Title: Second Chances
Series: Summerside Roadhouse #11
Author: Cassandra Lee
Disclaimer: I own nadda on any known marvel/fox characters.
Archive Rights: DDFH, WRFA, Ffdotnet
Summary: Marie has a few certian people pushing her toward Logan. Will it work? Will Logan finally say something?
A/N: Thank you Beth for all your help.
"Where is everyone?" Kitty asked as she held Katie, feeding her. Scott was sitting in the rocking chair next to the bed, while Logan was leaning on the door frame with his arms crossed over his chest.
"JJ went home," Scott told her. "Mrs. Drake said they were going to let you rest and they'll come by in the morning."
"And Marie?" Kitty questioned.
"She went to the gift shop downstairs," Logan said.
"Oh no," Kitty groaned, "I hope she isn't buying more toys. We already have enough at the house."
"I'm not sure what she's buying," Logan said shrugging his shoulders.
"You know Logan," Scott said suddenly as if he had been interrupted out of deep thought, "I was thinking that if you really wanted to, you could stay at the Roadhouse and run it."
"I don't have anything else left, and it will keep Marie happy," Logan told him.
Kitty looked up at Logan and smiled. She really wished things would work out for them. She had a feeling that if they could just get alone and talk they could work through whatever's keeping them apart.
"After Kitty and Katie get settled we'll talk with the lawyer about any paper work that needs to be done," Scott told him, "I think keeping the bar open will make Marie happy, but with you running it, so she can stay in school."
"Sounds fine to me. Just let me know what you need me to do and I'll do it," Logan said.
They all three sat quietly, watching the baby in her mother's arms. Their silence was interrupted by Kitty yawning loudly. Scott stood up and said, "Let me take her to the nursery so you get some rest."
"No, I want to hold her a little longer," Kitty said.
"You can hold her after you take a nap, it's been a long morning," Scott said taking the baby from Kitty.
Kitty laid back on the bed in defeat watching Scott carry the baby out of the room. She watched Logan as he shuffled around the room and toward the couch. "Logan, when are you going to do something about Marie?"
Caught off guard, Logan's head snapped up and he had a strained expression on his face. Clearing his throat he said, "I don't know what you're talkin' about."
"Liar," Kitty told him dryly.
Logan hung his head, shrugged his shoulders, "I've done all I can do. She doesn't wanna be with me."
"I think she does. I've watched her cling to you these past few days. I've pretended to be a sleep as she sneaks out of the room so she can talk to you and no one else," Kitty said.
She remained quiet for a few minutes before continuing, "I think she does want to be with you, but you're gonna have to make her realize that you're what she wants."
"How can I do that when...." Logan was interrupted when the subject of their conversation came through the door.
"Look what I found!" Marie exclaimed holding up a small outfit, "It says 'I love my mommy' and it's the cutest thing."
Kitty laughed reaching for the garment to look it over. "She'll have to wear this home."
"Where is she?" Marie asked sitting next to Logan on the couch.
"Scott took her to the nursery, so I could get some rest," Kitty said.
"I guess I should go too," Logan said standing up. He gave Kitty a kiss on the forehead and said, "Take it easy and listen to Scott."
"Yes, sir," she laughed, "As long as you think about what we talked about."
Logan only nodded his head and walked over to the door. "Do you need a ride home?" he asked Marie just before leaving.
"Yeah, but give me a minute alone with Kitty," she told him.
Logan nodded, walking out of the room, leaving Marie alone with Kitty.
"What is it?" Kitty asked.
"Nothing, just wanted to tell you how happy I am for you," Marie smiled. She got up and walked over to the bed, sitting on the edge, near Kitty's feet.
"Thank you," Kitty smiled back at her best friend.
"You've been through a lot this past year and I'm glad you stuck with it," Marie said.
"I couldn't have done it without you or your family."
"What's Logan supposed to be thinking about?" Marie asked.
"Just something we were talking about before you came in; it's no big deal," Kitty said trying to avoid the subject.
"Okay no more visitors until tomorrow morning," Scott said as he came through the door.
Marie stood up and gave Kitty a hug. She turned to Scott and said, "You can't keep me from seeing my friend."
Scott folded his arms across his chest and said "Oh really?"
"Yeah, but don't worry I think she needs rest also," Marie said grinning. She gathered her things and headed for the door.
"Bye, Marie. Logan's at the observation window of the nursery," Scott called out.
"Okay thanks, bye," she said leaving the room.
"She's beautiful isn't she?" Marie asked walking up to Logan.
Logan nodded his head, but kept his eyes on Katie who was sleeping in one of the cribs before them.
"Kitty did so good. I don't think I could have went through with it," Marie told him.
"Of course you could," Logan said turning to face her, "I predict that you'll end up having four kids."
"Four?! Don't jinx me, Logan!" Marie exclaimed swatting him on the arm.
Logan laughed and started to walk down the hall. "Are you ready?" he asked.
"Yeah," Marie said adjusting her purse on her shoulder, "So how about you?"
"How 'bout me what?" Logan asked.
"How many kids are you going to have?" she asked with a glint of happiness in her eyes.
"I'm too old for kids," Logan said.
"No you're not," Marie exclaimed, "Come on, Logan, how many do you want?"
Without realizing it, Logan stopped in the middle of the hallway. He stared down at Marie, thinking about having his own kids one day. Yep, he wanted four kids, and he wanted them all with the girl standing in front of him.
"Logan?" Marie said bringing him back to reality.
"You hungry?" he asked hoping the previous subject would be dropped.
"Starved," Marie said.
That night as Logan laid alone his bed, he thought about Marie. He couldn't stop thinking about babies either. As he drifted off to sleep, he decided that tomorrow he was going to take a chance and tell her how he felt again. He dreamt that night of Marie going into labor, and he was running around the Roadhouse telling her to 'hee...hee...hee...hee...hoo' just as Scott had done for Kitty.
Kitty opened her eyes, wondering when she'd fallen asleep. Between the feedings and nurses coming in she didn't think she would ever get any rest.
The sound of Scott's voice made her turn her head to see who he was talking to. Kitty smiled when she saw that he was sitting in the rocking chair holding Katie, and feeding her a bottle.
"Good morning," Scott said smiling at Kitty.
"Good morning," Kitty said smiling back and stretching. "Let me see her."
Scott stood up and handed Katie over. He watched as Kitty traced a finger over Katie's small hands, and spoke in soft, motherly tones to the baby.
"Umm Kitty," Scott paused to clear his throat, "I've been doing a lot of thinking, and there is something I want to ask you."
"What is it?" Kitty asked.
"Well," Scott said as he sat down on the edge of the bed, "With Marie in school and Dad gone, you'll be living at the house by yourself, with the exception of Logan. So, I was wondering how you feel about moving in with me?"
Kitty stopped rocking the baby and stared at Scott with disbelief. She wasn't expecting him to ask that. "I don't know Scott...."
"Marie will be there on weekends, I have plenty of room and you won't have to worry about rent cause I have that covered," Scott told her.
Kitty shook her head and looked down at Katie who was sleeping. "Scott I really appreciate the offer, it means a lot. Everything you've done has meant a lot, but I think that I need to live on my own for a while. With the money your dad left me and what I've saved up, leaves me plenty to find an apartment, and I'm going to start looking for a job."
"But you don't have to do this alone," Scott said grabbing her free hand that rested by her side, "I want to help."
"I know, but it's something I need to do for myself. I feel like this is a great time for me to take the chance in living for myself and Katie. Do you understand what I'm trying to say?" Kitty asked.
"Yeah I do," Scott said raising her hand to his lips and kissing it gently, "but I want you to know that I want to be in your and Katie's life for good. Whatever might happen in the future I don't want that to change."
"Me either," Kitty said trying her best to keep her emotions from taking over.
"So are you going to stay at the roadhouse? Or find another place?" Scott asked.
"I thought about finding another place," Kitty told him turning her attention back to Katie.
"Where are you thinking about looking?" Scott asked.
Kitty shrugged, " I haven't thought about it. Maybe somewhere near you or Marie. What do think?"
"I think that would be a great idea," Scott said grinning with delight.
"Come on sugar, we're already late," Marie's grandmother said as she waited in the car for the girl to get in.
"Sorry Mammaw, I was talking to Logan and the time slipped," Marie said as she buckled her seatbelt.
Julia Ann smiled, "That's alright sugar, I understand." Marie looked over at her grandmother just in time to see a smirk disappear from her face.
"What was that look for?"Marie asked.
"Nothing," Julia Ann shrugged her shoulders.
"Do you think Kitty will be released by the we get there?" Marie asked. "I know we're running late."
"I talked to Scott and he said they were waiting for the doctor to make his rounds then they would be able to leave," Julia Ann told her.
They drove in silence for a long time until Julia Ann spoke up "Did you know before you grandfather and I were married we had a big fight."
"No, what was it about?" Marie asked.
"Don't remember," Julia Ann told her, "I just remember being hurt about something and I wouldn't forgive him."
Marie turned towards the window and watched the trees go by. She knew what her grandmother was trying to do, and she didn't know whether to listen or get angry.
"So what happened?" Marie huffed.
"He left without a word. In turn I ended up hurting him just as bad, he was gone for a long time. Long enough for me to get engaged to another man..." Julia Ann paused thinking about her past.
Slowly Marie turned to face her grandmother. "So, how'd you end up back together?"
"His father got sick so he moved back to help his mother. I was driving past their land as he was fixing the fence. When I realized it was him I stopped. He'd been gone for so long and I'd forgotten how good he looked while he worked outside," she smiled at Marie, "In the end it was me who apologized for being stubborn."
"I never heard that story before," Marie said. She started thinking about her on stubbornness.
"Look there's Scott and Kitty with all their things," Julia Ann said as they pulled into the hospital.
"Looks like we're on time," Marie said absentmindedly. She had a lot on her mind to think about.
"It sure is good to be home," Scott said as he descended the stairs after getting Kitty settled in her room with her daughter.
"I'm sure it is," JJ said. "Kitty resting?"
"Yeah she's feeding Katie right now," Scott said walking over to the bar picking up some paper work that had been left by the lawyer.
"I'm going to go up and see her before she goes to sleep," JJ said heading upstairs.
"Marie I've got something to discuss with you," Scott said.
"What's up?" Marie asked pulling up a bar stool.
"I talked with Logan, and I'm going to let him run the place until you're old enough...legally" he added when Marie's eyebrow shot up, "Until you're old enough legally to make decisions."
"Thanks Scott," Marie said grinning.
"Don't thank me. I'm not the one going to keep this place open," Scott said.
"I know. Where is Logan anyway?" Marie asked.
"Right here," Logan said coming through the front door.
"I'm going to get some real sleep. That cot at the hospital did not do my back any good," Scott said leaving Logan and Marie alone.
Marie turned and smiled at Logan. "Thanks for sticking around and running the place."
Logan shrugged and said, "Its no big deal."
He started to walk away when he thought about Kitty and what she said to him. This was the time for him to take his second chance.
"Marie..." "Logan..." they both said at the same time.
Marie giggled and said "You go first."
Logan walked over to where she was standing, pausing to look her over, he grabbed her hands with his and took a deep breath. "Marie a lot has happened over the past week or two and well I just wanted you to know that...." Logan was interrupted by the sound of the front door slamming shut.
"Hello Chere," Remy greeted her.
Logan's world began to crumble as Marie let go of him and ran toward Remy. He watched them long enough to realize Marie was too caught up in Remy's apology to remember he was there. He began to walk away, and he wasn't going to even attempt looking back. He failed.