I made Ashton a great birthday breakfast and he walked up and
he looked at me and he kissed my lips softly "it smells good."
Ashton said and I smiled at him "I hope so. It's your favorite."
I said and Ashton smiled at me."Happy birthday baby." I said and
I could sense something was wrong "What's wrong?" I asked him
"Nothing baby, I'm great. Today is great. I can't wait to find
out what you got me for my birthday." Ashton said and I smiled at
him, he would know tonight. His party tonight is at the beach and
it begins at five o'clock. Today is the day I get to spend half
the day with him out of the house so they could do his gifts and
then he will spend the rest of the day with his other friends
until his birthday party. Ashton sat down at the table and I
smiled at him and handed him his plate "You are a good cook."
Ashton said "Thank you." I said and he smiled at me.
While Ashton was eating breakfast my phone started vibrating
and I looked at the caller ID Lauren "Excuse me." I said to
Ashton getting up and feeding Sassy "Hey Lauren, how did it go?"
I asked her "I went to the doctor's yesterday." Lauren said "How
did that go?" I asked her getting worried "I won't be at Dance
Camp." Lauren said "What? Why?" I asked "I am pregnant." Lauren
said "have you told your parents?" I asked Lauren "My mom and dad
says no adoption or abortion. Nate doesn't want the baby, so I'm
going to be a single mom." Caylee said "I will be supportive
Lauren." I said "Thanks Cay, hurry up and get home." Lauren said
and I nodded, "I'm five weeks." She said I knew she would be due
in March. Our Juillard audition is in February. There goesher
dancing career. "I will be home soon. I love you." I said "I love
you too." Lauren said and we hung up.
After breakfast we went to the mall and at the food court
around lunch Ashton held my hand from across the table "What was
your phone call about?" Ashton asked "I don't want to stress you,
or worry you with my issues today." I said "Caylee, I'm your
boyfriend. Tell me." Ashton said "Lauren is pregnant." I said
"She will be a good mom." Ashton said "Yeah, but it made me
realize, since we were nine we said we would go to Juillard
together, she will be nine months pregnant at our audition, she
can't dance anymore." I said "You don't want to get pregnant, do
you?" He asked "No. I want to dance still. Dancing is all I
know." I said "That's why we haven't done anything, because there
is always a chance." Ashton said and I kissed his lips softly
"You will be a supportive best friend, you will help Lauren get
through this." Ashton said and I smiled at him. "I'm sorry if I
ruined your birthday." I said "You didn't baby." Ashton said.
After Caylee and I got back home I got dressed for my party
and I couldn't help but think about Lauren, not in a sexual way
like that but I was worried about her. Caylee was trying to best
to be a supportive long distance best friend but she knew it
wasn't cutting it. This is exactly why no matter how much I
might want it to happen I'm not having sex with Caylee any time
soon. Dance is her life, and I don't want to be the reason why
she isn't dancing. "Ashton?" Aunt Alice asked "Yes ma'am?" I
asked "Are you ready to go. We don't want to be late for your own
party." She said "Yes ma'am." I said and I rubbed Hoss telling
him good-bye. We got in the car because we had all the supplies
"Are okay okay?" Uncle Carl "Yes sir." I said "We're proud of you
Ash." Aunt Claire said "Thank you." I said and she smiled at me.
It felt good having Savannah with us for once instead of with
Caylee, Mary, and Liam was already there to help set up. I
smiled at Caylee when I saw her, she was beautiful, wearing a
white summer dress with sandals, I loved how beautiful she
looked. "Are those my gifts?" I asked when I put my box down on
the table. "Yes. But don't touch." Caylee said and I smiled at
her "Yes baby." I said and I went back to setting up and Caylee
helped. All of my friends came, including Hannah, Olivia, Alexa,
and Allie. Zach and the group of guys. While Uncle Carl was
cooking the food a car pulled up. All of teenagers were in group
and I looked up, and up walks a woman that I remember from my
childhood memories. The last time I saw here I was fifteen and
being dropped off at my Aunt and Uncle's house so she could go to
rehab. "Uh-oh." Aunt Alice said and I looked at her.
The woman walked up and I saw those baby blue eyes and brown
hair as she got closer "Alice! Where's Ashton? My son." My mother
Anna said "I'm right here." I said standing up being as cold as
stone. "Happy birthday Ashton!" She said "Thanks." I said "How
long have you been out for?" Aunt Alice asked " A year, I have
been sober for a year." She said "Why are you here?" I asked
"it's your birthday, I wanted to celebrate your birthday with
you." She said and I just nodded going back to my friends. Caylee
squeezed my hand "that would be my mother." I said and Caylee
looked at me with those beautiful icy blue eyes "Are you okay?"
She asked me "Yeah. I have you." I said "Ash. come on over with
Caylee." Aunt Alice said and I held her hand as we walked over
"Anna this is Caylee, Ashton's girlfriend and Karen's daughter."
Aunt Alice said "It's nice to meet you." Caylee said softly "You
too. You should can pick them." Anna said to me and I nodded.
When it came to gift time Caylee left my side so she could
take pictures with her Iphone and video tape it with her beat up
old camera, I got a ton of cool gifts from my friends, and an
amazing pair of Nikes from Aunt Claire and Uncle Carl and now it
was my gift from Caylee who backed away from me, she still had my
coat but I figured I would never see that thing again. I opened
one box and smiled a NY Yankee hat with all of their autograph on
it "Thank you." I said and she smiled "There's more." Caylee
said and I opened it up to see a jersery from my favorite player
and it was autographed. "Thank you Caylee, it's perfect." I said
and she smiled at me "You're welcome." Caylee said and I smiled
at her, this has been a good party other than my mother showing
After the party I was outside in the yard and my mother
walked up to me "Why are you here? Why now?" I asked "I wanted to
make things right with you Ashton. I want my son in my life." She
said "You waited a year mom." I said "So I could make sure I
stayed sober. It was tough on me." She said "It's three years
later since you left me." I said "I'm sorry Ashton." She said "I
don't need the drama in my life mom." I said "There won't be any
drama." She said and I remembered all the lates night of her
being home drunk and bringing men in the house. "You're like
Jace, okay? You have to earn your trust back." I said "okay Ash.
I'm willing to do that. Caylee is beautiful." She said and I only
nodded "Where do you live?" I asked "In Tampa." She said and I
nodded. This was going to be a long year I could tell that now.