It was the Saturday night after the first game. Alex was tired as she walked out the clinic. She had been up sick all night and because of this skipped the football game. She walked slowly to her car as her mind began to race.
Why had she done it? She knew it was wrong, she knew things could get this bad. She climbed into her car and slowly drove home.
The doctor said she would know by Friday at the latest, told her to just stop by and pick up the results. They made it sound so simple.
The whole town was silent, everyone still sleeping after the wild night. She went to her bedroom and climbed into bed. She closed her eyes and cried herself to sleep.
On Monday she knew what she had to do but she didn't want too. I walked into the school building, the whole place was buzzing with excitement for the next football game. She rushed past everyone looking for Don Billingsley. Alex was standing at her locker when she saw him. So typical she thought when she saw him leaned against the wall and some girl smiling at him. The girl was twisting her hair and laughing at everything Don said. Alex slammed her locker shut angrily causing a few students to look at her, Don looked up and saw her.
She turned and began walking to her class, she didn't want to start the school year like this. It was her last year, she was getting a scholarship and leaving. She would never give Odessa a second look. Just as she was about to walk into her class she felt someone touch her shoulder. She turned and saw him.
"Hey, I've been wanting to talk to you." Don said.
"Yeah I um…I need to talk to you about something too." Alex said honestly. "About the summer, about what happened…" She said slowly.
"I know things seem a little strange right now but I…I like you, really. I just want us to hang out some more. I like talking to you." Don said honestly.
"Meet me outside after school, I have to tell you something." Alex said seriously. Don nodded, Alex walked into her class.
"Hey Billingsley, I saw you talking to Alex." Brian Chavez said as they sat at their usual lunch table.
"What's your point Chavo?" Don asked.
"Why are you messing with that?" He asked. "Not even you could seal the deal with that girl, all she cares about it school. Its obvious." He said.
"What makes you think I already haven't?" Don asked.
"I wouldn't say that kind of stuff, if her dad found something like that out he would kill you." Mike Winchell said looking at him. "He wouldn't even care about the whole town wanting to kill him for ruining the season either.
"He wouldn't kill me." Don said unsure.
"What do you think happened to that Aaron kid she was with last year?" Chavo asked.
"He joined the army." Don said matter-of-factly.
"You think he did that of his own free will?" Mike asked.
"Whatever." Don muttered feeling worried suddenly.
The rest of Alex's school day seemed like a long dragging haze. She wanted the day to be over but was too worried to concentrate on anything. Finally the sound of the last bell echoed and she felt relieved. She walked to her locker and hurried to the back of the building where she knew Don would be waiting. She walked out and saw him leaning against the building. She walked over to him and he starred at her.
"Is your dad going to kill me?" Don asked suddenly.
Alex was unsure if the question was serious. "Why would he kill you?"
"The guys were saying that he forced Aaron to join the army and I…well I don't want to be in the army. I don't want to die." Don said quickly.
"The guys?" He nodded. "What did you tell them?" Alex asked feeling sick.
"Nothing, they saw me talking to you that's all." Don said which was mostly true.
"Ok, my dad won't kill you." Alex said. "Unless I wanted him too." She added.
Don nodded. "What did you want to talk about?"
"Well you know how over the summer we were hanging out or whatever" He nodded. "Well I know we were having just having fun which is fine but…" She trailed off.
"What are you getting at?" Don asked confused as to what she saying.
"When we…um, when we had sex did you use anything?" She asked.
"What do you mean?" He asked confused. She starred at him feeling embarrassed and not wanting to explain further. "You mean like…protection?" She nodded. "Well yeah, why would you ask…" His voice trialed off as it seemed to make sense suddenly. "Oh my God, your dad really is going to kill me." He said his stomach dropping.
"I don't know for sure yet, I just wanted to tell you." Alex said.
"Oh my God, what are we going to do?" He asked not expecting an answer. "Did you go to the doctor or something?" He asked looking at her. She nodded. "Did anyone see you? What if people start asking questions? My dad is going to kill me before yours can. The Coach is going to kill, I am going to be so dead."
"Don Billingsley!" Alex yelled breaking him out of his rant. He looked at her. "Relax, I thought about it a lot over the weekend." He nodded. "No one is going to kill you. If I am…you know, then we don't have to keep it." She said.
He looked at her wide eyed, that wasn't what he was expecting to hear. "What do you mean?" He asked. "Like kill it? I won't let that happen, that's just wrong." He yelled now.
"No, no." She said. "I meant like give it to someone else. Neither of us are ready for something like this, I want to go to college. If we kept it we would have to get married or do something like that, I don't want that." She said.
"Okay," Don nodded. "When are you going to find out?" He asked calmly.
"Friday." She answered. "I'll tell you after the game." She said. "I have to go now, go home." She began to walk away.
"Wait, are you sure about what you want to do?" He said. Alex turned and looked at him. She nodded and left.
After football practice Don was more than stressed out, he was exhausted. All he wanted to do was go home and collapse, to fall into such a deep sleep nothing would wake him but he knew that wouldn't happen. He began to put his clothes back on when Mike sat next him and began to tie his shoes.
"You okay Billingsley?" Mike asked lowly so no one heard.
"Yeah I am fine." Don lied.
"You seemed a little spaced during practice." Mike said looking him in the eye now.
"Don't worry about me, I'm a big boy I can take care of myself." Don said standing. The rest of the team began to walk out as Don grabbed his bag.
"All I am saying is if you need someone to talk to, I am here." Mike said standing as Don walked to the door.
"Okay, I got it." Don said now annoyed.
Mike thought quickly about what he was about to say and knew he needed a way to reach Don. It was clear Don needed someone to talk to but didn't want anyone to know. "I know what happened Donnie." Mike said.
Don stopped walked and turned to him. "First don't call me that, second what are you talking about?" He asked worried.
"I am talking about Alex. I always go out the back way, its quicker. I heard you both talking." Mike said honestly. "I know what's going on."
"You don't know anything, you don't know shit Mike." Don said throwing his stuff to the floor. "You…you just don't." He yelled before falling to the floor.
Mike rushed to his side. "Are you okay?" He asked trying to help him up.
"I don't know what to do." Don said and began to cry.
Mike hugged Don, which was something rarely done. "Don't worry." He said softly. Mike let go and Don looked at him, looking lost. "Come on, lets go get something to eat and then we can talk about all of this." Mike offered. Don nodded slowly and they walked out.