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Anne glanced at the figure prone on the floor. She smoothed her palms against her skirt. Her hands wouldn’t stop shaking. “I think I’d prefer to come with you.”
The semi darkness of the large office seemed to close in around them.
Erik seemed to notice her nervousness. He reached over to turn on the nearest desk lamp. She summoned a shaky smile. Marooned in the circle of light her gaze caught on his.
“Thank you. You saved my life.” He held a hand out to her and pulled her to her feet.
“Then I guess we’re even.” They stood toe to toe. Anne’s heart revved up like it was ready to drag race. She ought to have stepped back, but she was on an eye level with his lips. They quirked up at the corners, looking both hard and soft at the same time. His Adam’s apple bob, and Anne swallowed hard too. Her eyelids fluttered close and she felt warm breath brush her cheek.
At their feet, Erik’s boss groaned and Anne jerked back. “Maybe we better get some—”
“Yeah.” He ran a hand along the back of his neck. “Yeah. Let’s get this put to bed.”
Anne sucked in a horrified breath. He flushed a painful sunburn red. “I meant, mean—come on. They’ll have some coffee going down there and I need some.”
The night devolved into a blur of bland faced men in dress shirts and dark ties, burnt coffee, and incessant questions. As another pair of nameless minions of justice departed Anne rested her head against her outstretched arms. If she could just rest her eyes for a few minutes.
“Anne?” A warm hand rested on her shoulder.
She jerked upright. “Huh? What?”
“Hey, lets get you home,” Erik said.
Anne covered her mouth to hide an enormous yawn. “Oh, okay.”
Erik led her out to the car and held open the door for her. She slid in and laid her head back against the seat. Another yawn wrenched her jaws apart. If she could just go to bed she’d never get up again.
The car dipped to the left as Erik slid behind the wheel. “You want to know what we learned?”