Her Highland Fling: A Novella

By Jennifer McQuiston

Let the video games commence …

William MacKenzie has continually been protecting of his Scottish village. whilst Moraig's economic system falters, he has the suitable option to trap prosperous Londoners to this tiny hamlet: resurrect the traditional Highland video games! yet for this to paintings, William understands he wishes a reporter to exhibit the city in precisely the suitable light.

A woman journalist can be a tolerated oddity in Brighton, yet newly minted reporter Penelope Tolbertson is gaining knowledge of that discovering appreciate in London is a much more tricky prospect. After receiving a call for participation to hide Moraig's Highland video games, Penelope is decided to end up to her London editors simply how helpful she will be.

Penelope immediately captures William's middle, yet she is none too inspired with the gruff, broody Highlander; even if, as she starts to appreciate his plans, Penelope discovers she might want extra from him than simply a narrative. She's in simple terms bought a number of days … yet probably a couple of days are all they need.

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Ideally whatever that made the ripping first impact he’d deliberate. He raised his eyes to fulfill hers, giving himself as much as the feel of falling. or even extra aptly positioned, a feeling of flailing. “W-welcome to Moraig, leave out Tolbertson. ” Penelope fought to maintain her expression impartial. It wasn’t as if she hadn’t been teased for her stammer approximately each day of her lifestyles, the cruel jeers from Brighton’s summer season viewers bending her yet by no means relatively breaking her. rather than providing a witty retort—which event foretold might purely emphasize her infirmity—she compelled herself to grin pleasantly on the guy who had simply introduced the insult.

In truth, he appeared made up our minds to place an excellent larger distance among them, and she or he was firm to work out it reversed. She simply had a number of extra days on the town, and he or she didn’t are looking to waste them dancing round what can be. “And could you furthermore mght exhibit me the view from front garden this night, Mr. MacKenzie? ” she requested, pulling her computer from her reticule as a type of canopy. “It turns out as if it may be a mind-blowing s-sunset. ” “Sunset? ” MacKenzie stated hoarsely, now not relocating towards her within the slightest.

Pen blinked in confusion. “Why may they nonetheless b-be retaining the room? ” she requested. She’d been very transparent at the subject of her accommodation. there has been a second of awkward silence. each person within the room checked out one another, as if gauging the instant and the correct reaction. after which Georgette sighed, virtually apologetically. “William in my opinion had a room within the lodge refurbished for the reporter we anticipated after which paid prematurely for a week’s use of it. The innkeeper remains to be preserving it. ” Pen sidled a shocked look towards MacKenzie, who regarded aggravated by means of the disclosure.

Following her to London used to be a sacrifice he used to be keen to make if it intended protecting her. And if town was once so bad, why was once she so made up our minds to come back? “Will you at the least imagine on my provide? ” he requested gruffly. She didn't solution. He pulled the plaid round him after which won his toes and belted it into position. He had another factor to assert to her, and he was hoping she used to be listening. “I ken you’re a great reporter, Pen. i will see it within the manner you're employed, the questions you ask. I’m no longer asking you to offer that up.

He stood within the doorway, his substantial shoulders approximately filling the gap to of entirety. He regarded harassed as his eyes dropped to her bodice, a protracted, gradual slide of perusal that made her dermis burn in anticipation. She laced her arms in entrance of her in a bid to regulate their trembling. “C-come within, MacKenzie,” she someway came upon the braveness to assert. After a moment’s hesitation, he did, putting his hat at the bureau subsequent to the artifacts. “I used to be shocked whilst the innkeeper acknowledged you have been already the following. i assumed we had agreed to 6 o’clock.

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