Alex said, glancing around.
"I'll get us some coffee," she said, heading for the kitchen.
Still, she said, returning her attention to the old house.
"Let's do it," she finally said unceremoniously.
"Later," he said with a grin that summoned the dimple below one eye.
"Before," she said, knowing her face must be red.
"Tell me, Carmen," Mary said as she dried a dish.
"It's not a big deal," Carmen said, and launched into another subject.
"And I you," he said softly.
He said it would work for a girl or a boy.
"I've got to go wash my hands and shuck this coat," she said.
Katie said that was because Carmen had been raised poor and had become frugal.
You said to go ahead.
"I'm sorry," she said with a sigh.
"I won't talk about it any more," she said cheerfully.
"I prefer," he said with a smile.
"Soon enough," she said, tucking the tickets back into her purse.
"It isn't the seating arrangements that bother me," he said.
"Well, you did tell him you would come down," she said.
"Dad," Jonathan said, "When we get the new baby, where will we put him when we ride in the car?"
"I suppose not," he finally said as he spooned mashed potatoes into his plate.
"It doesn't matter," Alex said.
"I wasn't thinking," she said.
"Good," he said softly against it.
"After seven, sleepy head," she said with a smile.
"I like this," he said, zipping it up.
"I'm sorry I didn't get up earlier," Carmen said.
"It's okay," he said in a flippant tone.
Alex said from the doorway.
"I have been so excited since father said you were coming!" she said to Alex, but her eyes included Carmen.
Ohhh! she said, hugging Destiny.
You will love it there Felipa said enthusiastically.
"Alex tells me you have some nice horses on your ranch," Carmen said to Señor Medena.
"Mostly Arabian," he said, shifting his attention to Carmen.
Alex had directed the little he said to her only.
Carmen said, grabbing her hand and kissing the chubby little fingers.
"Carmen," Señor Medena said.
"Let me show you to your rooms," Felipa said, taking Carmen by the arm.
"Jonathan is in there," he said, unbuttoning his shirt.
"I'll lock the door," he said, his lips returning to hers and lingering in a way that made her feel weak.
"Maybe so," he said as he released her.
"Not for them." he said, and turned to the bathroom.
"That's nice," Alex said quietly, focusing on his plate.
"We'll adjust," she said, and stared down at her plate.
Morino said this horse was gentle.
She said something and then rode ahead.
"I guess," he finally said.
"Carmen," Alex said softly.
When no one said anything she sighed, her attention on Carmen.
"Let's go," Alex said, tucking his shirt into his pants.
Alex said nothing, his stoic features giving no suggestion of what was on his mind.
But I have said they did not know you had a wound.
"I'm not your only child," Alex said stubbornly.
I can talk, Alex said, his voice still firm but gentle.
"I'm sorry," she said, reaching for his arm.
"Yeah!" she said excitedly when he lowered her to sit on his arm.
"Good night," Carmen said to him.
"Good night," he said cheerfully.
"So, shut the door," he said, his voice strained, and drew her into his arms, seeking her lips again in a hungry way.
"I'm sorry," she said.
"I know," he said with a sigh, running fingers through his hair.
The last time he made a business trip to Columbia, he had said they needed the money.
No wonder Alex hadn't said anything about it.
"Not for me," Carmen said instantly, and then blushed.
"Basically, that I require a lot of attention," Carmen said.
"I was raised poor," Carmen said.
Felipa said nothing as she wrapped the last present.
Dad said we were going to watch some horses race tomorrow.
"I couldn't sleep," she said.
Jonathan said you were taking him to some kind of horse race tomorrow.
"I thought I remembered you telling me that," he said, sitting down on the bed.
Nina said, her eyes expressing delight.
He said they as if the horses belonged to the ranch hands.
"It's over here," Jonathan said, leading them toward a large shed.
Remembering what Felipa had said about the girls being out of a home if Alex refused the inheritance, she smiled.
Dulce said I want a lot.
"Whew," he said with a grin.
"I noticed," she said softly.
"Let's see," she said under her breath.
"Yes. I couldn't find a better friend than Alex, could I?" she said.
"A little," she said.
Felipa said it was supposed to be nice outside today.
"She always makes our clothes," Felipa said.
"I will go get your dress," Nina said to Carmen, and left the room.
"What a waste," Nina said.
"It's beautiful," she said breathlessly.
"Now I will fix your hair," Felipa said.
"These are from Alex," she said, and handed her matching earrings.
"I will join you later," she said, and promptly left Carmen alone.
"Well, I wouldn't worry about that," she said.
"Alex seems to be doing well," he said after a long pause.
Most people would have said it was difficult for Alex.
"Oh," he said, smiling.
Alex said he... you look so...
That was the first time she had said it to anyone.
"You speak to each other across the room with your eyes," she said as if it were some incredible feat.
"My turn," he said softly.
"I wondered if you were ever going to come back," she said, moving eagerly into step with him.
"Tessa," he said quickly, and swung her around.
He said I was the most beautiful woman he'd ever seen.
He said he used to work with you.
"I guess not," he said, glancing around.
"Yuck," he said barely above a whisper.
"Wait a minute," she said again.
"Whatever," he said, and walked unsteadily to the bed.
"Someone must have spiked my punch," he said, running a hand through his hair.
"It's alright," she said, standing.
"Carmen," he said softly.
"Carmen," he said again softly.
"I think in August," she said.
"Interesting," Carmen said, handing the picture back to her.
"Thank you," Carmen said as if it were a gift.
"He'd have a cow," Carmen said.
If I didn't want to do what he said I'd tell him so - and he would listen to my reasons.
In fact, she said it was for me.
"I know what you mean," she said," but wouldn't all this have come up eventually?"
"I know," she said.
There is something to be said for being poor.
You said Eduardo was your cousin.
No one had said anything.
Alondra was still a big question mark, but her gut said no to that idea too.
"Thank you," Alex said, accepting the envelope.
"What's this?" she said, frowning as she took the envelope.
"Oh my gosh!" she said, looking back at the photo to read the statistics.
It will be different this time, he said, cuddling her against his chest as if she were a child.
"I'm sorry," Alex said gently.
"Her baby died," Jonathan said.
"I did not know," Felipa said in a voice that sounded stricken.
"I'm OK," she said in a voice saturated with tears.
"I'll take her in the other room," she said, shaking her head when Alex started to assist her.
"I thought you might need these," she said, handing the rag to Carmen and setting the box of tissues on a small table beside her.
Nothing more was said about the tear session.
"I didn't see any point in telling you," she said.
"But you thought you should defend me," he said in a calculating tone.
Carmen, remember what you said to me before we married?
Maybe I shouldn't have said anything right there...
He probably didn't even realize what he said.
"It's Christmas Eve," she said softly.
When Dulce stopped talking, he said something and turned, walking away from her.
"Mostly," Felipa said as she turned toward the kitchen.
"It sounds dull to me," Dulce said, and stood.
"It sounds delightful to me," Alondra said, leaning back on the couch.
No, Dad said today.
"I love you," she said.
"Love," he said, as if the one word were a full explanation.
"This is different," he said, frowning at her.
"Yes, Alex," she said, keeping her voice even.
"I think grandfather likes you," he said one morning to Carmen.
"I'm sorry we're late," Carmen said.
"I hope I do not disturb you," he said.
"A few miles," he said.
"I want him to know where I am in case he returns," she said, flipping open her phone.
"He will not return before we get back," he said quickly.
"Maybe it's even nicer inside," She said with a forced smile.
Morino's uncomfortable gaze shifted from Señor Medena to Alex, and then to Carmen, but he said nothing.
He was just showing me a house he said he was giving as a wedding gift.
"Why not?" he said acidly.
She said in a cool tone.
He hadn't said anything to his father.
"Carmen," he said reaching for her.
"Carmen, I didn't know," he said, reaching for her.
"What?" he finally said.
"Of course it matters," he said, following her to the closet and watching anxiously as she started removing clothes.
"You're jealous," he said.
No matter what she said, getting him back meant financial security - a roof over her head and everything that went along with it.
Her attitude wasn't as Alex had said, 'sour grapes', and he knew it.
They all said goodnight and then headed upstairs.
Señor Medena said goodbye to them at the house, but Alondra and Felipa rode with them in the Limousine to the airport.
"Nothing," he said without looking at her.
"There, you don't need that now," Alex said gently.
"My breath is bad," she said, squirming in his arms.
"I don't know why you didn't just undress me when you put me in bed," she said.
"Lust," she said in almost a whisper.
"Lust," she repeated a little louder, and then said it firmly once more.
"I'm shocked," he said with a straight face.
"I am a prude," she said, still watching his face.
Sure, he said her lifestyle appealed to him, but was that because it was something new?
"I was thinking about my car today," she said.
His expression was wary, but he said nothing.
When you went to Columbia, you said we needed the money.
Actually, what I said was that no one got to the point that they couldn't use more money.
When she called it his money, he always corrected her and said it was theirs.
"I hopped things would be different when we got back home - that we would stop all this bickering," he said crisply.
Alex didn't like any kind of discord, which generally meant that she shouldn't contest anything he said or did.
You said ten minutes.
"If I've been taking you for granted," he said firmly, "I sincerely apologize.
"And of me," he said.
He said I could spend his money with a clear conscience.
I shouldn't have said anything.
I reminded him that he said he went to Columbia because he needed the money.
"Mom," Katie said without looking up.
On the other hand, Katie had flatly refused to provide some information because she said Alex wouldn't want her to tell.
He said they called him a bad name.
For starters, I think I got derailed when you said your mother's name was Alexandrine.
Alex said her name was Sophia.
She said they were both supportive of her when Alex was born.
Alex said she was seeing him again after his wife died.
Gerald said he was one of the best.
My guess is that he meant exactly what he said.
I told you, he told you... as you said, he even offered to let you look at his files.
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.
Katie said he came back one time upset.
Since his current office was directly across from their bedroom, it seemed a better place for babies that Alex said could be born early.
Carmen took her to the doctor, but he said there was no cure for the common cold and not to worry about it.
He had a few basic instructions, but said it would last seven to ten days with or without antibiotics.
"Pneumonia", the doctor said, confirming Alex's fears.
"Katie is going to take you home," Alex said.
"I want to stay here," Carmen said.
"I know," Alex said, "but you need to go home and get some rest."
"Felipa called this morning," Alex said as he sat down in the chair she vacated.
"Good afternoon," he said.
"Sounds great," he said.
Alex said it might not have made any difference, and reminded her that she needed to think positive.
"I will," she said, and kissed him.
"I'm sorry baby," Carmen said, unzipping the tent and reaching inside.
When the nurse arrived, she took Destiny's temperature and said something about the doctor.
"I understand," he said gently, "but try to keep your chin up."
They said she'd be sleepy because of the medicine, so I'll try to sleep while she is asleep.
"Well," she said cheerfully.
"Calm down," the nurse said.
"Mommy will be right here," Carmen said as she gently pulled away.
"For being greedy and making children without god's consent," Carmen said.
"You should get some rest, Carmen," Felipa said.
"I told her I would be here," Carmen said.
"Come on," Felipa said, grabbing Carmen's arm.
"Thank you," she said to Señor Medena.
Alex said something and Jonathan conveyed it to Carmen.
"I don't know," she said.
"I'm still here," he said in a tone that sounded tired.
"Don't be angry, honey," she said.
"I'm not angry," he said roughly.
"You don't know that for sure, Alex," she said gently.
"I'm not on anyone's side," she said.
"Well thanks," he said, and went into a coughing fit.
"Alex," she said quickly.
"I'm alright," he said after he regained control of his voice.
"Good job," Carmen said.
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.
After he recovered from the stabbing, the Doctor said he had scar tissue and would be susceptible to pneumonia in the injured lung.
Alex always said she had a good imagination.
Her heart said no, but then there was logic.
"I doubt he can play a guitar," he said between sips.
"I think it's rabid," he said as he pealed his gloves off.
"It isn't the first skunk I've seen around here," Carmen said, "but it's the first time I saw one acting like that.
"I'll shovel it off somewhere and bury it," she said, following him out to the garage.
He said he would be gone for two days, but didn't say why he was going.
She said, watching him.
"No," he said, lifting his book.
"Dismissed," she said under her breath.
He might not have heard what she said, but he must have heard her speak.
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