“Dad, don’t! Wait, please! Let me go!” Cash shouted. His arms were swinging back and forth and he was gasping for air. Alexandria rose up and tried to focus, still shaking from when he’d startled her. She had no idea his nightmares were this extreme.
She grabbed his arms to keep from getting hit and waited for him to stop fighting. Then she put both of her hands on his face and whispered, “Cash, wake up. It was only a dream.” After a lot of moaning and crying, his eyes finally opened as tears poured out like a cascade. He hugged her tight without saying a word. She knew he was glad he wasn’t alone. His breathing was rapid and his chest felt like someone was beating it with a drum. She stroked his long hair and tried to soothe him. “You’re okay now. Everything is going to be all right. You will never be alone again.”
She felt his body begin to slowly relax as he rested his head on her shoulder. Then he put both of his hands on her face and kissed her. For the rest of the night they made love to each other with no regard to parents, babies, or deaths. For a few sweet hours, they were the only two people in the world. They embraced love and tenderness and didn’t want the feeling to end. Later that night, Cash slept peacefully.
The next morning they woke up and made love again. They were so happy to be together and they turned to sex as an outlet for helping them recover and escape the pain. It seemed to work and the fact that they were madly in love with each other made it even better. While lying there caressing his hair, Alexandria’s mind drifted to her parents.
She shot up and reached for her phone. “I was supposed to call my dad! He wants to speak to you!”
“Yeah, I’ll speak to him all right. I’m still upset about our baby. How can you expect me to talk to him after that?” he snapped.
“Cash, Dad is really sorry, and you have to forgive him so we can move on.”
“Fine!” With a long sigh he rolled his eyes and waited for her to dial the number.
She quickly dialed her dad’s cell before Cash changed his mind.
“Hey, Dad, how are you and Mom doing? I’m sorry I didn’t call last night, but I got in kind of late and was pretty tired,” she explained. Collin told her they missed her and just wanted her to be happy.
“Thanks, Dad. Um, I’m going to let you speak to Cash.” She hesitantly handed him the phone.
“Hello, this is Cash. Yes, sir, I know. I appreciate that, sir.”
She wanted to know what they were talking about but couldn’t figure it out from Cash’s side of the conversation. He then walked into another room and closed the door. What was that about? While he spoke to her dad, she decided to make breakfast. An unexpected knock on the door made her jump. It was forceful and fast, as if someone was eager to get inside. She was reluctant to answer, but then remembered that Cash had ordered new furniture, and maybe it was the delivery guys. She opened the door and saw a woman in her thirties with black curly hair and golden eyes, scowling at her. The woman was pretty, but something about her seemed eerie.
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