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“Peg.”
 
Laying his hands on her shoulders, he
whispered into her hair, “What can I say?”

“Nothing.”
 
Lifting her head, she brought herself under control.
 
“No, that isn’t quite true.
 
You could say you’ll still be my friend.”

“You
know I will.
 
But I’m not sure how that
really helps you.”
 

“Just
trust me when I say it does.
 
I know a
lot of people, but very few of them are my friends.
 
And even fewer really know who I am.”

“Their
loss.”

She
turned back to him, an uncertain smile on her lips.
 
“Have you told Kate about me?”

“Yes.
 
I’m determined not to have any secrets this
time.
 
She even knows about Jenny.”
 

“I’m
glad.
 
I wish I could be that
honest.
 
I keep everything in here.”
 
She laid a hand over her heart.
 
“I haven’t found anyone I trust that much.”

Tears
stung his eyes.
 
As in every other moment
Peg had seemed in need, he felt the overwhelming urge to respond.
 
If he gave in now, he’d lose everything he’d
gained in the past eight years and everything he stood to gain in the
future.
 
Reaching for her, he gathered
her gently to him and pressed a kiss to her forehead.

“I have
to go, sweetheart.
 
We both know I don’t
want to, but staying would be a huge mistake.”

“Yes.
 
And I’ve made enough of those.
 
Take care of yourself.”

“You
too.”

Dropping
his arms, he made it to the door before turning back for one last look.
 
“I meant what I said, Peg.
 
You still have the best part of my heart.”
 

Head
high, she smiled, a single tear glistening on her cheek.
 
“Always and forever?”

“And
beyond.”

 
 

About the Author

 

Karen Welch was born in Richmond,
Virginia and grew up in nearby Amelia County.
 
After a twenty year sojourn in North Florida, she now lives in Southeast
Kansas with husband John, and children and grandchildren nearby.
 

 

Contact Karen at
[email protected]
, “friend” her on Facebook at
Author Karen Welch and follow her at www.facebook/KarenWelch for updates on the
Miracle at
Valley Rise Series.
 
You can
also follow her blog
Lost in the Plains
at valley rise.blogspot.com.

 
 

Books
by Karen Welch
—available in
ebook
and paperback from Amazon.com

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Entreat Me Not

Heart of My Own Heart

Offered for Love

Christmas at Valley Rise

 
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