Behind the Mask

Behind the Mask

His scars run deeper than his skin…

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A groan summoned Russell James Adams to his bedroom, but first, he stopped outside the doorway and donned the mask dangling from his left ear. Despite the stranger’s lack of fever and cough, he wasn’t about to risk exposure to a deadly virus, not when he’d finally found some relative peace in his life.

The woman lay tangled in the blanket he’d draped over her, the mask he’d straightened prior to assessing her condition still in place and her dark hair forming a halo on the white pillow. A flash of lightning illuminated a few silver strands at her temples, much like the gray starting to make an appearance in his own hair.

Forty wasn’t old, even if his body felt like it had aged that many years since the day he’d nearly died.

With another groan, she lifted her hand to her forehead and blinked. “Ouch. What happened? Where am I?”

“A tree fell across the road in front of your car.” The tightness in his neck and shoulders eased somewhat now that she’d regained consciousness…

About Mellanie Szereto      

When her fingers aren’t attached to her keyboard, Mellanie Szereto enjoys hiking, Pilates, cooking, gardening, and researching for her stories. Many times, the research partners with her other hobbies, taking her from the Hocking Hills region in Ohio to the Colorado Rockies and the Adirondacks of New York. Sometimes, the trip is no farther than her garden for ingredients and her kitchen to test recipes for her latest steamy tale. Mellanie makes her home in rural Indiana with her husband of thirty-four years and their son. She greatly appreciates reviews and loves to hear from her readers!