He [Nikolai] said, “I figure we’re a day behind and the only way to catch up is to use the river.”
“The river?” she [Jen] squeaked, and swung her gaze to the river. Okay, maybe too melodramatic. Calm down. “Aren’t there dangerous things in the river? Like big snakes?” She squinted to where the crocodile had been moments ago. Where’d it gone?
“Maybe crocodiles. Sure on the snakes. Don’t pee in the water. I seem to remember something about a parasite that takes advantage of that.”
“Are you messing with me?” Now she wasn’t acting.
“Not really.” He granted her an apologetic smile.
“I’m not sure about this…seriously. I saw a pretty big crocodile go in right across the river.” She pointed to where it’d been. “Maybe we don’t make it to the next meeting. Maybe this is how far we were meant to go.” She glanced around, noticing too much wildlife. A huge centipede marched by. A green snake slithered off a branch that swung out over the river as the clouds darkened. Birds squawked and flew overhead.
He touched her chin, drawing her to meet his gaze. “We’re going to make it.” Light, spitting rain started.
“Do you mean make it to the meeting? Or we’ll live past today?”
Her gaze dropped to his lips, remembering where they’d been hours ago.
“Angel, you keep giving me that look and I’ll duck behind a tree with you. I’ll have you naked in about three seconds. It’s been like seventy-two hours since I’ve—”
“Stop.” Her face heated. But she rolled her eyes. “You’re insatiable.”
He pulled her body into his. “With you. Always.” His lips landed on hers.
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