Author's Note- This chapter was written by Melissa.
Shotgun Wedding- Chapter One
Marty stared at the ring that John had given her that morning. He had asked her to marry him and she had accepted. It was the right thing to do, after all for the baby. Her little boy would be here in a few weeks time and she needed to give him a family. She wouldn't let him be raised the way that she had been, with no father or mother's love and John was a good man.
She knew it was the right thing to do, but still the ring felt like an anchor, heavy on her finger and secretly, she wished to take it off and free herself of the burden. She sat in the car in Vicki's driveway as she twisted the ring around and around. She had to pull herself together before entering, otherwise Vicki would see through her facade.
She wiped the last of the tears away and applied concealer under her eyes to mask the evidence that she had been crying. She practiced smiling in the mirror until she had plastered one on that looked real enough and then she headed to the main house.
She took a deep breath and then knocked on the door.
"Todd," she gasped as he opened the door.
"Marty," he replied back as he looked her up and down and then his eyes settled on the cheap rock on her left hand and he took a step backwards.
"What...what are you doing here?" Marty asked.
"My sister happens to live here, or have you forgotten," he growled out until he could see the slightly irritated skin underneath her beautiful, but sad blue eyes. He instantly regretted being an ass and stepped aside so that she could enter.
"I suppose that you are here to see Vicki," he added in a gentler tone of voice.
"Yes, do you know where she is?" Marty asked as she waddled herself into the house.
"Are you here to tell her that Johnny boy finally proposed? Is that why you've been crying?"
"I...I haven't been crying," Marty denied as she plastered the smile that she had been practicing back on her face. She knew it was pointless, he had always seen past her, but still she had to try."
"Sure, sure, whatever you need to tell yourself, but I can see that you're miserable and the only reason that you're entering in a loveless marriage is for the bastard of John's that your carrying."
"My son is not a bastard, that would be you and you don't know anything. Is Vicki here or not?" Marty snapped out at him.
"She's in the garden, you better plaster that fake smile back on your face, you might be able to convince her that you're happy about the shotgun Wedding that you are having, but you'll never convince me," Todd said as he turned away from her and stormed up the stairs.
"What do you want?" Natalie asked as Todd barged into her suite.
"Can't a guy say hi to his favorite niece?" Todd asked as he sat down on the couch.
"Jessica would be your favorite niece. I'm Natalie, the niece that you hate and believe me, that feeling is mutual, so drop the false pretenses of caring and tell me what you want."
"Fine, Jessica is my favorite, but she would never help me with this, but you might if the price is right."
"With what?" Natalie asked.
"Marty is marrying John and I need your help to stop this travesty."
"He's marrying her?" Natalie gasped as she sat on the edge of her bed.
"What makes you think that I would help you?" Natalie asked after a few minutes of silence.
"Because you're still in love with John. Personally, I don't get it, he's nothing but a waste of space, but it's better that he be with you then with her."
"I'm not saying yes, but how would we stop this marriage from happening?" Natalie asked.
"It's easy, if Marty, were to walk in on you and Johnny boy in bed, she would dump his cheating ass -"
"And let me guess, you'll be the one to pick up the pieces of her shattered heart."
"If she'll let me, then yes."
"It won't work," Natalie stated.
"Why's that?" Todd asked.
"John is committed to Marty, she's having his baby and he ended things with me. He's not going to sleep with me, this close to her due date."
"Then drug him."
"That's disgusting, rape is your thing, not mine," Natalie shouted as she climbed off the bed and opened her bedroom door. "Get out," she stated.
"I didn't say you had to force sex on him Natalie, I'll I'm asking is for you to drug him, strip down and lay next to him, let Marty reach her own conclusions about your activities."
"No, I'm not going to do it. I can't lie to John. Once the baby is born, and Marty isn't in danger of losing it then he'll leave her for me. Now get out, before I scream and have the guards throw you out."
"You're delusional...John's never going to leave Marty for you once their married. The best that you can hope for is that John will keep you as his little red-headed horror on the side, but if you work with me, and tell one little lie then John would be all yours and who knows, maybe one day, you'll be the mother of his child, and the one that he marries."
"I said get out," Natalie shouted as her eyes filled with tears.
"Fine, I'll go, you have twenty four hours to let me know that you've changed your mind or else I'll blow your life to hell."
"Don't threaten me when I can do just as much damage to your life as you can to mine."
"Oh yea...tell me, how are you going to destroy my life?" Todd asked as he gave her an amused smirk.
"I wonder how Tea would react if she knew what you were up to and that you're still in love with Marty," Natalie retorted as she smiled.
"I don't think that Tea would care one way or another as long as she has Blair to keep her warm at night," Todd said and then shrugged.
"Tea and Blair..." Natalie gasped.
"Twenty four hours," Todd whispered in her ear and then kissed the side of her cheek and then walked away.
"Vicki, I have some news to tell you," Marty said as she stepped out on the balcony.
"Sure, but let's go inside, it's way too hot outside," Vicki said as she wiped the sweat from her forehead.
They went back in the house and Vicki helped Marty sit down on the couch.
"What do you need to tell me dear?" Vicki asked as she grabbed her friend's hand.
"John and I are getting married in a week and I wanted to know if you would give me away?"
"Are you sure that this is what you want?" Vicki asked.
"Of course, you're like a mother to me."
"I would be honored to give you away, but that's not what I'm talking about. Marty, it appears to me that you and John are getting married for the baby's sake."
"I just want to give my son everything that I missed out on," Marty stated as her eyes began to water again.
"of course you do, but do you love John?" Vicki asked.
"No, but love has never worked out for me. I loved Patrick and he died, I loved... never mind, I know that you think I'm making a mistake, but John's a good man and he will take care of us."
"I know that John will take care of you, but marriage is hard even when it is filled with love.
I just want you to think about this. Life is too short for regrets."
"Will you still come, even if you think I'm making a mistake." Marty asked.
"Yes, I will always be there for you," Vicki said as she hugged Marty.
"Red, we have to talk about that kiss," Bo stated.
"Why? It can't ever happen again," Nora whispered.
"I want you to be honest with yourself. You still love me, like I still love you. I felt it when your lips touched mine and I know that you felt it too."
"What do you want from me Bo?" Nora whispered.
"I just want you," Bo whispered as he brought his lips so close to hers.
"I can't...I can't do this. I'm married to your brother, I made vows to him."
"But you don't love him, please, we could have it all if you would just leave him for me."
"I...I...I can't be unfaithful," Nora whispered as there was a knock on the door.
"Don't," Bo began to say as Nora opened the door.
"I'm sorry, I can come back another time, if I'm interrupting," John stated.
"No, your timing is perfect, I've got to get home to Clint anyways," Nora said as she grabbed her purse and headed out the door.
"Sorry boss," John stated as he grabbed a beer out of the fridge.
"How can I help you John?" Bo asked as he wiped the tears from his eyes.
"Marty and I are getting married a week from Friday and I want you to be my best man," Bo stated.
"Of course I'll be your best man," Bo stated as he pulled John into a hug.
"You might not be thanking me, once I say my peace," Bo stated hesitantly.
"Go ahead and say what's on your mind," John stated.
"I know that my niece is still in your heart, but you're marrying Marty because of the baby."
"I'm not - "
"If you are marrying Marty for any reason other than love, then it won't work out. I'll be your best man John, but I don't want you, Marty and Natalie to find yourself in the same position that Clint, Nora and I are in. Just follow your heart John, and I'll be there to support you in any decision that leads you to make," Bo promised.
"I'll try," John stated as he took a swig of his beer.
"Natalie, what are you doing here?" he asked as he opened the door.
"John's marrying Marty and I need you to take my pain away the way that you did before," Natalie pleaded as tears streamed down her face.
He sighed, but then opened the door for her to enter.
She went straight to his mini fridge and grabbed the mini bottles of alcohol and began to drink them, one by one."
He knew that he was about to make a mistake that would shatter his life into pieces, but he couldn't stop himself. He couldn't stand to see her miserable, even if he felt the misery later, he would help her. "Stop you don't need to drink that poison, I'll take your pain away, damn the consequences," he said as he kissed her.
She shed her clothes as she kissed him with fevered desire of getting John McBain out of her system.
"Oh god," she cried out as her pain was replaced with pleasure as he drove into her over and over again.
Pain faded into pleasure for many hours until they were both exhausted, and then regret came.
"I'm sorry, I shouldn't have come here, she's not going to understand. I was just such a mess, was just in so much pain and I knew that you'd be here for me," she cried out as she laid her head on his chest.
"You're right, she won't understand, and this will break her if she ever finds out, but I couldn't stand to see you cry," he whispered as he kissed her forehead.
"I'm sorry Brody, thank you for comforting me. Jessica will never know of this night from me," Natalie promised as she got up and dressed in the dark.