Mac isn't surprised at Annie's reaction when he tells her he doesn't want to consummate
their marriage yet. He expected it, but he has plans to wait until they arrive at the MacDermot Castle. His cousins, Kade and Aidan, have the honeymoon suite ready for them.
But, plans often go awry. The MacDermot keep has been haunted for years and when Annie
goes missing Mac fears he may never see her alive again.
Annie's screams for Mac's help go unanswered. She has no other choice than to follow the
strange man's voice as he leads her down a dark secret passageway. He claims to need her help to keep a promise he made years ago. Will Annie survive to deliver the message this
seemingly kind voice wants his descendants to hear?
Annie finished washing her hair and stepped out of the shower. She decided to forego the blow dryer and most of her makeup as they were planning to lounge around the bed and breakfast today. Wrapped in her towel, she stood and took in the room. It was so wonderful to be here; she walked about, her hands tracing the stone walls as though she wanted to absorb everything and take it home with her. Dropping her towel to the floor, she pressed her back against the cool wall.
Soak in this place, the school, and the carriage house; it will be a long time before ye are here again. Take in everythin’. Find and remember my words.
It wasn’t quite an audible voice but as clear in her mind as though it had been and a chill came over her. She walked to the fire long grown cold. What was going on? Why would she have such a thought—one that didn’t make sense. What school and carriage house? Stepping up on the hearth, she studied the pictures of Mac’s ancestors, brave warriors all. One in particular drew her in, a picture of a handsome man in a kilt, his lovely bride standing beside him. She was beautiful and the MacDermot beside her could have been Mac’s twin. Slowly turning the frame over she read the names on the back—Ian and Sarah MacDermot.
Find and remember my words. Ye must do this or I’ll no be set free.
While spoken in a near whisper, this time the voice was clear as day. She heard him and she had to tell Mac his beloved keep was haunted. He probably wouldn’t believe her but she knew what she heard.
“What words do I need to find? How will I remember them?” Annie asked aloud in wonder, never expecting an answer.
I will lead ye. I will no harm ye. Ye must no be afraid.
A long shiver went down her spine; this was getting scary. Running quickly around the foot of the bed, she was planning to get her jeans and sweater from the wardrobe and get to the kitchen. She didn’t know Mac wasn’t wearing his boots until they tipped over directly in front of her. She tripped over them and went sailing toward the wall. As in an out of body experience, suddenly she could see herself in slow motion, raising her hands to cushion the blow to her face she saw coming before it happened. She was moving, the wall was turning and she was turning with it. As her naked body slid down the jagged rock, the last thing she remembered was the sunlight fading into total darkness.
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