Colorado Promise (A Sample) (Chapter 3, page 2 of 10)


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She politely greeted her father and brother, but they hardly acknowledged her presence. That left her free to go speak to Lynette, leaving behind her mother, who was fretting in her usual way-now worrying over which seats they'd been assigned and whether the sleeper cars would be roomy enough.

"Hello, Lynette," Emma said, noting her sister-in-law looked terribly pale. Was she ill? Emma felt a stab of guilt. Maybe moving west to drier air and cooler summer temperatures would be beneficial for Lynette's health. Although Emma was certain that was not the primary reason for the whole family to move to Colorado Territory-not by any means-it encouraged her to see their concern over Lynette's well-being.

"Emma." Lynette smiled and reached out with her white-gloved hands, clasping Emma's lace ones. Emma admired the lovely travel hat Lynette sported-a pale gray felt trimmed with ribbon that bordered her pretty heart-shaped face. She wore a smart lightweight gray travel suit with a ruffle-trimmed white blouse. Lynette always made simple fashion look elegant, although the pale gray color only emphasized the wan tone of her skin.

"I'm hoping we can spend some time together on the train," Emma said, "and perhaps we can sneak off and have tea in the dining car. I feel like we've had so little opportunity to visit with each other." Emma had taken many short trips on trains, but this would be the first time she would actually sleep on one-and for many days. She worried how unpleasant they might all feel-and smell-after so much time without a proper bath. Well, a few days was surely manageable.

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