"Gone for a week. One week, and Nicole has a broke arm, Bryant is sick, and Jackie broke the frame." I sighed. "Yeah... Lauren isn't so innocent either." Calum laughed. "What did Lauren do?" Ashton asked. Luke laughed. "Funny story. She got suspended. Oh, and so did your sister." Luke laughed. "Where are they?" I asked. "Lounge." Michael replied.
"You both got suspended!" Ashton yelled. Lauren looked down, while Rachel smiled. "I'm not smiling, Rachel." I said. She looked down. "What would mom think? Ever thought of what she would think?" I asked. She kept her head down. "She wanted what was best for you. She did everything for you. She took you in when your father didn't want y-" "Okay! I get it! She wanted everything for me! I get it! I know my dad didn't want me! But you don't have to rub it in! Perfect life, the perfect father! I got an alcoholic father! That's why she took me in! I was her child! She loved you more than anything! Her first born! How do you think that made me feel!? My own mother giving her child to an alcoholic man!" Rachel yelled. "Laur, lets go." Ashton sighed. She nodded, and got up.
"You think my family is perfect!? I think you forgot what happened that one day!" I yelled. "Oh, how could I forget? It was peaceful, for once!" She yelled. "I was so happy when he did that. So happy. He taught you a lesson, and I couldn't be happier." She said. I stood back. "Ashley I-" "Don't. You don't need to explain. I have the life I always wanted. An amazing husband, great kids, my own family. I got my dream, but where's yours?" I replied, walking away.
"You were out of line." Ashton said, as I walked into Nicole's room. "I don't want to talk about it." I replied. "Mommy." Nicole said, walking to me. I kneeled down in front of her. "Uncle Mikey hurted me." She said. I smiled, and kissed her head. "Can I sign your cast?" I asked. She nodded. I took out a marker, and signed her cast. She smiled.
"Mom." Jackie said, walking into the room. "Yes?" I asked. "Hey dad, uh mom, can I ask you something?" She asked. Ashton smiled, probably feeling left out. I nodded. "Alone?" She asked. I laughed, and nodded. "Be right back." I kissed Ashton, and smiled.
"How do you know if a boy liked you?" She asked, as we sat on my bed. "Uh, well, usually they would tease you. Like, laugh at you, or joke around with you. But when you needed him, he would be there. Uh, sometimes they will be mean to you. But most of the time, it's just being mean." I replied. "I think a boy likes me." She smiled. "Uh oh, don't tell dad." I laughed. She smiled, and leaned her head on my shoulder. 'What's wrong?" I asked, putting my arm around her. "I miss when it was just us. Me, you, and dad." She said. "We could always do something like that. Leave your sister and brother home with Calum, and go on a vacation." I replied. She smiled, and nodded.