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“Dana was teased when they went to the beach yesterday. Mario obviously defended her and was beaten up. Dana ended up with a strained wrist from the fight, Mario is in an induced coma until the pressure on the brain is reduced.”
Lost for words, she stared at him.
“Jesse is in Melbourne trying to explain to his sister the ramification of that. I wouldn’t be surprised if he insists on her coming back to live with him until Mario is better.”
“So, he’s going to be okay?”
“His chances are very good.”
“And with all that to worry about he still sends you here, because he is concerned about a promised dinner?”
He nodded. “That’s our Jesse.”
Lexie contemplated the situation for a long beat, unsure how to respond. “Am I supposed to say now How can I help?
His mouth curved into a grin, but he remained silent.
No longer able to stay patient, Lexie stood and stepped around the desk. “I get this is Beauty Bay and things are done differently. I have noticed that already. So you play cupid for your friend because … because … or for God’s sake, Harrison. What do you want me to do with all this information?”
He gave her a wink. “You’re a highly intelligent person, I’m sure you’ll figure it out.”
Slouching her shoulders, she slumped on the visitors’ chair and damn if her voice was strangled with effort. “Good grief. Haven’t you heard I screwed up my marriage? I’m useless when it comes to socialising.”

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“Remember, it’s none of my business. I’m still not sure why you’re telling me.”
He choked back a chuckle. “Someone really did a number on you that you’re so weary of others.”
Leaning back in her chair she studied him. “I’m not sure how to take this.”
“He likes you, Lexie.”
Raising one brow, she replied, “We like him, too, but that’s no reason to tell me his private affairs.”
Another one of his chuckle. “He likes you.”
“So you keep saying.”
He stood and came closer. With his hands now on her desk, he studied her. “Lexie. He is very fond of you and would like to get to know you better, but his past is holding him back.”
Heat rushed into her cheeks. “Oh.”
“Exactly.”
She took a deep breath. “Well, next time you see him, please let him know that I’m a divorced, single mother, and my priorities lie with my daughter.”
Harrison gave a slow nod. “Indeed. And so it should be. Just…” He shrugged.
Leaning closer, she placed her arms on the desk. “So, back to the strained wrist.”
“Dana was teased when they went to the beach yesterday. Mario obviously defended her and was beaten up. Dana ended up with a strained wrist from the fight, Mario is in an induced coma until the pressure on the brain is reduced.”

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“It was hard on both on them. Jesse’s girl left him, because of the extra person in the house and his inability to be flexible, as in, going out on the drop of a hat, or going away for the weekend.”
Another long pause and Lexie was conscious of how much he struggled with the story.
“Dana’s been amazing. Working hard to get her strength back. She almost regained full movement in her arm and leg. Only her speech is still a bit off. Anyway,” he added as he blew out a breath. “A few months ago she met Mario. Stroke survivor as well, but I’d say fully recovered. They applied for a little unit in a carer’s facility and moved in a few weeks back.”
“That’s great news,” Lexie butted in before realising it.
“It is. They did well. Obviously, Jesse, the big brother is still a bit antsy about the arrangement. He just started to get used to it and now this.”
She raised her brows. “A strained wrist?”
He shook his head as he raked his hand through his hair.
“Remember, it’s none of my business. I’m still not sure why you’re telling me.”

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Harrison came closer and sat on the visitors’ sofa. “Jesse called me to bring you up-to-date with his situation.”
Heat crept up her cheeks. “I don’t need to know. It’s his business.” “Apparently Zoe invited him for dinner and he had to postpone it.”
“She understands. She—”
“Lexie,” he interrupted. “He likes Zoe and he likes you. To him it’s important that you know it’s not a casual no, but there’s a reason.”
“I know. His sister is in hospital in Melbourne.”
He exhaled a long breath. “Dana is about three years younger than Jesse. She was always into sport. Great athlete,” he explained. “About fifteen months ago she had a stroke. Out of the blue. With their parents already dead, Jesse was the only family she had and he didn’t hesitate to take her in. Initially, she was in hospital for a few weeks, but then he took on the full care with the help from a nurse.”
Harrison paused and met her gaze. Unsure how to process the information, she swallowed hard, but remained silent.

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“I appreciate your offer,” he finally replied. “I’m not sure what to expect, though. I suppose if it’s just a strained wrist, it’ll be as easy as getting her settled back in her house.”
“Okay. I’d better let you go. Again, sorry—”
“Please, don’t apologise. It’s nice to hear your voice…” He stopped. Where the hell did that come from? “I mean…”
“You’re worried and needed a distraction. I understand. May I put Zoe on for a second or two again? She’d like to tell you something.”
Yet, before he was able to reply, he heard Lexie telling her daughter to keep it short because he was driving to see his sister and, again, the rest was muffled voices.
“I’m sorry about you sister, Ranger Jesse.” Zoe’s voice still quiet but had a little more confidence in it. “I found a name for the joey and was hoping you’d like it.”
“I’m sure I will.”
“Mum helped me finding it. Do you like Wulaba? It’s aboriginal for Kangaroo.”
Jesse’s knowledge in the aboriginal language was limited, but he remembered that kangaroo was a different word. But who was he to tell her that she might not have been a hundred percent. “I think it’s great. You’d better tell Julie tomorrow. Will you be there after school?”
“Yes.”
“Good. Thank you so much for finding a name. That’s a great help.”
“Okay. Mum says I need to let you go. Will I see you the day after tomorrow?”
He wished he had the answer to the question. “I hope so. If not, you will see me one night for dinner, though. Will you cook for me?”
Her soft giggle reminded him of his sister. “I can’t cook.”
“I can bring pizza. Do you like pizza?”
“I love pizza.”
“Deal. I’ll give you a call when I get back.”

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“Hello?”
“Is this Ranger Jesse?”
The timid voice on the other end was familiar and Jesse rubbed his hand over his face. “Yes, it is,” he replied as calm as possible.
“It’s Zoe here. Mum asked me to apologise for calling so late.”
He took a deep breath, guilt rushing through him, but even more so, his curiosity was piqued.  “Hi Zoe. That’s okay. I’m sorry the way I answered the call.”
“I wanted to ask whether you’d like to come for dinner tomorrow night.”
Shit.
“Zoe, is your mum there?”
She was quiet for a beat before she responded, “Yes.”
He heard some muffled voices, but wasn’t able to decipher anything.
“Hi.”
Sure, that her hesitation was equal to her daughter’s, he had to make sure he chose the right words. “Hi,” he replied. “Look, I’m on my way to Melbourne. My sister is in hospital and I need to find out more details. Can I take a raincheck on the dinner? I wasn’t sure how to explain that to Zoe. Harrison can give you some background tomorrow.”
“Is she all right?”
“A strained wrist. It’s a long story.”
“I’m sorry we bothered you with the invitation, it was—”
“No,” he interrupted. “No, please, you didn’t bother me at all. I actually feel bad that I brushed off Zoe like this.”
“I’ll explain it to her. She’ll understand. Is there anything we can do to help?”
How much he would’ve like to tell her to be by his side, which was unusual for him, because he preferred to keep these problems on a need to know basis. Again, he was taken aback at how much she drew him in.

 

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“What the hell,” he muttered. He should’ve taken a deep breath and think it through rationally, but he wasn’t able to. There was something she hadn’t told him. Anxious, he locked the house and headed to the car.
About five minutes later, he was on the road to Melbourne. Fortunately, the traffic was close to non-existent. He dialled Harrison’s number.
“Mate, what’s up?”
“I’m heading to Melbourne. Dana’s injured her wrist while walking on the beach. But there’s something else.”
Jesse told his friend about the conversation he’d had with his sister’s carer and Harrison was equally puzzled.
“Have you called the hospital directly?”
“I rushed out of the house too quickly and forgot to ask for the number.”
“Want me to check?”
“That’d be appreciated. And tell Julie and Chloe I won’t be in tomorrow. I will stay the night in Melbourne.”
“No worries, mate. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.”
He hung up and concentrated on the road, his mind going into overdrive about all the possible scenarios, but if something really had happened to his sister, he was convinced, Karen would’ve told him. Switching on the radio, he cranked up the music for some distraction. But it was useless. His mind wouldn’t shut up. Checking the time, he was surprised he hadn’t heard from Harrison, yet. Did he find out some more details?
When his phone finally buzzed, he swiped the green button and almost yelled, “About time.”
Silence.
“Hello?”
“Is this Ranger Jesse?”

 

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He apologised as soon as he figured the reason for her silence. “How bad?”
“Mario is great with her. Motivating her and giving her a lot of encouragement. You shouldn’t blame him, but be grateful for his efforts.”
Exhaling a long breath, he pinched the bridge of his nose. He’d come to appreciate Karen’s subtle ways of telling him off and putting him back into line. “I’m sorry.”
“I know it’s hard for you to let go and trust him, but you should.”
“And I do, but I’d appreciate if you could tell me how Dana is.”
“She’s strained her wrist. They’re keeping her in hospital overnight, because it shook her up a little and they were worried about her blood pressure.”
“Shit. Which hospital?”
“She’s in good hands.”
“Which hospital?”
She was quiet again for a long moment.
“Karen, I’ll find out one way or another. There’s no way my sister is in hospital and I’m not coming to see her.”
“Okay. I’ll let the nurses know.”
As he rushed through the house to get his jacket and his car keys, he listened to the details of which hospital Dana was in, which floor, and room number. She even gave him the name of a nurse who looked after his sister.
“Are you there?”
“Yes,” she whispered.
“This is not a fucking strain. There’s something you’re not telling me.”
“Your sister is fine,” she repeated. “I’ll see you in an hour or so.”
Then she disconnected the call.

 

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A smile tugged on Lexie’s lips. “I’m glad you do. I think we’re going to have a really good time here.”
When her daughter didn’t reply, Lexie turned and looked at her.
“Mum?”
“Yes, honey?”
“Do you think we could invite Ranger Jesse for dinner one night?”
The last bite of Lexie’s sandwich suddenly stuck in her throat and she coughed. Jesse in her small house. How would she cope?

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It’d been a busy day for Jesse and it was late when he finally sat down on his porch with his dinner and a beer. All he wanted was to head to bed, but if his night was going to be anything like the previous one, he’d get little sleep again. The culprit for his sleepless night was one very sexy, shy, mother of one very cute daughter. It took him so much effort not to stare at her all morning as she fed the small kitten. He’d been grateful for the call out. At least it made sense to him now that she had refused his hand when they had initially met. He remembered an old school friend having some sort of skin condition. The poor guy was never allowed to come out for a play in case the skin would break. Jesse pondered about all that for a long while as he watched the ship on the horizon go past. Would that be the reason for Lexie’s lack of people’s skill? A simple rash?
The buzzing of the phone hauled him back from the reverie. Despite having the urge to ignore it, as soon as he saw the name of his sister’s carer, he answered immediately.
“Jesse speaking.”
“Hi, it’s Karen here. Sorry for calling so late.”
“No problems at all. What’s up? Is Dana okay?”
“She’s okay.” Karen hesitated and Jesse sensed that the opposite was most likely the case, but he waited until she continued. “She had a fall this afternoon when Mario took her to the beach.”
“Fucking hell. He should’ve known better.”
Karen was silent

 

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Again, he surprised her with his care and forward thinking. “None for Zoe, and I’ll be fine, thank you.”
He nodded, his attention on Zoe again. “I have to head out, but I’ll see you again tomorrow. Don’t forget about the name.”
Zoe’s head bobbed up and down eagerly, but Lexie had a feeling she was too worried to speak so she wouldn’t rattle the animals again.
Although a little disappointed that Jesse had left, Lexie still enjoyed the morning and when she checked the time again, it was lunchtime already. They said their goodbyes to everyone, Zoe to each animal, and left.
“Would you like to have lunch at the bakery?”
Zoe’s eyes grew wide. “Can we? And take it to the beach?”
“That sounds like a lovely idea.”
Half an hour later, they sat at the beach, each a sandwich and a drink in their hands, enjoying the view.
“I think I like it here, Mum.”
A smile tugged on Lexie’s lips. “I’m glad you do. I think we’re going to have a really good time here.”

 

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