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Today, I’m sharing an excerpt from Christmas at The Gingerbread Cafe. I hope you like it! There’s a follow up novella coming out in March filled with lots of love and laughter and … chocolate.
“Well, hello,” I say as Damon walks to the front to meet me. He looks up, his eyes vacant. And for a second I’m truly worried. Has someone died? He looks hollowed out, his shoulders are slumped, and his usual grin is replaced with a tight line.
“What you got there?” he asks, his voice barely audible.
“Some of CeeCee’s famous pecan pie. Free, and made with love, no less.”
That provokes a slight lift at the corners of his mouth.
“And what’s with the change of heart?” he says, taking the proffered pie. “This got horse laxatives in it or something?”
Laughter bubbles out of me. “I wish I’d thought of that. Nope. This is a peace offering. The proverbial olive branch.”
I edge closer to the step, about to walk up when I slip on a pile of sleet, and scramble like some kind of roller-skater before I land smack bang into Damon’s arms. He holds me tight, his face trained down towards me. His aftershave wafts over, something tangy and spicy. I try to hold myself back from outright sniffing him. So, I’ve got a thing with aftershave.
“You always throw yourself at men like that?” he asks, grinning.
“You wish,” I say, realizing I should probably try to extricate myself from his embrace. It’s just that he’s so warm. “I think you really need to salt and shovel your steps. Not hard to tell you’re new around here.”
“What, and miss all the fun?”
Untangling myself from Damon, I try to stand without slipping. I notice he still holds the pecan pie, which somehow didn’t get squashed in the fracas.