Secrets Kept, Lies Told
Secrets Kept, Lies Told
"Such a pity we didn't
have any time for that charity event," Kevin said, packing his suitcase.
"Yeah, but we'll do
it when we come back," Howie said, walking out of the bathroom.
"You know, I'm wondering,"
"What are you wondering,
AJ?" Kevin asked, zippering up his suitcase, finally finished.
"I'm wondering what
Alexa would think about us doing that charity thing," he said pensively,
playing with his cowboy hat.
"Well, why don't you
ask her?" Kevin suggested. 'You don't seem to mind asking her
anything else. Or telling anyone anything, either,' he thought.
He still remembered how, a few days before, AJ had basically threatened
him and Howie, saying that they had to stay away from Alexa, that she was
off-limits. It scared Kevin, truthfully, to know that AJ was so over-protective.
"Maybe I will," AJ
said, trailing off. He stood up and walked out of the room and Kevin
glanced at Howie.
"You're just as scared
of him as I am, aren't you?" Howie asked him.
"Yeah, he's never acted this was before. I mean, I kinda expect this
sort of behavior, after all, she is his little sister, but he's taken it
to a greater extent than I thought possible. If he's this
over-protective of her now, what will
he be like if she's out on the town and she finds someone she likes?
AJ will probably sabotage every relationship she's ever in," he guessed.
"That's exactly what
I was thinking. If he's just like this to us, imagine what he would
act like when they go out on the town together. She's a teenage girl,
and, if she's anything like Nick, with her age and all, she's gonna want
to have some fun. She's beautiful, even I admit it, and I don't see
any reason she'd have any trouble picking up any guys. And I'm also
willing to bet that she and AJ are just alike when it comes to finding
someone. You've seen AJ in action, he'll do anything to have a good
time. Do you think Alexa is anything like that?" Howie asked,
sitting on his bed.
"I don't know, but
I have a feeling she is. I mean, you should've seen her the first
night we all saw her, at the club. She instantly caught everyone's
attention, and she loved every second of it. And, to top it off,
she is a great dancer, she was dancing
with Brian and he looked like a fool compared to her."
"Brian looks like a
fool compared to everyone," Howie said, laughing.
"You know what I mean,
D, she's definitely someone who could get what she wanted. And just
between you and me, she's also someone who will draw everyone's attention,
keep it, and end up going home with her prize," Kevin said, leaning over
and lowering his voice.
Howie nodded, agreeing,
and Kevin straightened up as AJ walked back in the room. 'I can't
believe that I'm scared to talk around one of my best friends,' Kevin thought.
'If this is how it is now, what'll happen in time to come? Alexa
is suppose to be staying with us for the rest of the tour, and maybe more.
I have this strange feeling that something is going to happen to one of
us, and AJ will be involved. Not to mention Alexa.'
"Say goodbye to Orlando,
Alexa," Alexa said to herself quietly.
"What was that, honey?"
Her mother asked her.
Alexa shook her head
and turned away from the window. "Nothing, Mom, I'm just thinking
aloud," she said, looking back out the tour bus window. It was barely
ten minutes into the trip and already Alexa was curled up by herself.
"Ok, baby, just checking,"
her mother said, smiling. She gave Alexa a kiss on her head and walked
to the back of the bus, where Alexa could already hear some commotion.
She knew Brian and Nick were fighting over the nintendo, AJ said to expect
it. She smiled, looking out at the passing road, he told her to expect
a lot of things. Sudden boredom, strange hours, and a lot of fights,
to start with. He said that he and his friends were the craziest
bunch of guys that you'd ever met. Alexa chuckled. 'Funny, I still
have yet to experience the craziness that AJ has referred