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*This is the final chapter of Love At first Sight.. enjoy. = )
About a month later Alex was getting ready to move out of her house. She had leased an apartment in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and found a job. She was going to work in a grocery store as a cashier, then do customer service and then finally become the store's new book keeper. She knew she could have found better but she settled for what she could get. She wanted to get out of Florida as soon as possible and move on with her life. Dave had already moved on with his life. He had gotten his job back with WWE and was back to working a full time wrestling schedule. Alex and Chelsea pulled up to the house Alex had once shared with Dave for the first time in a month. "Mommy," said Chelsea from the backseat. "Why are we here?"
"Because I have to pack up some stuff to take with us to Louisiana," she said.
"Oh," said Chelsea. "Is Daddy here?"
"No, Daddy is working," said Alex as she unbuckled her seatbelt. She opened her car door and climbed out of the car as she went around to get Chelsea out of the car. She took Chelsea's hand and walked up to the front door. She slowly put her key into the key hole and opened the door. She let out a sigh as she took in the scent of the house. She was hit with a ton of memories as she made her way through the house. She started heading up the stairs to the room she shared with Dave. Chelsea followed her into the room as Alex began to go through the drawers. "What are you doing, Mommy?" asked Chelsea.
"I'm getting my stuff," said Alex as she started pulling some clothes out of the drawers.
"Are we really leaving?" asked Chelsea.
"We're really leaving," said Alex throwing clothes into boxes.
"But I don't want to leave," said Chelsea.
"I know you don't but we're going to go to a bigger and better place."
"But I want Daddy to go too," said Chelsea.
"Chels, why don't you go into your room and play while I finish up in here," said Alex ignoring her statement about her father. Chelsea was hurt by Alex leaving Dave but Alex felt it was the best thing for her. They were always fighting in front of Chelsea and they could never go without arguing. Alex didn't want Chelsea to see that and she felt Chelsea deserved better than what they were giving her. Alex went on packing up her things. She grabbed her jewelry box most of everything inside had come from Dave. She picked out what she wanted and left the rest laying on the dresser for him. She kept the most expensive jewelry. Before she walked away from the dresser she saw a picture of her and Dave from the beginning of their relationship. She put it face down so she could continue on with what she was doing. She went through the closet and emptied out her dresses and her shoes. She made her way into the bathroom and packed up her towels and wash cloths. When she was finished with the bathroom the only thing left was Dave's toothbrush, his shaving cream and his razors. Alex took pretty much everything there was in the bathroom. She then made her way to Chelsea's bedroom and began packing up her clothes and her shoes. She packed up all her toys, took her bed apart and moved her furniture downstairs to the living room for the truck drivers when they arrived to load the truck. Alex then made her way into the kitchen and took everything she wanted. She took almost all the cooking utensils, the dishes, the china from their wedding, cups, wine glasses and the pots and pans. She left Dave with almost nothing. The only thing left was the stuff he had before they were together.
The living room was the hardest part of packing for Alex. She had Mel come to help her out. "I can't believe you're really doing this," said Mel as she looked at all the boxes piled up by the door as she walked in with Alyssa.
"I have to, Mel. He is never going to change," said Alex as they headed to the living room.
"I'm glad you finally see that. I would have left him a long time ago," she said.
"Where's Chelsea?" asked Alyssa.
"She's upstairs in her bedroom coloring. You can go up and color with her. Your Mommy and me are going to be busy down here packing," said Alex.
"Okay," said Alyssa as she headed upstairs.
"I only stayed with him this long because of Chelsea. I didn't want to hurt her but the day of her party when Dave never showed up and I saw the sadness on her face I knew she had already been hurt. It was time and then he tried to buy her affection. I thought hell no. It's over."
"Good for you," said Mel. "So what are you going to do?"
"I leased an apartment in Louisiana and I got a job at a grocery store. It's not the best job but it's going to get the bills paid. The rent is really cheap."
"Um.. It's probably in the worst neighborhood possible," said Mel.
"I don't know," said Alex.
"You never checked the neighborhood background?"
"Not really," said Alex. "I just needed a place."
"You could have lived with me. That would have been so much fun," said Mel.
"I need to get out of Florida. I need to be as far away from Dave as I can get. Louisiana is the best place for that."
"I understand," said Mel. "Are you going to go back to school at all?"
"Not right now," said Alex. "I want to but I have to get things in order in Louisiana," she said as she made her way over to the DVD case to go through the DVD's.
"That's a lot of DVD's," said Mel. "How do I know which ones are yours and which ones are his?"
"The chick ones are mine," said Alex. "He has all the horror ones and the mafia movies. The comedies are the worst but I'll help you."
"Okay," said Mel. "I just think this whole thing is crazy. Are you sure you're doing the right thing?"
"I'm positive," said Alex. "This is what I need to do."
"All right," said Mel. "As long as you're sure."
"Mel, I don't get you. You tell me I should leave him and when I do you question my decision."
"I know how much you love him," said Mel, "I just think it would be hard for you to leave him."
"Well, it's not easy," said Alex. "It's probably the hardest thing I have ever done but you know sometimes you have to walk away. I've been hurt too much and disappointed too much. A person can only take so much hurt before they give up. I was the only one trying to make things work but I couldn't do it anymore. I couldn't do it myself. I hope that maybe one day Dave will change and be the man I fell in love with but right now he's not the man I married. I deserve better and Chelsea deserves better."
"What if he changes?" asked Mel as they went through the DVD's.
"I don't know. I might give him another chance. I don't know but he will REALLY have to prove to me that he changed."
"I see," said Mel. "I think that's kind of a risky move. I mean do you really think he's capable of changing?"
"Mel, it's like this," said Alex, "I love Dave with everything in me but I do not love the person he became. People can change. Fame has changed him and I think he's able to change again. People are capable of changing for the ones they love. I would like to think Dave can change back into that guy that saved my life at that intersection in New York.. If he did I might be able to give him another chance. Is that bad?"
"I don't think it's the best decision. I think that once you're out stay out. I just think it's better if you didn't give him another chance. He's proven time and time again that he can't be trusted. He can change for a little bit but let's face it, Alex, he's never really going to change."
"I think he can change but he'd really have to prove it to me."
"Then why go through all of this?" asked Mel.
"Because if he doesn't change I'll be broken off from him."
"I see," she said, "so what's going on with custody and everything else?"
"I'm going for full custody of Chelsea. He can have visitation but I want full custody of her."
"That's the best decision," said Mel, "especially after Athena and Keilani. What about the house? Are you giving him the house?"
"He can have the house. I am entitled to half of everything but I just want a few things," said Alex. "I just want to move on and do my thing."
"But you want him to change so you two can be together again?"
"Well, I would like for everything to be okay one day. I want to be a family again someday but who knows. I don't know what's in the future. If we never get back together I wish him the best and hope that he's happy."
"You're just too sweet aren't you?" asked Mel.
"Well, yeah. I don't really like to be mean. I mean obviously. I gave him more chances than he ever deserved."
"Exactly. Which is why he doesn't deserve another one but it's your decision. I will be here for you no matter what."
"Thanks," said Alex with a smile. "I'm going to miss you."
"I'm going to miss you too but we all know that at some point I might end up living in Louisiana too."
"That would be pretty awesome," said Alex as they packed up the DVD's.
"Yeah it would," said Mel as they continued packing things up. As the day went on they packed things up and then Mel spent some time hanging out with Alex.
They found Alex's wedding album and began to look through it. "We look so happy," said Alex as she looked at their wedding picture.
"You were happy," said Mel, "sickening happy. You two were the couple that made everyone sick because you were so in love. I'm sure a lot of people didn't see this coming."
"Yeah," said Alex. "That's the man I wish he was."
"Even though you two didn't take a honeymoon?" asked Mel.
"Well, that didn't bother me too much. I mean we had our honeymoon in Australia that September."
"The one when you two were fighting and then ended up having sex on the beach?"
"And making Chelsea," said Alex.
"Right," said Mel. "That was your honeymoon?"
"Pretty much," answered Alex. "It's weird because we've been through so much together and gotten through it all but what ended it all was him missing his daughter's 4th birthday party."
"I think it was the infidelity," said Mel. "I don't think you could get passed that."
"That's true. I couldn't but we were trying to work through it. It was just he wasn't working as hard as I was. I really want everything to be like this," she said pointing to the picture of their first dance. "I really want to go back to this but I know I never will. I just want the old Dave back. The one I have loved and will never stop loving. This Dave is NOT the Dave I married. He's like a stranger to me now. I don't know, Mel. This is harder than I thought."
"It's hard but you're being very strong about all of this. I'm proud of you."
"Thanks," she said as they continued talking before it got too late and Mel headed home.
The next day Alex taped up the last box of things she was taking with her. She carried the box down the stairs of theTampa, Florida house she had shared with Dave for the last 5 years. Chelsea was in the living room coloring as she waited for her mom to finish packing so they could head to Louisiana for their new life they were starting. "Mommy, why isn't daddy coming with us?" asked Chelsea. This was the third time she had asked the question so Alex knew she needed to answer it.
"Daddy isn't coming with us because mommy and daddy don't get along anymore and we figured it'd be better if you and mommy went to live somewhere else," Alex replied.
"Are you and Daddy ever going to get along with each other again so he can come with us?" asked Chelsea as she looked at Alex with her brown eyes.
Alex couldn't help but to notice how much Chelsea looked like her dad. She didn't have one feature of Alex's she was a mini Dave. It was hard to take but Chelsea was still beautiful to her and her pride and joy. "Chels, I'm hoping one day everything will be okay between daddy and me but right now it's just not that time. Mommy and daddy are just going to take a break for a little while. Now let's go it's time to leave," Alex responded.
Chelsea cleaned up her coloring stuff and put everything in her Hannah Montana bag. She put on her sunglasses and ran to the front door. Alex followed behind her with the box. Alex reached for the door knob and turned around and took one last look around. She let out a sigh as she opened the door and walked out leaving her house key on the table by the door. She put the box in the trunk and then helped Chelsea get into the car. She buckled her in and then got into the driver's seat. "To Louisiana we go," said Alex as she started the car.
"To Louisiana," said Chelsea as Alex pulled out of the driveway and headed off to their new life in Louisiana.
*A/N: Alex didn't back down she really left Dave to move on with her life in Louisiana. If you haven't read it yet you should check out the sequel Where Did The Love Go to see what happens between DAve and Alex.
*I would like to thank each and every one of you that have read, favorited and reviewed this story. If it weren't for you guys I wouldn't have written this story. I thank-you all so much. I do have another story in the works called Forbidden that I will begin next week. I really hope you guys check that story out. Once again thank-you all so much. I hope you enjoyed this story as much as I enjoyed writing it for you.