With Wayne entrenched as the new leader of the Western Region, Marcus and Talia frantically prepare for their journey home. With the final reports written, the couple prepare for their return trip home, to embrace their lives on their land. Unfortunately, the only thing giving Marcus pause is the trio still loyal to Kethra. Will Marcus talk Talia into staying to guide the Western Region? Or will Talia keep her husband focused on their goal to tend their farm?
“When’s the train supposed to arrive?”
Marcus slung a strap across his shoulder while his smile widened. He wrapped an arm around Talia’s shoulders and pointed at the empty tracks. “It shouldn’t be that much longer. Are you excited to go home?”
Talia closed her eyes and grinned. “I can’t wait to get back to the farm and the children.”
Marcus laid his forehead against hers. “Do you believe Wayne has the charisma to manipulate and placate the fools that Kethra left behind?”
Talia rested her head on her husband’s shoulder and drew in a deep breath. “I wouldn’t have recommended the boy if I wasn’t sure of his accomplishments.”
“I was not questioning our former farmhand’s skills.” Marcus released his wife and led her to the bench, easing her down. He rubbed his mouth, studying the empty platform. With a shudder, he dropped to his knees and collected her hands. “I’m going to miss his help around the farm.”
“The people who tried seizing control of the region are dangerous.” Talia massaged her neck as her gaze drifted towards the white clouds hanging over their heads. Her fingers grabbed her hair, splitting them into three strands. As she began braiding, she closed her eyes. “Thankfully, Vincent and his soldiers are here to keep them in line.”
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