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35. RAE OF LIGHT
"You did it, Hales," Nathan said eight hours later as he kissed his wife on the cheek. "She's here."
Their daughter's cries filled the room as the doctors and nurses continued to clean her up.
"Have you picked out a name?" A plump nurse asked them as she came over with a clipboard under her arm.
"Rae Lydia Scott," Nathan replied, glancing at his wife who was in the middle of yawning.
The nurse looked at him in surprise. "That's a beautiful name," she smiled at them. "I'll go fill out the birth certificate and then bring it back for you to sign."
"She is really loud," Haley commented as she looked at her newborn daughter curiously. "Even Hannah didn't cry this much, and she's Melinda's daughter."
"She probably wants all those people to get away from her and come see us," Nathan defended his daughter.
Haley smiled at him. "Did I hit a nerve?" she teased.
He laughed along with her. "Just protecting my baby girl," he said.
"Oh, I thought it was because she's loud," Haley said.
"What?" Nathan asked.
"I wasn't loud as a baby so she must get that from you, which means you were loud," Haley said.
"You are loud at other times," he said, looking over her body pointedly.
A blush crept up her face as she rolled her eyes. "But I wasn't as a baby," she repeated.
"How do you know?" Nathan asked.
"My mom always mused about the fact that I was mellow as a baby, hardly ever made a sound at all," Haley replied.
"If only she could see you now," he winked.
Haley narrowed her eyes in annoyance. "I guess she's going to be daddy's little girl," she said glumly.
"I don't know, she took after you first," Nathan said.
Doctor Swift came over with Rae and handed her to Haley. "Congratulations, Ms. Scott," she said. "Your daughter is beautiful."
She really was. Rae Scott had her father's mesmerizing blue eyes that a person could get lost in for hours and by the reddish brown sprouts on her tiny head, she had inherited her mother's auburn hair.
"Thank you," Haley smiled up at her colleague politely. She had changed her name at work before she had left for her honeymoon.
Then she turned her attention back to her daughter and smiled. "Hi, I'm your mommy," she said.
Nathan tightened his arms around her and she turned Rae to look at him. "And this handsome fellow is your daddy, Rae," she said.
He took one of his arms and placed it around his daughter. "Hi, sweetie," he said.
"What did you mean she took after me first?" Haley asked an hour later as they both lied in the bed together with Rae sleeping in a crib right by her mother.
"She was born a month early and you were born early too," Nathan replied.
Haley chuckled. "We like to make an entrance," she said.
"She is beautiful," Brooke Scott said as she peered at her niece who was soundly asleep in a crib the next morning.
After the delivery, Haley was exhausted so she and Nathan had decided to allow everyone to visit them the next day.
Haley looked at her daughter and then smiled up at her sister-in-law in agreement. "I know," she said.
"We're totally going shopping on the weekend," Brooke said as she sat down in a nearby chair.
"I don't know about that, Brooke," Haley began to let her friend down easy.
Brooke's face fell and she stared at her in disbelief. "Do you have something better to do?" she asked.
"Yeah," Haley said and giggled at the look of outrage that passed through Brooke's eyes.
"Such as?" Brooke asked.
"Honeymoon," Haley replied.
Brooke squinted at her. "I thought you just got back from that," she said, looking around to make sure their mother-in-law was nowhere in sight.
"We're getting married again today for our parents," Haley announced.
"Where?" Brooke asked.
"Here," Haley replied gesturing to the hospital room they were in.
"When was this decided?" Brooke asked.
"Yesterday," Haley said.
"Ah, when you were drugged up," Brooke realized, her horrified expression relaxing now.
"What?" Haley narrowed her eyes.
"You had the epidural didn't you?"
"Of course I did," Haley replied.
"Then that explains it," Brooke said.
"Explains what?" Haley shrugged as she looked around, pretending to see if she could see what Brooke was talking about.
"That explains how Nathan managed to talk you into getting married in a depressing hospital room. You were too delirious to say no," Brooke said.
"It wasn't Nathan that suggested it," Haley shook her head.
Brooke's eyes narrowed. It screamed of her brother-in-law. Avoiding the public, getting out of a reception and less expensive was totally Nathan's style. "Then whose bright idea was it?"
"My dad's," Haley replied.
"Her name?" Jimmy asked his daughter when he walked in to meet his grand daughter.
"Rae," Haley said as she held her daughter up so her father could take a look. "After mom's mother."
Jimmy chuckled heartily as he thought of his deceased mother-in-law. "What a character she was," he mused.
"Yeah," Haley said wistfully. Her grandmother as eccentric but she was probably one of her favourite relatives.
"What about her middle name?" Melinda asked, accepting Haley's offer to hold Rae.
"Lydia," Nathan replied.
"After your mom," Karen Scott commented, looking at Haley curiously.
"Yeah," Haley nodded.
"Well, I'm glad you didn't stick Rose in there," Karen said, thinking of how her middle name would sound when the baby's first name already began with the same letter. "Two R's would have been very distasteful."
"We wanted to name her Rose but someone said no," Haley said, glaring at her husband in mock annoyance.
"Why didn't you?" Karen wondered.
"Don't you know?" Nathan shot back.
Worried that something was about to be said of her ill treatment of Haley, Karen decided not to answer the question.
"Lucas and Brooke already called dibs on it," Haley answered for him.
"Have they now?" Karen raised her eyebrows in surprise and amusement.
"Yeah, apparently, Brooke went over the moon about naming their first daughter Rose Lilly Scott," Nathan replied.
"What's with her and flowery names?" Haley asked.
Nathan shrugged in response. "You'd have to ask her."
"What will her last name be?" Melinda wondered.
"Scott," Nathan replied.
Dan looked up in surprise from the seat he had taken to isolate himself from the group. He wasn't too comfortable around babies but since this was his granddaughter, he had to be there.
"Really?" he asked, looking at Haley in surprise.
"I will eventually," Haley replied, flashing her engagement ring at him, reminding him of the upcoming wedding.
"Right," Dan said flatly and then looked away.
"When is your wedding?" Haley's father asked.
"Uh, we don't really know," Haley replied, looking at Nathan for an answer.
"Soon," Nathan replied.
"How soon?" Melinda prodded.
"Soon," Haley repeated.
"There's no time like the present," her father said.
"What did you say?" Haley asked, staring at him in disbelief, wondering if she had heard him right.
"Well, you two have a daughter now, you're already living together and you're engaged," Jimmy started to say.
"I think he's trying to say, what are you waiting for?" Keith replied.
"You guys to smarten up," Haley replied boldly.
All five adults looked at her in surprise.
"You haven't gotten married because of us?" Karen asked.
"We don't want to get married in front of you until we know you're not going to do anything to screw it up," Nathan said, looking at both his mother and Melinda.
"I wouldn't screw up your wedding," Melinda protested, looking at Haley in annoyance. "I was the one that suggested it when you announced your pregnancy. You told me to shut up."
Haley laughed at the memory. She had been annoying at the time. "Yes, but you might say something to get on Karen's nerves and then she'd say something back and before we knew it, there'd be a huge fight and the wedding would have been ruined."
"I thought you didn't want a big wedding," Jimmy regarded his daughter strangely. She had never expressed any interest in a flashy wedding when she was younger while Taylor would say she wanted a wedding fit for a queen.
"I don't, but I do want a wedding," Haley replied.
"What do you need for a wedding?" Jimmy asked.
"Family," Haley replied.
"We're all here and we'll all be here tomorrow," her father pointed out.
"Are you suggesting we get married tomorrow?" Nathan asked.
"Why not?" Karen spoke up.
"You think we should get married tomorrow too?" Haley asked in disbelief.
"Yes," Karen admitted, sounding surprised.
"Wow, your dad is on board with yours and Nathan's wedding?" Brooke shook her head in disbelief after Haley had finished telling her the story.
"I know," Haley agreed, and glanced at her daughter. "I have a feeling she played a part in his change of heart."
"Probably," Brooke said.
"Where's Robbie?" Haley asked.
"Oh, Luke took him while he got the paperwork filled out for my release so I could come hang with you," Brooke replied.
"Right," Haley nodded.
"So when is the wedding?" Brooke asked.
"In an hour," Haley replied.
"I only have an hour to get ready?" Brooke exclaimed.
"Don't bother getting all dressed up," Haley said.
"Why?" Brooke asked.
"Because you were already at the real ceremony, this one is just to appease our parents," Haley replied.
"But you're supposed to dress up for weddings," Brooke protested.
"Okay, then, knock yourself out," Haley shrugged.
"Don't worry you two, I found the rings you told me about," Lucas said as he walked into the hospital room forty minutes later and he winked at his brother.
Nathan shook his head in amusement at his brother. He and Haley had taken off their necklaces and handed them to Lucas that morning and sent him off to find the rings they had purchased at home.
Basically, Lucas had to kill forty minutes and he had done so by bonding with his son who had been taken home but was now back as a wedding guest.
"Can I put Hannah in with Rae?" Melinda asked her step daughter as she approached the playpen that had been set up for the babies.
"Go ahead," Haley replied.
"You look spectacular," Melinda smiled at Haley.
Haley looked at her wedding dress, the same one she had worn a month earlier. "Thanks," she said.
"Did you guys take care of the JOP?" Nathan asked, looking at his father-in-law curiously.
"Of course, he'll be here in a few minutes," Jimmy said.
"He just got here, actually," Karen said as she led the man into the room.
Judge Richard O'Reilly walked into the room and froze when he saw the bride and groom talking to some the same brunette woman from the beach ceremony he had performed two months earlier.
"What's going on?" he asked of everyone.
Haley turned around and looked for the owner of the voice filled with confusion. She spied the JOP and widened her eyes in shock. "Oh, no," she said and looked at Nathan in alarm.
"What?" he asked.
"What are the odds that they'd get the same person to marry us again?" Haley asked before Nathan had found the JOP in the room.
"What?" Nathan asked and then found O'Reilly standing in the doorway with a confused look in his eyes. "Great."
"Am I missing something?" O'Reilly asked Karen Scott.
"What do you mean?" she asked.
"I've already married these two," he replied.
Karen looked at him in disbelief and was about to curse him out for having such a bad memory until she saw her son and noticed his deer caught in headlights expression. Her eyes narrowed in anger at her son.
"Nathan Royal Scott! How could you?" she demanded.
"Mom, let me explain," Nathan said, rushing to his mother.
Jimmy James glared at his daughter after figuring everything out for himself. "What do you have to say for yourself, Haley Anne?"
Haley picked up her daughter from the play pen and shrugged at him. "I'm already married," she said simply.
Melinda's face fell. "For how long?" she asked.
"About two months," Haley replied.
"Why wasn't I there?" Karen demanded.
"Why weren't we?" Jimmy asked at the same time.
"How did you feel about Nathan two months ago?" Haley asked, looking at him.
"I," he began to answer, but shut his mouth as he realized he was about to say he hated him.
"That's why," Haley replied.
"So because we weren't getting along, you two decided to get married in secret?" Keith asked.
"Yep," Haley replied, offering no apologies for her decision.
"It was my idea that they get married without you," Brooke admitted.
"Why?" Karen asked.
"So that you wouldn't spoil their wedding," Lucas said.
"I would never," Karen started to defend her self.
"Oh, yes, you would have," Brooke cut her off.
"So we're already married, is that really a big deal?" Nathan asked.
"Yes, Nathan because I wasn't there," Karen replied.
"You're here now," Haley said.
"And so is Judge O'Reilly," Nathan said.
Haley glanced at O'Reilly. "That is, if you wouldn't mind performing the ceremony again."
O'Reilly shrugged. "Do I still get paid?" he asked. Haley nodded. "Then fine."
"We are here to join Nathan and Haley Scott in marriage," O'Reilly began.
"That's not what you said the first time," Brooke spoke up.
"You want the same words?" O'Reilly asked Haley.
Haley nodded. "Please," and then laughed at Brooke who patted her on the back.
"We are gathered here to unite to two of you in marriage, an institution ordained by the state and made honourable by the faithful keeping of good men and women throughout all ages, and is not to be entered into lightly," O'Reilly began again, repeating the words from the original ceremony.
"Do you, Nathan Scott, take Haley to be your wife, to love, comfort and cherish her from this day forth?" he asked.
Nathan cupped Haley's cheek and wiped some of the tears that had begun to spill out of her eyes away. "I do, with all my heart, again," he replied.
"And do you, Haley James Scott, take Nathan to be your husband, to love, to comfort and cherish him from this day forth?"
"Yes," Haley said and kissed her husband's hand that was still cupping her cheek.
"Rings," O'Reilly said.
Lucas came forward and handed Nathan and Haley each other's rings.
"Haley, with all that I am, I give to you," he said as he slipped the ring back on her finger, smiling because he knew it would stay there forever after this time. "Always and forever."
She sniffled back some tears as she put his ring on his finger again. "With all that I am and have, I give to you. I will love you and be faithful to you always and forever."
Nathan looked at her in amusement. "That's not what you said the first time," he teased in a whisper.
"Be quiet," Haley said.
"Having thus pledged yourselves, each to the other, I do now, by virtue of authority vested in me by the state of North Carolina, pronounce you husband and wife," O'Reilly said, smiling again as he recalled the first time he had said the words to the couple. "Again," he added.
Nathan pulled Haley to him in less than a second and kissed her long and hard. "This is my favourite part," he told her in between kisses.
"Mine too," she smiled.
That night, as he lay in bed with his wife snuggled against him and their daughter asleep in her crib at the foot of the bed, he couldn't get over how much things had changed for them.
When he was with Taylor, all hell seemed to break loose but now with Haley as his wife, he was content. Life was peaceful now.
And he would never let either of his girls go.