Georgia frowned in confusion. “So what happened?”
“Well, his father killed himself and Cash is a wreck. His mother died of cancer when he was a little boy, and a few days ago his father shot himself…in front of him. He’s going through a tough time.”
“Geez! In front of him!” Collin sighed. “But what does that have to do with you? I mean, I’m sorry for his loss, but doesn’t he have family that can help him through this?”
“Yes, he has a sister who’s been kind of supportive.”
“See, there you have it. They’ll get through it together,” Collin assured her.
“Dad, I love him. I love him so much and I want to be with him. And before you try and talk me out of it, he feels the same way. This is not an obligation thing. It’s real and we’re in love. Please understand,” she pleaded.
She dropped her head and waited for the aftermath. She waited for them to scream at her and tell her she was young and stupid. She waited for the disappointment to fly out of their mouths. She waited to face their disapproval head-on, until Collin reached over and lifted her chin.
“Then go be with him. Follow your heart. I will not spend another moment trying to talk you out of something you feel so strongly about. If you love him, then we love him,” he said.
Tears pooled in her eyes as she jumped up to hug her father. “I love you, Dad.”
“I love you too, baby girl.” He hugged her tighter and kissed her cheek.
Georgia’s eyes filled with tears as she saw a changed man in her husband.
“We don’t want you to go, baby, but it’s time we let you make your own decisions…we trust you,” Georgia murmured. Alexandria squeezed her mother, thanking her for everything.
She wanted to be with him that night, so she ran upstairs as fast as she could to pack while Georgia offered to find a flight to Stillwater. Alexandria was so happy she couldn’t pack fast enough. Everything was finally coming together. She didn’t call Cash because she wanted her arrival to be a surprise. He’d already moved into his new place, so she knew he would be alone.
Once she checked her bags at the airport, she turned around and saw her parents crying. Her eyes filled with tears as she gave them both a big hug. She didn’t realize how hard it would be to leave and for a split second, she thought about staying.
“Make sure you call us when you get there, and I want to speak to Cash once you see him, okay?” Collin sobbed. Alexandria was weeping so much it was hard for her to speak, so she shook her head in agreement. The heartbroken look in her mother’s eyes made everything worse.
“I will miss you so much, my baby girl. You can come back home whenever you want, and if you ever want to talk, just pick up the phone,” Georgia cried.
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