Chapter 28

After the taping of the show Shannon walked into the locker room where everybody was at. Matt, Jeff, Randy, Adam, my dad and me were in there. Shannon walked in with a huge smile in his face.

"How was your night Bri?" I asked as he received a hug.

"It was great. I've missed it so much. I can't believe I ever left."

"Well Shan, I can't believe that you didn't call and tell me that you were coming." Jeff said with a pout.

"Cam asked me not to say a word." He smirked before finishing. "Besides she would of killed me if I would of told you Jeff."

"Fine. So what's plan for tonight?" Matt asked.

"Clubbing." Adam and Randy said at the same time.

"You all can go. I'm going to go back to the hotel and get some sleep. After the day I've had I need it." I said walking over to my bag.

"What happened?" Shannon asked. Looking confused.

"Not now." I said as I picked up my bag and walked out the door.

Adam came up behind me and hugged me. I knew who it was so it didn't scare me. He held me for a little bit before breaking it and staring at me.

"Sweetie, don't let the idiot get to you. Yes he is my friend but he has no right to touch you. I love you like a sister and he is going to get what is coming to him. Forget about him and come out with us tonight. You can relax tomorrow."

"I don't know. I just want to know why he hit me."

"He caught you off guard. Don't go blaming yourself for his actions. He has a temper and me and John both warned him not to hurt you. You are going to be ok. Now I've heard from some people that you are 19 today."

"Yeah. Some birthday I've had." I said looking down at the ground and playing with my thumbs. Adam lifted my chin up to look at him.

"Well we need to go party, To celebrate. Don't you think. We can make it better. Just you and the people in the locker room. Ok?"

"I guess."

"Good. Now give me that bag and lets get you to that club." He took to bag from me and grabbed my hand and led me back in the room. "Now who's ready to go." Everybody raised their hands and nodded.

--10 minutes later--

We made it to a local club called Blue Ice and was all sitting around the table. Everybody had beer while I had to settle with Apple Juice. Adam had me sitting beside him while Jeff sat on the other side.

"Hey Alia lets dance." Randy said pulling me up and over to the floor. "Listen Dave is going to get what's coming to him. Don't worry about it." He said as he placed my arms around his neck as we danced to a slow song.

"Sure." I said not really in the mood for a party.

"I'm serious. I am going to fix this."

"Fix what Ran?"

"Fix this whole shit load. The whole abusive thing he's doing to you. If you didn't realize it before I consider you as a daughter and Dave is messing with you so I am pissed."

"Just drop it."

"The last time I drop something you and Jericho went at it."

"Well drop this. I can handle myself." I said pulling away from him and walking off the dance floor. I ran right into Adam.

"Come with me." Adam said pulling me to a free table.

"What is it?"

"Everybody is worried about you. We can all tell that you are not in a happy mood."

"Would you be?"

"No I guess not."

"I'm going to go. I'll see you tomorrow." I leaned over and gave him a kiss on the cheek and walked out of the club.

I decided to walk back to the hotel. It was midnight, yes but the hotel was only a 15 minute walk. I had to clear my head anyways. I walked and stared off into space. I know not the safest of things to do. I stopped dead in my tracks and looked over my shoulder. I could of swore that I heard something.

"Forget about it. Why does everything have to be so hard. Everything is my fault in the end. Dave is hurt because of me. Jeff is hurt because of me." I said silently to nobody. I noticed a playground and walked over to it. I sat on the swing and started thinking out loud. "Damn it. I have always been the screw up. It's my fault that my mother didn't want me. It's my fault that I push everything good away. Damn it. It would be better if nobody knew about me. Everything and everybody would be better off." I sat there for a few more minutes before standing.

I finished my walk back to the hotel. Once I got there I went up to my room and collapsed on the bed. I laid there for about ten minutes before I got back up. I changed into my night clothes and turned on the tv. I watched a late night episode of NCIS. I got half way through it before I fell asleep.

I woke up to someone nudging me. I rubbed my eyes and yawned before opening my eyes. I jumped when I saw Shannon, Jeff, Matt, And Adam standing around me.

"What are you all doing here?" I asked before I yawned again.

"Well It's 10 in the morning and since you didn't have a proper birthday yesterday we are taking you out. All day." Jeff said.

"Guys don't. I don't really care if it was birthday or not. I don't like to celebrate the day anyways."

"Why is that sweetie?" Adam asked sitting next to me. Matt sat on the other side while the other two sat on the arm chairs.

"I just don't like to celebrate it and I don't want to talk about it." I said getting frustrated. I stood up about to leave but I fell to the floor.


"So does the daughter know about her mother yet?" A doctor asked.

"I don't think she does. She came in with her but she doesn't know. She maybe to young to know that she's dead." a nurse answered.

"We need to contact the next of kin to get her out of here."

"That is going to be a problem Mark, she has no other family according to the background cheek. Her father is dead and her mother just died. They had no siblings and both of their parents died before she was born."

"Well go call Samantha. Tell her that she has another case and this is a strange one. Tell her that I will sign her over to the state. Poor kid."

The nurse and the doctor walked back over from the corner to me. I opened my eyes and looked at them with tears rolling down my face.

"Hello Alia. I am Doctor Andrews, I will be your doctor until your social worker arrives."

"What? I don't want to go with a social worker. I want to go home with my mom."

"Sweetheart that isn't going to be possible. Do you remember anything that happened?"

"Yeah, mom was taking me out for my birthday. The next thing I know is that I'm in here. What happened?"

"Your mother's car got sideswiped by an SUV. She took a direct hit and I'm so sorry she didn't make it."

"How old are you pumpkin?" The nurse asked.

"Ten. It was suppose to be a special day. Now I am going to remember my mother dying on my birthday. This sucks." I said laying my head back against my pillow.

"We can give you some medicine so you don't have to think about it. If you want."

"No. I need to remember what happened to me. What's going to happen to me now?"

"The social worker Samantha is going to come and you will be placed in an orphanage. Maybe someone will adopt you but if they don't you will be released on your 18th birthday."

"Ok. Thank you."

"No problem and Happy Birthday."

"Yeah…Happy." I said before I went back to sleep.


I woke up in my bed. I sat up and looked around. My dad, Jeff, Matt, Adam, Shannon, and Randy was all over the room. Jeff noticed I was awake first and ran over to me.

"Hey A. You ok?"

"Huh…What happened?" I asked confused.

"You passed out and I called John. He told me not to do anything until he got here." Adam explained.

"What are you doing here?"

"We were going to take you out for your birthday." Matt said.

"And you were saying that you didn't want to celebrate it. You stood up and went down. If Matt wasn't sitting next to you at the time you would of hit your head." Jeff said.

Randy walked over to my bed and placed me in a hug. When he pulled away he kissed me on the cheek.

"What was that for?"

"Nothing. I'm just glad that you are back." I was about to answer when my phone went off. I looked at the id and rolled my eyes before I answered it.

"I'm not in the mood right now." I said harshly.

"Rude much. How about hello?"

"I'm not in the mood."

"Whether you are in the mood or not I want to talk to you."

"What about?"

"The whole thing that happened in your office last night."

"Listen Dave, before…" I was cut off by my phone being grabbed by Adam.

"Ok Dave, She is not in the mood to deal with your shit right now. You had better be lucky that she told me and John to back off. Now before you make her pass out again I am going to hang up so she can talk to her real friends and family. Oh and if I find out that you even lay a finger on her again I am going to hurt you whether Alia wants me to or not." he said loudly and hung up. He placed my phone on the bed side table then looked around the room. "What?" He asked shrugging his shoulder.

"Nothing I just think that you were brilliant." Shannon said as he patted him on his shoulder.

"Shorty, are you going to tell us why you don't want to celebrate your birthday. It's not everyday that you turn 19."

"Can we please not talk about it."

"Come on. It's going to be out in the open sooner or later." Matt said.

"I don't feel like celebrating the day that I went from having a mother to being an orphan, alright. It's my fault that my mother is dead." I laid my head back against the headboard of the bed and looked up at the ceiling.

"What happened?" Adam asked quietly.

"My mom was taking my out for my tenth birthday and we got into a wreck. My mother died on impact. Soon after I was placed in an orphanage and lived there for two years before John adopted my. I haven't really liked my birthday. Every year that John would of threw me a party I just went along with it." I said with my eyes closed.

"Let me guess. You blame yourself for your mother's death?" Jeff asked.

"If it hadn't been for me she would still be here. It's my fault that she's dead."

"Baby, it's not your fault that she is dead. I know that this is going to sound heartless but if she hadn't of died you wouldn't be here right now in this room with your adopted family. Now would you." Shannon pointed out.

"I guess not."

"Look around the room. Everyone in here is your family. Blood test doesn't have to be proof. We are your family and we love you no matter what. Got that?" Randy stated.

"Yeah. So where do you all want to go then?" I said with a smile.

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