Chapter 1: Ashley's fear
A few months after their biggest battle with Astronema and after Anrdos, Zhane, and Karone decided to come to live with them on Earth, Ashley Hammond felt like she was the happiest girl in the world. The love of her life was with her, however, they still haven't said those three simple words to each other. Even though Ashley knew how to say it for days, but she was afraid too, because she was afraid to lose him.
One night, Andros had pulled up onto a hill and looked out over Angel Grove. "Andros, it's beautiful," she whispered. Andros smiled.
"Knew you'd like it," he told her.
Ashley smiled as she leaned forward and kissed him. Andros kissed her back and ran his fingers through her hair. Ashley pulled back and got out of the car. Andros followed her.
Ashley had placed a blanket on the ground and lied down on it and Andros lied down next to her. She placed her head on his chest and looked up at the stars. "So, how does it feel to be living on Earth?" She asked.
"As long as I'm with you, I'm the happiest man alive," he replied.
Ashley smiled and closed her eyes. She snuggled close to him and let out a sigh. Andros kissed the top of her head and stroked her hair while looking at the stars. "Do you miss KO-35?" She asked. Andros shrugged his shoulders.
"Sometimes, but not as much," he replied.
Ashley sighed and jumped when she felt his hand move down her back. She winced when it went up her shirt. "Andros...don't," she insisted. She sat up and pulled away. Andros sat up.
"What?" He asked.
"Please, don't do that," she replied.
Ashley pulled her shirt back down. "Could you take me home, please?" She asked. Andros nodded.
"Yes, of course," he replied.
He stood up and gathered their things.
Andros pulled up to the house and Ashley sighed. "I'm sorry...I'm just not ready to do that," she told him. Andros nodded.
"I understand," he assured her.
He placed his hand on the back of her neck and pulled her into a kiss. Ashley wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him back. She pulled back with a small smile. "Goodnight," she told him.
"Goodnight," he answered.
He watched her get out of the car. Once she was out, he drove off.
With each step Ashley took, her heart was pounding against her chest. Tears pressed against her eyes as she came up to the door. She entered the house and she let out a half gasp, half shriek when the lights suddenly turned on. "You're late Ashley LeAnn," he snapped. She started fidgeting with her hands.
"Sorry, daddy, w-we lost track of time," she stammered.
Her head jerked to one side when he smacked her. "Don't you dare do that again," he snapped. Ashley held her face and she winced when he grabbed her wrist and pulled her to him.
"Daddy, don't, please don't," she begged.
She winced when she felt her wrist bruising. "Please let me go, I promise I won't do it again, just please let me go," she begged. Mr. Hammond glared at her and finally let her go.
"Do it again and you will be punished," he snapped.
Ashley bolted up the stairs as fast as she could. Once she reached her room, she closed the door and locked it, knowing that it wouldn't do her any good. She turned the light on in her room to see the bruise forming on her wrist. Tears welled up in her eyes as she lied down on the bed, curled up in a ball, and cried herself to sleep again.