When Thornton entered the house, Alana was sitting in the living room. He could see that she had been crying. His heart twisted because he could sense her pain. He wished that there was something that he could do to make her smile again.
David returned to his big empty house. Without Alana, it no longer felt like home to him. He decided to call an attorney and find out what his options were for getting past Thornton and seeing his wife. There was no way that he would allow Alana to divorce him because of Erin.
After speaking with the attorney, David decided to temporarily move out of the house so that Alana could return home. He didn’t want her staying with Thornton.
Alana went to the bathroom to wash her tear stained face. When she went back to the livingroom, Thornton came over to her and put his arms around her. At first she found his embrace comforting, but then when he tightened his arms, she began to feel uncomfortable. She moved away from him.
“Thornton, you have been so kind to me. Why don’t you let me cook dinner for us?”, she suggested.
“Sure, if you want to.”, Thornton agreed.
Thornton had told her that he loved seafood. Since there was Salmon in the refrigerator, Alana prepared grilled Salmon. She was an excellent chef.
Thornton watched her move around the kitchen as she prepared the meal. Even though pregnant, she was still very graceful. Trying to take her mind off of her situation with David, he made light conversation with her.
“Do you plan on going back to work after the baby is born?”, he asked her.
“I hadn’t planned to go back right away.”, she said. “Now that David and I are no longer together, I don’t know what I am going to do.”, she told him. Tears began to drip down her cheeks again.
“I am sorry Thornton. I’ve lost my appetite.”, she said and then went upstairs to the master bedroom.
Thornton felt bad that he had made her upset again. She had placed the salmon on a serving platter, and Thornton prepared a plate. Then he sat down to eat.
Thornton’s phone rang just as he finished cleaning the kitchen.
“Hello, Mr. Wolff, this is David Fermin. Do you think that my wife will speak with me now?”, I said.
“I don’t know if that is a good idea. She is very upset right now.”, Thornton said.
I sighed. “Who was he to decide for Alana that I should not speak with her.”, I thought to myself.
“Would you please tell her that I am temporarily moving out. She can go back home now. It is no longer necessary for her to remain with you.“, I told him.
Thornton thought quickly. He was not ready for Alana to leave yet.
“I will discuss it with Mrs. Fermin and then get back to you.”, Thornton said., “Is there anything else Mr. Fermin?”
I hesitated. “Please tell Alana that I love her, and I am sorry if I hurt her.”, I told him.
“I’ll pass along the message.”, Thornton told him and disconnected the call.
He went upstairs to talk with Alana. After he knocked at the door, Alana told him to come in. She was standing at the window looking at the ocean. Thornton thought that she herself made a beautiful view. He was suddenly nervous about speaking with her. His palms were all sweaty. This was not like him at all!
“What is wrong with me?”, he asked himself. Suddenly, it hit him like a ton of bricks. “I am in love with Alana!” He had fallen for her hard. He still had to tell her about David’s call.
Thornton told Alana what David had said when he called. Her reaction surprised him.
“How dare he say,’If he hurt me!’,” she repeated indignantly. “He knows he hurt me!” She started angrily pacing the room.
“Alana, I don’t think that it is a good idea for you to stay alone right now, not with your pregnancy and your emotional condition. You are more than welcome to continue staying with me until your baby is born or your divorce is final.“, Thornton told her.
“How long will it take before the divorce is final?”, she asked.
“Usually, it can take up to a year. However, if David doesn’t contest it, I can expedite the paperwork. Then I know some judges who can finalize it for you within a couple of weeks.”, he told her.
Alana felt overwhelmed. “I can’t think right now, Thornton!”, she cried. Then she burst into wracking sobs. Thornton took her into his arms again and held her close until her tears subsided.
“Lay down and get some rest.”, he told her. “I’m going to bring you something to eat in a couple of hours.”
Alana came to a sudden decision. “Thornton, I am going to take you up on your offer and stay here, but I will call David myself and tell him.”, she said.
“I’m glad you are staying. I’ll give you some privacy for your call. Let me know if you need anything.”, Thornton said and left the room.
Alana called me. I recognized her number on my caller ID and answered right away.
“Hello!”, I answered, relieved that she was calling to talk with me.
The sound of David’s voice brought a sharp pain into Alana’s heart. “David, I just called to tell you that I am going to stay with Thornton for a while longer. It’s just easier this way. Please just leave me alone. I won’t stand in your and Erin’s way. Thornton is going to file the divorce papers as soon as possible.”, she told him.
Alana’s words brought tears to my eyes. “Alana, please don’t do this!”, I pleaded with her.
“David, I saw how Erin looked at you! I saw you holding each other. Please don’t deny that you have feelings for her. You know what kind of woman I am. I refuse to share you with her. You can’t have both of us. When you began your relationship with her, then you chose her over me. Please just leave me alone now. I can’t take much more!”, she told me and then disconnected the call.