Dark Angel II, 47

Maggie opened her eyes to sunlight streaming through the bedroom window. It took her a second or two to get her bearings. Not her bedroom. This was Lucy’s shack. Frank was in the bedroom across the passage. And they had planned to watch the sunrise from the sea, as it rose over the sand-hills. She squinted at the window. Obviously too late for that now, but a swim before breakfast would be nice.

She slipped out of bed, got into her bathers then padded to the door and looked across the passage, to Frank’s room. The door was open, the bed made. Frank had not slept in. Had no trouble getting to sleep, apparently. They’d never slept under the same roof. It had kept her awake until well after midnight.

Towel over her shoulder, she stepped into the passage, stopped and went back into the room. Slipped a summer dress over her bathers.

The track down to the beach was through the dunes. She followed Frank’s footprints, step by step, matching his stride over cool sand and then damp. A turquoise sea with white-capped waves rolling in stretched out before her. Frank was swimming out, unaware that she was there. Maggie hesitated, the hem and skirt of her dress grasped in her hands. Then she let the fabric go and sat on the sand, watching him. She would let him enjoy his swim.

When he turned and saw her he waved and she waved back. When he got to shore and walked out of the water in his bathing shorts she realized that she’d never seen his body. He looked vulnerable and that made her feel protective.

“You’re up,” he smiled.

“Did you see the sunrise?” she asked.

Frank nodded. “I was going to wake you but you were so sound asleep …..”

“What? Snoring?”

“No,” Frank smiled. “Coming in for a swim? The water’s wonderful.”

“Later. Right now I need a coffee.” Frank was the innocent, Maggie realized. She had to protect him.

chapter 48

Dark Angel Returns

South Beach, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Dark Angel II, 47

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