Finding Us (Pine Valley Book 5)

By: Heather B. Moore


She took the billionaire book out of the bookshop sack. “Wow, this looks good,” she teased. She set the book on the living room coffee table. Then she looked through the grocery bag. “So, what’s wrong with my car?”

“The oil is really low,” Leo said. “I’m hoping that’s the only problem.”

“Can I help with something?”

“You can turn on the garage light.”

“Okay, I’ll try . . .” she teased.

He liked seeing the light coming back into her eyes.

“Lead the way, Ms. Miner.”

She smiled, and they walked outside together, General coming along. Felicity opened the garage and flipped on the light. “There.” She put her hands on her hips. “Let’s see you do your magic.”

Leo opened the door of the car and popped the hood. It didn’t take him long to pour in the oil, and when he checked it again, it had risen to normal level.

“Okay, try starting the car,” he said.

Felicity went back into the house and got her keys. When she came out, she climbed into the driver’s seat. The engine turned over and started.

Leo opened the back door and let General in, then Leo slipped into the passenger seat. “Let’s drive it around a little, to make sure it’s all right.”

Felicity backed out of the driveway, then pulled onto the street. “The oil light says 40%, so I don’t get why the oil is so low.”

Leo reached across and pushed the button to read the mileage. “You’re over 200,000 miles, so you need to add oil between oil changes.”

She shook her head. “I feel like an idiot.”

Leo chuckled. “Now you won’t have to freeze anymore.”

Felicity flashed him a smile. “I thought you liked picking me up.”

“I do.”

“Guess what? I saw a picture of my mom today for the first time.”

Leo stared at her, gauging her reaction. “Really? What does she look like?”

She shrugged. “A little like me, I guess. I’ll show you back at the house.”

Once they pulled into the garage, Felicity turned off the car and took her cell out of her pocket. She showed Leo a series of pictures of a teenage girl. There was definitely a resemblance between Felicity and the girl in the pictures.

“I’ll bet it’s surreal to see her,” he said in a quiet voice, scrolling through the pictures more than once.

From the back seat General whined.

“He wants to see them too,” Leo said.

“No, I think he likes riding in the car,” Felicity said.

“You’re probably right.” Leo handed the phone back to her. “Are you doing okay?”

“Better than I thought I’d be,” she said. “Having you, and Livvy, to talk to has helped a lot.” She turned her gaze on him, and he wanted to reach for her hand, but he didn’t.

“Thanks, Leo, for everything,” she said. “I mean, you’re here again tonight, fixing my car. Don’t you have a life?”

He chuckled. “I do have a life. Right here. If you’ll let me.”

Felicity leaned her head against the headrest, still looking at him. “I don’t have any answers. I’m still messed up, so I’m afraid I have to plead the fifth, Officer Russo.”

“That’s okay, for now,” he said. “Just remember one thing about relationships. It’s between two people, not anyone else. Not my family, not yours, but between us.” He slid his hand over hers, and she turned her palm up so that their fingers interlocked. “This isn’t so bad, is it?”

She tightened her fingers around his. “No.”

Her voice was a whisper, and he could swear his heartbeat was audible in the small space of the car. He wanted to pull her into his arms and kiss her, but he didn’t want to scare her away. He could see the indecision in her eyes, so he gently pulled away his hand, then leaned close to kiss her cheek. He heard her intake of air, but she didn’t move.

“I’ll call you tomorrow, Felicity,” he said. “Take care.”

She nodded, and he wanted to stay longer, but he knew he should go . . . to give her space.

“See you, General.” He stepped out of her car and strolled to his own.

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