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 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 …

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 …

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 …