Melt My Heart Anthology – Trapped by Cupid

Publisher: Crimson Rose

Available 02/02/2014

Nurse Lisa Wheeler wouldn’t mind getting swept off her feet this Valentine’s Day, but it seems Cupid’s arrow has passed her by. Instead, she’s stuck working the late shift with arrogant Dr. Noah Collins. But when this couple gets stuck in a stalled elevator, it turns out the ER’s golden boy might just have a secret soft side—and Cupid might have better aim than she thought.

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“So are you ready for the rush this evening?”

Lisa looked up and saw Emergency Registrar Dr. Alex Scavoni, leaning casually against the counter.

“As ready as I’ll ever be, I think.” She said with a laugh. “I’m surprised to see you here, Dr. Scavoni. Shouldn’t you be at home enjoying the evening with your wife?”

“It’s Alex, and you know we don’t stand on ceremony here, Lisa. Besides, ” he laughed. “Trust me when I say Sophia and I have already had an enjoyable afternoon.”

“That’s nice,” she mumbled as she felt the blush bloom in her cheeks. Lisa didn’t need any more information to know just how enjoyable his afternoon had been.

“Before it gets too crazy, can you please take these files up to Admin for me?”

“Sure.” Lisa took the files Alex held out and head toward the bank of elevators. She knew some nurses looked at running errands like this for the doctors as a demeaning task, but she was happy to help out when and wherever she could.

Lisa pressed the button and waited forever for the elevator to arrive. Surely by now all the Valentine’s Day flower deliveries would have been completed.

Finally the elevator arrived and she stepped in. As the doors were closing a hand bisected the middle and the doors smoothed open. The smile she had on her face to greet her elevator companion died a slow death when she saw who was about to enter the compartment.

Why couldn’t he have been ten seconds later? Then she’d be on her way up and he’d be waiting for another elevator to arrive.

“Well, hello again, Nurse Wheeler. Still carrying around files I see. ”

She rolled her eyes, and as the door closed she wished the ride up to be swift and painless and conversation free.

Lisa diverted her attention to gazing at the grubby ceiling of the elevator—anything so she didn’t look at Noah. He was standing far to close to her for her comfort. She counted the seconds, moving her gaze from the roof to the numbers changing on the electronic screen. Slowly, ever so slowly, the numbers were increasing. She just needed to make it a few more seconds and the ride would be over.

A sudden jolting had her losing her balance. She would’ve fallen over if it hadn’t been for Noah’s quick reflexes as he grabbed her by her arms. The files dropped to the floor, pages scattering everywhere. Like before, her flesh warmed under his hands, but she put the tingling feeling flowing through her body, like the fizz from fine champagne, down to the shock of the abrupt movement.

“What was that?” she asked as she pulled herself away from his touch.

“I’m not sure.”

There was an unnatural silence surrounding them and in an instant Lisa knew what the problem was.

The elevator had stopped.

She flicked her eyes up to the electronic floor display. Where little red dots formed the floor numbers, there was nothing but black. The lights flickered and blackness filled the space. Lisa held her breath, hoping they would come back on.

She let her breath whoosh out in relief when they flared back to life. Only half came back on, but it was better than not at all. At least they wouldn’t be stuck in the dark. She made her way to the button panel and stabbed the “doors open” button, but nothing happened. Lisa hit it again, and again, but the steel doors didn’t budge.

“Oh shit, we’re stuck.”