End of the Age: Final Deception HTML version

Chapter 5
Sitting in the passenger seat of the Jeep, Jesse stared out the window. How
embarrassing to walk in and hear herself being talked about. What else had been said
while she was upstairs? She had to admit, her grandmother was right. She did worry
about Gabriel when he was away.
As Gabriel leaned forward to adjust the temperature setting, Jesse noticed his
hair was getting longer. Brown curls were starting to flip up at his collar. The word
adorable came to mind before she closed her eyes. Adorable—did I really just think that?
Good grief, I’m turning into a thirteen year old. Still, she couldn't help but think it odd
that he was still single and not dating after all these years—or was he? Were he and
Rachel dating? Rachel certainly didn’t try to hide her attraction but Gabriel's feelings
weren’t as obvious. Was Gabriel attracted to Rachel? No one could deny Rachel's beauty.
Rachel and Gabriel would make a striking couple.
Gabriel’s voice broke through Jesse’s musings. Turning to him, she said, “I’m
sorry. What did you say?”
“I asked if you miss Long Beach, but now I’m wondering what you were
thinking about so intently.”
What would he say if she told him? Quickly dismissing the idea, she looked out
over the countryside “This area is beautiful,” she said, scanning the distant skyline. “The
mountains are regal, mysterious, even dangerous, but at the same time, nurturing and
He smiled at her romantic portrayal. “I believe you have fallen in love, Miss
“In love? What—what makes you say that?”
“Because people who come to the mountains often fall in love and stay.”
“Oh,” she said, relaxing, “I guess so. Remembering he sometimes seemed to
read her thoughts, she said quickly, “I think the ocean is beautiful, too.”
“Yes,” he said, “the ocean is beautiful. All of God’s creations are unique and
beautiful, but I find there are some places, even people, that I’m more drawn to than
others.” Her body tensed as she waited for him to continue. When he did, his tone was
casual. “For instance, I appreciate the beauty of the ocean, but for me, personally, I prefer
the mountains. They feel more like home.”
“I can understand that. You grew up here,” she said.
After a short silence, he said, “I imagine Freud has a lot to say about
unconscious motivation and attraction. People are often drawn to places without really
knowing why. Some prefer the mountains, others the ocean, while some choose city life.