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Heku : Book 1 of the Heku Series

His eyes stared far off, empty, and unfocused. He didn’t move as she pulled a blanket from beside him
and wrapped it around his shoulders. She kissed him lightly on the cheek and then stood to greet another
man who was walking toward her.
“Hiya, Sam.”
“Ms. Em, good to have ya back.” He stopped just short of the steps and smiled up at her. The man
looked almost the same age as Emily’s Dad. He was short and stout with overalls and a dusty hat that
made him blend into the scene. He took his hat off and fidgeted with it.
“Sam, what’s wrong?”
“Der’s a spook up on the lower 20. I tell Mr. Keith, but he say it jus a coyote but, Ma’am, I ain’t never
seen a coyote that done hid like dis did. Almos cause a stampede.”
“I’ll go check it out, get Patra ready,” she told him, crouching back down by her dad.
“Duty calls,” she said, and kissed his cheek again lightly.
Sam almost ran toward the barn, seemingly afraid to turn around and face the house.
Emily turned to the house, squared her shoulders, and walked in, shutting the door behind her softly.
He hit with no warning. He grabbed her left wrist and twisted her arm behind her back, then shoved her
hard against the door, sending the door handle painfully into her ribs, “I called you last night, you didn’t
answer,” Keith hissed, his face just inches from her. “Who were you with?”
Through the pain, she managed to gasp, “Stop it.”
Keith twisted her wrist harder and slammed his body into hers again, smiling when she screamed out in
pain, “Tell me.”
“I couldn’t sleep. I went to do some work at the office, I swear,” she said, unable to move. The pain
made her breathing shallow and strained.
He thought about it for a moment and then released her, a grin spreading across his face, “Well why
didn’t you say so? Good to see you!”
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