\Cory smiled, “Then I’ll come.” he grinned and ran his fingers through her hair, “Well don’t stress yourself out anymore babe. Everything is going to work out, I promise.” He pressed a few more kisses to her forehead which earned smiles from the tiny brunette. “Yeah, it is a lot but, we’ll get through this together. Don’t apologize, I’m just glad you finally told me.” He cuddled her close and sighed, he couldn’t believe she’d gone through all of that at the age of 15. He really hoped everything would work out and who knows, maybe they’d get to bring Addie to LA and raise her together.
Lea pondered for a few minutes on whether or not to tell him about the father of Addie and what he had done when he found out that Lea was pregnant.Thinking back for a minute, Lea recalled the last conversation she had with him. She had told him that she was pregnant and he got up, disgusted with her and he never spoke to her again. It wasn’t something she wanted to tell Cory, considering he’d probably want to go find him and kill him for leaving her like that.
Cory rubbed Lea’s back and offered her a smile, “It might be hard for her to understand right away but, she’ll eventually understand that you wanted to give her a better life by giving her a mom and a dad to raise her.” He kissed Lea’s cheek and spoke again, “Do you want me to come with you to meet her or do you think that’ll freak her out?” he asked. Cory wanted to support Lea and be there to make things easier for her but, he didn’t want to freak her little girl out.
Lea nodded to Cory’s words. “I want you to come, yes. I don’t think I can do any of this alone.” she added. “She’s 12, hopefully she will understand.” Lea cuddled into Cory. “I’m so glad you understand. This has been eating at me for weeks.” reaching over to pet Sheila who was sitting on the other side of the couch, she sighed. “This is a lot, Cory. I’m sorry.” she repeated.
"I’ll get us a flight for Saturday." he replied with a smile, listening to her talk about the little girl. "That’s a nice name." he said, rubbing her hand with his thumb. He was actually really proud of her. Having a child at such a young age must’ve been so hard but, she’d done it and he was really proud of her. "It’ll probably be a lot for her to take in but, maybe we could visit her a few times and then approach her with the subject. If you want to bring her back here to raise her then, I’m behind you 100%. Although the press will have a field day with this so you’ll have to talk to your people about how to handle all of it."
Lea was shocked to hear how supportive Cory was being. Well, not really, Cory was the most supportive man on the planet and Lea felt incredibly lucky to have him. “I just hope she doesn’t hate me.” she said. “The press is going to be the worst part. I know it’s going to get out someday, though.” she admitted. When Lea was 15 and decided to give Addie up, she had a long talk with her parents about what kind of things this would entail later down the road. Of course they never thought it would be like this but it was still something she had been aware of.
Cory hated seeing Lea so upset. He could never stay mad for long, unless it was something that really bothered him. He did kind of understand why she hadn’t told him, it hadn’t really seemed like a problem when they’d gotten together and obviously not many people knew. “Let’s go back to New York this weekend. Do you need to make an appointment or something?” Cory wanted to make things right, he wasn’t sure if Lea was looking into bringing her daughter back into her life to raise her but, if that’s what she wanted Cory would support her. “Don’t be sorry, it’s alright. I understand why you wouldn’t tell me… What exactly do you want to do though?” he asked, placing another kiss on her forehead.
Lea nodded when he mentioned going to New York. “They said you can just show up.” she said, feeling better that he didn’t seem upset with her. “Her name is Addie.” she mentioned, looking up at him. “I named her.” she said, sitting up. When he asked her what she wanted to do, she shrugged. “I talked to the foster care people and they said that most people don’t want to foster children over 10. So chances are she’ll be in the system until she’s 18.” squeezing Cory’s hand, she wiped her eyes. “I just don’t know what she’s going to say when she finds out that her biological mother is only 27 and she lives in Hollywood and she’s famous?”
Cory’s initial reaction was shock but, he quickly got over it so he wouldn’t freak Lea out. The realization of the fact that there was a 12 year old girl, living in a New York orphanage that was the daughter of his girlfriend kinda freaked him out. He wasn’t really sure how to react but, when he heard Lea sniffling he immediately moved from the chair he was sitting in to the spot next to her on the couch. Cory wrapped his arms around her and pulled her close, “Hey, hey… shhh, it’s gonna be okay.” he whispered, gently rubbing her back as he held her. “I can’t say I’m not shocked because I am but, I thought we told each other everything… I mean this is kind of a big thing to leave out.” he admitted, feeling terrible about how he felt.
He didn’t want her to feel bad for not telling him but, he also didn’t want to hide how he was feeling. Cory was a very private person but, even he had told Lea some of his deepest, darkest secrets that not everyone was allowed to know. He gently kissed her cheek and sighed, “But, I’m not mad at you.” he assured her, lifting her chin up to look her in the eye. “We’ll figure this out together, okay?” he responded, giving her a reassuring smile.
Lea sniffled and was still worried about Cory’s feeling towards this. “The other day when we were in New York and I went to run errands, I tried to go see her.” she confessed. “They said that people could only visit on the weekends…” Calming down and taking a deep breath, she looked up at her boyfriend. “I’m so sorry.” she said, not saying much more. What else could she say? She wasn’t sure herself what she was going to do with her daughter. It was all such a mess and she didn’t know how to fix it and if Cory honestly felt that way.
Cory kissed the top of her head and then sat down where she instructed him to. She looked so nervous and all he wanted to do was hug her and tell her everything was going to be okay but, he didn’t even know what was going on. Cory reached out to hold one of her hands, “Hey, hey listen to me. I’m not going to leave you, no matter what.” he said, firmly kissing her hand and then putting it down again so she could continue to talk. Seeing her nervous made him nervous and he wasn’t really sure what to expect from this conversations. Whatever it was, they’d get through it together. They were a two for one package deal and there was no way he would even consider leaving her even if things got tough.
Lea took a deep breath, looking at the floor. “Well then I guess I’ll say it, huh?” she said, laughing uneasily. She took another breath and looked into his eyes briefly before settling them back onto the floor. “When I was 15, I got pregnant with my boyfriend at the time.” she admitted slowly. “And since I was about to start Spring Awakening, I decided to put her up for adoption.” she sniffled. “And now..n-now her adoptive parents died and she’s in an orphanage and I don’t know what to do. I-I’m so sorry I have never told you this…I thought it would never be an issue.”
Cory got home as quickly as he could because if he was being 100% honest, Lea’s text had really worried him. She usually texted him asking when he’d be home but, the added “I need to talk to you.” had made him nervous. They had had such a great week together promoting her album so he really had no idea what she was going to talk to him about. When he pulled into the driveway of Lea’s home that was now technically their home, he parked and turned off the car before collecting the grocery bags from the passenger seat. He made his way over to the front door, setting one of the bags down so he could let himself in.
When he got the door open, he picked up the grocery bag that had been placed on the ground and shut the door behind him with his foot. “Honey, I’m home.” he said with a chuckle, hoping a good laugh would calm his nerves. Cory made his way into the kitchen and put the bags on the counter, taking out anything that needed to be refrigerated and setting it in the fridge quickly so he could go find Lea. He could see her pacing in the living room when he approached and that sent worry through his body all over again. “Babe?” he called out, slowly making his way towards her to wrap his arms around her from behind.
Lea heard Cory come in but stayed in the living room. When he came in to hug her, she turned around to hug him back. “Sit down.” she said, sitting on the couch and pointing for him to sit down in the chair across from her. She wasn’t sure how she was going to get it out. She hated just starting out the conversation like this but she couldn’t hold it back anymore. For the past week, it had been the only thing on her mind and she hated the fact that she had held it in for so long. Jon and her parents were the only people who knew.
"Before I tell you what I need to tell you, you need to know that I’m not forcing anything on you. You can leave this relationship if this is too much." Lea stated honestly, her hands messing with the bottom of her shirt nervously. "And I just don’t want you to be mad at me, Cory." she said, her eyes fighting tears. This was such a personal subject for her and ever since she was 15, she swore that she never wanted it to get in the way of her life but this was different. She lived with guilt every day but now knowing that her daughter most likely wasn’t happy was eating her alive.
Lea had gotten through one of the busiest weeks of her life but guilt had been eating at her. All she could think about was her daughter at the orphanage in New York. When she had been in NY for her album signing, she went to see her but was told to come back another day, which Lea obviously didn’t have time for. Now she knew it was the time to tell Cory. She had a suspicion that he would be upset, but she was trying desperately to keep a positive attitude. She wasn’t really sure what they were going to do or what this would mean for their relationship, but she was hoping for the best.
Sitting on the couch and petting Sheila, Lea sent one final text to Cory and began pacing the living room, beyond nervous as to what was to come. Cory was a very private person and he didn’t open up much so she knew it would be hard to read his initial reaction. At this point she was shaking, just waiting for Cory to walk in the door.