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Protecting His Witness by Amy Gamet

Protecting His Witness by Amy Gamet

Author:Amy Gamet
Language: eng
Format: azw3
Published: 2019-11-02T04:00:00+00:00


17

Summer sat in the grounded HERO Force chopper, Razorback tending her wounds. The rest of the team was outside in the snow-covered clearing where they’d landed, a twenty-minute flight from AGL, giving them privacy while he examined her. Luke had already been taken care of, the gash on his face requiring stitches while they were still in the air.

She felt like she’d been flattened by a steamroller, her side aching and her face throbbing where Walsh had hit her, but Razorback didn’t think her ribs were broken. He moved from checking her torso to caring for the wounds on her face.

It’s not like anything can be done anyway.

She bit back a sigh. She was emotionally exhausted, not physically broken, and she didn’t like the entire team going out of their way so Razorback could pronounce her bruised. It was still fiercely cold outside, the chopper being pushed and bullied by the wind even sitting on the ground, and she wanted the men to be as warm and comfortable as she was.

Razorback dug in his medical bag and her curious stare took in his heavily scarred features. She was guessing he’d been badly burned, but didn’t want to be rude and ask for details. He must have been handsome once, the strong lines of his jaw and cheeks speaking to a classic male beauty. He had medium-brown skin with patches of lighter brown on his face and hands, which she guessed were from skin grafts.

He didn’t look up from tending her wounds. “It was a roadside bomb.”

“Excuse me?”

He met her eyes, his a rich mix of brown, green, and gold. “I was carrying an oxygen tank for a patient.”

She winced, the mental image all too clear. “I’m sorry for staring.”

“It’s natural to be curious.”

She was definitely curious, and not just about Razorback. Now that the rest of the team had arrived, she could clearly see many of them were missing limbs, and one young man had a horrific Y-shaped scar covering one side of his face.

Razorback gently pressed on her cheekbones and pain radiated outward, making her inhale sharply. “Sorry about that. I don’t think it’s broken, but definitely sore. You also have a mild concussion.”

After everything she’d been through, the bumps and bruises seemed like the least of her worries. What had begun with a devastating explosion on the testing floor had ended with her fighting for her life, and very nearly losing.

She watched him work in silence. When she’d first read the newspaper article about HERO Force, she’d made a handful of assumptions about these men that she now knew weren’t true. They didn’t have God complexes. They were highly skilled former soldiers, here to help people like her. “Can I ask you something?”

“Sure.”

“The men of HERO Force all seem to have…” She struggled for the right word. “Problems.”

He furrowed his brow. “Like what?”

“Uh, well, I noticed one gentleman with a prosthetic arm, and another with a noticeable scar on his cheek, and a whole bunch of smaller ones.” She was already sorry she’d brought it up.



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