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A couple hours later, Burke was still muttering to himself about women. He couldn’t explain why he always ended up on the losing side of any conversation he had with Alice. She was good, damn good at avoiding anything he wanted to talk about.
“What’s all the muttering about?”
Burke stopped brushing his horse and grinned at his friend Ted. They’d been friends since high school. Ted and Burke had always good-naturedly vied for the same girls. Sometimes they went for Ted’s blond hair and blue eyes, but there were plenty that didn’t. Sherry came along and the rivalry ended. Burke saw the lovesick look on Ted’s face and never tried to steal her. “What brings you out here?”
Ted hesitated, shuffled his feet a bit and turned red. “Sherry sent me. She thinks you need help with your lovely wife.”
Burke laughed. “Did she really say lovely?”
Ted seemed to find something interesting on the floor. His blue eyes twinkled when he finally met Burke’s gaze. “Well, no. She’s worried about you. Something about Alice set her off and heck I don’t know. Here I am.”
“Knowing Sherry she didn’t exaggerate. I can’t seem to keep up with my wife. I swear it’s something new every day and when I try to talk to her, everything gets so twisted that it’s my fault.”
“Welcome to married life.”
Burke ran his fingers through his hair. “Is it normal? She went to Fort Worth and spent over two thousand dollars on clothes. Mrs. Harvy refused to come over today. I feel as though I’m going crazy. I don’t know what to expect from her. She said she lived on a ranch but she can’t cook and she hasn’t once asked to see the horses or anything.”
“I suppose you didn’t sign a pre-nup?”
“You’re the only lawyer I know. I should have called you but it was an impulse wedding. I’m determined to make it work. I just need to figure her out.”
“Let me do a little digging and see what I can find out about her. It seems odd that she knows nothing about ranching. I’m sure it’ll be fine.”
“Did Sherry say why she didn’t like Alice? I know Alice was rude to her.”
“She asked her about the PTA and other groups and you know Sherry thinks they are a bunch of gossipy old biddies. Alice made some comment about Sherry probably hadn’t been invited to join.” Ted’s eye’s looked somber. Sherry must have really been hurt.
Burke grimaced. “Look Ted, I’m really sorry.”
Ted shrugged his shoulders. “Not your fault, buddy. I hope you get everything worked out.”
“I will. We’re still adjusting to each other. I love her and that’s that.”
“Good to know you don’t need rescuing.” Ted laughed, reached out and shook Burke’s hand. “I have a meeting. Talk to you soon.”
“Thanks for stopping over.”
Ted nodded and left.
The things that Alice said to Sherry left a sour taste in his mouth. There seemed to be a whole other side of Alice he hadn’t known about. One minute she was sweet and loving and the next, well… He jammed his Stetson on his head and walked toward the house. They did need to adjust to each other. Somedays he seemed to be walking on glass. Things were bound to get better.
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