Gerri Hill by Gerri Hill

Gerri Hill by Gerri Hill

Author:Gerri Hill
Language: eng
Format: mobi
Publisher: Bella Books

he’d almost purchased some. But in the end, she’d remember Mother Hogan’s warning not to get sucked into the outside world. She wished she had now. Paige looked so fresh, so wholesome. So beautiful. Her blue eyes had a hint of green in them today, perhaps from being outside. There was also a sparkle in those eyes that she envied, and she wondered if hers ever had that. She realized she was staring when Paige stopped talking.

“Are you okay?” Paige asked gently. She reached across the table, resting her hand on Fiona’s forearm. Her fingers were warm and Fiona enjoyed the touch.

“Yes. I’m sorry, I was—” Staring? Yes, Fiona, she could see that, she chastised herself. She looked at her again, her eyes expressive. “You and CJ are really in love, aren’t you?”

Paige seemed startled by the question, and Fiona was surprised to see a faint blush cross her cheek as she sat back.

“Yes. We are,” Paige said with a smile. “Does that bother you?”

“Oh, no. I don’t have a problem with that. I’m used to it now. It’s just...well, it must be nice,” she said and even she heard the wistfulness in her voice.

Paige tilted her head. “You’ve never been in love?”

Fiona shook her head. “No. I can’t even imagine what it’s like.”

Paige raised an eyebrow slowly. “Not even with the father of your baby?”

Fiona’s eyes widened in surprise. “You know?”

Paige leaned forward, her voice low. “You weren’t showing last Sunday, I swear, but today...” she said, her gaze landing on Fiona’s slightly protruding stomach.

Fiona covered it quickly, not knowing what to say. She knew enough about anatomy and childbirth to know she shouldn’t be showing for months yet, but yes, every day she felt herself getting bigger. She didn’t know what look was on her face, but Paige’s fingers circled her arm again.

“Sweetie, I’m sorry. Did you not want anyone to know yet?”

Fiona didn’t know how to respond to that, and she very nearly panicked but Paige squeezed her arm affectionately.

“I’m sorry. It’s absolutely none of my business.”

“It’s just—”

“No, it’s okay. I shouldn’t have said anything.” Paige smiled at her before removing her hand. “I take it you’re not in love with this guy then?”

Fiona felt a laugh threaten and she let it out. It wasn’t a joyful laugh but it was a laugh all the same. “Not in love, no. Definitely not.”

Paige looked like she wanted to say something else, but she picked up her sandwich instead. Then, as if fighting with herself, she put the sandwich down. “It’s none of my business, but this guy, he didn’t...force you, did he?”

Fiona felt a surge of...something. She didn’t even have words for it, it was so alien to her. Paige was looking at her with such genuine concern, sympathy almost, that a warmth spread through her. She wasn’t used to someone being affectionate and Paige was certainly that, but for her to care, as if Fiona mattered to her, was something so foreign, she had a hard time comprehending it.



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