While I was in college I paid to have the family house completely redone. I had made a lot of money while in Bridgeport as well as received a large life insurance policy following Tarik’s death. I set aside some money for Corinna and with the rest had this house built.
The main floor has a spacious office where I can work and write. It is probably my favorite room in the house.
The kitchen is large with the best appliances money can buy and big windows in the dining room that look out over the backyard.
There is also a cozy living room space for watching TV and a large nursery. Although I don’t see that room getting used anytime in the near future.
Upstairs their are bedrooms for boys and girls. Triplets run in the family so future generations may need the space.
The bedrooms share a jack-and-jill bathroom.
There is also a spacious guest bedroom and game room for when all my siblings and their children come over to visit.
The master bedroom is still a work in progress and it is attached to a huge master bathroom.
The yard got a make-over as well. I had a pool put in as well as a playground area for Corinna and her many cousins.
The house is not the only thing that changed while I was away at school. Corinna just turned five and is about to start school. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone by.
Bradley proposed to his girlfriend Rianna Marx. They along with Bradley’s daughter Cassey are getting a place of their own.
A few weeks after the renovations to the house were complete I woke up to the sound of the burglar alarm going off.
Officer Brendon Emmons responded quickly and the burglar, a man named Wilson Beck was arrested.
A few weeks later I was once again awoken to the sound of the alarm. Thankfully, Officer Emmons once again arrived quickly and took the burglar into custody.
When I found out that the burglar was none other than Wilson Beck I was furious.
“Why wasn’t he still in jail?” I shouted. “This is the second time in as many weeks that the man tried to rob me.”
“I am sorry ma’am, I know you are frustrated. I am too. I lock them up but then some how they are able to convince a judge that they deserve bail. Hopefully what happened tonight will prove that Wilson Beck is a repeat offender and can’t be trusted out on the streets.”
A few weeks later I returned home from work to see Officer Emmons waiting for me outside my house.
“Is everything ok? They didn’t let that man out on bail again did they?”
“No, he was given 3 years for each burglary attempt. So he will be in jail for 6 years.”
“Oh, that’s a relief. So what are you doing here?”
“I just wanted to make sure you were okay and to give you the news.”
“I’m fine and thanks I appreciate you letting me know.”
“I um also wanted to know if you maybe wanted to go over to the summer festival this weekend?”
“Like a date?”
“Yeah, like a date” he answered with a blush.
After writing the novel about my experiences with Tarik’s death I felt like I was in a better place to at least consider dating. So I said, “sure that sounds like fun.”
On Saturday I met Brendon at the festival. We spent hours just talking. I found out he was from Hidden Springs but moved to Appaloosa Plains when a spot opened up on the police force. He wanted to be a cop his entire life. Turns out his father and sister were killed in a grocery store robbery when he was a kid. He wanted to be a cop so that he could get the skum off the street and make the world a safer place. I told him about Tarik. It was nice talking with someone who understands what it is like to loose a loved one too soon.
While at the festival we also played some games and went roller skating. I hadn’t done that in years – I was too focused on my career and then Tarik. It was nice to just relax and have fun.
Soon it was time for me to get home to get dinner ready for Corinna so as I said goodbye to Brendon I gave him a kiss.
“I had a wonderful time,” I said.
“Me too. Would you go out with me again sometime?”
“I would like that.”
Brendon and I started to see more and more of each other. He would come over and hang out at the house after he got off work or we would go out.
What I appreciated the most was how well he got a long with Corinna who was now a teenager. One day I even let the two of them convince me to have a water balloon fight in the yard. After the balloon fight was over I went inside to get some refreshments.
On the way out I noticed the two of them talking. Corinna was nodding her head and both of them had huge smiles on their faces. I wonder what the two of them are up to.
Later that night Brendon and I went out for dinner and to a movie. When he brought me home I was expecting him to kiss me goodnight like usual but instead he got down on one knee and pulled out a ring. “Briana Equidae, I love you with all my heart. Will you marry me?”
“Yes, I will marry you!”
In response to my answer he jumped up and pulled me into his arms and kissed me.
When I went inside I found Corinna waiting up for me.
“What are you doing up?”
“I was waiting for you. So let me see it!”
“See what?” I asked.
“The ring, let me see the ring!”
“You knew he was going to propose?”
“Yeah, today when you went inside to get the lemonade he asked me for my permission.”
“Yep! He’s wonderful mom. I know that I didn’t know dad but from everything you told me about him he would want you to be happy. I know he would have loved Brendon. He is wonderful. Now show me the ring.”
I quickly wiped the tears from my eyes and then trying to lighten the moment joked, “How do you know I said yes?”
“Please!” Corinna said. “You would have to be crazy to turn down a man like Brendon. He is smart, kind, funny, has a great job and looks HOT in his police uniform. Of course you said yes.”
“Alright I said yes.” And then I proceeded to hold up my hand so she could see the ring.
“It’s beautiful,” she squealed.
“Ok now you saw it, time for bed young lady.”
She gave me a quick hug and than ran off to her room.
Six months later we had a beautiful wedding inside the renovated barn surrounded by friends and family.
Of course Corinna was my maid of honor and my sister Bianca one of my bridesmaids. My brothers were all there. With all my siblings, their spouses, and kids it was a big crowd.
After the ceremony we cut the wedding cake and everyone enjoyed a fun evening of dancing.
Following the reception Corinna went over to her cousin Cassey’s house for a sleepover so that Brendon and I could celebrate our wedding night in private. I can’t believe I am remarried. I wonder what life has in store for me next?