Trigger Happy 23

Chapter 24

TRIGGER HAPPY TWENTY-THREE: A STEPHANIE PLUM-INSPIRED NOVEL

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Chapter Twenty-Four

An hour later I'd had a long, hot shower. I was still shaking and I thought I would never warm up again. I wasn't sure why I was still shaking. I had won the fight with Brodie and no one was seriously hurt. The fight with Morelli was horrible, though. The fight itself was an old one and one we often have in reaction to me being in danger. I was mortified that this time it was witnessed by Rangeman staff.

I didn't know what to do following my shower. I felt stunned and my brain felt frozen, incapable of thought. I went to the closet and packed my bag and got ready to go back to my own apartment. I was sure I would start feeling again soon and since I didn't think it would be pretty, I wanted to be in my own home when I did.

Ranger came up to the apartment carrying a couple of sandwiches and some cut vegetables and dip from the break room. "Are you okay?" he asked, taking me over to the breakfast bar and handing me some lunch.

"Yeah. I think I am still in shock", I said. "I feel sort of numb."

"I notice your bag is at the front door. Is this it, then? Are you going back to your own place?"

"I think it's time. I want to be at my own place before the shock wears off. It's nice here, but it's not home."

"I understand. Do you think it is a good idea, though, to be alone when the numbness wears off?"

"Absolutely. It will be the best thing for me." I was still shaky and just wanted to escape, but I was stuck eating my lunch under Ranger's protective eye. If it was up to me, I would have skipped eating.

"My offer of a job still stands. You can think about it over the next few days while you get your feet back under you."

"Thanks."

Ranger drew me up into a hug, holding me tight as I continued to shake. He rubbed my back, up and down my spine. "You did well today, Babe. I saw the fight on the recording. You did a good job. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise."

I drew away from him and gave a jerky little nod. "Thanks", I said, embarrassed. I threw out my garbage and went to the door. I picked up my bag and Ranger picked up Rex's cage. We took them down to my car and deposited them on the backseat. When I went to get in the car Ranger drew me back again into his arms. "Call me if you need me, okay, Babe? I can be at your place within ten minutes."

"Okay", I said jerkily. I reached up and gave him a kiss on his cheek. "Thanks for everything." I got in the car and drove away from the Rangeman building.

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