Written in the Stars

Written in the Stars by Luann McLane Read Free Book Online

Book: Written in the Stars by Luann McLane Read Free Book Online
Authors: Luann McLane
worst seems to be over.” He sat down and patted the space beside him.
    â€œThat’s a relief.” Grace joined him and then opened her ale. “I hope the electricity comes on soon.”
    Mason blew out a sigh. “Me too. I’ll find out which cabin you’re staying in and take you there. The keys are over at the office, where I got the dry clothes. Your cabin will be within walking distance of the bistro, I’m guessing.”
    â€œGood, I don’t mind walking. I did a lot of hoofing it while living in London.”
    Grace’s comment reminded Mason how very different their backgrounds were and that after her stay in Cricket Creek she would likely be moving back to London. But just when he thought he’d better keep his distance, her leg brushed against his, and damn if he didn’t want to lean over and plant a kiss right on her pretty mouth. Must have been the kick of the strong chocolate porter, the intimacy of the storm, the muted, thick darkness, and that sexy voice of hers making his mind go places it shouldn’t have. “So when will you go back? I guess you have a job waiting in London?”
    â€œI’m actually in between jobs at the moment.”
    â€œOh, I’m sorry. That’s too bad.”
    â€œThanks, but not really.” Grace shrugged. “Once the challenge is over I get bored. I don’t like staying in one place too long either. I liked traipsing all over Europe, exploring. I don’t like the feeling of being tied down, I suppose. You?”
    â€œOther than a couple of years away at the University of Kentucky, Cricket Creek has always been my home.”
    â€œA couple of years?”
    â€œMuch to my parents’ dismay, I dropped out of college to go on the pro bass-­fishing circuit.”
    â€œYou can make a living catching fish?”
    â€œIf you’re good at it.” He rested his wrists on his bent knees, letting his beer bottle dangle between his legs.
    â€œAnd were you?”
    â€œYeah,” he said quietly. “It was pretty much my dream to go pro from the time my father taught me how to cast into the water.”
    â€œYou were hooked?”
    Mason chuckled. “Good way of putting it. Of course, growing up on a marina helped me hone my skills. The water has always been my playground.” Just thinking about it made him want to get out in his boat. He took a swallow of ale.
    â€œSo why did you give up on your dream?” she asked quietly.
    Mason toyed with the swing top on his bottle. He didn’t usually like talking about giving up competitive fishing, but there was something about Grace that had him opening up. “The recession hit Cricket Creek hard. The town relies a lot on tourism, and the shops up on Main Street struggled for a few years. Some even closed. With no extra money to spend boating and fishing, the marina was hit hard too.”
    â€œOh, that makes sense. But why did you have to quit pro fishing if you were making money at it?”
    â€œMy dad’s health. The stress of hanging on to the marina did a number on his heart. I had to come home to help out. I didn’t want my family to lose the marina. It’s been in our family for years. My family means more to me than fishing.”
    â€œBut the marina seems to be thriving now, right? If you don’t mind me asking, why didn’t you go back out there and chase your dream?”
    Mason inhaled a deep breath.
    â€œSorry. I shouldn’t pry. I guess I am a...what did you call it?”
    â€œBusybody. Hey, no, it’s okay. Being a busybody goes hand in hand with living in a small town,” Mason said lightly. “News and gossip travel like wildfire.” He’d never really talked about how much it bothered him to have to quit or the girlfriend who’d dumped him when he gave up his career. He didn’t want his parents to feel guilty that he had been on the cusp of hitting the big time.

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