Secrets Kept, Lies Told

Secrets Kept, Lies Told
By Sarah
Chapter 16

    Alexa looked out the window at the falling rain, it made her depressed to see it, and she couldn't go out when it was raining, her mother refused to let her.  She sighed, pulling her knees up on the windowsill and hugging them.
    "Hey, Alexa," AJ said as he walked in.
    "AJ, don't you ever knock?"  Alexa asked playfully.  But really, it was getting on her nerves.  After nearly four months, he didn't knock before he came in her room.
    "Sometimes.  What'cha doing?"  He asked, sitting on the sill next to her.
    "Just watching the storm.  I can't believe that the time we come to Arizona, it's pouring out, and its October for God's sake!"  Alexa said, gesturing with her hands for emphasis.
    "I know what you mean.  Last time we were here, it was hot as hell, and they were in the middle of a drought.  We came this time in the middle of a wet spell, so its gonna rain for probably the entire time we're here."
    "I wish it would stop, so I could out and explore.  I mean, the rain never stopped me before, but Mom won't let me out because it is raining, you'd think I could catch my death out there," Alexa said, exasperated.
    "That's Mom, she's just doing her job.  Feel like going downstairs with me and checking out the pool?"  AJ asked.
    Alexa shook her head.  "Nah, I think I'll just stay up here for a little while longer, I feel like being alone anyway," she said, smiling lightly at her brother.
    "Ok, I'll be downstairs if you need me," AJ said, ruffling her curls.  He stood up and left, leaving Alexa alone again.  She sighed and leaned her head on the window, glancing out at the downpour.  She closed her eyes, thinking about what Nick said they would do that day if it were nice.  He said he was going to take her for a walk to the park, then a picnic under a tree, and watch the sunset.  It was suppose to be a good day, instead, it was all ruined because of the rain.
    Someone knocked on the door and broke Alexa's train of thought.  She stood up and walked to the door, opening it.
    "I believe, Miss, that these are for you," the bellhop said, holding out a small bouquet of sunflowers.
    Alexa smiled.  "Thank you," she said, accepting them.  She reached for her purse on her bed table and the bellhop shook his head.
    "No, its been taken care of, have a good day," he said, tipping his hat.  Alexa closed the door and walked to her bed.  She sat down, smelling the flowers, then noticed a small card.
    'Even if the day is dark and gloomy, these flowers remind us of the sun soon to come.  Love, Nick,' she read silently.  She smiled and giggled, putting the card on the table, then placed the flowers in an empty vase.  She took the card and put it in her backpack, in one of the small pockets in the front.  There was another knock at the door and she hurried to answer it.
    "Hi," Nick said quietly.
    Alexa smiled and took his hand, leading him in the room.  She locked the door behind her and pulled his head down to hers and kissed him.
    "Wow, I think I ought to stop by and say hi more often!"  Nick said jokingly as they broke apart.
    Alexa laughed and gave him a hug.  "Thank you for the flowers, I love them," she said.
    "You're welcome, I had to make it up to you somehow, didn't I?"  Nick asked hypothetically, hugging her back.
    Alexa smiled and pulled back from him, playing with locks of his hair with her fingers.  "That's just the thing, you didn't have to do anything but you went ahead and did it anyway.  And I thank you because you brightened my mood considerably."
    Nick smiled and played with her curls.  "Well, I try."
    Alexa laughed and led him to the couch, sitting him down and sitting across his lap.  "You, sir, are awfully cocky today, why?"
    Nick smiled and held Alexa around her waist, pulling her closer to him.  "I think it may be because sitting in front of me is the most beautiful girl I've ever seen and there's no one in the world to bother us now."
    "Really, how's that?"  Alexa asked, pushing his hair out of his face.
    "Well, one, I told Brian that I was going out for a little while, so he can't find me.  Two, Kevin was in a very charitable mood today and took AJ downstairs to the gym, where they are guaranteed to stay.  And three, your mother stopped me in the hall on my way here and said that she was going out, and she told me to tell you that you weren't to leave the hotel."
    Alexa smiled and leaned forward.  "I think that we have everything going for us, and I couldn't have asked for a better day," she said quietly.  She kissed him softly, gently, and opened her mouth slightly, letting him deepen the kiss.
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