Hopelessly Devoted

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Chapter Twenty-Two: What did you expect?

Texas Conrad the fourth sat in his private house extension staring into the fireplace. He had poured himself a drink, which he didn’t really do, but tonight seemed like a good one to make an exception. He had lost everything. To anyone else, they would say ‘suck it up, buttercup’ you’re a multi-millionaire for goodness sakes. Shouldn’t we all have it so hard? But to Tex, all the money in the world was not worth losing what he had. He stood up and walked over to the mantle. My picture was framed on the end next to our homecoming dance snapshot. It was a picture in which I was wearing a black two-piece bikini and sunglasses. I was looking at the camera and sticking out my tongue. Tex smirked, running his thumb over my face.

It had started raining a little over an hour ago. Texas thought this fitting as it coincided with the breaking of his heart. ’Even the sky is sobbing’ he said out loud to no one. When my picture refused to speak to him, he placed it back on the mantle and turned to head down the stairs, but he noticed a flash of white as lightning streaked across the sky. Squinting his eyes, he turned again and stared out the large window. The very same window we had locked eyes so long ago.

In a fluid motion, he moved to the door, opened it, and then walked around the deck to where I was standing. My hair was dripping and wet around my face. My make-up had run to my neck. A part of my wedding dress had torn on the way up the stairs and I was sobbing uncontrollably.

Tex smiled. In that moment, I was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen.

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