One surprise was building on top of another.  Julie wasn’t sure she could deal with the mounting wall of revelations.  And she didn’t care for Brett’s commanding tone.  He sounded just like he must while negotiating a contract. 
                “My plans can’t wait,” she told him.

                “They must.”  There was urgency in his voice.  He leaned forward, his voice growing deeper.  “I’ve taken a couple of days off, and I’m taking you back with me so you can meet these people and learn for yourself what’s going on.  Learn about the true character of this guy you’re planning to marry.”

                For a moment, Julie stared at Brett. Her heart beat wildly.

                “You’re kidnapping me?”

                “No.  I’m borrowing you.”