A Way of Working Out

Chapter 1

Okay, so this is a story that I wrote with totally different characters, it wasn't originally a fanfic, but I decided that I could convert it. In this story, Lucas and Nathan are not brothers, but they were classmates in school. Brooke is a co-worker of Haley's (they work at a photo store), and Peyton is Haley's best friend from college. Tim and Jake are Nathan's best friends. Mouth is a friend of Haley's as well. The only character from the show that's a friend of Lucas' is Skills. All of his other friends are of my own creation. Oh, and instead of basketball, they play baseball. Remember, this is totally AU. I don't own any of the characters from One Tee Hill.

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Haley stood at the counter talking to Brooke. She couldn't believe how slow it was, although Saturdays typically were like this. Unbelievably bored, they starred into the parking lot, wishing for a customer. Just then a car actually pulled into the parking lot. As a woman stepped out of the car, Haley turned to Brooke, "Think she's going to the fabric store?"

"Most definitely. I'll never understand why they park so far away."

"Me neither," just then, they noticed a 'cute boy' step out of the passenger side. The woman stops, turns to him, and appears to say something. Once he reaches the point where she's standing, they walk together to the store.

Haley mumbles, "Oh, my, God."

"I know," Brooke comments, "talk about robbing the cradle. I REALLY hope that's her son, and not her boyfriend."

"Oh, that's her son alright," Haley tried to remain calm.

"How do you know for sure?"

The pair approaches the door, "Because that's Nathan and his mom."

"You're not serious."


"You gonna talk to him?"

"The best I can. Remember, I did talk to him two Novembers ago."

"Oh, right, how COULD I forget," Brooke snickered.

The door chimed, and Nathan held the door for his mom and followed her in. Deb headed over by the albums while Nathan walked up to the counter.

Amanda stepped forward, "Hi, how are you?"

"Good. And you?"

"Not too bad. What can I do for you?"

"I think my mom has pictures to pick up."

Haley smiled, "What's the last name?" Brooke and Nathan both looked at her in shock. "Just kidding," she chuckled as she sifted through the 'S' file. "Yeah, here it is."

"So what have you been up to lately?"

"Not a whole lot. I spend a lot of my time here. I've been trying to catch up with old friends this summer."

"How's that going for ya?"

"Not very well. We're not the same people we were five years ago. Most of us seem to be in different places, continuing to drift further apart."

"I know what you mean. Although some of us have remained friends through the drifts."

"That's cool. What have you been up to?"

"Trying, unsuccessfully I might add, to find a 'real' job."

"Ehh, real jobs are overrated," Haley laughed and glanced at Brooke who was watching the whole exchange. She also eyed Deb peeking over the albums.

Nathan seemed to notice as well, "Isn't that the truth. Well, it seems as if my mom's ready to go."

"Okay, so this is all for you then?"

Deb glared at her son and motioned something to him. "Yeah, I think that's all she needs. But I was wondering if you'd like to meet after you get done here, to catch up with an old friend."

"I'd like that. Where do you want to meet?"

"How about The Rib Shack since it's right here. What time are you off?"

"We close at six," Haley smiled.

Nathan turned to walk out, "So I'll meet you then?"

"That sounds great."

"Great. Well, I'll see you later then."

"See ya."

As the Scotts turned and walked out of the store, Brooke turned back to Haley, "Nicely played."

Haley acted oblivious, "What?"

"Oh, you know what I'm talking about. You've got a date with the guy of your dreams."

"No, you need to get your eyes checked. That was NOT James Lafferty."

"You know what I mean."

Haley sighed, "It's not a date. We're just a couple of cold friends getting together to catch up. You heard him."

"It's a date. He just said that because you gave him the idea. I saw his mom watching. He cam in with the plan, or intention, of asking you out." Brooke turned to the back, "Do we need Brian's opinion?"

"No! I don't want anyone but you to know about this until after - can you promise me that?"

"As long as you promise to spill the beans first thing tomorrow," Brooke paused, "Oh, and tell me about it before you tell Mouth."

"It's a deal, I promise." Haley tried to stay calm for the rest of the day, but found it next to impossible. She didn't even call Peyton to fill her in on what was happening.

A little while later, Brooke pulled Haley aside, "I've been thinking. What's Lucas going to say about this?"

"Ugh, don't remind me. I keep thinking about that. But this is just a friendly visit, in a very public place."

Brooke gave her a look, "Are you going to tell him?"

"Of course. But not until afterwards. They were friends, he'll understand. I can't pass this up Brooke. It's my one chance to find out if I'd ever have a chance. I need to know. And I hope Lucas is man enough to accept that. If not, I just might have to reevaluate our relationship."

"You're serious, aren't you?" Brooke couldn't believe this, not after everything that Haley had been through with Lucas. "You'd really risk it all for the slightest possibility with Nathan."

"Our relationship's already rocky, you know that. It really hasn't been good since, well, you know. But even if it was," Haley paused before continuing, "Yeah, I would. I love Lucas, but I feel that for the Nathan I once knew. I just don't know that he's the same great guy I knew in school. I owe it to myself to find out though. If anything, it could strengthen my relationship with Lucas."

"Just don't forget about him tonight."

"Don't worry, I won't."

Okay, so do you want more. The story is completed on paper, but I need to know whether I should continue to type it up or not. Let me know.