Chapter 11: meaning something
After a couple of days, Rosalyn was able to come home after her fever broke. Andros hardly left the house, except for when he and Ashley needed to do their Ranger duties. Other than that, he was in the nursery with Rosalyn.
Diane opened the door and she found Andros already up and walking around with Rosalyn in his arms. "Andros, you told the others you'd meet with them this morning," she reminded.
"Yeah I know, I just wanted to be with Rosie before I left," he answered.
"Well, why don't you go downstairs and get her bottle..."
"I'll get it in a bit."
Andros kissed the side of Rosalyn's head and he turned his back to Diane again. Diane let out a frustrated sigh and she left the room. Andros closed his eyes for a second before he started pacing again. Rosalyn let out little whimpers and Andros rubbed her back.
Diane watched as the Red Ranger went into the kitchen and he grabbed a bottle out of the fridge. "Andros, I need to talk to you," she informed.
"I'm listening," he answered.
"You really believe that you'll be by my daughter's side forever?" She asked.
Andros glanced at her as he held onto Rosalyn and he checked the bottle. When he found that it was the perfect temperature, he sat down and started feeding her. "You have no idea what has happened to our reputation since Rosalyn was born," Diane started.
"Not everything is about reputation," he muttered.
"Here on Earth reputation means everything."
"I don't believe that."
"And what was your reputation on your planet boy? Hmm?"
"I was the Red Ranger, that was my reputation and that's my reputation now."
Rosalyn started whimpering when she heard the arguing. "You know what, Mrs. Hammond, I love Rosalyn. I would give my life for her and Ashley. Why is it you're jumping all over my damn back about it?" He asked.
"Rosalyn needs her father," Diane replied.
"Carlos is not coming back. I heard him say it. He wants nothing to do with Rosie or Ashley."
"He's going through a phase."
"Damn it, Mrs. Hammond, open up your eyes. I'm the best thing that has ever happened to Ashley and Rosalyn and you know it!"
Rosalyn started crying and Andros stood up. "Where are you going?" Diane asked.
"I'm going to meet with the others," he replied.
"You're not taking that baby with you."
"I can and I will."
"I will charge you with kidnapping!"
"I'm not kidnapping anybody! I'm taking Rosalyn to her mother! As far as I'm concerned you're not Rosalyn's mother!"
"What would your parents say if they saw you doing this."
"MY PARENTS ARE DEAD!"
Diane stood there in shock when Andros slammed the door behind him with Rosalyn still in his arms.
(Hammond House: That Night)
Ashley came home with a sleeping Rosalyn in her arms. She set Rosalyn in her playpen and she looked around the house. "Mom," she called. Diane came downstairs. "What the hell did you say to Andros?" She asked.
"What are you talking about?" She asked.
"I'm talking about Andros coming to our ship all upset and Rosalyn in his arms. What did you say to him? He won't say anything to me," she replied angrily.
"I just told him the truth."
"And what was that?"
"That he should back off because he's not Rosalyn's father."
Ashley stared at her in shock. "You have no idea what's happened in his life! Let me give you a brief history!" Ashley snapped. She practically pushed her mom to the couch. "When Andros was seven his sister was kidnapped practically right in front of him! When he was fifteen his parents had gone missing during the attack on KO-35 so he thinks they're dead! His girlfriend...the girl he wanted to marry one day! The girl who was pregnant with his child died right in his arms!" Ashley snapped. Diane was speechless with what her daughter had said to her. Tears pressed against her eyes as she glared at her mother. "I love you mom, but don't you make me lose the best thing that's ever happened to me. Andros coming into my life was the best thing that has ever happened to Rosie and me. I'm not going to let you take that away," she hissed.
"Ash..." she started.
Ashley went upstairs to her room and Diane followed her. Neil was standing nearby had heard everything and he went upstairs as well.
They opened the door and saw Ashley throwing some things in a bag. "Ashley, where are you going?" Diane asked.
"I'm going to the Megaship, Rosie and I can't stay here," Ashley replied.
"You're not taking that baby anywhere."
"Rosalyn's my daughter and I can take her wherever I please!"
Diane looked at Neil. "Neil say something!" She hissed. Neil sighed as he looked at his daughter.
"Your room will always be opened to you," he assured her.
Ashley smiled slightly and she hugged her dad. She grabbed the bag she had packed some Rosie's things in and she went downstairs. She picked a still sleeping Rosalyn up and she left. Diane looked at Neil. "YOU JUST LET HER GO!" She shouted.
"I'm not losing her like we lost Jeff," he assured her.
"What's the difference? Our children left us!"
"Jeff left us because of stupid things I did. Ashley left because you're trying to take her life away!"
"But that baby..."
"That baby's hers. She's allowed to raise her however she wants to."
Neil then went upstairs and Diane just stood there.
Ashley set Rosalyn down in the crib that she would use when she and Rosalyn came to visit the Megaship. "Andros!" Ashley called. She walked through the halls, heading towards the bridge. She sighed when she heard familiar screaming inside of the bridge. "Andros..." she murmured. She walked onto the bridge and she saw Andros watching the security chip again. She walked over and she wrapped her arms around him. "You okay?" She asked. Andros let out a sigh.
"I could be better," he replied.
"I'm sorry for what my mom said..."
"Don't worry about it."
Andros turned and looked at her to see that their faces were only inches apart. Before Ashley could pull back, he closed the gap between them, pressing his lips against hers. Ashley gasped slightly but then she kissed him back. She ended up sitting in his lap and he slid his tongue into her mouth. She moaned slightly and she tangled her hands into his hair. The lack of air forced them to pull apart and then Ashley suddenly felt her cheeks go really red. "Sorry," she told him. She got up and she hurried off the bridge. Andros let out a frustrated sigh and he rubbed his forehead.
"That was stupid, Andros, that was the stupidest thing you have ever done," he told himself.
Ashley was sitting her room, still feel really warm with what almost happened on the bridge. She took off her jacket and she laid down on her bed staring at the ceiling.