In this post: Angelica Alexander, James Wilson, and Kellie Wilson
Coming back to Oasis Valley hadn’t been a choice she wanted to make but she was out of options. Her friends had been nice enough to let her crash at their place when Dennis had first got arrested and she was too embarrassed to show her face around Oasis Valley. Now that her pregnancy was showing their hospitality was starting to wane. None of her friends had children of their own and started tp act like being pregnant was a contagious disease spread through the air.
That’s how she found herself back in Apple Common getting out of her best friends car in front of the house she use to share with Dennis. She didn’t even know what to expect when she opened the door. She hoped that the DA hadn’t thought that she had abandoned the tiny structure and removed all the items. For a second she second guessed the reason that she left the house, a little embarrassment wasn’t bad for anyone. Angelica thought bad at her life and all the times she ended up embarrassed over some guy. She should have been use to it now.
She opened the mailbox hoping to find only bills, even if her bank account was still frozen the DA not willing to release her funds until after the auction and everything was settled. Angelica opened the door, struggling with the stack of letters in her hand. She pushed open the door, the air in the room stale for lack of ventilation. Her eyes roamed the area, delighted to see everything right where she had left it. They hadn’t cleared the furniture out yet.
There was an envelope sitting in the middle of the couch, her name neatly written on the front in permanent marker.
Dear Ms. Alexander,
You were originally informed that the property was to be confiscated by Winter of this year. As planned all property in the house will be put up for auction this Winter. We plan to have the auction in the middle of the season. You will be given advanced notice of the date and time. So you can have adequate time to prepare.
Please note all items on the list on the next page are consider property of the City of Eaton. If items are lost, stolen, or damaged you will be responsible for their replacement cost.
Secretary, Eaton District Attorneys Office
Of course, things would get worse, that was just the kind of life she was having.
Angelica woke up from her nap with a craving for an ice cream sundae. but a quick glance at the clock told her it was too late to go to Crabtree’s for the snacks. There was also the fact that her feet were swollen twice their normal size, she didn’t have a car and Crabtree’s was a long walk from her home. Deciding to forgo ice cream she headed down stairs and grabbed the phone, settling on Chinese. Not caring that paying the extra for delivery to Oasis Valley will drain her bank further. She then dialed the Wilson’s.
“Hey, Kellie. It’s Angelica Alexander. Ummm…..” She paused nervous, hating to have to ask for help. “Dennis told me to call.”
Kellie was not surprised to her Angelica on the other line. Dennis had phoned her house collect a couple of days before and called in the favor she owed him. “Yes, Dennis called early. We know all about it . James and I will be over in a few, we were just waiting for your call.”
Angelica waited in the quite living room, trying to plan out what to say. What to ask for. She hated asking for help, it always made her feel weak and she hated feeling weak. The doorbell rang making her jump, she opened the door please to find the delivery driver on the other side. She was grateful that it wasn’t the Wilson, pleased that she would have more time. “Don’t worry about it. I’ll take care of it.” a deep voice bashed her hopes.
She looked down the street and saw James and Kellie Wilson headed her way.
While James paid for the food, Angelica and Kellie talked in the living. Kellie watched Angelica face as they made small talk, looking for any indication that they other woman knew something. Dennis had ensured her that Angelica knew nothing, that her secret had been safe with him. Kellie didn’t trust him at all and watched Angelica every little move.
The sound of the door slamming as James entered the house interrupted their conversation. He sat the food on the kitchen counter, walking over to Angelica barely taking the time to greet her before he bent forward and started talking to her belly.
“James, leave her stomach alone and come eat some of this Chinese food. She ordered enough to feed an army.”
They sat in silence, eating their meal and watching television. Angelica was having a hard time figuring out how to ask them for help, tactfully. Her normal mode was blunt but the Wilson’s were a nice suburban family a breed she had never dealt.”
She reposition her chopsticks in her hand. How did she tactfully ask for help? What did she ask for?
James was out when Dennis had called, Kellie informed him of the conversation. At least the part where Dennis had knocked up Angelica and the girl was having a hard time. The first thing out of James mouth was “Maybe, she just needs a place to stay while she gets back on her feet. She can stay in our spare room.” Which Kellie had fully anticipated, knowing her husband and his feeling towards Dennis.
Kellie studied the younger woman from the moment she opened the door. She didn’t trust that Dennis had not told Angelica all about their past or the favor she owed him. As she watched Angelica the other woman’s body language confirmed that Dennis had told her nothing. That the other woman was struggling even to ask for their. Angelica’s body language was stiff and unsure, her eyes refusing to look directly at either James or Kellie.
Kellie launched into a speech. She explained that she and James were about to offer up their guest room. But with a baby on the way the space would be way too cramped. Instead, Angelica and the baby would need their own place. She told Angelica that she would help get her into a home. She would even wave her normal commission. On top of that they would act as cosigners (if need be) and if she needed any furniture, Angelica could have the bedroom set in there used guest room.
“Of course. It’s not your baby’s fault Dennis got himself in such a bad mess.” James chimed in.
This update was originally scheduled for yesterday but I needed to do some editing to make it coincide more with the last update. It takes me longer to edit than it takes me to actually write.
Angelica will be moving into a new home just in time to have the baby. Kellie is going to wave her normal fee and with the little bit of money that Angelica has saved she will be able to purchase the home, a little bit of furniture and stay home with the baby (with the help of the Welfare Career).