Power to the Players

By Tori M. Pack All Rights Reserved ©

Romance / Drama

Saying Good-Bye

I leaned against the side of my car, watching the sunset as Natalie sat on the hood; doing the same. I wrapped my right arm around her waist and jumped on top of the car, placing my body behind hers as she leaned against me.

“This is perfect,” she said, sighing. I laughed softly and closed my eyes. Listening to the waves hitting the shore and Natalie’s gentle breathing. It seemed like a dream to me until Dylan walked out from his house with Gloria behind him.

“Beck! Natalie! What are you doing here?” he exclaimed, jogging over to us.

“Dylan!” Natalie yelled happily, jumping from my arms and running to him. Dylan smiled and picked her up, hugging her tight.

I hopped off my car and walked over to Gloria, saying ‘hello’ to her and giving her a hug as well. We switched partners and Natalie walked back towards me.

“My cousin really needed to see your sister” I said, smirking at him. “Wait. Your cousin is Alexis Fellows! Are you serious?” Gloria asked, her jaw dropping as she stared at me.

I nodded, running my hand over my neck. “You know, now that you say something, I kind of do see the resemblance,” Dylan said, arching his eyebrows at me.

Natalie did the same and they all laughed when I looked away. “Kind of weird to have you all staring at me,” I mumbled. Natalie smiled and kissed my cheek.

“Why didn’t you tell me you knew my sister when we were at the beach?” Dylan asked. “I didn’t really think it was right of me to share my cousin’s story. Plus, you know how Alexis is” I replied, bluntly.

We all nodded at that and turned around when we heard the door slam behind us.

Alexis and Charlie were walking together, hand in hand. Every now and then, Charlie would lean down and kiss her as Alexis laughed before reciprocating.

“What the hell?” Dylan and I spoke in unison.

Alexis and Charlie walked toward us and I smirked at her. “Well, I'm guessing things are finally resolved then” I said, walking towards the side of my car.

Alexis blushed, gazing at Charlie. “I’ll see you soon” she whispered, kissing her. Charlie nodded before letting her go. Natalie said ‘good-bye’ to them as she climbed into the passenger seat.

“Hey Beck? Next time you come down, we’ll all hang out again alright?” Dylan said. I rolled my window down and smiled.

“That sounds like a plan. I’ll even bring my friends and we can make it an event. How about spring break?” I asked. “That sounds great. I’ll call you about it and we can arrange something. Bye Natalie. Drive safely, Beck,” Gloria replied.

I pulled out of the driveway as Alexis and Natalie waved good-bye before we hit the road, heading back home.

“We’ve got a lot to do before spring break,” I sighed, leaning back against my seat.

“I’m sure we’ll find a way, baby. We don’t have a choice” Natalie said softly, taking my hand.

I smiled at her but then remembered something very important.

"No actually, I’m interested in his sister but she’s so…I can’t even explain her."

I frowned as the smile fell from my face.“Melody, I’m so sorry” I whispered to myself. I looked in my rearview mirror at Alexis smiling happily to herself.

I wanted my cousin to be happy but I felt like it was at the cost of my best friend. First me, now Charlie. Would she ever find someone to make her happy?

Alex looked over his shoulder at the 5′8" girl with brown hair, staring right at him as he pushed himself deeper into Kendra.

“Get the hell out of here!” he snarled, waving her away. “No. Please, help me” Kendra yelled before Alex covered her mouth.

“She’s fine. Now leave!” he yelled again. The girl slowly walked towards the door, hearing Kendra mumble in protest.

“Fuck this!” she mumbled before turning around and punching Alex in the mouth. He groaned and fell to the ground. Kendra quickly pulled up her pants, wiping her tears as she kicked Alex in the stomach before running out the room.

The girl followed, ignoring Alex’s threats. When she looked down the hall, Kendra was stumbling back and forth, crying as she ran. The girl felt her heart drop and walked to her.

“Here” she said softly, handing her a tissue. Kendra pulled away from her as she sniffled.

“No, just forget everything you just saw alright? Leave me alone. Alex didn’t touch me. He didn’t. He would never hurt me. He loves me” she mumbled, rambling to herself.

The girl arched her eyebrows at Kendra before picking her up and tossing her over her shoulder. “Put me down! Stop it!” she yelled.

The girl rolled her eyes, continuing to carry her down the hall, all the while wondering what could have happened to make Kendra snap in the first place.

“I don’t even know you. Let me go! Alex will be pissed when he finds out what you’re doing to me. What’s your name?” she yelled, kicking her feet back and forth.

“Khloe. Now, shut the hell up."

Lee paced back and forth as he waited outside the door for Jessie. She asked him to come in with her but he had declined and thought it wouldn’t be appropiate. Lee still wondered how he would feel when the baby was born.

It wasn’t second thoughts. Just worries. Worries of how Jessie and he would be able to work through their problems with a baby. Worries if he would ever be able to live his dreams without having Jessie by his side. Worries of how he was going to be able to support her, the baby, and even himself.

Lee felt a strong hand of his shoulder and looked over at his father. ”You’re doing the right thing, son. I know things will be difficult but I will help you every step of the way” he said, smiling at him.

Lee smiled back as they broke apart when the door opened. Jessie walked out with the doctor behind her and Lee quickly took her hand.

“Jessie! Are you okay?” he asked, hugging her. She nodded and laid her head on his shoulder. “The baby has developed well and I’m happy to say that in a few months, you will be having a little girl” the doctor said smiling.

Lee’s eyes widened and he put his hand on Jessie’s stomach. “A girl” he whispered to himself. Jessie smiled. “Natalie and Hope owe me money” she teased, rubbing her stomach.

Mr. Wong spoke some more to the doctor before he congratulated Jessie. “So, do you like the doctor?” Lee asked Jessie as they walked out of the clinic.

Jessie nodded. “He gave me some medicine to take and a list of food to eat that would help the baby” she replied. Lee smiled at her and held the door open. She smiled back before exiting.

Lee’s worries drifted away with one look at Jessie’s smile. He would do whatever it took to help them and provide for her. Lee knew it was crazy. He knew he was out of his mind but he would do anything for Jessie and the baby.

“Jess…” he said, turning around to look into her eyes. “Hmmm?” she asked, taking his hand.

No more second thoughts.

No more worries.

No more lies.

No more cheating.

No more you and I.

Just us.

“Will you marry me?”

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