Author: mArTiNaMcBrIdErOx91 PM
What if it was Cricket who moved back to Dallas instead of Amanda? Will she be able to find love again after a tough life in LA? Who will befriend her and try to help her make sense of what happened? Warning: mentions of abuse. Image credit: broadwaybabeWARated: Fiction T - English - Friendship/Hurt/Comfort - Cricket Caruth-Reilly & Blake R. - Chapters: 24 - Words: 46,012 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 05-01-13 - Published: 05-17-12 - id: 8124700
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A/N: so this is basically what would happen if it had been Cricket, instead of Amanda who moved back to Dallas in the beginning. Eventual Blicket. I hope y'all enjoy! I'm still devastated over the fact that this amazing show has been cancelled. Please sign the petition to bring it back! Happy reading.
Sharon sighed, her friend's daughter was hurting, and she had no idea why. She slowly walked up to the car and lightly tapped on the window. "Alexandra…" she called, unsure if the teen would even hear her.
She cringed at the reaction she got, the teen jumped and looked out the window with a terrified look, she had tear streaks running down her face, as well as black makeup in the same path as the tear streaks. The blond woman smiled, letting the teen know it would be okay. she motioned for the girl to get out of the car but the brunette just curled up in a ball on her seat.
This was when she knew something was seriously wrong. She pulled on the car door handle, but it was locked. She sighed, she could run to Cricket's to find the spare key, but the teen would most likely be gone by the time she returned.
Alexandra realized Sharon wasn't going to just give up, after all she had ended up at the woman's house after her search for a safe place. She pulled the lock, but didn't make any moves to get out of the car. She looked away from Sharon as the woman slowly opened the car door.
"Alexandra…. Do you wanna come inside?" the woman asked, knowing that immediately asking what was wrong would scare the teen even more.
The brunette nodded and hesitantly got out of her car, leaving her phone and purse behind. She locked the car behind her and followed the blond woman into her house. Sharon guided her into the living room and let her sit down on the couch. She was definitely concerned, Alexandra was wearing a pair of athletic shorts and a tee shirt, which was something she knew Cricket wouldn't let her wear to school, unless it was for cheer practice.
Sharon sat in a chair beside her and smiled, "how long were you outside hon?"
The teen just shrugged, she had no idea, she had the radio off, and didn't look at her phone or clock the entire time. "dunno.."
The woman sighed, she had a lot to work with. "how come you're not at school?"
Alexandra tensed up, and reached for a blanket at the end of the couch, and hid under it. Sharon sighed, something definitely happened. She feared the worst, that possibly she'd been javelnaed, or that someone had hurt her. since there were no signs or traces of mud, the first option was probably not true.
"can I call them and let them know you're safe here? So they don't worry about you?" Sharon suggested, fully aware that the teen wasn't ready to talk.
"NO!" Alexandra shouted, she was afraid the principal would tell Sharon about the teacher.
Sharon sighed again, "alright, why don't we work on dryin those tears before we talk"
Alexandra didn't respond, she just continued to cry. Sharon decided that the teen was hiding something and it would only be a matter of time before she felt confident enough to tell her what it was. She wasn't going to push it, it would come.
She did what she could to offer the teen some comfort, but the tears kept coming. About an hour passed and she hadn't gotten more than a few words out of the young girl, but the sobs were slowly subsiding and her breathing evened out. Sharon realized she'd nearly cried herself to sleep.
The blond woman decided that letting the teen rest was a good idea and she'd talk to the girl when she woke up. She hoped she could explain to Cricket why her daughter wasn't at school and spent the afternoon crying on her couch. She hoped that McKinney could give her some ideas as to what happened at school. Her daughter would be home soon, they just had a short meeting today about tryouts before they started in two days.
The redheaded teen came in about an hour and a half later, and smiled at her mom. "hey… why's Alexandra's car out front?"
Sharon sighed, and quieted her daughter, "she's been here all afternoon, somethin's wrong, she cried for a long time, but she's sleepin now though"
The teen's eyes got wide, "Mr. Trevino got arrested today…"
"oh god, do you think he did something?" Sharon asked, glancing towards the couch.
"maybe. Rumor has it he was caught with a girl alone in his classroom, tryin to, well… ya know" the teen explains.
"Crap. Could it have been her?" the woman asked.
"it's possible, I know it's one of the only classes we don't have together, and she hates him. She never told me why though" McKinney replied.
"it makes sense, I'm gonna just let her sleep, and I'll talk to her when she wakes up. Oh, and if Cricket calls, tell her she's here working on that project, and I said it was okay if the group stayed for dinner" the woman explained, unsure of how long the teen would sleep, or what state she'd be in when she woke up, and Sharon knew it would be hard for Cricket to deal with alone.
Just as she said this she heard whimpers coming from the other room, and slowly approached the teen, who was now awake again, "hey…"
She just got a blank stare, and a yawn from the brunette girl. She gently rubbed Alexandra's shoulder, "did you sleep good?"
The teen just shrugged, it didn't surprise Sharon, there was something big and scary on the girl's mind and she needed to let it out. She continued to rub the teen's shoulder, now that she had learned the events of the school day from her daughter, she thought she had a better understanding of what happened to Alexandra.
"I know there's a lot of words up there that you're ignorin. It's okay if you wanna tell me somethin" the older woman suggested, she thought that the teen just needed a little push to talk, a reminder that it was okay.
Alexandra took in a shaky breath, "I'm scared…" she mumbled, it was a start, she was truly scared and didn't know what to do anymore. She wanted help, she wanted out, and she just wanted the trapped feeling to go away.
Sharon sat next to her, and placed a gentle hand on the teen's back, "that's okay, I'm here to help you, I just need to know what you're scared of"
"s… som.. somebody… h.. hurt me…." Alexandra stuttered. She was still too afraid of using names, but she figured that slowly telling the truth was better than just shrugging the woman off.
Sharon started rubbing her back, the teen winced when the woman's hand ran across a fresh bruise. Sharon noticed and made a mental note that there were definitely physical injuries. "when did they hurt you hon?" the woman asked.
Alexandra started to shake, she was completely terrified with all the threats she had been given, by her father and now this teacher. She desperately wanted help, wanted someone to let her know she was okay, she knew she had to tell to get these things, "t… today…"
The blond sighed, her daughter's theory made a lot more sense now. "when you were at school?" the woman gently probed.
Alexandra tensed up and nodded. Sharon continued to gently rub her back, being mindful of whatever bruises were there, "you don't have to tell me who, but can you try to tell me what happened?"
The teen took in a shaky deep breath, this was her chance, she finally had an opportunity to reveal her secret that she wanted so desperately to tell, "he… uh… threw me on the desk… and started to… take… my clothes off… and uh… touched me… I really thought he was gonna…" she stumbled over her words the entire time, Sharon didn't push her, and let her take her time telling, knowing that was the best thing to do.
She rubbed the young girl's back as she brought her knees to her chest, and whimpered. "McKinney told me a teacher was arrested, was that who hurt you?"
She just got a nod, and a sob from the young girl. Things made sense now, Alexandra ran from school, she was absolutely terrified, and she just wanted to cry. Sharon wrapped an arm around the teen and Alexandra hesitantly leaned into her, wanting some comfort. The woman rubbed her shoulders, and whispered calming words into the brunette's ear. "hon, I have to ask, and I know you might not want to answer, but did he rape you?"
She shook her head no, she was afraid it was coming, but that other teacher saved her. Sharon sighed in relief, and continued to rub the girl's shoulder. "Sharon…." The teen hesitantly replied.
"yeah hon?" the woman asked.
"this… uh… isn't the first time somebody hurt me" the teen whispered.
"when did it happen before?" the blond asked.
"I…. in LA…" Alexandra replied, unsure of how to tell.
"do you remember what happened?"
The teen nodded into the woman's shoulder and mumbled the same word she told her assistant principal, "dad…" it was all she could say at that point, it was already too much for her.
Sharon was shocked, she didn't think Cricket would be with someone who hurt her daughter, but then she realized that Cricket might not have any idea that it was going on. Although, she did notice the remnants of a black eye covered in too much makeup on Cricket. "what did he do?" she asked, unsure if she even wanted to know, but she knew it was good for Alexandra to tell.
The teen was quiet, she was completely unsure of how to explain the situation to her mom's friend. She just wanted someone to comfort her. Some nights she could barely sleep because of nightmares, but her mom couldn't know. The nap she'd taken at her friend's house helped, but it didn't do much. She snuggled closer to Sharon because she was scared, and just wanted someone to protect her. She finally built up the courage to continue telling what happened, "same thing…" was all she could think of to say.
Sharon's heart broke for the teen, she had to deal with abuse from her father for a long time, it seemed like. She could tell the teen was confused, hurt, terrified and probably felt alone. Sharon wondered if she was the first person to find out about what had happened, but wasn't going to push the girl. She gently rubbed the brunette's back, "you're safe now, everything's gonna be okay" Sharon knew Alexandra needed to hear those words, she knew the feelings of being alone and confused were taking a toll on her and she needed some support.
Alexandra responded by clinging to the woman like her life depended on it. This is when Sharon decided it was going to be a long night. This reaction made her realize that she'd never heard those words, and was soaking them in like it meant everything. Sharon continued to hold the teen and do her best to comfort her.
She knew it was nearing dinner time and she had done nothing to prepare. Alexandra's issues were just a little bit more important at the moment and Zach would understand. Just as this thought crossed her mind the man in question walked through the front door. "honey…" he called.
Alexandra tensed up and whimpered at the sound of the man's voice. Sharon rubbed her back and whispered calming words into the teens ear. "hey…" she quietly replied, hoping her husband would get the hint.
"what's…oh…is everything okay?" the man asked.
The teen was now shaking as the man's voice got louder. Sharon simply shook her head and continued to rub the girl's back. The larger woman motioned for her husband to come a little closer so she could whisper something to him. He obeyed and Sharon explained what she knew, and Zach nodded, and stepped away. He didn't want to scare the teen anymore than she obviously was. Although he knew she needed a man she could trust and he hoped he could help her rebuild some of that trust.
A/N: wow, long chapter. Hope you guys are still interested. How should Cricket find out? Will Alexandra be willing to talk around Zach, or will she shut him out completely. Please review!