Flash Friday!

Happy Friday! This weeks flash is a little shorter than normal, but I hope you still enjoy it! This might be the last week of this story, unless you demand I keep going. lol Let me know!

Prompt ~ You really love me? I wasn’t sure. (Provided by Jane Blythe)

She stared into his sparkling green eyes, the conviction clear as day that he loved her.

But he let her walk away. It took him weeks to come find her.

Did he love her? Or did he suddenly feel obligated to keep her safe? She knew he cared about her. She knew he would never allow her to get hurt. How did he honestly feel about her?

“I have guards outside the door. Taylor won’t be allowed in here again.”

She nodded, relieved. “What are you going to tell him?

“For now, that you need your rest.” His expression turned fierce and determined. “I will find all the evidence I need and then I’ll confront the bastard. I’ll let him know who he’s dealing with.”

Leaning closer, he brushed his lips to hers. Each time he touched her, her heart soared to newer heights.

She missed this.

She missed him.

His kisses said he loved her.

His soft touches said he missed her.

And his tight hold on her said he needed to protect her.

That was the problem. He just wanted to protect her. Still putting his job before her. Would it ever stop?

“What’s with the look?”

Smiling, she erased the doubt. “It’s a lot to take in. I’m fine.”

His eyes narrowed. “I know you. I know every expression. I know when you smile and your eyes light up like the beautiful blue sky that you’re happy. I know when you frown, the left side of your mouth dipping that you’re upset and trying to figure out how to solve an issue.” His grip tightened on her hand, but it didn’t hurt. “I know when you blink repeatedly, your brows pleated together just so, that you’re thinking about something. Something important. So…”

“What’s going on here, Gage? You…” She blew out a breath to gather her strength. “You let me go. I know you care about me. I know you don’t want me to get hurt. But you don’t love me anymore. Why are you pretending?”

He swore viciously under his breath, the deep depth of his eyes crackling with anguish and rage. “That’s not true. I love you. I’m an idiot for letting you walk away. I regret the things I said to you when you left. I never stopped loving you. I never will.”

Hope started to swell. “You really love me? I wasn’t sure. I get your obligation to—”

His sweet, soft lips cut off her words. Instead of being tender and loving as the kisses before, this one was swift and rough. It said how much he truly loved her. How much he missed her. She never wanted the kiss to end.

The kiss eventually slowed. His lips left, but he remained close. “I need to get you to a safe place. I need to get you out of this hospital.”

“I don’t think I’m ready to move. It hurts, Gage.”

A tender kiss. “I know, baby. But I’m going to make all this pain go away.”

“You’re leaving, aren’t you?”

He swiped one more kiss before backing away. “Just for an hour or so to make arrangements. I’m going to make sure you’re safe before I take down Taylor.”

“He…he could kill you.”

His emerald green eyes could’ve cut down anyone within its path at the way they glittered with rage. “No, baby, I’ll kill him first.”

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