Sugar Ellie by Sarah Hegger

Sugar Ellie by Sarah Hegger

Author:Sarah Hegger
Language: eng
Format: azw3
ISBN: 9781777190309
Published: 2020-06-02T04:00:00+00:00

As it turned out, over breakfast the next morning they decided that even though it wouldn’t leave until the next day, they would take the train to Denver. It was far more comfortable, and Bridget was even unhappier than Ellie about getting back on a horse. True to his word, Cole provided distraction. Shortly after breakfast, he pulled up to the hotel in a hired buggy.

Ellie blinked in the bright morning sun. “What are we doing with that?”

“Picnic.” Cole grinned as if he’d turned water into wine. “Maybe some fishing.”

“Fishing.” Bridget squealed and jumped up and down. “I love fishing and I’m really good at it.” She clapped her hands like a little girl. “I bet I can catch more fish than any of us.”

Cole must have been a genius or the luckiest man alive to have gotten it so right. “Let’s go and get our bonnets then.” She herded an obedient and smiling Bridget back to their room and they fetched their bonnets.

Riding out, even jammed between Cole and Bridget on the buggy seat, Ellie approved more and more of his idea. The day was beautiful, and a series of streams made the land greener than she was used to.

She’d never been on a picnic, and never been fishing either. Another part to her adventure was unfolding and she planned to enjoy it.

“You’re smiling.” Cole looked down at her with a warm expression.

A blush heated her cheeks. “I plan to have a good day.”

His smile broadened into a grin. “And I plan to see that you do.”

They found a shady spot outside of town and Cole unloaded a hamper, a blanket and fishing poles from the buggy.

Bridget immediately went about baiting a hook with the sort of efficiency that meant she really did know how to fish. It was the first time she’d smiled since they’d left Isaac, and Ellie felt relieved.

Taking off her shoes and stockings, Bridget tucked her skirts into her waistband and armed with her pole, waded knee-deep into the clear mountain water.

With Cole’s help, Ellie spread the blanket and opened the hamper. She took a seat and pulled her bag of sewing closer to her. The dressmaker had done a good job, but she wanted to make alterations. If things went her way, her next dress, she’d be making for herself.

Cole stretched out on the blanket, wincing a little as he got comfortable.

“How’s your back?” She watched him as she threaded her needle.

He shrugged and then winced. “Getting better every day.”

“Uh-huh.” For a poker player, he was a bad liar. “So, Denver tomorrow?”

“Denver tomorrow.” He nodded. “And we can get you all set.”

“I’ll pay you back.” She met his gaze and held it. “For everything you’ve paid for, and for getting me set up in my store.”

He lay down on his side and propped his head on his hand. “We’ll talk about that when it comes to that.” Cole could be a slippery fish when he chose.

“We’re talking about it now. And I don’t want to take your money.


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