Paradox Valley by Gerri Hill

Paradox Valley by Gerri Hill

Author:Gerri Hill [Hill, Gerri]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: lesbian, paranormal, romance, Fiction, Small Town, Adult, Butch-Femme, Science Fiction
ISBN: 9781594934964
Publisher: Bella Books
Published: 2016-07-25T23:00:00+00:00

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“Hey…wake up,” Corey said as she nudged Dana with her elbow.

After they’d relieved Butch and Jean, Dana had stayed awake for maybe an hour, then had rested her head against Corey’s shoulder, falling asleep again. Corey didn’t mind. It felt good just having someone there with her, even if they were asleep. Lucky, too, had dozed off, but he’d jerked awake a couple of times, staring off into the darkness. She’d followed his gaze, her hand tightening around the Glock she held, but after a few seconds, Lucky would settle down again. Other than that, the night was quiet and still…and dark. Now, dawn was approaching, turning the sky nearly purple as the darkness was pushed to the west. She needed to get the fire going again. She had an uneasy feeling, and she wanted to head out early. There were too many unanswered questions running around in her mind. Mainly, if six men started out, why were there only four bedrolls and three horses? What happened to the other two men? And of the four remaining, Hal made it back home, but without a horse. How did he get there? And where were the other three men? Judging by the blood she’d found and the drag marks, they were badly injured. Were they able to get on a horse and make it to Paradox for help? She shook her head. Too many questions and no damn answers. Well, hopefully they’d find the helicopter soon. They might even stumble upon the squad that Sutter sent in. That was what she really hoped for, but it would be blind luck if they did.

She glanced over at Dana and nudged her once again. “Dana…wake up,” she said, louder this time.

Dana’s eyes fluttered open, then she lifted her head, finding Corey’s gaze.

“I fell asleep,” she said unnecessarily. “Sorry.”

“It’s okay. It’s been quiet.”

Dana ran her hand through her hair a couple of times, then rubbed her eyes. “The sun will be up soon,” Dana said. “I’m not sure I’ve ever looked forward to a sunrise as much as this one.”

Corey holstered her gun, then moved to the fire, using a stick to stir the embers. A few small twigs caught easily, sending sparks and smoke swirling up.

“Wake the others,” she said, a little more abruptly than she intended. “I want to get out of here as soon as possible.”

Dana stared at her as if sensing something was wrong. “Do you think we’re in danger here?”

“Just a gut feeling,” she said honestly. “I feel like we should move on, that’s all.”

Dana got up quickly. “I’ll trust your gut then.”

It wasn’t long before the four of them were sipping coffee and nibbling on the sausage rolls that Jean had made for them. No one was attempting to carry on a conversation, and she assumed they were all dog-tired. Corey was used to existing on a few hours’ sleep a night. They were not.

It wasn’t a particularly cold morning, but the fire chased away some of the chill in the air, as did the hot coffee.


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