Dom and Sammy made their way down the stairs to join everyone else at the breakfast table. No on really said anything, they just sat and ate in silence.
"Brian we need to talk." Dom said in a 'this can't wait' tone.
"Sure lead the way." Brian said getting up and putting his plate in the sink.
They made their way out side and into the garage where the charger was.
"I am still pissed that you told them that with out me. That was something we should have done together. Now Sammy expressed to me that she wanted to live with me no matter what, so I am going to nicely ask you for the sake of not splitting them up, will you let Jennifer live here to? You of course can take her for weeks or weekends, but let this be her permanent and stable home."
"You call this stable? Jennifer has told me that she wants to live with me. She is going to give me the chance to do what I should have done when she was 4. I am sure Mia and I will be here for a while if that is still ok with you. Once we get things all taken car of I would like to get a house close to here. I know taking Mia away from her family isn't something that I could or would do, but we do need to get our own house and start a family that includes both our kids."
"I don't like the idea of that, but if Mia agrees then I will honor her wishes. Since you are going to take Jennifer I think it would be best for Sammy to be with her if you will have her that is."
"Of course, what ever she decides she is always more then welcome with us."
With that understanding they shook hands and went back inside to join the team. Everyone was watching a movie. Dom made his way to the side of the couch that Bella was sitting on he picked her up and placed her on his lap as he sat down.
Brian did pretty much the same thing with Mia.
"Uncle Nick." Sammy said as Vince was changing the movie.
"Mom was going to take us to the zoo today, can you take us?"
"Sammy, what are you thinking? Mom just died and you want to go have fun?" Jennifer yelled and then stormed out of the house.
Sammy started to cry at this. Dom pulled her into his lap while whispering comforting words to her.
"I'll be back," Brian said getting up.
"Let me do it." Bella stood and went out back.
Walking towards the familiar sound of Dom's punching bag taking a beating, she found Jennifer.
"Let me tape up your hands. Come here." Bella stated while pulling out the supplies for her secreat stash. The guys like the open wounds, Bella didn't, so she kept this here for her.
"Why you have and not my dad or Uncle Nick?"
"I'm going to let your rudeness slide for now. I am hear cause they would yell at you for making her cry and being so mean." Bella said taking her right hand and wrapping it.
"What are you going to yell at me for?" Jen asked while handing over her left hand.
"I'm not, I know that's not what you need. All done, have at it." Bella said pointing to the very, very well used bag.
"what do you know about what I need?"
"I know what it's like to lose a mom at your age. I was 11 when my mom died in a car accident much the same way as yours. The difference is my mom was driving drunk. She killed 2 people and left a 12 year old girl with no family." Bella said as silent tears fell down her face. It had been a long time since she thought about that.
"I didn't know." Jen said softly.
"Most don't. Dom is the only one that knows was drunk and no one knows that Gabby was that girl."
"You guys became friends?"
"Yeah after she realized I was all she had. My dad took her in."
Silence fell over them as Jennifer gave the bag a very good work out. She was huffing and puffing and sweat was dripping down her when she was done.
"Now I will say that your sister has no idea what to think. She doesn't fully understand. Let her be happy while she can. It will hit her some day, could be soon, could be latter, but she will need you when it does."
"What about me I need some one too, who do I get?"
"Jennifer look at me… There are 10 people in this house that love you and will do anything to make sure you are happy and cared for. I am however here when ever and for what ever."
"You like dancing? Like hip hop?" Jen asked while flipping on the radio that was out by the bag.
"Ballet or just club style?" Bella asked seeing the CD she put in.
"Performance, kind of like Save the last dance, but less prissy stuff."
"Did it for 6 years 7 days a week. I still go once in a while. You dance?" Bella questioned her getting to know her a little more and now having something she could share with her.
"I did. I don't think I will anymore."
"Why you say that?"
"My mom gave up a lot to make sure I could dance, I can't ask my dad to do that. Mom shouldn't have and I don't want him to have to."
"How much is it?"
"With the discount they were giving me, it was 200 a month."
"Where you dance at?"
"Rienfield studios. It was the best that we could afford. Mom didn't want to ask Uncle Nick for more money."
Bella pulled out her cell phone and called a phone number that she has on speed dial.
"Hey chica, it's Bella, how's it going?"
"Not bad woman long ass time no talk."
"I know, I know, things have been rough. You still have a class at 2?"
"Sure all ages and skills. You going to join us?"
"I might, keep 2 spots open. 1 for the scholarship."
"Sure things see you later."
"Thanks." With that they hung up.
"Go get cleaned up and we will go grab you some clothes on the way. Hurry or we wont have time."
Jennifer ran into the house and to the nearest bathroom. Bella followed her in.
"Dom, Brian can I talk with you guys in the kitchen." Bella asked from the doorway.
They got up and meet her in the kitchen sitting around the table.
"What's up?" Brian asked first.
"She likes to dance and doesn't want to ask you to pay for it and never mentioned wanting a better school because she didn't want you to have to pay for it." Bella said looking at Brian and then Dom.
"And?" Dom questioned feeling there was more to it.
"I some times dance at the Jazz affair. I know the owner. I have talked with her and got Jen a chance in the scholarship tryouts this after noon. All she would have to do in return is help a few times a week with the younger kids."
"Why wouldn't she tell us?"
"She didn't want you to have to pay for it. If she's as good as a dancer as she is on that bag out there she'll get the scholarship, if not I'll pay for it myself. Let her have this please."
"She can do what ever she wants. I'll cover it." Brian said softly.
"Don't worry about that. She dances at the 2nd best school in California, she'll get the scholarship. I'll set up her schedule and make sure she gets there just let us have this time."
"Go for it. Take the RX-7 so I can work on your car this after noon when the shop is slow."
"No, close the shop. Take Sammy out. No working on cars got me?" Bella said sternly.
"Jen you ready?" Bella yelled.
"Right here. Dad can I go out with her today?"
"Sure thing monkey, Take this and get what you want and need." Brian said handing her his credit card.
"I can't take this." Jennifer said trying to hand it back to him.
"One thing you need to learn chica is when one of the guys hands you their credit card and tells you to get what you want you go for it."
"Thank you." Jen told her dad.
"Now it's 12:45, we need to eat, get some clothes and get to our 2 o'clock class. Let's get out of here. Dom keys." Bella said smirking.
"What if I need to go some where?"
"Fine Leon can I take the skyline?" Bella yelled.
"Sure keys are hanging up in there." He yelled back from the living room.
"I don't get how you can talk him out of his car. You guys have fun, be careful and get clothes for both you and Sammy." Brian said hugging Jen.
"We have stuff."
"I don't know when anyone will be ready to go there. I'll have Mia take Sammy shopping so just worry about you." Dom said softly.
"All right see you guys later." Bella said as she grabbed the keys and started to walk out to the car.
They got into Leon's skyline and went shopping. They ate lunch at the mall and then drove to the dance studio. When they arrived outside Jen finally piped up.
"This some joke?"
"What?" Bella asked not sure what she was talking about.
"This is the Jazz affair."
"I still don't see your problem."
"This is the best school in California."
"And we have a 2 o'clock scholarship tryout. Let's get going." With that Bella got out of the car leaving no more room for argument.
Walking into the elaborate studio Jennifer was mesmerized. She dreamed about this place. She was looking at everything everywhere while she followed Bella to an area that said Employee's only.
"Gabriella." Bella yelled kind of.
"One and only."
"You made it. How are you doing?"
"Told you I'd come. I've been better, but ok yourself?"
"Looking for some help with my 4 pm class you interested?"
"No, but maybe Jen is. Jennifer meet Gabby the owner and lead instructor, Gabby this is my niece Jennifer."
"Nice to meet you." Jen said politely. Looking at Bella with a kind of shocked expression. Bella nodded her head knowing that she had realized this was the girl she was talking about.
"So you dance before?" Gabby asked Jennifer.
"Yes at Rienfield, since I was 3."
"Not bad you like teaching younger kids?"
"Depending on their age, but yes."
"Well this is 6-9 year olds. How about we get started and see what you got." Gabby said in kind of a challenging way.
They walked into the main studio where 18 other people were.
"Bella," some of the kids said out loud.
"All right everyone, as you all know today is going to be the try outs for scholarships. We also have a visiter from Riemfield, every one welcome Jen."
Everyone clapped and said welcome.
"Now here are the music selections available, when you know what you want let me know. We will do this by volunteers. You have 15 minutes to prepare." Gabby said handing them all a list of music.
"Bella do you know if Leon has "hot" by Nelly in his car?"
"I don't know, but I have it in my bag over there."
"Ma'am?" Jen raised her hand and waited.
"Call me Gabby, what's up?"
"Can I dance to something off the list if I have the CD?"
"I'll go first if that's all right."
Everyone took their time to dry run what they were going to do, Jen just sat their and watched everyone, she danced to Hot in all of her competitions, maybe it was wrong to do something she knew so well, but she wanted the scholarship and she knew if the other kids were smart they would do the same thing.
The main studio was set up with an area behind the dancers so parents could watch from. Jennifer never noticed the team show up.
What a sight that was. The rugged street racers in a dance studio, no one cared because when it came to the girls on the team the guys would do anything to make them happy and support them.
"You may start when ever you are ready." Gabby told her.
"Before I start, I wanted to say that this is for my mom. With out here I would never be here now. Can you start the music please." Jen said this confidently. Looking upwards she said softly to her self. "I love you mom, I hope I make you proud."
Jen got the beat and started in. She danced her heart out, putting all of her pent up emotions into it. She had the style an the moves. She was good to say the least. All the dancers were clapping to the beat and cheering her on. She felt like she was on some Broadway stage.
At the end of the song the class started to clap while standing up. The team stood and clapped as well. Jen turned around and after noticing the extra notice and the few whistles.
"Good job monkey." Brian said full of pride. Jen smiled back at him. He got to watch her dance.
Everyone one else took their turns. Bella danced just to dance. At the end 6 people were going to be awarded scholarships.
"Now you guys know with these scholarships you have to help out twice a week and dance at least 3 times a week." Everyone nodded.
"The scholarships go to Dana, Tara, Sarah, Kim, Faith and Jennifer O'Connor."
Hearing her real name for the first time since he dad left her head snapped up and she started like a deer caught in headlights.
"Me?" She questioned. At this time every one went to get changed and meet their parents. Gabby walked over to address Jen quietly.
"You have the emotions, the desire and the potential. I loved your moves. It's not like it's totally free. I need your help with my 4 pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday class. You can come dance any other day and time as long as y ou want. You have to be in 4 shows and 6 compitetions."
"We'll work out the details later." Bella interjected knowing she would say that she had to get her parents permission and they had to pay for it.
Sammy ran over to her sister once Dom put her down.
"Thank you for doing that." Sammy said as she hugged her sister tight.
"dancing for mom. Sorry I made you mad."
"You didn't do anything wrong. I am sorry for snapping at you like that. I am here when you need me ok." Jen said looking at her sisters face.
"Mom's not coming home is she?"
"No baby she's not, but she would want us to be happy." Jen said looking at her dad and then Uncle Nick.
"Let's go out to dinner tonight." Bella whispered in Dom's ear.
"My thoughts exactly. You were good out there. Why didn't you tell me you were dancing still?"
"Cause I wanted something that was still me, not being defined by you or the street racing culture."
"Let's hit it guys. Last one to Cha, Cha Cha's buys." With that said everyone, but Bella left. The studio was empty and she wanted to talk with Gabby.
"You still here? I thought you guys were headed out to dinner?" Gabby asked once Bella walked into her office.
"I wanted to know if there is some one here with a financial need. Some one that puts their heart into it, but doesn't get to come as often cause of the funding."
"There is one student I can think of. She does 2 classes for me and cleans sometimes."
"Tell her that some one is going to sponsor her, that she has to make it 3 times a week and do good in competitions and shows and she will have a sponsor for all the expensive for the next 3 years. That and she has to get good school grades."
"What's this about?"
"Jen always wanted to come here, she never said anything cause she didn't want her mom to fell like she had to do it. So, either let me pay for her and give her scholarship away or let me help the other girl."
"You realize how much that is even with me giving you a discount?"
"Here's 30,000. if it's not enough let me know and I'll give you more next week."
"It's more then enough. Do you want her to know who it was from?"
"Just tell her another dance knew she could use the help and wanted to make sure she had the ability to do all that she wanted." Bella said smiling. "Did you want to join us for dinner tonight?"
"I would love to." They walked out and locked everything up.
"Sweet car, where's yours?"
"Needs some work so I took Leon's."
"He's the cute one right?"
"Sure what ever you say."
"What was that dedication all about?" Gabby asked as they got buckled in and took off.
"She lost her mom last night. Car accident." Bella said softly trying to keep her emotions in check.
"Ouch, that's rough." Gabby said thinking back in her life. They pulled into the parking lot and started for the door.
"Yeah I know what you mean. That's why me bringing her today was so important. Let's go eat. You better walk in first or else they may make you pay."
AN Cheer this is for you. I know I have told you this update was coming and here it is just for you. Of course others can read and I would love the reviews. Let me know what you think and if you want to see something else.