Mail-Order Husband:The Millionaire's Debt

By: Rebecca Tilley

Every day, when he came home from work, Johnny would hitch up the buckboard and take Daphne on a ride around the property. He had begun construction on a new home for the two of them, and it was nearing completion. One day when he arrived at home he said, “Daph, let’s go for a ride to look at the house. They started the trim today and I want to see how it looks.” He had had the trim shipped in from Europe and had not seen it yet in person.

The night was beautiful and Daphne was enjoying the ride with her husband. She slipped her arm into his and laid her head on his shoulder. “I love you,” she whispered. They rode on in silence each enjoying the company of the other until they got to the new house. He stepped down and came around to help her to the ground. They held hands as they walked to the front door.

“Close your eyes,” he said.

“Why? I have seen the inside before.”

“Just do it for me, please?”

She closed her eyes. He swept her off her feet, and carried her through the doorway. Setting her down he said, “Ok, open them!”

When Daphne opened her eyes she looked up at the ceiling to see the new crown molding. “It is beautiful, Johnny.”

“Look, they finished the fireplace today.”

Daphne excitedly looked over to the fireplace. Tears sprang into her eyes as she ran across the room. “How did you…” She reached out and grabbed her grandmother’s candlesticks from the mantle and clutched them to her bosom. It had been ten years since she had seen them, but she recognized them instantly.

“I bought them from the people that the bank sold them to.”

“You’re the reason Mr. Gantry couldn’t get them back?”

A smile was forming on his lips. “Yes ma’am.”

She ran across the room and jumped into his arms. “Has our bed been delivered yet?”

“I think so, why?”

She smiled a huge smile. He smiled back, and carried her to their new bedroom.

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