to keep you safe.”

“Fine,” Kathryn replied, still annoyed. “Are you free for dinner tonight?”

“Well, yes, as a matter of fact, I am,” he said, pulling her close. “I have a few ideas of how to occupy our time, too.”

“Actually, we’ve been invited to dinner,” Kathryn admitted.

Ryder groaned. “Please tell me it’s not over at the Pancakes’ house. That woman can’t cook. At one cookout, ten people got sick from eating her fruitcake.”

“Anyone would get sick from eating fruitcake,” she laughed. “No, it’s not the Pancakes’, I promise. I met a woman at the Hare and Hedgehog this morning, and we had a nice visit. She invited us to eat with her and her family tonight.”

“That sounds nice. Who is she?”

“Nancy Landgraab.”

He stared at her. “How have you manged to get involved in Forgotten Hollow and a criminal in one day?!”

Published by Author Teresa Watson

I have always loved to read, and carry a book with me wherever I go. I’ve written for several online sites, doing book reviews and author interviews. After graduating in 2000 from West Texas A&M with a Bachelor’s degree, I was a teacher for a while before deciding my destiny was to write, not to mold young minds. Writing for me is like taking an exciting journey, or going on a welty, as my parents say. I don’t know where my stories are going to take me. I just hang on and enjoy the ride.

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