May 3, 2016

Haley: Week Twenty-Eight, Day Three

Green Living Tip #27: Sometimes no matter how efficient you are with green living, you just need to take a break.  Go easy on yourself until you're ready to begin again.

Rachel's body shuddered with her wracking sobs.  Haley perched on the couch behind her friend, attempting to comfort her as she cried.  "I'm so sorry, Rach," she said with tears in her voice.  "God, I'm so sorry..."  She trailed off uncomfortably. 

The petition for child custody lay crumpled on the floor.
The boys jostled down the stairs, their joking ending abruptly when they heard Rio mom's tears.  Rio knew his mom was prone to emotional outbursts, but this felt different...

"What's wrong?" he asked nervously.  "What is it?"

Rachel groaned and buried her face in her hands, turning from her son. Haley squeezed her shoulder and stood.
"We just received Shaye's petition for full custody," Haley said, her voice wavering as she reached up and wiped a tear away. 

Rio glanced between his mom and Haley.  "He's taking Shayla?" he asked with a broken voice before his anger kicked in, his jaw clenching.  He loudly yelled, "Hell no! Not happening!"
"Rio! Wait! Come back!" Haley called when he ran from the house. 

Rio got to Shaye's house and pounded on the door.  He couldn't take Shayla from him! He had no right!
Shaye opened the door, obviously just out of bed.  "Rio?" he asked sleepily.  "What are you doing here?"
Rio launched himself at Shaye, pummeling his chest with his fists.  "You can't take her! You can't!" he said with tears in his eyes.

"Shaye!" Kelli cried with alarm.  "Oh my God!"
Shaye reached for Rio's fists, gripping his wrists and holding him steady.   "Christ, Kelli, there's no need to call the police!" he snapped with annoyance. 
Rio continued to struggle against his hold, so Shaye turned back to him.  "Rio!" he said harshly, giving the boy a small shake.  "Rio! Quit it! What the hell is this about?"

"You can't take her!" Rio repeated, trying to pull his hands free to attack Shaye again.  He was just so angryHe didn't even see the tears dripping from his cheeks.  "You can't!" he said again, slowly stopping his struggles.  "You can't..."
Shaye grabbed Rio and pulled him in for a tight hug.  Rio buried his face in Shaye's shoulder and sobbed.  "Why didn't you want me? Why do want you Shayla but you didn't want me?"

Seeing the stoic Rio have such an emotional outburst nearly unmanned Shaye.  He felt tears pricking his eyes.  "Aw, Rio, I would've taken you in a heartbeat if you were mine," he said with a thick voice, squeezing him tight.  "I'm so sorry."
"The police are on their way," Kelli interrupted, crossing her arms.
Rio sniffed loudly and pulled back, running his forearm across his eyes to wipe the evidence of the tears away.  He couldn't meet Shaye's eyes.

Shaye shot Kelli a stern look.  She met his gaze with her own glare.

"So now what?" Rio finally asked quietly.
"Don't worry," Shaye said, looping his arm around Rio's shoulders.  "Come in and see your sister while we wait for the officer."

Officer French-Baker pulled up in front of the house where the family altercation was reported.  He sighed heavily as he put the car in park.  It was only 8 am in the morning.  He took a quick sip from the coffee cooling in the cup holder.
Striding quickly up to the door, he knocked sharply on the door. 
Shaye heard the knock on the door.  "Don't worry, Rio. I'll explain it was all just a misunderstanding."

Rio nodded head tersely and rested his chin on his hands, his stomach cramping with nervousness.  He had no clue what was going to happen.  Crap, he'd really messed up...  

Kelli scoffed rudely behind him.  "I'll let the officer in."   Shaye stood up and followed her from the room.  Rio heard their soft murmuring from the other room.
"Ma'am, Sir," Officer French-Baker said in greeting.  "We had a domestic assault reported?"
Shaye sent the officer a bland smile.  "I'm sorry you were called," he said.  "It was just a slight misunderstanding.  My ex's son surprised my fiance when he came over so early.  No harm done."

Officer French-Baker rocked back on his heels.  "Are you saying there was no assault?" he asked.

Shaye nodded. "That's right. He just needed to vent."

French-Baker glanced between Kelli and Shaye, noting the fiance's tight-lipped smile.  He nodded towards the teen on the couch.  "This him?"

Rio stood and faced the officer.  He was in for it now...

Rio slipped into the police car in the passenger seat.  "Are you arresting me?" he asked nervously.  His mom was going to flip her lid. 

Officer French-Baker shook his head with a smile as he reached for the coffee cup.  He took a swig and grimaced. "Ugh. It's cold." Sighing, he faced Rio.  "No, I'm just going to take you home. Mr. Albright said that your mother or aunt should be at home right now."

Rio nodded.  Oh God, Tia Haley was going to be so mad at him!  He swallowed.  "Are you sure you can't just arrest me?" he asked nervously, attempting a lame joke.

The officer didn't even crack a smile.  "Believe me, you'd rather face your mom than go to jail, kid."

Rio worried his lip.  He wasn't so sure about that...

"Buckle up," the officer said as he put the car in drive.

A short drive later...

Haley had never been so worried.  She'd tried to call Shaye to see if Rio went over there, but his line was busy.  Frustrated, she'd collapsed on the couch and worried until Mittens jumped into her lap.  "He's okay," she said outloud, trying to reassure herself.

When the doorbell rang, she jumped up and rushed to the door. 
"Oh thank God!" she sighed when she saw Rio.

"Ma'am," the officer said, touching his finger to his cap.  "There was a bit of a misunderstanding at the Albright household. Are you his mother?"

Haley's stomach flipped.  "Oh, Rio! What did you do?" she asked in horror.

"Ma'am?" The officer pressed. 

Haley glanced back at the officer and shook her head.  "No, I'm his..." she hesitated.  "I'm his aunt. Haley Black-Wolff."

Officer French-Baker nodded. "Mr. Albright assures me that there was no need to file any charges. His fiance was just a little jumpy when Mr. Vasquez got excited. I'll leave him with you."

"Thank you, sir," Haley said, watching the officer leave.
"Oh, Rio.." she said softly when they were alone.  "What did you do?"

Rio hung his head, shrugging.  Tears brimmed in his eyes again as he pressed his lips together in a thin line. 
"I love you!" Haley said, pulling him into her arms for a fierce hug, squeezing her eyes shut against the tears gathering.  "I was so worried!"
She leaned back and wiped at her eyes.  "You are so grounded!  Get inside!" she said, pointing to the door.

Rio nodded meekly and headed inside up to his room.
Rio sat in his room and brooded.  He felt like such a tool for crying on Shaye.  And for attacking him.  It made it hard to stay mad at him. And if he wasn't mad at Shaye, then who was he mad at?

"I'm not going to lie," Rose said, throwing the filing on the table.  "It doesn't look good. He's asked for an emergency hearing to be held to determine whether you are fit to have Shayla.  For God's sake, Rachel! You've got to pull yourself together! You went to his house drunk? What were you thinking? You're lucky he didn't call and report you to the police!"
"I thought that everything would go away if we could just be a couple again!" Rachel snapped angrily, waving her hands around.  "But that blonde bimbo has sunk her claws in him!"  She paused, her shoulders slumping with defeat.  "Can he do this? Can he keep her away from me?" she asked.
Rose sighed and leaned back in her chair.  "It's not going to be easy and you might be required to take some parenting classes with supervised visitation. But, I'm going to work hard to keep the part-time custody.  Are you willing to do whatever it takes?" Rose asked sternly, reaching for her pen.

Rachel hesitated a moment and then nodded. "Yes, I am. I don't want to lose my daughter."

Haley was working on her plans a short while later when she heard the doorbell ring.  Her stomach flipped.  What else could go wrong? she worried.  Perhaps Shaye had changed his mind about filing charges against Rio.  Maybe it was CPS coming to investigate.  
 She took a deep breath, trying to calm her worries as she hurried to answer the door.
 She opened the door and stared in shock for a moment.
Then a large smile broke across her face.  "Oh my gosh!" she exclaimed.
"Are you just going to stand there and stare?" Johnny asked with a smile.  He'd come straight over after his flight landed and he was exhausted.  But when he saw Haley, his exhaustion and heartache disappeared in an instant.
Then she was in his arms, hugging him tightly. 


Johnny followed Haley in, feeling more peaceful now than he had in the last few years.  Now that his undercover case was finished, he was ready to put his past behind him and work on his future. With Haley.

"You got here fast," Haley was saying as she led him inside, assuming he'd come to town to support his sister, Rachel.

"What happened? I didn't get a call," Johnny said with concern.  He shouldn't have left for so long, but he'd been stuck undercover for longer than he'd expected.  But although he'd shut down Big Louie's criminal operations, he had no doubt that another would pop up in its' place. 
Haley turned back towards Johnny in surprise. "But you're here!" she said.  "Why did you come if she didn't tell you about Shaye?"
"I came here for you," he told her. 

Haley stared for a moment, her mind completely blank.  He was here for her?  Her knees felt a little weak when he took a step closer, his gaze holding steady with hers.  She inhaled unevenly and caught a whiff of his aftershave.  He was going to kiss her...

When her phone rang, the moment was broken.  "I should get that. It might be important," she whispered softly.
 "Hello?" she asked breathlessly.
Hearing the voice on the other end of the line sent a burst of shame through her.  She shifted guiltily.  "No, Alan, tonight's not a good night," she said, unable to meet Johnny's gaze now.  "No, there's just been a family emergency.  No!" she half-shouted.  "No, you don't have to come over," she said more calmly, glancing up at Johnny finally.
Johnny rubbed the back of his neck as Haley spoke to Alan, whoever the hell he was.  It was clear from the look on her face that she was involved with someone else.  Son of a bitch, what shitty timing!

"Yes, I'll call you later. Goodnight." She ended her phone call quietly.
Johnny blew out a deep breath.  "So, what now?" he asked.

*AN:  Oh my gosh! Johnny just happened to come over for a visit when Rachel and Maritza were away from the house!  *swoon*   Now Haley is going to have to choose!


  1. You are so mean to poor Rio. And he'd rather live with Shaye than his mum; ouch. But maybe Rachel will take some responsibility now... Nah, she'd probably end up with another bad plan.

    Oh, so now Johnny shows up after Haley's started seeing Alan? Which of the hotties will she choose? Quite a luxuryproblem for her

    1. I know! Poor Rio! There's good stuff coming for him! :)

      And Rachel has another plan! It's a doozy!

      Johnny autonomously came by for a visit dressed up nicely. I couldn't turn him away and tell him it wasn't time to come back yet! Lol. And then Alan autonomously called her while they were talking. Oh! I loved it! It was too delicious!

      Yes, poor Haley, which hottie will she pick? The one she's lusted after since high school or the one she hasn't been dating long? ;)


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  2. :'( Poor Rio. Shaye's the only 'dad' he's ever known and then there's that request. :( I really hope Rachel is able to turn things around for both of her kids. Fast. And the right way this time, not with another cockamamie scheme. But if even the lawyer doesn't think it looks too good... *sigh.

    Johnny!!! About time he shut down Big Louie! Yay! I'd worried he'd be stuck there forever. But another case might come up?

    And now for Haley. What's a girl supposed to do? :D

  3. Omg! that's all I got to say! So much drama, I love it!
    I hope she picks Johnny, If she's gushing over him like she is, She could never feel comfortable with Alan if Johnny is in the room.

  4. I don't think that Shaye is doing the wrong thing, it's just unfortunate that it has come to this. I wonder if he would push for full custody if it weren't for his *lovely* fiance. Pardon me, but what a bitch! She's already calling the police seconds after she sees Rio. And he's breaking down in tears.

    Haley has got to go for Johnny, as long as he explains his absence.

  5. Johnny! How great to see him again! So he escaped the warehouse asylum eventually :D

    Of course I'm inclined to root for Johnny, but Alan has been really nice so far, hasn't he? Aaah, the suspense! Must. keep. reading. :D