Yeah. Tyler grimaced. Me too
Wrong. I m wishing I never left in the first place
He opened a toiletry bag and inspected the contents. You know the bloke?
So do you. Her gaze darted to Steve and then back to him
Her jaw dropped open. He did not just say that
She turned her head and gaped at him. How dare he?
She d waited a couple of hours until Steve had gone to sleep
Good God! Was nothing sacred?
Not even with Steve
Nope. A little longer than that
What s the other reason? Katie asked hesitantly
Her fork dropped on her plate with a clatter. M-me? she stuttered
Steve swung his attention back to Tyler. With a woman?
Tyler looked at Katie and smiled. Not just any woman
His grin faded a touch. I was that guy
I m going to make some coffee. Katie stood abruptly. Anyone like some?
Steve lay on one of the couches reading the newspaper. Gone to work
You re not working today? he asked Steve
Tyler hesitated. Honestly?
That I proposed? Or that she said yes?
Steve smiled and answered without answering. What s not to love?
Except they weren t. Katie was with the wrong man
But he had. He alone had decided to leave Sydney
Katie? His woman despised exercise
Yeah? Steve turned to look at him
Did I tell you we re going to have kids soon? Steve asked
You just called me Tyler again
Her mother sighed. Is he staying with Steve?
Have you told Steve about you and Tyler yet?
Uh Again she stumbled. No
Are you sure about that? Her mother sounded dubious
Brenda perked up immediately. White or cream? Have you decided yet?
Now Steve was making all of her dreams come true
Steve looked horrified. No fair. I object
I brought you something from London. His voice was soft
I think we should call it a night. Go to bed
Come on. He stood. I ll help you to your room
Katie His voice was gruff. Soft
Give me your hand. He offered her his. I ll help you
She sighed as he lowered her to her bed. Ty?
Would she let him remove the rest? What present did you get me?
Pride and Prejudice
Apparently not. Ty s nod was solemn
You bought this? she asked. It belongs to you?
You do? Steve asked
You know how to ride? When had that happened?
Steve nodded. Looks that way
He didn t look at her. What did you think?
So you liked it? His face was still
I love it. Her voice hitched in her throat. Thank you so much
His lips tilted upwards. You were tanked
She turned to face him You have?
She frowned. Not that I know of
Alone? Her voice was fractionally louder than a squeak
At least tell me if I need to dress smart for the occasion
At night? What kind of business takes place at night?
Panic flashed in her eyes. Steve?
Tyler tore his mouth from hers. She was still engaged to his best friend
The lights dimmed. Let me know if you re not. I ll warm you up
And then her mobile phone rang. The sound shrill and invasive
So close. She shoved the flaps aside and touched the waistband of his undies
Self-loathing filled her. She looked down at her naked chest
A wave of nausea nearly bowled her over. How could she? How could they?
He was as disturbed by Steve s call as she was. As shaken
Walking away from him was hard. Impossible. She took another step
He loved her. He d told her not five minutes ago. How could she leave?
Less than an hour later Steve slipped into bed beside her
She smiled as tenderness for him rose in her chest. How is Mr. Benson?
Steve shook his head. He died. At about ten thirty last night
Mrs. Benson doing okay?
She shook her head. Nothing s worrying me. I m fine
I know you better than that. What s going on?
Has Tyler upset you in some way?
Katie swallowed a gasp. Tyler?
She froze. You did?
He s my fianc . He has the right to spend the night here
Nope. Steve overtook another car. You asked me not to
Tyler grinned. I can t wait to see her face when we get there
Steve laughed. She s gonna be pissed and a little freaked
Behind him Katie stopped breathing for a few seconds
Steve grinned. I haven t discarded that option completely
Think you re up to it? Tyler asked
The sleeping Katie stirred behind him
Oh great. Steve snarled good-humoredly. Now I feel a whole lot better
Oh my God! What a rush. What an unbelievable rush
Un-bloody-believable! He spun her around again
Her stomach lurched. Urgh. Put me down quick. Enough flying for one day
You did it for the thrill. Like he d known she would
He shook his head again. It s not only about time. It s about Steve too
So what is it about? Did something happen to you in London?
Not for me. Thanks
Yes. She looked knackered
I don t blame her. I m pretty beat myself
He pursed his lips. Steve?
His friend stirred sugar into his drink. Hmm?
He took out his little seed again. That was Penelope on the phone
Steve s movements faltered. Oh. He resumed stirring. How is she?
It s the kids she loves more than the work. They make her happy
He didn t move a muscle. Does she know I m getting married?
We discussed it. At length
Steve frowned. I owe her that much
Burnt? Tyler asked
He nodded and put the cup down. Too damn hot
Tyler thought twice before answering. You sure you want to know?
Steve s lips were tight. I try not to
Mmm. Like a log
Yes. I think so. Oh jeez. His hand was on her breast
Good. He chuckled quietly behind her. Ready for another one?
Skydive? Katie asked stupidly. Did she want his hand there?
Stop! The word was torn from her throat
He eyed her warily. What truth?
Details? He wanted details? Uh the night of your tennis match in Noosa
That s it? Just one night? Steve s eyes narrowed
He shook his head. Tyler was the bastard who broke your heart
Her chest tightened. Please don t call him that. He s your best friend
He shrugged. I m not Tyler
Of course I do
Not like you loved Tyler
Is that why you re marrying me? Because I helped you achieve your dream?
Wait! Alarm jolted through her. Where are you going?
We will. But not now
When I ve got my head around this mess
She turned to look at him and her face hardened. You re still here
Do you want to talk about it? Steve?
Holy fuck! You told him? Please say you didn t
Bile burned his throat. Katie was right
I want you to leave. Her voice bordered on hysterical
Go! Her heart galloped against his chest. Her expression was wild
He tore his mouth away. Tell me you don t want this
She opened her mouth. I
I Her voice broke
Katie stared daggers at him. You re destroying my life
A muscle jumped in his jaw. The relationship s a farce. You don t love him
Tyler s smile challenged her protest. Do you dream about him at night?
What? She swallowed
Do his lips make you moan the way mine do? His voice was gruff
No! The word was wrenched from her gut
No one else could make Kate feel like this. Ever
Horror washed over her. Steve!
How could she betray Steve like this? What kind of a heartless bitch was she?
I told you earlier. We need to talk
Tyler winced. That s not fair
I told you. I didn t think I had a choice
Dread washed through her. Wh-what are you talking about?
Confusion swamped her. I don t understand
Tyler shook his head. He had no control over his movement either
He took a deep breath. No
Did did he have Huntington Disease?
No. She shook her head. Please say no. Please
Dear God. Shock hit her stomach in waves. I I never knew
He should have told her. The idiot definitely should have told her
Her throat was all clogged up. Tears pricked the back of her eyelids
It wasn t fair to you. I couldn t take away your future as well
What changed? Why did you take it now instead of years ago?
Steve phoned me. He told me you were getting married
Her jaw dropped. I don t understand
You did it for me? It came out as a strangled gasp
He blanched. I gave you a chance to find a real man. A man with a future
I believed I was doing the right thing
She seethed. I was a mess and you were alone. What s right about that?
She wouldn t admit it. Not now. I m with Steve
You left me. She threw it back in his face
But I m with Steve now. The pitch grew higher. Too high
Admit it Katie. You love me
Not Steve. Me. You love me
Katie. Look at me
Slowly she raised her head. His gazed trapped her. His dark eyes shone
He looked at her with an evil glint in his eye. Still want me to leave?
Huh? Oh jeez. His mouth was wet from her juices
Should I pack my bags and go?
He grinned wickedly. Please what?
Ah. He ran his finger over her wet folds. You don t want me to stop
I want I want
Should you what? Her heart still hammered in her chest
Pack my bags. You know the full story now. Still want me to leave?
Katie? His voice was soft
Even if I d never done the genetic testing?
About how darn much I loved you
He shook his head. But we d only been together a month
Ty? Katie said eventually
Tyler sighed deeply. So is Pen
Christ! What a choice. And the motorcycle?
A bristle ran down her spine. There were other women?
He turned to her. You re jealous?
She d cheated on Steve
Thank God he didn t
She loved Tyler with her heart and her soul and her body
One thing was for sure. She couldn t go another day cheating on Steve
His hand stilled. Her words rang through the silence between them
You fucked his fianc e. Of course it has something to do with him
What? Her shocked question rang through the room
It was unquestionable. Of course she d tell him
Her head and her conscience chose Steve. How could she desert him?
Strangers have sex. We made love
How could Steve ever forgive her for cheating on him?
Tyler dragged his hand through his hair again. I need to take a shower
Steve s shoulders tensed. Don t bother. Kate already explained them
You slept with my fianc e. What more do I need to know?
Whoop-de-do for you. Steve wasn t interested
Sleeping with her didn t make it real? That s bullshit
It was here. The moment of reckoning. The final nail in the coffin
That s why you re in Sydney. For her
Too late. She s my fianc e
Leave Pen out of this
This isn t about her. It s about Kate
You going to marry Katie knowing you still love Pen?
Steve ignored the brother comment. Neither will I
She phoned Tyler. Same story
He froze. From your house? Or from Sydney?
Oh dear God! She pressed her hand over her heart. What happened to you?
Tyler sighed. Your fianc happened
What did you say to him? She almost didn t want to know
He gave her a distorted smile. Don t worry. Your secret is safe
Oh God. And he
No. He grimaced. But I wanted to
The only place she could go. I have to find him
Don t go. His voice was oh-so quiet
Steve and Kate. Kate and Steve. Dr. and Dr. Sommers
He smiled slightly when he saw her. You could have used your key
She shifted beneath the scrutiny of his gaze. Steve
I Her voice caught in her throat. Yes
It wasn t. His eyes were unforgiving
She walked over to him. You must hate me
Tears welled in her eyes. She forced them back. Not more. Just differently
I ll look for another practice. Maybe open something in Coogee or Bronte
Then he opened the front door. Go and be with Tyler
Does Steve know where he is?
Her lungs seized. Steve? What s the matter?
Even Steve s lips were white as he answered. Hospital
There s been an accident. He tripped over the last word
She shook her head. No. No!
It s Tyler
The good news is Mr. Bonnard survived
Had Tyler sustained a head injury?
Was there any damage to the spinal cord? His voice was tight and unnatural
Anything else? Steve asked
Finally Steve spoke. Can we see him?
She gave him a wry smile back. God knew she could relate to that
Her heart tripped. You don t?
No. I love it there. I want to carry on working with you
Steve nodded. I know. I ve been sitting here trying to work up the courage
I ll do it. It was the least she could do for him
He looked haunted. Okay then
Steve frowned. What are you talking about?
The Huntington s result. What else would she be talking about?
Her stomach dropped. You didn t know
Steve She stared at him in dismay. I I assumed Tyler told you last week
Steve couldn t finish his question. He didn t need to
I hit him. I actually punched the son of a bitch
He does. That s why he was so flabbergasted by your decision
Four hours later there was absolutely no change. Tyler was still fast asleep
Not. Ever. Again
It made no difference. She was still livid
Wake up and listen to me tell you I love you. Only you. Always
No. I mean you re really awake
She sat up. How do you feel?
He considered the question carefully. Like I ve been hit by a bus
Katie bit her lip. You were in an accident
Tyler was stunned. I was?
I did? No way
You re kidding. She had to be. He had no recollection of the incident
I wish I was. Her face was pale
She wasn t kidding. This was not something Katie would kid about
Katie took a deep breath. Five days
He gaped at her. What?
What day is it? Last he could remember it was Tuesday. Afternoon
It s Sunday morning
He jumped. Left the solid floor of the plane and leaped into the air
You okay? Tyler said in her ear
She sat on the bed in surprise. What?
Katie His voice trailed off
It was a sign. There was writing on it
What is it? she called over her shoulder to Tyler
Oh my God
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A Question of Trust
God. He looked good enough to eat
It certainly looked like an erection to her. Are they what?
That depends. He didn t seem to be in a hurry to get his clothes on
Yes. On you. Do you want me to get dressed?
No. She wouldn t
With or Without You
Stay With Me
He put a finger to her lips. Shhhh