"Lance, I have inherited a business
out in Oregon, but I have to be married in order to claim it. So I
need to know if you will marry me."
His frown deepened. "What sort of business,
"I don't know what kind yet, but it
doesn't matter. It will be mine."
He gave her a long look. "And mine,"
he pointed out, "if we get married."
"Oh. Yes, I suppose so."
He pinned her with penetrating blue
eyes. "You really want to go to Oregon? I hear it's a pretty wild
frontier out there."
"Yes, I most certainly do."
He planted himself in front of her and stuffed both hands in the back
pockets of his jeans. She waited, holding her breath until she thought
she might pop.
Finally, finally, his lips opened.
"The answer is No."
"Marianne, I guess you didn't hear
me. I said No."
She stared up at him for a full minute.
"Well," she said, her voice quiet, "in that case I have something
to show you that may change your mind."