From The Rubble
T. A. Chase
Ever since watching a search and rescue team find his lost sister, Keaton Goodwin has worked and trained to become a SAR handler. He raises the perfect dogs to work with him, and he loves his job. When he's called to take his dog, Kaiser, to Bogata, Colombia after a devastating earthquake, Keaton heads out not sure what he'll find.
And what he doesn't expect to find is Master Sergeant Nodin Standing Bear.
Nodin's squad has been sent by the Army to help keep the SAR teams safe during the search and rescue part of the operation. He's done a lot of this kind of work during his twenty-three years of service, yet there's something different about Keaton, and Nodin knows a disaster area isn't the best place to start a relationship.
When Keaton disappears, Nodin has to face how much he really cares about the younger man. Will the emotions they feel amongst the rubble be enough of a foundation to build a future?
lift and shift things. “Nodin, I’m going to take Kaiser down to the street. I want to let him play a little so he knows he did a good job, plus I need to rest my leg.” Nodin gave him a quick once over, then nodded. Keaton managed to get control of the flare of desire that wanted to rush through him and stiffen his cock. So not appropriate for the 50 FROM THE RUBBLE moment. “Stay in view of Hernandez and Castle,” Nodin ordered as Keaton began to help Kaiser down off the pile. “I will.” He
progress in clearing some of the rubble, but not a lot, and I’m afraid it probably isn’t soon enough.” She clasped her hands in front of her stomach. “I fear what might happen if all of them have died.” 57 FROM THE RUBBLE Taking a deep breath, Keaton motioned to Kaiser. “Search.” Kaiser whined, not wanting to leave Keaton’s side. “Kaiser, search,” Keaton commanded, adding strength to his words. They both watched as Kaiser began casting back and forth over the debris, sniffing at every opening
level. Keaton looked around, but no one seemed to be paying attention to them. He moved as fast as he could over to where Kaiser was. Somehow in the kidnapping, Keaton had maintained his 58 FROM THE RUBBLE flashlight. Leaning as far into the opening as he could, he turned the light on and shone it around. “Hello?” he called in Spanish. “Can you hear me?” He heard a whimper coming from his right and swung the light over in that direction. In that moment, Kaiser bumped him from behind, and
Keaton and Junior from any dust that might fall while they were putting in the extra braces. Keaton actually told Junior what was going on. He didn’t know how much the boy understood exactly, but for the most part, having an idea of what all the noise and work was about was better than not knowing. Finally, Jose came over to Keaton. He rested his hand on Keaton’s shoulder. “We are going to start removing the beams on top of Junior. I need you to watch him. If something goes wrong, you need to
to the tents we set up for the SAR teams. You’re all in the middle of the base, surrounded by the military squads. The aid workers are mixed in with you as well.” Nodin grinned. “Have to keep the civilians safe.” “I’ll talk to you before I leave, Connor.” Keaton turned to look at Nodin. “Lead the way.” 20 FROM THE RUBBLE CHAPTER 3 The sun was barely peaking over the horizon when Nodin tapped on Keaton’s tent door. He heard Kaiser woof softly, then Keaton murmur something before shoving the