In this excerpt from In Her Company, Indie and her harem are stuck inside the quarantine, fighting for survival. They found a cafe, but the chef refused to serve them.
“We just want breakfast.” Indie stepped forward. “A donut or a muffin. Even a box of cereal to share would be enough.”
Cody spotted the door to the pantry standing slightly ajar. As you wish, doc. He slipped inside while the others argued and pleaded. The place had been picked nearly bare, but he managed to find a bag of powdered mini donuts, a muffin wrapped in plastic, and a box of Lucky Charms. He grabbed a bag of ground coffee, knowing genius Eli would find a way to make a percolator. The café had gone quiet, and Cody peeked through the gap in the pantry door. Austin and Indie walked by, followed by Jack and Eli. Cody stepped out and blended in with the camouflage-wearing group like he’d been there all along.
Austin stomped down the stairs. “Is it worth the trouble to search the rest of the building?”
Eli shook his head. “I only saw one restaurant on the directory.”
They spilled out of the stairwell into the lobby, gathering around Indie as had become their custom. “Options,” Austin snapped, the snarl on his face revealing he was fresh out of ideas.
Cody pulled the box of cereal from his backpack. “Let’s eat.” He handed the box to Austin then presented the muffin to Indie. “As ordered, doc.”
She gasped. “Did you steal this for me?”
“I’d do a lot worse for you, Indie.”
She smiled and her fingertips brushed his scruffy cheek. He closed his eyes, and his lips found hers, sweet and soft, and oh-so melty good. Just like he’d imagined she’d feel. Her hand slid into his hair, and he slipped an arm around her waist, her warm body curving into his. Lord, how he’d love to sink into this woman. Slow, hot, and simmering.
“Ahem.” Jack cleared his throat. “Gonna share that with the rest of us?”
Cody pushed back and blinked. Jack eyed the muffin.
“Oh.” His face heated. Shit, am I blushing? “I’ve only got one muffin, but I nabbed a whole bag of donuts.” He pulled them out of his pack.
“I’m not going to ask how you acquired those, Sergeant.” Austin stuffed a whole donut in his mouth. “Well done.”
“And I’m hoping you can work your magic with this.” Cody handed the coffee to Eli.
Eli’s eyes lit up. “I need water, heat, and a pot.”
“Go,” Austin ordered.
Jack and Cody searched nearby empty offices and brought back a coffee maker, a bottle of water, and five mugs. They sat down in the lobby chairs and shared their contraband food and invigorating coffee.
“All right.” Austin polished off his coffee and stood. “We’ll go to the hospital and kick this virus’ ass.”
“Yeehaw!” Cody raised his mug.
Jack scowled at him. “We’re not in Texas.”
“Sorry. Felt like a yeehaw moment.”
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