“Alissa, we don’t have to do this now. We can wait until after the baby is born. What difference will it make anyway? Whichever of us is the father doesn’t matter. You and I are raising the baby together!”
Dale quit protesting. The doctor returned to the room and withdrew a sample of amniotic fluid from Alissa’s abdomen. He prepared what was needed and sent it off to the lab for the test. It would take a few days before they received the results.
Sharlee backed up against the building. She was terrified! Noah was slimmer and younger than Mick. She was afraid that Mick would kill him right before her eyes.
His words filled Noah with a cold rage. He had never fought for anyone other than himself before, but he thought of the innocence, the sweetness combined with sex appeal that radiated from Sharlee. He thought of the life that the girls on the street led, of the way that they were brutalized and used on a daily basis. No! He couldn’t and wouldn’t let that happen to Sharlee!
Mick was still lying on the pavement. The other guys rushed over to him. Noah didn’t have time to calm Sharlee. He ran over to her and picked her up into his arms. He was surprised by how light she was. She smelled so good, and her skin felt soft and smooth like velvet.
He opened her purse and took out her cellphone. Then he called a taxi for her. He also looked at her driver’s license. He didn’t know why, but he memorized her address.
“Noah, thank you for what you did for me. I will never forget it! Will you be okay?”
She had never before kept anything from her parents, but this time she had decided to keep what had happened with Noah to herself. She wouldn’t tell another soul. She hoped that he was okay!
She had never met anyone like him before. He had a hard side to him, but she had also seen that he had a gentle side. Instinctively, she knew that he did not show that side to other people, but he had been gentle and kind with her. He was also really hot! Sharlee sighed with regret. She would never see him again!
“Dale, you open it please!”
Dale hated seeing her so stressed, so anxious looking. He opened the envelope and read the results.
“Don’t cry, Alissa! We knew that there was a strong chance that I would not be the father. Now we just move forward! We keep you healthy and make sure that the baby is healthy and strong too! She’ll be loved and appreciated just like our other children.”
Dale hugged her tightly in return. He loved children and loving this baby wouldn’t be hard for him. She was a part of Alissa, but the problem was that she was also a part of Alex! She would be a constant reminder of Alex and Alissa’s relationship.
The fact that she had a child with Bronson did not bother him as much, but he could not stand the thought of her with Alex! He knew that ultimately this whole situation was his fault. He should not have selfishly gone on that treasure hunt! He would never do anything so dangerous and foolish again that might cause him to lose his family!
Alissa knew that Alex had to be told. Alex had changed so much, that she didn’t know whether or not it would be good to have him in the baby’s life. Just a year ago, she would not have believed that their relationship could have deteriorated to what it was now.
She now hated hearing his voice and being in the same room with him made her skin crawl. It brought back vivid memories of his assault on her. If he could do that to her, she couldn’t be sure of how he would treat their baby!
Neither Alissa nor Dale voiced their concerns to the other!
Alex examined the pictures that he had taken of the house and town. He had known the day they left and where they were moving all along. He couldn’t believe that Dale would think that he wouldn’t know! Finding out was child’s play for him. Although he had made Dale promise to take care of Alissa, he had gone to check out the town and even their new house before they had even moved in.
He looked up at her portrait. He had had it painted not long before Dale came back. It was the one thing he had wanted from their house before they sold it. He missed her in every way! He missed the sound of her voice, holding her in his arms, the soft lilac scent of her hair!