Chapter 12: in love
Andros smiled as he sat on the bridge with Rosalyn in his arms. He was holding a bottle up to her mouth. The baby drank the bottle and she was letting out her original baby sounds. She reached up and she placed her tiny hand on his. He felt a pair of arms wrap around him and he looked up to see Ashley there. "Hey," he greeted.
"Hey, I thought someone snatched her away from me for a second" she commented.
"Sorry, I didn't want to wake you," he answered.
He took the empty bottle from Rosalyn's mouth and the baby started whimpering. "Can you hand me that towel right there?" He asked.
"Yeah, sure," she replied.
Ashley smiled as she handed Andros the towel that was sitting on the control panel. Andros placed the towel over his shoulder and he started rubbing Rosalyn's back while walking around the bridge. "Andros, we need to talk," she informed.
"Okay," he answered.
"It's about the other day."
"Oh...that...listen Ashley I'm sorry..."
"Don't start apologizing yet."
Andros closed his mouth. "Why did you do it?" She asked. Andros sighed and he kissed the side of Rosalyn's head.
"I...uh..." he trailed off.
Ashley giggled to see his shyness coming out again. "It's just that...um..." Andros trailed off again. He let out a frustrated sigh. Rosalyn pushed on Andros's shoulder and let out a small whimper. Andros kissed Rosalyn's forehead. "I'm in love with you," he said under his breath.
"What?" She asked.
Andros sighed and he walked down the hall. "Andros what did you say?" She asked, chasing after him.
He went into his room and he set Rosalyn into the crib. "Andros, what did you say?" She asked. Andros looked over at her.
"I'm in love with you! There are you happy?" He answered.
Ashley stood there in disbelief. "In love with me?" She asked.
"Did I stutter?" He asked.
Ashley stared at the floor and Andros let out a sigh. "Look, you of all people know how hard it is for me to open up to someone..." he started. Ashley placed her fingers against his lips.
"Shhh...I know," she answered.
Andros kissed her fingertips and he pressed his forehead against hers. Ashley smiled as she placed her hand on his face and she kissed him. Andros kissed her back and he placed his hand on her waist, pulling her close to him. Rosalyn started whimpering again and Andros pulled back. "Oh...I'll get her this time," she assured him. She walked over to Rosalyn's crib and she picked the baby up. Andros cleared his throat and he left the room.
(Earth: Two Hours Later)
Andros walked through the sand and sat down, watching the waves hit. "It's nice isn't it?" Ashley asked. Andros let out a sigh.
"How's Rosie?" He asked.
"She's napping again," she replied.
Ashley smiled as she reached over and pulled on his ponytail. Andros swatted her hand away, but then he tickled her side. Ashley giggled but then he grabbed her arm and pulled her down and started tickling her. "DON'T!" She laughed. Ashley laughed and she tried to push him off to get him to stop tickling her. However, she suddenly felt uncomfortable and she finally pushed him off. "Don't..." she trailed off. Her back was facing towards him now and she had her knees drawn up to her chest.
"What is it?" He asked, sitting next to her.
Ashley bit her lip and she started drawing circles into the sand. "It's the fact that um..." she trailed off and she swallowed the lump in her throat. Andros pushed the hair out of her face.
"The fact that what?" He asked.
"A similar thing had happened when Carlos and I were together..." she trailed off.
"And that's when..."
"Yeah...that's when Carlos and I slept together and when I got pregnant with Rosie."
Ashley sighed as she reached over to grab her jacket when Andros grabbed her arm. "Ashley look at me," he insisted. She gathered her stuff without looking at him. Andros had her face him. "Look at me," he repeated. She looked at him and she let out a sigh.
"What?" She asked.
"I'm nothing like Carlos. One thing's for sure I love you and Rosalyn. I refuse to leave you to. I'm not a coward like Carlos. I love you and I want to be with you, if you want to be with me."
Ashley smiled as she ran her hand over his face. "Of course I do...I love you too," she answered. Andros kissed her forehead and he hugged her tight.
"I'll never leave you, I promise," he assured her.