Leona fought back tears, and Alexandria could see that she loved him very much. But something other than kindness took over. “I will never be okay with this, or her!”
Frowning, Cash walked over to the door and opened it. Leona walked out of the house without saying another word.
“I didn’t want to argue with your sister, but she was so mean. She wouldn’t even give me a chance to introduce myself. I suppose when she saw me, she immediately knew who I was.”
Cash walked over to her and put his arms around her waist. “Don’t ever apologize for standing up for yourself. She shouldn’t have stormed in here like she owned the place. It will take her some time to get used to everything, but she’ll be okay,” he assured her as he kissed her. He leaned back and joked, “You got some gumption! I hope I don’t piss you off like that.”
“Shut up!” Alexandria giggled.
That evening, Cash told her to wear something nice because he wanted to take her somewhere special. She was so excited to get out of the house and take her mind off of their troubles. She wanted to look as nice as possible, so she put on some makeup and a white-laced blouse. The knee-length dark blue skirt she donned completed the ensemble. Her hair was so long and wavy that she just decided to wear it down. When she came out of the room, Cash was standing there wearing a sapphire-blue polo shirt and blue jeans. He looked happy and handsome. She saw the smile on his face get bigger and bigger. He walked toward her and ran his fingers through her hair.
“You look beautiful,” he whispered with a grin. For the first time she saw in his eyes just how much he loved her. “Well, let’s get going. I want tonight to be perfect. If you don’t mind, I’d like to blindfold you because where we’re going is a surprise.”
Once they got into the car, Cash told her to relax and enjoy the ride. He held her hand the entire time. When the car finally stopped, he removed the blindfold. She noticed he never took his eyes off her as she stared out at the water. She was in awe of the scenery.
“Where are we?”
He got out of the car and came to the other side to let her out. “We’re at Boomer Lake. I thought this would be a nice, quiet place to have a picnic. Come on, I don’t want to miss the sunset.” He rushed her to a nearby spot and spread out a blanket. When he took her hand to help her sit down, she noticed his palms were sweaty.
“Too bad I’m not old enough to drink,” he said as he wiped the sweat from his brow.
She didn’t know what that meant, so she just smiled and admired the view. He sat behind her and held her close while they watched the sunset. The water was still and perfect as the sun reflected off the lake.