Post by slidershal on May 15, 2005 15:31:36 GMT -5
"Relax Riley," he said, and reached for her again, slowly this time. "You just have a little something on your face."
She stayed backed against the door, but didn't move. Her eyes locked on his. Her body still tensed to bolt, she let him rub his thumb over her chin. His smile and his touch were gentle, and she felt herself relaxing in spite of herself. Her heart still pounded, hard enough that she thought he must have been able to hear it. She couldn't believe she'd shown up to dinner with her CO with dirt on her face.
Tiny footsteps caught her attention, coming from the room off to her right.
Eyes wide with more than a little surprise, she looked at the toddler standing in the doorway. She looked back at Carter. "Daddy??" she blurted.
Post by slidershal on May 15, 2005 16:24:03 GMT -5
For a terrified moment, she thought Lizzie was going to go ask her daddy. Instead the little girl just shrugged and said, "I dunno."
Riley breathed a soft sigh of relief. She had to admit that Lizze was adorable. Her mind shifted gears, wondering suddenly where her mother was.
When Carter returned, her attention shifted yet again, listening to him tell Lizzie that she wasn't going to be able to go to the park with the babysitter. She felt bad for Lizzie, seeing her disappointed pout.
Looking at Carter as Lizzie started to walk away, she said, "Maybe after dinner, if its still light, you could take her?"