Secrets Kept, Lies Told
Secrets Kept, Lies Told
"Hi, Alexa," Nick said
Alexa looked up from
her magazine and smiled. "Hey, Nick, take a seat," she said, gesturing
to the space across from her.
Nick nodded nervously
and sat across from her. Alexa nearly laughed, he was so cute when
he was nervous. She wondered what he was nervous about and glanced
up at him.
"I was wondering, Alexa"
Nick said. "Would.... I mean, do you mind" He pretty much trailed
off, like he was afraid to say anything.
"Go on, Nick, spit
it out, don't be nervous," Alexa said, smiling.
Nick smiled back nervously
and chuckled. "Umm, I was wondering... would... would you like to....
to go out with me?" He finally blurted out.
Alexa smiled and nodded.
"Sure, I'd love to," she said.
Nick relaxed visibly
and sighed with relief. "Great, so how about we go out to dinner
tonight, once we enter Napa, ok? I know we're staying there tonight,
then continuing to San Diego," he suggested, still a little nervous.
"Sure, sounds great,"
Alexa said quietly, smiling at Nick to get him to loosen up. 'Maybe
these guys will finally talk to me, I can't believe that it's been two
months and no one but AJ and Mom will talk to me.'
"Yeah, so I'll see
you later, then?" Nick asked, a smile forming on his face.
"Sure, see you later," she said.
Nick smiled and got
up quickly. Alexa watched as he walked into the back of the bus,
and disappear from sight. Alexa smiled devilishly and bit her lip,
excited to be doing something fun with someone other than her brother.
"She said yes!"
Nick said excitedly to Brian.
"Ahh! Oh, Nick,
now look what you made me do?" Brian said, his concentration broken.
The game he was playing on nintendo was ruined and he lost. "And
I was doing really good, I was practically breaking every record known
"Forget about that,
Bri, she said yes," Nick repeated, sitting next to his friend.
"She did? Now
ya see, I told you there was nothing you had to worry about," Brian said,
resetting his game.
Nick nodded and faced
away from the screen. "Nothing except for AJ, I have a bad feeling
that he's not going to like the fact that Alexa and I are going out tonight,
alone," he said, suddenly becoming pensive. He knew AJ wouldn't like
it, but he couldn't stay away from Alexa any longer. He saw her everyday
and it was almost killing him to see her and not be able to talk to her.
"Of course not, but
he's going to have to realize that his little sister won't stay little
forever and, even though he probably thinks of her as a six-year-old, she
is eighteen. And trust me, no amount of threatening from her older
brother will prevent her from going out with people," Brian said practically,
selecting a new game.
Nick nodded and walked
out of the room and to his bunk. He jumped onto it and laid back,
closing the curtain over. He closed his eyes, dreaming about the
night with Alexa, and how perfect it would be as long as AJ never found
"Why do you have such
a bright smile on your face?" AJ asked Alexa as he walked to the
coffee maker. He'd just woken up, he'd gone to bed the night before
around three and woke up about five minutes ago, at two-thirty.
"No reason, why?"
Alexa asked, smiling again.
"Because, Aly, I know
you well enough to know that when you smile like that, something has to
be up," he said, sitting across from her at the table.
"No reason, I'm just
in a good mood, that's all," Alexa said, going back to her magazine.
AJ couldn't help but think that Alexa was hiding something from him.
"What are you hiding,
Alexa?" AJ asked, looking at her with expectant eyes.
"Nothing, AJ, what
makes you think that?" Alexa asked, looking up, trying to conceal
her excitement. It wasn't working, not one bit.
"You're jumpy as anything
and you're trying as hard as hell to hold back your excitement. I
can tell when you're hiding something, Aly, just tell me what it is," AJ
Alexa shook her head.
"I don't know what you're talking about, AJ, I'm not excited about anything
except for getting off this damn bus. I'm so sick of being on this
thing, I'm about to tear it apart," she said.
AJ smiled. "I
know what you mean, it does get pretty annoying after a while. But
tonight, I'm not gonna be able to spend any time with you, Kevin and Howie
are dragging me somewhere by my hair and they won't let me take you along."
"Oh, what a pity, I'll
miss a guys' night out," Alexa said dryly. "I mean, really AJ, I
don't mind. To tell you the truth, I think it'll be good for you.
I always have this feeling that you hold back when you're around me for
some reason, I don't see why you should, though. But whatever you
do tonight, have fun and stay out late, get used to not doing things with
your little sister for once. We've spent so much time together, I'm
wondering why the press hasn't picked up on us yet," Alexa said, turning
a page in her magazine.
"I've been wondering
that too, but I guess it's just a good sign. Are you sure you'll
be all right alone tonight? I mean, Howie and Kevin are dragging
me out, and I heard that Nick and Brian are gonna be hanging out tonight
somewhere, so it'll probably be just you and Mom."
"No, Mom is going to
be busy as a bee tonight, she won't be around either. Don't worry,
AJ, I'll use the time to my advantage and watch a movie and gorge myself
on chocolate, it's a luxury for me to have all this comfort and I'm taking
advantage of it. You go out and have fun, stay out as late as you
want, then when you come back at four o'clock in the morning, I'll be asleep
somewhere, probably in front of the television surrounded by candy wrappers.
Don't worry about me, I'll be fine, and if I have to tell Kevin
and Howie that they have to keep you out
late, I will, and don't think I won't, AJ," Alexa said, wagging her finger
AJ caught her hand
and lowered it. "Calm down, Aly, and stop acting like Mom.
I'll be back late, that much I already know. They won't tell me where
they are taking me, but they said that I better be comfortable and ready
to stay up a while, so I'm assuming that means I have to be out until all
hours. You, missy, I will see tomorrow morningâ?¦or
the afternoon, whenever I wake up," he said, looking around.
"Yeah, whenever you wake up. Go away, big bro, I want to finish this
in time for my major movie session tonight," she said, gesturing to her
AJ smiled and got up,
giving her a kiss on her head. "Yes, oh mighty princess Alexa," he
"You best believe it!"
Alexa called as he walked out of the front. AJ laughed and went to