I think each of us defines what is romantic differently. I chose today’s Snippet because there are two different types of romance going on — Nate is observing the unspoken ways Jackson tells his wife Sarah that he loves her, and Nate himself is trying to show Sarah he loves her too though at this point he daren’t let her or Jackson realize it. Which makes his gesture not only romantic but a little sad too. That’s why I had to give them all their happy-ever-after together, even if it meant potential danger for them later. Can you guess what Nate might have said in the note to Martha?

Tangled Past
Copyright © 2011 by Leah Braemel

Jackson hefted the bundle from the dress shop and tucked it under his arm while escorting Sarah into the house. Nate kept his lids lowered in an attempt to hide how he watched the gentle swing of Sarah’s skirts. It wouldn’t do to be caught ogling another man’s wife.

He hadn’t lied when he said he would have been proud to take his vows as her husband. Though it left him disturbed that he still fantasized about being in bed with Jackson, Sarah had been appearing in those fantasies lately.

While the couple disappeared upstairs, Nate headed for the kitchen. He paused at the tiny bouquet of flowers in a cup by Sarah’s chair. Neither of them had missed the tears sparkling in Sarah’s eyes when Jackson had picked a flower the first day they were on the road and handed it to her. Though she’d not said anything, they’d both figured no one had ever given her flowers before. Each day since, Jackson had made it a habit of bringing her a flower home, sometimes delaying their return from the fields to find one.

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Maybe that’s why he’d purchased the gloves she’d tried on, and that silly hat with its feather bobbing high in the air. And a heavier cloak—not a fancy one like Eliza had worn, but a serviceable one he knew would keep the wind and the rain away from Sarah. All right, and maybe he’d gone overboard by ordering three dresses special-made, but the fabrics she’d purchased were too plain, too dreary. She needed pretty things. She deserved pretty things.

Now he just had to hope Martha would understand the note he’d sent her to accompany the delivery of his purchases.

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