“I belong in LA,” he said. “I’m with the police department.”
“That’s a dangerous job. A tough one for you, and just as hard on your wife and kids.”
As she ought to have seen by her own husband’s death, in the right—or wrong—circumstances, any job had its risks. He shook his head. “I don’t have a wife. Or any family there. It’s just me.”
Alone at home. On his own on the job. And now standing here beside the girl who’d started him down that road.
He reached up to gently stroke the fine, lined skin near her eye.
“I’m not wearing well,” she said with a forced laugh.
“We’ve all gotten older.” But maybe not wiser. He cupped her cheek with his palm.
The warmth spreading through his hand more than made up for the risk he’d taken in touching her.
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