Never the Same

Chapter 4 - Nathan and Haley

If someone were to ask Nathan and Haley how their life turned out the way it did, they probably wouldn't be sure how to answer a question as such. Their life had turned out to be very unpredictable. But if they were given a choice, they wouldn't live their life differently in any way.

They were happy with little James and even happier when they found out about baby number two.

The two seemed to be the only two out of the group that had their lives pulled together. Everyone else seemed to still live in the past and dwell on it too.

"Mommy!" Haley heard the faint call of her son outside from their backyard. "Come look!"

Haley sighed as she got up from the couch and made her way outside to where her four - almost five- year old son was dribbling a new basketball Nathan had gotten him.

"Look!" His sneaker-covered feet sprang up from the ground as the ball went through the miniature hoop. He and Nathan had been practicing for a while.

"Wow," Haley praised her son as she rubbed her hand over her five-month swollen belly, "When daddy gets home later you're gonna have to show him. He's gonna be so proud of you."

"I can't wait 'till daddy comes home!"

"Me neither, me neither." Haley said smiling as she ruffled her son's head of raven hair. (I know the boy that will play James Lucas Scott has blonde hair, but in my stories, he will have dark brown hair) Haley has something important to tell Nathan. She had gone to a doctors appointment earlier and had found out the sex of their second child. Despite Nathan telling her that he wanted it to be a surprise this time, she knew deep down he wanted to know just as bad as she did.

"Let's just wait. It's only five more months."

"But don't you want to find out? You don't like surprises."

"When did I ever say that?" He asked with a smile.

"Nathan..."

"Please." He said. "It will be worth the wait."

"Fine. You're lucky I love you so much." She finished off with a quick kiss on the lips.

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Fall '07:

"That must be your mommy and daddy." Lucas said softly as he lightly tapped baby James' nose when he heard the front door opening.

"Brooke? Lucas?" Haley called out.

"Up here!" They heard Lucas call from upstairs.

"Hey." Nathan said as he and Haley found Lucas in the nursery with the two babies.

"Hey, guys."

"Thank you for watching him. By the way, where's Brooke?"

"Oh, she, well, well it's a long story."

"Obviously something you don't want us to know, got it." Haley laughed.

"You got it. Well look I better get going. Talk to you guys later."

"Yep, bye." Haley gave her best friend a hug as Nathan waved.

"See ya."

Lucas placed his little sister in her stroller and walked out of the Scott residence leaving Nathan and Haley alone with their son.

A few hours later Lucas decided to give Brooke a visit.

Lucas walked up to the front door and instead of ringing the bell just tried the doorknob, and surprisingly, the door wasn't locked.

Lucas walked through her bedroom door and saw her throwing things into her suitcase.

"Ya know you're supposed to ring or knock or something. I could call 911 on you if I wanted."

"Teaches you a lesson to keep your door locked."

"You're really not helping me hate you less."

"Sorry." He mumbled as he moved closer to her. "Where're you going?" He asked motioning to her suitcase.

"Away. Away from you."

"Look Brooke, about earlier I'm sorry. I'm sorry that I care about you." He replied confused. He didn't get it. Why would she be so mad about what happened?

"It's not that, Lucas. God, it's not that!"

"Then what is it? Is this about me and Peyton 'cause-"

"Ugh, Lucas!"

"What?"

"Why do you have to bring her into everything?! That's why, Lucas. That explains everything! That's why I can't be with you! It's always about her! Even when you're miles apart and broken up, it's her! Always!"

"I'm so-."

"Ugh. Just..uh..." She sighed. "Why couldn't you just leave our friendship alone? Can you please just go?"

"Okay. Bye, Brooke. I'll see you around." And he left without a fight.

Brooke sighed as she sat on her bed that in result of her packing had clothing thrown all around it. She tried distracting herself trying to figure out what else to pack from the pile of clothes on her bed.

She wished he put up a fight...He probably would for Peyton.

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Haley impatiently tapped her foot on the hard tiled floor of her kitchen. It was six-thirty and Nathan would be home any minute.

"Mommy, why are you so nervous?"

"I'm not nervous, baby."

"Well daddy says that when you tap your feet like that you're nervous. And daddy knows everything about you, right?"

"Right." Haley smiled just as she heard the front door open.

"Daddy!"

"Hey buddy." Haley could hear as she walked over to her two boys.

"Hey, Hales." He said balancing his four-year-old in one arm as he wrapped his free arm around his wife and gave her a kiss on the cheek.

"Hey. How was your day?"

"Same old same old. Yours?"

"Well, James and I each have a surprise for you."

"Oh really?"

"Yes. And I'm going first!" James said while wiggling his way out of his father's arms. "Follow me!" He said leading his father to the backyard.

Haley watching from inside as her son proudly showed Nathan what he had learned. She smiled to herself. Before James was born, Nathan was scared to death about being a father. Once James had been born though, he seemed like a natural.

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"So." Nathan settled next to Haley on the couch and wrapped an arm around her. It was eight-thirty and James had just been put to bed. "What's my other surprise?"

"Well." Haley turned to face him. "Ya know how I had that doctors appointment today?"

"Yeah."

"Well..."

"Haley. Did you do what you said you wouldn't do?"

"I'm sorry. It's just he asked me if I wanted to know and I mean I couldn't say no and-."

"So, girl or boy?"

"What?"

"Is it a girl or boy?" He asked her giving her a small smile.

"I knew you wanted to find out too." She said as he smirked. "Anyway-." She began but was cut off mid-sentence when she felt a pain in her abdomen.

"Are you okay?" Nathan said as soon as he saw his wife's discomfort.

"Yeah." She nodded. "I'm fine it was just-." She had started again but once again the pain returned.

"Haley, baby, talk to me. What's going on? Should I take you to the hospital?"

"I think we should go." She said as she closed her eyes.

What the hell was happening?

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A/N - I know, a very mean cliffhanger, huh? Well in the next two chapters everything will start to come together and MOST characters will interact.

SPOILER: MOST characters.

So that was chapter 4. PLEASE REVIEW!

Also, check out my new one shot 'Remember'. Thanks!

(BTW, I really wanna start a new story, I have no idea why, but I do. If you have suggestions please let me know! And yes, it will be Brucas! Thanks!)