Will You Stay

This is a story about how Ashley stumbles upon a lost soul. One who believes that he does not deserve to settle down and have a family. Shawn thinks that it's better for him to stay away but Riley and Maya think he should stay. Could Ashley be his reason to stay? I'm terrible at summaries! Also there will be a side story with a side couple. ShawnxOC. Rated T just in case!

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9. Eye of the Storm Part 2

Author's Notes: Alright folks here is the second part of the episode! In this particular chapter I plan on putting in some reminiscing; I wanted to make it seem as if the person is overshadowing a memory. I hope everyone gets where I'm heading with that portion of the chapter. I do not own Girl Meets World and I don't own the song I knew I Loved You by Savage Garden.

Will You Stay

Chapter 9: Eye of the Storm Part 2

I'm starting to wonder why I fell for you in the first place.” Shawn was still drinking her coffee which was now almost all gone.

“Because you needed someone to finish your coffee for you. This is good by the way.” He looked at the ladies behind the counter.

“In order for that to be true I would've at least had a sip of it.”

“Well I'm sorry honey.” He tried to give her a kiss but she dodged it.

“Nope not with that coffee breath.” She smiled and proceeded to salvage what little of her prize was left.

Katy saw how many bags Maya had and was trying her best to stay calm. She knew letting her go with Shawn was a bad idea. She didn't want Maya to get too close to someone if they weren't going to stick around. When she saw her daughter she could only smile.

“You look beautiful, baby girl.”

“Thanks, mom.”

As everyone was sitting down and talking amongst themselves Shawn walked over to Katy.

“Shawn it's too much.”

“Katy why do you work so hard?”

“To keep the lights on.”

“Katy why do you work so hard?”

“Because I have a daughter to take care of.”

“There you go. And I just have me. I travel light. I just need a cup of coffee and a sandwich. 'Cause of that I've been able to put a little money away.”

“How much money?”

That much right there. And now it's all gone.” He said pointing at Maya's bags and Alyssa's one bag. “I like taking care of somebody besides me.”

Shawn you have a girlfriend and not to mention the kids.”

It's not like I'm broke or anything. I just happened to dip into my savings for this shopping trip. Just look at how happy she is.” Katy looked at her daughter's smiling face and how the new clothes are bringing a glow to her appearance. She was a whole new person and she was finally dressing more feminine.

“I just want her to get her hopes up and then getting her legs cut from under her.”

“Can we just have a good day? You keep the lights on and I'll dress the kid up a bit.”

He proceeds to get Maya's attention, “Hey. You. Who's your mama?”

“That pretty blonde lady.”

“She does the heavy lifting. I got to do something fun. So this stuff comes from me and her. Don't ever forget that.”

“I won't. Thanks, mom.” She got up and hugged her.

While that was going on Ashley was looking over Alyssa's new dress. “Wow squatting eagle I never thought I'd see you in a dress.”

“I didn't think I'd be in one either.”

Shawn came up behind Ashley and wrapped his arms around her waist. They both stood in that embrace as they saw her twirl around. “You must be a miracle worker. I could never get her hair up like that.”

“Actually it was the sales lady who did it. But I will take credit for picking out the dress.”

“You have great taste.”

“Ma his 'great taste' was closing his eyes and picking something.” Alyssa said.

“Still nice job sweetheart.”

“Thanks. What did you do today?”

“Nothing. I was just here listening to the performers.”

“And you didn't sing? Are you sick?”

“I did a little something in exchange for a prize which you just happened to drink.”

“Well I owe you a coffee. But first you owe me a kiss.” She kissed him on the cheek which he wasn't expecting but he accepted it anyways.

It's nauseating seeing your PDA.” Said Alyssa as she was heading to the door.

“Where are you going little lady?” Asked Shawn.

I'm going to hang out with a friend. Can't waste all of this charm on my family.” She said as she left.

Everyone else left little by little until it was just Shawn, Ashley, Katy and Topanga. Ashley was looking at her phone and growing anxious. Shawn put an arm around her and tried to comfort her. “What's wrong honey?”

“It's school. My schedule is becoming more demanding that I won't have any more free time. I'm already on edge as it is balancing my family, you, work, my singing, and school. I'm starting to burn out.”

Shawn grabbed her hand “Well let me ask you this which do you enjoy more your singing or nursing school?”

“What kind of question is that? I love singing. But nursing is a more practical career.”

“I didn't ask you what was practical. I asked you what did you enjoy more?”

“Singing of course.”

“If you keep up this full schedule now you'll miss out on whats important which is your family. So why don't you just postpone school? That way you can focus on your music and your kids.”

I can't do that. If I focus on my music then I'll need more income in order to afford things such as wardrobe and traveling expenses.”

Then Topanga decided to pop in on the conversation. “I couldn't help but overhear that you need a way to make some extra money. If you would like you can work here as our entertainment. It would be a nice way to draw in more customers. We'd love to have you here.Topanga looked back at Katy as she was giving her a look of despair.

“Thanks Topanga. I think I might take you up on your offer.”

The rest of the day went by in the blink of an eye as the couple decided since they were finally alone they went on a date.

~*~*~*~*Alyssa*~*~*~*~

Alyssa had been walking for quite a while to find the food truck that she was supposed to be at for lunch. Then she saw Lucas in front of a truck; he saw her and couldn’t help but stare. Once he snapped out of it he waved her over so they could order from the Mexican food truck. They took their lunch to some park benches and ate. “I'm sorry if this is late but I have to say you look very pretty.” She blushed as he complimented her. “Honestly I feel bad that I suggested we eat from a food truck. Maybe we should have gone to a restaurant.”

“Nah I prefer something casual. Besides these people know Mexican food which is surprising seeing as how they are located in New York.”

“I agree this is almost as good as food back in Texas.”

Alyssa and Lucas have been getting closer in their friendship. Alyssa was beginning to develop feelings for him but she didn't want to act on them because she knew Riley liked him. If there was anything Alyssa valued it was loyalty; even if it means that she would have to hide her feelings. She just wanted to relish these moments that they could have: they would talk about Texas, what they learned in school, current events, and even movies.

After an hour of hanging out it was time for her to go home. Lucas accompanied her back to her building. Since it was a long way back and she wasn't used to walking in heels for a long time Lucas offered to give her a piggy back ride for the last few blocks. She got off his back and almost fell over. She regained her balance and began to walk up the steps until Lucas stopped her. “You know I liked the way you looked before. Don't get me wrong you look pretty but I like the casual you. However I do like your hair up. That way more of your face can be seen.” He finally realizedwhat he was saying and immediately shut up. His face was going ready and so he just turned around and waved goodbye to her.

As Alyssa walked into her building Shawn was heading out. His date with Ashley ended with them cooking dinner at her place. He saw Lucas walking and with it being night time he offered him a ride home. “It's really nice of you to give me a ride home Mr. Hunter.”

“Please kid Mr. Hunter was my grandfather, you can call me Shawn. Besides if anything were to happen to you the girls would never let me live it down. By the way I saw Alyssa walking in; if I weren't a trusting adult I'd suspect that you two were on a date.”

“It's nothing like that Mr- I mean Shawn. We just had some lunch and went to a movie.”

“Kid that sounds like a date to me.”

“We're not like that. I mean she's still new here and I'm just trying to help her fit in. Maya and Riley are busy worrying about each other, Farkle is getting closer with Smackle, and Zay well he's busy being Zay. I figured I'd be the easiest person to get along with; I mean we're both from Texas.”

“No matter how you put it you still went on a date with her.”

“I can assure you sir we are just friends.”

“Good otherwise I would have to have a little talk with you and I'm not one of those 'scare the boyfriend' away type of guy.”

The rest of the drive was uneventful but in the apartment Alyssa was pacing back and forth in her bedroom. She had already dressed in her sleep clothes and looked at herself in the mirror. Her hair was still up and Lucas was right she did look nicer. For the next few hours she played with her hair and tried out different styles.

The next morning at John Quincy Adams middle school, in Cory's history class written on the chalkboard was the name Katrina. As in one of the biggest natural disasters in history. “It came out of nowhere. It was a 'category five' hurricane. There is no category six. New Orleans is below sea level which means that the whole city was destroyed and people lost their homes.”

“Lucas went there from Texas to help out.” Said Riley with a smile of her face.

“I told you that?”

“Nope.”

“Well Alyssa was there too. Her family went out there to help out the dogs that were stranded during the storm.” Alyssa looked back at Lucas.

“I never told anyone about that.”

“I know. Ms. Ashley told me. She said you guys spent hours looking in buildings for trapped dogs. And how you couldn't stop crying because you couldn't save all of them.” Memories from that day came and she shuddered. She turned back around and looked ahead to Cory. Lucas put a reassuring hand on her shoulder; Riley saw this gesture and was feeling uneasy about it.

The rest of the class continued talking about hurricane Katrina and how even though they were being knocked down by nature and had lost their homes they still celebrated. They kept on believing that things would get better.

Later on that afternoon everyone was at Topanga's cafe; everyone sat outside and tried to avoid going inside because Shawn was in there talking with Katy. They kept going back and forth on how Katy thought Shawn shouldn't mistaken his affection for Maya with his affection for her. “Affection?”

“You put your arm around me.”

“Look Katy sometimes an arm is just an arm. I'm with Ashley remember?”

“Shawn you know if Maya lets you in her life she is going to want the whole package. Besides how do you even know that you and Ashley even belong together? Do you even love her?”

He stood there in silence because he didn't know the answer himself. Katy walked out of the cafe and joined everyone. Maya was looking a bit sad but she still held on to the hope for Shawn to be her father. Ashley walked back into the cafe and went up to Shawn. “Everything okay?” He looked at her and it made his heart ache even more; he felt terrible for not knowing how he felt about her. Everything was going great and he loved the kids especially the baby. But was there a future? Where was this relationship heading?

“Everything is okay.” He said as he gave her a kiss. She went to the back real quick to grab some treats for the group outside. What Shawn didn't notice was the figure that walked in through the front door. Shawn turned around when he heard the person say “Hi.”

“Angela.”

Angela stood there with a smile on her face and walked over to be in front of Shawn. Ashley came back out from the back room with a tray full of baked goods. She saw Angela and decided to place the tray down on the counter. Shawn and Angela both noticed Ashley and he motioned for her to come closer. “Um. Ashley this is Angela, and Angela this is Ashley.” They both said hi and shook each others hand. “Ashley here is my girlfriend.”

“Oh wow Shawn you landed yourself a young thing.” Ashley smiled at what she thought was a compliment.

“Ashley Angela is my ex girlfriend from a long time ago.”

“I've actually heard a lot about you. From an anonymous source of course.” Shawn looked out the window and saw Cory before he ducked. Ashley knew of their history and felt that she needed to step out and give them room to talk.

“I think I should get these treats to the hungry group outside. I'll be back in a little bit.” She placed a kiss on his cheek as she grabbed the tray.

After she left Angela and Shawn sat down on the couch. She talked about how her father had recently passed away. Shawn was surprised and also saddened by the news; her father was one of the many obstacles she took in order to prove to her that he loved her. Things were so much easier back then because he knew right away that he loved her. Now he doesn't know what he is feeling. Now she is here and all of his pain seemed to be rushing back. She was the love of his life and she left him and never bothered to contact him for years.

She asked if he still saw his father beside him; he could still see him but only when he really needed advice. Right now was the perfect time for him to show up. He wasn't really around when he was alive but now that he was dead he could depend on him to be there for him.

“Why are you here Angela?”

“I need someone to talk to. It can only be you. How about that?”

“Okay.”

Meanwhile outside the group was munching on pastries; there was a storm going on and so they decided to have a storm picnic. Alyssa sat close to Ashley and gave her a hug; she knew her ma was going through a tough time especially since Shawn was now with the only woman he ever loved.

“I'm married now.” There was a sound of someone shouting “Yay!”

“How long have you been married?”

“Four years. He's in the military.”

“Why did you leave me?”

“I wasn't ready.”

“And then you were?”

'Well, life goes on, Shawn. You know. I think life puts people in front of us, so that we can be prepared for what comes next. I was ready because of you.”

“Why did you come here to see me?”

“Okay. My husband wants to have children.”

They continued talking about how she was afraid of having children because she felt like she would leave them like how her mother left her and her dad. Her husband is trying to convince her that she would be a good mother but she still felt unsure about it.

“You're the only one I can trust with this.” Angela said as she looked to him for guidance.

“Have kids, Angela. Put more of you in the world. And then sit in a chair and watch them. You'd be amazed. We're here to make somebody else happy.”

“Thank you Shawn.”

Angela's were now solved but she felt like there was still some unresolved issues between them. “So that was your new girlfriend just now?”

“Yeah her name is Ashley. She grew up in a foster home and took care of kids. She's kind of like a mother figure to them. She's also a singer.”

“Wait hold on, she's a singer? You know I think I might have heard of her.”

“Really?”

“Yes. My friends keep sending me a link to a video and I'm sure I remembered seeing her name involved in it.” She pulled out her phone and loaded the video.

It was her performance from that weekend. For some reason the song was having an impact on him. It made him rethink his whole set of feelings. “She's got a very beautiful voice. You are lucky to have her.”

“Yeah I really am.”

“So, do you think she might be the one?”

“I don't know what you mean.”

“Shawn you have to let this go. You have to be able to let this girl in. You have to allow yourself to be happy. Let me ask you this, do you love her?”

It felt like the whole world had suddenly stopped and went in reverse as he relived all of the memories he had with her.

~*~*~*~*Memory Lane*~*~*~*~

Music Starts

The first time he saw her his heart skipped a beat. It was a typical assignment where he had to write about one of the best “hole in the wall” restaurants in New York. When he got there he saw her on stage singing her heart out.

'Maybe it's intuition But some things you just don't question'

When he found out she was going to be his waitress he freaked out because he didn't want to make a fool of himself. Meanwhile present Shawn looked at his nervous self and laughed. If only he knew what was to come he would've been even more of a nervous wreck. He laid eyes on Ashley from that night and he was still in awe at how beautiful she was. “How could you ever fall for that bumbling loser?”

'Like in your eyes I see my future in an instant and there it goes I think I've found my best friend'

The next memory he visited was from when they had their first kiss; he had invited her over to dinner with Cory and Topanga. It started out awkwardly due to the fact Topanga thought she was a teenager and a babysitter at that. He felt bad that she had to go through that hazing from his friends but it was a tiny obstacle that they had overcame. What came out of that night was the best kiss he ever had.

'I know that it might sound more than a little crazy but I believe I knew I loved you before I met you I think I dreamed you into life I knew I loved you before I met you I have been waiting all my life'

He remembered their first big fight. It had been after they had kissed; he was so scared of what was happening that he ended up cutting off all communication with her. Present Shawn wanted to slap his past self upside the head. He knew that was a stupid move and he was angry that he actually did it. He ended up going back to the cafe and seeing her with Johnny, and he was an even bigger idiot assuming Johnny was her boyfriend. If it wasn't for his stupidity they would've never gotten closer. This was another bump in their road and they overcame it; it meant they could take on the world.

'There's just no rhyme or reason only this sense of completion and in your eyes I see the missing pieces'

He remembered their first date and how he was so nervous because he wanted everything to go perfectly. He planned on dinner at a nice restaurant and to go see a Broadway show. Nothing went according to plan that day: the show was canceled due to the stage being damaged during rehearsal, and their reservations were screwed up so there was no way they would be eating there that night.

'I'm searching for I think I found my way home I know that it might sound more than a little crazy but I believe'

She ended up cooking dinner for them at her place and they rented some movies to watch. Honestly he thought that was perfect; he learned so much about her that evening. How she loves Italian food, is afraid of clowns, loves dogs, loves coffee but hates Starbucks, etc. He told her about his childhood and how for a portion of his life he didn't have a mother or a father. He was lost for a portion of his teen years and he fell into some bad habits. When he talked about his father he couldn't help but tear up. She wrapped her arms around him and held him close; she didn't say anything she just held him as he cried. He hadn't opened up like that in a very long time.

'I knew I loved you before I met you I think I dreamed you into life I knew I loved you before I met you I have been waiting all my life'

One of his favorite memories was when he first met the kids. He could admit he was skeptical about it. She was only twenty-one yet she had been raising two kids and eventually a baby. He didn't know if he wanted to be involved when there was that much baggage at stake, but he felt that if they were important to her then it wouldn't hurt for him to meet them. He got a big shocker when he saw Johnny because he still couldn't believe she raised him. Then he saw a young girl named Alyssa she was such a pretty girl. Now seeing what kind of young woman she ends up being he was happy to put a smile on her face. What really shocked/scared him was when he saw Jeremy. A little baby boy almost a year old; he just looked at Shawn and after a split second he raised his arms for him to be picked up. When Shawn held him everything went blank; he held him closer and swayed side to side. He didn't know how he was going to react but when he met all of them he knew he wouldn't run. He wanted to protect each one of them; this was the family he had missed out on.

'I knew I loved you before I met you I think I dreamed you into life I knew I loved you before I met you I have been waiting all my life'

~*~*~*~*Real World*~*~*~*~

What was he thinking? If he went one day without Ashley it would make him feel empty and have no meaning in life. What does this mean? Does he really love her?

Darn it Ace either you tell that little lady you love her or I will. You love those kids too! You love that little girl Alyssa: you want to spoil her and make her feel loved. Now that muscular fella I don’t know how you feel about him but I can see he doesn't have that 'I'll kill ya' look. Now the big ticket that sold you was that baby; you knew when you saw him that he stole your heart. Most importantly you opened up to that girl. Now either you say it or I will keep nagging you till you do. Trust me I can get pretty annoying!”

Shawn smiled as his dad kept yelling in his ear and making loud noises. He looked at Angela and voice his his feelings. “I love her.”

 

End Chapter 9

Whew! Another chapter done! What does this mean for our love interests? Will Lucas fall for Alyssa? Or will he keep her at a distance? What will Shawn do to profess his love for Ashley?

 

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