We start today's excerpt with Levi still on the floor and the word prompt, hug.
Melody held her hand out to him knowing it would be hard for him to get upright easily.
Levi ignored the hand and used the footboard of the bed to pull himself up. His refusal of help was another mark against him. It irked her. “What where you doing sneaking around the house and scaring me?” No way, she was admitting she thought he was a ghost.
“Sneaking around? “ Both eyebrows shot up, as he balanced himself on both legs.” First of all, I wasn’t sneaking around. You had the music blasting. You weren’t singing you were cursing the chair.”
Her face reddened. Cursing a chair, didn’t that make her sound like the fool. Yeah, real stable person. She felt a need to defend her actions. “I was trying to clean up the room for you. I wanted to get rid of all the signs of your uncle being invalid. That stupid chair,” she stopped to glare at chair, “won’t fit through the opening.”
Levi looked at the chair, and then gave it a hard kick that sent it backwards freeing it from its trap. Lifting it as if it weighed nothing, he moved it up over the end of the bed.
“That’s how they did.” She marveled aloud wondering why she hadn’t thought of doing the same. “Thanks.” Placing her hands on the chair back, she pushed it through the door and headed toward the garage.
“Where are you headed with that chair?” Levi asked as he followed her.
“The garage,” She answered without looking back at him. It made it easier. She already felt the fool falling on him like a ton of bricks. The man probably thought she was crazy. With any luck, he didn’t notice the few seconds she stole enjoying the feel of a warm blooded male beneath her. If she were in one of those made for TV movies, the two of them would have ended up hugging and confessing their attraction to one another. It might be wise to give up those movies as long as Levi was her roomie. The last think she needed was to think about the handsome veteran in a romantic fashion.
Chapter break ( POV change)
Levi watched her determined stride as she pushed the chair. She wouldn’t even look at him when she talked. Couldn’t stand the thought he was only part of a man. Although, before she complained his manners were the only thing wrong with him. Of course, she’d say something like that. Nurses were taught to do that. All the time he spent recovering and learning to use his new leg, a few of the nurses pretended to flirt with him.
Like he'd fall for that. He didn’t attract the women when he had two healthy legs unless he had a fat enlistment bonus to go with it. A grimace crossed his face as he thought about his money-grubbing ex-wife. What ever happened to her? He had started the paperwork for the divorce, but getting blown to kingdom come kinda wiped that thought from his mind. Mental note to self: check on the divorce paperwork. Didn’t need to know if he was divorced because he’d start dating as he implied to Melody, but because the last thing he needed was Angelique showing up. His life was complicated enough.
His eyes followed Melody’s hips as she pushed the chair in front of her. The woman certainly packed a pair of shorts. Didn’t mind the feel of her on him either. His lips tilted up slightly, almost breaking into a smile. What bothered him most was he should have caught her as opposed to collapsing underneath her like a cheap card table..