I still don't own One Tree Hill, nor do I own "Taking Chances" by Celine Dion.
This is the last chapter for this story. I had a really good time writing it, I never expected it to last this long. The sequel is in the works, it should be up by the end of the week; hopefully. This chapter is about a few weeks after the last one; so it's like mid-July.
You don't know about my past and I don't have a future figured out
And maybe this is going too fast
And maybe it's not meant to last
"So, where's Jenny?" Brooke asked as she and Jake walked along the docks.
"With my parents; I knew you wanted to spend the day together", he saw Brooke nod out of the corner of his eye.
"Still, you could have brought her, she's a part of your life and so she's a part of mine", he watched as she blushed at her own words.
He felt a lump form in his throat. Brooke Davis had offered him a chance to feel like a teenager. She was bubbly and fun and exciting. She was the epitome of an eighteen year old girl. It wasn't that he didn't consider them a serious couple; he just didn't look that far ahead.
"So, what's up?" he pushed those thoughts to the back of his mind.
Brooke shrugged. "We just haven't spent much time together lately. I missed you", she whispered with a grin, Jake mirrored her actions immediately.
"I missed you too", he whispered like it was the world's best kept secret.
He interlaced their fingers and stared at them for a moment. They seemed to fit together perfectly. He felt a tightening in his chest that he had only ever felt one other time.
"Are you excited to be in Tree Hill for good?" she asked as they continued their walk.
"Yeah, it'll be great for Jenny when she gets older. I've always wanted her to have a sense of small town life. Plus, Keith and James will be here for her to play with, when they get older. And that means Peyton and Luke and Nathan and Haley are here and it'll be great to hang out with them again."
Brooke nodded her head, trying to hold back her disappointment. They had never officially dedicated themselves to one another, but they hadn't been with other people either. She felt like a fool because she was completely head over heels for this boy.
"And you'll be here too, on holidays", he added in with a cheeky grin. She playfully swatted his arm.
She rolled her eyes to play off her fear, but it wasn't working for her. She was scared—actually she was petrified. Given her track record, love and Brooke was like oil and water; they did not mix.
"Thanks", she muttered.
"I mean it", he stopped them and used the hand that was intertwined with hers to pull her closer.
"You have been amazing for these past few months. I am very appreciative", his voice got lower and lower the closer his lips got to hers.
The second her lips hit his he felt the electricity soar through his body. This was no ordinary kiss. It would never be an ordinary kiss with Brooke. He pulled away and spoke again.
"Do we have any set destinations?"
Brooke's eyes fluttered opened at his words. Her eyes were dazed and filled with lust.
He smiled and pulled on her hand to get them walking again. "Our little field day . . . do you have any specific places?"
"Not really", Brooke had finally found her voice and formed a coherent sentence.
They continued to walk around Tree Hill; neither really paying attention to locations. Brooke stole a glance at Jake.
Never in a million years did she think that she would be holding hands with Jake Jagielski. This was a boy she had never even paid attention to in her earlier years of high school. It was then that she realized how much she had grown.
They had walked to the Rivercourt, a place Jake had a lot of memories in. He stole a glance at Brooke.
He couldn't risk having her revert to the party girl she used to be. Jenny had clung to Brooke like a mother and he didn't even want to think about what she would go through if that happened.
He was also scared about what would happen to him. The truth was he cared for Brooke, a lot. She was the one of the few people he had let into his life. He trusted her and if she was to ever break that trust, he didn't think he'd ever be able to forgive her.
Brooke looked over at Jake and noticed that he was staring. She blushed and smiled softly.
All she wanted was to be in love. All she wanted was to be in love with this boy. But in order to be completely blissed out and feel like you're standing on top of the world, both people needed to feel the same way. That was a scary step to take.
He leaned over and kissed her forehead. For right now, being here with her was more then enough for him. He tucked a strand of hair behind her ear.
Hell, you only live once.
And in this one life, Brooke Davis wanted to be in love.
"I'm in love with you."
Nathan sighed as he walked into the apartment. Being an adult sucked. Work sucked. He picked up the mail and looked through it.
Bills sucked. Junk mail sucked. Publishers Clearing House sucked because it wasn't going to deliver a million dollar check to their small apartment in Tree Hill, but felt the need to send them mail about it anyway.
Office of Admissions sucked because . . . wait—what?
"Wait, what?" Nathan said aloud as he dropped all the other mail. He tore the small, white envelope open and his deep blue eyes scanned the letter quickly.
"Oh my God!" he yelled and threw one fist into the air.
He quickly scanned the letter and read all the important words. He could not believe this was happening. This was truly the answer to his prayers. Without this, there was almost no hope in him going to college.
Apparently Duke frowned upon once-drug addicted mothers and crazy, murderous fathers. His scholarship was recanted. Thus, his college education was recanted.
"Oh my God", he muttered and ran a hand over his tired face. In the heat of his excitement he hadn't even read what school it was. This was not good. This was bad, really bad.
"Hey honey", Haley's voice caused him to jump.
"Hey. Where'd you go?" He asked when he saw her walk in the door with James in his stroller.
"We wanted a little fresh air", she said with a smile. He smiled back and walked over to her, leaned down and placed a kiss on her lips. He unbuckled his son, picked him up and showered his chubby face in wet, sloppy kisses. Both parents smiled at the sounds of baby noises that filled the air.
"So, how was your day?" Haley asked as she took James back and walked to put him in the crib.
"Pretty great actually", he spoke loudly so that she could hear him. He heard her scoff and he smiled. "Well, work sucked, but that's obvious."
"Well then what was so great about it?" she challenged as she walked back into the kitchen.
"I got a letter from a college", she immediately smiled.
"Oh my God!"
Her reaction made Nathan smile. Maybe this wouldn't be so bad.
"It's a really great University. They have an amazing basketball team, Hales. They're like number two in the state. And the best part is that they offered me a full scholarship."
By the time he said they had an amazing basketball team Haley was sold. Nathan had done a lot for her in the past and it was only fair that she do whatever she could for him.
"Well you're going", she said simply, he still seemed apprehensive, "Nathan, what's wrong?"
Whatever confidence he had before quickly diminished. She was so excited for him and that made his heart swell. He didn't want to take the only real life she knew away from her.
"It's kind of far from here."
Haley smiled and rolled her eyes. In her mind kind of far was Charlotte or Raleigh. So what if she had to move a few hours from Tree Hill. This was Nathan's dream.
"Wherever you go, James and I will go."
He could hear the certainty in her words.
"It's in Seattle."
Lucas pulled Peyton closer to him. He breathed in her scent and instantly smiled. This was the best feeling in the world. Being next to her. Being with her. He was more then certain that he would never get tired of it.
He kissed her forehead and then peppered sweet kisses across her face until her eyes fluttered open.
"Good morning", she said in a groggy voice.
"Good afternoon actually", he chuckled.
"Oh jeez", she muttered. She picked her head up and stared at the clock on her nightstand. "We did not sleep until one o'clock", she muttered as she buried her face into his embrace.
"We most certainly did", she could picture the smirk he had on his lips.
"Well, someone's awfully full of themselves", she muttered playfully.
"Are you telling me that I didn't wear you out?" he asked with a mischievous look in his eyes.
"Maybe it was because for the first time I didn't have to wake up to feed our child", she countered.
She had used her words to tease him, but calling Keith 'their' child sent shivers up her own spine.
"If that's your story", he spoke unconvincingly.
"Whatever", she responded with an eye roll.
"You wanna go for round two?" He pursed his lips and spoke again, "I actually think it'll be round six", he grinned.
She rolled on top of him and leaned down to his ear, "You're on Scott", she whispered seductively.
She began to place soft, feather like kisses along his ear and down to his neck; paying close attention to the spot only she knew about. A deep growl left his lips and she smiled at his response. Her hands roamed his bare chest, across his broad shoulders and down his toned arms.
Their moment was soon disrupted by the sounds of a wailing infant.
Peyton broke their contact and pushed herself away from Lucas.
"No", he groaned out, "let Brooke handle it", he begged as he pulled her back to him by her waist.
Peyton chuckled. "She went out earlier", she placed a kiss to his lips before jumping from the bed.
He watched her leave and noted that she looked better in his clothes then he did. He heard her overly excited voice in the next room and smiled.
"Here he is", she spoke softly in her baby voice as she walked back into the bedroom.
"There's my boy", Lucas spoke with a smile.
Peyton looked back up at Lucas and immediately smiled at his words. This was definitely the best person possible to have children with. The past few months had been nothing but complete bliss. She didn't know it was possible to smile as much as she had.
"Auntie Brooke took good are of you last night, didn't she?" she asked the baby with a goofy smile. Keith gurgled and flailed his arms as a response. Lucas chuckled and patted the empty spot next to him.
Peyton carefully climbed into bed with their son tucked in her arms. She gently placed him on the bed near Lucas and lay down beside him. Lucas observed the scene with a full heart.
He looked over at Keith and watched as the baby smiled and then quickly yawned. Lucas placed a soft kiss to the top of his head, inhaling the sweet scent that all babies seem to carry.
"Say good morning to daddy", Peyton brushed her finger across his smooth, chunky cheek. Lucas looked over at her and saw the grin on her face.
And for him that was the explosion.
What do you say to taking chances?
What do you say to jumping off the edge?
Never knowing if there's solid ground below or a hand to hold
Or hell to pay
What do you say?
What do you say?
Okay, so there are some pretty big unanswered questions. The sequel will jump four years ahead, but I'll let you know all that when I post that story. Let me know what you think and thanks again for all the amazing reviews.