Title: "The Good Old Days"

Genre: POV, one-short, song-fic, general, angst

Rating: PG; just to be safe

Coupling: None

Main POV: Ashley Hampton, Chandler and Roxanne's daughter

Summary: Set thirteen years after season 8. Ashley Hampton wonders why her mother Roxanne is so depressed all the time. One-short song-fic, featuring Bowling For Soup's song '1985'.

Setting: 13 years after season 8. But I've changed a few things around. Chandler never met Kendall and Roxanne never went to Iraq. They instead ended up back together and getting married.

Disclaimer: I don't own the TV series 7th Heaven, and I'm still glad I don't. The new season bites. They're so low on ideas they made an episode about voting for goodness sake! And also, I don't own the song '1985', Bowling For Soup does. I just listen to it a lot; it's pretty much my new favorite song. The only people I own that are mentioned are: Ashley Hampton, Andie Hampton, Aidan Hampton, Aaron Hampton, and Alicia Hampton.

A/N: I'd like to put this out to anyone who misses the old 7th Heaven. The good episodes really stopped after last year's premiere of the episode 'Charity Begins At Home' on October 20th, 2003. The rest of it (besides the episode 'Angel', which I liked quite a bit) has gone downhill. I hate the new season, and last May's season finale 'Little White Lies (1&2)' was awful! I think I would've enjoyed an episode of Blue's Clues more than that. They found the cheapest ways to rid of characters, i.e. Roxanne going to Iraq to fight in the war. In what universe does that happen?! Roxanne would never do anything like that! Same thing with Chandler, he'd never just take a kid he's only known for two months and move across country for some tramp like Kendall(and what kind of freaking name is Kendall anyway?!). And Peter moving, that was just weak, he didn't even get a stupid excuse like Chandler and Roxanne did. And what about Cecilia, did they even give us a reason of why she disappeared and where the hell Georgia came from, the last time I checked, Simon wanted to patch things up with Cecilia and give their relationship another shot. So anyway, sorry for the long rant, but this will go out to all the people who miss the good episodes and the real 7th Heaven and not this crap they've been serving us since last November!

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My mother.

She's always so depressed. She never smiles. She cries herself to sleep at night, but my father pretends not to hear her. We all pretend not to hear her. Her heart is broken, but everyone goes on with life and leaves her to be.

She lost her voice somehow. Her need to fulfill her dreams faded away so many years back.

Her name is Roxanne Hampton.

And I, Ashley Skye Hampton, am her 12-year-old daughter who can do nothing to help her.

Debbie just hit the wall
She never had it all
One Prozac a day
Husband's a CPA
Her dreams went out the door
When she turned twenty four
Only been with one man
What happened to her plan

She has hit the wall. She cracked. She isn't at all the person she was all those years ago. She changed.

She used to be Roxanne Cecile Richardson. The sexy and scandalous cop who jumped from boyfriend to boyfriend. The girl who spoke her mind. The girl with an edgy attitude and wasn't afraid to let it lose. She was the girl who didn't believe in real love, just flings. The girl that no man could tame.

But then she met Chandler Hampton, my father.

She was gonna be an actress
She was gonna be a star
She was gonna shake her ass
On the hood of white snake's car
Her yellow SUV is now the enemy
Looks at her average life
And nothing has been alright since

My dad changed my mom's whole outlook on relationships and love. He changed her. He showed her real love. He didn't just make out with her like all the other guys mom had been with had done. He took her out on dates, he gave her meaningful kisses, he talked about marriage and having kids and spending the rest of his life with her, and he told her that he loved her.

That scared my mom. That's right, the woman that no man could tame was scared by a man's affections. She hid her fear of real love with sexual desires.

Dad didn't want to be sexual with mom until they were married, or at least engaged, at first. But eventually, he caved into her urges. He told mom that he did want to sleep with her, but that scared her even more. She was afraid of all kinds of commitment, sexual relations included.

Roxanne Richardson, the hot cop chick, the love drifter, the wild untamable girl, had been tamed. And hear heart was broken. She didn't want to feel this way.

She wanted to love dad, she really did. But he scared her. She had originally just wandered into the church one day looking for a good make out session with dad. Not a relationship, not any kind of commitment (sexual included), not marriage, not kids, and definitely not dad falling madly in love with her. She just wanted a fling.

Bruce Springsteen, Madonna
Way before Nirvana
There was U2 and Blondie
And music still on MTV
Her two kids in high school
They tell her that she's uncool
Cause she's still preoccupied
With 19, 19, 1985

But it gets worse. She doesn't just cry herself to sleep at night. Mom cries whenever she gets the chance.

She's miserable. My whole family knows it. I know it, dad knows it, my twin sister Andie knows it, my 10-year-old brother Aidan knows it, my other brother Aaron (who is 7) knows it, and even my little 5-year-old sister Alicia knows it. I'm also starting to think that Simon and Janie, our cat and dog, took notice to it too.

The only one who is blind and unaware that there is any misery within our house is mom herself.

She's seen all the classics
She knows every line
Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink
Even Saint Elmo's Fire
She rocked out to Wham!
Not a big Limp Bizkit fan
Thought she'd get a hand
On a member of Duran Duran

I am now watching mom unload the groceries from the family SUV from my bedroom window. She looks like she wants to put a gun to her head and shoot herself. She looks so upset. She looks so broken. So lifeless and unhappy.

Poor mom. She hates this. She hates living a lie. She hates convincing everyone she is happy when she really isn't. She hates leading dad on to believe that she ever wanted to or ever did love him. Roxanne Richardson isn't one to love a man, and never will be.

Mom hates this life. She hates being married and tied to one man for the rest of her life. She longs to be the free spirit she once was again.

Where's the mini-skirt , made of snake skin
And who's the other guy that's singing in Van Halen
When did reality become TV
Whatever happened to sitcoms, game shows
On the radio was

I worry about mom. I care about her and I want her to be happy. I want to set her free. I want to help her become what she was before dad tamed her.

But I can't

I sighed deeply as I looked over at out family picture resting upon my dresser.

The Hampton Family.

110 West Street. Glen Oak, California.

Parents Married Since: May 3rd, 2004.

Chandler James Hampton. March 3rd, 1979.

Ashley Skye Hampton (me). April 10th, 2005.

Andie Elizabeth Hampton. April 10th, 2005.

Aidan Tomas Hampton. November 29th, 2007.

Aaron Jesse Hampton. June 1st, 2010.

Alicia Kylie Hampton. July 3rd, 2012.

And Roxanne Cecile Hampton. March 19th, 1981. The one who is sad, depressed, and miserable. And nothing can be about it.

Bruce Springsteen, Madonna
Way before Nirvana
There was U2 and Blondie
And music still on MTV
Her two kids in high school
They tell her that she's uncool
Cause she's still preoccupied
With 19, 19, 1985

It's now pretty late at night. I wonder why mom hasn't cried herself to sleep yet. It's about 10:00 pm, that's usually the time she starts crying.

She hates time, make it stop
When did Motley Crew become classic rock
And when did Ozzy become an actor
Please make this stop
Stop!
Stop!
And bring back

It's now 10:01 pm. I can hear my mom crying from her bedroom now. The noises of her sobs fill the huge, empty house. Mom is unhappy. And I can't save her.

Bruce Springsteen, Madonna
Way before Nirvana
There was U2 and Blondie
And music still on MTV
Her two kids in high school
They tell her that she's uncool
Cause she's still preoccupied
With 1985

Roxanne Richardson is not what she used to be. She used to be as free as a bird. But now, she's as trapped as a rat.

Bruce Springsteen, Madonna
Way before Nirvana
There was U2 and Blondie
And music still on MTV
Her two kids in high school
They tell her that she's uncool
Cause she's still preoccupied
With 19, 19, 1985

Her crying can still be heard. Roxanne, my mother, is crying tonight. She cries every night. And she will probably continue to cry for the rest of her life.

Roxanne Hampton. She is a miserable woman who longs for the good old days. The days where she was no man's wife. The days where she was the pretty young cop with an attitude. The days where she was as free as a bird. But that Roxanne is gone and has been replaced with this depressed and unhappy shell of a woman.

And I can't do anything to help her.

Where have the good old days gone? For me and mom both. Because now, I'm crying myself to sleep too right along with my mom.

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A/N: So...what did you think? I hope you liked it. I spent two full hours typing it! I'm really proud of this one-short, and I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I did writing it. Please send me a review telling me if you enjoyed this story. I spent two full hours typing it!

-Alexa