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Lily was glad when the plane ride was over. A feeling of awe surrounded her as the shuttle pulled into the drive of the cottage. It was as if she was entering into the picture on her post card.After paying the driver and stepping from the car, she stood looking around in an enthralled stupor. The scents, sounds, everything was just as her imagination had promised it would be. Shading her eyes against the late afternoon sunshine, she just couldn't help standing motionless, looking at her dream come true. She finally moved to pick up her luggage without taking her eyes from the grand cottage before her. It was as if she were afraid it would disappear before she could get inside, if she took her eyes from it. Reaching down, she fumbled for the handle of her suitcase, her fingers meeting the warmth of a large hand. Her attention suddenly snapped from the scenery unfolding before her and back to reality. A reality snagged straight from her dreams. Standing in front of her was a kilt-clad man, just straightening in surprise as he released his hold on her things. Her eyes wandered upward and she unconsciously pressed her hand over her heart when her gaze locked into his sharp, hazel-green eyes. Yellow flecks hypnotically kept her eyes transfixed for a brief moment before she could tear them away. She blinked and her heart stood still, time seemed to have stopped.
"I'm Leaf," he held out his hand to her. "I'm the caretaker here at the Country Cottage."