When Love Isn't Enough -
A/N - I am SO sorry it took forever for me to update. I've been very busy and have had major writers block. I hope you enjoy this chapter (this is the last chapter). I just want to say thanks to everyone who has reviewed this story from the beginning until the very end! If it weren't for you guys this story would've never made it this far. Thanks again, and please review one last time. Enjoy!
Chapter 9 -
"So, how was school today?" Summer asked her two daughters as she drove home.
Seth and Summer spent the rest of the morning and most of the afternoon just talking about what had happened over the past month. How Katie and Jessica were and how much they all missed one another. As the hours passed, the awkwardness just sort of died off. Sure, it didn't feel exactly the same as before, but it did feel semi-normal. Hopefully this time Seth will be able to live up to his word.
"It was okay."
"And what about you, Jess?"
"Oh my god, mommy it was horrible...," Jessica started with dramatics, "First I get to school and Kelly is wearing the same shirt as me, and then later, I was drawing a picture and Amanda said it was really pretty but then Evan came over and told me it was ugly. Today was so bad." She said slightly shaking her head.
Summer couldn't help but laugh at a little out her overly-dramatic four year old.
"Mommy, it's not funny!"
"I'm sorry sweetie. You're right, but I'm sure tomorrow will be a better day."
"And how was your day mommy?" Katie asked after her sister finally shut up.
"Oh, well it was interesting." Summer said hesitating, as she drove up the block, coming closer to their house. She didn't want to tell the kids that Seth was back because she wanted them to be surprised, which they definitely would be.
"That looks like daddy's car." Jessica said pointing to a range rover that was parked right near their driveway.
"Hmm...It does." Summer said suspiciously as she parked the car.
"Jessica," Katie started as Summer, her sister, and she all got out of the car, "Don't be silly. Daddy isn't home and he won't be for a-." She was then cut off when the door opened, revealing Seth.
"Oh my god, you're back!" Both girls ran to their father giving him a great big hug.
"I missed you daddy."
"Yeah, we missed you."
"Well, I missed you girls too."
"I'm going to upstairs for a minute, give you guys some time to talk." Summer said as she went upstairs.
"Daddy?" Jessica asked breaking the silence.
"Are you back for good?"
"You're not going to leave again, are you?" Katie then asked following her sister's question.
"Listen...I'm going to speak to you like you are mature young girls...-."
"Daddy, we are!" Jessica said defensively.
"Continue..." Katie said rolling her eyes at her sister.
"Well, I can't tell you what will happen in the future. But, mommy and I realized we made a mistake. Unfortunately, I can't promise you that mommy and I will never get into another fight again, and I can't promise you that this won't happen again-." Seth said but was cut off by Jessica.
"No! I don't want you to leave again." She said while tears started forming in her eyes.
"Baby, let me finish... Let's just say, if this does happens again, for some reason, and mommy says I need to get out of the house, I'm never going to leave you girls. I love you two to death and I will always be here for you. Always. And mommy too. Even though we may fight, we will always still love each other. Okay? Don't ever think that I'm not gonna be here for you." Seth said, not noticing that Summer had reappeared.
"I love you daddy."
"I love you too daddy."
"I love you girls too." He said giving them both a hug.
Summer cleared her throat making the three of them aware of her presence.
"Sorry to interrupt your group hug." She said with a slight laugh.
"That's okay mommy. Do you want to join?"
"Sure... why not?" She said with a smile on her face as she made her way down the stairs to where the three of them were.
All four of them really missed this; family time. It had been months since they felt like a family, but now here they were, finally picking up the pieces.
"Cohen, can I talk to you?" Summer asked later that night after the girls were asleep.
"Yeah sure. What's up?" He replied, sitting down on the bed, motioning for her to sit.
"Well, I know the whole fight and all started because of your job. And, I know that me saying this may seem pretty stupid and might not make any sense," She said quickly, "Okay, let me just get straight to the point, I don't want you to quit your job because of this. It's your passion and it's like me telling you not to follow your dream."
"Summer, my family comes first. I'm not going to let my job come in the way of our family again, I've learned the hard way, and if that means quitting my job, then I'll do it, for Katie and for Jessie, and for you."
"But Seth, I don't want you to do that!"
"Summer, I don't understand. About two months ago you got pissed at me about my job, now your practically begging me to go."
"I just don't want you giving up your dream. I'll feel guilty for a long time if you quit. Can't you call and just get reassigned to your old office?"
"I can do that...But, I don't want the same thing happening again, us getting into a huge argument over work."
"If you can control your work habits, it won't."
"Are you sure you want me to do this?"
"Yes, just promise me that you'll be home during normal hours not at midnight."
"I promise, and this time, I mean it."
"Good." She said smiling.
Seth was able to go back to his old office and he had been attending his job for a week now. Surprisingly, he was able to keep his word, the latest he was home by was six and the family was finally getting back to their normal basics.
"Girls, go wash up for dinner." Summer called to her daughters who were watching t.v.
"Okay." They both replied as the phone rang.
"Hey Summer." Seth's voice came through the phone.
"Cohen, where are you?" Summer asked eyeing the clock that read '6:46'. She was starting to get nervous. Was Seth going back to his old routines?
"Um... about that. I got stuck at work and I'm going to be here a little while longer. I'm sorry."
"Are you kidding me? I can't believe you."
"I'm-." Seth started but was interrupted by the door bell on the other side.
"Cohen, I gotta go, I'll see you later." Summer said sadly as she hung up the phone.
"Who is it?" Summer asked as she slightly opened the door.
"Hey." The person on the other side of the door said with a wave.
"Seth? What? I just spoke to you on the phone and...," Summer said slightly confused, but then, "Cohen, what the hell? You got me nervous!" She said hitting his arm.
"Ow," He winced in pain, rubbing his arm where she had hit him, "Wait, why were you nervous?"
"I don't know. I thought, maybe you were going back to your old self. You being obsessed with your job."
"Summer," He said, putting his arms around her, "I told you. I'm never going to be that person again. This time I'm gonna be here for the three of you. Work isn't going to get in the way, never again. Okay?"
Summer slowly nodded her head as tears started filling her eyes.
"Hey, why are you crying?" He asked, as his thumb wiped away a tear that fell down her face.
"I don't know. You just got me really scared."
"I'm sorry. But you have nothing to worry about, I love you." He said giving her a small smile.
"I love you too."
"Daddy, you're home." Katie said as she walked down the stairs with Jessica following closely after.
"Yeah I am. How are you girls?"
"Good." They said, giving Seth a hug.
"Mommy, why are you crying?"
"Me? I'm not crying," Summer said quickly wiping away any evidence of her tears, "Come on, let's go eat before the food gets cold." She said giving the other three a smile.
"So, anything interesting happened today?"
"Well..." Jessica started.
"Oh, and here she goes." Katie said as her sister started rambling, as the four of them walked into the kitchen together. They were finally once again a real loving family, and nothing was going to come in their way.
A/N - So that's the end. I personally didn't like this last chapter, but then again, I usually don't like any of my writing, so let me know what you thought about it. I would like to say thanks again to my reviewers!!! Please leave your last thoughts, thanks again:)
Btw, check out my new story, (sequel to 'Our New Journey Together'), 'The Journey's Just Begun'.