Trent called Dale the next morning. “Dale, the hospital found an unauthorized intrusion into their morgue files. The dates that were accessed were around the time that Alissa was shot. I guarantee you it was our guy. He knows Alissa is still alive!”, Trent told him.
“I honestly don’t know, Dale.”, Trent said.
Dale remembered what Alissa had said about feeling insecure. She couldn’t handle living on the run with a toddler and pregnant with twins.
She was sleeping now, but the night before she had been agitated. If he left the room, she would cry. His family was falling apart. He had to do something.
Trent had become one of Dale’s closest friends. He told him what had happened between him and Alissa.
“Dale don’t be too hard on yourself. You have been under a lot of stress too! Alissa knows you love her, and she will come around. She’s crazy about you! If she wasn’t, what you said would not have hurt her so much.“, Trent reassured him.
“I wasn’t sure if you knew that Alex was in love with Alissa.”, Trent told him.
“How long have you known?”, Dale asked.
“I know he wouldn’t let anyone harm her, but that’s not what I’m worried about.”, Dale said. “Alissa is attracted to him too. I’m afraid that she might get caught up and then things could go too far between them. I know she wouldn’t intentionally cheat on me. I want him out of my house. Is there any way that you can come and stay with her until she lets me come back home?”, Dale asked.
“So you’ve decided not to leave town?”, Trent asked him.
“I think we need to stay put and protect Alissa. Then maybe when this coward makes his move, we can get him.”, Dale said.
“Thanks Trent! I can never pay you back for everything that you have done for me and for Alissa! “, Dale said gratefully.
“You’d better not even try!”, Trent said and then disconnected the call.
“Alex, what are we going to do?”, she asked him.
“I have a simple solution.”, he told her.
“What?”, she said.
“Alex, you and Dale were raised by the same parents; and I know you weren’t like this before. What has changed you?”, she asked him.
“I haven’t really changed, Alissa. I just want you so badly. I dream about you at night! I know that you will never really leave Dale. So I am willing to accept just one time with you. My heart and my body ache with longing for you! I don’t care if anyone else thinks its wrong!”, he told her.
“What if I think its wrong?”, Alissa asked.
“You may think so, but you want me too!”, Alex told her.
“I told them that I don’t even believe that Alissa is dead!”, she said.
“You are a fool!”, Bryant said explosively into the phone. “You have brought suspicion on yourself and let them know that you don’t believe Alissa is dead! Now they will be on guard! I should never have agreed to do this for you! You’d better keep your big mouth shut from now on! When I finish with her, I will deal with you!” Then he disconnected the call.
Bryant knew that they would be on the watch for him now. He decided to wait a few months until they relaxed their guard. Patience was a big part of his success. Tom Shallow had referred Betty to him. He resolved never to do business with the Shallows again! He quickly called Tom to reign Betty in.
“I’m saying that just once will tell us everything we need to know. We’ll be able to decide from there. If it makes you feel better, Alissa, I want you to know that I haven’t slept with anyone else since the day I met you!”, Alex told her.
That was another difference between him and Dale. Dale had never slept with anyone before her.
As if he could read her mind, Alex said,”Dale was always a goody two shoes! I know he waited until after he was married. I’m almost thirty, and I had no plans to marry. I had no reason to wait. You and I are more alike than you and Dale.”
“What do you mean?”, she asked.
“Well, you do have Sharlee.”, he told her.
Alissa finally made up her mind. She had been weak with Bronson, and she wouldn’t be weak again. “Alex its never going to happen. I am never going to sleep with you! I love Dale, and I am not going to cheat on him. I don’t care that he wouldn’t know it. I would know it!”
I’m sorry if some of you are disappointed because Alissa went back to Dale, but I felt like I had to stay true to her character. That doesn’t mean that Alex has given up though. Since this is Alissa, you know things can’t stay easy for her for long!