Chapter 13: love will lead the way
A few weeks later, Ashley was sitting on her bed looking over her notes for her chemistry test when she heard knocking on the window. She looked up and she saw Andros there. She smiled as she set her chemistry book down and she walked over to the window. Ashley opened it and she let him in. "You're insane," she commented. Andros laughed quietly. "What are you doing here so late?" She asked.
"Came to see you," he replied.
He kissed her gently, stroking her face with the back of his hand. Ashley kissed him back, wrapping her arms around his neck. Andros pulled back. "Come on, I want to show you something," he told her.
"What about Rosie?" She asked.
Andros glanced at the baby in the crib. He walked over and he carefully picked the baby up without waking her. Ashley left a note telling her parents not to worry before leaving with Andros.
Ashley bit her lip when they arrived at the abandoned planet. "It's still day here," he informed. He looked over at Alpha. "Alpha, watch the baby please," he instructed.
"You've got it," Alpha answered.
Andros held Ashley's hand as they walked down the hall and went down the jump tubes.
When they came to the planet's surface, Ashley looked around. "Are you sure you want to be here? Since last time..." she started.
"I'll be fine," he assured her.
He held onto her hand as he led her to a neighborhood. "Andros..." she started.
"Just relax," he told her with a smile.
Ashley bit her lip as she followed him up the stairs. Andros let her hand go and he put all his weight against the door. The door gave away, making Andros stumble when it opened. "You okay?" She asked.
"Yeah," he replied.
Andros coughed slightly from the dust he had breathed in when he forced the door open. He then looked around the destroyed apartment building. "What are you looking for?" She asked. Andros pushed through some rubble, digging through the living room.
"Shit!" He cursed.
He pulled his hand back and he looked at the cut on his hand. Ashley stood beside him. "You okay?" She asked. Andros let out a frustrated sigh.
"Don't worry about it," he replied.
They went up the stairs of the apartment building, coming to another room. "Ah! Here it is!" He announced. He forced another door open and he went in. Ashley went into the room and she looked around. "This used to be my room before I was sent off to the academy," he informed. Ashley looked around and she stepped on something. She bent down and she picked up a broken picture frame. A smile came across her face when she saw a younger Andros. Andros looked up and saw her holding the picture. "That was taken almost right after I joined the academy," he informed.
"How old were you?" She asked.
"In that picture? Twelve."
Ashley smiled as she set the picture down. "Ah! Here it is," he announced. He reached under the bed and he grabbed a box. He stuck the box into his pocket and they left the apartment.
As they walked around the city, Ashley looked around at the destroyed buildings and more rubble surrounding the whole area. "Yeah I know, not the most beautiful place in the universe," Andros commented. Ashley held onto his hand.
"Where did you want to take me?" She asked.
"You'll see," he replied.
Andros stepped over a beam that was in the middle of the street. He placed his hands on her waist and he lifted her over the beam.
They came towards the edge of the city and Andros helped her down the hill. Ashley smiled as they walked through the grassy area. "This is where it happened," he informed, stopping. Ashley looked around. "Actually, it happened over there by those bushes," he added.
"This is what you wanted to show me?" She asked.
Andros wrapped his arm around her waist. "You confided in me with everything between you and Carlos," he replied.
"And you wanted to confide in me," she answered.
Ashley kissed his cheek.
Andros got Ashley back to her house and Ashley smiled as she went to her room. She was surprised when Andros followed her. "What are you doing?" She asked. Andros smiled.
"I just want to be close to you," he replied.
Ashley smiled as she went into the bathroom and she changed back into her pajamas. Andros removed his jacket, shirt, and boots before laying down in Ashley's bed. Ashley came out of the bathroom and she laid down next to Andros. She placed her head on his chest and she fell asleep. Andros kissed the top of her head and he fell asleep not long after she did.