But then, she hadn't approved of his drinking or the way he treated Lori either.
Would he be disappointed that Lori got it?
She had probably resurrected his memory of how Lori had tried to break them up.
As soon as Lori was able, she signed the adoption papers and left the state with her sister.
Josh's mother and father lived on a farm within walking distance of Carmen and Alex – and from the farm where Lori and Josh lived when Josh died.
Mums, as everyone called Mrs. Reynolds, had been like a second mother to Lori and Carmen.
Mums thought the lack of good parenting was why Lori went wild.
Josh was gone now, and Lori didn't want anything to do with Destiny.
Surely Lori would have known the difference.
Lori said Josh wanted Carmen and Alex to have the baby if anything happened to him.
It was an open adoption and Lori had every right to see Destiny.
Lori glanced at Alex.
"Destiny," Alex said, watching Lori expectantly.
Lori tested the name and glanced from Carmen to Alex.
For the first time Lori acknowledged the presence of Jonathan.
"I'm not going to be here that long," Lori said defensively.
"That's enough, Lori," Alex interrupted sternly.
Running a hand through his hair in a way that Carmen had grown to recognize as a nervous habit, he addressed Lori in a tone that was both stern and conversational.
When Lori opened her mouth to protest, he continued.
Lori eyed him doubtfully.
Lori marched out of the house stiffly without saying goodbye.
Lori and Josh had everything going for them, but they were unhappy with each other.
Lori could have kept the baby, the farm and the money, but she chose to "escape" instead.
Deep inside, all she could think about was that Lori might want revenge more than she wanted Destiny.
Lori was certainly independent – and ambitious.
It was hard to believe Josh left Lori out of his will completely.
They grew up together, and Lori had a crush on him since they were teens.
Lori was his wife and the mother of his child.
If he had lived, maybe Lori would have kept Destiny.
In any case, Lori deserved to have something – and probably would have if she had contested the will instead of running away.
The fact that Lori said she didn't want Destiny when she was born didn't mean that she wasn't feeling bad about it now.
They hadn't even asked Lori about her life.
They expected Lori to return that day, but she didn't.
The lawyer assured Alex that Lori could not take Destiny from them at this point.
And yet, in spite of her comment about only being there for a short time, Lori came back several times to visit Destiny.
Destiny had finally reached the point that she would tolerate being held by Lori, but after a few minutes she was ready to get down or go to Alex, Carmen or Jonathan.
At their inquiry, Lori informed them that she had a home and a job in California near her sister, and that she was on vacation.
A week passed without word from Lori... at least Carmen didn't hear from her.
Carmen assumed Lori had gone back to California.
Most of the time they did, but in the case of Lori, each time Carmen asked him about it, he simply said they would discuss it later.
He used to be awake instantly - another indication that this thing with Lori was troubling him deeper than he would admit.
So Lori was still in Arkansas.
Other than the situation with Lori and the fact that it was a busy day, nothing was different than any other day.
You met Lori that day, didn't you?
Lori and I aren't having an affair, Carmen.
Not the abbreviated version contrived for a witless or hysterical wife, but the whole thing – including any designs Lori has on you... or you have for her.
Whether he believed it or not, Lori was a threat to their relationship.
If he was interested in Lori, the damage had already been done.
If Lori hadn't admitted that she loved Alex the day Destiny was born, the idea that the two of them were romantically involved probably wouldn't have crossed her mind.
Maybe I should invite Lori over here and we could both talk to her.
The subject of Lori wasn't something she wanted to get back into.
Alex, Lori had a crush on Josh when they were kids.
"But Lori loved you," she interrupted.
Could Lori have sent the man?
Maybe Lori wanted Alex to think his wife was having an affair.
After he left the room, the situation with Lori stayed on her mind.
Maybe it would be best if Lori spoke to them about this only through an attorney.
Later that evening while they were alone, Carmen and Alex decided that the next time Lori came by or called, Carmen would talk to her and tell her that the option to take Destiny back had passed.
Lori asked in a cool voice.
When Lori didn't respond, Carmen continued.
Lori, I know I told you in the hospital that I would let you have Destiny when you were ready, but I hadn't talked to Alex about it yet.
Lori, legally and emotionally she is our daughter.
Lori hesitated a moment.