“Why do you feel so strongly about this, Alissa?”
Alissa suddenly realized that when she thought of the baby she never thought or said the words our baby in regards to Alex. She thought my baby or the baby, but not Alex’s baby. Oh, how she wished the baby were Dale’s!
She also felt uneasy about re-establishing contact with Alex. Her pregnancy with the twins had not stopped Alex from trying to get her to be with him. She didn’t know if he would behave any differently this time.
“Alright, we’ll see him together.” He quit protesting.
Dale hoped that Alex would keep his promise to help Alissa remain stress free. So far he had not contacted them since their move to Mesa Valley.
Mick did not recover from the wound. The gang left his body on the street where the cops found it. Of course, none of the gang would narc on Noah, but he knew that it would be best to leave Bridgeport until things cooled down.
The cops had to at least go through the motions of looking for Mick’s killer. Although everyone knew that they really felt like it was just one less gang leader to worry about. They were probably glad that he was dead!
Noah gathered his few belongings and prepared to leave Bridgeport with no definite destination in mind. There was no way he was going back to his parent’s home. He would probably not be welcome anyway!
Then he suddenly knew where he was going. He was going to Mesa Valley. Sharlee had probably forgotten all about him, but at least he could see her again! Mesa Valley was probably just as good as any other place to go.
Sharlee went through her routine trying to ignore the two football players ogling her from the other side of the gym. She hated that they did their workouts at the same time as the gymnastic team practiced. She had decided against becoming a cheerleader and decided to try out for the gymnastics team. She was happy when she received a position!
However those two boys made her uncomfortable. Everyday for the past week when they finished their weight training they had come to the gymnastics side of the gym and watched practice. At first she hadn’t realized that it was her who was the object of their attention, but when one of them called out her name cheering her on she knew that they were watching her in particular. Their names were Jonathon and David. David was the football team captain, and Jonathon was the quarterback.
“That’s great Sharlee! Newbies don’t usually get to compete right away!”
The girls went to the locker room to shower and change.
After school, Sharlee headed out to catch the bus home. Dale had promised that he would take her shopping for a new car soon. The one she had before had given out. As she headed out the doors, Jonathon called out to her. Of course David and their crew were with him. Sharlee approached them.
Sharlee’s face reddened in anger. “Not that it’s any of your business, but yes. I am still a virgin, and I’m proud of it! Let me assure you that if that ever changes neither of you will be present!” Then she turned and headed toward the bus.
“What do you mean?” David asked him.
“I intend to be there! I bet you that I can get her to sleep with me before you do!”
“I think that we should leave her alone, Jonathon. She’s a nice girl.”
David thought a few moments and then answered, “Yeah, we have a bet!”
He had found it in a salvage yard and completely overhauled it. It was the one thing he owned that was of any value to him and he had left it with his parents for safekeeping. He put a note on his stepfather’s workbench to let him know that he had taken his bike.
He never had a problem getting dates or more when he wanted it. For some reason girls seemed to be very attracted to him! The ones he dated were very good looking like Sharlee. However there was something special about Sharlee. A sweetness, a gentleness in her nature that drew him to her. Even though clearly well off financially, she seemed down to earth and honest. He had to see her again!
When Noah arrived in Mesa Valley, the first thing he did was to find Sharlee’s house.
He sat in front for a good while looking at it. People who lived in a house like that would never approve of him having a relationship with Sharlee! Maybe if he straightened himself out, they would at least allow him to be her friend.
The benefit of an abandoned house was no rent! Now that he had an address, he needed to find a job. The next morning he was able to get one part time at a car repair shop. They were glad to hire him after seeing the work that he had done on his bike.
The last part of his plan would be the hardest and the part that he hated the most. He had to go back to school! He wanted Sharlee to respect him and he knew instinctively that she would not like him being a high school drop out. He headed over to the high school.
The following day, the school administrator brought him the results of his test as he sat in her office.
“Alright Noah. You scored very highly in science and mathematics, but your English scores are not where they should be. However, I think that with some tutoring you will be able to quickly improve.”
She pulled up some information on her computer. “Okay, I think that the sooner you get started the better. I have scheduled your first meeting with a tutor tomorrow after school in the school library. I put a note in your file to inform your English teacher that you are in the tutoring program and she too will provide you with further assistance.”
“Thank you Mrs. Dennis!”