Blacksmith’s Heart ~ A Love Under the Sun Romance by Dellani Oakes ~ Part 58

“Did you call me, Auntie?”

“No, dear. I’m feeling much stronger today. I got out of bed and to my walker by myself.”

“That’s wonderful! I’m so excited for you.”

“I think Tyee’s therapy is working. I feel a great deal better. Each day gets a little easier.”

They joined her inside. She walked carefully to the recliner. Both of them kept a watchful eye, but allowed her to walk under her own power.

“So, what’s this I hear about marriage?”

“Heard that, did you?” Jasper grinned proudly. “What do you think about it?”

“I think it’s about damn time,” Enid said with a chuckle. “I’ve tried for years to get you two together. I knew from the time you were sixteen, Jasper, that you were the man for my girl. If I could have, I would have brought her with me that summer. I tried—”

“But Mom said a dude ranch was no place for a girl of my delicate sensibilities. I wanted to smack her. Delicate my left eye!”

“That was the summer I encouraged the barrel racing,” Enid smirked. “Aileen was livid.”

“I’d been riding for years, of course,” Hana added. “But the proper, English way. I like Western better. My first outfit nearly gave Mom a heart attack. Auntie helped me pick it.”

“It looked like Dolly Parton’s roping outfit in 9 to 5.” Enid laughed loudly. “Aileen had a spell, and didn’t go to the competition.”

“Dad drove me and I took first place.”

“You’re gonna have to show me your moves, Hana.” Jasper’s eye glittered proudly. “And I saw a picture of that outfit. I think that’s when I realized I was in love.”

They kissed a moment, savoring the taste of one another’s lips.

“My brother David, he’s the oldest, and the only one I come close to liking, said I got first place cause the outfit showed my tits.”

Jasper laughed, tossing his dark hair out of his eyes. “No offense, babe, your tits weren’t nearly as nice then, as they are now.”

She smacked him playfully in the chest. “Thanks for noticing. I’ll remember that.”

“They were nice, but now they’re succulent.” His lips lingered next to hers, not exactly kissing her, but not moving away.

“So, about the wedding,” Enid interrupted. “When do you plan to get married?”

“When would I most shock Aileen?” Hana asked her with a giggle.

“What, you’re marrying me to horrify your mother?” Jasper looked hurt.

“Never. I was being sarcastic and factitious. After last night, you’d even think to ask me that?”

“Forget I said anything.”

“What did happen last night?” Enid asked pointedly.

“Not quite everything,” Jasper replied.

“The lean-to tore up and scared the horses. It rather killed the mood,” Hana elaborated. “But we were close, Auntie.”

“How close?”

Hana blushed, holding her fingers less than an inch apart. Jasper looked ashamed of himself. Enid nodded, a half smile on her lips.

“I had a feeling. Not that I don’t understand. Trust me, I do. Ed had that effect on me our entire time together. Marry her fast, Jasper.”

“That’s my intention, Miss E.”

“I suppose I really should let my folks know, huh?”

“Wait a few weeks, get to know one another a bit more. Don’t shock your mother that much. Aileen’s a stiff, but she’s still your mother. Maybe we’re too hard on her.” She paused, laughing unexpectedly “Those are words I never thought I’d say in a million years!”

“I never thought I’d hear that from you, ever,” Hana agreed.

“Your mom can’t possibly be that bad,” Jasper said.

Enid and Hana gave him a withering look.

“I refuse to believe anyone could be like you describe. There must be something good about her. Something you’ve missed?”

They continued to stare at him. Jasper wriggled uncomfortably. Suddenly, Hana laughed, throwing her arms around him. He held her close, inhaling her scent, feeling her body pressed against his. The painful longing was gone, but he still reacted to her closeness in a predictably male fashion. Hana noticed, but didn’t say anything. Instead, she pulled him closer, rubbing against him teasingly.

“Oh, Hana Belle, you’re killin’ me,” he whispered hoarsely.

“You know, Auntie, we should really make plans for getting our stuff from back home.”

“There’s time to do that tomorrow or the next day. But I’m anxious to make it official, too.”

“I’ll have to get my things out of storage. Are the full time places furnished or unfurnished?” she asked Jasper.

“Either way. If you’ve got stuff, might as well put it to use. I still can’t believe it.” He chuckled, kissing her playfully.


“I’m gonna have you here all the time. Do you know how cool that is? My two favorite ladies within easy reach.”

©2022 Dellani Oakes

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