“You want to do what?”
Karma stood on the sidewalk
and glared up at the man holding her purchases. Holt stared at her,
the falling snow dotting his dark hair and black coat. Handles of
her bags held in the smooth black supple leather of his gloves.
“Ice skating. The play isn’t
until tonight which gives us all day.” His smile warmed her despite
the chill of the early morning. “Or would you like to be indoors?”
“Of course I would, it’s
fucking cold out here.”
He shook his head, amusement
on his face. “Trust me, Karma. It will be fun.”
She doubted it. The last
time she had been on skates, she’d lived and attended school in this
city. Holt began for his SUV and she trailed him, waiting for him to
put the bags into the back. As the hatch lowered, he turned toward
her. He reached out and grabbed the ends of her metallic lavender
multihued scarf. With a tug, he drew her close.
“Skating. You and me. It
will be fun and if you do it without complaining, I’ll give you the
gift I got you.”
“Are you bribing me?”
“Absolutely!” He winked.
“And if you must know, it’s shiny.”
One of her favorite words.
Shiny. “What is it?”
His grin was pure sin.
“Fine. Let’s go,” she said
with a false huff. “But when I freeze…”
“I will make it my personal
mission to thaw you out and warm you up.”