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Desires of the Heart
by Tiffany Doran

It had been almost five years since Katie had seen him last. After a fire almost destroyed her daddy's farm, Matthew Fuller destroyed her heart. But a newly hired farm hand by the name of William "Buck" Brady, had plans of fixing everything that was in the path of destruction...including Katie.

Chapter One
Love or Lust

She threw herself across the bed and placed her soft face in her hands and her long curly auburn hair fell to the sides. She then rolled to her side. Perplexed, she let out a frustrated sigh. "Do I love him or don’t I?" she said, feeling puzzled. She...





Chapter Two
The Past in the Present

Her body froze. She couldn't believe it was him. Her eyes were focused on Matt. Her mouth instantly went dry and her heart raced. She thought she may faint for a minute and quickly gathered her composure before walking over to greet him with a hug. She remember...





Chapter Three
Love Hurts

The next morning, the sun rose and shone into the bay window hitting Katie directly in the face. She grabbed the blanket and pulled it over head as she heard Randy make his way down the stairs and start the coffee. She didn't want to get up today. In her head, ...





Chapter Four
Joe's Place

The next day Katie awoke unsure of how to feel. Her emotions were everywhere. She wanted to feel normal again. She wanted to be happy again. "Men always complicate the simple." she said to herself as she got dressed for the day. She put on her most comfort...





Chapter Five
The Fair!

The sun was shining brighter over the mountain tops and the aroma of the coffee was stronger and more inviting than normal. She sat up, stretched her arms and rubbed the sleep from her eyes. She stepped out of bed and hopped in the shower to prepare herself for the ...





Chapter Six
Fireworks and Secrets

They made their way to the Veranda that was now setting by the Ferris Wheel. The men who worked the fair had decorated the posts with white and purple flowers wrapped all the way around, intertwined with lights. The lights that hung from the ceiling were tiny mason ...





Chapter Seven
California Dreaming

Matt gathered his things into his black duffle bag and headed to see Katie on their farm. It was almost time to head back home and he needed to go back and see if she was still planning on going back with him to California. He hopped in his car and headed down the r...





Chapter Eight
Cloudy with a side of Bacon

They all had a great time at Joe's that night laughing and sharing stories of old times. Eating at Joe's was always a great idea. The burgers and fries and few rounds of milkshakes always hit the spot. It had taken Katie's mind off of everything. So m...





Chapter Nine
Roses

As they pulled into the driveway, something caught their attention from the front porch. Something was there that wasn't when they left. A single white rose was lying on the front steps as they walked to the front door. Katie looked at Randy and Randy looked at...





Chapter Ten
Beach Trip or...

She woke up the next morning to the sound of their rooster Tom crowing from the back fence post. He was extra loud today, or at least that's what it seemed to her. She pulled the white down blanket back over her head and sighed a deep long sigh pondering on if ...





Chapter Eleven
Airports and Hot Wings

They got to the airport just in time to have their bags checked in through security. He could tell that she was excited. Almost as excited as the time they snuck away to the fair one day while they were still in high school. He met her at the back fence and they rod...





Chapter Twelve
Close Call

Matt and Katie were just finishing up their dessert when Maggie and Matt's dad Russell came through the dining room of their home. Katie let out a big sigh, slightly blowing a long stray lock of auburn hair out of her face. "Wow, that was an amazing meal.&...





Chapter Thirteen
Slow Tides and Slower Kisses

The days passed on and Katie was enjoying every bit of everything that she was taking part in while in California. After dinner one evening around dusk, she and Matt were sitting on the back deck watching the sunset. Pinks and purples swirled around the light hues o...





Chapter Fourteen
Desire

Buck sipped his glass of peach tea leftover from when Katie made it last and took a deep breath. Randy looked over at him from watching the ball game. Randy knew Buck was missing Katie almost as much as he was. "It's been almost a month since she left, Ran...





Chapter Fifteen
Ocean

Katie laid awake restlessly in bed. She was tired from the day at the beach, the walking, the great food. She missed home so badly. The smells of California are of no comparison to the farm. She missed the musky smell of the lush green fields and her daddy's sw...





Chapter Sixteen
Splash

The sun was hot on the farm as Randy prepared for the workers to start construction on the small vineyard he wanted added to his land. The grass had been freshly mowed and Buck arrived shortly after and helped him finish up the hard task of getting all the equipment...





Chapter Seventeen
False Alarm

“So, if we find out that Katie doesn't feel for Matt the same she feels for me, would you give me your blessing for Katie's hand?" Buck asked with a hopeful look in his eye. Randy took a breath of reluctance. "How about a first date or seco...





Chapter Eighteen
Raining on my Heart

Buck sat by Randy whom, was obviously shaken up by the picture that was found. He placed his hand on Randy's shoulder trying to calm him. "It just ain't right, Buck." Randy said wringing his hands. "How could he have gotten that picture? That was Franks." Randy said...





Chapter 19
Welcome Home....Maybe?

The flight attendants made their rounds as the flight proceeded to see if their passengers needed anything. Katie requested a pillow. She was a little nervous. It was only her second time on a plane and this time, she was alone. She loved the seat she was given...





Chapter 20
Cave of Secrets

Maggie called Randy to let him know about Katie leaving but received no answer. "Well," Maggie said to Matt, "we'll have to try again in a little bit. They may be out in the garden or tending to the animals." She placed the phone down on the table beside her where t...





Chapter 21
Without a Trace

They all walked back to the security office to pull all the camera recordings from the day so far to see if any had images of Katie on it and see what could've possibly happened to her. "Here's this morning's footage guys." Frank said, "Let's see what's on here." Ra...





Chapter 22
The Fear Within

Katie was growing cold. The fire had started to die down. She could tell the sun was beginning to go down because the shadows had begun to disappear. "I'm never going to be found, she thought. "No one even knows I'm here and the people that do, were sworn to secrecy." She was feeling so ...





Chapter 23
A House Divided

Matt arrived shortly after two o'clock that morning. He was drained from his flight but heavily burdened with worry for Katie and for Randy. To think that Katie is somewhere out here in very real danger made him almost sick to his stomach. He still held the letter t...





Chapter 24
Rhythmic Confusion

Randy, Buck, Frank, and Matt, drove around for hours. Randy was so tired he could barely hold his eyes open any longer. He had changed seats with Buck and let him drive while he sat and thought of places Katie could have been taken. Matt yawned and stretched in the ...





Chapter 25
The Chase

Katie woke up with a start. She was hoping it was all a horrible nightmare. Unfortunately, she awoke still in the bathroom of her prison. She must've dozed off sitting up. "Where was Tate and why hadn't he tried to get in? What time is it" She wondered as she looked at her watch. "Seven in th...





Chapter 26
Delusional Dilemma

Once Katie realized Tate had his leash, she jumped off the couch and ran to the small kitchenette and cowered down. The dog continued to bark and growl and she was trembling at the idea of the dog getting loose from Tate's grip and attacking her. But with a jerk of the collar and a stern voic...





Chapter 27
Love Conquers All

Buck stood back as they all continued talking about different ways to get into the house and make sure everyone remained safe. His heart was aching inside. He remembered when he first met Katie. She was fresh out of high school and raring to take on the world. She a...





Chapter 28
Vineyards and Victories

They were at the hospital forever it seemed like. They looked at Katie's face and made sure no bones were broken in her face. She was fine to be discharged, just black and blue and a little dehydrated. Buck was fine as well. The gunshot was a through and through so ...










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