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Christine Feehan - Dark 15 - Dark Secret.pdf

Christine Feehan - Dark 15 - Da…

上传者: dierapunzel 2013-02-21 评分 0 0 0 0 0 0 暂无简介 简介 举报

简介:本文档为《Christine Feehan - Dark 15 - Dark Secretpdf》,可适用于高等教育领域,主题内容包含DarkSecretDarkSeriesBookByChristineFeehanPrologue"Comeon,Colby,"SheriffBen符等。

DarkSecretDarkSeriesBookByChristineFeehanPrologue"Comeon,Colby,"SheriffBenLassiteryelled,feelinglikeafoolrunningalongsidethetractor"YouhavetobereasonableGetoffthatdamnthingandlistentomeforonceinyourlifeYou'rebeingstubborn!"Theancienttractorbouncedalonginthegatheringdusk,shootingupcloudsofpowderydirttosprayoverBen'simmaculatesheriff'suniformColbywaiteduntilhewastotallyoutofbreathandatacompletedisadvantagebeforeshestoppedthetractorandsatstaringmoodilyoutoverthefieldVeryslowlyshepulledoffherleatherworkgloves"I'mgettingtiredofthesevisits,BenJustwhosesideareyouon,anywayYouknowmeYouknewmyfatherTheChevezfamilydon'tbelonghereandtheycertainlydon'thavetherighttotrytoforcemetoturnovermybrotherandsistertothem"Benswipedatthedirtcoveringhim,grittinghisteethagainsthisfrustrationHetookseveraldeepbreathsbeforeheansweredher"Ididn'tsayitwasright,Colby,buttheChevezfamilyhavetheDeLaCruzbrothersontheirside,whichmeansalotofmoneyandpowerYoucan'tjustignorethemTheyaren'tgoingtogoawayYouhavetotalktothemorthey'regoingtotakeyoutocourtPeopleliketheDeLaCruzbrothersdon'tloseincourt"HeraisedhishandstograsphersmallwaistbeforeshecouldjumpoffthetractorbyherselfResistingtheurgetoshakesomesenseintoher,heliftedherdowneasily,retainingpossessionforamoment"Youhavetodothis,ColbyImeanit,honey,Ican'tprotectyoufromthesepeopleDon'tputitoffanylonger"Colbypushedawayfromhim,asmallgestureofimpatience,swingingherheadsoherdisheveledhairspilledoutfromunderherhat,hidingthesuddensheenoftearsswimminginhereyesBenquicklylookedaway,pretendingnottonoticeAmanwouldhavetokillforherifshecried,andanyonewitnessinghertearswouldbeverylikelytotakethebruntofheranger"Fine"Colbybeganmovingacrossthefieldatafastpace"Ipresumeyouhavetheentirelotofthemcampedonmyporch""IknewGinnyandPaulweregonetonight"BenhadensuredhissisterinlawinvitedColby'ssisterandbrotheroverforhomemadeicecream"Likethatwashardtoseethrough"ColbytossedthewordssarcasticallyoverhershoulderathimShehadknownBensincekindergartenShewascertainhepersistedinthinkingofherasawild,untamedlittlegirl,notquitebright,whenshewasperfectlycapableofrunningaranchallbyherlittlelonesomeandhadbeendoingsoforsometimeShewantedtoboxhisthickskull"Colby,don'tgointherelikeapowderkegThesepeoplearen'tthetypetobepushedaround"Beneasilykeptpacewithher"Pushedaround"Shestoppedsoabruptlythathehadtorockbackonhisheelstokeepfromrunningherover"They'retryingtopushmearoundHowdaretheycomehereactingsoarrogantIwanttosicthedogonthem!Men!"Sheglaredathim"Andanotherthing,BenInsteadofkissinguptoMrMoneybagsandhisentourage,youmightconsiderwhatisgoingonouthereAllmyequipmentkeepsdisappearingandsomelittlegremlinismessingwiththemachineryThat'syourjob,isn'titnotescortingtherichandinfamousaround"Shebeganmovingagain,hersmallfemininebodyradiatingfury"Colby,youandIbothknowit'sabunchofkidsplayingpranksProbablyfriendsofPaul,"Bensaid,tryingtosootheher"PranksIdon'tthinkstealingisaprankAndwhataboutmymissingperson'sreportHaveyoueventriedtofindPeteforme"Benrakedahandthroughhishairinsheerdesperation"PeteJessupisprobablyoffonabingeForallyouknowthatoldmanstoleyourthingstopayforhisalcohol"Colbystoppedagain,andthistimeBendidrunintoherandhadtocatchhershoulderstokeepfromknockingherflatSheslappedhishandsaway,afineoutragesmolderinginher"PeteJessupquitdrinkingwhenmyfatherdied,youturncoat!He'sbeeninvaluablearoundhere""Colby,"Bensaid,hisvoicepersuasiveandgentle,"thetruthisyoutookinthathomelessoldcootoutofthegoodnessofyourheartIdoubtifhedidmorethaneatyourfoodeverydayHe'sabrokendowncowboy,adrifterHe'sjusttakenoffsomewhereHe'llturnupeventually""Youwouldsaythat,"shesniffed,trulyaggravatedwithhim"It'sjustlikeyoutoletthedisappearanceofanoldmanandsneakthievesgobythewaysidesoyoucanmixwithsomerichidiotswhoareheretotrytostealmybrotherandsister""Colby,comeon,theyprovedthey'rerelativesandtheyclaimtheyhavethechildren'sbestinterestsatheartTheleastyoucandoislistentothem""Youprobablyagreewiththem,don'tyouPaulandGinnyarenotbetteroffwiththatgroupYoudon'tknowanythingaboutit,orthemPaulwouldendupjustlikethem,soarrogantnoonecouldstandhim,andpoorlittleGinnywouldgrowupthinkingshewasasecondclasscitizenbecauseshe'sfemaleTheycanallgostraighttohellforallIcare!"Althoughitwasearlyeveningandstillrelativelylight,theskysuddenlydarkenedasominousblackcloudsboiledupoutofnowhereAcoldwindarrivedonthewingsofthedarkmass,tuggingsharplyatColby'sclothesAshiverofapprehensionblewstraightdownherspineForamomentsomethingtouchedhermindShefeltit,feltthestruggleforentrance"Whatisit"ColbycouldseeBenwasclearlyuneasyasheturnedinaslowcircletoscanthesurroundingareaHehadhishandonhisgun,unsurewhatwasstalkingthemorwherethethreatwascomingfrom,butheobviouslyfeltitaswellColbystayedveryquiet,notmovingamuscle,likeasmallfawncaughtinahunter'ssightsSheimmediatelysensedshewasinmortaldangerItwasn'thostiletowardBen,butshecouldfeelthemalevolencedirectedatherWhateveritwasstruckdirectlyathermind,seekingentranceShetookadeepslowbreathandletitout,forcinghermindtostayblank,thinkingofawallhigh,impregnableafortressnothingcouldenterShefocusedcompletelyonthewall,keepingitstrong,impenetrableThethingseemedtowithdrawforamoment,puzzledperhapsbyherstrength,butthenitstruckagain,ahardspearlikethrustthatseemedtopierceherskullanddriverightforherbrainColbyutteredasoftcryofpainanddroppedtooneknee,holdingherheadevenwhilesheforcedherselftobreatheevenlyandcalmlyHermindwasstrong,invincible,withawallsothickandhighnoonewouldeverbreakitdownWhatevermalevolentthingwasafterherwouldnotbeallowedtobreachherdefensesShebecameaware,afterafewminutes,ofBen'slargehandonhershoulderHewasbendingoverhersolicitously"Colby,whatisit"CautiouslysheliftedherheadThepresencewasgone"Myhead,BenIhavetheheadachefromhell"Shedid,tooitwasn'talieShe'dneverexperiencedanythingquiteliketheattackSheactuallyfeltsicktoherstomach,andshewasn'tcertainshecouldwalkWhateverithadbeenwasstrongandterrifyingBentookherelbowandhelpedhertoherfeetShewastremblinghecouldfeelthecontinuousshiveringbeneathhishandsoheheldontoherColbydidn'tpullawayfromhimlikeshenormallywouldhaveandthatworriedhim"Youwantmetocallanambulance"Heremeraldgreeneyeslaughedathimevenastheymirroredherpain"AreyoucrazyIhaveaheadache,BenThemerethoughtofcontactwiththeChevezfamilygivesmemajorheadaches""YourbrotherandsisterarebothmembersoftheChevezfamily,ColbyYouwouldhavebeentooiftheadoptionhadgonethrough"Colbyduckedherhead,hiswordshittingherdeadcenterinherheartArmandoChevezhadneveradoptedherHehadconfessedhisreasonsonhisdeathbed,hanginghisheadinshame,tearsswimminginhiseyeswhilesheheldhishandHehadwantedhisgrandfathertorelent,toaccepthimbackintothefamilyDuetothecircumstancesofColby'sbirth,Armandohadknownifheadoptedher,hisgrandfatherinBrazilwouldneverallowhimtocomebacktothefamilyIthadbeentoolate,then,topushthepaperworkthroughArmandoChevezwasashamedthathehadbetrayedherunconditionalloveforhimforafamilywhohadneveransweredadyingman'sletterColbyhadremainedloyalandloving,nursinghim,readingtohim,comfortinghimrightupuntilthedayhediedAndshestillremainedloyaltohimItdidn'tmatterthathehaddiedbeforetheadoptionArmandoChevezwasn'therbiologicalfather,buthewasherfatherallthesameInherheart,whereitcountedThewaytheChevezfamilyhatedherhadnevermatteredtoher,butshelovedArmandowitheveryfiberofherbeingShelovedhimwiththesamefiercenesswithwhichshelovedherbrotherandsisterAsfarasshewasconcerned,theChevezfamilydidn'tdeserveArmandoandhischildrenAndthetwoDeLaCruzbrothers,guardiansandbulliesfortheChevezfamily,couldgostraightbacktowhateverhellhadspawnedthemTheyweredirectlyresponsibleforArmando'sgrandfather'sbitterhatredofherShewasn'tgoodenoughtoheamemberoftheChevezfamilyNeitherwasherbelovedmotherArmando'sgrandfatherhadpronouncedtheywouldneverbeacceptedintohisillustriousfamilyandhisreasonshadbeenabundantlyclearColby'smotherhadnevermarriedherfather,therewasnonameonColby'sbirthcertificate,andArmando'sgrandfatherwouldneveracceptanAngloharlotandherbastardintohispurebloodfamilyAssheandBenmovedaroundthevegetablegardentowardtheranchhouse,Colbyslowedherpace,turninghermindinwardforamomenttofocusherstrengthofwilloncontrolItwasimportanttostaycalmandrelaxedandtobreathenaturallyShetiltedherchinandwalkedwithherheaduptomeettheallpowerfulDeLaCruzbrothersandtheChevezfamilymemberswhohadcometostealherbrotherandsisterandtheirranchTheyweregatheredtogetheronhersmallporchJuanandJulioChevezresembledArmandosomuchColbyhadtoblinkbackunexpectedburningtearsShehadtorememberthiswasthefamilywhohadsocruellyrejectedhermotherbecauseshehadgivenbirthtoColbyoutofwedlockThiswasthesamefamilywhohadcallouslyignoredherbelovedstepfather'spleasandallowedhimtodiewithoutsomuchasawordfromthemWorstofall,theywereheretotakePaulandGinnyawayandtoconfiscatetheranch,theirfather'slastlegacyBensawherliftherchinandhesighedheavilyHehadknownColbynearlyallofherlifeShehadastubbornstreakamilewideIfthesemenunderestimatedherbecauseshewasyoungandbeautiful,becauseshelookedsmallandfragile,theywereinforabigsurpriseColbycouldmovemountainsifshesethermindtoitHehadneverseenanyonesodetermined,withsuchstrengthofwillWhoelsecouldhavenursedadyingmanandrunahugeranchwithonlythehelpofanoldbrokendowncowhandandtwokidsColbywalkedrightuptothetwomen,herslendershouldersstraight,hersmallframeastallasshecouldmakeit"WhatcanIdoforyougentlemen"Hervoicewaspolite,distant,asshegesturedtowardthechairsontheporchratherthaninvitingthemintoherhome"IlookedverycarefullyoverthepapersyousentandIbelieveIalreadygaveyoumyanswerGinnyandPaulareUnitedStatescitizensThisranchistheirlegacy,entrustedtometopreserveforthemThatisalegaldocumentIfyouwishtodisputeit,youcantakemetocourtIhavenointentionofturningmybrotherandsisterovertocompletestrangers"AmanstirredbackintheshadowsHergazejumpedtohisface,herheartpoundingItwasstrangeshehadn'tnoticedhimimmediatelyHeseemedblurred,apartofthegatheringdarknessAshesteppedundertheporchlight,shecouldseehewastallandmuscular,veryimposingHisfaceheldaharshsensuality,hiseyesblackandcoldHishairwaslong,pulledtothebackofhisneckandsomehowsecuredthereEverywarningsenseshriekedatherHehelduphishand,effectivelysilencingJuanChevezbeforehecouldspeakThatimperiousgesture,stoppingtheproud,verywealthyBrazilian,setherheartpoundingShehadafeelinghecouldhearitThebrothersmovedasideasheglidedsilentlyforwardThepartingoftheRedSea,ColbythoughtalittlehystericallyWasthereatouchoffearintheeyesoftheChevezbrothersColbystoodherground,trembling,afraidherrubberylegsmightnotholdherupThismanscaredherTherewasanedgeofcrueltytohismouthandshehadneverseensuchcoldeyes,asifhehadnosoulSheforcedherselftostand,nottolookatBenforassuranceClearlythismancouldtakealifeandneverthinktwiceaboutitThatmadeherallthemoredeterminedtokeepherbrotherandsisterwithherIftheChevezfamilyusedhimforprotection,whatdidthatsayaboutthemShestaredupathimdefiantlyHebentcloser,hisblackeyesstaringdirectlyintohergreenonesAtonceshefeltamagneticpullSherecognizedthattouchfromthementalattackonherinthefieldAlarmed,shejerkedback,twistingawayfromhimtofocusonBen'sscuffedbootsThismanhadpsychicabilitiesjustlikeher!"IamNicolasDeLaCruz"Hesaidhisnamesoftly,hisvoiceasmesmerizingashiseyes"IwishyoutohearthesemenoutTheyhavecomealongwaytoseeyouThechildrenareoftheirblood"Thewayhesaid"blood"sentashiverrunningthroughherbodyHedidn'traisehisvoiceatallHesoundedperfectlycalmandreasonableHisvoicewasapowerful,hypnoticweaponandsherecognizeditassuchIfheuseditinacourtoflawonthejudge,couldshecombatitShedidn'thonestlyknowEvenshewassomewhatsusceptibleHerheadwaspoundingShepressedahandtohertemplesHewasexertingsubtlepressureonhertodoashebidherColbyknewshewouldn'tbeabletoresisttherelentlessforceforlongHerheadfeltasifitmightshatterPridewasonething,foolishnesscompletelyanother"IamgoingtohavetoaskyougentlementoleaveUnfortunately,thisisabadtimeformeI'mafraidI'mill"Pressingahandtoherpoundinghead,sheturnedtoBen"WouldyoupleaseescortthemoutofhereformeandIwilltrytoscheduleanothermeetingwhenI'mfeelingbetterI'msorry"ShejerkedopenthedoortoherhomeandfledinsidetothesafetyofhersanctuaryNicolasDeLaCruzwouldbeapowerfulenemyThepoundinginherheadfromfightingoffhismentalattackwasmakingherphysicallysickSheburiedherfaceagainstherquiltandbreatheddeeply,waitinguntilshefeltthesteadypressureslowlyretreatingShelaytherealongtime,terrifiedforherbrotherandsister,terrifiedforherselfThehugechestnutsnorted,hiseyesrollingwildlyinhishead"Hangontohim,Paul,"ColbyquicklywarnedherbrotherThehorsewassidesteppingnervously,jerkinghishead,stiffeninghislegs"Ican't,sis,"Paulcriedoutaswithasurgeofsavagerytheanimalswungaround,breakingtheboy'sprecariousholdPaulscrambledtosafety,hisanxiouseyesonhissister'sslenderfigureThechestnutwascrowhopping,whirling,slammingintothefencewitharesoundingcrashthatshookthepostsandthegrounditselfPaulwinced,hisoliveskingoingpalebeneaththedarktanColbywassmashedupagainstthefencetwicemorebeforeshehitthegroundandrolledtosafetybeneaththerails"Areyouallright,Colby"Pauldemandedanxiously,flinginghimselfonhiskneesbesideherinthepowdereddirtColbygroanedandrolledovertostareupatthedarkeningsky,ahumorlesssmilecurvinghersoftmouth"Whatastupidwaytomakealiving,"shetoldPaulabsently"Howmanytimeshasthatworthlessanimalthrownme"Shesatup,pushingatthedamptendrilsescapingfromherthickredgoldbraidThebackofherhandleftastreakofdirtacrossherforehead"Todayoraltogether"Paulteased,thenhastilywipedthegrinfromhisfacewhensheturnedthefullpowerofhereyesonhim"Six,"heansweredsolemnlyGingerlyshestoodup,swipingatthelayerofdustonherworn,fadedLevi'sRuefullysheexaminedhertatteredshirt"WhoownsthisbeastanywayWhoeveritishadbetterbesomeoneIlike"CarefullyPaulbrusheddustoffherhat,avoidinghergazeUnlessahorsewasbeingtrainedforrodeoriding,ColbyallowedPaultohandleallthedetailsWorstpossibleluck"DeLaCruz,"hemutteredapprehensivelyAtsixteenhewastallerthanhissisterLean,tanned,alreadywiththemusclesofahorseman,PaulwasunusuallystrongforhisageHisfaceheldthestampofsomeonemucholderHeheldouttheweatheredflatbrimmedhatalmostasanofferingofatonementtohissisterTherewasasmallsilencewhilethewindseemedtoholditsbreathEventhechestnutstoppedsnortingandrearingwhileColbystaredinhorroratherbrother"ArewetalkingaboutthesameDeLaCruzwhocametothisranchandinsultedmeThesameonewhodemandedwepackupourthingsandleaveourfather'sranchbecauseI'mawomanandyou'reachildThatDeLaCruzTheDeLaCruzwhoorderedmetoturnyouandGinnyovertotheChevezfamilyandgavemeawhaleofaheadachewithhisinsultingdomineeringdisgustingmalechauvinisticbehavior"Colby'ssofthuskyvoicewasnearlyvelvet,thedelicateperfectionofherfaceutterlystillOnlyherlargeeyesbetrayedhermood"Tellmewearen'ttalkingaboutthatDeLaCruz,PauloLietomesoIdon'tcommitmurder"Herbrillianteyeswerefairlyshootingsparks"Well,"hehedged,"itwasJuanChavezwhobroughtthehorsesover,sixteenofthemWehadtotakethem,ColbyHe'spayingtopdollarandweneedthemoneyYousaidyourselfClintonDanielswaspushingusaboutthemortgage""Nottheirmoney,"Colbysnappedimpatiently"NevertheirmoneyIt'sconsciencemoney,fortheirsinsWe'llfindotherwaystopaythemortgage"SheshookherheadtoclearitoftheangerwellingunexpectedlyoutofnowhereSlammingherhatagainstherdenimcladthigh,shemutteredunladylikethingsunderherbreath"Juanhadnorighttoofferyouthehorsesbehindmyback"Sheglancedatherbrother'smiserablefaceandinstantlytheangerevaporatedasifithadneverbeenShereachedouttoshoveherhandaffectionatelythroughhisjetblackhair"Itisn'tyourfaultIshouldhaveexpectedsomethinglikethisandwarnedyouEversincethatfamilyshowedup,thatDeLaCruzpersonhasbeennothingbuttroubleIwrotethelettertotheChevezfamilyforDadnearlythreeyearsagoIsn'titabloomingmiraclethey'refinallygettingaroundtoansweringit"Colbyswungaroundtofacethechestnut,watchingitcarefullywithwaryeyes"ThishorseisprobablytheirwayofgettingridofmesotheycanhaveyouWithmeoutofthewaytheymighthaveachanceattakingyouandGinnywiththembacktotheirSouthAmericanhellholeAndrobbingyouofyourinheritancewhilethey'reatit"Colbywasshortandslenderwithsoftfullcurves,large

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