Perfectly Roasted

Saturday Spankings Cass has travelled to Slicktrench Alaska to research huckleberries for her cooking blog. After forgetting the safety rules that her guide, the oh so handsome Killian  had insisted upon, she found herself getting  a furiously smacked bottom. Later, when they have both cooled down a bit:

For the first time since she had met him he didn’t seem entirely at ease. “I didn’t hurt you did I?” She didn’t have to ask him what he was talking about. She could suddenly remember his palm on her flesh.  “No,” she reassured him. “You startled me. But no, I’m not hurt”

His confidence returned, ”You more than startled me. I was thinking that I wouldn’t get to you in time, and then getting you to a hospital might take too long.”  He shook his head,”it was terrible.”

She should be insulted, and angry and outraged. Instead she took his hand.”I am truly sorry,” she turned so that she could lean against him without relinquishing her grasp on his fingers.

“You cant be my girl and scare me like that” it was absurd, they barely knew each other. She was an independent Chicagoan who made her living writing about food on the internet. He ran a wilderness tour company in Alaska. She had no idea what his favorite brand of beer was. She didn’t even know what sort of music he listened to. She hadn’t told him about Stephen, or her family or that she didn’t think she would ever be able to eat a seal.    Nevertheless,  there it was, the void had been breached.  She was his girl.

She tried to be flip, as if she was asking an offhand question as she studiously watched the birds on the horizon. “So what happens if I scare you like that again?”

He seemed absorbed in his steering and she was horrified at the thought that he hadn’t heard her,but her momentum  was gone, she wouldn’t bring it up again.   He leaned closer to her, and with a voice as low as smoke said,” I will spank you .”

This year not just the turkey will be roasted. The 4th  book in the Cass Chronicles will be out November 21. It’s the perfect time to start at the beginning.

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  1. Amelia Smarts
    Oct 29, 2016

    This was one of my favorite scenes. “You can’t be my girl and scare me like that.” *swoon*

  2. krblake
    Oct 29, 2016

    Love the snippet, Susannah, as well as your addendum “This year not just the turkey will be roasted.” Made me smile.

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