Published by: eXtasy Books
Author : Jojo Brown
Word Count :8715
Publication Date :2013-05-12
Series : Cafe Nowhere#0
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- Product Code: 978-1-77111-554-4
A quick dip in the pool would wash away all stress…or would it?
Hayden and Carolynn looked forward to a long relaxing, stress-free weekend together. The new tent and equipment gave them much to look forward to. The run-down office of the hidden campground and the eerie manager should have sent them running in the opposite direction. But, it didn’t.
It was the end of a very long week, but Hayden and Carolynn were sure it was the start of a wonderfully long weekend away. After all the planning they’d put into it, it had to be just the relaxation they both yearned for. They’d been able to slip out of town unseen, their destination unknown by anyone. This would be a weekend for the two of them to enjoy uninterrupted by family, friends, work or stress.
Raven-haired Carolynn sat with her long slender legs curled under her in the passenger seat of their GMC Jimmy. She kept her shining hazel eyes turned to Hayden. She absolutely loved watching his profile. There was something about the strong angle of his jaw line, the slight cleft in his chin and the tiny pockmark in his otherwise perfect nose that she simply could not resist. A soft giggle raced past her lips when she saw him shove a wayward swatch of blond hair from his forehead and check the GPS for the millionth time. “Are we there yet?”
“Just about—I think. And if you ask me that one more time, there will be no s’mores for you tonight, young lady.”
With his laughter still ringing through the interior of the truck, Carolynn groaned. “Argh, you sound just like my dad. Please promise me that you will not turn into him once we have kids.”
“Hey, I like your old man.”
“Me, too, now that I’m an adult. But… Hey, what are you doing?” The suddenness of Hayden’s braking threw Carolynn’s feet out to the floor as boxes and bags tumbled in the backseat.
“This it is. See? There’s the sign I’ve been watching for.”
Carolynn’s gaze turned to where Hayden pointed. Amongst a stand of overgrown pine trees stood a chipped sign, Pine Grove Campground. “That’s the right name anyway. They should get out here with a chainsaw or something and a can of paint though, you can barely see it.”
Hayden spun the steering wheel and angled into the rutted driveway. “Let the adventure begin.”
It wasn’t just the sign by the road that had a neglected air about it. The driveway had definitely seen better days. At one point, the Jimmy lurched into a pothole so deep the undercarriage of the truck scraped along the dirt. As they rounded a wind-bent old pine, they came to what passed for the entrance gate. A split-rail fence ran out into the trees on both sides of the road. A rusty old chain hung limply between the fence end posts with a sign attached. Please visit office upon arrival.
Carolynn slipped her running shoes on and tied them without looking—she was much too busy looking around at the strangely quiet surroundings. Now that the engine of the truck was switched off, the quietness seemed almost deafening. Not even the call of a bird in the distance wafted through the open windows. “Hayden, are you sure this is the right place?”
“It has to be. I typed the address into the GPS and it led us right here, plus you saw the sign yourself and the guy on the phone gave pretty damned precise directions. We’re a bit later than I thought we would be. Maybe they figured we’d changed our minds and left for the day, it doesn’t look like they’re run off their feet by campers.”