“I want to see you too, Cash, more than anything, but I just need you to give me a few days to get everything together.”
It killed her to tell him to wait, but she didn’t want to upset her parents anymore. She needed time to figure out how to tell them her intentions. Whether they liked it or not, she was going to be with him, especially after his devastating loss.
“By the way, when is the funeral? And where are you staying?”
“It’s tomorrow. We want it done as soon as possible. I’m staying with my sister Leona until we can figure out what’s next.”
“It’s nice that you are there for each other,” Alexandria said.
“Yeah, I guess. Once we bury him, I’ll figure out what to do about my living arrangements. I would like to get my own place as soon as possible though. Surprisingly, dad had a lot of money in a bank account and since I’m his beneficiary, I don’t have to worry about money issues for a while. But it’ll be hard to walk into that house again.” He sniffled through the phone.
“Don’t worry about that now. We can go into the house together, whenever you’re ready.” She could still hear him moaning through the phone. “Cash, please don’t cry. It breaks my heart to hear you suffer like this. You’re a good man, in spite of your father, and you don’t deserve this.”
“It’s just so hard for me to believe he’s gone. He was such a strong force in my life for so long, and I guess I don’t know how to—be. Even though he was a horrible man, and an even worse father, I can’t say that I’m glad he’s gone. Maybe I’m a little messed up, and as crazy as it sounds, I would give anything to hear him yell at me. He knew I would have no one. I mean, I have my sister, but she has her own life.”
Alexandria was fuming inside. How could Abraham do that to him? She didn’t want to keep bashing his father, so she bit her bottom lip and tried to calm herself down. Cash needed someone to be there for him, and that was what she planned to do.
“Just be strong. We’ll get through this together.”
“You have no idea the amount of stress I’ve been under. Before I left the house I saw a note that Dad left me. That jackass actually left me a suicide note!” he roared through the phone.
“What! What did it say?”
“It said that he knew you and I were together, and that I no longer needed him. He said that when Mom passed away, the good part of him died and all that crap. It was just stupid! I guess he got the last laugh because he waited for me to walk in the door before shooting himself in the head.”
Alexandria put her hand over her mouth. “Cash, I’m so sorry. Are you sure you’re okay?” She felt halfway responsible for what had happened. But she was not going to apologize for the love she felt for him.