“No,” he whispered, not taking his eyes off Savannah. “I can’t believe it at all.”
“I’m…ah…” Savanna lifted her hand, feeling foolish in a hundred different ways. Sorry? As if that covered the extent of her emotions. So in love I can’t sleep at night. So in love it hurts being away from you.
“Here?” he asked, slowly, oh, so slowly circling his big desk.
She nodded, her smile gaining strength. Courage. She gripped the rock in her pocket, her talisman, her compass leading to Matt. “I am. I’m here.” Oh, this was the hard part. The killer. “If you still want me?”
“Want you?” he asked, his eyes like flames against the night. He practically stalked her across the room, his look so predatory, and it was thrilling to be the focus of all that desire. All that raw want.
Her body went hot in answer, her heart beat fast in anticipation.
Touch me. Oh, please touch me. I’m so much more real when you touch me. So much more myself.
“I will never stop wanting you,” he said. “I love you.”
His hand grazed her shoulder and she shuddered in relief, collapsing against him. “I love you, too. Oh, God, I love you.”
“I didn’t think you’d come,” he breathed against her hair.
“Not come?” She looked back at him. “For you?” She brushed aside some of his hair, touched his forehead, his cheeks, the gorgeous beloved curve of his lip. “You can’t get away from me now,” she said. “I’m unleashed. I’ll chase you anywhere.”
“This is the only place I want to be,” he whispered, pulling her so tight against him she could barely breathe.
“Thank you,” she whispered. “Thank you for making me do this. Thank you for having faith in me.”
“Always,” he said. “You are my salvation, Savannah. My light.”
“Hey!” Katie cried as he was leaning in to kiss Savannah. “Can we go see that arch thing? And a riverboat, I want to see a riverboat. Mom said we could go see the ocean. Want to come, Matt? Have you seen the ocean?”
“The ocean?” he asked.
“It was a long trip,” Savannah said. “And she was so excited. I feel like now that we’re away from the Manor we need to see it all. I’ve taken a leave of absence,” she said. “I was hoping…” She looked up at him. “There’s a whole world out there, Matt, and I’d like to see some of it. With you.”
“And I’d like to show it to you,” he whispered. He kissed her, or she kissed him. She wasn’t sure. And it didn’t matter.[email protected]@@@[email protected]@@@@=======
They were together. And the journey was just beginning.
Hi, guys! I’ve only got a few minutes before our flight leaves. Matt, Katie and I are on our way to Paris. Matt wants to show me the Eiffel Tower and I want to see it! Katie wants to eat French fries in France—she thinks they’ll be better there. She’s going to miss some school, but you only live once, right? I know, I can’t believe it’s me saying that, either.
We’re going to be gone for two months and Margot is leaving for another cruise in two weeks so the Manor is going to be empty. Juliette says she can keep an eye on it, but frankly I’m worried. You know Mom broke in a while ago and I didn’t press charges. I know what you’re thinking, Carter, but I didn’t want to take that process on with her. Not when it feels like my whole life is starting.
Anyway, I don’t think we’ve seen the end of her. Carter, I know you’re busy being very important and Tyler, you’re busy doing…what are you doing, again? But it would mean a lot to me and to Margot if you’d check in on the house. If one of you could keep an eye on things. Carter, I imagine it would be you. Tyler, sorry, but you’ve never been good at the responsibility thing.
Anyway, I love you both. Life is better than I ever imagined. I’ll send postcards.