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Her lips trembled, despite an effort to control her reactions. She held out the amulet. “This is on you. If anything happens to my brother…”
A warm hand squeezed hers. “Nothing will. The plan is in motion. All has been taken care of.”
She jerked away. “That’s how you manage everything, isn’t it? It’s got to be your way or no way.”
His jaw tightened. “What would you have me do? Allow you to proceed with sneaking onto the damn yacht? Sternin would grab the necklace and toss you and your brother overboard before you could blink.”
“You don’t know that.”
A brow lifted. “I know exactly how he operates. He’s a dangerous sonofabitch, and I’ll not let you anywhere near him.”
“It’s none of your business. The amulet doesn’t belong to you. Why are you butting in?”
“It became my business when you tried to steal it from a friend of mine.”
The way his voice chilled made her temper flare. “Your lover, you mean.”
He looked unperturbed. “No, I mean a friend. The other is long past. In fact it was over almost before it began. I’ll not see a friend hurt, though, if I can prevent it.”
“We were friends once, too, remember? You’ve got to trust me, Lissa.” His finger traced around her chin, and a faint scent of lime met her nostrils. “You used to. Can’t you do that now?”
She met his eyes. The funny thing was, she did. Despite everything, she knew he’d do his best to save her brother from Sternin. A breeze coming in from the harbor ruffled his usually immaculate hair. It made her want to reach up and touch it, and she had to clench her hands to her sides. “All right. But I have to know the details. How are you planning to keep the amulet safe while we pass off the fake one?”
A half chuckle escaped his lips. “Well, it’s not by hiring Mr. Bean to guard it.”
I hope you enjoyed the snippet based on the word prompt bean. Thanks for stopping by. Please visit the other fabulous authors at Tuesday Tales.
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Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance