Maggie could not help admiring the way everyone in the group heeded Taylor’s lead. At the same time, Taylor had no qualms about sharing his authority with his friend, Shawn: the two of them worked as a team. Jeffrey was incapable of such humbleness: whether he was producing a TV show or organizing a social event, he always had to make sure that he controlled each and every aspect of the process. Jeffrey was well-known for his controlling personality in the industry; before, Maggie had always attributed his reputation to the jealousy and unfairness of his rivals, but now she was no longer sure.
But then no man was perfect, and Maggie was certain that Taylor too had his faults. At least, that was what she wanted to believe. There was something uncanny about how collected he looked when he talked about the danger of an avalanche, as though to him it were an everyday part of life. She wondered what it was that drove Taylor to lead the life that he chose. Why go out there day after day, risking injuries and death in exchange for a momentary thrill? What was it that he found in the mountains that he could not find on the ground? From the looks of it, Taylor certainly fitted the mold of an adrenaline junkie. Still, she had to admit that she found him intriguing.
You are engaged and you’re fantasizing about some hot ski bum you know nothing about, Maggie thought, get a hold of yourself before you regret it.
You love Jeffrey – stop making a fool of yourself before you come to regret it, Maggie reminded herself, as she boarded the air tram. Just then her grip loosened and her skis almost slid out of her hands.
“Careful there,” Maggie heard Taylor’s voice behind her, as he reached just in time to catch her skis.
“That was clumsy of me,” Maggie muttered, averting her eyes.
“Everything okay, Maggie?” Jeffrey called over his shoulder.
“Everything is fine.” Maggie’s breath caught, as she sensed Taylor standing so close to her.
Marie Astor is the author of contemporary romance noves This Tangled Thing Called Love, Lucky Charm, On the Rim of Love, romantic suspense, To Catch a Bad Guy, and a short story collection, A Dress in a Window. Marie is also the author of young adult fantasy adventure novel, Over the Mountain and Back.
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