Welcome Visitor: Login to the siteJoin the site

Desert Heat

Novel By: Angelica Jai

Samantha Briggs decides to tour the country. Theres nothing quite like the freedom of exploring the unknown, but when she gets stranded in the middle of the desert on a strangers ranch, she discovers friendship, heartbreak, healing and love. View table of contents...


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37

Submitted:Oct 26, 2015    Reads: 2,414    Comments: 4    Likes: 1   

"Son of a bitch!"

Samantha Briggs kicked the tire of her car, which in turn hurt her foot and brought the sting of tears to her eyes. She was hot, sweaty and pissed off that the car had decided to break down in the middle of nowhere. In desperation, Sam pulled out her cell phone again and tried to dial her brothers phone, with the same result as five minutes ago; no signal.

"Shit, shit, shit, shit.... SHIT!" she cried out to no one.

There were no houses around, no other cars and she was ready to collapse from the sweltering heat. It had to be at least a hundred degrees out.

" Great." she said aloud. " By the time anyone even notices I'm here I'll be nothing but a puddle of melted skin."

Sam had thought it was a perfect idea to get away from all the stresses of her busy and complicated life back in Milwaukee and just take off cross country. She had accrued more than ample vacation time at work and had more than enough money in savings to fund this little excursion, but apparently her car had not gotten the memo that it was NOT supposed to take a dump on a highway in the middle of the desert.

At this point Sam wished she had a bat, then she could do more than just kick this piece of shit.

Without any options left, Sam grabbed her overnight bag from the trunk, leaving the rest of her luggage, and began to foot it down the shoulder of the road.

There was no shade in sight; no trees, no over passes; nothing.

"A town can't be very far, right?" she asked herself, deciding that talking to her self wasn't crazy, it was simply an intelligent conversation with someone she liked.

As she walked along, sweating a river down her cleavage, Sam began to sing at the top of her lungs.

After awhile though, the heat dried out her throat and she went into a fit of the coughs from it,with nothing on hand to drink.

As she was doubled over hacking up a lung, she heard the roar of a vehicle coming in her direction. With eyes watering, she looked up to see huge black truck barreling down the road toward her.

"HEY!" she yelled hoarsely, waving her arms as she stepped into the road. "Over here!"

The truck wasn't slowing down and just as she thought the driver was going to swerve around

her and not stop, the truck came to an abrupt halt.

It sat there next to her, running loudly but she couldn't see inside, due to the windows black tint.

"Wow, I'm pretty sure this is the way a horror movie starts." she sighed, confidently reaching for the door handle and swinging it open.

A blast of icy air hit her full in the face and Sam closed her eyes relishing the cool draft.

"Kinda hot out here to be wandering around Miss." a man's voice said with a hint of amusement.

Sam opened her eyes and gazed upon a good looking guy, about mid thirties. He wore a tight white t-shirt and a pair of wranglers low on his hips. A cowboy hat rested on his head and a pair of sunglasses rested on the bridge of his nose.

"Can I hitch a ride? My car broke down a little while back and I've got no cell reception out here." she explained.

"Hitch hiking's a little dangerous, don't you think?"

"Yeah well, it was either that or hitch a ride on my magic broom, but unfortunately my brooms in the shop for maintenance." she quipped with a straight face.

He cracked a smile.

"Hop on in, I'll get you to a phone."

Sam climbed up into the tall truck with a little struggle, and sighed in happiness when she closed the door and was blasted in the face with the a/c.

"Don't try anything funny either, I'll kick your ass." she said.

He gave a chuckle and put the truck back into gear and tore down the road.

"My names Justin." he offered.

"I'm Sam."

He reached into the back seat and pulled up an unopened bottle of water and offered it to her. She took it gratefully and savored the ice cold liquid as it rehydrate her throat. After guzzling down the entire bottle in a very unladylike like fashion, she gave a small belch.

"Thanks." she said a little sheepishly.

Justin chuckled again.

"So you're not like taking me to your secret evil lair hidden the the desert to torture me are you?"

"Would you believe me if I said no?"

Sam smiled, and felt a little more at ease.

"I'm taking you to the ranch I work on. Bella will have a phone and get you fixed up right." he explained. Sam found it a little hard to believe there was a ranch anywhere nearby. All she could see was dirt.... and nothingness.

After they drove for what seemed like an eternity, Justin pulled onto a dirt road and lo and behold, out of the nothingness emerged a huge ranch. There were pens filled with livestock; horses, cows, chickens and sheep to name a few. They drove under an arch that read ' Parker Place' along the top.

Justin brought the truck to a halt in front of a small building that looked like an office. After exiting the vehicle, he walked around to the passenger side and opened the door for Sam. Instantly the heat swept over her and make her feel nauseous. As if sensing her change, Justin helped her out and set her on her feet. She looked up at him and realized he was taller than she thought. Easily 6'2", he was taller than her 5'8" frame.

"Thank you." she said with a weak smile.

She felt like the humidity was suffocating her, and hoped there was an air conditioner nearby.

"Come on." Justin said, taking her arm and leading her into the building they had parked in front of.

Inside it was admittedly cooler, though not by much, but Sam wasn't going to complain. A raven haired beauty sat behind a desk in nothing but a pair of very short, denim cutoffs and a crop top that bared her toned, tanned abs and arms. Beside her, Sam felt like a pasty white fatty.

The woman looked up and smiled brilliantly, and Sam thought that if she were to ever be a lesbian, this chick would be the first on her list.

"Howdy there!" the woman said brightly, a hint of a southern accent audible.

"Found this poor woman wandering the road. Says her car broke down."

The woman frowned.

"That's a shame darlin'. You're okay though?"

Sam nodded.

"Damned hot out here to be hot footing it around. My names Bella Parker, sweetie."

Sam took Bell's extended hand and shook it.

"I'm Sam Briggs."

Bella gave a laugh that was like a sweet music.

"You don't know how nice it is to see another woman around here. You get a little tired of swimming in testosterone."

Sam laughed openly, and Justin feigned a look of hurt.

"Glad you brought her here Justin. You can go on now, get to work. I'll take care of her."

"Nice to meet you Sam." Justin said with a cute smile.

Sam caught herself blushing a little.

"You too."

Justin left and Bella stood up.

"You got someone to call to come tow you?" she asked, leaning a hip against the desk.

"Triple A?" Sam asked hopefully.

"Hmmm. Out here that'll cost you a fortune. Nearest station that would be able to fix it is about a hundred miles out."

Sam's heart sunk. She had no food, no shelter and no luck.

Bella saw Sam's frown.

"Don't worry darlin. My brother is due to come back in a few days, and he's pretty handy. Maybe we can get Justin and some of the other guys to get your car and when Colt comes back we can have him take a look at it."

"I don't suppose there's a hotel in the area?" Sam asked, already knowing the answer.

"Nope. Just us. You're more than welcome to come and stay with me until you can get back on the road."

" I appreciate the offer Bella, but maybe I should just try and hitch a ride to town."

"Hitch hiking is dangerous." Bella said, with dead seriousness.

"If I didn't hitch hike I wouldn't be here right now." Sam pointed out.

"You're lucky it was Justin who picked you up. There's a lot of crazies running around trying to prey on pretty women."

Sam blushed in embarrassment at the woman's obvious compliment.

" I don't want to be an inconvenience. I'm sure you're very busy."

Bella laughed again and waved her hand in dismissal.

"Don't worry bout it. It'll be good company for me and who knows, maybe you'll end up liking

it so much, you'll never want to leave."

Sam cracked a smile and finally relented.

"Okay, I'll stay. But I have to warn you, I've never been around an animal any bigger than a dog." she teased.

"It's the two legged animals you gotta worry about around here honey."

The two women shared a laugh, and after the laughter died down, Bella grabbed her keys form the desk.

"Come on Sam. I'll take you to the house and let you get freshened up. In the mean time we can have Jeremy go and fetch your car."

They went back out into the heat, which to Sam felt like it had gotten even hotter, if that was even possible, though Bella seemed not to mind. She tracked down Jeremy who was more than happy to go and get the dilapidated car and tow it back to the ranch.

"See? Easy Peasy."

They climbed into Bella's red Dodge truck and took off a short way down the road. On the property was where Bella resided in a huge log home. It was more beautiful than Sam could have ever imagined inside and out.

"This is a very nice place." Sam commented as they walked in. It was spacious and beautifully decorated in just the right contrast of feminine and masculine.

"My daddy built it from the ground up. When he and my momma died they left the house and the ranch to me and my brother Colt. I love it here."

The look in the other woman eyes told Sam how truly sincere Bella's statement was.

"There are a few guest rooms upstairs. Go ahead and look around, see what you like. I recommend the first room on the left. It has a huge adjoining bathroom with the best tub in the world."


| Email this story Email this Novel | Add to reading list


About | News | Contact | Your Account | TheNextBigWriter | Self Publishing | Advertise

© 2013 TheNextBigWriter, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Terms under which this service is provided to you. Privacy Policy.