Brock opened his eyes and was surprised to see Donald standing near his bed, holding the hand of a boy in each of his. Carter stood behind him with Penny in his arms.
“They wanted to see you.”
Abey approached the bed very slowly. “Does it hurt?”
“Yes. Sometimes. But it will get better.” Brock raised the back of his bed. “I got your pictures.” He pointed to where they sat on his tray. “They’re beautiful.”
“Will you get better?” Alex asked as he came to stand next to Abey.
“Yes. My shoulder has been fixed, and I’ll have to wait for it to heal.” He carefully took their hands in turn.
“Can we have more animal crackers?” Abey asked.
“Yes. I saw your Uncle Vincent yesterday and he said that he would get you some.” Brock was so happy, and when his mother and father came in the room, he made introductions.
His mother practically fell over herself when she realized who Penny and Abey were. She sat in the chair, talking quietly with Abey until he crawled onto her lap. It was so perfect. His mother was, above all, a woman with a huge heart, and that was exactly what both kids needed.
Penny stayed in Carter’s arms, but she did smile at him, and when it was time to go, she waved shyly. The hospital setting must have made her nervous. Abey slipped off Brock’s mother’s lap and came to the bed. Brock gave him a one-armed hug and did the same with Alex. Then, after saying good-bye, Donald and Carter left.
“That was so sweet.”
“Can you imagine finding those kids in the trunk of a car?” Brock tried to keep the emotion out of his voice, but failed miserably.
“That’s why I always thought you… that being a cop is….”
“What, Mom? Something left to someone else? I like to think I’m a good cop, and those kids needed my help. I was the one who got to them and did my best to keep them calm and look after them. I got to hold their hands and saw the fear in their eyes and tried to soothe it away. Yes, I nearly broke down in tears when I found them. No one should be treated that way by the person who is supposed to love them the most. I was lucky I had the two of you.”
“I’m scared,” his mother admitted, which was a big thing for her. Brock couldn’t remember her admitting being scared of anything. “Look what happened to you already.”
“I know. And believe me, I thought that maybe I’d made a mistake when I found those kids. That maybe I wasn’t cut out for this job. But I am. I think it’s because what I saw affected me, and that’s going to make me a good police officer. And being shot… yeah, it’s no picnic, but it’s a potential part of the job.” God, he hoped it didn’t happen again.
A tapping sound drew his attention to the door, where Kip and Aaron stood. They entered and stood side by side at the foot of the bed, looking every bit the officers they were. Even his mother was impressed, judging by her silence, and not much quieted his mom.
Title: Fire and Hail
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Carlisle Cops #5
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Jan 16 2017
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
Brock Ferguson knew he might run into his ex-boyfriend, Vincent Geraldini, when he took his first job as a police officer in Carlisle. Vincent’s attitude during a routine traffic stop reminds Brock why their relationship didn’t last.
What Brock doesn’t expect is finding two scared children in the trunk of a Corvette. He’s also surprised to learn the kids’ mother is Vincent’s sister. But his immediate concern is the safety of the two children, Abey and Penny, and he offers to comfort and care for them when their mother is taken into custody.
Vincent is also shocked to learn what his sister has done. For the sake of the kids, he and Brock bury the hatchet—and soon find they have much more in common than they realized. With Abey and Penny’s help, they grow closer, until the four of them start to feel like a family. But Vincent’s sister and her boyfriend—an equal-opportunity jerk—could tear down everything they’re trying to build.
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