Destiny Takes Its Time
Walker and Alex had just finished eating dinner at Dawson’s restaurant. Alex excused herself to go to the restroom while Walker went to pay the bill. The restaurant was getting crowded so he stepped outside to wait for Alex. As he opened the door and stepped out he saw a face he
instantly recognized. Even thought he had not laid eyes on it in more than two decades. “Cordell?” the red headed woman said slightly uncertain.
“Aimie! This is certainly a surprise.” He said standing there in shock. For a moment Walker found himself lost in the past. Lost, thinking about a decision he had made many years ago. It had been years since he had thought about Aimee or the decision that he had made. He had been given a choice between two paths. How different his life would be today if had taken that other path. As difficult as the choice had been at the time he never looked back. The idea of that he might have taken the other path was inconceivable to him now. He could not even conceive of a life in which he was not a Ranger. And more importantly he could not even imagine a life that didn’t include Alex. Suddenly he was jolted out of his reverie and back into the present as the woman spoke.
“Yes it is a surprise. It’s been a long time.”
There was a moment of awkward silence between them. Then Walker broke the silence. “So do you still live here in Dallas?”
“Oh no I moved to New Orleans years ago. My daughter is a student at SMU. I’m here visiting her. In fact I’m meeting her here for dinner.
“Oh that’s nice.” Walker said still shocked at running into Aimee. “Is your daughter your only child?” he continued still a little awkwardly.
“No I have a son too. He is a senior in High School. What about you do you have any children?”
“No I’ve never been married” as he said the words he noticed her eyes drifted to the Ranger’s badge pinned to his chest. “At least not yet” he continued. “I’m engaged.”
“Congratulations” she said smiling.
“Well my daughter is probably waiting for me,” Aimee said glancing inside the restaurant window. It was nice seeing you” she said lightly touching his arm.
“It was really nice running into you too. Enjoy your visit to Dallas.”
“I will, thanks. Bye.”
As she walked though the restaurant door she passed Alex coming out. Walker took Alex’s hand and they walked to the truck. “Is there anything that we need to get before we go home?” Walker asked after starting the engine.
“No I can’t think of anything” Alex replied and then smiled; as she added, “I love the way you say that.”
“The way I say what?”
“Home, like it is my home too.”
“Well I do already think of it as our home. We don’t have that much longer until the wedding and then it will be official. Besides you already spend more time there than you do at your apartment. Which is just fine with me.”
“I’m glad you feel that way.”
They rode in silence for the next few minutes. Then Alex asked, “Who was that woman you were talking to outside the restaurant?”
A few moments passed as Walker tried to figure out what to say. “Walker?” Alex asked wondering why he hadn’t answered her.
“Would you believe that I almost married her?”
“We were engaged in what seems almost like another lifetime.”
Suddenly it sunk in what Walker was talking about. “That was the woman that told you that you had to decide between her and your career?”
Walker glanced over at her for a moment then returned his eyes to the road. “I didn’t think I had ever told you about that.”
“You haven’t. C.D. told me a long time ago.”
“C.D. told you?”
“Yeah, it was after Logan died. He thought it might help me understand better the way you were handling things.”
“Oh” Walker said unsure of how to react.
“I’m not sure what C.D. told you since I haven’t mentioned her to him in years. But I think that even if she had been able to accept my job it would not have worked anyway. I was very fond of her, but I wasn’t in love with her.”
“Why were you going to marry her then?”
“I don’t know. I guess I thought it was the right thing to do at that point in my life. What I was suppose to do anyway. Most of the guys that I had grown up with on the reservation were married and a lot of them already had kids. And you know how Uncle Ray was always talking about wanting grandchildren? Well he was even worse back then. She was a nice girl and so I thought I should do what is expected and get married and start a family. I know that doesn’t sound like me or make much sense but at the time it did.”
“Oh it makes perfect sense to me” Alex said laughing. At least you didn’t actually go through with the wedding like I did.”
“Is that why you got married the first time, because you thought you were supposed to?” Walker asked glancing over at her from the driver’s seat.
“Yeah, I guess that’s one of the reasons. My last semester of college I was dating Steve. So many of our friends were getting engaged and planning weddings for after graduation. We had been dating for several months. He was a nice guy. He had a great family. A mother and a Father who were happily married and supportive of him. I loved going home with him on weekends. His family had everything my family lacked. I hardly ever saw my dad at that point and my mom was having a really hard time dealing with things. I was getting ready to go to law school in the
fall. And I was very scared and felt really insecure. Steve asked me to marry him and I said yes without a second thought. I thought having a husband would give me the stability that I needed. I couldn’t have been more wrong. It was a disaster. Some people maybe ready for marriage at
22. But I was definitely not one of them. It didn’t even last a year.”
“I guess our timetable is a little different than most people’s.” Walker said looking over at her smiling.
“Yes” she said returning his smile “Destiny takes its time.”
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