Secrets Kept, Lies Told
Secrets Kept, Lies Told
"Ma, I found her, I'm
on my way," AJ's voice came through the cell phone.
Denise sighed with
relief. "Thank God," she whispered.
"And Ma, when we get
back, we both deserve an explanation."
"Trust me, you'll get one. Bye, honey." She closed her phone
and sat back against the headboard of the bed. She stood up
and crossed to the hotel room door, unlocking it, and then went back and
sat down. She opened her phone and dialed a number.
"You said you didn't
know anything," Denise said to her ex-husband.
"What are you talking
"As we speak, AJ is
bringing Alexa to me," Denise said harshly.
"Yes, my baby, Alexandra
Denise McLean, who you stole from me!"
"Denise, I can explain"
"No, you can't, you
took the baby from me when she was four days old. Four days!
How could you do such an inhumane thing? And then say that she was
a problem, blaming me for all your problems, and then, finally, this is
the thing that makes me the most furious, you let her get lost in Orlando,
when she was four years old. What on earth were you thinking!"
"She walked away from
me! I thought someone had kidnapped her!"
"If you'd thought someone
had kidnapped her, why didn't you report it to the police? Were you
afraid I would've found out and, once they found her, I would've taken
her back and take you to court for it? Because I would have!"
"Look, Denise, I said
I didn't know anything because I wanted to have her. She reminded
me so much of what you and I had. I took her out shopping one day
and when I turned around, she was gone. She was sitting in the stroller
one minute, and was gone the next. I didn't know what to do, I was
scared out of my mind!"
"Why didn't you call
"Because it was too
late when I thought of that. I searched for her for days and days
on end, searching every place I could think of that she'd be in.
I finally gave up after a week, I thought she was gone forever."
"Well, now she is.
You will never lay your eyes on what our daughter has become, you will
never hear from her, speak to her, nor will you ever hear about her from
AJ or me. As far as you should be concerned, you don't have a daughter.
I have to go now, they're here."
are you? I'll be there in ten minutes!"
"No, goodbye," Denise
said, snapping her phone shut. She put down the phone as the hotel
room door opened.
AJ noticed that Alexa
was fidgeting again. "What's wrong?"
"I don't know, I just
feel strange doing this," Alexa answered, biting her lip. She hadn't
answered him rudely for quite a while, it was like she was finally getting
used to him.
"Don't worry, Mom will
make you feel right at home," AJ said as they arrived at the floor.
"I've never had a home.
At least, not a place to call my home and I never had a mother either,"
Alexa said, following him out of the elevator.
AJ felt heartbroken,
he couldn't imagine living life without his mother and his home.
Nor his career. He opened the hotel room door and spotted his mother
sitting in a chair. "Hey, Ma," he said, placing one of Alexa's bags
by the entrance. His mother stood up and walked over to him.
She gave him a big hug and he hugged her back. He noticed that Alexa
was still in the hallway and poked his head out. "Come on, I promise
I won't bite hard," he joked.
Alexa didn't laugh,
she followed him inside and looked at her mother. She looked down
at her feet and didn't say anything.
Alexa looked up at
her mother and AJ saw a tear roll down her face. "Momma?" She
AJ nearly cried himself
as the two women hugged, both crying. "I thought I'd lost you forever,"
their mother said.
"I never thought I'd
find someone who was really my mother," Alexa said. AJ walked quietly to
the adjoining room door and closed it behind him quietly, sitting in the
room with the rest of the guys.