Alissa wiped away her tears and nodded her head yes. “I shouldn’t expect you to always be perfect, Dale. Since, I definitely am not perfect, it makes me feel a little bit better knowing that you aren’t.” , she explained.
“Honestly, it was seeing the differences between you and Alex. I haven’t had a lot of experience with men, Dale. I didn’t really know what to expect from a husband or how to be a good wife. Now I know what I don’t want in a husband, and I see what a good husband you are. I love you so much, Dale!”, Alissa said.
“I’ll go!”, Alissa told him.
Alissa knew that Sharlee wanted to be with Dale because she sensed the turbulent emotions that Alissa had been experiencing. Sharlee had wanted Dale’s calm presence.
When Dale walked into the house carrying his suitcase with Alissa and Sharlee following behind him, Alex knew that he had lost that round. However, he was not going to give up on Alissa. He loved her, and he believed that she would be happier with him.
Dale surprised him, though. “Alex here is the key to the apartment. You are welcome to stay there until you return to Riverview. I’m going to stay with my family and take care of them myself. Trent is coming for a visit as well.”, he told him. It was a polite way of saying that he was no longer welcome to live at Dale’s house.
Alex took the key. He had come to a decision, and he didn’t care whether it upset Dale. “Thanks, Dale!”, he said. “I’ve decided to live here in Anne Arbor. I know that I can get a job on the police force here! They have already made me an offer.”
Dale and Alex just looked at one another silently. Dale wondered if it was a desire to keep Alissa safe that was his motivation in remaining or was it because he intended to pursue Alissa. Maybe it was both.