Excerpt from “The Descended” (Chapter 12)
Kieran knew that if he reached out at that moment, she’d fall into his arms. His hands fisted at his sides and he reminded himself to breathe. “I’m forbidden to be alone with you,” he murmured. He tipped his head, hiding his eyes beneath the point of his tricorn hat.
A man called out, waving in greeting as he hailed them from a passing sloop. Kieran leapt in front of Kylei, trying to shield her from view. He cursed beneath his breath. “So much for going unnoticed.”
The sun lifted over the hills and Penryn quay came to life with its usual bustling activity. Two more ships loosed from their moorings and eased out onto the river.
“–Wait, Kieran,” Kylei reached beneath her bonnet. “I have an idea.” She pulled a long strip of blue satin from her hair. “I’ll tie this end to my wrist, and you tie the other end to yours. We’ll keep the ribbon taught–and that way we’ll keep a respectable distance at all times!”
“I can’t sail one-handed,” he muttered as he looped the soft strip around his wrist and knotted it with his teeth.
Kyleinan laughed as she tied her end. “Then you’ll be forced to teach me so I can help.”
Kieran had the sudden feeling he had when he stepped too close to the cliff face along the southern border of his father’s estate. The feeling that a gust of wind was all that stood between him and a perilous fall.
He cast off the line, set his boot against the dock and shoved. The small boat rocked as he steered it into deeper waters.
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There you go…a little more romantic tension between Kieran and Kylei!