Chapter 2

Ashley was up early the next morning. Today was supposed to be the day they had the viewing for Opie and she didn't want to miss it. She had a few very important things she had to do first, and she knew she could get it done in time. She got up and got dressed. She was wearing a pair of black wedges with some dark blue jeans, a white shirt with a bunch of cleavage, and her black leather jacket. She hadn't worn the jacket in years, but since she was back home she only found it suiting. Instead of curling her long blond hair, like she normally did, she through it into a high pony tail. She did a simple amount of make up and brushed her teeth before she left the house. Gemma had alreadly left the house around 8, and she was out the door shortly before 9:30.

She had parked her car down the street the night before. She didn't want to risk anyone seeing it. She was driving a red honda. 2005, she thought. She didn't know anything about cars. That was the best information she could give if anyone asked. Except for the year. She assumed it was a 2005, but she couldn't even remember what the guy had told her when she bought it from him.

She unlocked the car with the remote key and opened the car door. She through her bag into the passenger seat as she sat down behind the wheel. She needed to go to the clubhouse but she was afraid she would run into Jax before she had a chance to go and see her dad. She sat for aminute before she decided which task to go ahead and do first. She decided she would go to the hospital and see if Tara had filled out the papers like she was supposed to. She wasn't ready to meet the boys yet, so she would have to come back again later but she did need to make sure the papers were signed before Gemma went and found out she wasn't aloud to go. She pulled into the hospital parking lot and found herself a spot under the tree. She saw a grip of bikes near her and knew she made the wrong choice of where to go first. I guess I'll just sneak on through and wait in the chapel or something before they leave. She went into the hospital and waiting at the elevators until one stopped on her floor. The door opened and she was staring straight into the face of Tig. SHIT! She ducked her head and tried to move past him into the elevator but he had grabbed her by the arm and pulled her back out to face him.

"Do I know you?" He asked. Ashley felt a momentary amount of relief as she realized how much she had changed since she was fifteen. She may look familiar but unlike Chibs, Jax, her dad, and Gemma, he never spent everyday around her, or was close enough to her to completely match a face with a name. Especially not after ten years. But still, she did end up looking familiar to him and that is never a good sign. Not with a "Son" anyway.

She slapped his hand off of her arm. "Don't touch me." She said and slipped into the elevator before the doors closed behind her. She needed to be more careful. She pulled out a pair of sunglasses from her purse and slipped them on. That just made her stick out more, but drawing attention was no where as bad as someone recognizing her and blowing her cover. Her cover could be blown and it wanted as long as it wasn't until after she got everything settled. She couldn't face her father with no possible leverage to make sure that after she did what he needed of her, she would be able to leave. She needed some against him, and Jax, if not she would be stuck here until she died. That including either old age or by murder. She didn't want to die in charming anyway. If she died, she wanted to be as far away from this place as possible. The elevator doors opened and she walked right into Juice. He looked at her and it took him a minute, but then he laughed.

"Do you really think you can hide your identity with a pair of sunglasses?" He laughed again. Ashley punched him in the arm. "Ow that hurt." He said rubbing the tender spot.

"Shut up, will you." Ashley said under her breath. She looked around to see if anyone else was around. If any of them were club members they weren't wearing their cuts.

"Why are you hear?" Juice asked.

"I need to speak to Tara for a minute, but no one is supposed to know I'm here yet and I'm afraid I'll run into Jax."

"No worries there. He is still at the club house. Setteling some arangments with his moms boyfriend or something. His place got raided and Gemma got thrown in jail the day before. She had just been released yesterday morning when you showed up."

"Well she forgot to leave out that information when I talked to her yesterday." Ashley took off her glasses with a look of relief.

"I'd put those back on if I were you."

"Why?"

"Well I'm pretty sure your dad doesn't know your here yet. And he is here, in this hospital, on this floor. He had some prescription medicine he needed to get and Tara is giving him another one right now."

Ashley smiled. "Thanks for the heads up." Ashley sat down in the little waiting area off to the side. She wasn't to happy when she noticed Juice following her but she didn't say anything.

Juice sat down next to her. "You don't remember me do you?"

"Huh?"

"You were in middle school when we first met. I was a senior in high school, about to graduate when I ran into you on the streets."

Ashley thought about it for a minute. She ran into a lot of people, new and old, at that age. Usually when she was running away from Unser for fighting with other people on the streets. "I don't remember." She said honestly.

"I didn't expect you to. I didn't recognize you when I first saw you, it's been a long time. I didn't become a prospect until after you had left so it's no wonder you don't remember."

"Is this story leading somewhere?" She asked. She froze as she heard the sound of a familiar deep laugh down the hall. "Daddy..."

Juice jumped up and met him at the corrider. They went straight to the elevator. Ashleys dad had been with two others guys besides juice. One was extremely big. She could tell they were recent prospects who got voted in. There leather was still fresh. No worn out marks left behind from fights or gun shots. Once the elevator door shut Ashley got up and walked down the hall to Taras office. She was looking through one of the drawers in her desk when Ashley knocked and announced her pressence. She could tell Tara was not happy to see her.

"I'm sorry." Ashley said and sat down in the chair in front of her. Tara looked surprised.

"Sorry for what, I filled out your damn papers like you asked. One for you, and one for Gemma. In fact she has already been here to see them."

"I'm glad for that but I'm still sorry I had to do what I had to do to get you to sign them. I didn't tell Gemma about the addiction, just so you know."

Tara looked surprised. She slouched back into her seat and waited for Ashley to continue with what she was saying.

"I only used it to get the papers signed. I won't use it again unless you give me no other choice, but I promise you, I won't give her that information."

"Why are you telling me this?" Tara asked.

"Because I never really disliked you. I hated that you were dating my only brother, but then again I was 15 and I hated everything. In all honesty I'm glad he married you. You were the only person besides me who kept his head straight."

"Ashley.."

"Tara, I'm not the same person I used to be. It's been 10 years and I've grown up. I may still be a minipulative bitch, but not the same way I used to be. You'll see. I only came back here because I had to, the first chance I get I'm out of here. I just wanted to make sure I cleared the air, just in case I manage to find a way to leave again soon, before I have a chance to speak to you again in private."

"Where are you going from here? Have you even gone to see the boys yet?"

"No, probably not till tomorrow. It's a busy day I have today. Got to get everything done before I make it public I'm back." Ashley smiled again. "Again, sorry about yesterday. I really wish it didn't have to be that way, you know how it gets."

Ashley got up and walked out of the room. Before she closed the door she heard Tara say, "Welcome home."


Ashley sat across the street in her car. She waited until she saw Jax, Chibs, and Bobby drive off on their bikes. She got out and walked across the street. She saw Gemma in the office and cursed whoever was causing her so much bad luck today. She really needed to dig through those drawers and find anything she could use against Gemma. She had looked yesterday before she made them dinner the night before but didn't have any luck finding anything. She hurried into the office and closed the door behind her. Gemma looked up from the desk she was sitting and and the pile of papers she was shiffling through. Once she realized it was Ashley she continued with her work layed out in front of her. "You need anything?"

"Well first off I really needed to get my dads address from you. I would have called you sooner to get it from you over the phone but my cell died. I forgot to charge it last night. Which reminds me, I need to use your phone. Is that okay?" She had lied about the phone thing. She was really hoping right now no one would call her.

"Well your shit out of luck darling about the address for your dad, because that is definetly something I don't have. And about my phone, it's in my car. Id let you use the office phone, but I'm not sure who you are going to call and about what. Sometimes the prospects get stuck on monitoring phone calls. They usually just sit there for a few hours doing nothing, but once it shows there is a line in use they listen in right away. Can't risk any chances of a nark now a days."

"Could you maybe get me your cell please? I'd go out there, but I'm still supposed to be in the dark, you know?"

"Yea give me a minute." Gemma got up and went out the door closing it behind her. It didn't give her enough time to look through the drawers and she wasn't going to risk anything. She quickly went into her purse and shut off her phone though. She would hate for it to go off now, especially after she lied to Gemma. She waited for Gemma to come back and realized she was taking longer than she should have. She looked out the window and noticed she was trying to prevent Clay from entering the office. SHIT! She dipped out of the side office door leading into the garage where she bumped right into Juice, again. He put a hand over her mouth and slowly and quietly closed the door. He pushed Ashley into a chair and went out the garage through the big door. She could here Gemma making a stink about not wanting Clay to go through her personal belongings and what not.

Juice jumped in saying, "Gemma it's fine, Im sure there really isn't anything personal in the office for him to look at anyway."

She heard Gemma get silent. Please understand what he is trying to tell you! "Fine, just let me get my purse." Oh my god! My purse! "You wait outside. I'll leave through the side door. I don't want to be near you." She heard Gemma open the door and close it behind her. She heard a little shuffling sround and a slight pause. She heard what sounded like "Stupid girl." then some more shuffling and then the door next to her opened. She tossed Ashleys purse at her and then closed the door behind her. She went to her car door through the garage and got it. Ashley heard the front door to the office open again and she ran. She got into the passenger side of Gemmas car and slumped to the floor.

"My car is across the street." Ashley said as she watched Gemma look over her shoulder while reversing out of her parking spot. Gemma put the car in drive and she sped out of the lot.

"First, lunch. It's nearly 1 oclock and I'm starved."

Ashley got up and buckled herself into the passenger seat properly. She was going to have to change her plans a bit.