“'Why are you doing this, Hale?’
‘Why do you think?’
Kat looked at the ornate room. The gorgeous moldings, the polished table. The empty chairs. It was in every way the opposite of Uncle Eddie’s kitchen, and somehow Kat already knew the answer to her question.
‘Hale, this life…’ she started slowly, still practically speechless. ‘This…what we do—what my family does—it looks a lot more glamorous when you choose it.’
‘So choose it.’ He handed her another envelope. Smaller this time. Thinner.
‘What’s this?’ she asked.
‘That, darling, is my full confession. Dates. Times.’ Hale leaned against the antique table. ‘I thought the crane rental receipt was a particularly nice touch.’ Kat looked at him, speechless. ‘It’s your ticket back into Colgan. If you want it.’
But Hale was still moving, shrinking the distance between them. He seemed impossibly close as he whispered, ‘And I didn’t choose it, Kat. I chose you.’”