Cat trudged up the stairs, dreading the coming confrontation. She paused outside Ethan’s door and drew in a deep breath. Steeling herself, she gave a hard knock.
“Ethan, we need to talk.”
“Door’s open,” he replied.
She pushed open the door and stepped inside. Ethan was sitting on the edge of the bed. He met her eyes defiantly.
“Want to tell me what you were doing?”
Shrugging a shoulder, he answered, “Couldn’t sleep, so I went for a walk.”
Cat didn’t immediately reply. She weighed her words carefully. “Okay, here’s the deal, I’m responsible for your safety. I can’t keep you safe, if I don’t know where you are.”
“I can take care of myself. I don’t need you to look out for me.”
“I’m sure you’ve been doing a great job. However, the law says, I’m responsible for you. Besides, walking the streets this late at night is dangerous for anybody. It doesn’t matter how old you are,” Cat reasoned. “I know we didn’t get a chance to talk about boundaries and expectations today. We’ll sit down and go over things tomorrow.”
“You aren’t gonna call Stacy and have her come get me?” he asked, a note of surprise in his voice.
Cat shook her head. “No, I want this to work out, Ethan. I think you could be happy here. Why don’t you try to get some sleep? We’ll talk more in the morning.”
As she was closing the door, he said, “Good night, Cat.”
She smiled. “Good night, Ethan. See you in the morning.”
Cat lay awake for another hour. Having Ethan in the house was bringing back a lot of memories she would rather leave buried. She hoped she was doing the right thing by having him there, for him as well as for herself. She briefly thought about calling Stacy and telling her that this had been a mistake. Then she quickly dismissed the idea. Stacy was right. She understood what the boy was going through. She couldn’t quit on him that easily. He needed her and if she was honest with herself, she needed him, too. Her life had been pretty lonely. Like him, she didn’t have anybody to care about what happened her. Maybe, just maybe, they could find a family in each other.
From the author of “Dogs Aren’t Men” comes “To Love a Cat”, a contemporary romance novel.
Catherine “Cat” James’ life is simple and orderly, and she likes it that way. She loves her job as an accountant. Working with numbers is safe and routine, no surprises. Her childhood had been very abusive and unstable. She vowed not to live that way as an adult. She also made a promise to herself to become a foster parent. She wished someone had been there for her as a teenager, to let her know she wasn’t alone.
Cat agrees to foster Ethan Summers, a troubled teenage boy whose childhood closely resembles her own. Suddenly, her nice and orderly life is filled with chaos and uncertainty. Things really start to spin out of control when circumstances bring police detective Mitch Holt into the picture. He’s handsome, charming, and definitely not what Cat needs right now, or so she thinks.
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Genre – Contemporary Romance
Rating – PG
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