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“Your hair is all clumped together with blood, so it’s hard to tell if you have bangs. If
you don’t, a wispy side bang would look great on you and hide the scar.” The twentysomething paramedic gave Theia a commiserating smile. “It never fails, does it? You always meet the
hottest guys when you’re looking your worst.”
Theia frowned. “What do you mean?”
“Um, you’re all bloody, and your hair is kind of matted and stuck to your face. Plus, you have no makeup on, and your white shirt and black pants aren’t all that flattering, you know.”
“I’m a pilot. This is my uniform. It’s not supposed to be flattering. It’s also wet. And I don’t wear makeup.” She’d tried once, but her cousins had teased her mercilessly.
“That’s cool, you being a pilot and all.” She sighed. “I wish I could have been you for five minutes. Not when you were actually flying, of course. Just when Marco carried you from the plane.” She fanned her face with the hand that held the needle. “He’s so hot. And he’s—”
The paramedic jerked back. “What? No, he’s not. He’s, like, a hero. He’s amazing. Everyone loves him.”
“Because he’s a great guy. He’d do anything for anybody. And, well, like I said, he’s totally hot. Anyone with two eyes in their head can see that.”
Okay, so admittedly the guy wasn’t hard to look at. He had the whole tall, dark, and handsome thing going on with his thick, wavy hair and masculine, chiseled jaw. But so what? The world was full of good-looking guys. She’d worked with a bunch of them. Not that she’d share that with the head of his fan club.
“Looks aren’t everything. Being good at what you do is what really counts, and he isn’t,” Theia said.
“Wow. I can’t believe you just said that about a man who risked his life to save you. Who ran into danger instead of away from it. For you.”
“It’s his job. And the only danger I was in was because of him. I nearly drowned. If he had evaluated the situation before coming in water blasting, he would have seen I had it under control.” She was eighty percent certain she would have if she’d had two minutes to evaluate the situation herself.
“Just FYI, HHFD was told there was an out-of-control electrical fire onboard and they had seconds to act before the plane exploded. They were also told the plane had been evacuated. Marco’s an experienced firefighter and a total pro. He had an equipment malfunction.”
“Oh, I didn’t—”
“Maybe you shouldn’t make disparaging comments about someone before you know the facts.” She leaned toward Theia with the needle poised. She didn’t look so friendly anymore.
Theia leaned back and put up her hand. “You know what? I’ll take care of it myself.”
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