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Christine Feehan - Drake Sister…

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简介:本文档为《Christine Feehan - Drake Sisters 02 - Twilight Before Christmaspdf》,可适用于高等教育领域,主题内容包含ThisbookisaworkoffictionNames,characters,placesandincidentsareproductsofth符等。

ThisbookisaworkoffictionNames,characters,placesandincidentsareproductsoftheauthor’simaginationorareusedfictitiouslyAnyresemblancetoactualeventsorlocalesorpersons,livingordead,isentirelycoincidentalAnOriginalPublicationofPOCKETBOOKSAPocketStarBookpublishedbyPOCKETBOOKS,adivisionofSimonSchuster,IncAvenueoftheAmericas,NewYork,NYCopyrightbyChristineFeehanISBN:POCKETSTARBOOKSandcolophonareregisteredtrademarksofSimonSchuster,IncVisitusontheWorldWideWeb:http:wwwSimonSayscomDedicationThisbookisdedicatedtomysisterLisa,whohasaspecialmagicallherownAcknowledgmentsThankyoutoHeatherKingandRoseBrungardforthewonderfulchillingChristmaspoemtheysograciouslyprovidedtometouseforthisbook!BesuretowritetoChristineat:ChristinechristinefeehancomtogetaFREEexclusivescreensaverandjointhePRIVATEemaillisttoreceiveanannouncementwhenChristine’sbooksarereleasedTheTwilightBeforeChrismasbyHeatherKingandRoseBrungard’TwasthetwilightbeforeChristmasandallthroughthelands,NotathinghasoccurredthatwasnotofmyhandThesnowglobetheyholdhasasecretinside,Wherethemistrollsinplaceofthesnowthat’soutsideAchill,colderstillthantheairtheywillfeel,AsIrejoiceinreleaseasIslippastthesealAwreathofhollymeanttogreet,LooksmuchbettertossedinthestreetAtowndreamsofsweetthoughtswhilenestledinbed,UntilnightmaresofmebegintodanceintheirheadsThetime,itwasright,forapresentortwo,Andthefogonthesandholdsasecret,aclueAsloversmeetbeneathmistletoebright,TerrorignitesdownbelowthemthisnightAndthebloodrunsredonthepristinewhitesnow…WhilearoundallthehousestheChristmaslightsglowAstarburnshotinthedeadofthenight,Asthebelltollsit’snowmidnightBeneaththestar,thatshinessobright,Anactunfolds,tomydelightInthestockinghungwithgentlecare,Amystery,Iknow,ishiddenthereAcandleburnswithaneerieglow,Asitmelts,thewaxdoesflow,Mylastgiftnow,isaspecialone,Acandycaneforaspecialson,Hewatchesandtendsandknowstheland,ButnotenoughtoevademyhandAlldeedsarenowdone,forgivenessismine,AstwopeoplesharealoveforalltimeChapter’TwasthetwilightbeforeChristmasandallthroughthelandsNotathinghasoccurredthatwasnotofmyhand"Don’tsayitDon’tsayitDon’tsayit,"DannyGranitemutteredthemantraunderhisbreathashesatinthetruckwatchinghisolderbrothercarefullyselectinghydroorganictomatoesfromOldManMars’sfruitstandDannyglancedatthekeys,assuringhimselfthetruckwasrunningandallthathisbrotherhadtodowasleapinandgunitHeleanedoutthewindow,gaveahalfheartedwavetotheelderlyman,andscowledathisbrother"Getamoveon,MattI’mstarvinghere"Mattgrimacedathim,thensmiledwithsmoothcharmattheoldman"MerryChristmas,MrMars,"hesaidcheerfullyashehandedoverseveralbillsandliftedthebagoftomatoes"LessthantwoweeksbeforeChristmasI’mlookingforwardtothepageantthisyear"DannygroanedAblackscowlsettledoverOldManMars’sfaceHiscraggybrowsdrewtogetherinastraight,thicklineHegruntedindisgustandspatonthegroundThesmileonMatt’sfacewidenedintoaboyishgrinashehurriedaroundthebedofthepickuptrucktoyankopenthedriversidedoorAlmostbeforesettlingintohisseat,hecrankeduptheradiosothat"JingleBells"blaredloudlyfromthespeakers"You’dbettermoveit,Matt,"Danmutterednervously,lookingoutthewindow,backtowardthefruitstand"He’sarminghimselfYoujusthadtowishhimaMerryChristmas,didn’tyouYouknowhehatesthatpageantAndyouknowverywellplayingthatmusicisaddinginsulttoinjury!"ThefirsttomatocamehurtlingtowardthebackwindowofthetruckasMatthitthegasandthetruckleapedforward,fishtailing,tiresthrowingdirtintotheairThetomatolandedwithdeadlyaccuracy,splatteringjuice,seed,andpulpacrossthebackwindowSeveralmoremissileshitthetailgateasthetrucktoreoutoftheparkinglotandraceddownthestreetDannyscowledathisbrother"YoujusthadtowishhimMerryChristmasEveryoneknowshehatesChristmasHekickedtheshepherdlastyearduringthemidnightpageantNowhe’llbemoreornerythaneverIfyou’djustavoidedtheword,wemighthavegoneunscathedthisyear,butnowhe’llhavetoretaliate"Matt’smassiveshouldersshookashelaughed"AsIrecallyouplayedtheshepherdlastyearHedidn’thurtyouthatbad,DannyboyAlittlekickontheshinisgoodforyouItbuildscharacter""Youonlythinkit’sfunnybecauseitwasn’tyourshin"Dannyrubbedhislegasifitstillhurtnearlyayearlater"Youneedtotoughenup,"MattpointedoutHetookthehighway,athinribbonofaroad,twistingandturningalongthecliffsabovetheoceanItwasimpossibletogofastontheswitchbacksalthoughMattknewtheroadwellHemaneuveredaroundasharpcurve,settingupforthenextsharpturnItranuphillandnearlydoubledbackThemountainswelledonhisright,ahighbankgrownoverwithemeraldgreengrassesandbreathtakingcolorsfromtheexplosionofwildflowersOnhisleft,anarrowribbonofatrailmeanderedalongthecliffstodropawaytothewideexpanseofblueoceanwithitswhitecapsandboomingwaves"Oh,myGod!That’sKateDrake,"Dannysaidgleefully,pointingtoawomanonahorse,ridingalongthenarrowtrailonthesideoftheroad"Thatcan’tbeher"Matthastilyrolleddownhiswindowandcranedhisneck,gawkingunashamedlyHecouldonlyseethebackoftherider,whowasdressedallinwhiteandhadthickchestnuthairthatflamedredinthesunshineHisheartpoundedHismouthwentdryOnlyKateDrakecouldgetawaywithwearingwhiteandridingahorsesoclosetothesideoftheroadIthadtobeherHeslowedthetrucktogetabetterlookashewentby,turningdowntheradioatthesametime"Matt!Watchwhereyou’regoing,"Dannyyelled,bracinghimselfasthetruckflewofftheroadandrolledstraightintothegrasscoveredbankIthaltedabruptlyBothmenwereslammedbackintheirseatsandheldprisonerbytheirseatbelts"Damn!"MattroaredHeturnedtohisbrother"Areyouallright""No,I’mnotallright,youbiglug,youranusofftheroadgawkingatKateDrakeagainIhurteverywhereIneedaneckbrace,andIthinkImighthavebrokenmylittlefinger"Dannyhelduphishand,grippinghiswristandemittinggroansloudly"Ohshutup,"Mattsaidrudely"MatthewGraniteGoodheavens,areyouhurtIhaveacellphoneandcangoouttothebluffandcallforhelp"Kate’svoicewaseverythingherememberedSoftMelodicMeantforlongnightsandsatinsheetsMattturnedhisheadtolookatherTodrinkherinIthadbeenfourlongyearssincehe’dlastspokenwithherShestoodbesidehistruck,reinsloopedinherhand,herlargegreeneyesanxiousHecouldn’thelpbutnoticeshehadthemostbeautifulskinFlawlessPerfectItlookedsosoft,hewantedtostrokehisfingerdownhercheekjusttoseeifshewasreal"I’mfine,Kate"ItwasamiraclehefoundhisvoiceHistongueseemedtosticktotheroofofhismouth"Imusthavetriedtotaketheturnalittletoofast"AsnortofderisioncamefromDanny’ssideofthetruck"YouweredrivinglikeaturtleYoujustweren’tlookingwhereyouweregoing"ThetoeofMatt’sbootlandedsolidlyagainsthisbrother’sshin,andDannyletoutahairraisingyowl"NowonderOldManMarswantedtokickyoulastyear,"Mattmutteredunderhisbreath"DanielAreyouhurt"Katesoundedanxious,butherfascinatinglowerlipquiveredasifclosetolaughterDeterminedtogetherawayfromhisbrother,MatthastilyshovedthedooropenwithmoreforcethannecessaryThedoorthumpedsoundlyagainstKate’slegsShejumpedback,thehorsehalfreared,andDanny,damnhim,laughedlikethehyenahewasMattgroanedItneverfailedHewasadecoratedUSArmyRanger,hadbeenintheserviceforyears,runningcovertmissionswherehislifedependedonhisphysicalskillsandhiscooldemeanor,yethealwaysmanagedtofeelclumsyandroughinfrontofKateHeunfoldedhislargeframe,toweringoverher,feelinglikeagiantKatewasalwaysperfectPoisedArticulateGracefulThereshewas,lookingbeautifuldressedallinwhitewithherhairattractivelywindblownShewastheonlypersonintheworldwhocouldmakehimlosehiscoolandraisehistemperatureatthesametimejustbysmiling"IsDannyreallyhurt"Kateasked,turningherheadslightlywhileshetriedtocalmthenervoushorseItgaveMattagreatviewofherfigureHedrankherin,hishungrygazedriftingoverhersoftcurvesHe’dalwayslovedwatchingherwalkawayfromhimNobodymovedinthesamesexywayshedidShelookedsoproper,yetshehadthatcomeonwalkandthebedroomeyesandglorioushairamanwouldwanttofeelslidingoverhisskinallnightlongHejustmanagedtostifleagroanHowhadhenotknown,sensedthatKatewasbackintownHisradarmustbefailinghim"Danny’sfine,Kate,"MattassuredherShesenthimaquicksmileoverhershoulder,hereyessparklingathim"Justhowmanyaccidentshaveyoubeenin,MattItseemsthatontherareoccasionsI’veseenyou,overthelastfewyears,yourpoorvehiclehasbeencrunched"Itwastrue,butitwasherfaultKateDrakeactedassomesortofcatalystforstrangebehaviorHewasgoodateverythingEverythingUnlessKatewasaroundthenhecouldbarelymanagetospeakproperlyThehorsemovedrestlessly,demandingKate’simmediateattention,givingMatttimetorealizehisjeansandbluechambrayworkshirtwerestreakedwithdirt,sawdust,andapowderycementmixtureincompletecontrasttoherimmaculatewhiteattireHetooktheopportunitytoslapthedustfromhisclothing,sendingupagraycloudthatenvelopedKateassheturnedbacktowardhimShecougheddelicately,flutteringherlongfeatherylashestokeepthedustfromstinginghereyesAnotherderisivehootcamefromDanny’sdirectionMattsenthisbrotheralookthatpromisedinstantdeathbeforeturningbacktoKate"IhadnoideayouwereintownThetowngossipsletmedown"InezatthegrocerystorehadmentionedSarahwasintown,aswellasHannahandAbigail,threeofhersixsisters,butInezhadn’tsaidawordaboutKate"Sarahcamebackforavisit,andyouknowhowmyfamilyis,wegettogetherasoftenaspossible"Sheshrugged,asimpleenoughgesture,butonheritwasdamnedsexy"I’vebeeninLondondoingresearchformylatestthriller"ShelaughedsoftlyThesoundplayedrightdownhisspineanddidinterestingthingstohisbody"LondonfogisalwayssoperfectforascarysettingBeforethatitwasBorneo"Katetraveledtheworld,researchingandwritingherbestsellingnovelsandmurdermysteriesShewassobeautifulithurttolookather,sosophisticatedhefeltprimitiveinherpresenceShewassosexyhealwayshadthedesiretoturncavemanandtossheroverhisshoulderandcarryherofftohisprivatelair"Sarah’sengagedtoDamonWilder"Shetiltedherheadslightlyandpattedthehorse’sneckagain"Haveyoumethim""No,buteveryoneistalkingaboutitNooneexpectedSarahtogetmarried"Mattwatchedthewaythesunlightkissedherhair,turningthesilkystrandsintoablazingmassoftemptationHisgazefollowedherhandstrokingthehorse’sneck,andhenotedtheabsenceofaringwithreliefDannyclearedhisthroatHeleanedoutthedriver’sside"You’redrooling,bro"HewhispereditinanoverloudvoiceWithoutmissingabeat,Mattkickedthedoorclosed"Areyougoingtobestayingverylongthisvisit"HeheldhisbreathwaitingforheranswerTomakemattersworse,DannysnickeredMattsentupasilentvowthattheirparentswouldhaveonelesschildtofussoverbeforethedaywasout"I’veactuallydecidedtostayandmakeSeaHavenmyhomebaseIboughttheoldmilluponthecliffsab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noughlifeexperiencetogivehimconfidence,hefoundhecouldspeakeasilyandnaturallytoanyotherwomanOnlyKatemadehimtonguetiedHe’dtakefriendshipwithherAtleastitwasastart"Tellmewhenyouwantmetotakealook,Kate,andI’llarrangemyscheduleaccordinglyBeingmyownbosshasitsadvantages""ThenI’mgoingtotakeadvantageofyourgenerousofferandaskifyoucouldgoouttherewithmetomorrowafternoonDoyouthinkyoucanmanageitthatsoonIwouldn’task,butI’mtryingtogetthisprojectoffthegroundassoonaspossible""ItsoundsgreatI’llpickyouupatthecliffhousearoundfourYouarestayingtherewithyoursisters,aren’tyou"KatenoddedandturnedtowatchthesheriffcruiseupbehindthepickuptruckMattwatc

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