What can be harder to resist than a smoking hot ranger patrolling the mountains? Two!
“You’ll coming back to camp with us,” Chambers stated in a no-nonsense tone.
“I will?” My eyes widened as I looked at him.
“She will?” Kendal parroted.
“She can’t go back to town and she can’t stay here. She’ll be safe with us,” the taller one, Chambers, said to his partner and then turned back to me. “Where’s your gun? You can’t leave it here, just in case.”
“It’s in the bedroom, but—”
Chambers didn’t wait for me to continue my protest, brushing past me and into the bedroom. “Where?” He called out from the other room.
“What do you need?” Kendal asked.
I frowned. If they thought I was going to their camp, then they had another thing coming. I didn’t even know them! “Nothing. I’m not going.”
“Never mind, I found it.” Chambers called from the bedroom a moment before reappearing, my revolver in hand.
This was all going so quickly, my mind was having a hard time keeping up and processing the information.
“Look,” Kendal said to me, drawing my attention back to him. “Either you leave of your own free will, or I make you leave. Your choice.”
Fisting my hands and planting them on my hips I shook my head, giving him the sternest look, I could muster. “Not going to happen.”
“Last chance. Your choice.” He met my gaze with a challenge of his own.
We stared at each other for a long moment. His eyes were a piercing blue and they shook me to my core, but I refused to allow him to sway me. I couldn’t back down. I’d be fine.
He broke our heated stare and I gave a sigh of relief. I’d won.
“Good enough,” he said. Without giving me a chance to react, he stepped forward, bent and scooped me up and tossed me over his shoulder as if I were a sack of potatoes. I squealed, unsure of what to do. Despite being short, I wasn’t a small woman by any sense, so I’d never had someone pick me up so effortlessly.
With my torso draped over his shoulder my hair fell over my face, blocking my view of his partner. All I could see was his magnificent ass, just below my face. Grabbing my hair, I put it up into a ponytail using a hairband I always kept on my wrist in case of a hair emergency and then looked up. Chambers was looking at us with an amused grin on his face.
“What do you think is so funny?” I demanded.
Giving his head a shake, the smile disappeared from his lips. “What do you need?”
“You can’t take everything and you’ve got two minutes to decide what is important or I choose for you.”
Damn them! “You can’t just do this; I have rights!”
“And we have an obligation to your safety. Our obligation trumps your rights.”
“This is kidnapping!”
“I’ve heard enough. She’s going with the clothes on her back.” Kendal spun around, making me yelp with dizziness as the world quickly rotated, and he proceeded to make his way to the open doorway.
They were serious! Shit! “My computer! My laptop! I need it. And clothes! And toiletries. And make-up.”
“Okay. Computer I can do.”
I strained to watch Kendal grab my laptop and stuff it into the case, but we disappeared out into the cold before I could see what else he was grabbing for me. “If you put me down I can go get my stuff.”
“No can do, ma’am,” game the gruff reply. “You had your chance. You wanted the hard way.”
“This is silly.” I lifted my head again and got slapped in the face with snow and a bitter wind. Immediately I lowered my face and pressed it against his broad, muscular back.
“Didn’t have to be,” came the curt reply. Opening the back door of the truck they’d driven here in, he unceremoniously tossed me into the back of the cab. I scrambled to sit upright and regain a little bit of my dignity.
“It would be faster…”
“Watch your feet.” He grabbed my legs and cleared my feet from the open doorway, closing the door, shielding me from the blistering storm.