Life was supposed to be less complicated here... But it's not working out that way for Regan Flynn. Her new job at the high school came with a difficult boss and an even more difficult twelve-year-old student. And then there's the girl's charming cowboy father, the local horse trainer with a penchant for rescuing damaged creatures.
Will Bishop is doing his best to raise Kylie on his own. But protecting her from the truth just got a lot more difficult with the arrival of the beautiful new teacher. Any future Will and Regan might have together would be burdened by the secret he can't afford to reveal--to anyone.
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August 31, 2007
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Excerpt from The Horseman's Secret by Jeannie Watt
The call Will Bishop had been dreading came at 2:45 in the afternoon, just when he was beginning to think he was home free. As soon as he hung up the phone, he grabbed his hat and headed for the truck. True to form, his daughter Kylie had started junior high with a bang.
Will knew the way to the office by heart--he'd visited the place a time or two during his own scholastic career at Wesley Junior and Senior High. He pulled off his hat and stepped inside.
"Hi, Will." The secretary was the same woman who'd kept him company years ago, only a little grayer now and sitting in front of a computer instead of a typewriter.
"Long time, no see."
"You can go in."
Will wondered how many more times he was going to hear those words over the next few years.
He pushed the door open. Four faces turned his way. Kylie, of course, looking defiant as only Kylie could; Mr. Bernardi, the principal; Pete Domingo, the PE teacher; and a lady he didn't know. "Have a seat, Will."
At least Bernardi had refrained from making any comments about old times. The last thing Will needed was for Kylie to think she was carrying on a family tradition, even if she was.
"This is Miss Flynn," Bernardi said, indicating the dark-haired woman who was now regarding Will with an inquiring expression. "Miss Flynn is Kylie's science and social studies teacher."
Miss Flynn acknowledged the introduction with a nod and a smile that stopped short of her striking green eyes. She seemed cool and professional, exactly the kind of teacher that Kylie--andWill, back in the day--always butted heads with. In fact, Kylie was glaring at her now from under her lashes. Will sensed a long school year ahead.
"Will, Kylie has engaged in some questionable behavior that needs to be addressed immediately." Bernardi sounded as if he was reading from a cue card.
"I see." Will was an old hand at translating teacher speak. He'd heard enough of it over the years. "What did Kylie do that was questionable?"
Mr. Bernardi was about to respond when he was interrupted by Pete Domingo. "Let's let Kylie tell her father what she did."
"Good idea," Bernardi agreed. "Kylie?"
Kylie sent Pete a smoldering look. "I got caught." No kidding. "Caught doing what?"
"Caught smoking after PE," Pete Domingo said, forgetting his intention of letting Kylie fess up.
Kylie nodded slowly. If Will hadn't been so utterly ticked off, he would have noticed his daughter trying to send him a message.
He glanced at Bernardi. "I'll be taking care of this at home. What happens here?"
"We know there are others involved, but Kylie won't name names."
"I was the only one," she said.
"We know that's not true." Bernardi sounded tired. Kylie stubbornly shook her head, her straight dark hair shifting over her shoulders. She was no longer meeting anyone's gaze. Instead, she stared down at the floor tiles.
Principal Bernardi let out a sigh. "We've already discussed this with Kylie. If she won't tell us who else was there, then she'll have to bear the brunt of the punishment alone."
Will gave Kylie a long look. Her jaw was locked and she looked so much like his ex-wife at that moment that it almost frightened him. But even if she resembled Desiree, she mostly took after him.
"I understand why Pete is here, but..." Will glanced over at Miss Flynn. She hadn't said a word and she didn't appear as though she particularly wanted to be there. Unlike Domingo. The little general was enjoying this.
"They were outside my room," she said. "There was a group of at least three, but Kylie was the only one I recognized."
Will gave Kylie one last chance, even though he knew it was futile. "Kylie?"
She shook her head. Will stood. "Unless she needs to stay now, I think we'll go home and discuss this."
"This means an automatic three-day suspension, Will. School-district policy."
"I understand," Will replied. "Come on, Kylie. We're going home." Kylie got up from the wooden chair and headed for the door.
"If I get any names, I'll let you know," he told Bernardi, and followed his daughter out of the room. He was almost at the main entrance when he heard quick footsteps behind him. What now?