Chapter 34: Back Audrey burst into tears and left everyone in absolute shock. The teen never made a peep about anything until now. Well, not anything that would put her trust for her brother in harm’s way, at least. He should’ve told her (or Lindsey). Lindsey shot him a look and stood up from her seat before trailing behind her. She briskly walked through a few doors and through a small crowd of people, then exited the building. When she finally caught up, Audrey was storming across the hospital parking lot. “Audrey, wait!” she shouted rushing after her. The teenage girl stopped and spun around to glare at her, “How could you guys not tell me about Joseph!? You know he’s important to me, even if he has made more than his share of mistakes!” She stomped her foot, “Why?” Lindsey frowned and replied, “I didn’t know either! I got a phone call this morning about him then I called Olivia right after! Please, come back inside! Gerard was afraid to tell you!” She lied to cover up why her husband didn’t tell anyone, even her. Audrey let a few tears roll down her cheek as she spoke, “He wasn’t afraid! He probably just worried about the freaking trial!” She turned back around again to walk off again. “Where are you going!?” Lindsey cried out wanting her to come back. “The homeless shelter, maybe I can find someone there that won’t freaking lie to me!” she exclaimed trying not to cry. “Please! No one there can help!” Lindsey protested walking after her. Audrey stopped and turned back around, “How in the hell do you know?” She had finally caught up to her and rested a hand on the girl’s shoulder, “I just know… I’ve seen that place and I don’t want someone I love more than life staying there. It’d break my fucking heart.” “Lindsey!? Audrey!?” a male voice shouted from the hospital entrance. His breath had yet to catch up with him, but he was determined to find who he ran outside for. Lindsey wrapped an arm around Audrey, whom had given in, then commenced wandering back, “We’re okay!” She sighed and glanced down at the younger girl. Tears had subsided but stale ones still existed on her check. Guilt rushed throughout her body, but she knew she hadn’t done a thing to cause this, she just wanted to fix an almost mistakes Audrey would’ve made if she would’ve went to the homeless shelter. They approached Gerard and Olivia at the entrance of the hospital, “Hey, everything’s clearing up.” The older woman smiled at the three of them as she stated, “I believe there’s an issue in need of being solved, so I’ll let Audrey go back home. I’m sure Lisa will understand.” She hugged the teen before she wandered off, “Do you need to pick up any clothes, or do you have all you need until tomorrow?” Audrey nodded, “I guess I’ll wait until tomorrow; I have a few outfits still hanging in my closet.” As her case worker wandered off into the dim parking lot, she glanced up at her brother then gazed back down at the concrete. No one said a word and she felt as if she were to blame. She was the one that yelled at him in the waiting room in front of his wife and Olivia. She was the one that stormed out like she had been wronged. Standing there, massive amounts of thoughts lingered in her mind. The main one that made her want to die right in front of them. She allowed tears to stream down her face once more as she burrowed it into her brother’s chest. The thought that had made itself known in her mind was the honest truth about the entire situation. She had forgotten that Gerard was the person who saved her from the monster she lived with back in Chicago—the one that got her pregnant. He took her away from there and welcomed her into his home right off the bat. She realized she had yelled at him, distrusted him, walked out, and now she’s crying into his chest. A hand ran up and down her back after a few minutes, since he had to resolve his own internal issues before he could even place his hand there. Everything had been his fault, except for the actual car accident. He took in a deep, shaky breath and embraced her then sent a weak smile into his wife’s direction, “Why don’t we go home? I’m sure Bandit would love to see you.” * * * “Hey, Lady B,” Audrey chirped as the infant smiled and babbled at her. “Gosh, I missed you so much!” She ran her fingers through the baby’s hair and laughed lightly, “You’ve grown a little within the past week.” She tickled her tiny stomach just to hear her laugh once more before she was joined by a pajama wearing Lindsey. “Time for bed?” Lindsey smiled and nodded, “Yeah, sorry. You’re back home thought, sweetie.” She carefully scooped up the infant and held her to her chest. “If your pajamas are at Olivia’s, I have some extras in my room; you can come up with me.” Audrey made her way to her feet and followed Lindsey upstairs into her bedroom to lay Bandit in her crib. The lights were out since Gerard had lied down as soon as they walked through the door. Lindsey turned around and faced Audrey to whisper, “There are some sleep pants, t-shirts and tank tops in the top drawer.” She nodded and tiptoed to the dresser next to the bed then pulled open the top drawer to retrieve pants and a shirt, “Thanks Lindsey.” She draped them over her forearm and exited the bedroom so she wouldn’t disturb them. She walked down the small corridor and entered the bathroom in hopes to wash her face. Laying the clothes on the small hamper, she turned on the faucets to let the water temper to change. While she waited she stared at her reflection in the medicine cabinet mirror and for some reason she didn’t like what she saw. Her finger tips met the water before she slowly leaned over to splash some warm water on her face, “You’re so stupid…” She began taking her shirt off until she heard someone else speak up. “Who’s stupid?” She gasped and pulled her shirt back down to see Gerard standing in the doorway with his head turned to the side to look in the other direction, “Gerard, why didn’t you knock?” “I didn’t think you were still up,” he murmured still looking in the other direction reaching for the door, so he could close it. “Gerard, I still have my shirt on,” she muttered placing her palms on the edges of the sink then gazed into the mirror. “Do you need to use the bathroom?” “Actually, I kind of do, but I can wait until you’re done,” he replied gaining enough guts to look into the bathroom without feeling awkward. “It’s just now hitting me that you’ll be having a baby in less than a year.” “Five and a half months to go,” she stated placing her hand on her stomach. “He hasn’t kicked a lot tonight. Maybe because I’m not stressed out as bad.” “I’m sorry I didn’t tell you,” he uttered leaning on the frame. “I wasn’t sure if it was really him because it was ten-thirty when I drove by the accident. I just didn’t want to call that late and worry you about nothing if it wasn’t him.” __________________________________ A/N: Sorry it took me so long, I had some friends over and my old drama team put on "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" which was amazing.