Disclaimer I am including this because I've seen it on several other threads. I do not own One Tree Hill. If I did, there would be 52 episodes in a season.

Some quick background info:

Haley James had come to Tree Hill looking for something new. After spending her entire life growing up in Maine, she was looking for something a little more cutting edge. She thought she might find it in Tree Hill, North Carolina. So far, she hadn't.

Brooke Davis grew up in California. She had practically raised herself. She'd had a nanny until she was 13, but after that, her parents figured she was able to take care of herself. She came to Tree Hill because she'd vacationed there once when she was younger and loved the coziness of the town. She wanted to get away from big city life, and figured this was the perfect place to escape to.

Peyton Sawyer grew up in Tree Hill, so her view of it was pretty accurate. She knew it was no where near cutting edge, as Haley was looking for, but her friend Brooke was right. It was cozy. Peyton hadn't liked that when she was here, but after spending two years at UCLA, she longed for the life she had had in Tree Hill. That's why she came home. And brought her roommate with her.

After their sophomore years at UCLA, Peyton and Brooke decided to come back to Peyton's home town of Tree Hill to attend Tree Hill University. The girls found a three bedroom apartment off campus that was perfect for them. But in order to have extra money (which Brooke always found useful), they decided to post an ad for a third roommate.

Haley James desperately needed to get away. After her ex-best friend ended up married to her ex-boyfriend, she decided that the last thing she wanted to do was randomly run into them all around the town. The perfect solution? Find a new town! After transferring to Tree Hill University, the only thing Haley was missing--was a place to live. As studious as she was, Haley refused to live in the dorms. They were too distracting. So after answering many ads, Haley found the perfect apartment. She wasn't sure what the other occupants were like, but she was willing to give it a try. If things got too crazy, there was always the library.


Nathan, Luke and Jake had all attended Tree Hill High School together and were an unstoppable force on their basketball teams. Their junior and senior years they had gone undefeated, leading Tree Hill High to their first and to date, only two state championships. This earned the three of them the nickname "Tree Hill Tree-O." But the boys had much more than that in common. They were each single fathers, struggling to make it. It wasn't money that was the issue with them, it was the day to day efforts of raising children, and wanting to do it correctly.

Jake – Jake and Nikki had dated for a while, and Nikki ended up pregnant. Not long after the baby was born, Nikki left town without a word. Jake was left alone with Jenny and had been raising her with lots of help from his parents ever since.

Nathan – Nathan was in much the same boat as Jake. His high school girlfriend came to him telling him she was pregnant, and she was going to get an abortion. Nathan begged her not to. Before the baby even came, she decided she wanted nothing to do with their child, and signed papers relinquishing all parental rights upon Maddie's birth. She left the hospital right after birth, against medical advice. Two years later, she showed up on Nathan's doorstep, pregnant again. She told Nathan she was keeping this baby and marrying the father. She wanted Nathan to promise never to contact her regarding Maddie. Nathan agreed with one stipulation—sign papers a second time relinquishing all parental rights so that she couldn't blame the first signature on post-partum depression. Nathan had been raising Maddie ever since, with lots of help from his parents. Most surprisingly—his father had taken to Maddie immediately.

Lucas – Junior year of high school, Lucas fell in love with and married Sara. At the end of their senior year, Sara gave birth to their first child, Laney. When Laney was just six months old, Sara was in a car accident and died on impact. Lucas had been raising Laney ever since with much help from his mother, Karen. And even more surprisingly, his biological father, Dan Scott had taken to his daughter immediately. His relationship with Dan had improved drastically with the arrival of his own child.

OK, so sorry. That was a lot of background information to get you up to speed. Not so quick, after all. Enjoy!


Haley James was working at the campus daycare, her workstudy job, when her phone started vibrating in her pocket. She pulled out the phone and read her text message. "My class for tomorrow afternoon was cancelled. That's great! Now I won't have to turn in my paper and I'll have the whole weekend to revise it!"

" That's great, Haley. I know how much you love to study," Diana said, laughing. Diana was the head of the daycare and Haley absolutely loved her. Her favorite thing about Diana was her passion for the children she took care of. Diana had been doing this for years, and still treated every child as if they were the first ones to ever walk through the doors of the daycare.

" I can't help it if I'm a bookworm," Haley said. "Better a bookworm than…some other things!"

" What are the chances that you'd be willing to stay late tomorrow?" Diana asked. "I have a doctors appointment tomorrow afternoon, so Cheryl's going to be here alone. It would really help us out."

"Sure. I can do that," Haley agreed. She loved her job, and any extra time spent there was a luxury for her. Plus, she was saving money for a new laptop, so the extra money would come in handy.


The next afternoon, Nathan Scott walked into the campus daycare to pick up his daughter. "Hello?" he called when he didn't see anyone in the entryway of the building. Usually Maddie had already run into the room and was waiting for him.

He heard Maddie taking and walked into the next room, which was the kitchen. Maddie was sitting at the kitchen table watching a young blonde woman put make up on. She looked up and saw her father standing there. "Daddy!" she squealed when she saw him. She ran over to him and jumped into his waiting arms.

"Hi, honey," he said to her.

"Hi, Daddy," she said. "I was helping Haley with her make up. She let me put some lipgloss on. See?"

The young blonde walked over to Nathan and Maddie. "Hi. I'm Haley James," she said putting out her hand for him to shake.

Nathan shifted Maddie to his left arm. "It's nice to meet you," he said, taking her hand and shaking it. "Uh-oh," he immediately thought. "Electricity." He didn't like that one bit. Nathan was really trying hard to concentrate all of his time on his daughter, school, and basketball for right now. He wanted to do everything he could to ensure that his daughter want for nothing in the future, and he knew that it was either his schooling or his possible future in the NBA that was going to make that happen. "I'm Nathan Scott. Maddie's dad."

"Daddy, look," Maddie said, closing her eyes. "I have some mascara on, too. Haley says I look beautiful.

"She's right, you do look beautiful," he assured her. He put her down and kneeled so that he was face to face with her. "Can you go and get your coat on so we can go?" he asked her.

"Yep!" she said, skipping off to get her coat.

Nathan stood back up and looked down at Haley. "I've heard a lot about you from my daughter, and I'm really glad she likes you," he told her, "but my daughter is 4,not 14I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't put any make up on her in the future. That's something her mother would do for her."

"I…I'm sorry, Mr. Scott," she stammered. "I…I know that Maddie's mom passed away and I—"

"You don't know anything about us," Nathan told her abruptly. He went into the entryway to get Maddie and they left.

Later that night, after getting groceries, the guys are in the kitchen. Friday nights were their free nights, as their parents each took their daughter for the night. Nathan is standing back to the kitchen counter leaning against it, eating Dorito's. Jake is at the kitchen table balancing his checkbook, and Lucas is on dish duty. "Maybe I'll just go to my mom's house for the night. I could spend the night with Maddie."

"Dude, we are just watching movies," Luke told him.

"Yeah, with Peyton and Brooke," Nathan said. "I don't want to be a fifth wheel."

"Just stay for the movie," Jake said not looking up. "Hey, did you know that Brooke calls me hot Jake?" Lucas threw a dirty look over his shoulder at Jake and Jake glanced up just in time to see it. "Well, I mean—that's what Peyton told me."

"Fine, I'll stay," Nathan said. "But at the first sign of hooking up, I am so out of here."

"Deal," Lucas agreed as Nathan walked out of the kitchen and up the stairs. He looked at Jake again. "So, Brooke thinks you're hot?"


An hour and a half later, Nathan, Jake, and Lucas were in the living room with Peyton and Brooke getting ready to watch the movie when Brooke's cell phone started ringing the Jeopardy theme song. Brooke pulled her phone out of her impossibly small purse and flipped it open. "Hey, Tutor-Girl. What's up?"

Haley sighed. "Brooke, I locked my keys in the apartment again. I'm sorry to bother you, but—"

"It's OK," Brooke told her friend. "Do you have your car keys on you?"


"Can you come get my apartment keys? I'm only about a five minute drive away."

"That would be great, Brooke." Haley sighed again, this time in relief. "Thanks." After relaying the address, Brooke shut her phone and put it back in her purse.

Lucas cleared his throat. "Your phone rings the Jeopardy theme song?" he asked.

"Only for our other roommate," Brooke explained. "The girl is practically a genius."

"What's my ringtone?" he inquired.

Brooke grinned. "Sexyback." Lucas's grin got even wider. It was then that Nathan decided he would be spending the night at his mom's with Maddie.


15 minutes later, Nathan had packed a bag and was coming down the stairs when there was a knock on the door. "I got it," he said on his way to the door anyway. He dropped his bag and headed for the kitchen. He opened the door and immediately recognized the young woman on the other side.

"You," Haley said, clearly surprised.

"Me," he agreed. "And you…too."

Haley quickly looked around her. "I'm sorry," she said. "I must have the wrong place."

"Tutor-girl?" he asked, then saw her blush lightly in the porch light. Clearly she wasn't very fond of the nickname.

"That's me."

"Brooke is in here. Follow me." She walked in and he closed the door behind her, then led the way into the living room.

"Hey," Brooke greeted her roommate.

"Hey," Haley responded. "You are a lifesaver, Brooke."

"Well if it isn't Haley James," Lucas said, standing up from the couch.

"Hey, Lucas! How are you? I haven't seen for a few weeks. I thought maybe you dropped off the face of the planet."

Lucas greeted Haley with a hug. "Nope. I'm just lying low. Your roommate," he winked at Brooke and she grinned, "and my daughter keep me plenty busy. So, how are you?"

"Wait a minute," Nathan said, confused. "You two know each other?"

"Yeah. Haley is in my study group for Anatomy and Physiology," Luke informed him.

"I knew I should've taken that with you," Nathan said.

Haley threw him a dirty look over her shoulder, prompting Brooke and Peyton to share a puzzled one of their own.

"We were just gonna pop in a movie, Haley. You wanna stay and watch it with us?"

"No, thanks. It was good to see you again, Lucas, but I have to get going. I have a paper that isn't going to write itself."

"That paper has been done for over a week now! Let it go!" Brooke commanded.

Haley laughed. "OK, honestly," she threw a pointed look at Nathan, "I've had enough of men for one day, thanks."

There was a slight pause as if no one knew quite what to say. Brooke was the one to finally break the silence. "Ooohhh, do tell, tutor girl."

Haley turned her eyes to Brooke. "There's nothing much to tell, Brooke." Another pause. "Keys, please," Haley reminded her. "I still need to get into the apartment."

"Oh, sorry," Brooke said, pulling out her keys and taking her apartment key off the chain. She handed it to Haley. "Whatever you do, do not lose it."

"I won't lose it," Haley assured her. "I might accidentally lock it in the apartment—" Haley stopped teasing at Brooke's glare. "I was kidding! Have a great night, guys. Enjoy your movie." Haley walked back through the kitchen and out the front door. She was walking swiftly to her car when she heard the front door open and close behind her.

"Haley!" she heard Nathan shout.

She rolled her eyes and turned around. "What can I do for you, Mr. Scott?' she asked.

He put his hands in his jeans pockets. "Damn he looks good in jeans," Haley thought. Mentally shaking herself, she forced her mind to let the thought go.

"First of all, you can call me Nathan," he told her.

She looked at him impatiently, saying nothing.

"I'm sorry about earlier today," he said, not quite meeting her eyes.

"Forget about it."

"I don't think I can," he said honestly, not even knowing where the admission came from.

"What do you mean?" she asked.

"I just—do you want to go and get a coffee with me?" he asked.

Haley looked at him in disbelief. "No, I don't want to go and get coffee with you."

"Look—I'm sorry I was such a jerk to you. What else can I say?" he asked, clearly frustrated.

Haley shook her head. "You can say whatever you want and apologize up and down, but you were an ass to me today."

"I know I was," he said sincerely.

"And actions speak louder than words," she went on as if he hadn't spoken.

"Is that so?" he asked with a lazy grin.

"Yes, that is so! I was just trying—"

She was cut off midsentence by Nathan taking her face in his hands, and then the next second his lips were suddenly on hers. Haley tried not to enjoy the kiss, she really did, but that spark of electricity that she felt when she shook his hand earlier had returned the second his lips touched hers. Just as she started to lean into him, he pulled away. "So, what did that say to you?" he asked.

"Huh?" Haley said, still in shock.

"You said actions speak louder than words," Nathan reminded her. "What did that action say to you?"

Haley stood there a moment, still visibly shaken. "Stay away from me," she told him, ignoring his question, "and I'll stay away from you."

He grinned down at her. "Good-night, Haley James. I hope you have sweet dreams. I know I will." He softly touched her cheek, then turned around, and started walking back towards the beach house.

"Unbelievable," Haley muttered to herself, still standing there.

Nathan, now on the bottom step, turned back around. "Thanks. You're not such a bad kisser yourself." He winked at her and then walked up the steps and in through the front door.

After childishly stomping her foot and groaning, Haley continued to her car.