In the Shadow of the Mountains by Amberly Evans

In the Shadow of the Mountains by Amberly Evans

Author:Amberly Evans
Language: eng
Format: mobi
Tags: Historical Western Romance
ISBN: 9781480093171
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Published: 2012-10-11T04:00:00+00:00


Chapter Nineteen

Three days had flown by when Tom had a craving for a cigarette but he had run out of the makings. He stepped out onto the porch and watched as Sarah finished cleaning out the chicken coop. They were on their honeymoon but the chores still had to be done.

Sarah had on the gray skirt that she had been wearing the first day he had seen her. The same work blouse, her hair hanging in the same long braid, but so much had changed. She was more beautiful to him now than she had been then.

“You look beautiful today.”

“Very funny. I’m sweaty and dirty and I smell like chicken…you know what.” Sarah replied, laughing at him, her pink cheeks showing her dimples. When those appeared, he knew she was truly happy.

“Sarah, your pa got any tobacco around?”

“No, he took what he had with him.” She wiped her forehead on her sleeve.

“I think I’ll ride into town and get some. You need anything?”

“Do you want me to go with you?” She came up the porch steps.

“No, I’ll be back faster if I ride, rather than taking the wagon.” Tom smiled. “And I definitely want to get back here fast.”

Sarah’s cheeks grew a shade deeper. Tom laughed and leaned over and kissed her warm neck.

“What are you going to do while I’m gone?”

“I think I’ll get cleaned up and wash my hair,” she said, putting her arms around his waist. “You know when we left Illinois I was barely three, but I remember our old house had this huge cast iron tub. And I remember mama putting me and Luke in that thing two or three times a week. It was so deep, I had to sit on my knees to keep from going under water. I always felt so clean when I got out. It’s about the only thing I really remember from our old house. It’s too bad we couldn’t bring that old tub west, it would have been worth its weight in gold to me. ”

“You used to take baths with Luke?” Tom asked, with a wicked smile.

“It seemed like he was always trying to drown me.”

Tom kissed her tenderly on the lips and said, “I’m glad he didn’t.”

***

The people of Adam’s Creek were going about their usual Tuesday activities when Tom arrived. He went to the general store and was looking around when someone called his name.

“Tom Clayton, what can I do for you?” asked the man behind the counter.

“Some tobacco would do nicely,” Tom told him, trying to remember if they had been introduced. He had met so many people at the social he couldn’t be sure. “Have we met?”

“Not really, but I was at your wedding. Name’s Ezra Benton.” The short balding man extended his hand.

“I reckon everyone in town was.” Tom shook his hand hesitantly, wondering if his attitude about Sarah mirrored his daughter’s, but the man seemed genuinely happy to meet him, so he gave him the benefit of the doubt.

“Pretty much.”

“Mr. Benton, I’d like to buy my wife a present.



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