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It didn’t take Jesse long to move the roo, before he returned to the car. A smile tugged at his lips when he saw Zoe cuddling the small animal in a very protective way.
“Okay, let’s get you to your car. It’s not far from here.” He moved in his seat and said to Lexie, “I’m sorry to interrupt this moment of bonding, but I’ll need you to buckle up again.”
With a smile she sat back and replied, “Of course.”

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Ten minutes later, he parked in a small car park. “The little blue one yours?”
“Yes, thank you.” The relief in her voice was evident.
Jesse switched off the engine and opened the car door when Zoe asked, “What happens to the joey?”
“I’ll take him to an animal shelter in Beauty Bay.”
“Will I be able to visit him?”
He nodded, looked at Lexie and then back to Zoe, “Of course you can. I’ll give your mum the address and you can come as often as you’d like to.”
“But who’s looking after him here in the car?” she wanted to know in a way only a young child can come up with. Innocence and worry mirrored in her eyes.
His mouth curved. “He’ll be fine over there on the seat, wrapped up in the blankets.”
The girl turned to look at her mother, “Mum. I can’t just leave him on the seat.”
“Honey, he’s in good hands with—”
“Jesse,” he helped.
“After all, Jesse is a Park Ranger and knows how to handle situation.”
“But Mu-um.”
Lexie blew out a long breath, and Jesse wished there was something he could do to help.
“Zoe, we should go. The joey needs to be cared for and the quicker we let the ranger take it to the shelter, the better his chances of survival.”
“Can we follow him?”
Uncomfortable with the situation in front of him, Jesse got out of the car, and opened the door for Lexie before walking around to do the same for Zoe. Despite being a little amused by the conversation that was going on inside the car, he didn’t envy Lexie for her word battle with her daughter.
Carefully, he lifted the joey off the girl’s lap and said, “Ladies, you will need to continue this discussion in your car, because I have to take the fella to the shelter. As in quickly.”

 

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Jesse blew out a long breath as he rubbed his hands over his face. It wasn’t the first time the he found a dead kangaroo with the joey still alive, but that didn’t make it any easier. He kneeled and inspected both mama and child. The little joey was looking good considering the situation. Letting out another sigh, he stood and returned to the car where he opened the door on Zoe’s side.“I was hoping Zoe would be able to help me.”
Both, Lexie and her daughter, stared at him. “How?” Lexie asked with some suspicion his her voice.
He nodded, knowing he should’ve explained himself more. “The kangaroo is dead, but there’s a little joey still alive inside the pouch.” Their faces relaxed and something like sympathy took over. “If Zoe could sit at the front with a few blankets and hold on to the little fella until we get to your car.”
The girl’s eyes beamed as she nodded while unbuckling at the same time. He’d known the favour would be an icebreaker with the young girl, or at least he’d hoped so.
“Will that be okay?” he asked Lexie.
“Of course,” she replied with a smile.
He wasn’t able to move aside fast enough for Zoe to swap to the front. With a chuckle, he stepped to the back of the car, opened the boot, and retrieved a few blankets which he gave to Zoe. Then he returned to the joey and carefully took him out of the pouch before placing him into the blankets on the girl’s lap.
“Keep him nice and warm,” he explained. “Joeys need lots of warmth.”
She nodded eagerly as she carefully wrapped the little animal into the blankets. “He’s so tiny. Will he be okay?”
“We’ll take him to the animal shelter and they’ll look after him. He looks in good shape, I’d say his chances are better than average.”
Lexie moved to the middle of the back seat and leaned in. “Are we allowed to touch him?”
Amused by the two hovering over the joey, he nodded. “I’ll be two minutes. Just have to move the mama a little further off the road.”
“Take your time,” Lexie replied without looking at him, her full attention on the little survivor.

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Jesse helped Lexie and her daughter into the car and then slid behind the steering wheel. While he started the engine, he considered to start a conversation, but decided against it. Nothing personal, but it’d been a busy day and he was too tired to come up with anything to say. So they drove quietly along the forest road. It didn’t take him long before he located the dead kangaroo further up the path. Shaking his head, he knew straight away that it was a hit and run incident, with the driver leaving without moving the animal. He slowed and parked in front of it.
“I’ll be a couple of minutes,” he explained, looking at Lexie via the mirror.
With a slow nod, she asked, “Is it dead?”
He swivelled in his seat to face her. “Put it this way. I hope it is, otherwise I might have to put it down.”
The expression on her face told him that she wasn’t fond of the idea either. Neither was he. In one quick movement, he turned, opened the door, and got out. It took him only a few steps to get to the kangaroo. The animal was dead all right, but when he stood right next to it, he looked right into his next problem.
The little joey inside was still alive.

 

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Lexie met his gaze dead on, unaware of the momentary silence. Again, she had to push the flutter in her stomach away by closing her eyes for a brief second or two.
“Mum.”
Eyes wide now, she turned to Zoe. “What?”
“The Ranger asked you a question.”
She looked back into the stunning brown eyes. “My apologies. I think the realisation of the situation we were in has just sunk in.”
There was no chuckle this time, but a stern look she wasn’t able to interpret. “Are you okay?” he asked again.
“As I said, yes, I am.”
“Want to give me a brief background story of your day and how I can help you?”
“I think the short version is that we would like to have a lift to my car.”
He nodded. “No problems. Whereabouts is your car?”
Tilting her head slightly to the side, she replied, “At the car park?”
The Ranger pinched the bridge of his nose, but didn’t reply.
“Okay, let me try this again. I am not as useless as I’m currently coming across. Zoe…” She pointed to her daughter. “My daughter and I have only recently moved to Beauty Bay. It’s a beautiful day, so we thought it’d be perfect for exploring the area.”
“You decided,” Zoe piped in which in return earned her a stern look from her mother.
“The lovely lady from the bakery told us about this path along the creek and toward a little waterfall. We found that. But unfortunately not the way back. The car park was not really a car park—”
The Ranger held up his hand. “Lady from the bakery?”
Lexie nodded.
“I have a very good idea where your car is.” He looked at Zoe and then to Lexie again. “I’ve had a call, though, regarding a road kill which I have to check out first.”

 

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“Wait,” she almost shouted. “We can’t just—”
“Mum, just run. You’re not wearing your glasses, are you? It’s the Park Ranger vehicle.”
Shaking her head at her own embarrassment, but also her clever daughter, she exhaled a long breath and rushed after Zoe through the forest, literally over sticks and stones. Worried about her daughter stopping a stranger’s car, Park Ranger or not, she screamed, “Wait, Zoe. Wait for me.”
Without looking back, her daughter replied, “There’s no way I’m letting this guy drive off.”
As she stopped a couple of minutes later in front of the Ranger’s truck, she placed her hands on her knees, trying to catch her breath..
“Mum got us lost.”
The Ranger came around the car and placed his hand on Lexie’s arm, “Ma’am, are you okay?”
She straightened. “I’m okay. Embarrassed, my ego dinted, and having aged by about ten years, but I’m okay.”
His deep chuckle did something to her. Something that made her insides warm and her stomach flutter. Unsure how to deal with it, she pushed it away, dealing with the problem at hand.
“I got us lost,” she finally conceded.
Raising his brows, he opened his mouth, but closed it again, looking over at Zoe. “Okay, so one thing after the other. I hope you know that waving down a car can be dangerous.”
“Please don’t lecture her,” Lexie said, still trying to catch her breath. “I will do that in due time later on, at the moment, she deserves a medal, because…” She blew out a breath. “Because we were lost.”

 

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Lexie stopped walking and shot around. “Look, I get it that you’re not happy with the current situation. But I’m trying my best here.” She blew out a breath to calm herself. “I don’t really think this is the right place to have this discussion, but maybe the right time for you to ponder about the alternatives. Perth, big house, your mother working massive hours to afford it, which would mean you’re in after care, or Beauty Bay, small house, hopefully we’ll find something bigger soon, and I can drop you off and pick you up from school, plus we have enough money for two holidays a year.”
Without waiting for an answer, she turned around again, but didn’t move. Exhaling another long breath, she conceded that they were lost. And it scared her. A lot.
“Mum?”
Lexie whirled around again. “What?” But as soon as she saw her daughter’s timid look in her eyes, she apologised straight away. “I’m sorry, honey. But—”
Zoe shook her head. “Mum, listen,” she said just above a whisper.
Lexie focussed and followed the girl’s gaze.
“There! A car.”
“Hallelujah,” Lexie whispered.
“Can you run?”
Hands on hips, Lexie said, “I’m old, but I’m no geriatric.”
“Well, d’oh, Mum. Then run.”

 

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Lexie looked around, but saw nothing but trees. Worry crept into her mind. It’d been a while since they’d seen another soul. The old farmer on the tractor had warned them, but she’d been so sure to know the way back to the car.
“Mum, are you sure you know where you’re going?” Zoe asked.
Loosely circling her shoulders to rid herself of the kink in it, Lexie replied, “Honey, I’m sure we’re almost there. It can’t be far.”
“Such a stupid idea to go for a bushwalk.”
Lexie stopped and turned to look at her daughter, undecided whether to be annoyed or feeling guilty. “I thought it was a great idea. We’re stuck in the small house seven days a week with the walls closing up on us.”
Zoe met her gaze, tears shimmering in her eyes. “Not my fault we moved here.”
Now massaging her temples, she exhaled a long breath. “I hope we’re not going through the separation discussion again. Dad and I drifted apart.”
“Fair enough, but did you have to drift all the way to this forsaken place?”
“This forsaken place is giving me a chance to work in my profession as a lawyer during school hours only so you’re not on your own at home.”
Zoe shrugged. “I miss my friends.”
“Well, honey, so do I, but I am trying to do the best in a bad situation. How about we try to get out of his jungle of trees and next weekend we’ll check the real estate agent for a bigger house?”
“We had a big house in Perth—”

 

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Hollie couldn’t take her eyes off his brown hair, his green
eyes, and his well-­tanned face. This guy had an obvious ability to
keep the conversation flowing, and she found herself unable to
resist his soft-­spoken voice. Before long, her tension eased a bit. She told him about her job and how she knew Davo. He did likewise and told her about his move from Hobart. She decided to like him, yet she wanted to go back to the comfort zone of her friends,
mainly Alex.
“Listen, Jeremy. It was nice meeting you, but I’ve truly have to go. There are still a few things I need to get sorted, and I don’t want to be too late  tonight,” Hollie said, pointing to her watch as a sign to Alex she wanted to leave.
He reached out and caught her hand in his. “How about I give you a lift?”
Looking at him, she couldn’t resist and smiled. “You are a persistent fellow, aren’t you?”

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“Hi,” she stuttered. “Actually, thanks, but no thanks.”
“Hey, just this one,” he persisted.
“Honestly, I don’t think it would be fair. My friend is waiting for me to bring her a glass of water. Next time perhaps,” she heard herself saying. There was something inside her that wasn’t ready yet for the whole flirting and dating business.
But Jeremy wouldn’t take no for an answer. “How about you take the water over and come back for your drink?”
Hollie exhaled a small breath. He’d cornered her, and she didn’t like it. But there was something about him she wasn’t able to resist. She stared at him, and his mischievous eyes prolonged the moment.
Crap! And stupid me for melting in those green eyes.
There was nothing left to do but give in. “Okay, I’ll be right back.” She picked up the glass of water and made her way through the masses back again to Alex. “This guy just invited me for a drink,” she said to Alex.
“Who?”
Hollie glanced uneasily over her shoulder. “Jeremy.”
“Great. So what are you doing here then?” Alex teased. “Off you go, this is your chance. He is quite a hunk, isn’t he?”
“I’d appreciate a bit of help here, Alex. What am I supposed to do?”
Alex shook her head. “You’re nuts, Hollie. Look at him. A dream of a man. And…if all else fails, at least you saved some money on a lemon vodka.” Alex grinned mischievously at her and pushed her off the seats. “Go, for heaven’s sake. You’re beautiful, intelligent, and all the other things. Just go.”
So Hollie returned to Jeremy, who was talking to another guy. Her heart thudded loudly, and she wasn’t all that sure about this idea anymore. When Jeremy saw her stepping closer, though, he broke into a leisurely smile.
“Here’s your drink.” He handed over the lemon vodka.
“Thanks.” Hollie was so nervous she was hardly able to speak, let alone think about what to say to him.

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Thirsty from their dancing, the girls made their way towards
the bar, but stopped right next to Davo, who happily told them a
bit more about Jeremy.
“Yeah, that’s Jez. He’s only been in town for a few weeks. He’s got some management job with a new company, which only just started a business here. You know, the one just near the airport, don’t you?” Davo stared questioningly at the girls, but they shook their heads.
“He’s a distant cousin somehow, so I invited him to come along. Mum is a close friend of his.” Before the girls were able to ask anything else, Davo had already left to chat with someone else he’d discovered in the crowd.
“Management?” Hollie wondered out loud. “No thanks. I reckon that’s way too far up my alley. Anyway, it’s my shout. What would you like?”
“I still have my drink with Ben, but some water for the throat would be nice. I’ll see you over there.”
Hollie made her way to the bar. As she struggled through the crowd, she noticed how Jeremy was watching her. A tingle shuddered through her lower body. She pretended not to be affected by his gaze, but her heart was pounding twice as fast, and her cheeks were burning. She returned his smile and took in how attractive he was, indeed. Even in the typical dimmed nightclub light, she noticed his athletic body, the short dark hair, and his
immaculate white teeth. She liked the combination of his black denim jeans, the simple white shirt, and a casual jacket with the sleeves folded to his elbows. It had been a few years since she had been filled with such inner upheaval—since she had met Jackson to be exact.
For crying out loud, Hollie, just get a grip on yourself.
It seemed a long way and a long time, but she finally got to the bar and ordered a lemon vodka as well as some water. Trying to get some change out of her tight pockets, she startled when someone spoke to her.
“May I buy you this drink?”
Hollie turned and looked straight into Jeremy’s eyes.

 

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