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Three hours later, the girls left the doctor’s office. They got in the car and drove home, neither saying anything. The doctor had confirmed that Alissa was pregnant and had given her a lot of information to take home and consider.  Brooke understood that the doctor wanted to give her options but she knew Alissa. She loved AJ and wouldn’t want him hurt, but she was never going to give up this baby.


They got back to Brooke’s house and found it empty. Lucas had left a note that he had taken Anne to his parents’ house for a visit. The girls had the house to themselves and Brooke knew that they had to talk.

She let Alissa get settled on the couch before she jumped into it.


“What are you going to do?”


Alissa looked at her. “You really know how to ease into things, don’t you?”


“No, I don’t and I know you. If I just play along, you’re not going to figure out what you’re going to do. This is serious and you need to make a decision.”


“I know I have to tell AJ!” she yelled at her cousin. The tears started to form in her eyes. “I just don’t know how to. What do I say? ‘Hi honey, guess what? That baby you don’t want, well it’s here!’”


“No, you don’t have to tell him like that. You do however need to tell him sooner rather than later. You’re supposed to fly out there in a couple of days right?”


Alissa nodded. “Am I supposed to tell him then? With the show going on and all the guys around? I don’t see that being the perfect time.”


“There is no perfect time Alissa. You’re just going to have to tell him.”


“What if he hates me?” Alissa said as tears spilled out of her eyes.


Brooke held her cousin while she cried. “AJ loves you. He’s not going to hate you. I know he’s not going to be really happy about this, but you guys will get through it, I know it.”


Alissa just shook her head. She wished she could be as sure as her cousin but she wasn’t. She asked Brooke if she could spend the night again.


“Of course you can! You don’t have to ask. Do you want me to make you something to eat or drink?”




“Alissa you have to…….”


“Enough Brooke! I know what I have to do. Can I just have one night off please?” Alissa ran upstairs and crawled in to bed in the guestroom. She tried sleeping but it didn’t come easy. It was about two hours later when she started to doze off and was snapped out of it by her phone ringing. Shit! She didn’t want to answer it but it was the second night since they’d talked and she knew AJ would worry.


“Hello?” Alissa answered pretending to be half asleep. At least she was hoping it sounded that way.


“Hey Liss. What’s wrong?”


“Nothing, just not feeling well.”


“Still got the stomach bug huh? I hope you are getting some rest and not overdoing it.” AJ waited for her to say something and when she didn’t, he was surprised. “Are you sure you’re ok?”


“I’m fine AJ really. How’s the tour going” she asked changing the subject.


“It’s fantastic! The shows have been terrific and the fans are awesome. I’m really looking forward to you coming out next weekend. You are still coming right?”




“Sure? Are you really ok? What are you not telling me?” AJ asked becoming concerned. Something just didn’t seem right.


“I’m fine AJ really. I just need some sleep ok?”


“Alright. Please try and get some rest. I want to see you soon. I can’t get used to sleeping in an empty bed!”


Alissa laughed.


“I miss that laugh. I miss your smile, your voice. I miss you Liss. I love you and I will call you tomorrow.”


“Love you too AJ.” Alissa said and hung up the phone. She could only hope that love was enough.