Chapter 7: Heal Him
Ashley came into the room and she walked over to Andros's sleeping form. She kneeled down in front of him and she stroked his face. Andros woke up and she smiled at him. "Morning sleepy," she commented quietly.
"What time is it?" He asked.
"Almost noon," she replied.
Ashley shook her head. "You had a rough night. I had DECA leave you alone," she answered. Andros thought about it for a minute.
"So...it wasn't a dream?" He asked.
She bit her lip and she shook her head slowly. "I'm afraid not," she replied. He felt a lump form in his throat.
"She was really..." he trailed off.
She nodded her head slowly. "She was," she answered. Andros buried his head in his pillow and his shoulders shook slightly. Ashley sat next to him on the bed and Andros buried his head in her lap, letting out small sobs. She stroked his hair trying to sooth him. "It's okay," she whispered. He shook his head slightly.
"No, it's not okay," he answered.
Ashley ran her fingers through his hair and she pressed her forehead against the side of his head. "It'll be okay," she assured him. She bit her lip when she felt her heart beating hard against her ribs as she held him. She closed her eyes as she pushed every feeling inside her away. She ran her hand along his back, massaging it slightly to get him to relax. Andros suddenly sat up.
"I'm going to be sick," he told her.
He jumped up and ran into the bathroom. Ashley winced when she heard him starting to vomit. She got up and she went into the bathroom. She pulled his long locks back and she ran her hand up and down his spine, trying to calm him.
Cassie looked up when Ashley walked onto the bridge. "How is he doing?" TJ asked. Ashley pushed her hair out of his face.
"Not so good. We'll be on our own for awhile," she replied.
"How bad is he?" Carlos asked.
"Bad enough that he can't get out of bed except to the bathroom," she replied.
Ashley pushed her hair out of her face. "Guys, he's falling apart. That medical file was just the final straw. You guys are going to have to figure stuff on your own. I'm not leaving him," she informed.
"But Ash..." Cassie started.
"I'm not leaving him, Cass. He needs my help."
She turned and walked away. Carlos went after her. "You think he can be the next daddy in Rosie's life?" He asked. Ashley froze. "You seriously think he's up for the task of being part of her life?" He asked. Ashley turned and looked at him.
"This isn't about you, me, or Rosalyn, Carlos. This is about getting Andros back up on his feet," she replied.
She turned and walked back to Andros's quarters.
Ashley was looking over some designs when she glanced up at Andros's sleeping form. A small smile came across her face. He looked like an innocent child as he slept. She let out a sigh as she thought about what Carlos said. She wasn't going to even think about putting the responsibility of being a father to Rosalyn, especially right now after he just found out that the girl he loved more than anything was six weeks pregnant.
Later that evening, Andros woke up to find Ashley asleep in the chair across the room. He saw that when she fell asleep, the papers in her hands scattered over the floor. He slowly got up from the bed and he looked at the drawings that were on the floor. He saw that they were clothes designs and his eyes widened in disbelief. "Amazing..." he whispered. Andros glanced at Ashley. "She couldn't be comfortable sleeping like that," he muttered. He got up and he picked her up. He set her down on his bed and he let out a sigh. He rubbed his forehead. The pain was still there, he knew it would always be there. However, as Andros watched her sleep, she looked like an angel. He felt exhaustion come over him again. He laid down and he fell asleep.
Ashley woke up and she saw that she was asleep on Andros's bunk. She slowly got up and she decided to leave him alone to sleep.
Ashley walked onto the bridge and she saw that she was the only one there. She sighed and she looked at DECA. "DECA, close the doors," she instructed.
"Acknowledged," DECA answered.
DECA closed the doors and Ashley sat down in her chair. "DECA, can you open the video archives about Dala?" She asked. She looked at the main viewing screen and she saw one of the videos appear on the screen. She felt tears press against her eyes when it looked like they were at a party. She saw Andros actually smiling and laughing. However, she forced back a small sob when she saw Andros getting down on one knee in front of Dala.
"I know we're young, but I think it's just a head start. Dala, will you marry me?" He asked.
Dala covered her mouth and tears pressed against her eyes. She nodded her head slowly. "Yes," she replied. Andros stood up and hugged her. "Yes!" She repeated.
Ashley wiped a tear from her face. "DECA...stop it," she instructed. She sat back in her chair with her arms crossed.
"Should I open the doors?" DECA asked.
"No...keep them closed," She replied.
Ashley let out a shaky sigh and she lowered her head, sitting in silence on the bridge for awhile.