Author's note: I got this idea for a Nathan&Haley fanfiction and I thought it would be an amazing story for them. I have other fanfictions going on, but I felt the need to make this story my priority right now. I must warn you that this story is going to be very intense as it unfolds...as Nathan&Haley are going to be put in a very dark situation. This story isn't about cheating, realizations of feelings for another person, or stuff like that. Make no mistake... Nathan&Haley are TOGETHER in my story, and we are going to see them work together in order to survive.

Headlights on Dark Roads

Chapter One- Look After You

The following takes place sometime in season four.

Monday Morning at Nathan&Haley's bedroom

"Mmmm, honey, stop. I'm-so-going-to-be-late", Haley James Scott managed to blurt out between kisses.

Nathan Scott backtracked from her lips and worked his way down gracefully down her neck, sending chills to all the right places.

"Oh G-o-d". A soft moan escaped Haley's mouth.

"How did I know you'd like that, huh?" Nathan whispered gently in her ear, a grin plastered on his face.

Haley's heart skipped a beat. Even after all the time, his smile still made her weak in the knees. Good thing they were laying on their bed.

Haley chuckled. "Okay, that is SO not fair. You know all my weaknesses", she turned to face Nathan. "Heck, you are my weakness".

"You're mine too. You know that, right?" He slowly leaned in and brushed his lips against her forehead.

"Nathan... of course I do", she told him, cupping her hand to his face.

"You know, I wish we could stay like this forever. This time, this place. How we are now... I never want it to change."

"Well, as long as you aren't leaping off of any more bridges any time soon, we'll be fine", Haley couldn't help but joke.

"Haley- Nathan cracked a small smile.

"What? Only kidding of course", Haley smiled widely. "But in all seriousness, I know what you mean. Things change so fast Nathan. Too fast. Keith is gone. Rachel. Cooper. Karen's pregnant. Dan's helping her if you can believe that. Brooke basically ripped Lucas's heart out by getting that abortion and Peyton's barely around these days. And then soon, we're going to college next year, and everything's going to change all over again. And I know...changes like that are a part of life... exciting even. But we can't let time change us Nathan. We have to remember that."

"I know, Hales. And... I want you to know that...",Nathan began to say. He sighed as he rubbed his hands roughly over his face.

"What?"

Nathan suddenly sat up, staring straight ahead of him...revealing his nude, muscular back. Yet another one of Haley's weaknesses.

Despite Haley's sudden need to ..well straddle her husband, she was getting a bit concerned. He seemed so serious.

"Nathan, you're scaring me, "Haley said sitting up, touching her hand to his arm, hoping he would turn to her.

He looked down, and another sigh escaped into the air. "It's... nothing."Haley put her hand to the side of his face and lightly turned his face to hers. His light blue eyes were filled with sadness...and fear. "You can tell me anything", she spoke delicately by his ear.

Nathan stared vividly into her deep brown eyes for a few moments. A thick silence was hanging in the air.

"It's just that... That day on the bridge-

"That's what this is about? Nathan. It was a close call and to say that it scared the living daylights out of me would be an understatement. I've... never been that scared before. Never. Almost losing you is something... let's just say I've never knew I could feel that bad inside."

"Haley, I'm...sorry. So, so sorry. I never meant for any of that", Nathan said weakly, his voice slowly breaking. He wrapped his arms tightly around her upper body and rested his head on her shoulder. "Jumping in so blindly like that, I just wanted to make things right. And if something had happened to me, I would have left you all...alone".

Haley stroked his back. "It's okay".

"No, it's not. I risked my life and nearly left you.. for nothing. I couldn't save anyone. Not even my own damn uncle."

"Listen to me Nathan, You have to know that you did the right thing that day. Up on the bridge, you were the most brave, most selfless man I've ever known. Not many people could have did what you did. And you should be proud. You tried your best and don't' ever let yourself think any different. I just want you to know that if the rescue workers hadn't came when they did, I would have jumped in there after you myself without a doubt. I would do anything for you. Anything."

"I know Haley. And you know I feel the same way, but I just can't help but think that...-

"What?"

"I just want to make you happy. It's all I've ever wanted from the moment I met you. But we've had nothing but struggles. And I couldn't bear to see you unhappy again."

"Hey, It's all over", Haley said soothingly. "We're okay and we're going to continue to be okay. More than okay."

"How do you know that Haley?"

"I just do. We take things as they come, together as a unit, as a family. That way, there's nothing we can't face."

Nathan released his grasp from her body and looked intensely at her, his eyes full of love and concern. "Haley, I just want you to know that, whatever happens, I'll be here for you. You can come to me about anything, and we'll get through it together. I WON'T let anything come between us again. I promise you that".

"I know Nathan. I promise that to. And...we have to try to be there for everyone this year. All our friends and family are going through so much right now. They need us."

"You're always thinking of others, Hales. You're one of the special ones", Nathan told her.

"Don't underestimate yourself Nathan. You have a generous heart. I see it everyday", Haley reassured him.

Nathan let a small smile extend across his face. "Oh yeah and that reminds me, do you think we should ask Lucas if he wants to grab dinner with us tonight?"

"Good idea. I've known him practically my whole life and I've never seen him this down. First Keith and now this thing with Brooke. He's such a mess. It hurts me to see him like this Nathan".

"I know. Me too. I'll ask him this morning. I have to head over there anyway before school. I just hope I don't run into my Dad. I don't care how much he claims he's changed. He could donate all his money to a charity for poor and hungry children and I still would never buy his act."

"Very true", Haley chuckled. "But he is following through on his promise of helping Karen. And he did come to our wedding. Maybe there's hope for him yet. Did I just say that?"

"Yeah and now I must kill you", Nathan joked evilly, while holding her down, tickling her stomach.

"Oh my God", Haley shouted between giggles. "Stop it! You know I can't take it...when you tickle me, like t-h-i-s", she mumbled.

"What about this?" Nathan gently stated. He pressed his lips onto Haley's stomach, and tracked his mouth down right by her belly button. He took his time, flickering his tongue over her satin skin.

Haley was enjoying the wave of pleasure as she suddenly saw the clock glaring at her from across the room. "H-o-n-e-y. I have to t-a-k-e my shower now", she moaned, slowly but surely moving herself in the direction of getting off the bed.

"Well, I think it could wait a few more minutes", Nathan teased, grabbing her arm, luring her back to him.

"As tempting as that offer sounds, you know I hate to be late for my tutoring sessions", Haley blurted as she finally hopped out of bed. She grabbed her purple robe and began to wrap it around her. "Remember how I was always perfectly on time for yours. In fact...you were always annoyingly late as I recall", Haley chuckled lightly.

"Hey...maybe it was the other way around", Nathan said as he scooted to the edge of the bed. "I remember it being as ..you were the one that always was annoyingly early. Not everyone likes getting up before the crack of dawn, Hales", Nathan teased her.

Haley couldn't help but smile as she walked into the bathroom to turn the shower on. She headed back into the bedroom, heading back by Nathan. "Besides, It was all worth it in the end", she told him as she began to stroke his hair, standing right above him.

"Oh yeah it was", Nathan blurted seductively, grabbing Haley by the hips and placing her on his lap.

"In speaking of tutoring... You know, Marcus is supposed to get his grade for that big paper I helped him on last week. Remember? I really hope he did okay. I've been worried."

"Yeah, I know he's been having a tough time getting back into the swing of things since he came back to school", Nathan said while playing with her hair.

"Yeah, I'm just glad he convinced himself to come back and try to graduate. But if he can't pass certain classes, then he's looking at another year and we both know he's not going to stick around for that. He's just been such a good friend to us and to Lucas lately, and it would just be such a shame if he didn't make it. And I forgot to tell you this, but he-

"He what?" Nathan cut in. He stopped playing with her hair and locked his eyes with hers.

"It's no big deal. He just...he didn't show up for one of our tutoring sessions the other day. It's kinda weird, don't you think? He hasn't missed one of our sessions since we started. And no explanation. No phone calls, and .. when I tried to ask him about it at school yesterday, I think he might have blew me off."

"Blew you off? Oh man. I-I could talk to him. See what's up?"

"Really?" Haley asked him. "I was hoping you'd say that", she added as she clapped her hands together.

"Well he just better realize that he has the best tutor in the school, no wait, period", Nathan said, as he started to place tender and lingering kisses on her neck, making Haley's whole body pulsate.

"Trying to butter me up? To get me to stay with you in bed longer?"She said sarcastically.

"I- only speak the t-r-u-t-h", Nathan mumbled out of breath, while he lowered down the top of her robe. His kisses trailed down to her shoulder blades and then by her breasts. "Is it working?"

"M-a-y-b-e. Oh yes. God", Haley tried to back away from this very tempting embrace. She really did have to get into the shower, but the feeling of Nathan's warm lips on her bare neck made it impossible to resist.

"You know how much I love this hair?", she heard Nathan say as he began to caress it lightly. "I loved your hair long, but this, right above your shoulders. The way it shows off your neck and your shoulders, I never knew it could be so sexy."

"Well, boy am I glad I got it then", Haley giggled as she swept her lips firmly over Nathan's.

They sunk back into the bed, Haley on top of Nathan. Her robe, on the ground. With Nathan's eyes looking right into her soul, she knew right there and right then, that this was it. It didn't get any better than this. She moved her hips elegantly as Nathan placed his hands over her ass and guided her small but precise movements. As her body drank up all there was of Nathan, she only felt herself thirsting for more. She began to pick up the pace. She moved her hipsstill with the same elegant grace, but this time with much more passion... more heat. Nathan clasped hands with her as she could hear both of their breathing intensify minute by minute. He took her by surprise as he quickly rolled over on top of her and began to thrust into her, making her body tremble with pleasure.

Several minutes later, they were laying right next to each other, both glistening with sweat and happily numb.

"You know, I really should go take that shower", she pouted.

"Or we can play hooky, and stay in bed all day..and do this over and over again", Nathan tempted her, a sexy smile spread across his face.

Haley groaned as she slapped him playfully. "No hooky. As amazing as that idea sounds, we're going to school today mister", she said as she pointed her finger at him. "And I have to go tutor today. I would say unfortunately, but I just can't help but love it."

"Of course you do Hales. It's like basketball for me. There's nothing else like it. When I play, I'm in this whole other world. And your lucky enough to not only have only two things that you're good at, but that you also love."

"I-I don't know. I can't explain it. As much as I love my music, and you know I do, tutoring is different. It fulfills me on this level that I can hardly...", Haley stopped and took a breath. "Like this girl Camille. She couldn't get this certain math concept for the longest time. I know she was ready to give up. Until one day, I must have said the right things, because she finally got it. She got her test back last week and.. she actually got an A. The look on her face. It was like, I did that, you know? God, I'm sorry for boring you with details... but I don't know...I just love to help people so much. It makes me feel good."

"All those people are lucky to have you Haley. I know I was. Like your music, it's a big part of who you are. And it's part of the reason why I love you so much."

Haley couldn't help but smile. Nobody ever made her feel this loved. As corny as it sounded, It was the best feeling in the world. "And just think? If I never agreed to tutor you... you would have never of fallen for me, and we wouldn't be lying in this bed right now. I'll tell ya...tutoring you was the smartest move I ever made".

"...Hey, does that shower of yours have room enough for two?" Nathan said as he kissed her hand.

"Do you even have to ask?" Haley winked as she rose up off the bed and headed toward the shower.

Nathan grinned in amazement as he chased her into the bathroom.

Later that morning Lucas's bedroom

"So, what's up man?" Lucas asked Nathan as he put his Scott Motor's sweatshirt on. "I mean, not that I mind, but you usually don't stop by before school for an early morning chat."

"I just wanted to ask you if you wanted to grab some dinner with me and Haley tonight", Nathan told him as he put his hands in his pocket.

"Of course. But Nate, you could have asked me this at school. What gives?" Lucas asked curiously.

"Nothing. I just had some time to kill before school started and I wanted-

"And you wanted to check up on me? I get it Nathan. But you don't have to do this, okay?"

"No, It's not that-

"It's not?"

"No. Yes. I mean, It's not just that Luke. It's more than that."

"Okay, you're confusing the hell out of me Nate. What's up?"

Nathan paced around Lucas's room, hands still in his pockets. He stopped abruptly and looked up at Lucas. "Okay, I don't even know why I'm talking about this. I shouldn't even bring this up. It's probably nothing. ...But it could be something. Uhh, I just can't get this out my mind".

"Okay, you're freaking me out. What is this about?" Lucas grabbed Nathan's shoulders firmly. "Talk to me Nate".

"Remember back right before Haley and I renewed our vows? I had those nightmares about her?

"Yeah?"

"I've been having nightmares again, Luke. Not like last time though. This time, she's being attacked, being hurt bad... being killed...by someone and I can't do anything to stop it".

"But, those dreams didn't mean anything. Haley never was in the water. You were".

"I know, but I can't shake this feeling that something bad is going to happen."

"You're just worried. It's natural after what happened on the bridge."

"But-

"But what? Nathan just calm down and think rationally. You won't let anything happen to Haley. I sure as hell won't."

"It's not that.. It's... and this is going to sound really crazy Luke, but hear me out. What do we actually know about Marcus?"

"What? You think Marcus would try and hurt Haley? Are you out of your mind?" Lucas exclaimed, shocked.

"I don't know!" Nathan shouted. "I just think that lately... there's been something off about the guy Luke. I've been watching him closely, and I don't know. I can't help it. I know he's been a friend to us, but when I'm around him, I can't shake off this feeling that there's something, wrong with him. Maybe it was the school shooting, and he thought he was better but maybe he just can't handle-

"Wait. Hold up, Nathan. Are you sure your just not.. You know? Haley's been spending a lot of time with him. Maybe you convinced yourself it's a Chris part two."

"No!" Nathan let out fiercely.

"I'm just putting it out there man. You can't blame me for thinking that", Lucas told him.

"Sorry Luke. It's just not about that. I trust Haley completely. With my life. I don't trust him. I know there's just something off about him. It's in my gut man. I can't fight it."

"Well If you're that worried Nate, just go to Haley. Tell her to stop tutoring him."

"No", Nathan started. "I can't let her think that I don't trust her, not after we've come this far. No ultimatums. I'm not going to make the same mistakes I made last time. I can't let that happen. I won't let that happen Luke."

"I get that. I do."

"Look, I know you think I'm overreacting, but I made a promise to myself and to Haley that I would always keep her safe. I would never forgive myself if anything happened to her when I could have prevented it. "

Lucas smiled lightly. "Haley couldn't ask for a better husband."

"And I know your going through some heavy stuff right now, and I didn't want to have to come to you about this...but there's no one else. I need your help", Nathan said, looking at Lucas more serious than he ever has at anyone in his entire life.

"It's okay. If it's for Haley and it'll help ease your mind, I'll do anything. Besides I'm up for a good distraction. What do you want me do?"

"You're on the school newspaper this year. Find out about him. Anything. Everything. He is dangerous? I need to know."

"I'll see what I can do".

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