“Hello?” Cash eagerly answered.
Alexandria wanted to speak but couldn’t. She didn’t want to sound too anxious or like a dork, so she mumbled, “Hey what’s up? It’s Alexandria.”
There was a slight pause before he said, “Alexandria, you have no idea how bad I’ve wanted to talk to you. I have so much I want to tell you that I don’t even know where to start. But before I get into all the seriousness of my life, I want you to know that I love you so much, and I’m sorry for leaving you. And…please don’t think I’m psycho, but I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”
Relief fluttered through her body like a butterfly on a warm summer day. She grinned from ear to ear. If it weren’t for the pain from the fall, she would have sworn it was another dream. “Cash, I love you too, and I would love to marry you.” She could hear her voice getting higher with nervousness, so she lay back and took some slow deep breaths.
“You have just made me the happiest man in the world! I had no idea what you were going to say, but before we went any further, I had to tell you what I should have said before.”
“I’m just glad that we’re finally speaking. It felt like an eternity not hearing your voice. I can’t wait for us to spend our lives together,” she gushed.
“Well, I have something else to tell you, Alexandria,” he quietly mumbled.
“Cash, is everything okay? You don’t sound like yourself. I also have something to tell you, but you go first.” When he didn’t speak right away, it made her nervous. He was never this quiet before. He sighed through the phone and stayed quiet. “Did Abraham give you a hard time when you got home?” Alexandria probed.
“That’s putting it mildly. I suppose I may as well tell you. Dad shot himself. He’s dead.”
“Oh my God! Cash, what happened? Was it on purpose? Were you guys arguing?”
Cash took a long deep breath and explained the entire ordeal from beginning to end. When he finished, Alexandria couldn’t find the right words to say. She felt nothing but sadness for him. I thought my parents were bad. But then, her sadness grew into anger.
“I can’t believe he did that to you. What a bastard! Oh, I’m sorry. I know that’s your father, but I hate that you’re in so much pain,” she said apologetically.
“He was a bastard, but as long as I have you, I know I can get through this.”
“I know it’s only been a few days, but I couldn’t stop thinking about you, and I wondered all the time if you thought of me.”
“Are you kidding me? You’ve been all I thought about since the moment I met you. I was afraid you were angry with me for leaving you so abruptly.”
“Well, I guess we’re just two fools in love.” She smiled so hard her face hurt. But, the thought of his father dying was a shower of rain that neither of them could escape.
“I guess so, Alexandria. I need to see you.”