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I'm hating to have to say it, since I'd accused you of being a thief, but I stole something from you." She looked away.
"What could you...?" He racked his mind trying to figure out what she could have taken.
"I went through yer pack."
"In Patrick's tent?"
"No, weeks ago back at the cabin. I went through it to try to learn more about you when you were in the stable. I found a letter and took it but didn't have time to read it until now."
"It was a Federal dispatch. Yer a Yankee."
His chest tightened. No wonder he'd been unable to find the dispatch. She'd had it all along. "What do you intend to do?" He hoped she wouldn't discover his real motive. He could never harm her.
"You lied to me the whole time," she said, disbelief marring her delicate features.
He exhaled the breath he'd held. "I had no choice."
"If I'd known you to be a Yankee, I'd have shot you the first chance I got." Her eyes glittered in the light of the fire. "You touched me...pretended to care fer me. And all the while, you lied to me."
The raw hurt on her face broke his heart. He'd deceived her. He couldn't deny it. "What do you intend to do?" he asked again.
She shook her head slowly. "I'm sorry, Alex, but 'tis me duty to turn you in."
Confederate Rose, available now at The Wild Rose Press.