2012 © Claire Sanders
Just as she was about to move to the next resident’s room, a
familiar voice caused her heart to skip a beat. Jack stood at
the nurses’ station, smiling like a star on a dark night. How
could she not fall in love with such a handsome man? Even though
she saw him every day, her heart still fluttered when he was
“Hey, you,” she said with a broad smile.
Jack turned at the sound of her voice and returned her smile.
“How’s my best girl?”
“Busy. How’d it go this morning?”
Something flickered in Jack’s eyes, but he shrugged it away.
“Same old story. Got time for lunch?”
Molly’s heart fell a few inches. How hard it must be for Jack to
keep up his spirits after so many rejections. She wanted to wrap
her arms around him and cuddle him close, but the hallway was
becoming unusually crowded with geriatric spectators. “No lunch
until I finish the meds. I thought you were meeting your
grandmother at the building supply this afternoon.”
Jack moved to her side and tucked a strand of hair behind her
ear. “I’m not meeting Nana until two o’clock. Besides, I think
better when my stomach isn’t growling.”
Molly smiled at the man she loved. She’d known him since junior
high, but she’d never given him more than a passing thought.
Jack Stewart had been a year older, active in every sport Poplar
Bluff High School offered, and not in her circle of friends. But
college had been a different story. There, she’d discovered a
tenderhearted boy hiding behind Jack’s athletic swagger. “Go to
the dining room and order a spinach salad for me. I’ll be along
in a few minutes.”
Jack leaned down and placed his mouth close to Molly’s ear. “How
about a kiss for your future husband?”
Molly grinned and stepped back. “Later,” she whispered. “When
we’re not being watched.”
Jack straightened and scanned the area, his cheeks growing an
adorable shade of peony pink as he realized every resident’s
gaze was fixed on him. “Good idea,” he muttered as he turned and
walked toward the dining room.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
After many years of dry, academic
publications, Claire Sanders yearned to stretch her creative
muscles. Since she’d long enjoyed the guilty pleasure of
reading romance novels, Claire decided to try her hand at
After two disastrous attempts which
ended up in the recycling bin, Claire’s third novel, “Fresh
Start”, was published in 2008 by The Wild Rose Press.
She has since published two novellas for Barbour Books —“A
Quaker Christmas” and “The Quakers of New Garden”. She has
won and finaled in numerous writing contests. To learn
more about her check out the web site