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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10. Four Letter Word

Author's Notes: Alright guys here is another chapter! I know this sounds like a lot of pointless drabble but this story will have a point to it. I have it all in my head it's just putting into writing that is the difficult part. I also want to address the very serious storyline that consists of something illegal. I won’t spoil it for you but it is a serious issue that I felt needs to be expressed in my story.

Will You Stay

Chapter 10: Four Letter Word

The next day Angela had invited everyone to join her for dinner. Auggie stayed at home with Josh to spend some quality time together. Riley wanted to take Maya shopping and the others wanted to go see a movie. Ashley gave Lucas a stern look meaning ‘keep an eye on her or you’re dead.’ Lucas understood the look and felt nervous because he knew she would do it in a heartbeat.

Topanga invited Katy to join them but she felt awkward about it but Topanga insisted she come. They started looking at their menus and when the waitress came over and Shawn spoke up first, “She will have the blackberry Italian cream soda and the chicken Alfredo with angel hair pasta and add shrimp. I will have the strawberry cream soda and the tortellini.” Everyone gave him a look while Ashley turned red. Then Angela just started laughing.

“Shawn I never thought I’d see the day where you would be that guy.”

“What guy?”

Cory decided to chime “The guy that orders for his girlfriend. C’mon man this is the twenty-first century.”

“It’s not like that. We come here a lot and I know what she likes. Just like how I know she’s not going to finish her meal and ends up taking her leftovers to the kids. What she doesn’t know is that I usually give my leftovers to the kids too and Alyssa prefers my food over hers. No offense honey.” He said while nudging her arm. Everyone else ordered and Cory tried to do the same thing with Topanga and failed miserably. Claiming she wanted Lasagna when she actually wanted shrimp scampi. Everyone shared a laugh at his dismay and when the laughter settled Angela felt it was time to start grilling.

“Well I think we should get down to business. Ashley I want to hear how you met Shawn.”

“I thought I already told you the story?” Asked Shawn.

“I want to hear her side of the story though.”

Come to think of it he never really knew what went on through her mind that day. He was eager to hear the story as well. When Ashley saw all of their attention was on her she grew red again and took a sip from her soda. “Well I remember that I wasn’t having a particularly good day when I met him. I had just finished an 8 hour shift of my clinicals at the hospital I was exhausted and still had to do my shift at the restaurant.

~*~*~*~*Ashley’s Side*~*~*~*~

I was scheduled to sing that night and I tried to talk Simon into not having me sing and giving me a break for once. However he said some writer was coming in and we had to all play our parts to promote the restaurant. Mine being the waitress who also sings; kind of like the stereotypical female protagonist in ‘chick flicks.’

I was already in a sour mood, contemplated life choices, and wanted to be at home with the kids instead of there. Then while I was cleaning a table I saw this large group of people walk in but before I could get a better look Simon pulled me off to the side exclaiming that it was the writer. He said that he wanted me to wait on his party because I was considered ‘the face’ of the restaurant.

So as I was walking over to the table a few of the waitresses came up to me begging me to let them work his table. They were aggravating me even more because they were complete slackers unless it was someone they could flirt with. I ignored them and continued to his table not looking up from my pad for a second. I looked up and saw five kids and when I finally laid eyes on the writer I could’ve sworn that I had forgotten how to breathe.” When Shawn heard this he began to turn super red.

“I kept stumbling over my words as I read the specials and took orders. I also felt like I was sprinting all the way back to the backroom. My heart was beating so fast and it was difficult for me to catch my breath, However I needed to collect myself because I needed to get ready for my set. When I finally got back out there I was shaky which never happens when I get on the stage. I saw him staring right at me so I took a deep breath and sang my heart out. When I finished and I looked back into the crowd he was gone. I was a little upset thinking I didn’t leave much of an impression on him. I went back to the backroom to get ready to finish my set when I ran into him literally. Apparently he wanted to interview me for his piece which at the time felt genuine but now that I think about it maybe he just used the interview as an excuse to talk to me.” She said and gave Shawn a look. He just looked away knowing she had caught on to his old plan. “Well anyways that’s how we ended up here. I never thought that that night would have changed my life. I thought for sure he would’ve left when he found out I had ‘two kids and a baby’ but he still stayed. Which I still think he is out of his mind for sticking around but I’m glad he did.” She said as he linked their hands together.

Katy saw the whole exchange and resisted the urge to roll her eyes. She kept taking sips from her drink as the conversation continued. She kept biting her tongue because she knew if she spoke her mind it would create a gap not just between her and Ashley but it would also diminish any form of relationship she has with Shawn.

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

The group had finished their movie when Alyssa’s phone vibrated. She got a message from Ashley stating that they were going to be a little bit late and if they wanted a place to hang out to use her apartment since the theater was nearby. Maya and Riley were waiting outside the theater for them because they got a similar text message. Maya was a bit uncomfortable with it but it was still better than being home alone.

Alyssa led them all the apartment door and dug around for the spare key in her pocket. She opened the door to reveal a spacious apartment decorated in light blue and lavender. There was a large screen TV with a Blu Ray player and a PlayStation 4. In the corner of the living room was a stereo system with a deck for a phone. An armoire made of dark cherry wood and glass doors stood tall and contained what looked like thousands of movies.

Riley, Maya, Farkle, and Lucas all stood in awe of the apartment. Alyssa went in and adjusted the thermostat and turned on some more lights. Everyone was getting hungry so she went into the kitchen to find something for them while the others raided the armoire for something to watch. She knew that Ashley kept things like frozen nuggets and fries for when she had to stay over and watch Jeremy.

When the food was done they ate in the living room while watching a Harry Potter movie. Riley got thirsty and looked in the fridge for something to drink. She saw the usual sodas and juice pouches in the front of the fridge but then she saw a strangely decorative glass pitcher in the back of the fridge. It had a label on it that said ‘DO NOT TOUCH’. “Hey Alyssa why does this pitcher of orange juice say do not touch?”

Maya ran over to the fridge and saw the same label and was curious as to why. “I’m not sure all I know is that when she says don’t touch something she means it.”

“Aw c’mon buttercup just because it says don’t touch doesn’t mean she doesn’t want you to have some.” Said Maya as she pulled the pitcher out.

“I think that’s exactly what it means. Guys don’t do anything that will get her in trouble. We’re guests in her home.” Said Farkle as he munched on a nugget.

“Yes I completely agree Farkle and as guests who are thirsty we should be able to help ourselves to what is in the pitcher.” Maya said as she poured herself a glass. It looked like orange juice and smelled like orange juice. When she took a sip she cringed as it had a sour and bitter taste. “Yeah now I know why she wanted us to not touch it. It tastes gross. I think it’s orange juice mixed with something gross. It tastes kind of like grapefruit.” She took a few more sips and she was beginning to like it. Riley poured herself a glass and made the same faces as Maya.

They poured everyone a glass and they all gathered in the living room. Alyssa stared into her glass not sure if she wanted to drink it or not. Lucas opted out of drinking it because he didn’t really like grapefruit and Farkle had already drank a quarter of his glass. “C’mon buttercup you gotta learn how to live a little. Be fierce. Be a rebel.” Said Maya as she poured herself another glass.

“Alyssa you don’t have to do anything you don’t feel comfortable doing.” Said Lucas as he grabbed a juice pouch.

“Sure listen to Huckleberry. Live constantly under Ashley’s rules. It’s not like she doesn’t have everyone else wrapped around her finger.” She said as she took another swig of her drink.

Alyssa was beginning to get annoyed with Maya’s behavior. If this is what it’ll take to shut her up she chugged half of the glass. When she came up for air she was feeling dizzy. Lucas grabbed on to her to prevent her from falling. Riley didn’t like the sight of it and took a big drink from her glass. The more she drank the juice the less it hurt to see them together. Lucas kept a firm grasp on Alyssa believing that it was the lack of air that made her dizzy and led her to the couch. He seemed a bit uneasy about what was happening to his friends: Farkle was cracking up obnoxiously at the movie, Riley and Maya were talking very loudly, and Alyssa was constantly swaying. They all had one thing in common though: they each had a hazy dull gaze.

~*~*~*~*Back to the Adults*~*~*~*~

They had finished dinner and decided to take a stroll to work off their dinner before they headed home. Shawn wanted to take a quick detour through Central Park where there was a light show going on. Soft music was being played and people were dancing across the grass. Shawn led Ashley to join him on the grass, Topanga and Cory joined them, Katy had decided to sit on a bench, and Angela stepped away for a bit trying to perform her part of Shawn’s big scheme.

Shawn twirled Ashley around and admired how beautiful she looked under the soft lights. He couldn’t imagine that she could be any more beautiful than at that very moment. He held her close as the music slowed down. His mouth became dry and he was stumbling over his words. He leaned closer to her ear, “I love you.” he whispered into her ear. She stopped moving and looked back up at him. Her eyes began to whell up with tears as he led her to a small pond that had candles floating on top of the water. She turned around to tell him she loved him but she froze.

Shawn was not standing behind her anymore; in fact he was down on one knee. “Ashley I know I haven’t had a perfect life. I didn’t come from a perfect family nor have I had a perfect life up until now. I always felt that I didn’t deserve anything good because I wasn’t a good person.” She wanted to speak up but he rose his hand to have her pause as he continued. “Please let me finish. I use to be angry with the world because I was dealt a terrible hand: the woman who I thought was my mother abandoned me, my dad died, and my first love left me. I just felt alone in this world and that it turned its back on me. However those cards helped me to appreciate what I had: friends who love me and their kids who adore me, a big brother who I can count on, and a new family that I can call my own. Ashley I know that you have a lot of scars on your heart because I have them too, but I can promise you that I will not hurt you and that I will never let you fall. I love you and the kids, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. You’re my family now.”

He took a little bright blue box out of his jacket pocket and he opened it to reveal a stunning three stone diamond engagement ring on a platinum band. She gasped at the sight of the ring. He took the ring out of the box and slipped it on to her finger; when he finished placing it her knees buckled and she began to collapse. He stood up just in time to hold her body to his he locked eyes with her. “I told you I would never let you fall. I’m taking this as you saying yes.”

She was finally able to regain her senses and spoke almost like a whisper “Of course I will Shawn. I promise to never let you feel alone.” She ran her fingers through his hair as he pulled her in for a kiss. It was shortly interrupted as a small ball of fur had knocked into Shawn’s leg causing him to buckle and ended falling and taking Ashley down with him. Shawn was on his back and Ashley was on his chest.

“Okay I know I said I would never let you fall but at least I went down before you.” He said as he winced from the pain in his back. She got off of him and pulled him to a sitting position. They both looked around for the thing that ran into them and they saw a shaking ball of fur. It looked like a dog: it was a terrier with white fur and dark brown ears and a dark brown patch on his left eye. Ashley approached the scared puppy slowly and she spoke in a soft voice. “It’s okay little one. I won’t hurt you.” She sat in front of the shakened pup and after minutes of coaxing the puppy slowly walked into her lap and curled up in her jacket.

Angela came running and was gasping for air. “Gosh that dog is fast. Well looks like your engagement present came running to you.” Ashley looked at Angela and then looked down at the dog and a smile grew on her face. Shawn knelt next to her and took off his jacket to help keep the dog warm. He leaned his head on her shoulder and sighed with relief. “Our family is complete.” Katy saw the whole thing and while everybody was celebrating she had ducked behind a tree and let out the tears that she had been holding back. Now she had lost her chance for good.

Ashley gasped as she had remembered something “Crap I forgot that one of my coworkers was supposed to stop by my apartment today.”

“Why were they stopping by?”

“Well she is throwing a party tomorrow night and she wanted me to make my special drink for the party. It’s basically a screwdriver but instead I use grapefruit vodka to give it a slight tang. I made a whole pitcher so she would have enough for her guests.”

“Wait you mean you left a pitcher of alcohol in your fridge and allowed kids in your apartment?”

“It’s okay Alyssa is there and I labeled it so that no one touches it. I know my daughter is responsible and when I say don’t touch something she doesn’t touch it.”

“Yeah you’re right our daughter knows right from wrong.”

To Be Continued in Chapter 11

Sorry for the long wait! I hope this chapter was satisfying! I mean two big plot twists occurred and here is the link to the ring that I used as the image for the engagement ring (http://www.tiffany.com/engagement/rings/round-brilliant-three-stone/2carats-19579468?search_params=param+0/0/0/0/0/0/GRP10039). Not to mention a very big problem is emerging that occurs across the world in this day and age. I do not condone underage drinking and the reason I decided to embed this message into my story is because Boy Meets World and many other coming of age shows all tackled this issue whether it was alcohol or even drugs. It’s becoming a bigger issue that is being passed off as normal especially in America. I just want to put my spin on it because I don’t think it’s okay that kids and teens are not only pressured into these situations but that they are also encouraged. They are made to believe that it is a rite of passage that they need to go through at such an early stage. Stick with me guys and to any of my young readers please head my warning drinking and doing drugs is not cool. It can cause major problems and should definitely not be used by minors. 

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