What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

The next morning, Chris went into Julie's room to find it empty. She left a note saying she went for a walk. Chris was still mad at himself for letting Julie find out the way she did. He wanted to tell her at the right moment. Now, he doesn't know if she'll ever forgive him.

Chris was sitting quietly, waiting for Julie to come home. The whole house was quiet too because Rita took the twins to the doctor. Chris then heard the door opening. He got up and saw Julie coming through the door. When Julie saw him waiting for her, she just turned away.

"Look, Chris or dad, who ever you may be, I don't want to talk about this now. I am still in shock all about this and I don't really don't need another headache." Julie said, heading for the stairs.

"Look at me, Julia." Chris said. Julie looked at him with a straight face.

"I wanted to tell you that I was your father from the first time I knew, which was about a month ago. But, your mother made me promise not to tell you. I wasn't supposed to tell you yet, but you found out anyway. And I know I have hurt your feelings and I am very sorry." Chris finished, and waited for her reaction.

"You're right. You did hurt my feelings. Do you know how it feels to think you lost your real father. I do. I mean when he died, I thought nothing could replace that. But then you come along saying your my father. Now, my feelings are more mixed up than ever. I don't who I can trust. I need a lot of time to think about this." With that she went up the stairs.

The next two days, the Lorenzo household was a quiet yet quite tense. Nobody was bringing up the subject about Julia. And Julia hardly ever talked. She was still a little jilted about the truth about her family and Chris.

Later that night Chris and Rita were in bed. Rita was talking about the twins, but it seemed Chris wasn't paying attention. "Chris have you head anything I have I said?"

Rita asked, noticing Chris wasn't listening. "Is this about Julie?"

"Rita, I can't stop thinking about this. She won't even speak to me. She acting like she's the only person this has happen to. I mean when you found out I was alive, you weren't mad. You spoke to me."

"I wasn't mad, because I knew about you and I understood your problem. You're going to have to let this go."

"Rita, I can't! I mean, she isn't listening to me or talk to me. She is acting like a selfish brat! She doesn't care that I wanted to tell for the first time I met her. She just doesn't care!" Chris said, almost yelled.

"Chris calm down! You're going to wake up everyone else in the house!" Rita said, looking at him in the eyes.

"I'm sorry, Rita. I just mad at Julie and especially Tracy for not telling me about Julia."

"Okay, Chris. But now is not the time to dwell on that madness. You should talk to Julie tomorrow. But now you should go to sleep."

"All right, Sam. Thanks. I love you."

"I love you, too. Goodnight."

The next morning Chris went into Julie's room to find it empty. He found a note on the desk. When he read it, his eyes widened and he ran to the bedroom. He woke up Rita.

"What is it, Chris?" Rita said tiredly.

"She's gone. Julie's gone!"

"What do you mean she's gone?"

"She ran away!"

Rita sat up in her bed. "Are you sure, Chris?"

"Rita, I'm sure. She left us a note. It says:

Dear Rita and Chris, I know its been hard for you guys since I've gotten here. I've also been a big pain butt since I've found out about my real father. That's why I've decided to leave you guys. You have a family to take care of and I am just trouble for you guys. I'll try to go back to my mom in New York. I hope I haven't cost any trouble for your relationship, but I won't be here again to cause any more. I hope you have a nice life, and thank you for the past three weeks. You guys have been so nice. Love, Julia

Rita, what are we suppose to do? She is probably lost somewhere in this town. She could be hurt. She could be..." Chris was going crazy. "Chris, calm down. We have to think of a place she is familiar with. A place she's been before."

Chris heard that last line Rita said and knew right away where Julie was.

"Rita, I know where she is. I'll be back in an hour or two." Chris left the room and left the house.

Chris walked down the pathway through the park that led him to the courts. When he finally arrived, his guess was right. Julie was sitting under the hoop, looking at the sky, which was dark and looked like it was going to rain.

"I thought you'd be here." Chris said loudly, since no one else was there.

Julie didn't even look back.

"You can try to pretend that you didn't hear me. But it isn't going to work."

"How did you know I was here?" She said without emotion.

"I thought of a place you know and been before. And I remembered that day, when I saw you here, shooting the ball into the hoop. That day you were talking to me and you were actually nice to me."

"Well, I didn't know the truth about you."

"Are you still mad about that? Can you just let go of that?"

"And I know you think of me as a brat." Julie still hasn't looked back.

"I never said that."

"Yes, you did. I was going to you room to talk to you about this, and I heard you call me a brat. That's why I left. I was making you mad."

"Oh, Julia. I wasn't mad at you. I was mad at my myself not telling you I was your father from the beginning. Look, I just wanted..." Chris walked over to talk to her face to face, when he noticed her eyes were red and it looked like she had been crying.

"Are you okay?"

"No, its just that even though it seemed I was mad at you, I wasn't. I mean, you've been more of a father to me in three weeks then my other father in twelve years. I've talked to you more. You're becoming the father I wish I had and now that I really have now. I didn't really mean to get mad. I don't even know why you came back to find me, after the big jerk I was." Julie said looking down.

Chris tilted her head up. "I did it because you're my daughter and I love you. Nothing can change that. Not even how bad you treat me." Chris said.

"I love you, too...Dad." Julie said , giving him a hug. Right then it started to rain. "Did you bring a car or did you walk?" Julie asked.

"I walked!"

"Then I suggest this time that we should run!" They both got up and ran.

Rita was in the living room when Chris and Julie came into the house soaked.

"What happened?" Rita asked, getting both of them a towel to dry up

"It started to rain. And we didn't have a car." Chris said.

"So your problem is done, I guess."

"Most of it. Dad and I still have some snitches to fix, but we'll get through it. I going to change since I left most my clothes here." Julie went up the stairs.

"She already calling you dad."

"Sounds nice, doesn't?"

The next morning they were sitting at the table eating breakfast. Julie was just sitting there not talking.

"Julie are you all right? It seems like you have something on your mind." Chris asked.

"I was wondering, instead of going back to New York with my mom, that I can live here with you guys?"

"Actually, Rita and I were talking about that and..."

"And what?"

"And we were going to ask you the same thing. We called you mom and asked her and she said yes. All we are waiting for is your answer."

"Of course the answer is yes. This so great. I'm finally going to have a true family."

"That's right. One big happy family." Chris said out loud.

That's the end of this story. Don't you love happy endings? Well I hope you liked it and look out for more. Disclaimer: The characters, except Julie, Tracy and the twins, belong to USA Network Did you like or hate? Continue or stop this series? Email your comments. Look for my next story "Missing Person"