Never the Same

A/N - Okay, so I decided to write this story which will be like a season 5 of OTH. (Those who read spoilers/articles on next season know that Mark plans on skipping over college, so yeah. This fanfiction will take place 4 years after this season. It will be Naley, eventually Brucas, and possibly Jeyton (not sure if I wanna be back Jake, so, I'm not sure what will happen to Peyton).

Also, I'm starting this new thing, I must get AT LEAST FIVE REVIEWS, before I post the next chapter. I don't mean to be cruel, I really don't, but how am I supposed to know if people are reading the stories if nobody reviews. So that's the rule (for all my stories).

So, in that case, PLEASE REVIEW! (ENJOY!)

Also, things might seem confusing now, but in the first few chapters I will put flashbacks so you will understand what's going on. (Not sure I will put a flashback in this chapter, but definitely the next one.)

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Chapter 1 -

Graduation day. A joyous time. Right? But for some reason Brooke Davis wasn't so happy. She couldn't exactly explain what it was that made her feel that way. It was just a feeling, a mysterious feeling.

"Brooke Davis." Her heart jumped a beat when she heard her name being called. As soon as she walked up and received her diploma she would be an adult. Not a 'you're eighteen' adult, but a real adult. She was finally graduating college! She would be a graduate of 'The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising'.

As she started walking, she glanced into the crowd and saw her boyfriend of two years. She gave him a smile, signifying a 'hello'. He returned the favor as he smiled widely back.

And before Brooke knew it, it was all over. She received her diploma and was already walking back towards her seat. And though that only took five seconds, when she glanced back over at her boyfriend he looked so proud of her. So maybe, she should be proud of herself, too.

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"Oh my god, I'm so glad you guys came!" Brooke replied as a huge grin spread across her face as she saw some of the most important people of her life in front of her.

"Aunt Brooke!"

"Hey James!" Brooke replied with just as much enthusiasm as she hugged the small boy that looked like a replica of Nathan.

"Congrats." Nathan said as he gave Brooke a hug.

"Where's Haley?" Brooke asked as she looked around her. No Haley in sight.

"Oh, you know, she's in the bathroom. All that good pregnancy stuff."

"Oh my god, Haley is pregnant again?"

"I'm going to be a big brother in five months!" James said proudly as he counted five fingers on his hand.

"Well aren't you lucky." Brooke humored the little boy as she ruffled his dark head of hair.

"Hey, Brooke! Congratulations."

Brooke turned around and saw one of her best friends.

"Haley! Hi. And congrats to you, too." Brooke laughed as she hugged Haley.

"So," Brooke started as she and Haley separated from the hug, "He didn't come?" Her voice got lower.

"Who didn't come?" A voice from behind scared Brooke.

"Oh, it's just you," Brooke sighed relief as the guy gave her a kiss on the cheek, "Nathan, Haley, I'd like you to meet Spencer, my fiancé."

"It's very nice to meet you. I've heard a lot about you."

Nathan and Haley both gave this 'Spencer' a stare. This just didn't feel right. Brooke was supposed to be with Lucas. Well, at first maybe they hadn't thought that but in the past four years they definitely started to believe it. So many things had happened.

"So," Brooke tried breaking the tension, "Where are you guys staying?"

"Oh, we're just going to catch a later flight home. In case Hales starts to feel sick. We need to be right by a doctor."

"Speaking of which, I think we should start to head back."

"Awww, you're leaving already." Brooke pouted as Spencer put an arm around her.

"Yeah, sorry. But it was really great to see you, Brooke. Come visit sometime. Especially when the baby is born."

"Of course." Brooke gave them all hugs and whispered 'I'll miss you's' in their ears.

"Bye, Aunt Brooke!"

"Bye, Jay. Behave for mommy and daddy, okay?"

He nodded as the family walked off.

"So, that was them?"

"Yup." Brooke smiled up at him.

"They seem nice."

"They are."

"Oh, by the way, who didn't come?"

"Huh?"

"When I walked towards you guys you were talking about some guy that didn't come."

"Oh, that. That was nothing. Don't worry about it."

"You okay?"

"Yeah. I'm fine."

"Okay," He said while pushing some hair off her face, "Well, I know I've mentioned this before, but I am very proud of you."

"Thanks, baby."

"And how does it feel to be a college graduate?"

"Not quite sure yet. I'm still just processing this whole thing." She laughed as she took his hand in hers.

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Lucas sighed as he played with the edge of the calendar that was pinned to his bedroom wall. On the 29th of May, big letters were written across the box. 'BROOKE'. And then around it was a heart. He wanted to go. Go and wish her good luck on her new life. But something stopped him. Told him that this was for the best. She belongs there with whoever she is with now while he belongs here, without anybody. Just his family. Maybe one day they would be perfect for each other. But for now..., for now this is all they would ever be. Acquaintances. He would just have to find out from Nathan and Haley how she was doing. That's all.

All Lucas wanted to do now was relax. Take a deep breath. He just graduated a few days ago from UNC and now he was free from work. That is until he gets one of his job applications back.

"Lucas," Karen called throughout the house. She then reached his bedroom door, "This came in the mail for you."

Lucas smiled, maybe things would be turning around.

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"Peyton, do you have the new design ready?" Peyton grunted as she threw the girl the paper with her drawing. She just graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and already was swamped with tons of work.

"Well don't get all pissy at me." The girl said jokingly.

"I'm sorry Jess, I've just have had a lot on my mind lately."

"Everything okay?"

"Yeah," The blonde shook her head, "Yeah, everything's fine."

"Okay. Well I'm going to be in the office if you need anything."

"'Kay." Peyton leaned back in her chair. What possessed her to take a summer internship?

Lately, Peyton had been thinking of her old life. Brooke, Lucas, Nathan, and Haley, and what they had been up to. Once the five split for college she hadn't kept in contact with any of them. She just wanted to start a new life.

Whatever, enough dazing on the past. Back to work.

But she couldn't help but wonder...Would things ever be the same? Probably not.

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A/N - Okay, well this chapter was just sort of an introduction. Next chapter will be better.

Coming up next:

- What did Lucas receive in the mail???

- How are Brooke and Spencer?

- How are Naley?

- What's going on with Peyton?

- Basically, more insight on all of their lives.

- What happened in the past four years that made Naley believe Brucas should be together?

- A lot of flashbacks

- A lot of DRAMA.

So as I mentioned before, FIVE REVIEWS OR MORE and then I continue.

Let me know if you have any suggestions.

BTW, I'm going to focus more on this story than others b/c I think this one will go far. Hopefully. But we'll see.

Thanks! - Melissa