How to use A-d in a sentence
He walked down the hill, pausing a reverent moment at the headstone, and then ducked under a limb as he continued down the hill.
A sudden gust of wind circled them and whispered words in her mind.
Taking her in his arms, he held her close for a moment and then planted a kiss on her forehead.
Reluctantly she pulled away, her pulse and respiration in a race.
Her sigh was a mixture of contentment and relief.Advertisement
I'm going to make myself a sandwich and get back to work.
Are you opposed to a break now and then?
After dressing and freshening up, she found him in the kitchen wolfing down a sandwich.
We've got a meeting at two and it's almost one-thirty now.
No one could deny that Alex was a devoted husband and father.Advertisement
In a way, Carmen and Alex had adopted a family.
Carmen rinsed a dish and sighed.
Alex got a relief when the conversation turned to something else and stayed there for the rest of the evening.
They circled the room twice before a hand reached up and tapped Alex on the shoulder.
Such a pleasant day and evening should have ended with a restful night and happy dreams, but it didn't.Advertisement
She grabbed the coffee cup and took a sip as she stepped around him.
She stopped in the kitchen when she spotted the skillet of scrambled eggs and a pan of biscuits beside it.
Of course, if you prefer, we can wait until you come home from work and make it a fun family event.
A few minutes later they all marched in and took their places at the table.
I already have a son and daughter.Advertisement
I should get rid of this and buy something a little more feminine.
He had indicated enough times that he would like to see her in something a little more feminine and fashionable.
She lifted a hand and caressed his cheek.
You always look neat and clean - even if you are a little out of style.
When they finally got on the plane, she and Jonathan had a window seat - Jonathan in front of her.Advertisement
Strong warm fingers touched her hand and a palm slid under hers, forcing her hands apart.
Felipa looked to be in her early twenties and had a sunshine smile that made Carmen feel welcome.
I have a mare; and we have a five-year-old mare with a colt, a four year-old filly, and a two-year-old filly... oh, and my mare is going to foal again in January.
It was a hacienda, not a ranch, and Señor Medena was the patrón.
A wide porch stretched the length of the building, and above it were two balconies with black wrought iron banisters that curved out gracefully.Advertisement
A tall perfectly formed and decorated Christmas tree stood beside the staircase.
His gaze sought Carmen and the sides of his mouth turned up in a warm smile.
Carmen met his gaze for a moment - long enough to reunite, and then they both turned back to the others.
Jonathan and Destiny's room had two twin beds in it, as well as a television.
You could wear a feed sack at a formal dinner and not look underdressed.Advertisement
I don't want her to wake up in a strange room and not be able to find us.
Someone knocked on the door and when she answered it, a man brought in their luggage.
That pleased smile was on his lips again and his eyes held a glint of humor.
For a moment she surrendered to his warm lips and secure embrace, clinging to him as her heart stepped up pace.
The idea of making love in a strange bedroom was disturbing enough, but with only a door between them and the children, locked or not, it didn't feel right.Advertisement
Carmen grabbed a napkin and began wiping the mashed potatoes from her hand.
Why is it good when you adopt a baby that isn't yours, but bad if it's yours and you don't give birth to it?
He rested a hand on her shoulder and sighed, gazing down at her tenderly.
A slow smile spread over his mouth and spilled into his eyes.
She rolled over and sat up, but he stopped her with a hand on her arm.Advertisement
Felipa kicked her horse into a lope and rode up beside him.
He made a face and stopped his horse.
Normally it was a raised area, dark pink, but now it looked red and angry.
Alex looked surprised for a moment and then his lips clamped together firmly.
Christmas was only a few days away, and yet it didn't seem like Christmas.Advertisement
Alex had asked one of the men go into town and rent a car for them.
Ultimately it had cost them a child and her ability to have more.
A coloring book and crayons kept her busy while they worked and talked.
No, it is a welcome home party - for you and Alex.
If she was invited, it was as a guest of Alex, so he would tell her when and if he decided to go.
Carmen drew a slow breath and glanced self-consciously at Dulce and Alondra.
Alondra watched Carmen reflectively for a while and finally spoke.
Felipa considered the question a moment and then her brows resumed their normal position.
I want what you have - a husband who loves me - and children.
Carmen put a foot on the first step and then heard voices.
As she glanced up, Morino and Alex started down the stairs, the tall lanky foreman taking two at a time.
For a moment she lay waiting, and then realized he had fallen asleep.
Then we will all go down together and Maria can get acquainted with her while you are measured for a dress.
As they approached the building, a large group of people came out whooping and yelling.
From there the horse dashed in and out of the poles and came to a stop on his haunches.
How could he do such a thing in front of Jonathan... and where was Jonathan?
Alex handed the reins to a caretaker and dusted himself off as he headed for the gate.
Alex obliged and then the four of them continued to a lot where some horses grazed.
They admired the new foal and a few other horses.
A stop for lunch and then a drive over the biggest bridge Carmen had ever seen - and then they were in Galveston.
Alex shot her a stern look and she made a face.
Do me a favor and don't listen to Dulce.
Señor Medena came out and watched for a while.
Felipa was wearing a perky red satin gown with spaghetti straps and full skirt.
Nina returned with a dress made of dark purple velvet and satin.
A live band started playing a waltz and he dropped a hand to her waist.
For a minute there I thought you were going to bolt and run.
A tall young man tapped his shoulder and Alex surrendered her to the second dance of the evening.
He looked to be about her age and his blond hair was neatly combed into a fashionable style.
She rested one hand on his upper arm and surrendered her other to a hand that engulfed hers.
They danced for a few minutes in comfortable silence, and finally he spoke again.
I guess the only thing he wanted more than that was a good woman and children.
He turned and walked away, his head nearly a foot above the others.
Dulce regarded her reflectively for a moment longer and then walked away without saying another word.
For a moment her heart beat overtime and it looked as though she might fall, but Alex smoothly caught her and stepped around, covering her fumbling so well that no one appeared to notice.
He just turned twenty-one and he thinks he is a man now.
It was far too sweet and had a bitter aftertaste.
They mingled with the guests a little longer and then Carmen excused herself.
For a moment he looked confused, and then turned away.
Dulce motioned to Carmen from a hallway, so Carmen told Alex to take the children up and she would be up shortly.
It was a picture taken at the party and the focus was on Carmen and Alex.
Carmen was looking at someone behind the camera and Alex was looking at a girl who stood about five feet from him.
She tossed the picture in his lap again and made a face.
A slow smile worked its way across his face and into his eyes.
Marked on it in bold letters were the words "Baby A" and "Baby B".
When you bring the babies home, can I come stay with you for a while and help take care of them?
A chair scraped next to her and Alex swore softly under his breath.
Alondra walked into the room with some tissues and a damp rag.
Carmen wiped Destiny's face and eyes with the cool rag and used a tissue to wipe her nose.
A part of her might never forgive him for what he did... and that was a dark part of her personality that she didn't want him to see.
It might cross a person's mind now and then that their spouse might be unfaithful, but insisting on it for months was another thing.
A piñata had been hung from one of the banisters above and the children of some of the employees joined them.
Jonathan knocked a lamp off the table and it shattered.
A man takes ownership of his deeds and acts responsibly.
He sank into the chair and let out a long breath.
A few minutes later Dulce and Alex joined them at the table.
Dulce remained in a sour mood, and left the group as soon as possible.
There will be one from each of us to the other, and then a couple for the children from Santa.
I had grand plans to build and run a large-scale horse ranch.
Sometimes Alex and Jonathan play soccer, and sometimes we all go for a ride in the buggy.
The children played and they all talked for a while longer.
Alex rolled his eyes and made a face.
His jaw tightened and his eyes flashed a warning.
Finally he looked down at his lap and let out a long weary sigh.
Dulce and Alex had such a strange relationship.
She went upstairs and changed into Jeans and a fitted blouse.
Alex didn't answer and it went to his voice mail, so she left a message.
He says it's only a few miles away and we'll be right back.
The table and chairs were made of a dark rich wood, and the tiles on the floor looked like polished bricks.
A couple of wing-backed chairs and sofa sank luxuriously into that thick wine carpet, but what caught her full attention was the wide curving staircase.
The wooden banisters were polished to a high finish, and the hardwood stairs were covered on the walkway with more carpet.
Carmen turned and lifted a hand to shade her eyes from the sun.
Carmen accepted the outstretched hand and placed a foot in the vacated stirrup.
They talked for a few minutes and then Carmen left to take Destiny to their room.
Carmen shoved a wide-eyed Destiny into his arms and turned to follow Dulce.
Dulce turned, and for a moment Carmen thought she might strike her.
Still, if Señor Medena adopted Dulce when she was a baby and raised her, then he was her father - blood relative or not.
She waved a hand at the house and leaned toward Carmen.
She felt as though a cold hand grasped her stomach and squeezed hard.
No matter what she said, getting him back meant financial security - a roof over her head and everything that went along with it.
Apparently he found what he was looking for, because a smile touched the corners of his mouth and his eyes warmed.
When did that start - and was it a good thing?
Maybe they were both a little wrong... and a little right.
He was a good husband and father.
Alex wore a light blue sweater that accentuated his dark complexion and Jonathan was dressed likewise.
Breakfast was a quiet meal, with Dulce absent and Señor Medena lost in thought.
The morning passed in a pleasant way and soon it was time to leave.
Alex was in a good mood and it was a pleasant trip - until Felipa made a comment about Tessa's visit the night before.
They probably had a lot to discuss and most likely were not alone.
Within a few minutes the plane was dipping and rising in a way that made her stomach roll uncomfortably.
She put a hand to her mouth and glanced around for something to be sick in.
Alex instantly provided a little white bag and she made use of it.
Alex sat up and leaned over her, speaking softy in a voice that was little more than a whisper.
He slid an arm under her and gently took her hand in his, planting a warm moist kiss in the center of the palm.
When she re-entered the bedroom, he was propped up on a pillow, his eyes closed and the blankets tucked around his neck.
A strong hand shot out and grasped her arm.
His expression was a blend of question and concern.
But we're married - and have been for a long time.
For a moment he simply gazed into her eyes, and then he drew a deep breath.
We're probably all a little hypocritical at times - and we're all sinners, so I hear.
Why would a good looking wealthy man move to the country, become a veterinarian and marry a country hick?
It was a sobering and unpleasant question.
He sat down in a chair and methodically placed the cup on the table, his gaze fixed to it.
A flush crawled up his neck, across his face and hid behind flashing dark eyes.
A cold wind tore at her hair as she stomped across the courtyard and out to the chicken coup.
Jonathan put the last fork beside a plate and smiled up at her.
He stabbed a fork into the roast and cut a small slice off.
Then he put a few chunks of carrots and potatoes on the plate.
He worked quietly for a few minutes and then finally turned his attention to Carmen.
That sweet chocolate gaze softened and a smile touched the corners of his mouth.
It was unrealistic to think two people could spend a lifetime together and never squabble about anything.
There was no immediate need for a van and if they did need one, they... he, obviously had the money.
A few days later when Carmen and Destiny were visiting Katie, the issue popped out of her mouth in another conversation.
I was thinking about buying a new vehicle and wondered if we had the money, so I looked at his financial information on the computer.
Actually, I would have thought it was a lot more - but then, he did pay cash for the house and clinic.
She threw the potato into a pan and eyed Carmen reflectively.
Katie piled the potatoes in another pan and picked it up, along with the knife and a bag of peals.
Sit down and I'll fill you in a little.
Carmen sat Destiny on the floor and picked up the pan of pealed potatoes, along with a paring knife.
Carmen picked up a potato and started pealing it.
Katie snorted and grabbed a potato.
I always wondered if that was why Mom and Dad split up for a while - because Mom was used to a different lifestyle and social circle.
Anyway, Mom had a brother and a sister.
Aunt Paulette, (we all called her Aunt Paulie) married a real estate agent and moved to Arkansas.
Mom always had a good relationship with her sister and brother.
Katie made a face and then winked at Carmen.
Considering her own feelings about Alex, and the fact that he was a lot like his father, it wasn't hard to imagine that his mother never got over Señor Medena.
I'm sure that had a lot to do with it - that and the connections.
He came back from a trip down there one time and was upset because he said Uncle Fabrice treated him like a dunce in front of customers.
Sometimes, but it's a long way to a restaurant and a lot of hassle to go.
It was a pleasant escape from the dust and noise of the building going on above them.
Carmen fed her a light lunch and she lay down to sleep for a while.
It's been almost a week and she hasn't been coughing today.
The x-rays were conclusive and indicated a bad infection in the lower lobe of one lung.
Alex patiently consoled and distracted her while the nurse taped a padded board to her hand and wrist so she couldn't move it.
Her eyes were large and imploring as she was wheeled down the hall to a room in the pediatric ward.
Carmen sat one side of the bed and Alex on the other, each holding a tiny hand.
Carmen sat in a chair next to the bed and prepared for a long night.
After they left, Carmen sank into the chair and picked up a horse magazine.
Carmen dozed in the chair a few times off and on until about midnight.
By that time she was hungry and decided to make a deal with the night shift.
Destiny woke and ate a few bites before going back to sleep.
That wasn't easy to do when a person was physically and emotionally exhausted.
A few minutes later they came in and got Destiny to take her for more x-rays.
If he was coming down with a cold, he needed rest - and Destiny didn't need to be exposed to it.
Carmen woke to a crackling sound and sat up, trying to identify it.
Destiny coughed and sat up with a wale that sounded more like a broken growl.
Destiny stiffened with a fit of coughing and then drug a deep rattling breath.
Carmen grabbed a tissue from the table next to the bed and wiped Destiny's nose.
Carmen swallowed a lump in her throat and blinked tears from her eyes.
He lifted his hand and displayed a doll to Destiny.
There was a long silence and then Señor Medena spoke.
Carmen asked, and then made a face.
There was a fine line between protecting and smothering, though.
For a moment she envisioned him and felt a pang of loneliness.
It was the middle of the day, and Alex never took a nap.
He said Destiny's fever had broken and if she continued to improve, they would take the tent off her bed in a few days.
She was cleaning the coffee pot and Alex was reclining in a chair at the table, enjoying the last cup of coffee.
There was a fine line between being frugal and being a miser.
She wiped the pot with a dishtowel and carefully placed it on the coffee maker.
Nor did he say anything when she exchanged the guitar for a violin and paid for lessons.
Even Mrs. Reynolds pitched in with some stuffed animals - a giraffe and horse.
She gathered it in a hug and smelled deeply of it.
He had a lot on his plate right now... the twins, his father and who knew what else?
It didn't take long for him to get home, and when he came in from the garage, he went directly to his gun cabinet and took out a rifle.
Pulling gloves and a bag from his pocket, he proceeded to collect the grisly specimen.
Maybe she was right, and if Alex hadn't been such a perfect husband in every other way, she might have done it.
He had a family to support - and two more children on the way.
I know, sweetheart, and that is a comfort, but it won't be that bad.
Corn seasoned with red bell peppers and black beans made a colorful vegetable.
She helped Destiny into a frilly white dress with yellow trim and they both finished up with white sandals.
When Destiny wanted to wear a ring like mommy, Carmen tied a yellow ribbon around her finger and made a bow of it on the top.
Alex divided his attention between a very attentive Destiny and a reserved Carmen.
Throughout the meal she led the subject a weaving path around the animals, the weather, and work on the nursery.
His lips held a faint smile and his eyes twinkled.
A warm hand caressed its way up her back and around to cradle her breast.
He held a hand up to her and then guided her down to his lap.
Without a word, she slipped into his arms and fell into the rhythm of his step.
He was watching her, a wry smile on his face and an amused twinkle in his eyes.
Carmen read to her from a book for a few minutes until she fell asleep and then turned the light off.
If you don't stand up and demand a change, he'll keep on doing it.
She was slicing some left over pork roast for a recipe tomorrow when Alex walked in and announced that Destiny and Jonathan were asleep.
Finally she put the knife down and started putting the sliced meat in a plastic container.
Finally he took down a couple of cups and poured them some coffee.
He took a few sips and finally broached the subject.
Her stomach contracted and then twisted into a knot.
The wound opened again and the salt he threw into it drew a sharp response from her.
You're a wonderful husband and father.
She gave him a final squeeze and released him.
Why would she hide him from me all this time and suddenly ask for a fortune?
You're Carmen, and that's a lot.
He planted a lingering kiss on her lips and drew back.
He wants you because you would do a good job, and because you are his son.
The only business experience she had was the goat dairy, the non-functional farm and a horse ranch that had been in the fetal stage for years.
Carmen set her jaw and challenged them each with a stern look.
She paused, sucking in a deep breath, and then threw her hands in the air in defeat.
Everyone was watching her with a horrified expression - even Jonathan and Destiny.
Alex's mouth twisted into a wry smile and the dark eyes that sought hers held a trace of humor.
Everyone relaxed and the conversation did a one-eighty.
June leaped into July and Random gave birth to a little filly for Jonathan.
Eureka was a dark Appaloosa with dark spots on white loins, quarters and croup.
She glanced down at the straining bodice and made a face.
She watched him as he answered it and then headed toward her at a brisk pace.
There had been two cancellations on a flight and Alex grabbed them.
Finally he sucked a couple times and then began searching again.
It felt like a sudden and painful swelling.
A lump formed in her throat and tears spilled from her eyes.
The nurse knocked on the door and then came in carrying a crying Natalie.
Natalie needed little encouragement - or maybe it was because Carmen was a little more relaxed and experienced.
Carmen glanced at Alex and did a double take.
When a female voice answered, he pressed the speaker button and the phone call became theirs.
Carmen was breast feeding Matthew and Felipa was feeding Natalie with a bottle.
He set the tray down on the table and handed a steaming cup of coffee to Señor Medena.
They sipped their coffee in silence for a few minutes and then Señor Medena spoke.
Father and Dad are two different things to a son.
Alex ran a hand through his hair and rubbed the back of his neck.
Lightening flashed in the east and thunder rumbled a posthumous threat.
As he turned, the lights of a silent ambulance bounced across the long stretch of pasture between the highway and the mangled car.
Officer Lathum met him half way to the car and lifted a bushy gray brow.
Lathum walked beside him to their patrol car and picked up a tablet.
That wide-eyed innocent look and those full lips reminded him of a fairytale princess.
Even the way she wore her hair, with those braids wrapped around the top of her head like a crown and the long shiny blond curls falling around her shoulders and down her back – she wasn't simply beautiful.
According to Lisa, they were the closest thing to a family that she had other than her parents and siblings.
He pressed his face against the window and managed a forlorn goodbye wave.
Howard was a good ten years older and had far more important things on his mind – like his new position as partner at the law firm.
They would all get together and wash her old car, winding up in a gleeful water fight.
She pondered a few minutes and then smiled.
A few weeks wouldn't mean the difference in paying for college, and she could use the time to relax.
Her heart skipped a beat and then began to pound in her ears.
The blue skirt and sweater were a little dressy for jail, but they'd no doubt give her some fashionable stripes to wear anyway.
He looked startled for a moment, and then composed himself.
Headlights flashed on the curtains briefly and a car door slammed.
Len's face was pasty white and for a moment she thought he was going to throw up.
Her mouth felt dry and her voice was barely a whisper.
Candy spilled across the coffee table and a glass bowl was shoved in front of her mouth.
Codes mingled with names and addresses in a request for medical assistance.
Connie returned with a cool damp rag which she placed on Lisa's face and then the back of her neck.
Feeling returned with a vengeance and her head pounded mercilessly.
He grabbed a rag and wet it before wiping her mouth.
Howard hesitated and shot a questioning glance at Connie, who shrugged and turned away.
Lisa came home from the hospital the day before the funeral and Connie insisted on staying with her for a while.
They hadn't seen her in church for a while and they were worried about her.
I could be a room mate – help you with the bills and pay rent.
A 24-hour guard wasn't possible and arresting him would only make him more dangerous.
For a moment she hesitated, and then accelerated.
Ahead was nothing but a narrow dirt road lined with mature Oak trees and brush.
Acquaintances were shallow and many, but if a person had one true friend in a lifetime, they were blessed.
Only low brush could grow in so small a space... no trees to prevent a vehicle from plunging into the forested mountain ranges below and beyond.
She tentatively lifted a foot into the front seat, and knew a moment of panic when her sandal heel caught in the hem of her dress.
She closed her eyes and said another prayer before she clamped a sweaty hand around the cold door handle.
Once free of the vehicle she took a deep breath and turned to face her rescuer.
The man lifted his hands gently from the trunk, and the rear wheels of the car lifted a few inches from the ground.
A gust of wind whipped at her full skirt and tossed her long blond curls into the air.
Beginning at his dusty oxfords and indigo blue jeans, her scrutiny continued up to a neatly tucked in worn white cotton shirt with the sleeves rolled up to mid arm.
I'll ride back to the house and get my car and a chain.
Without another word, he turned the horse and kicked it into a trot in the opposite direction.
It was nearly dark and she was a good fifty miles from home.
It was getting late and the air was taking on a chill.
It poised for a moment and then took a dive off the cliff.
Yeah, you could get to it, but it would take a while, and you'd be subjecting yourself to thorns, ticks, snakes and about ten miles of the roughest country you can imagine.
Her spirits did a roller coaster as she desperately watched his retreating back, and then comprehended his words.
His voice was gruff, and his brows were drawn together in a frown... and yet the blue eyes twinkled with humor.
The grass had been mown short for about five feet on either side of the narrow drive, and a tangle of underbrush and trees lay beyond... freedom, or a barrier?
Paintings hung on every wall and expensive looking pottery lamps with hand painted shades gave the room a warm glow.
Her large brown eyes took in Lisa with surprise and she threw her son a questioning look.
It's a long way to drive from Fayetteville, and then they'd have to bring you back in the morning.
A curly blond head peeked around the corner and large blue eyes studied the stranger cautiously.
Tammy half skipped and hopped down the hall, throwing a shy smile over her shoulder at Lisa before disappearing into a doorway.
He said, and dropped into a recliner.
He picked up a newspaper and snapped it open, his attention instantly captured by something he found in its crinkled pages.
So you threw your clothes in a suitcase and ran away.
She pulled the blanket around her shoulders and curled into a shivering ball, staring through the window into the darkness.
The room lit up with a bright flash of lightening, and thunder rattled the windowpane.
The car was a loss anyway, but her purse and clothes would be ruined.
She dressed hurriedly in the clothes Sarah had loaned her and ran fingers through her hair, wishing she had a comb.
The movement caught Giddon's attention and he glanced from Tammy to Lisa with a puzzled expression.
I said I'd take you and I'm a man of my word.
A four wheel ATV was parked next to the porch and Giddon stepped over it, seating himself as he turned the key.
Apparently this was a favorite haunt for Giddon... and how many others?
Giddon swung his arm out and pointed to a patch of flowers.
Such an unlikely spot for a home site, and yet, the remains of a chimney gave indisputable proof that one had existed at some point.
Giddon exclaimed sharply and clawed a spider web from his face.
Far from the grouchy expression he had put on at the beginning of the ride, now his eyes flashed with humor, and his lips were twisted in a friendly smile.
Giddon paused at a mud hole and pointed at a track.
But then so was the scream of a mountain lion, and she had never seen one of those, either.
She glanced around for some kind of weapon as they walked, and soon came up with a walking stick.
On the other hand, if he wanted to harm her, he might snatch the stick from her and use it as a weapon against her.
The stored tears continued to flow and the sobs wracked her body, robbing it of the ability to speak – barely allowing a breath to be drawn.
Even so, it was as if a something had been lifted from her chest, allowing the flow of oxygen and blood to a starving brain.
Opening it, she removed a tissue and wiped the tears from her face.
Exhaustion left her feeling cold and weak, which was probably why her foot slipped on the edge of a rock.
It felt good to be off her feet, even if only momentarily and in such a manner.
For a moment his warm lips felt reassuring, and then reality broke the spell.
He started the engine and she clamped her arms around him, clinging to him as he spun the tires in a spray of pebbles and rocks.
At one point he splashed through a mud puddle, throwing mud and water all over her.
She knocked his hand away and headed for the house in a stiff jointed hobble.
She crossed her arms and gave him a level look.
Why don't you go take a warm shower and I'll have a hot meal ready by the time you're done.
Sarah gave Giddon a stern look and then returned her attention to Lisa.
She had some money tucked away in a cookie jar in the kitchen and she intended to pay him something, whether he liked it or not.
He looked up and studied her face intently for a moment.