Sterling-A Montana Dayton Novel Chapt.15


ec556-moonthumbWhen Max arrived later that night with dinner Montana still hadn’t stirred.

“I moved her to her bed.” Chase said, alarmed. “She was so light and didn’t move a muscle.”

Max followed him upstairs, still holding the bags of Chinese food. He gazed longingly at Montana. He needed to touch her, to feel her. He reached out.

“Don’t do it Max.” Chase smacked his hand away.

“Check her pulse. I’m calling Doc.”

“Already done. Her pulse seems fine, and she breathing.”

Max glared at him and dialed a number. Chase rechecked her pulse.

“Why won’t she wake up?” Max growled at Doc when he answered.

“Relax. Her body probably took the sleeping pill as a good sign. She needs sleep. She will need the energy.”

“Will she wake up tonight when Sterling summons her?”

“I am sure she will, maybe with this extra sleep she will have more energy to fight.”

Max thought about it. “Okay.” He closed the phone.

He wasn’t used to being this useless. It was driving him crazy.

Max handed Chase his Chinese. They ate in silence as they watched over her.

Chase didn’t know what to say to Max. Max’s job had screwed up any hope of a relationship before it got off the ground.

When Max retired to hunt down Montana, Chase was ecstatic. He could see how much Max was in love with her and knew she had the same feelings for him, even though she wouldn’t admit it. Now this.

Chase was fairly certain Montana was slowly dying, her pulse didn’t seem as strong as it should, either time he checked it. It was a good thing Max couldn’t touch her right now; he would fly off the handle if he found out. And they didn’t need that complication right now.

He sighed, Max wouldn’t be Max anymore if Montana died, there had to be something they could do. He wished he knew what it was.

Max kicked Chase out after dinner, closed his eyes and tried to relax in the chair next to her bed. What he would give to be able to crawl under the covers with her.

He’d been determined to woo her and take her out on dates when he first saw her again, but now he wondered if they would even be in this predicament if he’d done what he really wanted.

The image of that first day flooded his mind. He couldn’t keep his eyes off her through lunch, her family left, and it took all of his control not to throw her over his shoulder and take her back to his condo. Would that have made the situation better or worse? He would never know.

He fell into a light doze then went under.

He was swimming. No, she was swimming. No, wait, it was definitely him. Sharks circled, a cave, a ship, skeletons everywhere, gold, jewels, treasure. He stood on the beach. A skeleton. No, a man, ugly, no, handsome. His breath was being sucked out of his chest; his scars were burning, so much pain, he was freezing, he was terrified.

The images bombarded him over and over again until he lost his breath and had to crawl his way back to the surface of consciousness.

His eyes sprang open; he gulped in big breaths of air. He found himself on the floor, chilled to the bone. He jumped up quickly and doubled over, his side and arm burning hot, pain shot through scars he didn’t have. He glanced at the bed, Montana was gone.

Max sagged to his knees, found his phone, and dialed.

“Jamie,” he croaked, “she’s gone.”

“What!? Are you all right Max?”

“No, she drained me. You have to go without me. Go. Now!”

He lay back down on the floor, closing his eyes, letting the darkness fill him.

Author: lynnthompsonbooks

Lynn Thompson’s home is in the Land of Enchantment, and, yes, the land is enchanting. The skies are blue, the stars are bright., and there are beautiful panoramic landscapes surrounding her hometown. Lynn wades through the craziness of life to follow her true passion, writing fiction. You can find her, or not, trekking through the mountains, searching for fairies and vortexes, keeping her eye out for anything paranormal, or sitting in the hot springs in her spare time. Lynn doesn’t have a specific genre she writes in. Characters have a way of leading her stories. She follows. Lynn is also a sponge when it comes to knowledge. She’s always on the move to continue her education in writing, marketing, social media, digital media, and hopes to find the extra time to add some criminal investigation classes to her repertoire. Lynn has three novels out: Blake, Sterling, and Tarnished Gold. Blake is the beginning of Montana’s story. Her need for seclusion, at least, for one winter. She does not get what she wants. There is someone or something in the mountains stalking her, people keep showing up on her doorstep, and she meets Max. Max knows what is hunting Montana, but won’t tell her. Montana’s lack of trust in Max drives her to fix her own problems. If she had known what she’d be confronting that night, she never would have sedated Max. Sterling is the second novel in the Montana Dayton series. Montana moves to Florida hoping to escape her old life, and regain her normal life back, but her past has come back to haunt her. Not only does she start losing time, she continues to wake up every morning wearing gorgeous jewels and is surrounded by precious gems. She never remembers where, or who she’s getting the glittery baubles from and is hell bent to get back her memories and return the jewels. Afraid she has been out robbing houses in the middle of the night, she is determined to figure out what is happening on her own. That is until the dreams and the strong pull to explore the gulf. When she finally realizes she needs help, she is powerless to get it. Tarnished Gold is Sam’s story and will be coming out around the new year. Sam first appeared in Sterling and demanded her own novel. Lynn has bowed to Sam’s wishes and is writing that story now. Lynn is also the proud owner of: Dark Fates. Eight short stories that are fun, but still on the dark side. Dark Fates-Madness. Four dark short stories. News Worthy. News Worthy stands alone with five short stories. Watching the news first thing in the morning may not be fun, but dissecting news clips and re-writing them into short stories that had a different ending was a blast! Dark Fates Collections is compiled of Dark Fates, Dark Fates-Madness, News Worthy, and features Karma Shay’s adventures. Visit Lynn at: Website: Twitter: @lynnthompson8 Facebook: Goodreads:

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