I just moved back to Los Angeles after a long time away. After I dropped out of high school, I recorded a tribute album for my dad. Who knew that I would get my own record deal out of it. I was quickly whisked away to New York right after I signed the contract. Leaving L.A. and my past behind.
Things were going great for a while, till I let stardom get the best of me. I was no Brittney or Lindsey but I did have my moments. I started hating what I had become but I wasn't ready to change yet. That is until a one night stand changed the course of my life for the better. Nine months later I had a beautiful baby boy, Joshua.
I decided to come home because that's were my family was, and by family I mean Kyla. I also got a new job at an up and coming record label. So when Josh turned 3 last week, we packed everything and left.
We moved into a large apartment on the floor just below Kyla's. It took about two weeks to get settled in but there are still a few boxes lying around that I don't feel like emptying just yet. Before Josh and I moved, Kyla said she would look around for day care centers for Josh and sign him up for the best one. I start work on Monday and I have to go in really early so Kyla agreed to bring him in on his first day.
Monday morning rolled around and I cried knowing I wouldn't be with my baby on his first day. I woke Josh up and dressed him in his khaki's and polo. God he is such a handsome little guy.
"My little man, first day of day care, soon it will be your wedding day," I started tearing up.
Joshua walks up to me, "Don't cwy Mommy, I wove you," and now I am a blubbering mess,
"I love you too, baby."
I enter work and I am greet by my boss Jane, really nice woman but a little high strung for my taste.
"Spence, you are going to have a new boy in your class, Joshua. He is 3 years old and just moved here from New York, so make sure he feels as comfortable and safe as possible."
It's eight thirty and most of my children have already arrived. I help most of them hang up there coats and put there lunches in the fridge when I hear a very familiar voice.
"Now Joshy, I'll be back around four thirty to pick you up. Don't be scared and behave. I love you." The person speaking rises from her knee. I was right, I did recognize the voice. It was Kyla Woods. I haven't seen her since I graduated King High. Wow, I can't believe she has a kid already.
Kyla looks up and catches my eyes. She looks just as surprised to see me as I do her. "Kyla? What are you doing here?" I ask pulling her in for a huge hug. "I didn't know you had a son." She looks are me and shifts uncomfortably. Why is she shifting? Why do I feel like she is about to drop this gigantic bombshell on me?
"He's not mine. Joshua is Ashley's son." KABOOM!!!
" I peg your pardon? I could have sworn you just said that he is Ashley's son." I can't be hearing this right.
"I did. I didn't know you worked here Spence, let alone you would be Josh's teacher. If this is too much for you I can find someplace else..."
"No! No it's fine. Really it's okay. Ash and I... that's the past." Oh my god, Ash. I think about her all the time. I haven't spoken to her since the day she left. We promised each other we would stay in touch. Five years later and we never did. Am I okay with this, having Ashley back in my life in some capacity?
I look down at the little boy. He has curly brown hair and the most gorgeous blue eyes I have ever seen. He's beautiful and looks just like Ashley. He smiles at me and there it is, that nose scrunch that I fell in love with seven years ago. Yup! This kid is definitely going to be a lady killer just like his mom. Kyla snaps me back to reality.
"Spence... I have to get to work."
"Right! God, I'm sorry Ky."
"I'll be back around four thirty to pick Josh up. Here's my cell. Spence call me okay? We really have to catch up.
"Thanks," I take the card from her hand. Kyla bends down and kisses Josh on the cheek. He wipes it off like Kyla just gave him the cooties.
"Bye Joshy, Bye Spencer," She walks out. I am suddenly aware that some one is tugging at my skirt. I look down and see Joshua starring at me. I get down on my knees so we are at eye level with each other.
"Hi Joshua, I'm Miss Spencer," He looks at me sort of perplexed. "What's the matter? I know the first day is kind of scary."
"No, You jus look like the lady," now I look perplexed.
"The lady in the piture with mommy. It's by hur bed. She looks at it sometimes and looks sad," he says with his lisp.
Josh Runs away and starts playing with some boys that were by the large building blocks. I fall from my knees and into a sitting position. Ashley's back, am I ready for this?