Cora gently takes her hand. “Why don’t you come to my place? I live out in the country and it’s really quiet.”
“I don’t know. I just got in town and…”
“I know about you and Cash, it’s on the news. Come to my place, please,” Cora begs.
“Well, okay,” Alexandria reluctantly agrees. She reminds herself that Cora is her friend and it’s nice to see a familiar face.
The ride out to Cora’s place feels like an eternity. She wasn’t kidding about living out in the country. She stares out the window and marvels at miles and miles of green fields. When they get to Cora’s house, Alexandria notices how spacious and beautiful it is and that it has a rustic touch. She feels like she just walked into a Country Living magazine. She can’t imagine Cora living in this big house all alone, but then again she’s never known her to have much company.
“Cora, your home is lovely. How did you get so lucky to find it?”
“This was my uncle’s house for years, but when he passed away, he left it to me since he didn’t have any kids of his own. I was his favorite niece anyway. I just wish he left me more money.”
“Oh, I’m sorry for your loss. So he wasn’t married?”
“No. He had a girlfriend, but they didn’t have the best relationship and there were rumors that she was cheating on him. I think he must have known because he never wanted to marry her and he didn’t leave her a dime. I guess the joke was on her. You should have seen her face when they read the will. I’ve never seen anyone turn so red in my life.” She giggles.
“I’m sure it was a sight to see.” After laughing to be polite, Alexandria’s smile fades.
“Alexandria, he’s not dead. I know you’re on the run and worried about Amelia. The moment the news broke I couldn’t believe it.”
Warm tears stream down her face and it makes her angry. “Cora, it was unimaginable. He was so convinced that I was having an affair that he couldn’t think straight. He was going to kill my coworker and I couldn’t let him throw his life away, so I grabbed the gun. I swear it was an accident. I would never try to kill my husband and what’s worse is his crazy sister…wait! Did you say he’s not dead?”
“Yes, he’s still alive, but in a coma. At least that’s what the news lady said this morning.”
“Oh, thank God! He’s not dead. This is the best news I could have heard today.” Alexandria vigorously runs her fingers through her hair.
Cora steps closer with a frown on her face.
“Listen, Alexandria, I know you’re happy that he’s not dead, but would you still want to be with him if you could?”
“Of course I would. I love him, beyond words. If he dies, then I’ll be…broken. I know it sounds crazy, but Cash has gone through a lot of emotional breakdowns since witnessing his father’s suicide,” Alexandria informs her.