Like a Dream


“I saw the listing online and was interested in renting this lovely home,” Leona says, still gawking at the brick details. When she looks back at Rebecca she produces a big smile.

“Why don’t I show you all around? This is a beautiful area with a lake nearby and plenty of room to explore or have large gatherings,” Rebecca says.

They walk inside the house, and it takes Amelia’s breath away. There are hardwood floors throughout and lots of windows. The kitchen is huge, with granite countertops and a large island.

“There are four spacious bedrooms and four baths. Each room has a bathroom and a large walk-in closet. The master bedroom is down here and the other three are upstairs. There’s also an attic you could use as an extra room if you like, and the owner’s built a basement underneath,” Rebecca explains. Amelia can hear the anxiousness in her voice; she desperately hopes they decide to rent it.

They continue to marvel at the logistics of the perfect home. French double doors lead them to the backyard, taking them to another stunning development. It’s an enormous backyard with a wrought-iron fence surrounding the perimeter and a tiny birdbath sitting in the center of the lawn. Three big oak trees stand tall and beautiful. The fence separates their yard from a forest. All they can see are more trees and greenery stretching beyond anyone’s imagination. Amelia turns around and looks up and can see the back doors to their bedrooms. She also notices an elevated walkway that wraps around to the front of the house. Winding stairs from the walkway lead right down to the backyard.

“You guys seem like a nice bunch, so if you’re interested we can go inside and go over the lease agreement. I’ve already shown this house to several people, and they all say it’s too much room or it’s not in their price range. The owners would really like to rent it out as soon as possible,” Rebecca informs them.

“Where are the owners?” Leona probes.

“They moved out of the state. This is more of an income property now,” Rebecca replies.

“So are they coming back soon or is it a long-term move? I would hate to move in and get settled if they’re planning on selling the house within a couple months,” Leona gripes.

“Oh no, ma’am, they won’t be back any time soon. The owner inherited this house from her parents when they died. She and her husband lived here for a year before they got news that his mother was really sick. So they decided to move back home to be with her in Maine. I have a feeling you guys will be just fine.”

Leona looks at Amelia, Navid, and Eli, and they all nod in approval. “Okay, well let’s get the paperwork together,” Leona says happily.

“Let’s go!” Rebecca says, with relief.

For the first time since the incident, Amelia doesn’t feel as bad as before because now she’ll have a chance to explore and unwind in such a beautiful place. I could get lost here. Maybe things won’t be so bad after all. She wonders if there are good schools in the neighborhood, which would be a great way for her to get some space. After they wait around for an hour, Leona walks out of the kitchen with a big smile on her face.


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About shinaj1

Shina James is the author of LIKE A DREAM and MONSTROUS TIES, which are both available on Amazon as well as multiple retailers. She is currently working on the final book in the LIKE A DREAM series, WAKING AMELIA and can't wait to share it with her readers. While residing in Texas, she loves spending time with her husband and two kids.
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