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Walker saw so many new faces he began to lose track. There were other officers, their wives or girlfriends, and several children. He nodded, shook hands, and made small talk. He took the longneck Evan held out to him and raised it to his lips.
He managed not to spew out the mouthful of beer when he turned around as Evan spoke.
“And here is my beautiful wife. Come say hello to Walker, Lainey.”
Walker stared. He knew it and was glad the dark shades hid the shock in his eyes. There she stood, the woman he had almost come to believe had been a figment of his imagination.
Lainey’s face went pale, her eyes wide. She forced a smile and stepped up to Evan’s side, clutching the handle of a glass pitcher with a grip so tight her fingers were white.
“It’s so nice to meet you,” she managed around the lump of fear in her throat. Please, God, she thought, don’t let him tell. She raised her eyes to his, a silent plea in them.
Walker locked gazes with her and gave a solemn nod. “Ma’am. Thanks for having me.”
When Evan motioned for him to continue their walk, Walker brushed by Lainey without another look.He wouldn’t call her out on it today, not here. But he would damn well find out what her game was.
Lainey heard a knock on the back door and opened it to find Walker on the other side.
“What are you doing?” she whispered. She cast a glance over her shoulder, fearful that Evan had somehow came back into the house.
“Relax. He’s at the office already.” Walker gently moved her aside and stepped inside. “I made sure of that and walked over here. No one saw me.”
“What do you want?” She led him into the laundry room and closed the door behind them.
“I had to make sure you were okay. I haven’t seen you out since Friday, and then only in passing.” He tilted her head and noted the new bruises on her face. His mouth tightened. “I guess this explains why.”
She gave him a little smile. “Thank you for checking on me. You’d better go now, before our luck runs out.”
Walker couldn’t help himself. He leaned forward and pressed a gentle kiss on her lips, then trailed his mouth down the smooth column of her throat. Lainey dropped her head back with a little whimper and her hands flexed on his shoulders.
She didn’t know how long they stayed locked together, simply holding onto each other, reveling in each other’s touch. When the shrill ring of the telephone sounded, she jumped like she had been shot.
Lainey let out a shaky laugh. “I need to get that, and you should go.”
Walker nodded. “One more week, Lainey. We’re almost there.”
He left her reaching for the telephone, slipping silently out of the kitchen door.