Beneath the Surface
Secrets In Oak Creek Book 2
by B.K. Stubblefield
Genre: Mystery, Romance
“He clutched his head in his hands. His shoulders shook, but no sound came. Minutes stretched, interrupted only by the pop of burning wood.”
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The idea excited him. “We can make arrangements – call the airline, book the hotel. Right now. Let’s do it,” he urged, recalling she’d envied him for the many locations he’d been too. “Wow!” As she leaned back, her eyes shone with delight. “I’d love to, but I can’t.” Disappointment extinguished the excitement. “Why not?” He tensed. Was she rejecting him? “Firstly, you’ll be working.” “There’s that.” His sigh traveled across her cheek on a warm breath. “But you can relax, chill, hang out at the beach, by the pool – do whatever you want,” he injected before she could say any more. “And when I’m finished for the day…” Thumbs traced along chiseled cheekbones, as he cradled her head. “Close your eyes… picture it!” A whispered instruction. “We’ll soak up the sun while it’s crappy weather here at home.” A murmur in a low voice. “Hmm. Tempting.” “We will have time to play. You and me. Keep your eyes closed, Emmy.” A reminder issued when lashes fluttered. “Imagine wading together into the bright turquoise of the Caribbean waters. Can you sense the warm, gentle waves rolling against you, lifting you, gliding all around you?” Words, spoken on breath light as feathers. “Hmm.” Molten lava sped through his veins when his arms circled her waist, pressed her frame against his. Trailing kisses along her slender neck, he grazed her lobe, whispered into her ear. “Think of me holding you, like this, in the warm cocoon of the sea. Not moving, just staying, the gentle water stroking, rocking your body against mine.” The touch of his hand against the small of her back increased, drawing her closer. “Can you feel it?” His voice was a raspy whisper as their hips join in a tantalizing slow and lazy rhythm of imaginary waves. “Hmm, such a dirty mind!”
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On impulse, she turns the car around and follows the now familiar lane, curious to take another look. As she slows down, Emily surveys the farmlands on either side of the small country road. She deeply inhales the smell of corn bouncing weightlessly on the warm breeze. A childhood memory floats into awareness, taking her back to when she loved running through endless rows of corn. She remembers when she would stop running and then stand quietly between the rows—not moving, just listening. On some days, the warm wind would whisper her name, beckoning her mind to float to enchanted places in far-away, mystical lands. She recalls the tingling of her spine when the wind rustles the stalks around her, telling a different story. With her heart hammering fast, she can barely catch her breath. Her feet are rooted to the ground, imagining the rows parting for a faceless shadow that is coming for her. When the spell finally breaks, and fear releases its icy grip, she runs, pumping her legs until she emerges unscathed from the field of corn, feeling safe once again. Emily smiles at the memory of her childish games as her gaze sweeps the seemingly endless stretching cornfield that is adjoining the property she sees. She slowly pulls her car to the shoulder and stops where she can view the home between the massive trees in front. Turning off the engine, she sits and watches the home for a few minutes. You would have been a beauty once, she thinks along with a twinge of nostalgia. Today, she can clearly see how it may have looked before, her gloomy feelings from just a few days ago replaced with visions of happier times. Windows now boarded up would have gleamed in the early afternoon sun, white wicker furniture on the front porch inviting visitors to sit a while. Lush green Boston ferns in ornate urns would flank the solid oak front door while children played a game of chase with a cute black and white dog. Yes, definitely a dog, she decides. As if pulled by unseen strings, Emily opens her door and steps out onto the road. Just a quick look, a little bit closer. She hesitantly walks toward the overgrown gravel drive. She tentatively steps on the drive, and the house comes into view from its side angle. A couple of steps lead up to what appears to be a service entrance. She heads to the front yard where the front porch is badly sagging, barely held up by the once stately Doric columns. A whiff of musty, stale air assaults her nostrils. Disgusted, she turns away from the crumbling facade. Abandoned, apparently a long time ago—what a pity! As she turns away, Emily is keenly aware of the eerie stillness around her. Just as the wind in the cornfield softly sighed such a long time ago, the old house seems to reach out, whispering an invitation to explore its long-forgotten interior. Emily hesitantly steps up two concrete steps, halting on the small landing of the side entrance. “Hello!” she calls out as she knocks on the door, cocking her head, listening closely. She doesn’t expect anyone to answer, but still. “Hello? Is anyone here?” she repeats. Ignoring her gut’s warnings that she has no business being here, she knocks a second time—and almost jumps as the door opens a small way, rusty hinges shrieking loudly, interrupting the quiet. Her pulse races as she pushes her hand lightly against the door. She leans forward, glancing around the interior and is immediately assaulted by the same musty smell she had noticed earlier, only stronger.
B.K. Stubblefield is a new writer with a passion for animal rescue. After adopting her new dog Harper, she was quickly overwhelmed with the challenges of raising a "puppy on steroids". Together with her close friend, Debra Wagner, she published 'Rescued: A Tale of Two Dogs', two nonfiction tales of love, patience and commitment.
In an effort to help bring awareness to animal neglect and abuse in our own neighborhoods, B.K. Stubblefield shares several short stories of animals brought out of the shadows and into the light of love in her second book "Rescued: Out of The Shadows."
Fictional short stories and memory books/journals continue to carry the theme of dog rescue.
B.K. Stubblefield is also a contributing author to "Be Their Voice: An Anthology for Rescue, Volume I & II
Her debut novel, 'Secrets in Oak Creek', a mystery/romance, was published in November 2017.
Born and raised in Germany, the author has spent many years supporting her husband's military career. Moving between Europe and the United States, she now makes her home in the small rural town of Elizabethtown, Kentucky where she enjoys the slower pace of small town living. Early morning weekend walks with her dog Harper are among her favorite activities.
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