Alissa: Chapter Ninety-Nine

Screenshot-2272The Stallworths flew to Bridgeport the following day after Sharlee got out of school.  They had intended to leave Joy at home with Kay and Matthew, but she seemed to sense that they would be gone for a couple of days.   She kept asking to be taken with them and so Dale said why not. 

“Since she wants to go, let’s just take her with us.”  

Alissa had agreed.  They were staying with Miki, and she and Jamil would love to see Joy too.

Screenshot-2269Miki and Jamil were eager to hear how Sharlee was doing.  She was growing up so quickly.

Screenshot-2270Joy had fallen asleep.  “Dale why don’t you and Joy stay with Miki and Jamil while Sharlee and I go over to Noah’s place.”

Not knowing the whole story, Dale agreed.   Alissa borrowed Miki’s car and she and Sharlee went to the house.  

Screenshot-2237Noah was watching for them.   He’d told his mother that the Stallworths were coming to town and that Alissa wanted to see her.   She hadn’t asked him how he knew that, but she had agreed to Alissa’s visit.

Sharlee and Alissa entered the livingroom and Melina’s eyes widened when she saw that Alissa was pregnant again.   She had wanted to have more children, but Will had not wanted any at all.  Now Alissa would have five!

“When are you due?”

“In a couple of weeks.”

Melina looked at Sharlee.   Noah was in the room too.  She had the feeling that this visit had been planned.   Which meant that Noah had somehow still remained in contact with Sharlee.

Screenshot-2238“Oh, where are my manners!   Please sit down.”  

They sat on the sofa.

Screenshot-2233“I’ve got coffee made, but since you’re pregnant would you rather have some juice Alissa?”

“Water will be fine, thank you.”

“Noah would you get that for her, and anything for you Sharlee?”

“No, but thank you.”

Noah went into the kitchen to get the drinks.   He was dying to kiss Sharlee, but he knew he’d better not yet.  He knew that she was feeling the same way.

Screenshot-2232He brought the water back to Alissa and looked at Sharlee.

Screenshot-2235“Noah and Sharlee,  I’d really like to speak with Melina alone for a while.”

Screenshot-2236“Oh, sure Mrs. Stallworth.   Sharlee lets go into the other room.”

Screenshot-2239As soon as they were in the other room, Noah was holding Sharlee.   “I know we’ve talked on the phone, but how have you really been?”

Noah  had called her and told her all about Will before she and her parents had left Santa Fe. 

Screenshot-2240“Noah, I.., you amaze me!  Even with all that’s happening with your family right now, you’re still worried about me.”

Screenshot-2242“Well, I’m used to problems in my family, but even so, I always worry about you.”

Screenshot-2244Sharlee felt so deeply touched that she pulled his head down to hers and pressed her lips against his. 

Screenshot-2245Then he hugged her tightly.

Screenshot-2210Melina looked at Alissa curiously.

She asked her, “What is this about?”

“Melina, I don’t talk a lot about my background, and I don’t know if you’re familiar with it.”

“Well I know a little bit.   You grew up in foster care and you didn’t know your father until after you were an adult.  What difference does it make?”

Screenshot-2209“There are some things that I don’t think you know that we have in common.   While it is true that I was in foster care for most of my childhood, I became an emancipated minor when I was sixteen.  I moved here to Bridgeport at that time.   I met Bronson Littler and got pregnant.   When he found out that I was pregnant, he wanted nothing else to do with me and neither did his family.  At seventeen, I was alone and pregnant, but then I met Dale.   He’s been there for me ever since.”

“I didn’t know that.  I mean I knew that Bronson was Sharlee’s father, but I didn’t know all of the details.   At least I was an adult when I became pregnant with Noah.   I can’t imagine how it must have been for you at such a young age.”

“I just wanted you to know that I understand how you felt when your family and Noah’s father rejected you after you became pregnant.”

Melina didn’t say anything.

Screenshot-2217“When you become pregnant and you’re all alone, you love your baby, but I know that there are also some women who feel resentment toward their child.”

Melina still didn’t speak, and she didn’t meet Alissa’s eyes.

Alissa continued.   “I know those mothers probably hate themselves for feeling that way, but after a certain point they have to realize that they can’t blame their child for the choices they made that caused them to become pregnant.  You see for me, it was different.   I’d never had a loving family, and so even though the circumstances were not the best, I was overjoyed to have Sharlee.   She was my family.   She was a little piece of me that I could love, and who would love me.”

Screenshot-2213Alissa looked at her and tried to find the right words, and then she started back speaking.

“For you Melina, Noah’s birth meant separation from the family that you had loved and that had always cared for you.  Rejection from the man who you had loved and thought loved you.  So I can understand how you felt, but by now Melina you should have realized that you have another family, and Noah should be the primary part of that family.”

Screenshot-2220Melina had tears in her eyes.   “Yes, I understand what you are saying.   I know that I haven’t always done the best for Noah or treated him the way in which I should have,the way he deserved to be treated.   When he was small, it was easier, but after he grew up it was as though he represented the biggest mistake in my life!  Then he wouldn’t obey me.  I know that somehow he knew how I really felt about him.  When he ran away I never even looked for him.   Friends in town who saw him would tell me what he was up to, thinking that I wanted to know, but I didn’t want to know what he was doing.   I know how awful it makes me seem, but I just can’t seem to love him.  I actually told him how I feel about him.   I told him that he was the biggest mistake of my life.  I apologized afterwards, but he didn’t even seem to care.”

Screenshot-2224Alissa was horrified that Melina had said such a cruel thing to her son.  She hadn’t realized how bad things really were.   “Melina, even if you feel that way, you can’t keep punishing Noah for your mistake.   He deserves better than that.  You chose to bring him into this world.   Didn’t you have boyfriends when you were growing up?”

“Yes, I had a couple of boyfriends, but I also had very strict, religious parents.”

“Oh.  Even though they were strict, they still allowed you to date?”

Screenshot-2222Melina sighed, knowing where this was leading.  “Yes, but I wasn’t on probation like Noah is.”

Screenshot-2223“Noah is seventeen years old, Melina.   He’s not a little boy anymore.  He’s a young man.  It’s perfectly normal and natural for him to have a girlfriend of his own choice.”

“Don’t you feel the least bit uneasy about how serious Noah and Sharlee are about each other?  You think that’s normal?”

“It’s unusual, but I also think it’s special.   It’s wonderful and unique when you find that other person who you connect with, the person who completes you, your soulmate.  It rarely happens and it’s especially unusual at their age.”

“So you think that is what they are to each other?

Screenshot-2227“Don’t you?   Could it be that you’re jealous of that?   Why should Noah be so happy and you’re not?” 

Alissa stopped speaking for a few moments.   Then she said,  “Melina deep down, you know that Will is being unfaithful.”

Screenshot-2225Melina closed her eyes in pain.   Then she said in a strangled voice,  “Yeah, I know.”

Alissa told her,  “I’m sure that there are other people who know it too.   These things have a way of being revealed.  They don’t remain hidden forever.”

“I’ve known, but I haven’t cared enough to do anything about it.   I guess I have to now.  The sad thing is that I really do love Will and I know that he loved me too.   Maybe he still does, but I’ve pushed him away, just like I did Noah.”

Melina was crying.

Screenshot-2228Alissa stood up.  “Melina, if you ever want to talk, please don’t hesitate to call me.  Can I tell Sharlee and Noah that you’ve given your permission for them to see each other?”

Melina answered.  “Whether I give it or not, they will still do it.”

“That’s because of how much they care about each other.”

Screenshot-2229Melina snapped out, “Yeah, they can see each other.   Noah can have his phone back too.   I just don’t care anymore.”

Alissa felt sorry for her up to a certain point, but she felt that Melina’s cold treatment of Noah was inexcusable.   They heard Will’s car drive up.   “Would you like me to take Noah with me?”

“He can’t leave now.   His curfew time is too close.   I’ll send Noah out to the garage.  It’s his favorite spot in the house.   Then I can talk with Will.”

Screenshot-2230“Okay.   I’m really sorry, Melina.”

Alissa called Sharlee and they went back to Miki’s place.   Melina had Noah go out to the garage.

Screenshot-2265“Well that was a surprise!  Alissa’s pregnant again.”

Screenshot-2251Melina just looked at him.   “For starters Will, I want you to tell me why.”

Screenshot-2260Will looked at her blankly.   Then something in her eyes told him what she was talking about, his affair or affairs.

“You answer something for me first.   Do you care because of the embarrassment or because you care about me?”

Screenshot-2250Melina thought about his question.   She realized that she still cared about him.  “Will, I know that I haven’t been easy to live with.   I guess that I’m more like my parents than I realized, but I have never stopped loving you.   So I care for both reasons.”

Screenshot-2258Will hadn’t expected her to say that.   It had literally been years since she’d told him that she loved him, and he couldn’t remember the last time they had made love.

Screenshot-2266“But at the same time, I am absolutely furious with you!”

Screenshot-2247“Melina, I honestly didn’t believe that you would even care.   We’ve been like roommates for such a long time now.   I didn’t do it to hurt you.   I was lonely.”

“Do you love her, Will?”

Will felt a little relief.   She only knew about one woman.  “Of course I don’t love her.   I still love you Melina.”

Screenshot-2256Melina looked into his eyes trying to judge if he meant what he said or if he was just saying what he thought she wanted to hear.   She realized that she didn’t know. 

Screenshot-2267“Melina, I know that it will be hard for me to regain your trust.   I think that we should go for marriage counseling.”

“I think that would be best.”

Screenshot-2257He moved to hug her and Melina backed away.   “I’m not ready for that, Will.  I’ll find a counselor for us.”

After that, Melina and Will worked on their marriage.  They stayed together, but Will still strayed from time to time.   Melina never knew.

Melina and Noah didn’t become any closer.   Noah hadn’t expected it anyway.   He had no illusions about his mother’s feelings toward him.   She did however, give him more freedom.   He was able to talk with Sharlee whenever he wanted, and when she was able to visit Bridgeport they were allowed to spend time together.

Screenshot-2281A few days before her due date, Alissa went into labor and little Aiden Stallworth was welcomed into the family.

Screenshot-2335Sharlee, David and Isabel were in the library at school, talking quietly.   

Sharlee asked, “Do you have a date for the prom yet, Isabel?”

“Yes, I decided to go with Nicholas.  What about you?”

“I’m not going.”

Isabel and David were shocked.   “Not going?”

Screenshot-2339“Yeah, with his probation terms, Noah can’t leave Bridgeport, and so I’m just going to stay home that night.”

Screenshot-2336“I’m sure other guys have asked you to go with them.”

“Yes, but I told them no, and I don’t want to go stag either.”

Screenshot-2337“Well, I haven’t asked anyone yet.   Why don’t you go with me Sharlee?”

Screenshot-2338“Thanks anyway, David.  It’s sweet of you to ask me, but I’m just not going.   I have to head to my locker before my next class.   I’ll talk with you guys later.”

Sharlee left the table, and David and Isabel continued to sit there and talk.

Later that afternoon, Alissa received a telephone call from Isabel.   She was shocked to hear that Sharlee wasn’t going to the prom.   She guessed why and then went to talk with Dale about an idea that came to her while she was talking with Isabel.

Screenshot-2310When Sharlee arrived home, Alissa went to her room for a talk.  “Sharlee your prom is coming up soon.  Don’t we need to go shopping for a dress?”

Screenshot-2321“I’m not going, Mom.”

Screenshot-2316“Sharlee, this is your senior Prom.   It’s an event that will never happen again.  It’s something that you will always remember.  I was pregnant with you, and I still went to mine.   I went with a friend.  You need to go!”

Screenshot-2322It wasn’t important to Sharlee, but she could see that it was important to her mother.

“Alright Mom.  I’ll go.”

She called David and told him that if he still wanted to take her she would like to go with him.   He had become a good friend and had finally accepted the fact that a friend was all he could be for Sharlee.  Besides, he would be going to college soon and there would be plenty of girls to meet there.

Screenshot-2323Sharlee, Cara and Alissa went shopping for her dress.   They went to several dress shops and then to the mall.   Sharlee just didn’t seem to be into it.   They stopped at a cafe. 

Screenshot-2325Finally Alissa suggested,  “Why don’t you look for something that you think Noah would like to see you wear?”

Screenshot-2326Sharlee smiled and laughed at her mother.   “Trying to use psychology on me?”

Screenshot-2330Alissa smiled too.   “Whatever works.”

Screenshot-2331Sharlee did show more interest.  

Screenshot-2333Eventually, they found a lovely gown with matching accessories for her to wear.

Screenshot-2283It was the night of the prom and Sharlee danced a few dances with David and with others.  

Screenshot-2286Then after a while she went out to the patio, hoping that no one would bother her.    She was missing Noah worse than ever.   Because it was senior year, she was really busy with  school, and so was he.   She hadn’t been able to visit as much as she had before.  It had been months since she had seen him.   Talking on the phone was just not enough anymore.

Screenshot-2287Sharlee heard someone come out onto the patio and stop behind her.  She assumed it was someone else wanting to ask her to dance.

“I’m sorry, but I really don’t feel like dancing.”

“What, not even one dance?”

Screenshot-2288Sharlee immediately recognized the voice and turned around in shock.    “Noah, what are you doing here?   What about your probation?”

Screenshot-2290“Mr. Thorne was able to arrange a weekend furlough for me because of my good behavior.   Your Grandfather accepted responsibility for me, and so I’m staying with him.  It was your mother’s idea.  Wow, you look amazing!”

Screenshot-2291Sharlee smiled and threw her arms around his neck and kissed him.   “Thank you so much for coming!”

Screenshot-2292Noah gave her another quick kiss.  

Screenshot-2293Then he took her hand.  “We’d better get back inside before the chaperones come hunting.   I have to toe the line.”

Screenshot-2295“Yeah, I’m so glad that your probation will be up in just a couple of months.”

Screenshot-2296“I can’t wait.  I’ll be eighteen and I can move out of my parent’s house.”

“Have you decided what you’re going to do after that?”

“I have some plans.”

Screenshot-2298They went back inside.  They spent the rest of the evening, dancing and talking.   Sharlee found out that David and Isabel had known all about the surprise too.  

Screenshot-2301Isabel won homecoming queen, and even though they were not really a couple,  Sharlee and David won for cutest couple.   Noah didn’t like that very much, but Sharlee assured him that it was only because she and David had come to the prom together.   

Screenshot-2309Sharlee asked the yearbook photographer to take a couple of pictures of her and Noah together.   She planned to have a copy made for Noah too.  When the prom was over, Noah had to go straight back to Matthew’s house and Sharlee went with him.

Screenshot-2303They stayed up late that night talking and snuggling. 

Screenshot-2302Until they both fell asleep cuddling together on the couch.   The next day they went to the arcade.  Noah had to fly back home that evening.

Screenshot-2308Alissa was right.  Sharlee would always remember her prom.  It had turned out to be very special to her.

28 thoughts on “Alissa: Chapter Ninety-Nine

  1. OMG I just love Noah and Sharlee together they are just so good together.
    I’m happy Alissa got to some what work things with Melina I still feel bad for her tho .
    Will need to stop and be real with Melina she trying hard to make thing work with them.
    I think its soo sweet that every one was in on the secret Noah and Sharlee is lucky to have such great people in there lives good for them.

    BABY AIDAN YAY I bet he going to a little looker wen he grow up.
    so hyped for next chapter 🙂

    • They are a really sweet couple. 🙂

      Yeah, Alissa did try to reason with Melina. Even though Melina’s feelings toward Noah didn’t change, at least now she is treating him better.

      That was a nice surprise for Sharlee! Her family and friends love her a lot.

      Isn’t little Aiden so cute! 😀
      I aged him in CAS after I saved the game when he was born. He looks like Dale! I am so happy!

      Thank you for reading, Monae! I have a lot to set up for the next chapter, but I’ve already started. 🙂

  2. well the end was just so cute. and YAY Shawn finally got his brother. poor guy was feeling left out there. I always figured that Melina was jealous of Noah being happy and having something good in his life since hers was so terrible. He only has a few more months until he can move back to Sharlee. I see wedding bells soon.

    • I had fun with this chapter. 😀

      Yeah, Shawn got his brother.
      I’ve really neglected him and Cara in the story, but soon they will be in it more.

      You were right about Melina, but at least she is giving him more freedom now.

      Noah will be so glad to move out of his parents house. Wedding bells? 😯

      Thanks for reading, Jaz! 🙂

  3. Melina’s a sad, unforgivable lady. Alissa was too kind to her. No matter what the circumstances, she was terrible to Noah and I don’t think that will change. Maybe has Noah been Noelle, it would have been better for her. Maybe the boy just reminds her of the father. Ah well. Soon he will be out of the house hurray! The prom ended cute. I was worried there about David taking her.

    • Yeah, the way she treats Noah is unforgivable, and you’re probably right, Zhip. 😦
      If he’d been Noelle instead of a boy, she might have felt differently.
      I’m sure he does remind her of his father.

      Yeah, David has become just a good friend.
      I thought that she could use a good guy friend too, and I really like David.

      Thanks for reading Zhip! 🙂

      Chapter ONE HUNDRED is next! 😀
      I can’t believe I’ve made it this far!

  4. Wow, amazing chapter and I loved that Noah got to come to Sharlee’s prom. Yes, I see wedding bells in the future too. I am glad Alissa went and spoke with Noah’s mom. I was hoping for more but am glad she loosened up a bit. I was afraid maybe you were ending the story with all the progression so am very happy to see there will be more.

    • Thanks Whitney! 🙂

      It was a really nice surprise for her.

      Noah did need help with his mother, and she is treating him a little bit better now.
      Yeah, I have a lot more chapters already written. 😀

      I have a lot to set up for the next chapter.
      I need the distraction of Alissa, and so I’ve already started working on getting my save file ready for the pictures.

      Thank you so much for sticking with the story, Whitney! 🙂

  5. I kind of understand where Melina is coming from, but I still hate her. Will is a huge douche bag, Aiden is adorable, and Sharlee and Noah are amazing together, I’m waiting for a wedding and a baby out of those two. Cannot wait for the next chapter.

    • Yeah, you do have to feel a little bit for her, but there is no excuse for not loving Noah. 😦

      Douche is the perfect word for Will!

      Aiden is a cutey. I love Noah and Sharlee together too! 🙂

      I’ve already started getting things ready for the pictures in the next chapter. 😀

      Thanks for reading and for your feedback, Erica! 🙂

  6. Oh my gosh! That prom was beautiful, Noah and Sharlee are so adorable together! It always makes me teary when they see each other.
    I’m so glad Alissa managed to talk to Melina but it doesn’t seem to have made any difference.
    Noah’s better off without his parents, they both have issues. I hope Noah’s plans are to live near Sharlee:)
    I’m so happy Alissa and Dale got their boy:) Shaun is gonna love him:)
    Great chapter:D

    • Thanks Clairey! I wanted her prom to be nice. I think they are one of my favorite couples!

      Yeah, Alissa did try for Noah’s sake, but you’re right. Melina didn’t change her feelings for Noah.
      He really is better off without them.

      Aiden is so cute. He looks like Dale! 😀

      Thanks for reading Clairey! 🙂

  7. I love your story! It is amazing. I have read every chapter from the start.
    I can’t wait to see what is going to happen with Sharlee and Noah! They make such a cute couple.
    Great Chapter!

    • Thank you so much, Jess! 🙂 I’m really happy that you like Alissa that much!

      Aren’t they the cutest couple! 😀

      Thanks for reading my story and for leaving feedback. 🙂

  8. Wow is Melina so cold! I thought she was actually gonna change but nope, she’s still a wicked witch!
    Aww, I almost cried when Noah surprise Sharlee at the prom! I can’t wait for him to get off probation!
    Baby Aiden is real cute! Can’t wait to watch him grow!
    CHAPTER 100 IS NEXT OMFG JUST THE OTHER DAY IT WAS CHAPTER 1 EEP! Sorry, I got a bit too excited.
    Thanks for the chapter!

    • She really is cold! Wicked witch is a great description of her. 😡

      I’m glad you thought it was a nice surprise too!

      I have a soft spot for Aiden now, because he looks so much like Dale. 😀

      Yay! We made it to 100! I’m excited too! 😀 There will a poll coming up soon. 😉

      You are very welcome Anaiah and thanks for continuing to read the story! 🙂

    • Thanks for reading Alissa, Milia!
      I’m glad you’re enjoying it! 🙂

      I’ve already done a lot of the pictures for the next chapter.
      I’m hoping to release it earlier than usual, because there will be a poll.

  9. I think Alissa missed her calling. She should have been a therapist and or a psychologist. I like the way she handled the whole things with Noah’s mom. But I can’t say I like Noah’s mom now that I know her past, the way she treated her son is unforgivable.

    I loved Noah surprising Sharlee. I think she needed that, prom night would not have been the same without him.

    I’m having a great time catching up!

    • LOL, Val! It’s funny you said that because I found an employment mod for psychology and I have it installed in my game!

      Yeah, she is really trying hard with Noah’s mother, but it doesn’t seem to be really effecting her feelings for Noah.
      You are so right, it is unforgivable!

      He really made her prom special for her! 😀

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying it! That means a lot to me! 🙂

  10. Happy Birthday Aiden! I haven’t been reading much I had other plans for the holidays but im back! Health and Happiness!
    Awww , Sharlee and Noah are back together and at the prom. Once again great chapter I hope im not obsessed 0-0

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