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0000123445667-Jessica Steele - Runaway From Love1

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Runaway from Love
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Jessica Steele
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HER decision, Delfi mused when, keeping her unhappy feelings down, she paused in her packing that Sunday evening, had not been so much a decision shehad made after weeks of thinking things over very carefully. Or even, shesolemnly reflected, of days of thinking things over very carefully. If the truth beknown, it had been more a case of everything snowballing on from that oneincident last Monday when she had finally lost her temper with Mr Yardley, her  boss-now her ex-boss-and had walked out of her job.Prior to that she had, of course, known for some time that something,something very drastic, would have to be done if her sister Raina was not to bedesperately hurt for a second time. But what that something was had not becomeclear to Delfi until after things had come to a head at the office last Monday.Usually, she was slow to anger, but, instead of biting her tongue when yet againMr Yardley had pushed the blame on to her for something which he had leftundone, she had found that it proved to be once too often. She had exploded, andfollowed through by clearing out her desk.Delfi, her mind elsewhere, took a rest from her packing and went over to the padded chair in her bedroom. She was barely aware of her actions but, in no time,thoughts of Mr Yardley were replaced by other thoughts. And as ever HughRenshaw, the man her sister was going to marry, was there in her head.Her thoughts flew back to how Hugh had come to declare that he loved her andnot Raina. She admitted that she was a little confused about how it had all
 
happened, but oh, how she wished that it never had. Surely things would not have been as impossible as they now were if Hugh had never taken her in his arms thattime when, her parents out, Raina not yet back from some errand, he had arrivedearly and found her alone.Raina was twenty-seven and had been engaged to Hugh for eight months, andhad no idea that Delfi, her junior by five years, had grown to love the same man.Delfi had been most careful that no one else should know of it either, butsomehow, she had realised only on that fateful day Hugh had arrived and foundher the sole occupant of the house, he had known."Little Delfi!" he'd exclaimed softly, the way he called her "little Delfi' thrillingher despite the fact that he at five ten was only two inches taller than she was. Shesmiled at him, and suddenly he was pulling her into his arms. And she, to her everlasting shame, forgot all about her sister.She welcomed his lips, his embrace, and returned his kisses mindless of everything as, there in the hall of the home she shared with her parents and her sister, there was no thought in her head for anyone except Hugh."Who could resist your provocative, inviting mouth?" Hugh murmured as he briefly pulled back. Then, just before he kissed her again, "Or who could fail tolove you?" he asked."You-love me?" she asked, as soon as she had breath left to ask anything, her violet-coloured eyes large, questioning."As you love me," he admitted, and had been about to kiss her again when allat once, to mortifyingly bring Delfi crashing abruptly back to earth, the sound of someone inserting a key in the front door penetrated.Guiltily they sprang apart. "Raina!" Delfi choked, horror-struck, pulling awayfrom Hugh, and, absolutely swamped by the sudden and most dreadful feeling of remorse, she pelted up the stairs to her room, too shamed to be able to face her sister.She stayed in her room and remained there even when fifteen minutes later sheheard her sister and future brother-in-law leave the house. She heard Hugh's car start up but could not even go to the window. All she could think of was howRaina had been engaged once before. Of how, four years ago, she had been jiltedand how she had taken it so badly that for an age they had feared that she wouldnever get over it.With her spirits swung so swiftly from the heights to the very depths, Delfiknew then that there was no future for her with Hugh Renshaw. It was clear, by

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