I listened to Rodney’s phone ring while Lex shouted curses behind me. “Rodney, pick up. C’mon, Rodney. Pick up the phone.”
How do you sound nonchalant when your better half is moaning and cursing no more than ten feet behind you? “Um…”
“What did she do now?”
“What do you mean?”
“What did Lex do? I can hear her all the way over here at the clinic, and I don’t need the phone to do it.”
I was glad that Rodney couldn’t see me blush. Or see what I was wearing. Or wasn’t wearing.
“She had an accident.”
Rodney snorted. “Really? That is so unlike Lex. What did she do this time?”
Lex twisted her knee, while trying not to stumble over a hay bale that fell on her head when she tripped over the pitchfork that she knocked over when she threw her hat toward a hook on the wall and missed and knocked the pitchfork over and I jumped and accidentally released the trap door to the hay loft and barely got out of the way in time. One got Lex. Now…how to tell Rodney without revealing that I was naked at the time.
“It was raining.”
“And she slipped in the mud? I told her she needed to get new boots. She wouldn’t hear it. Told me that she’d had those boots for fifteen years and would wear them another fifteen years.”
“Listen, can you just come on over?”
I heard Rodney sigh. Then he agreed to come on out to the Ranch as soon as he had a chance to finish locking up the clinic for the day and pick up Jeannie.
“Rodney is coming over, Lex. How’s your knee?”
I could see that it had already started to swell up. It was easy to see, because Lex started undressing the moment she saw me in the barn, waiting for her with a bottle of champagne and nothing but a smile on my face. That’s the other reason she tripped. She was hopping up and down on one booted foot, with her jeans around her ankles, trying to shed them without tearing her eyes away from me, in mid question, “What’s the occasion, love?”
It’s amazing how fast a pending romantic evening can dissolve into an emergency call to my brother-in-law, a frustrated and injured wife, and me, suddenly remembering that I am still naked, and then running around the place looking for the rest of our clothes.
“You know, Amanda, the last time we had our clothes off in here?”
“You’re blushing? After all these years, you still blush?”
I guess I needed to come clean.
“The downpour today reminded me of when we first met, and how that weekend, I tried to help you feed the cattle. Remember when I fell off the hay bale and you caught me?”
“Yeah. The first time we kissed.”
“The rain reminded me of that. I started feeling nostalgic, so I set up this little rendezvous for us and sent the kids to stay with Martha and Charlie for the evening.”
“That’s so romantic, Amanda.” Lex reached for me, and winced when she twisted her knee again.
“Careful, honey.” I found my clothes and dressed. Then I got Lex’s shirt off the ground and helped her dress.
Lex buttoned up her shirt and asked, “I’m still naked from the waist down.”
I tried to anticipate how much longer it would be before Rodney would get here. Then I ran to the house and got Lex’s bathrobe. Back in the barn, I helped her to put it on.
“Rodney thinks you slipped in the mud. And that’s how you hurt your knee.”
Lex has the most devious grin. “So what are you going tell him? There’s no mud in here.”
“Oh I took care of that, too.” And reached for the bucket I’d brought with me along with Lex’s robe.
“You’re just full of surprises, aren’t you, love?”