Like a Dream


Alexandria noticed the bags under his eyes and his sorrowful expression. As if afraid of their actions, Collin quickly put his hands in the air and said, “I just want the two of you to know that I am sorry for the way I behaved. I don’t expect you to forgive me now, but I hope one day you will. Also, Alexandria, I want you to do whatever makes you happy. I love you so much, and I never want you to think that I want to see you heartbroken or hurt.” He sat down next to her and put his arm around her. He had tears in his eyes. “My little girl, you are everything to me, and I don’t want you to hate me.”

“I don’t hate you, Dad. I could never hate you,” she confessed as she hugged his neck. Georgia sat down and wrapped her arms around them with tears in her eyes.

“I’m so sorry for the way I’ve been acting. I love you both, and I know this couldn’t have been easy for you two,” Alexandria said.

They both kissed her on the cheek. When Collin told Georgia he was sorry again, she touched his face and smiled.

“If you guys don’t mind, I want to go to my room and lie down,” Alexandria whispered.

“Do you need help up the stairs?” Collin asked.

“No, Dad, I’m okay. Those are some good meds,” she whispered with a smile. She turned and made her way upstairs, relieved at how things were changing.


Cash and Leona sadly walked into her house, feeling exhausted. They had spent their entire day at the funeral home trying to make arrangements. Cash had no idea how many details went into arranging a funeral. If he never saw a casket again, it would be too soon. If he had it his way, he would throw the jerk into a self-made box and be done with it. Quick and dirty, he thought. He’d been trying to stay strong for Leona all day and hadn’t given himself a chance to grieve. Since Abraham died, she’d been crying off and on for the past eight hours straight. She couldn’t wrap her mind around the idea that their father would end his life for no apparent reason.

“I’ll go make us some dinner,” she suggested with a somber look. Cash looked into her empty eyes and nodded, hoping that cooking would take her mind off their father.

He went into his room and lay on the bed, falling fast asleep. With a single knock on the door, his eyes flew open, tearing him away from his sweet slumber and immersing him into despair.

“Dinner’s ready!” Leona yelled through the door.

Cash swiftly stuffed food into his mouth, despite the absence of his appetite, and went back to his room, wanting to be alone. The moment he sat on his bed and began to think, he started to cry wholeheartedly. He finally let out the volcanic emotion he’d suppressed throughout the day. To make matters worse, the final image of Abraham’s cold dark eyes wouldn’t get out of his head.


I just want to thank those of you who purchased Like a Dream, it means so much to me and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing it. LIKE A DREAM can be downloaded by clicking here and book 2, MONSTROUS TIES is ready for your viewing here WAKING AMELIA is coming soon!

About shinaj1

Shina James is the author of LIKE A DREAM and MONSTROUS TIES, which are both available on Amazon as well as multiple retailers. She is currently working on the final book in the LIKE A DREAM series, WAKING AMELIA and can't wait to share it with her readers. While residing in Texas, she loves spending time with her husband and two kids.
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