Secrets Kept, Lies Told
Secrets Kept, Lies Told
on, Aly, get up," AJ said, shaking his sister's shoulder, trying to wake
her up. "Come on, we're in New York, let's go, I'm hungry," he said.
Alexa turned over on
her side and looked up at her brother, then at her watch. "AJ, its
four o'clock in the morning, what do you want?" She demanded.
"We're here, we're
in New York City. Come on, let's get in the hotel and you can sleep
until forever, you just have to get up and go with me to McDonalds real
quick, I'm hungry," AJ said, yawning.
Alexa shook her head
as she sat up. "No, I'm going back to sleep when I get upstairs,
I am not going to Mickey D's with you, forget it," she said stubbornly.
She hopped off the top bunk and grabbed her jacket off the bunk below her.
She pulled on the jacket and flipped her hair over her shoulder.
"Aly, come on, please?
Go with me, everyone else is already asleep upstairs!" AJ begged.
"They are? Why
did you wait to wake me up last? Idiot, now I'll never get to sleep,
they'll all be up later making a bunch of noise and I won't be able to
sleep!" Alexa exclaimed, hitting her brother's arm.
"Ow, don't hit me,"
AJ said, rubbing where she hit him. She really could hit hard.
"Come with me?" He asked, pouting. He knew she would give in,
after a little begging.
He was right.
"Fine, I'll go, come on, let's make this quick, I'm tired as anything,
not to mention the fact that its four o'clock in the friggin' morning!"
Alexa practically shouted.
AJ winced and wrapped
his arm around her as the stepped out into the frigid late November air.
He felt her shiver through her coat and moved a little faster. The
McDonalds was only a block or two away, but he knew Alexa would start complaining
about how cold it was in a matter of minutes.
He was right, again.
"It's so cold out here!" Alexa said through chattering teeth.
"How can people stand this?" She asked.
"I don't know, I personally
can't live without warmth, so I can't imagine ever living around here in
the winter," AJ replied, turning at the corner.
Give me Florida sunshine and sudden rain storms any day in exchange for
this cold," Alexa said, rubbing her arms.
AJ nodded and opened
the door to the twenty-four-hour McDonalds and gestured for Alexa to enter
first. She did, with a flourish. "All hail to the almighty
Queen Alexa," AJ said in her ear.
Alexa laughed and finally
smiled at him. "You sir, are to be quiet. We don't need anything
like Orlando happening again," she said, walking slowly to the counter.
"Hey, it was your fault,
not mine," AJ said, following her.
"My fault? You
were the one that doubted me!" Alexa exclaimed.
"The only reason I
doubted you was because I was just joking, I had no doubt that you could
sing," AJ said, looking over the breakfast menu.
"Sure you didn't,"
Alexa said, smiling and looking at the sleepy-looking girl behind the counter.
"Morning, could I have an egg McMuffin with cheese, please?"
"And can I have two
egg biscuits with bacon," AJ said.
"You're such a pig,"
"I'm a pig? Have
you ever seen Nick when we go out to eat? Talk about a pig, he eats
everything on his plate, and then starts with someone else's! If
anyone is a pig, its him."
"No, you still out
rank him. I've seen both of you when we go out, you eat twice as
much as he does and you still don't seem to gain any weight! I want
to know your secret," Alexa said, poking him in the stomach.
"Easy, I eat, sleep,
then I'm on the move all day, I don't have time to let it sit."
"That'll be eight fifty,
sir," the girl behind the counter said.
AJ pulled out his wallet
and handed the girl a ten. "Keep the change," he said. Alexa
looked at him, eyebrows raised. "What?"
Alexa looked away.
"No, Alexa, what?"
AJ asked again as the bag was placed on the counter.
"Nothing, Alex, absolutely
nothing," she said.
"Don't give me that,
'oh, Alex, absolutely nothing, I just can't stand you for a reason I can't
say' crap. Come on Alexa, what?" AJ begged.
"AJ, I said nothing,
do you have to bug me about it?" Alexa asked as she picked up the
"Yes, it is my job,"
AJ answered, wrapping his arm back around his sister.
Alexa giggled as they
walked outside. "I'm sure it is, big brother, I'm sure it is," she
said, leaning her head on his shoulder.