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"Colin?"

His name was a whisper on her lips, too light and feathery to be real. It had been too long since she last said the name; too long since she last saw the rugged smile and those beautiful eyes staring down at her.

"Colin." She said the name again, as if repeating it would make his presence more real. He looked different, and yet somehow the same. The familiarity hit her like a train, sending her world spinning off its axis.

"May I come in?" he asked, a nonchalant smirk perched on the edge of his lips. "I hardly think this is the right spot for old friends to entertain each other."

"Of course," she said breathlessly, stepping aside. "Forgive my manners. I’m just so surprised to see you here of all places."

"I’m surprised to see you here as well," he said, passing the threshold and stepping into the hallway. "Hardwick never told me about you."

"Well I only just came to stay with him a few months ago," she replied, leading him to the drawing room. She could feel his eyes on her
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