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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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“Mum, Ranger Jesse asked me to come up with a name for him.”
“What a nice thing to ask you,” she replied. “Do you know whether it’s a boy or a girl?”
“Ranger Jesse checked, it’s a boy.”
Lexie sat down next to her daughter on the covered floor as Julie returned with a small bottle of milk. Jesse came back into the room as well with white gloves which he handed her.
“This should help,” he said.
With heat rushing to her face, she met his gaze and thanked him before sliding them on her hands and taking the milk. Chloe placed a kitten on her lap and within seconds Lexie had the small animal drinking. A warm sensation trickled through her as she watched the kitten, listened to her daughter talking to the girls, and occasionally glanced at Jesse who was in and out doing whatever it was Rangers did. It was a comfortable atmosphere, though, and she was pleased how much patience the two girls showed towards Zoe.
“Would you like to come again tomorrow after school?” Julie asked.
Zoe looked expectantly at Lexie. “Can I, Mum?”
“That should be fine.”
The girl screamed in delight and Chloe shushed her kindly. Zoe stilled immediately, apologising to almost every animal individually.
The heavy steps told Lexie that Jesse was back in the room.
“Ladies.”
Lexie turned, intrigued by his deep, warm voice, loving the constant smile on his lips.
“I’ll be coming here tomorrow again, Ranger Jesse,” Zoe said as quietly as she was able to in her excitement.
“This is great. I’ll make sure we have some afternoon tea for you.” He turned to Lexie. “Any food allergies you two might have?”

 

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“Good morning, Zoe,” one of the staff members said as she came through the door. “How are you?”
“Good morning,” her daughter replied enthusiastically. “Is Ranger Jesse here?”
A smile spread on the staff member’s face. “Yes, he is. And he’s waiting for you to help him feed the joey and the kittens.”
Eyes wide, Zoe said, “Can I go through?”
“You most certainly can.”
And as if Lexie wasn’t there, Zoe rushed off leaving her mother behind. “Good morning, Julie,” she finally acknowledged the young woman.
“How are you, Lexie? Would you like to go through as well to help?”
“Oh, I think I’d be the third wheel in there. I have a feeling my girl has not only fallen in love with the animals, but also has a crush on Jesse,” she replied, hoping to sound as casual as possible, as well as appropriate as possible.
Julie chuckled. “She’s not the only one. The kindergarten groups stop by on a regular basis and I often wonder whether it’s for the benefit of the children or if the teachers need another fix of Jesse.”
Lexie tried to smile, but the damn jealousy returned. It was ridiculous. Again, she told herself that she didn’t even know him. “I can only imagine,” she finally responded. Then she looked around. The couple of old chairs in the corner next to a small table stacked with animal magazines didn’t tickle her fancy and Julie seemed to have picked up on it.
“Come on through. I’ll prepare a small bottle for you to feed the kittens. There are eight, I’m sure your daughter lets you help with at least one of them.”
“Eight?” Lexie repeated with some surprise as she followed Julie.
“Yes. I’m afraid so. We found them near the supermarket dumpster.”
“Dumpster?” Stunned by the information, Lexie’s voice went up a notch.
Julie nodded. “The mother probably is a family cat, but nobody made sure she was fixed up. There’s always the excitement about the family pet having babies, but once they’re born, the work and care is too much for most.”
“I understand, but that’s no reason to leave them next to the dumpster.”
“Sometimes we even find them inside one of them.”
The sound of Jesse’s voice startled her and she shot around. The concern on his face was just as sexy as the smile that followed when he lifted the doughnut and coffee. “By the way, thanks for these.”

 

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Conscious of her frown, Lexie asked, “How do you know that?”
Her daughter’s look as she lifted one shoulder as if this was the most ridiculous question she’s ever heard. “He told me.”
“Of course, he did,” she muttered more to herself. Then added a bit louder, “Yes, we can get him coffee as well.”
Five minutes later, Lexie was under the shower, letting the water cascading down her body while she anticipated seeing Jesse again. She blew out a breath, annoyed at herself for giving him that kind of freedom in her head. No man had ever been allowed to do that and it bothered her. In fact, she was embarrassed. She didn’t even know him, apart from the few minutes in the bush, and the hour they’d spent at the shelter with him. What if he was married, or already in a relationship.
A pang of jealousy and sadness rushed through her as she turned off the water before stepping out of the shower. It didn’t take her long to dress and add a little makeup. The idea that Jesse could be married helped a lot.
“Mum, are you ready?”
“Yes, darling, I’m ready.”
They quickly slipped into their shoes before they closed the door behind them and walked to the bakery. Lexie not only enjoyed seeing her daughter so happy, but also the few minutes of bonding while eating their breakfast. Zoe was hardly able to sit still, though, and Lexie decided to have her coffee on the go as well. With a doughnut in one hand and the coffee in the other, her daughter marched towards the shelter and Lexie had difficulties keeping up with the girl. Five or ten minutes later, they entered through the door and rang the bell on the counter.

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It wasn’t even eight o’clock the next morning, when Zoe already rushed into Lexie’s bedroom waking her.
“Mum.”
“Hm-mm.”
“Mum. You need to get up so we can go to the shelter. I promised Ranger Jesse I’d be there to help with the breakfast feeding.”
Lexie half opened one eye and studied her daughter. It’d been a long time since the girl was so excited about something. Very excited indeed. And as she closed her eye again, warmth trickled through her as she thought of seeing Jesse again. With a smile on her lips, she said, “Give me half an hour and we can have breakfast at the bakery. Would you like that?”
Jumping on Lexie’s bed, Zoe screamed in delight. “Yes, please. Can I have a doughnut?”
Although it wasn’t Lexie’s choice of a healthy breakfast, her daughter’s excitement was contagious and she agreed with a couple of nods. “Of course you can.”
“Can we get a doughnut for Jesse as well?”
Why on earth did her whole body react at the simple mention of his name? Lexie really needed to get this under control. “Yes we can,” she replied, the smile still on her lips. “But, shoo shoo now. You need to get ready and I’ll need to have a quick shower.”
Without any discussion, Zoe hopped off the bed and stormed into her room at the end of the hall. With amusement, Lexie heard the pitter patter of the little feet returning after only a few seconds.
“Mum. Jesse likes coffee. Can we get him some coffee as well?”
Conscious of her frown, Lexie asked, “How do you know that?”

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“Oh well, there’s a new lawyer in town who might need a bit of help,” Noah replied as a slow grin spread across his face.
“Give it a break,” Jesse snapped.
“Oh, for Christ’s sake. Evie walked out on you because you focussed too much on caring for your sister. It’s time to have some me-time,” Harrison countered.
“And out of all people you believe Lexie should be part of my me-time?” Jessie asked.
“You like her.”
“I don’t even know her.”
Noah’s grin grew wider. “Who’s Evie?”
“Jesse’s girlfriend from a few years back,” Harrison explained. “Everyone had them married and a happily ever after until Dana moved in.”
Noah cocked a brow.
“She wasn’t big on the idea of me sharing and caring for my sister.”
“I’d say in this case it was good riddance, right?” Noah asked.
Jesse lifted a shoulder in a shrug. “I guess in a way.”
Noah leaned forward and crossed his arms on the table. “I’m sure Molly wouldn’t mind to look after the little girl for an evening so you can take Lexie out for a dinner.”
Rubbing both hand over his face, Jesse replied, “Your wife’s only just had a baby and probably wanting all the sleep she can get.”
“Oh well. If Molly’s too tired, I’m sure Melody would be happy to do it,” Harrison suggested with a grin.
Jesse stood abruptly. “What is this shit? Cupid’s bar?” And without any more words stormed out of the pub and walked home.
Dinner with Lexie?
A small smile tugged at his lips, but as soon as he thought it, he dismissed the idea again remembering his friend’s words lacking people’s skill.

 

 

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“I’m not smitten,” he replied through gritted teeth. “All part of a ranger’s day at work.”
The sudden burst of laughter from his friends made him cringe and he was about to leave when Harrison asked, “If you say so. Anyway, how’s Dana?”
Jesse blew out a breath. It was a much safer topic, although not at all easier. “She’s settling well in Melbourne,” he explained with a hint of melancholy as well as relief.
“Living on her own?”
“Kind of. She’s got a small apartment in care like facility. She shares it with her new man, Mario.”
It was still hard to talk about his sister. After her stroke a year earlier, Dana had moved in with him and he’d cared for her as best as possible, with the help of a nurse.
“Hard to let go?” Harrison wanted to know.
“She’s worked hard the last few months. Living independently with Mario will do her good.” He expelled a long breath. “Hard to get used to the empty house, though.”
“Oh well, there’s a new lawyer in town who might need a bit of help,” Noah replied as a slow grin spread across his face.

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Jesse choked back a snort. Yes, that was the impression he got as well.
“She went for a walk with Zoe and got lost,” he explained.
Harrison let out a soft snort. “That sounds like Lexie.”
“Is she your new assistant?”
“No, mate,” Harrison replied. “She’s taken on the property law in the company. Impressive feedback already.”
“A lawyer?” Jesse muttered in surprise.
Noah chuckled. “Looks like you’re smitten.”
Jesse flipped him the finger and didn’t bother to reply, because truth be told, she’d been occupying his thoughts all afternoon. He hoped to see her again the next day when Zoe was supposed to help him again at the shelter.

 

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Jesse stared at the beer in his hand and barely listened to his friend’s story. His mind was still reeling from the events during the day. Meeting the mother and daughter, but also finding another dead roo on the road, with a small joey inside her still alive. He would never get used to the sight, even after five years in the job. Road accidents happened, he knew that, but he wished people would care and move the roo or call it in straight away.
“Earth to Jesse.”
His friend’s voice hauled him back to the present. “Sorry, mate.”
“What’s up, Jesse?” his friend, Harrison, asked. “Noah’s joke was actually quite funny for a change and you didn’t even move. Trouble at work?”
Jesse looked from one friend to the other. Halfbrothers, who’d been separated for most of their lives. He enjoyed the occasional night out, but tonight didn’t feel right.
“Sorry, Noah. My mind’s somewhere else.”
“Somewhere or with someone?” Harrison asked.
Jesse cocked a brow.
“Mate, this is Beauty Bay. People talk. Everyone knows about the girl who helped you with the joey today. Word is, you were exceptionally nice to her.”
“Geez, Harrison, will you shut up. You make me sound like a paedophile. Her name is Zoe. She’s only moved her recently with her mother after her parents’ divorce.”
“Zoe Kendricks?”
Jesse’s raised his eyebrows. “You know her?”
“Her mother works with us. Yeah, I know her. Cute little thing. Taking her parents’ separation hard.”
With a nod, Jesse replied, “That’s the feeling I got. Caring for the joey did her good it seemed. So I told her as much as possible about it.”
“How did you meet her in the first place? Don’t get me wrong, I like Lexie. She’s a great addition to the team, but—”
“Oh, I know who you’re talking about,” Noah interrupted him. “Dad says, great knowledge, but lacking people’s skills.”
Jesse choked back a snort. Yes, that was the impression he got as well.

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Lexie lifted her hands and checked them. They were still red and itchy from the eczema. How she would’ve loved to touch Jesse’s hand, even if just for a brief moment. And even just for not being rude, after all, he’d stopped for them and had been so kind. But it was like a routine to hide her hands in front of others. Walking around with gloves, sometimes even in summer. With her shoulders slouched, she headed into her bedroom, glad that her skin condition was at least getting better. The doctor had diagnosed it as a stress condition, and stressed she had been the last couple of months. And it was such a relief to see how it improved from day to day since moving to Beauty Bay. She picked up her tube of cream and gently rubbed it over her hands. Eric had often complained about her hands and she would’ve loved to blame him for it. Alas, she hadn’t.
It seemed not only her heart needed healing, her body did, too.

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