Luke swallowed hard when he drove onto the Adams Ranch behind Sarah Jane. The house was three of his in one and lavish. Stone everywhere, flowers, trees, huge wrap around porch. Two new F250’s setting in the driveway. He fidgeted in his seat feeling suddenly out of place.
Sarah Jane pulled up along the side of the house next to a large barn. She hopped out and rushed over to his window. As he rolled it down, she popped her head in. “Stay here. I’m going to sneak you in. I have to make sure the coast is clear. I’m pretty sure my parents have a meeting in town for something at the church tonight, but I have to check.”
He nodded and watched her run off into the house. He stared at the land that stretch around the mountainside and the river. Cattle milled around everywhere and time seemed to stand still. His heart pounded so loudly in his chest he jumped off his seat when Sarah Jane opened his door.
“It’s safe. Their gone, but Brad, my dad’s foreman is in the bunk house so we have to go in the side so he won’t see you or me.”
He didn’t have a good feeling about this. Sneaking around isn’t what he had in mind when he said he would help her out. He felt dirty for some reason and stopped just inside the house. “I don’t think this is a good idea. I don’t feel good about you sneaking me in.”
“Don’t be silly. It will be fine,” she said, yanking him by the arm. She held on to him as she guided him through her house to her father’s office. He didn’t pay any attention to where she was taking him or what the house looked like all he could do was stare at her holding on to him and the way her straight brown hair felt as it skimmed his arm.
She released him and rushed in behind a large walnut color desk, polished to a high gloss. He was afraid to touch it. He shoved his dirty hands into his pockets. He stood there watching her work.
“Here it is.”
He walked over behind the desk and peered at the screen over her shoulder. She glanced at him and smiled. He didn’t mean to get that close to her, but he just couldn’t help himself, he’d found himself getting close to her every chance he had today.
He looked at the screen. “So what’s the problem? All you have to do is add up all of those columns and then dump them into that tab sheet there.” When he pointed at the screen near the bottom her scent saturated the air around him. He pulled the scent deep into his lungs.
She leaned closer to the screen and then clicked the tab he had pointed to. An expense summary sheet appeared for the month. She let out a frustrated groan.
“Why didn’t I see that? Stupid, stupid.”
“It’s okay if it’s your first time doing this kind of thing you’re going to miss stuff.”
“Yeah well, missing stuff isn’t going to work for my father.” She stood up and hugged him tight, he froze. “Thank you.” She let him go before he thought to hug her back. “I better get this done before he gets home.”
Luke walked himself out smiling.