Chapter 4:"Can't call you Family." I do not own "Family Ties". And if you are confused about the conversation that Steven Elyse had, it was a phone conversation between them and Sally McDollers. Sally was calling long-distance from Paris, France to tell Mrs. & Mr. Keaton to keep Nancy. Now back to the story…………….

It had been almost a week since Nancy had showed up on the Keaton's front door step, alone and without a home or a family for the holidays. The next day Elyse called for another family meeting.

Steven stood up and cleared his throat. "Now, we all know that Nancy is without a family for the holidays, and I know your mother has said that Nancy should stay, but I disagree with her on that."

Alex was so surprised, he jumped to his feet and yelled," "Why Dad?''

Steven answered: "I think that we should adopt her before she can live here."

Everyone looked at each other.

"So, who agrees with me?" said Steven.

All but Nancy said, "I do."

Elyse looked at Nancy and asked, "Nancy, aren't you happy about the news? You'll get to become a Keaton!"

Nancy stood up and said sarcastically. "Yeah I'm happy about the news. Woo-who!" With that she walked into the kitchen.

Alex followed her, saying "Nancy…. What's wrong?"

Skippy, sitting next to Mallory, of course, said to her, "Wow, I never knew that your brother could acutely be such a softie."

Mallory nodded in agreement. Then she got a disgusted look on her face. "Ehh, I can't believe I just agreed with you." she said.

"Nancy wait," Alex said.

Nancy turned around, "What?"

"You just can't walk out on people like that," he said.

"Why not?" she asked.

"I-t-t-t-t-t-s really rude, and, uh, …you made me…afraid."

"Why?"

"Well you haven't unpack your backpack yet and you can just walk out whenever you want too, and it wouldn't be so bad if you were part of this family, would it? And also…"

Nancy interrupted him. "Look Alex you can go on and on if you want but I have to say something. I just can't call you family. I have psychological wounds that will not heal for a very long time. I've been treated badly in two homes now. I can't trust anybody. …I don't want to be called Nancy Hannah Alicia Chelsea Beverly Kimberly Anna Keaton. I want to be called Nancy Hannah Ali …"

Alex put his finger up to her mouth and said, "Shhh. I understand."

"Well, … I guess I should go back and apologize to your parents," Nancy said, calming down.

She turned to leave. Alex was quiet for a second and then, very slowly said, "Nancy… wait." Nancy turned around to face Alex.

"What?"

Alex rubbed his hands together. "Well… when you were adopted I thought that you were still going to go to our, I mean your old school. What I mean is…" he said nervously. Nancy put her finger on his lip.

"I know what you were thinking," Nancy said. "You're tongue-tied because you've had a crush on me since I was sitting right next to you in old Mrs. O'Lee first grade class and you thought that you were still going to our grade-school after I got adopted."

Alex was silent for a moment. "How did you know all that?" asked Alex.

Nancy leaned over the kitchen island and whispered, "You're not the only diary I read in this house."

"Jennifer?" Alex yelled. "Jennifer told you that, didn't she? … Oh I am sooooooo going to kill her for that," asked Alex.

"Wait a minute, Alex, " Nancy said. She pulled out her tape player and put in a tape. She pressed PLAY and a song started playing. Alex looked at her.

"How did you know that was my favorite song?" asked Alex.

"You told me on your 10th birthday." All of a sudden, the kitchen turned into a ballroom with only Alex and Nancy. Alex was wearing a tuxedo and Nancy was wearing a blue flowing dress with long sky blue gloves (You know the dress that Cinderella wore to the ball? That's the dress Nancy was wearing)

Alex bowed to her "May I have this dance Miss Fox?" he asked in a fancy voice.

Nancy gave him her hand and they started to do a slow dance. They were doing quite well, too, until Alex made Nancy bump into the kitchen island (although, to them. she bumped into the piano).

They looked into each other's eyes and then, slowly, they started moving their faces toward each other and were just about to kiss.

"You know what Nancy?" said Alex.

"What?" she asked.

"I've always wanted to kiss you, ever since you sat right next to me in first grade for the very first time."

"You know what Alex," she answered.

"What?"

"Me too."

They leaned together in a long, passionate embrace. But then, Mallory walked into the room with the cordless phone, and the fancy ballroom turned back into the Keaton's kitchen (even though Alex & Nancy were still kissing).

" Sorry lovebirds," Mallory said. "But Nancy, it's for you."

"Who is it?" asked both Nancy & Alex as they both pulled back from their embrace.

"It's your real father on the other line, and he wants you back."

Nancy & Alex both looked at each other in complete shock.

To be continued…………

Sorry, but I just had to end it there.

I wanted to write a different fanfic before I write the sequel to this.

I promise I'll write it soon, Batkid1 06/08/05