MAKING CHRISTMAS by Lizzie T Leaf
Dr. Tom Kent knows the safest place for the woman is working by his side. Their constant interaction has him wanting more than is smart, considering their division of philosophy. His determination to keep her safe is hindered by Major Henry Ash’s decision that the young prisoner would make an excellent aide. And close exposure to the commander could put her in danger of discovery.
Will Callie be able to set aside her dislike of Yankees to make Christmas for the enemy and especially for the man she’s come to love?
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“Cal, why don’t I check the bandage on your shoulder while things are quiet?” Tom closed the tent flap behind him when he entered. “How does it feel?”
“Not much pain, just a little tender.” Callie unbuttoned the shirt Tom had given her and dropped one shoulder down to give him access to the bandage. He worked quickly, removing the old one and replacing it with a smaller piece of muslin which he secured by tying another strip around it.
“The looseness of the shirt hides your breasts for now, but I think when we have more time available, we’d better bind them again.”
Callie didn’t miss the doctor’s attempt not to glance lower.
No way would she add to what seemed a constant state of embarrassment by letting him bind her breasts. She’d done it before and she could take care of it now. “I can do it if you just give a piece of cloth.” His gaze feasting on her nude chest was the last thing she needed.
“I’ll give you time alone this evening, then. It may be difficult to accomplish by yourself with the shoulder, but if you want to give it a try that’s fine with me.” Tom hastily gathered the remaining bandages and put them back in the trunk where he kept such supplies.
“What’s going to happen to me now that I’m on the mend?”
His back tensed before Tom slowly turned to face her. “I’ve thought about that and think it’s best if you remain with me. Given the circumstances, putting you in with the other prisoners isn’t a good idea. Besides, given what the men perceive as your circumstances, it would probably create discomfort for the rest of troops.”
This time, Tom flushed. “They are under the impression that you have lost your man parts.”
“I what?” Then it dawned on her…”Oh.”
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