Luc drew a deep breath to steady himself and hauled the ladder inside. Thankfully, Rose and Judy were taping white bows to the pews and didn’t notice him. Luc kept his back to the women as he hung the fabric. Glitter rained down on him as he worked.
“Going to have to vacuum after this,” Rose said.
She stood at Luc’s feet, holding a giant white bow, bigger than the ones she had hung. His voice was weak, almost a croak. “Yup.”
“You look like a vampire.”
Luc glanced at his glimmering skin. “Yup.”
“My aunt would like this in the middle.”
Swallowing the lump in his throat, Luc reached for the bow. Again, electricity ran up his arm when their fingertips grazed. It tingled through him and made his knees weak.
Rose didn’t react this time either. Cocking her head to the side, she eyed him. “Aren’t you hot in that sweater? It’s humid as he…eck today.”
I’m freezing. Luc shook his head. “I’m fine.”
“Okay.” Rose shrugged and returned to Judy.
Luc sagged against the archway. The fabric scratched his face. He was getting more glitter on himself, but he didn’t care. He had to catch his breath. Just those few seconds talking to Rose had stolen it.
When the two women finally left, Luc cleaned up the glitter from the floor then returned to the rectory to do the same with his skin. If some stuck to Rose, she’d need a shower as well. The heat in the bathroom turned heavy.
Before the image could go any further, Luc banished it. He kept his mind empty as he toweled off. He wiped the mirror. Black eyes stared at him, and he stumbled back, crashing into the bathtub. His heart slammed against his ribs, and sweat broke out on his brow. He didn’t dare wipe it away.
Haunted by the guilt that destroyed her family, Rose has shut her heart off. She vows to never let anyone near again lest she hurt them. When she meets Luc, she can’t deny the draw she feels to him.
But the past is not easily forgotten. When Luc’s past finds him, Rose is caught in the middle. Forced to face who he used to be, Luc must decide if he’s willing to give up his chance at redemption to save Rose. But doing so means he won’t be able to hide who he is. Will Rose be able to reconcile the man she knows with the devil he used to be? Or are the mistakes of the past too damning?