“Okay, well give me a couple of days to break the news to my parents and I will be there with you.”
“I can’t wait to have those big blue eyes all to myself and kiss every inch of your beautiful body,” Cash confessed.
His words felt like warm milk traveling through her veins, making her blush.
“I can’t wait either. Remember, if you ever have another nightmare you need to call me. I don’t care what time of day or night it is, you shouldn’t have to go through that alone.”
They spoke several times a day and every single night for a week, but Cash kept getting nightmares. She felt so bad for him because he hadn’t gotten a good night’s rest since Abraham had died. She desperately needed to be with him so she could hold him and help him through it. She knew it was time to tell her parents, so she decided to make them breakfast to soften the blow. No matter how many times she played different scenarios in her head, there was no good way to tell them she was leaving. So one morning, she steadied herself and went downstairs to cook.
She made scrambled eggs and bacon. The aroma of coffee filled the kitchen and the dining area. She set the table and waited for her parents to wake up. Eventually, Georgia and Collin came out of their bedroom, amazed that Alexandria actually cooked.
“Okay, what’s going on? You’re freaking me out,” Georgia joked.
“Nothing. I just wanted to cook breakfast for my loving and very understanding parents,” Alexandria replied.
Collin and Georgia looked at each other and then back at Alexandria, like they were afraid to sit down.
“Well, let’s eat, shall we?” she said nervously. While she noshed on toast, the silence was getting to be a little awkward, it was time to stop being a chicken and just come out with it.
“Mom and Dad, I want you both to know how much I love and appreciate everything you’ve done for me. I know I haven’t been the best daughter lately, but I feel that you should know how grateful I am. I’m the luckiest girl in the world,” she said with a smile. She thought about Cash and the horrific things he went through. His unfortunate experience made her more appreciative of what she had.
“Oh, honey, you are so sweet. Your father and I love you more than life itself, and we are the lucky ones,” Georgia replied.
“Well, I hope you still feel lucky when you hear what I’m about to say,” Alexandria joked.
Collin looked up from his plate. “I knew it! What’s going on?”
Alexandria nervously took a sip of coffee and whispered, “Do you remember the guy I mentioned, the father of the baby?”
“Yes, his name was Cash or something, right?” Collin replied.
“Yes, Dad, Cash Waters. Anyway, he and I have been in touch, and he told me some incredibly horrific news, about his father.”