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With This Kiss (Windswept Bay Book 3)

BOOK: With This Kiss (Windswept Bay Book 3)
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Table of Contents

Title Page

With This Kiss

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

More Books in the Windswept Bay Series

About the Author

Copyright

 

 

 

WITH THIS KISS

A Windswept Bay Short Story

(Windswept Bay Series, Book 3)

 

 

 

DEBRA CLOPTON

 

 

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With This Kiss:

 

 

A kiss is just a kiss…or so some say. But I disagree…this kiss, can change a life. It did mine.

 

You are officially invited to the wedding of Shar Sinclair to the man of her dreams, Gage Lancaster…if the groom ever makes it to the wedding.

 

Where is Gage?

 

There’s only an hour until the ceremony and no one has heard from Gage and he’s not answering his phone. Now, Shar’s ready to go looking for her man because something just doesn’t feel right.

 

After receiving the message he’s been waiting for from his private investigator, Gage can’t help but make a life-changing stop on his way to his wedding.

 

But, things quickly spiral out of control and everything about this wedding day is about change…

 

Don’t miss this Windswept Bay short story! It is a companion story to Somewhere With You book 2 and a prelude to Forever And For Always, book 3 coming in October!

 

Anything can happen
With This Kiss!

 

 

Chapter One

 

 

Shar Sinclair stared at her reflection in the mirror and the amazing, but simple, wedding dress that made her look more elegant than she’d ever felt in her life. She was marrying the man of her dreams. And that said a lot since she’d never actually thought she wanted to marry and share her life with anyone. And then Gage came along.

And suddenly she had her dream man and she was anxious to share her life with him.

She stared at herself in the mirror wearing her wedding dress and she tried to calm the turmoil trying to go a little haywire inside of her.

Why was she feeling this way? A tremor ran through her, like agitation as she breathed in slowly filling her lungs and holding it a few beats.
I’m just anxious.

As if to contradict her thought, her stomach tightened into a thousand knots. Twisted, tight knots that threatened to squeeze the cheese crackers she’d eaten for lunch right out of her.

Nothing said non-elegant more than upchucking while wearing her wedding gown.

Shar exhaled heavily and shook herself.

What is wrong with me?

At the rate she was going she’d have an ulcer before her wedding was over.

“Is Gage here yet?” she asked.

Her older sister, Cali pushed a shiny strand of blonde hair behind her ear and smiled with assurance. “Not yet. But I’m sure he’ll show up soon.”

Shar moistened her dry lips. Instantly Jillian was at her side with a tube of gloss. She and Jillian were two of a trio of triplets and though they didn’t look alike they did share a keen sense about how the others were feeling which Jillian acknowledged in the look she gave her and her words, “Stop being a nervous wreck. And here, at the rate you’re licking those lips they’ll be chapped before Gage gets to kiss you in the ceremony.”

Cali smiled into the mirror. “True, and that isn’t the fun way to get them chapped.”

Shar laughed despite her nerves and let Jillian run the rosy gloss over her lips. She was not used to having this much makeup on or her sisters hovering so much. But it was sweet and she was grateful right now to have them beside her.

“I’ve never worn so much makeup or lip gloss in all my life,” she reminded them. “Gage may not recognize me when he finally gets here.”

Jillian rolled her eyes. “He’ll recognize you.”

Tears suddenly pricked at her eyes. And a wave of panic rolled through her.

Where are you Gage?
Three months ago she was afraid of losing her independence and today she couldn’t get his ring on her finger fast enough. If only her man would make it to the church on time they’d get this ceremony out of the way and start their lives together.

She looked at the clock…one hour to go and he was not here with his groomsmen getting into his tux. No matter what Jillian and Cali said, it wasn’t right. He’d told her he couldn’t wait to be her husband. That he’d be there ready and waiting to put a ring on her finger and to kiss her breathless. But he wasn’t here. And she could deny it all she wanted but the truth was that her groom was missing.

“Relax, Shar. He’ll be here.” Cali gently rubbed Shar’s back and their gazes met in the mirror once more. “He will be here,” Cali enunciated each word carefully.

Always the encourager her older sister was trying hard to do just that.

“He said he would be here early. It’s now inside of an hour and he’s missing.”

Cali’s expression tensed. “He’s not missing. He’s just running late or something.”

Not a patient person, Shar gritted her teeth. Patience had never been her strong point, if she wanted something she went out and got it or acted. She was strong-willed that way and it worked for her. Waiting did not. “Jillian, please poke your head out the door again. Just to make sure he’s not out there. Something isn’t right. I feel it and there is no denying it.”

Both her sisters stared at her and knew she’d reached her limit.

“It’s just cold feet,” Cali said, still trying one last time.

Jillian’s brow knitted. “No, I can’t imagine it being cold feet. Cali, you were on your extended honeymoon when Shar was moping around for weeks after Gage had left the island. She was climbing walls when she didn’t think he was coming back. This is not cold feet.”

Shar sent Jillian a grateful look for finally acknowledging that she wasn’t overreacting. “Nope, no cold feet here. I love him. More than I ever dreamed was possible. I mean, because of my love for him I look at my life, that I was so protective of, and now am thrilled to get to share it with him. Not horde it away just for me.” She felt weak-kneed suddenly and she couldn’t breathe. “It’s…where is he?” she gasped as tears surged up and threatened to overcome her. “I need to get this dress off and go find him.” She grabbed for her zipper.

“Wait!” her sisters exclaimed together.

Jillian rushed forward and put her hands on Shar’s. “Just wait, Shar. You can’t take your dress off. People will be arriving soon. He will be here. He’s still got over forty-five minutes.”

Shar glared at her triplet. “You’re right.” She shook her head hoping to clear the panic from it. “This is so not like me.”

Cali wrapped an arm around her waist and gave her a one armed hug. “Come on little sister. It’s time for you to sit down. If Olivia were here she’d tell you to chill out.”

Olivia. Once again her other triplet hadn’t made it to one of their weddings. Shar had been worrying about her lately too. She wasn’t calling much and though she said she was coming there was always an excuse at the last minute. Olivia had missed Cali’s wedding and now hers.

“I wish Olivia had made it. I’m worried about her. This isn’t like her either.”

Cali handed her a glass of water. “Shar, you cannot fix everyone. Yes, you are Superwoman in my eyes with the way you rescue sea turtles and watch over the injured ones at the Sea Turtle Hospital. But, you worry too much for a straight shooter like you. Olivia is fine. When she’s ready to come back home she will. Right now she’s busy keeping the Hollywood elite out of hot water. She’ll come home when she can. Until then we just need to let her live her life.”

“True,” Jillian agreed. “This is about you anyway and you’re adding stress to your beautiful day that doesn’t need to be here.”

Shar’s heart was thundering and her stomach had coiled into a thousand knots now. “You’re right. I just wish he’d found Brandon. He’d hoped that in the two months since we set this wedding date that the private investigator would have good news about his missing brother. But the promising lead he thought he had hasn’t come through.”

“I can’t imagine how Gage must feel. Just learning he has a brother at the reading of his father’s will.” Cali glanced at Jillian and Shar saw them struggling to be a unified front for her.

She rubbed her forehead. “I can understand him wanting to find Brandon and to have him at the wedding. We can’t imagine having no family at all, we have such a huge one. But when you’ve just had your dad and then lost him...it’s different. Surely…” her words trailed off as she left her thoughts unspoken…surely he hadn’t decided not to show because his lost brother hadn’t been found yet.

“Maybe something will turn up while you two are on your honeymoon.” Cali encouraged once more.

“Yes, maybe it will.” Jillian looked hopeful as she headed toward the door. “I’m going to go walk to the parking lot and see if any of the guys have heard anything.”

“Thank you,” Shar said in a rush, pushing away any thoughts about Gage not showing on purpose. He would be here. “And let me know the minute you know.”

Jillian shot her that calming sweet smile of hers. “Well of course.” She laughed gently. “Take deep breaths and relax. I’m on this.”

That was just it, Shar needed to be on it. She was after all a control freak and she knew it. When the door closed behind her she heaved a heavy sigh. “And so we wait.”

“Yes,” Cali said sitting on the chair beside her. “And don’t think I’m not watching you and know what’s running through your head. Don’t even think about going to the bathroom and climbing out the window to go hunt for him.”

Shar laughed…because that was exactly the thought that had just crossed her mind and she’d been thinking she would do.

 

 

He shouldn’t stop.

But he couldn’t pass it up and so Gage found himself pulling into the boat docks just as a police car flew past him heading down the road with his siren blaring.

The moment Gage heard the siren he’d thought of the Sea Turtle Hospital’s rescue ambulance, the one that usually meant Shar was near. But it had a distinctive siren that he could recognize instantly and so he’d known it wasn’t the turtle ambulance.

As he parked his car and got out another police car raced down the road past the entrance of the boating dock. He paused to watch it turn down a side road. Something was going on and he wondered if Levi, Shar’s brother and chief of police, would be involved. He hoped not because the wedding was happening within the hour and Shar would want Levi and all of her brothers at the wedding. She’d want him there more, so why was he stopping here?

He pulled his phone out and looked at the address on the text message he’d just received. He hoped Shar wasn’t having a nervous breakdown or about to come looking for him. He should be there and he would make it on time.

He just needed to see if his brother was on this boat.

He expected his phone to ring any minute and he hated that he was running late. But, he’d gotten the email and then the address texted to him from the private investigator only moments ago. He’d been heading to the Windswept Bay Resort where the wedding would be held but the news he’d been waiting for had finally come.

His brother was indeed living in Windswept Bay.

They'd been searching for Brandon Jackson. The message said that his name was now BJ McCall. That he’d been adopted by his stepfather around a year after his mother had disappeared with him.

The message said that he was supposed to be on his boat at this dock.

Gage was thirty-one and his brother was four years younger than him and had been missing since he was three. Today would be ending a twenty-four year long search.

What would Brandon think about having a brother?

Gage looked at his watch again. He had an hour to get to the resort so he could marry the woman of his dreams so he better get this show on the road.

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