TITLE: Along the Way Home
GENRE: Historical Fiction
Jake spent five months guiding Kate across the 1843 Oregon Trail and while they wait for a raft, they are playing on the banks of the Columbia River.
Kate stood flushed and breathless before him, tempting him with her nearness. As she brought a slender hand up to smooth back her wet hair, her shirt clung to her soft, full curves. It was enough to drive him senseless.
Pushing all reason aside, he moved forward and slowly tilted her chin so their eyes met. After a long moment he brushed a lock of hair from her cheek then took her hand.
He felt her shiver. "Cold?"
"No, just nervous," she said softly.
Cupping the back of her head with his free hand, Jake leaned down and brushed her forehead with his lips.
She pulled back and drew in a shaky breath. "I think we should get back."
They walked back to camp without a word spoken between them.