Jordan hopped off her stool and hugged him impulsively, throwing her arms around his neck. She had to go on her tiptoes to do it. As he held her, Brian thought she seemed awfully small and vulnerable. He knew he would do anything he could to protect her. Keys rattled in the front door and Brian leaped away from Jordan as if he’d been shocked. A beautiful blonde woman in a business suit strutted in, smiling.
“Hi, honey. Who’s your friend?” She walked over to Jordan, kissing her cheek before setting down a briefcase.
“Mom, this is Brian. He’s from my bus stop. Brian, my mom, Jacqueline Barrett.”
“Mrs. Barrett, pleased to meet you,” Brian said, shaking her hand…
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