Before Dale left, Alissa stopped him.
“Dale, I want you to know that I love you. You are my other half, my soulmate! In case something happens, I just want you to know.” Alissa told him.
“Alissa, you’re on bed rest!” George reminded her.
“I didn’t want to upset Dale, but I need to see for myself that Alex is alright. I can’t relax until I see him. Alex almost died for me, George! Please take me to see him. If it will make you feel better, then you can take me in a wheelchair!” Alissa said.
“I don’t know how I can possibly repay you for risking your life for mine!” Alissa told him.
Alex smiled. “I can think of a few ways, but neither of us is in any condition for them right now!”
“Alright Alex.” She said.
“Alissa, are you saying what I think you are saying?” Alex asked her.
“After the babies are born, and after you are well. If you still want to, I will sleep with you!” She told him.
Alex didn’t say anything for a few moments. Then he said, “Alissa you know how much I want that. I know that you are only saying it because you feel you owe me. If I didn’t want you so badly, then I wouldn’t accept the offer. Because I know that you care for me too, then I am going to hold you to it!” What about Dale?” He asked her.
Alex knew that if Alissa slept with him, not only would his and Alissa’s relationship change, but so would the relationship between Alissa and Dale. Once would not be enough for either of them. Would she really carry on an affair with him? Would she ever leave Dale for him? Could he really do this to her?
“Would you be able to keep it from him?” He said finally.
Alissa knew she would not be able to hide it. Dale would know that something was wrong. She decided to discuss the situation with him.
“Maybe you should think about this some more!” Alex suggested. “I don’t want you to ever regret being with me, Alissa. You might end up hating me, and I couldn’t stand that!“
“What are you thinking about so deeply?” He asked her.
“What are you talking about, Alissa?” Dale asked her.
“Without any hesitation, Alex took a bullet meant for me! He saved my life and the lives of our babies!” She told him.
“I am deeply grateful too. You know that Alex has strong feelings for me.” Alissa said.
“He has made that very plain!” Dale replied. He did not like the direction this conversation was heading. “Alissa, are you planning to leave me for Alex out of gratitude?”
“Then what?” He asked.
“Alex asked me to sleep with him. He said just once would be enough. He asked me to do it while we were separated and I said no. He jokingly suggested it at the hospital again.” Alissa answered.
“Do you want to do it, Alissa?” Dale asked her.
“Dale, I have always been as honest with you as I can be. I am totally in love with you, but I have to admit that I do have strong feelings for Alex. I do care about him. I am attracted to him. You know that too, Dale. I am sorry. I don’t want to have these feelings for him!” Alissa replied.
After his conversation with Alissa, Dale could not bring himself to visit Alex again. He was afraid that he would not be able to restrain himself from punching the life out of Alex. When his family asked why he wasn’t spending time with Alex, he told them that it was between him and Alex.
His relationship with Alissa was also strained. They were not as comfortable with one another. Alex was solidly between them.
This time, there was no stopping labor. Alissa gave birth to the twins. Although they were born early, they were both healthy.
“You did good, Alissa!” Alex said referring to his niece and nephew.
“Thank you, Alex. Dale did good too!” Alissa told him.
“Why is Dale giving me the cold shoulder again?” Alex asked her.
“What about us?” Alex said.
“About our plans.” She answered.
“So, we have plans?” Alex asked her.
“Yes. We do have plans.” Alissa said quietly.