The Immortal Who Loved Me(Argeneau, book 21)(29) by Lynsay Sands
Sherry glanced around with surprise at that comment and stared at the man who stood in the open kitchen door. Tall, dark-haired, and really rather gorgeous, the man wore a police uniform and carried two duffel bags that he now set on the floor. It could only be Katricia’s Teddy, she decided when Basil’s daughter stood and moved around the counter to greet him with a kiss that made her eyebrows rise. It looked like it started out and was meant to be a gentle kiss of greeting and nothing more, but best intentions and all that, it quickly caught flame and turned into much more. Sherry was about to turn away when Teddy suddenly broke the kiss and tucked Katricia’s head against his chest to avoid temptation.
“God, woman, I hope you found a dress because I surely missed you and don’t want you to have to leave again,” he growled, holding her close.
“I did,” she assured him, and then raised her head to add, “I didn’t get the chance to buy it, but I can call in the order and have it delivered.”
“Good,” he said, and kissed her forehead, then released her to remove his shoes.
“So, why do you want Sherry and I to wait a day to go shopping?” Elvi asked now. “Is there trouble?”
“No,” Teddy answered, finishing with his shoes. Straightening, he added, “I’d just rather Sherry and Stephanie stay close to the house for a day, to make sure they weren’t followed from Toronto.” Slipping his arm around Katricia, he then urged her around the counter to join them in the dining room, saying, “Once we’re sure there isn’t going to be trouble you can take her shopping.”
“Drina and I kept an eye out, I am pretty sure we were not followed,” Katricia said, and then added, “But it is better to be safe than sorry.”
When Victor and Basil both nodded in agreement, Elvi sighed and cast Sherry an apologetic look. “Tomorrow, then. But I’ll loan you clothes until we can go shopping.”
Sherry seriously doubted she’d fit in Elvi’s clothes. The woman was a little shorter than her, and definitely thinner. Sherry had more of a Marilyn Monroe type figure than she liked.
“Sherry, this is Teddy Brunswick, Chief of Police in Port Henry and a very old and dear friend,” Elvi said, making the introductions.
“Hello,” Sherry murmured, smiling at the man, and then taking his hand when he held it out.
“It’s a pleasure to meet you, Ms. Carne,” Teddy said politely as he shook her hand. “Welcome to Port Henry. I’m sorry your visit couldn’t be under better circumstances.”
“Thank you,” Sherry murmured as he released her hand.
Nodding, Teddy turned to Elvi then. “If you’ll tell me which room we’re in, I’ll take the bags up and get them out of the way.”
“Top floor next to Harper’s room,” Elvi announced, standing up and gathering empty coffee cups. As Teddy turned to head back to the bags by the door, she asked, “Do you want a coffee, Teddy? There’s still some in the pot.”
“Maybe later, thanks,” he said as he bent to gather the bags.
“I’ll help you take them up,” Katricia said with a grin as she quickly scooped one up herself. She then caught Teddy’s free hand to lead him to the stairs.
“That’s the last we’ll see of those two for a while,” Victor said with amusement as he watched the pair hurry upstairs.
Elvi grinned and then glanced to Basil and Sherry before saying, “Well, I may as well head in to the restaurant after all. Then I can take tomorrow off instead for our shopping trip.”
Sherry smiled at the suggestion and then shifted her gaze to Victor when he stood as well.
“I’ll take you to the restaurant, love,” Victor announced, and then glanced to Basil. “There’s a sunroom off our bedroom with a television and whatnot. You two can go there and talk in private if you like. I am sure you have a lot to discuss.”
Basil nodded. “Thank you.”
“I had a security system put in when they renovated after the fire,” Victor added. “We’ll lock up and turn it on, on our way out. I’ll show you how to work it when I get back, but in the meantime, the others know what to do if it goes off.”
“Okay,” Basil murmured.
Nodding, Victor turned to Elvi. “Shall we?”
Smiling, she took the hand he held out and headed for the door.
“Well,” Basil said once the door closed behind the other couple. “Would you like to go see the sunroom?”
Sherry nodded and stood up. There didn’t appear to be much else for them to do at the moment. Besides, she had a lot of questions she’d like answered. She lined them up in her head as they walked upstairs.
Elvi and Victor’s room was at the opposite end of the house from hers. It was a large, beautiful room done in shades of cool blue, she saw as they walked through the short hallway next to it, leading to the sunroom.
“Wow,” she said as they stepped out into the sunroom itself. It was lovely, furnished with a large comfortable couch and a chair along the outer walls, and a large television, PlayStation, and music system on a shelving unit against the wall backing onto the house. That wall and the bottom halves of the outer walls were all painted a pale yellow, while large glass windows made up the upper halves of the outer walls, leaving a three-sided view. Sheer blinds covered the windows, allowing sunlight in, but she guessed not allowing anyone to actually see in. She smiled as she peered out at the pretty tree-lined street and the big backyard with its garden and old trees.
“Very nice,” Basil agreed, taking it all in with a smile. “It makes me envy my brother his home.”
“Tell me about it,” Sherry said on a laugh as she moved closer to the back window to look down on the deck in the backyard. She had an apartment in Toronto. It was owned, not rented, and a nice size, but there weren’t a lot of trees anywhere near it or near her store. She didn’t see this kind of greenery often and hadn’t realized how much she missed it until just this moment. Glancing to Basil, she asked suddenly, “So why is this your first trip down here?”
Basil turned to arch an eyebrow. “Who says it is?”
“Elvi said she hadn’t met you before,” Sherry explained, turning her gaze back to the window. “So either you only came when she wasn’t here, or . . .” She shrugged, leaving the rest unsaid.
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