Sally had cried when she told him she couldn't come up anymore for overnight visits, even with her sister's supervision.
Walter felt bad. He cared about Sally, but it was getting harder and harder to keep on with a long distance relationship. Not that he'd met anyone else. No one else really appealed to him.
"What's wrong?" he'd asked.
She told him about how she got off the phone with her little sister and that it was so hard not to be with them. "It was just a horrible day," she told him. "My mom got really sick and died that afternoon and the social worker didn't even care! She just took my little sister & baby brother away. The stress of it all was too much and my Dad died a few days later. And now I have no one. You're so lucky to have family," she sniffled.
Walter was shocked and felt a little guilty. He was pretty lucky to have a great family. Sure, his family had their own problems, but in the past few months, they'd really started to overcome a lot of the issues. Hazel and Mom were not only on speaking terms, but starting to get a long a lot better. And he was lucky to have had a sister that didn't tell on him.
"I was really mean to my sister growing up," he confessed. "She and my Mom had issues and I always took my Mom's side. That, and I knew that Mom would always believe me over Hazel, so I lied and made stuff up."
Lisa had shook her head and frowned. He hurried on, worried he seemed like a jerk to her now, "But, I see what you're saying. I took them for granted. And that sucks."
Lisa just nodded.
Lisa sighed. "No, I just... I feel guilty being here while they're back at home at a foster home. I need to get home and take care of them."
Walter patted her hand. "You'll be more help to them when you have a degree and can get a better paying job."
When their hands touched, there seemed to be sparks fly between them. Walter pulled his hand back met her eyes.
Her mouth had dropped open and he felt an overwhelming urge to lean forward and kiss her.
"Phone for Walter Reed!" somebody called out the window.
Walter stood up quickly and went to get the phone.
Brandi had punched him hard in the shoulder the third time he avoided Sally's phone call. "That's my little sister," she protested.
Walter held his hands out. "I know.. but I don't want to lead her on," he confessed.
Brandi sighed. "I know that. That's why I didn't punch your face," she'd warned as she turned to go to class.
"Thanks," Lisa said. "I was kind of worried about this semester."
"Oh, you shouldn't be. You're so smart."
Lisa had smiled and looked in his eyes. She cupped his cheek and said, "You've always been so supportive of me, Walter. It's really meant a lot to me."
Walter grinned as she went inside. Now it was time to take things a step further. He jogged to catch up with her in the common area and called out, "Hey Lisa!"
Turning around, Lisa waited for him. "What's up?" she asked.
Walter felt the floor opening up underneath him. "What do you mean?"
Lisa gave him a half-smile. "Well, I know I've made it this far, but I just feel like my priorities have changed so much! I don't have the luxury of spending more time here learning, I've thought about it a lot. I need to go home and get my family back."
Walter could only stare as she packed her bags up and called the taxi to take her back to Paradise Bay. His dreams were dashed in a matter of seconds.
Walter just grunted and kept working on his term paper.
Brandi had finally given up and gone to do her homework.
"Wow, I didn't know this place was up here!" he said as he walked upstairs to a small furnace room.
Regina smiled. "Only the cool kids know."
Walter sighed and snapped his fingers. "Darn! So does that mean I can't come up here?"
Regina giggled. "I don't know, you look pretty cool to me."
"Oh come on. Don't be modest! You're the star soccer player & you're dead sexy!"
"You think I'm sexy?" he asked, surprised.
"Now you're just playing with me," she teased.
"No! No... tell me more. It's not every day a beautiful lady tells me how hot I am!"
"Well," Regina flirted, "You have amazing muscles... and... oh come on... you know how hot you are!"
"It sounds wonderful," Regina replied as she gushed over the ring. "You're wonderful!"