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Leaving off from last week’s tease, the sunscreen has protected Maddy’s skin, and she’s finishing up in her garden, eager to see Grey a bit later…
© Kacey Hammell, 2015
Weeds should be illegal. For the last two years, she’d planted carrots, lettuce and cucumbers in her small garden to the right of her house and each year, the weeds grew out of control if she didn’t tend to it weekly. And in the high humidity taking over Belleville lately, she hated having to deal with the nemesis. It was just too bloody hot.
She loved her small townhouse on Simcoe Drive. A gift from her parents when they moved to Westlake to be near the water, she enjoyed putting her own touches on making it a home she loved coming home to every night.
And to see Grey nearly every day… Knowing he was next door made her happy. They’d shared meals, lengthy discussions about everything from life to love and how much they both loved their jobs. Their common obsession over muscle cars was an added bonus. Many nights out back on one of their decks were spent discussing classic cars, derbys, and metal and chrome.
Grabbing another offending pile of green, she pulled it free. How many carrots would she get this year? She hoped to fill as much of her freezer with as many bags as possible. A loud crashing bang broke through her thoughts.
Leaping to her feet, she yanked off her gloves and dropped them, then swung around to face the left of her street, her paramedic training taking over. Alert, she focused on her surroundings. Seeing nothing and no one in distress, she glanced to the right.
“Son of a fucking bitch!” The loud cuss carried across the lawn.
Breaking into a run, she skirted around the end of the fence and up into Grey’s driveway.
“Grey? Are you all right?” she called, rushing through the small doorway of his garage. Closing it behind her, her vision assimilated to coming in out of the sunlight, and focused on the surroundings in the room. Hearing a grunt from the back corner, she darted in that direction.
“Over here. Dammit. I’m a klutz.”
She found him lying on his back, holding his side with the ladder beside him and a broken light bulb further away on his other side. It didn’t take a genius to figure out he’d been changing the bulb and fell on his ass.
Maddy kneeled in front of him. “Where’s does it hurt the most?”
He shifted, wincing, and waved her away. “I’ll be fine. Probably just a bruise.” He yanked a piece of cardboard off the second shelf of the bench and tossed it over the broken glass.
She grabbed his arm to stop his movements. If he was injured worse than he thought, he could do more harm than good. “Sit still and tell me. Better safe than sorry.”
His hazel eyes met hers. Damn if her insides didn’t quiver. The golden embers were surrounded by a wide black circle. Sometimes, when he looked at her, she thought of the Yellow Eyed Demon in Supernatural. She was addicted to that TV show and had always been fascinated with the yellow contacts the bad guy wore.
Not the time. Ridiculous time to think about that.
She shifted closer and pushed all other thoughts from her mind except helping a friend. A mighty sexy friend, but she was a professional. His tanned skin and muscular physique wouldn’t sway her. His lean body made her mouth water. He was her patient and could be seriously hurt. She should be ashamed of herself for ogling him when he was down.
“Just landed on my elbow. And the damn ladder scraped my rib. Really, Mads, I’ll be fine.” He pushed away from her and shifted into a better sitting position against the workbench behind him.
“Right. And the bleeding is just for fun? I need to investigate to see if you need stitches, and want to be sure nothing is broken. Take the shirt off, Grey.”
Nice job, get him naked.
Maddy held back an eye roll. Grey would suffer worse agony later if his ribs were broken and unattended. This wasn’t the time to undress him.
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