He decided to cover for him...
"Just watching the game," Jason said, glancing at him. "Wanna join?"
Johnny settled back on the couch. "Sure, who's playing?"
"Llamas vs. Gnomes," Jason said, turning his gaze back to the game. "Gnomes are up by 5 points."
Johnny made a face. "Come on Llamas!" he said, concentrating on the game and rooting for his team.
Johnny chuckled. "You can't live in Bridgeport and not root for the Llamas!"
Jason scowled. "Well, we're not in Bridgeport!"
"Hmph!" Jason said, sitting back in his seat and facing forward to watch the game.
Something's not right, Johnny thought, turning to face Jason. "Where's Rio?" he questioned the kid.
Jason turned scarlet red. "Uh... I don't know..."
"Jason..." Johnny pressed with a no-nonsense stare.
Jason caved. "I don't think he came home last night..." he admitted in a small voice.
Johnny squeezed his eyes shut and prayed for patience. "And you're just telling us now?!" he demanded. "Christ!" Quickly, he jumped up and pulled his phone out.
"Yeah... I'm ready," he said, steeling himself for the coming scene. I'm eighteen now, he reminded himself. I can make my own decisions...
"Tia?" Rio said, opening the door with Nadine on his heels. He looked between his tia and tio cautiously, noticing that they were panicked and making phone calls. Probably not a good sign...
Rio shifted nervously. "Err..."
He glanced back at Nadine with a stricken look.
It was then that Haley noticed the golden ring on Nadine's finger.
Rio noticed where Haley's gaze was stuck and hurried on, "We just came from City Hall. We're married." He reached for Nadine's hand again and squeezed. "No one will keep us apart ever again."
"Never," Nadine agreed, squeezing his hand back and grinning happily.
Rio chewed his lip while he waited for Haley or Johnny to yell. "Well... say something!" he said nervously. "But, it doesn't matter what you say! We thought it all out last night. I'm enlisting in the military and Nadine's going to stay home and raise the baby and they have family housing near the base where we can all stay."
Haley felt tears welling in her eyes. Rio was going to have a baby and he was moving out. Reaching up, she cupped his cheek. "It feels like just yesterday you were a little boy," she said sadly. But he wasn't a little boy anymore. Truth be told, he'd been forced to grow up long before now.
Rio met Haley's gaze, slayed by the tears he saw in her eyes. She was as close to a mom as he had ever had. "Tell me you're happy for us. Tell me we're going to be fine," he said, anxious and worried. Despite his assertions that he was 18 and now an adult, he was still scared spitless. And if Haley didn't think he could do this on his own...
"I am so happy for you," she told him, knowing what he needed. "And you're going to be fine." It wouldn't be easy for the kids, but they genuinely loved each other and she knew that Rio would be a steady rock for both Nadine and their baby. "You're going to be absolutely fine!"
Taking a deep breath, Rio stepped back and wiped at his eyes. "I should go tell Jason..." he said, glancing towards the stairs. "Is he upstairs?"
Rio held his arms out plaintively. "Those are kids' dreams, Jas."
Rio shook his head. "No, I want to have a normal family. I want my kid to know his mom and his dad. I don't want to raise him like we were raised!"
Jason shook his head. "I can't believe you're just gonna leave."
"Whatever." Jason shrugged, looking away from Rio.
Now everything was going to be different, he sulked.
Jason turned further away from his mom, giving her his back. "No," he snapped.
"If he wanted our help, then he should've stayed here," Jason said angrily. "He just couldn't wait to leave!"
"NO!" Jason squeaked, rolling his shoulder away from his mom's touch. "God, Mom!" His cheeks and tips of his ears burned bright red. He couldn't believe his mom was asking him about sex. "Geez!"
Haley pulled her hand back and sighed. "Okay. Well, we can talk later," she said, standing.
Johnny smothered his chuckle. "Good. I don't want to talk to you about sex either," he told Jason.
Jason rolled his eyes and threw himself back on the bed, pouting.
Jason scowled at Johnny. "Fine," he said grudgingly. "I need to practice anyway." But he wasn't going to enjoy it.
"Hell yeah, Jas!" Johnny said. "You're going to have all the scouts looking at you senior year!"
Jason grinned, catching the ball and throwing it back to Johnny, making sure to toss it as hard as he could. See, Rio, he thought. It wasn't just a kid's dream! He was going to be a superstar!