Calgary, Alberta

"I promise, we'll be gone only a little while." Jasper pressed his forehead to mine so that his hair fell forward and tickled my cheek. "A few hours. I just need to say some things to her, get her to see that I'm never coming back. Shake her off Peter and Charlotte's trail."

It made sense. But my stomach was all knotted anyway.

At the time, I thought the stomach knot was about Maria.

Jasper pressed his lips to mine. Briefly, his mouth opened and he sucked my tongue inside it. Our tongues wrestled against each other, and he exhaled softly onto my cheek.

"I love you," he said. "Only you." He reached his hand to my face, stroking my cheek with his thumb. "She'll be gone soon."

And then the door opened and closed and he was gone.

~End of Part II~