Cerridwen Obrey is a witch, but that doesn't mean she knows much about other paranormals, despite the fact her small town is full of warlocks, werewolves, vampires, and other assorted creatures of the night.
When a chance encounter with a handsome hunk of a werewolf leaves her pregnant, Cerri doesn't expect anything from the man she never planned to see again. Her child needs a father, and she turns to her friends for help.
A lone wolf with a rough past, Kade's far from ready to be a father. But when a one-night stand turns into a chance at the family he's never had, he realizes Cerri may be exactly what he needs to make his life complete. But will he be too late?
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One Magickal Moment (Silver Falls 1)
Jessica Coulter Smith
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Copyright ©2012 Jessica Coulter Smith
The first things she noticed were the wolf prints around the house. It looked like the wolf from last night had circled her home several times before running off into the woods that backed up to her property.
A shiver shook her and she hurried to her car, tossed the bag into the passenger seat and slid behind the wheel. When she started the car, she cranked the heat up as high as she could. Backing down the driveway, she pulled onto the street and drove as fast as the weather would allow. On the off chance her nightly visitor returned, Cerri decided to make an extra stop along the way, hoping the police department would be able to help her, or least tell her who could.
* * *
Inside the station, Cerri stomped her feet, hoping to get her blood flowing again. She hated cold weather with a passion and often wondered why she'd left California.
"May I help you?" the police chief asked.
"I hope so. A wolf was prowling around my house last night."
Chief Sanders rubbed his chin. "There's a new wildlife rescue on the Eastern edge of town. Kade Innes runs the place. He might be able to help you."
"Thanks, Chief Sanders. I really appreciate it," she said with a smile.
"No problem. Be careful driving in this weather."
Cerri hurried to her car, glaring at the evil snow. Tildy's house was on the way to the wildlife rescue place so she could drop off her package along the way. She only hoped Mr. Innes would help her. The thought of that wolf hanging around her house terrified her. Between that and the bold way it had stared her down, she knew she would be uneasy until it was captured or run out of town.
* * *
Knocking on Tildy's door, she waited impatiently for the woman to answer.
"Tildy," she called through the closed door, "I'm freezing my ass off out here! Open the door!"
The door jerked open, and the raven-haired woman glared at her. "If you had called to tell me you were coming, I would have had the door unlocked for you."
"Well excuse the hell out of me. I got your stuff ready last night and figured you would want it."
Tildy sighed and motioned her inside. "You're right. I'm sorry for being snippy. I met a guy last night over at the Golden Lantern, and I'm a little out of sorts. Well, met isn't really the word since I already knew him... He seemed really nice, but then, after we danced for almost an hour, he turned into a complete jerk. It wasn't like I was asking to marry him or something! You should have seen him running for the hills."
"I'm sorry, Tildy. Who was it?"
Cerri's eyes bugged out of her head. Logan was one of the hottest guys in their tiny town of Silver Falls. Tall, broad shouldered, blond haired and blue eyed, he looked like a Norse God, and judging from his to die for accent, he was actually from Norway. More than one woman had fallen over themselves trying to get his attention. You'd have to be dead not to notice Logan. Even the married ladies paid attention when he walked into a room.
"You danced with Logan? I may be new to town, but even I know Logan never notices anyone. How did you manage to hold his attention for an hour?"
"I don't know, but I'm royally pissed at the way he treated me afterward."
Cerri patted Tildy's arm. "I'm sorry it didn't turn out the way you hoped. Burn some of your favorite incense and you'll feel better."
Tildy smiled and hugged her. "Thanks, Cerri. I should have known not to set my sights on Logan. He's the most unattainable man in town. Let me get my purse and I'll pay you for the order."
She walked over to the coffee table and picked up her purse, digging around for a few minutes until she found her wallet. With a triumphant "aha!" she pulled it out and took out the cash.
"Here ya go. Twenty dollars per usual," she said, handing it to Cerri.
"Thanks, Tildy. Let me know when you run out."
"Will do. Now if you don't mind, I think I'll get back to my 'I hate Logan Regin' mantra. I know it probably isn't fair, but it's better to believe it's him and not me."
Cerri shook her head. "Good luck with that. I'll let myself out."
* * *
Fifteen minutes later, Cerri pulled up outside of the Silver Falls Wildlife Rescue building. She saw several pens and two barns nearby and figured that was where they kept the animals. For a place that housed furry critters of all shapes and sizes, it was eerily silent.
She stepped out of the car and practically ran to the porch. Flinging open the door, she rushed inside and slammed it shut. Shivering, she stomped the snow from her feet.
Looking around, she didn't see anyone, but there was a bell on the counter. She smacked her hand down on it several times before a man appeared from the back room.
"May I help you?" he asked in a voice that wrapped around her like warm velvet.
"Uh, yeah. I heard you might be able to help me with my wolf problem."
"Your wolf?" he asked.
"Well, not exactly mine, but one is hanging around my house. Do you have a way of trapping it?"
"Why would you want to do that?"
"It circled my house last night and I heard it howling. I was so scared I literally cowered under my covers like a three year old."
He rubbed a hand against his five o'clock shadow and studied her. "You do realize that wolves won't hurt you, don't you?"
"I don't care, I just want it gone. It's freaking me out."
"I tell you what. I'll stop by late tonight and check it out. If I see the wolf, I'll try to capture it for you, but it's doubtful I'll be able to get a look at it. They tend to be shy creatures."
Cerri laughed. "Trust me, there is nothing shy about this one. He stared me down last night. He's brave and bold. A dangerous combination in a wild animal."
Kade grinned. "Give me your address and I'll see what I can do for you."
"Thanks. I'll sleep better knowing you're at least going to try and catch it."
Cerri scribbled her address down on a piece of paper and as an afterthought added her phone number. When he lifted one dark eyebrow, she blushed.
"If you catch it, I'd appreciate it if you'd call and let me know. I'll be a nervous wreck every time I leave my house until then."
He nodded, his lips twitching as if he wanted to smile, and yet he held himself back for some reason.
Cerri gave him one last smile before leaving.