ASHLEY WALKS IN THE DOOR AT JOSHS HOUSE AS JOSH'S MOTHER STANDS THERE LOOKING AT HER. ASHLEY SMILES AT HER AND THEY GREET EACH OTHER BUT THEN ASHLEY STARTS POURING DOWN TEARS AND RUNS STRAIGHT TO HER ROOM. WHILE SHE WAS IN THERE SHE JUMPS ON HER BED AND PICKS UP THE PHONE. SHE TRIED TO CONTROL HER SHAKING AS SHE DIALS A NUMBER.

AFTER A FEW RINGS A GUY PICKS UP THE PHONE. "HELLO?"

"HI. IS CLAUDIA THERE?" ASHLEY ASKED.

"WHO IS THIS?" ASKED THE MAN.

"ASHLEY." SHE TOLD HIM.

"HOLD ON." THE MAN TOLD HER.

MEAN WHILE AT THE OTHER END OF THE HOUSE JOSHS MOTHER QUIETLY PICKS UP THE PHONE AND LISTENS IN ON ASHLEY AND CLAUDIA'S CONVERSATION.

"HELLO?" CLAUDIA SAID.

ASHLEY WHILE STARTING TO CRY. "HEY CLAUDIA."

CLAUDIA THEN SAID EXCITEDLY, NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO HER VOICE AT FIRST, "ASHLEY!"

"HOW IS JOSH?" CLAUDIA ASKED. ASHLEY STARTS TO CRY EVEN MORE.

"WHAT HAPPENED, DID HE BREAK UP WITH YOU?" ALMOST MAD.

"NO."

CLAUDIA THEN ASKED."HE CHEATED ON YOU?"

"NO." ASHLEY SAID, NOW GETTING MAD.

"YOU CAUGHT HIM IN BED WITH SOMEONE ELSE?"

"NO." ANGRY.

"THEN WHAT IS WRONG?" CLAUDIA ASKED, CONCERNED.

"WELL..." ASHLEY SAID, NOT WANTING TO SAY.

JOSH'S MOTHER LISTENS IN EXTRA CLOSE.

"WELL WHAT?" CLAUDIA ASKED, WANTING TO KNOW, GROWING IMPATIENT.

"I'M PREGNANT."

JOSH'S MOTHER, AND CLAUDIA ARE BOTH IN SHOCK. THERE IS NOT ONE SOUND.

AFTER A FEW MOMENTS PAUSE, ASHLEY VERY DESPERATE SAID, "CLAUDIA PLEASE SAY SOMETHING..."

CLAUDIA FINALLY BROKE OUT OF THE SILENCE. "WHEN DID YOU FIND THIS OUT?"

ASHLEY THEN TOLD HER, "TODAY, YOUR THE SECOND ONE TO KNOW. CLAUDIA I DON'T KNOW HOW TO TELL HIM OR ANYONE. NOT EVEN HIS PARENTS. OH CRAP! I FORGOT THEM, THERE GONNA KILL US OR REALLY ME FOR THAT MATTER. CLAUDIA HELP ME I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO."

"WELL BEFORE YOU TELL ANYONE YOU SHOULD TELL HIS PARENTS." CLAUDIA POINTED OUT.

"HOW DO I TELL THEM?"

"JUST COME OUT AND TELL THEM." CLAUDIA INFORMED HER.

"THERE PROBABLY GONNA SAY STUFF LIKE MY PARENTS WOULD SAY, 'OH YOU KNOW THIS WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE AND ITS A BIG RESPONSIBILITY AND SO ON' I CANT HAVE THAT RIGHT NOW." ASHLEY TELLS HER.

CLAUDIA CAME UP WITH AN IDEA, "I KNOW. YOU AND I BOTH HATE THAT. BUT LET ME TELL YOU THIS, HANG UP AND TELL HIS PARENTS. TAKE AS LONG AS YOU NEED, THEN CALL ME BACK AND TELL ME WHAT THEY SAID. ALRIGHT?"

"CLAUDIA, JOSH'S MOM IS LIKE A MOTHER TO ME, ONCE I TELL HER SHE IS GONNA HATE ME."

CLAUDIA PUSHED, "JUST TRY IT, CALL ME BACK, I LOVE YOU."

"LOVE YOU TOO."

ASHLEY, CLAUDIA AND JOSH'S MOM ALL HANG UP THE PHONE. JOSHS MOM QUICKLY RUNS INTO THE LIVINGROOM AND TURNS ON THE TV AS SHE WAITS FOR ASHLEY. ABOUT AN HOUR LATER ASHLEY WALKS OUT TO THE KITCHEN.

"MRS KIOSK?" SHE YELLS LOOKING FOR HER.

JOSH'S MOTHER YELLS FROM THE LIVING ROOM, "IN HERE DEAR."

ASHLEY WALKS IN THE LIVING ROOM AND SEES JOSH'S MOM SITTING ON THE COUCH. THE TV IS ON. SHE IS WATCHING FAMILY FEUD.

"WERE IS JOSH?" MRS. KIOSK ASKED.

ASHLEY THEN TELLS HER, "HE IS AT BAND PRACTICE AND THEN HE IS GOING TO SPEND TIME WITH HIS BUDDIES THEN HE WILL BE HOME."

"OH YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT. HE LEFT A NOTE FOR YOU ON YOUR DRESSER." SHE TOLD HER.

"THANK YOU." ASHLEY SAID. SHE LOOKS AT HIS MOM, NOT KNOWING IF SHE SHOULD TELL HER OR NOT. "HEY MRS. KIOSK..." SHE LOOKS AT HER, REALLY QUICK, THEN LOOKS BACK AT THE TV. "CAN I TALK TO YOU ABOUT SOMETHING?" NERVOUSLY.

JOSH'S MOTHER LOOKS OVER AT HER, AND SEES THAT. "YES HONEY ANYTHING JUST LET ME..." SHE TURNS THE TV OFF, "...HA HA YEP." SHE LOOKS BACK AT ASHLEY WHO HAS SOME TEARS IN HER EYES. "WHATS WRONG?" SHE ASKED.

"I HAVE NO WAY TO TELL YOU THIS, AND I NEED TO TELL YOU." SHE SAID, ALMOST ABOUT TO CRY.

JOSH'S MOM, EVEN THOUGH SHE KNOWS, STILL PLAYS ALONG AND ASKS, "TELL ME WHAT?"

ASHLEY AFTER A DEEP BREATH, "I'M PREGNANT."

THE MOTHER IS PRETEND SHOCKED. ASHLEY STARTS TO BALL HER EYES OUT. THE MOTHER LOOKS, WITH COMPASSION, AT HER. SHE THEN SAID IN A NICE LOW, SOFT VOICE, "COME HERE ASHLEY." SHE HOLDS OUT HER ARMS, AND ASHLEY WALKS TOWARDS HER AND HUGS HER.

ASHLEY LAYS HER HEAD ON HER LAP. "AREN'T YOU MAD?"

JOSH'S MOTHER IN THE SAME TONE, "YES BUT WE CAN DEAL WITH THAT LATER. RIGHT NOW I SEE THAT YOUR FRIGHTENED, AND I DON'T WANT TO CAUSE ANYTHING MORE THAN THAT."

ASHLEY STILL WORRYING. "HOW AM I GONNA TELL JOSH'S DAD?"

JOSH'S MOTHER PICKS ASHLEY'S HEAD UP AND LOOKS AT HER. "DON'T WORRY ILL TALK TO HIS DAD, YOU GOT ENOUGH TO WORRY ABOUT." WITH A LITTLE SMILE.

"HOW AM I GONNA TELL JOSH, WHAT DO I SAY?"

"DON'T WORRY WHEN THE TIME COMES YOU'LL KNOW WHAT TO SAY." AFTER A PAUSE. "NOW GO AND DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO." SHE TELLS HER, WITH A SMILE.

ASHLEY CHEERS UP AND GIVES HER A HUG. ONCE THEY STOP SHE SMILES AT HER, AND WIPES THE TEARS FROM HER EYES. ASHLEY GETS UP AND JOSH'S MOTHER TURNS THE TV BACK ON, AND STARTS TO MAKE A LIST OF THINGS ASHLEY WILL NEED FOR HER PREGNANCY. ASHLEY STARTS TO WALK OUT THE ROOM, BUT SHE STOPS, AND TURNS BACK AROUND.

"MRS KIOSK?" ASHLEY SAID, LOOKING AT HER WITH SADNESS.

SHE LOOKS AT HER. "YES DEAR?"

"THANKS." ASHLEY SAID SMILING.

SHE TURNS AROUND AND WALKS OUT OF THE ROOM. JOSH'S MOTHER SMILES. ASHLEY GOES TO HER ROOM.

SHE CLOSES THE DOOR, AND WALKS OVER TO HER DRESSER AND SEES THE NOTE JOSH WROTE HER, IT READ,

'Babe, gonna go and practice with the band. and after that I guess were gonna go and do some guy stuff. I know We are wired. I love you, and ill see you when I get home tonight. bye, I love you lots,

love,
josh'

IT MADE HER SMILE AND START TO TEAR UP. SHE STARTS TO THINK ABOUT HOW THIS WOULD AFFECT JOSH AND HIS BAND. ALL KINDS OF CRAZY THOUGHTS ARE RUNNING IN HER HEAD. SHE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO AT THIS POINT. SHE THEN SITS ON THE BED. AFTER ABOUT AN HOUR SHE GETS THE IDEA THAT SHE WAS NOT GONNA TELL JOSH AND RUN AWAY TO SABRINA'S HOUSE OR SOMEWHERE. SO THAT IT WONT HURT HIM. SHE WALKS OVER TO THE DESK IN THE BEDROOM, TAKEA OUT A PEN AND PAPER AND WRITES JOSH A NOTE.

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