Chapter 2.97



A familiar, amused voice floated over to me from the doorway, “If you’re not careful, you’re going to miss our trip.”


I looked up in surprise from my computer screen to see Parker standing just inside my office. My office. It still felt funny to say. So much had changed in the few years since my story over the deputy mayor. When I’d started my investigation, I’d never imagined that I’d uncover such a dark secret. Honestly, I wished I didn’t know some of the things I did, but I couldn’t say I was disappointed with the outcome. The former deputy mayor was now in prison, and I’d finally gotten real recognition at the Willow Creek Journal.

More than I’d expected, actually. I’d gotten a promotion – one that came with a small, but nonetheless private, office. I was even being given stories that sent me out of town to Oasis Springs, Newcrest, and even Riverview.


I shook myself out of my thoughts and quickly saved my latest article and shut my computer down. “Parker, what are you doing here? Am I late?” I quickly checked the time on my watch; it was only five after five. Okay, I had planned to sneak out early today…

He smiled and walked over to me. “Not yet, but I know how time gets away from you. I thought I’d give you a ride home.”


I laughed softly and leaned up to kiss him. “You mean you thought you’d come and keep me on schedule.”

“Darn, you’ve seen right through me.”

“As it happens, you’re probably right,” I admitted. “I was in the zone.”


“Well,” Parker said as we left my office. “now you had best get in the zone of relaxation. We’ll take the twerp over to your mom’s and then we’re off to Granite Falls for the weekend.”

“And I’m looking forward to it,” I assured him. Although, I still didn’t love leaving Caleb for more than a night. This would be the first time I’d left him with Mom and Carter for more than that.


As usual, Parker seemed to be able to read my mind. “He’ll be fine, baby. Caleb loves being with his grandparents.”

I sighed. “I know. And he’s more than old enough.” Could my son really already be ten years old? Where had the time gone?


I smiled up at Parker. “Let’s get going. You promised me that the cabin had a hot tub.”


I sighed happily and snuggled into Parker’s side. “This is fabulous. I wish I could get one of these at home.”

Parker chuckled softly. “Yeah, I don’t think you could fit a hot tub in that apartment.”

“Maybe Paula would give up her living room for a Jacuzzi room?”


He snorted. “I’d like to be there when you bring that up.”

I couldn’t hold in a giggle. “I don’t know. If I got her in one, she might just go for it.”

Beside me, Parker shuddered. “Please, don’t make me imagine Paula Burgess in a bathing suit.”


I laughed and splashed him. “You’re feeling very silly today.”


Parker leaned over and kissed me. “Mmm, I’m feeling something, but I don’t think it’s silly.” His hand crept up my thigh beneath the water.


I flushed deeply. “Parker, what if someone sees?” Despite my protest, I didn’t actually try to stop his wandering fingers.

“The nearest campsite is on the other side of the woods,” Parker said in a sensual voice that never failed to make me tingle.


In a quick motion, he pulled me over to straddle him. For a brief instant, I thought about protesting again. But then I gave a mental shrug – and went with it.


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14 Responses to Chapter 2.97

  1. cshaner says:

    Ooooh so glad Nora is finally able to be the woman she really can be. Explore herself and her partner and the range of feelings that go along with that.

    This was an incredibly sexy chapter and I’m such an elegant way to catch us up a bit with the time jumps from each characters PoV 😉

    Nice job and go Nora!! Haha ♥️

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  2. azzywoods says:

    Nora’s grown so much since she was the scared pregnant sixteen year old. So glad she got the recognition she deserves at the WCJ! I love her and Parker together.

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  3. sonniejj says:

    I LOVE that Nora is letting loose a little! And she looks so good!

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  4. Hailey says:

    Another nooboo for Nora? 😉

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  5. Senna says:

    So one of two things will probably happen to Nora and Parker:

    1. She gets pregnant from this little getaway.
    2. Her baby daddy shows up and makes an ass of himself like he did a few years ago (don’t ask why, I just keep expecting him to show up when things start to go Nora’s way)

    But I’ll just have to keep reading to know for sure. 😛

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  6. Spottydog714 says:

    I’m sure Nora is not going to make the same mistake twice (not that Caleb’s a mistake, he’s wonderful, but I think she’s now smart enough to know that lack of contraception = unplanned baby)

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  7. SpurklyNinja says:

    Aww Parker and Nora ❤

    I remember commenting a while back about how Nora looked older than her mom. It's great to see that being with Parker has made her beautiful, youthful-looking, and, most of all, happy! 🙂

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  8. raerei says:

    Awwww, they are so cute together. And yay for getting the recognition she deserves. I loved how he showed up knowing despite her plans, she’d lose track of time. Shows how well he knows her!

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  9. EmmaLeeXOXO_C says:

    Go NORA go NORA GO. I’m so excited to see her like this!!!!

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  10. theplumbob says:

    Yesss! Goodbye frumpy and sad Nora! Hello successful and confident Nora! This made me so happy!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. ninjapigsims says:

    Yay for Nora! Her confidence, career and relationships have come such a long way. ❤ 🙂

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