|Hollywood Heights: Life is Beautiful
Author: Brilliant Brunette Beauty PM
3 years after the last episode, how are Eddie and Loren doing? *PLEASE REVIEW*Rated: Fiction K+ - English - Romance/Family - Chapters: 4 - Words: 5,082 - Reviews: 53 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 26 - Updated: 10-16-12 - Published: 10-07-12 - Status: Complete - id: 8590420
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A/N: Many Hollywood Heights fans were disappointed with the ending of Loren and Eddie. Well, I am here to give it the ending it deserved!
3 years after last episode...
Eddie and Loren looked down at the little bundle of joy they had brought home from the hospital that day in amazement. Nora and Max called it 'first child syndrome', a disease contracted by first time parents. They couldn't help it. She was perfect. Melody Nora Duran was surely a miracle baby.
"She's so tiny." Loren cooed. Eddie let his daughter grab onto one of his fingers, her little hand tightening around it. "She's got a heck of a grip, too." he joked. Loren held her as they examined their little girl. Eddie thought that she was a mirror image of Loren. "Haven't you looked at her enough?" they heard a voice say. Max stood at the door, Nora close behind. "Hey, Pops!" Eddie exclaimed. "Hey yourself, daddy." Max laughed. Loren gave Melody to Eddie as she greeted her mom. "Put her in her crib please, honey." she asked him. Eddie nodded.
Max followed Eddie into the nursery, unable to take his eyes off his beautiful granddaughter. "I'm so old! My son has a daughter." Max said. Eddie laughed. "Yeah, I can't disagree with that. I still can't believe it myself." He shook his head as he gently set Melody down into her crib in the soothing nursery of the new house they had just bought (A pregnant Loren insisted that they needed a more spacious home). He sighed looking at his daughter. Max could sense that Eddie had a lot on his mind. "You okay, Eddie?" he asked. Eddie simply shrugged. "I don't know. I love Melody more than anything, but..." he trailed off. "But what?" Max asked. "I don't think I can be half the father you were."
Eddie looked down at Melody, thinking about all the ways he could mess up as a dad. He was, after all, partly responsible for the person this little girl turned out to be. Max put a hand on his son's shoulder. "Son, that little girl is yours, right?" Eddie nodded. "If you love someone that much, you'll find a way. Remember, there will come a day when she has to make her own choices in life. If you instill the right values and morals in her before that time comes, she'll be just fine." Eddie turned around and looked at his dad, still young for a grandfather. His dad was the greatest father in his eyes, Melody's only grandpa.
"Thanks, Pops. How did you come up with that?" he asked. "As soon as I saw you look at her when she was born, I saw so much love in your eyes that I knew this little girl would be loved more than any little girl ever born." Max insisted. Eddie shook his head at his sentimental father. "Look at her! How can you not love her the minute you see her!" Eddie exclaimed. It was true; she was an adorable baby. Her dark hair grew in quickly, quicker than most newborns. Her hazel eyes mirrored Loren's, something Eddie was thankful for. Max agreed, "She is a cute little thing."
Loren sat down next to Nora. "So, how's the baby doing?" Nora asked casually. "She's doing great, actually. We can already see her spunky little personality coming out." Loren's eyes sparkled as she talked about her daughter. Nora laughed. "Someone's overly excited." she joked. "What about you and Eddie? How are you two doing?" Nora asked. Loren looked at her, surprised. "Why do you ask?" Nora sighed. "We both know that your father wasn't too overjoyed at the thought of being a parent. How does Eddie feel?" Loren was shocked her mom would even suggest that Eddie could be anything like her father, who had abandoned Loren as soon as she turned four. "He's thrilled, Mom. He loves Melody." Nora grabbed Loren's hand. "I'm glad to hear that, sweetie, I really am." she whispered. Nora had a concerned look on her face, but Loren just brushed it off.
A knock on the door got Loren out of Nora's death grip on her hand. "Coming!" she yelled. As soon as she opened the door, Mel shot herself at Loren. "Lo! I missed you so much!" she cried. Loren hugged her back. "Calm down, Mel! I don't want the baby to start crying." Mel let go when she heard the word 'baby'. "Where is my little god-daughter?" she asked. Loren had appointed Mel and Adam to be Melody's godparents as soon as she was born. "She's in the nursery with Eddie and Max." Loren told her. Mel walked into the house when Loren realized that Adam was close behind. "Hey Loren, Nora." he greeted. Nora waved at him from the couch.
"So, how is New York treating you guys?" Loren asked. "Oh, you know, just the usual. Counting how many homeless guys we see on the way to our apartment, taking pictures of street dancers and time square weddings." Mel joked. Loren laughed and gestured for them to sit down. "How does it feel to be married with a baby?" Mel asked Loren. She shrugged. "It's good. Eddie and I have been married for a year now, so it doesn't feel that much different, but Melody was a surprise. A good surprise."
"What about you two? When will you finally get the guts to propose, Adam?" Nora pestered. "I, uh, um.." Adam stuttered uncomfortably under the pressure. Mel put her hand on his shoulder. "We're working on that."
By nightfall, Nora, Max, Mel, and Adam had all gone home. From Mel, Loren learned that Phil and Adriana were living in an apartment with their three year old son named Chris. She was genuinely happy for them, now that they had agreed upon a truce. Loren already knew what had become of Chloe and Tyler. Chloe ended up going to prison for hit-and-run homicide charges in Katy's death, courtesy of Max. Tyler, however, got his career back on track with the help of Osbourne Silver. Eddie let go of his anger towards both of them after Chloe was jailed. He had decided that they weren't worth the energy. For his part, Tyler apologized to both Eddie and Loren for the things he had said and done to them.
Loren sat on the couch, holding Melody in her arms. What Nora said earlier rang in her head. 'We both know that your father wasn't too overjoyed at the thought of being a parent. How does Eddie feel?' Loren knew the thought was irrational, but she began to fear that her situation would turn out just like her mom's; abandoned by someone who you thought loved you while stuck caring for a child by yourself. She instinctively held Melody a little tighter. "Whatcha doin', beautiful." she heard. She turned around and met Eddie's eyes. He sat down on the couch next to her.
Loren shrugged and turned her full attention to Melody to lessen her nerves. This worried Eddie. He put his hand on her shoulder. "Is everything okay, Loren?" he asked. Eddie could always tell when she was upset. Loren met Eddie's eyes, so full of concern and love. Before she could stop herself, she broke down. Tears were flowing out, the dam had broken. Eddie didn't know why his wife was crying or what to do. He settled on holding her close and rubbing her arm. Melody looked up at both of them with confused eyes. "Shhhh. It's okay, Loren." Eddie whispered. Loren shook her head into Eddie's chest. "No it's not. Nothing will make this better. I'll never be able to trust fully again, and it's all his fault!" Loren said 'his' with such venom that it caught Eddie off guard. "Who's him?"
"My dad." She groaned. "If you could even call him that." Eddie tightened his grip on Loren. He hated her father for what he did to Loren and Nora. He himself had lost a parent, but he was grateful that his mom always loved him. Loren never got a loving father untill Nora married Max. "He's not worth it, Loren. He walked out on the best thing he ever had. It's his loss." he tried to reassure her. Loren looked up at Eddie. "He didn't want me." Her voice was barely there. The pain of losing a parent came rushing back to her.
"He loves you as much as he can, Loren. He was just too young and scared to take care of you. Always remember this; even if he doesn't want you, I do, your mom does, and so does my dad." Eddie told her. Loren snuggled into Eddie's side. "You're a young parent like he was..." she said. It was true; Eddie was only twenty-five, and Loren was a mere twenty-one. Eddie put the pieces together and realized that Loren was afraid that Eddie would leave like her dad did. It stung, but he knew it wasn't her fault for feeling that way. She had trust issues that her dad caused.
Eddie pulled Loren's chin up with his free hand. "Loren, listen to me. I am never leaving you or Melody. When I promised to be with you forever, I meant it. Melody is a blessing I would never, ever take back. Your dad was just too stupid to realize what a miracle you were." Loren's eyes started to water. "I love you, Eddie." He smiled. "I love you, too." Eddie kissed Loren softly, something he never tired of. Eddie then gently took Melody out of Loren's arms and cradled her in his. "And I love you too, baby girl!" he announced. As Loren watched her husband and her daughter together, she realized that she had gotten everything she wanted in the end. She had a successful career in music, a loving husband who was devoted to her, and a beautiful daughter that they both loved dearly. Something else that Nora always told her rang in her head;
'It has its ups and downs, but in the end, life is beautiful.'
A/N: I know it's not that great, but I really wanted to give Hollywood Heights a proper farewell. Please review and tell me if you want me to continue.