I do not own One Tree Hill or any of its characters.
Author's Note: This is an Alternative Universe story and quite different to my last one. Nathan Scott, 26,is the wild child andblack sheep of the Scott family. Lucas Scott, 28,is the responsible and loyal eldest brother. Haley,26, is the beautiful, intelligentand loyal daughter of the James family. Both families are very rich and powerful and are looking to merge their companies and part of the merger includes Haley's marriage toLucas. Sparks soon start flying, but unfortunately much drama unfoldsfor everyone involved becauseNathan seems to be causing the heat.
Haley James stared sullenly out the window, watching the buildings and traffic pass her by. This was one of the worst days of her life and no matter how positve she tried to be, she just couldn't seem to pull herself out of the black hole she seemed to be falling into.
"Haley. Please don't sulk. It's highly unattractive."
She did her best to ignore her mother's reproach. She should be used to it by now, but for some reason every time her mother put her down it hurt just the same as it had when she was just a child. But she wasn't a child anymore. She was a twenty six year old woman… who was still letting her parents dictate her life.
"Haley. Look at me when I'm talking to you." Lydia James ordered from her place on the seat across the limousine. Haley did as she was asked and let her gaze fall upon the glamorous woman before her. She sat gracefully in a turquoise skirt and jacket set with her blond hair pulled up off her neck in a French twist to expose an expensive pearl necklace that matched her earrings. Lydia was the epitome of style, grace and opulence and somehow her daughter never seemed to reach the same standards. Haley had opted for a more casual outfit consisting of hipster jeans, a black lace camisole and a red leather jacked to match her red boots. She didn't understand how her mother could wear such restrictive clothing when they were going to be spending hours on an airplane.
"Yes mother." Haley replied with a fake smile. It was best to humor the woman rather than put her in an even more disagreeable mood.
"Look. I know you're not happy about the situation Haley, but you need to do this for your father. For our family. You've been given everything you could possibly want for in your life and now it's about time you showed some appreciation."
Haley couldn't believe the nerve of the woman. Sure, she'd grown up in a wealthy family and been given anything money could buy, but she sure as hell never got what she wanted… a loving mother and father. Haley had known from an early age that she wasn't brought into this world for her parents to love, she was simply an accessory. A prop in the perpetual show her parents put on to the outside world, fooling them into believing they had the perfect family. Even after all this time it still hurt her, but being the good, dutiful daughter she was, Haley went along with everything her parents ever asked of her. What else was she to do? She'd known no other way. So when her parents sat her down a week earlier and informed her that she would be marrying the son of a business colleague to facilitate a merger, she recovered from the initial shock and then stayed silent as her parents told her exactly what was planned for her.
"Please mother. Would you just drop it! I'm doing what you want. I'm marrying a man I've never met and will never love so that you and dad can make another billion dollars you don't need. What else do you want from me!" she exclaimed in an uncharacteristically aggressive manner. Haley had always been quiet and obedient when it came to her parents an she certainly never yelled at them.
Lydia gasped with surprise. Her daughter had never spoken to her in such tone and she certainly wouldn't stand for it. Her future husband probably wouldn't stand for it either, so she had to make sure it never happened again. But before she could say anything a loud booming voice beat her to it.
"Who do you think you are talking to your mother like that young lady? I've sat back and watched you brood for a whole week about this. But no more. You will marry him Haley and you will do it with a smile on your face because that's what I'm telling you to do. You had better improve your attitude, and fast because you will not embarrass me in front of the Scott family. Now stop acting like a selfish brat and just accept this is one of many small sacrifices you will have to make in your life."
Haley was shocked when her father spoke up. She had almost forgotten that he had been in the car with them. As usual he had spent the entire ride to the airport in silence, ignoring the conversation around him. He had been that way for as long as she could remember. Jimmy James was a powerful man with a strong presence that could make any man quiver in his wake, but when it came to his family he was fairly absent. Both in mind and body. On the rare occasion her parents were home, her father barely said a word or acknowledged his daughters presence. She only seemed to hold any importance when in the public eye.
I'm sorry dad. I don't know what came over me. I guess I'm just a little nervous. It won't happen again." She said meekly with her eyes fixed on the floor. She looked up at her mother and offered her apology. "I'm sorry mother. I should never have said those things to you."
Lydia James didn't bother to reply. She simply glared at her daughter and looked out the dark tinted windows of limousine as though the scenery outside was the most fascinating thing she'd ever seen.
Haley soon followed suit and hoped that she wouldn't have to talk to either of them the rest of the journey to the airport or during their flight.
Lucas Scott lay there propped up on his elbow watching her sleep. The sheet only covering her lower half, therefore exposing the creamy flesh of her back and a hint of her breast. Her head lay on her pillow with her long brown tresses falling down along her back. She was facing him and had the hint of a smile on her lips as she slept. He wondered if she was dreaming of him, the way he always dreamt of her. Lucas loved this woman, more than he ever thought it would be possible to love another human being. Brooke Davis was his world and had been for such a long time.
They had grown up together and been best friends throughout childhood, high school and then college. That was when things changed for them. Their love had always been purely platonic, but then early in their sophomore year, they had both felt electricity between them. They ignored it for a few months until one drunken night after another rowdy frat party, Brooke had ended up in his bed. The next morning they had woken up in each others arms and felt like it was the most natural thing in the world. Instead of freaking out about it, they had laid in bed discussing what had happened and how they felt about it before deciding that it was what they both wanted. They had been joined at the hip since… well mostly. Unfortunately, the once inseparable Scott and Davis families had had a falling out. One of their joint business ventures had gone sour and Dan Scott had vowed never to speak with Paul Davis ever again. Up until that time, both families had wanted the two to date and eventually get married. Their mothers had basically already planned the wedding. Lucas and Brooke, however, had always thought the idea ludicrous and told their parents to forget any marriage plans. So it was quite ironic that Brooke and Lucas had finally fallen in love after their families' fallout. Although neither family had asked their children to put an end to their friendship, they had made it clear that it would have been easier if they had no reminders of their old friends. Out of sight, out of mind.
"Babe?" came a soft husky voice, bringing Lucas from his thoughts
Lucas realized that he must have been staring off into space. He gave her a bright smile before leaning in and kissing her lips tenderly.
"Mmm. Now that's always nice to wake up to. Can't you sleep?" Brooke asked, wondering why Lucas was awake at two am.
"I was just enjoying watching you." He said honestly. "You look so peaceful when you're asleep."
Brooke raised herself up on one elbow, mirroring her boyfriend. He noticed a mischievous glint in her eye. "Well. I'm suddenly not so sleepy anymore." She practically purred.
Lucas required no further prompting and pounced on her immediately. They could never get enough of each other and before long were making love as they had done many times that night.
Nathan Scott smirked at the expression on his Uncle Cooper's face. He loved the relationship that they shared. Cooper was only ten years older than Nathan and they were more like best friends than uncle and nephew.
"You're fucking with me, right?" laughed Cooper incredulously
Nathan simply shook his head indicating that he most certainly was not joking.
"You slept with all three of them on the same night? How the hell did you manage that? And how the hell did you start impressing me when I was the one who taught you everything you know?"
Nathan smiled at the dark haired man. It was true, Coop had taught him everything he knew, and not just about sex and women, about most other things. He was the youngest of the two Scott brothers and the wild child of the family. His older brother Lucas was the one who had been given his parents attention, being groomed to take over the family business, whereas he had been left to run wild. Cooper had taken him under his wing and been more of a father figure than Dan Scott ever had.
"Firstly, yes I had them all in one night. Secondly, it was quite easy. I've been seeing Emma casually for a couple of weeks and I took her out for dinner, you know, wined and diner her. We went for a walk in the park to my favorite secluded spot near the lake. Before long the clothes were off and she was screaming my name. I took her home and went in for a coffee. While she went off to have a shower and change, I sat and talked to her older sister Candice. She and I go way back and are what you might call fuck buddies. Anyway, I go to the bathroom and all of a sudden she's dragging me into the laundry and ripping my clothes off." He said nonchalantly, but his ever present smirk indicated that he was indeed, very happy with himself.
Coop laughed at his nephew. "Ok. So you got the two sisters, but the how the hell did you get their mom?"
"Yes. Ms Williams. Well, lets just say that we go back quite a way also."
Coop almost choked on his beer. "Now this I have trouble believing. You're twenty six years old Nathan, and you've told me about every girl you've been with since you were sixteen. I think I'd remember a woman who's almost old enough to be your mother!"
"Easy explanation really… I was sleeping with her for about a year when I was fifteen."
This time Cooper did choke on his drink and Nathan couldn't hold back his laughter at the sight of his uncle spluttering out the golden liquid through his mouth and nose. "Jesus Christ Nate. You were fucking her when you were fifteen? How did I not know about this?"
Nathan sighed. Gillian Williams had been his first crush, his first love… his first everything. He used to play basketball with her son, Patrick and often spent afternoons and weekends at their home. Gillian always paid special attention to Nathan, but he thought he was just imagining the flirting. He had a massive crush on the gorgeous older woman, but never thought anything would come of it. That was until one day he arrived to see Patrick, but was soon told that he was out for the afternoon and she was home alone. She invited him in for a cool drink, which he accepted gratefully due to the hot summer weather. Nathan could barely even remember how it happened, but somehow that afternoon he lost his virginity to a thirty three year old woman on her kitchen floor. They continued to see each other regularly over the next year, and he fell for her… hard. But one day when they were almost caught by her son and husband arriving home early, she decided to call it quits. Nathan was heartbroken, but even then his pride overruled all other emotions, so he simply left without trying to change her mind. Ever since then he went from girl to girl and then woman to woman without any intention of ever forming a meaningful relationship with any of them. Nathan Scott would never again have his heart broken.
Pulling himself from his reverie, Nathan quickly replied "Well it wasn't exactly legal Coop. I never told anybody. Besides, we didn't talk about this shit back then." Nathan didn't want to get into his past with Gillian Williams, so he decided to finish his story. " Anyway, I said good night to Emma a little while later and went out to my car. Gillian pulled into the drive as I was walking to my car, so I stopped to talk to her. She had been out for dinner and looked hot as usual. One thing led to another and before I knew it we were going at it in the backseat of my car. And that my friend, is the end of the story."
Both men were silent for a few minutes as they drank their beer. Coop loved Nathan and they were more like brothers or friends than anything else, but he still couldn't help but worry about him. Over the years he had watched him grow wilder and wilder and more like himself. He didn't want that for Nathan. He didn't want him to be the perpetual bachelor and wind up old and lonely. Nathan had a big heart and he wanted him to find that special someone to share it with. But no matter how many times they spoke about it, Nathan would simply say that love was not for him. Coop just hoped that love would come along… and knock his nephew off his feet.