DEACON

Deacon 4

Deacon couldn’t sleep. He’d tossed and turned so many times he felt like a pancake on a griddle. Not that he was a stranger to restlessness. In fact, he couldn’t recall the last decent night of sleep he’d had since the skiing accident. The doctor had originally attributed it to his broken collarbone—that the physical …

DEACON

Deacon 3

Deacon couldn’t sleep. He’d tossed and turned so many times he felt like a pancake on a griddle. Not that he was a stranger to restlessness. In fact, he couldn’t recall the last decent night of sleep he’d had since the skiing accident. The doctor had originally attributed it to his broken collarbone—that the physical …

KATE

Kate 2

Kate chucked her favorite pair of heels across the room, wincing when they collided with a wooden picture frame holding a photo of what had to be the Winters family. There were at least a dozen people within the shot, all wearing denim pants, crisp white shirts, and matching smiles. Her eyes hung on Deacon …

DEACON

DEACON 2

“Just slapped another coat of paint on the reindeer cutouts but I think we’ll have to completely replace them next year. They’re looking a little shoddy. Had to reattach three different antlers and one red nose.” Cody Winters flicked the bristles of the wet paintbrush against his thigh, thenjammed it into his back pocket. “What …

KATE

KATE

“I don’t like the angle of this footage.” Kate Carmichael chewed on the cap of her ballpoint pen and spoke around it when she added, “You were right, Toby. We should have filmed in the morning and not the late afternoon. Those shadows are seriously so harsh. Looks like I have two raccoon eyes.”“I knew …

DEACON

DEACON

“Don’t you dare lift your leg on that tree, Rascal!”The Labrador dropped the leg in question and sauntered up to the next rotund Douglas fir, readying to test his luck a second time.“I’m not fooling around, Rascal. You’re gonna sleep on the porch if you insist on pushing it. I’m in no mood for your …

Donal

Donal 2

Donal and Daimh played some game that served as entertainment formany. They sat facing each other, legs crossed, holding strict eye contact.Donal’s hands were raised, palms up, and Daimh set his hands onto them,palms down. While not looking away, Donal would try to swipe his handsout from under his brother’s and slap the top of …

Daimh

Daimh 2

The older man, Duncan, must have sensed a question in her gaze whilehe stood across the fire from her. “Naught to fuss over, lass. They’re onlyaimed at the bottom of the hill, to see what might be noted about thecomplete effects of this weather.”She nodded and accepted a flask from the lad, Hew.“’Tis only water,” …

Duncan

Duncan 2

He’d let it go for now. Likely, the lass’s falseness was a product of herfright. He’d witnessed that very thing, through slitted eyes when first she’dwoken. Iain had waited, hadn’t wanted to startle her further, or upend heranxiety into some full-scale horror. And she’d calmed quickly enough,though her eyes had remained huge and round in …

Dinna

Dinna

Glancing down showed him only the top of her wimple covered headand Iain cast his glance off toward the cave opening. ’Twas dark yet, theblackness gone with the departing night, chased by the morning gray. Helistened but heard no howling wind and decided the storm must have moved on and away or withered to nothing.“Seems …