Sorry I have been mia so often recently and I hope to be more cnstant in the future. Today I am offering a sample from my current release, His Chosen Bride. (Bk 2 in The Gasquet Princes series.)
The sound of the child’s cry lent wings to Monica’s feet. She shot through the kitchen door, down the steps, and round the corner to the nearest paddock. She expected to see Rosie leading the child’s pony round the arena. Instead, the sight of the child clinging to the pony’s neck, his face hidden in the animal’s wind-blown mane, sent chills of fear down her spine.
Charlie-Boy, her neighbour’s three-year-old son, screamed again. “I wan’ Mon’ca!”
“What’s the matter, baby?” Keeping the fear from her voice, she reached up and let the child tumble down from the saddle into her arms.
Charlie nodded, his red-rimmed eyes large and fearful. “He nearly falled and I thought I was going to get squashed.”
“And what did Rosie do?”
“She’s not here anymore.” Charlie-Boy sniffed and wiped his nose with the back of his chubby little hand.
“Did she say where she was going?” Monica assumed the child had misunderstood and her volunteer had gone to the stables for something.
“Her ‘bell’ wang and she cried and ran to her car. I got fwightened. And Tubby tripped and I thought he was going to fall.”
The ‘bell’ Monica knew was Charlie-Boy’s name for a phone.
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