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Chapter 11

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Huge thank you to the OOT team who helped me whip this bad boy into shape in record time.

The industrial buildings gave way to beachfront. Slowly, the air filled with the chatter of nightlife and music drifting from open windows. All was not lost in the world. Life’s richness had been hidden for too long and people were reaching out for each other again, tentatively grasping moments of joy. But it was not a perfect illusion. Guards still lurked in doorways, and people kept a distance out of habit.

The promenade was quieter than usual, with a strong, cold wind cutting through the night. They slowed to a walk and slipped their hands together without thought. The amusement center’s garish lights flashed in the distance, shimmering off the water inching up the beach.

“You said you hated boats. Are you going to be alright?” Claire leaned into him, trying to capture a bit of his warmth against the growing chill.

His face paled and he grimaced. “It willna be pretty, Sassenach, I’ll not lie. Are ye havin’ second thoughts about dragging me along?”

“Dragging you along? If you so much as hint at becoming a burden, I promise I will toss your green-gilled body into the deep.”

His laugh rumbled low in his chest and he leaned down, brushing the tip of her ear with his lips. “And what would I have to do to convince ye to keep me around?”

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