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Cassie’s surprise at what Penny had revealed was overtaken by another emotion. Several emotions, in fact. Penny’s gaze on Griff was more than admiring. It was calculating. Suddenly Cassie didn’t trust the woman for one second longer. An impression flew at her—this woman wanted Griff for her own. Shocked, Cassie didn’t speak. Then, to her shame, she felt trembling start in her limbs. She didn’t dare lose control. She wouldn’t lose it in front of anyone.
“Excuse me,” Cassie said as she turned and made her way up the stairs.
She walked as fast as her legs would carry her, half expecting for Griff to run after her. When he didn’t, she wasn’t sure how to feel. She hurried toward the stairs and took them quickly, trotting up them until she’d reached her room. She pushed open the door and that’s when she heard footsteps behind her. Griff had followed.
“Cassie! Hold up.”
She opened the door and went inside. He caught the door before it slammed, then shoved it closed behind him. He watched her for a second, uncertainty crossing his eyes for a few seconds.
“Get out,” she said, shaking to the very core.
He stood in her room with that automatic weapon slung over his shoulder, his tall body tense, his eyes hard and unforgiving. Alongside the anger seething within her were other emotions she dare not acknowledge or reveal. Heat sprung up along her skin and replaced the cold, and her aches and pains faded to the background under new physical sensations. The man in front of her had protected her, but she hated that he had to. That the world she lived in had cruel, ugly men like the one who’d assaulted her. That she’d done such a poor job of protecting herself.
“Go ahead and get it over with.”
“The lecture. Clearly that’s what you had in mind when you followed me up here.”
“You’re right. I did. You could have been killed. God only knows what would have happened if I hadn’t come back and seen what was happening.”
He put the automatic weapon down on the table, then drew off his coat and holster and placed both on a chair next to the couch. He stalked toward her, and she stiffened. All those emotions steaming through her threatened to boil over. Tears stung her eyes. Tangled emotions battled for supremacy inside her. She wanted to yell at him for resembling those Neanderthals in any way.
“From now on I need you to do what I tell you,” he said. “Things are getting dicey out there. There was damn near a riot at the sheriff’s department. People are looking for help and they’re starting to blame others. Look for scapegoats. They aren’t pulling together. At least not the ones who made a run on the cops, anyway.”
She closed her eyes and drew a shuddering breath. “Why am I not surprised?”
“And why didn’t you do what I told you and stay in the hotel?”
Pissed, she took a step forward that practically put her in his face.
She poked his chest with her index finger, frustration pouring forth. “God, you’re such a man. I tried to get Penny to stay inside the hotel, but she saw those two goons and went outside. I wasn’t going to lock her out. I didn’t know she knew those idiots.”
“Still what? Survival of the fittest? I wasn’t going to leave her alone out there.”
He went silent, eyeballing her with unnerving intensity. If he’d been a stranger she’d have been very afraid of him. Instead she was pissed.
“Your woman, eh?” she said. “What the hell was that all about?”
“Creeps like that need to hear that kind of shit.”
“They could have killed you.”
“Hey.” His voice softened. “It’s all right.”
“No it isn’t—” She choked on her own words. She drew in a harsh breath. “You can’t order me around like one of your military underlings.”
“Yeah.” He said in a clipped tone. “But I’m more familiar with what can happen in situations like this. You’ve got to trust me.”
Her breath came faster as he closed the gap between them. Something primal and raw entered his eyes.
“Don’t order me around like that again,” she said in defense, unable to reason with him or herself why this was so important to say. “I’ve survived things you know nothing about.”
“Oh?” His eyes softened the slightest bit, a hint of compassion. “Have you battled assholes like the one that just tried to hurt you? Who would have done a lot worse if he got a chance?”
“Not exactly. But I won’t accept any man claiming he knows what is better for me than I know myself.”
“If it’ll save your life, I’ll do it again.” His voice was edgy, commanding.
“And Penny is up to something. Did you see how she acted with you?” Cassie’s voice went slightly higher. “Oh, Griff. My hero.”
He grunted, and for a half a moment humor mixed with a hot look in his eyes. “You jealous?”
A hot flush filled her face. She wouldn’t answer that question. “Anything could have happened. All you had was that pea shooter and that creep had an automatic weapon.”
“I wasn’t lying to him. I could have got a shot off and killed him.”
“Do you think I give a damn about that?” On impulse she grabbed the front of his shirt and twisted, half in anger and half in desperation. He must understand.
“Were you worried about me?” His voice went liquid with heat, a husky sound that sent tendrils of arousal spiraling all through her.
Shocked at the sensation, she couldn’t speak.
“Cassie, you may be mad as hell at me.” Griff slipped his hand around the back of her neck. “You can hate my guts. But I’m honest with you. They planned on taking you with them. Do you know how scared shitless I was when I saw that guy lying on top of you?”
Warmth coiled in her loins, the heat threatening to start a fire from the inside out. She was shaking with it. “Griff…”
His mouth came down on hers for one tender, sweet kiss. He whispered against her mouth. “You gotta trust me.”
“Why should I?”
“Why don’t you?” His eyes were blazing now as he drew her against every inch of his incredibly hard body. “What’s eating you up inside? What your ex did to you? I’d die before I ever hurt you, Cassie. I’m not your ex. I’m not those assholes that tried to hurt you. I swear it.”
He kissed her again, and all the emotions inside her exploded into action.