Loving Colt(9)

By: C.A. Harms


“We’ll come up with something,” I assured her.





Chapter Six





Alexis



Colt and his family have been amazing. They have made both Maddison and me feel like we are part of their family. Over the last week, Colt has helped me get myself in order, the best I can.

I spoke with my family a couple of times and explained that I had changed phone providers and now have a new number. It was a lie I felt horrible about telling, but it was necessary for now. One day I would explain everything, but for now this was best.

Maddison loves it here, and I am actually growing quite fond of Brooklet myself. It is peaceful and calm, exactly what we need in our lives.

Colt stops by daily, pretending to help his mother with a new fix in the house. I know there is more to it. I wasn’t blind to the attraction I could sense we were both feeling. I chose to let it find its way to the surface. I didn’t want to force anything.

Maddison’s squeals from the back yard brought on a panic. I ran for the back door and stopped abruptly. Colt had her held up high above his head, swirling her around. She held her arms out to her sides as she laughed and squealed with delight.

His deep chuckle filtered through her laughter, and a smile spread out over my lips. I stood watching them play. He lowered her to the ground, and she ran toward the swing set. Colt darted after her, and her laughter only grew louder.

“He adores her.” I turned quickly to the sound of Ann’s voice. She watched Colt and Maddison play with shimmering eyes. “All I have ever wanted for all of my children is for them to find joy. I have lost contact with my oldest boys. Jake, he calls weekly, and one day he’ll find it. He is so much like his father, though, that I worry about him. Maria and Colton, they are more like me. They have loving souls.”

She paused as she continued to stare out into the back yard. “Maria found Gavin, and I know that her heart is safe. That man would move mountains to keep her happy. She found a good man. Colt deserves happiness too.”

Ann turned to face me and her smile grew wider. She reached out, and taking my hand in hers, she squeezed gently. “Sweetheart, I know you have had it rough. I know that you feel as if you have to guard your heart from ever falling again. I just want you to know that if you ever decide to share it again, Colt would keep it safe. He’s been hurt before too.”

“He doesn’t just adore Maddi, he adores you too. I can see it when he’s near you. I can sense it when he talks about you. Just know that you have a place here with us. We all adore you two, very much.” There was one last squeeze of my hand before she turned and walked toward the living room.

I felt the lump in my throat grow larger as I thought over her words. Ann was so kind and caring. She opened up her home and her heart to us and has honestly become a very important part of our lives in such a short time. They all have, if I am being honest with myself.



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Colt stuck around for dinner, and afterward he helped his mother clean up the kitchen. They insisted that I take Maddi and get her ready for bed. She was exhausted from her day, and the signs were beginning to show.

Once she was settled, I walked toward the kitchen and found it darkened and quiet. I felt disappointed that Colton had left without saying goodbye.

I was startled by his deep voice filling the darkness. “She fell asleep?”

I jumped and placed one hand against my chest, covering my mouth with the other. A scream threatened to spill out.

“Shit, sorry. I didn’t mean to scare ya, sweetheart.” He stood up from the table and walked toward me. He looked concerned as he closed the distance between us. He reached out and brushed his fingertips over my cheek softly. “You okay?” he asked.

“Yeah, I’m fine, really,” I assured him.

Colt wrapped his arms around my shoulders and pulled me in close, his masculine scent filling my nose. I buried my face in his chest and enjoyed the safety of his embrace. I loved when he hugged me close.

Over the last week, he had grown bolder with his attempts to soothe me. At first he kept his distance, but each day he gave a little more, and I let him. I honestly looked forward to him holding me and even just sitting near me more often. There was attraction building between us that was obvious, but it was even more than that. There was a secure feeling when he was close, and each day my trust in him grew. He was becoming someone I could rely on. I found it soothing and terrifying at the same time.

When he pulled back, he watched me closely. “I really didn’t mean to scare you. I just didn’t want to leave without saying goodbye.”

“I’m okay,” I assured him once more. “Is Ann in bed already?”