Hi guys. I'm so sorry for the long silence. I've been busy with school work and other stuff. Here's the last chapter for this story. I'm currently working on "Ashes & Wine" and am halfway through so please check it out once it's posted. I'm also dabbling with the idea of a prequel to this story. I have really enjoyed writing "Always & Forever". Mostly I have enjoyed reading your reviews. Thank you so much for your support, which hopefully will give me more confidence in writing my second piece of story. Oh and how cute are Naley on Monday's episode ;) Anyway, I hope you'll enjoy this last chapter. Let me know what you think. Cheers!
Nathan looked out the window, staring into space. He couldn't believe that he was back here again. His brain was going on an overdrive with all the jumbled up thoughts running through his head, coupled with the mixed emotions that he was feeling. Haley. Her name would be forever etched in his heart. If only he could see her now, he would reach out to her and hold her and never let go. He placed a hand on the window and leaned his forehead, taking in a deep breath as he contemplated the day ahead, which was how Lucas found him.
"Hey, are you ok?" he asked as he watched his brother intently.
"Yeah, I'm fine. Actually I'm not. I have to see her Luke," he said as he started to leave.
Lucas put a hand on his shoulder to stop him. "You know you can't Nate. She doesn't want that."
"Look, this is stupid. I have to make sure she's ok. She is ok, right?" he asked worriedly.
"Nate, I know you're worried but she's fine," Lucas said reassuringly, although Nathan didn't look all that convinced. "I can go check on her if you want."
Nathan heaved a sigh of relief. "Thanks man. And could you give her this while you're at it?" he said as he gave Lucas a piece of paper.
Lucas eyed at the note skeptically. "Is this another-"
"No it's not you dumbass. Just give it to her will you?"
"Ok," Lucas said grinning as he left, leaving Nathan alone with his thoughts once again.
Haley couldn't sit still with all the anticipation as Peyton watched her in amusement. Her stomach felt like a herd of elephants were dancing in it. "Haley, what are you thinking of?" Peyton asked, rubbing her growing belly.
"Nothing. Everything. Do you think Nathan's ok?" she asked, biting her lips.
"Haley, stop biting your lips. He's fine. Oh here's Luke. What's up?" Peyton looked up as Lucas entered the room. She groaned as she felt the baby kick for the hundredth time that day. "Will you stop kicking mommy already?"
"Baby's getting really excited huh? Here Hales. Nathan asked me to give this to you." Lucas sat down next to Peyton and made baby talks to her tummy, making Peyton laugh.
"Oh my God, you're just like Jake. He wouldn't sleep without talking to the baby first."
Haley ignored her friends' antics as she looked at the piece of paper in her hand. Her fingers trembled slightly as she opened it revealing Nathan's handwriting. Her breath caught as she read it. I'm right here Hales. Always and forever. I love you. Her eyes watered as she gently folded the note, remembering the night four months ago.
"Nathan, can I ask you something?" she asked him as they laid in bed, his arms wrapped securely around her.
"Yeah, sure. What is it?"
"Were you serious? I mean when you asked me to marry you?" she asked after a pregnant pause.
Nathan immediately sat up and looked at her. "What? Hales, of course I was. Why, what's going on?"
"Nothing, I'm sorry. That was a stupid question."
He looked at her with raised eyebrows. "Haley, what's this about?"
She changed position so she could face him. She put her hand on his cheek, stroking it gently. "I love you Nathan. So much sometimes it scares me. I'm scared of the way you make me feel when you're around me. I'm scared of the way I feel when you're not." She put a finger on his lips as he was about to say something. "When you asked me to marry you, it scared me even more and you know why. But I've thought a lot about it and please don't freak out when I ask you this."
Nathan felt his heart pounding in his chest as he looked at her face. "What is it? Hales, you're scaring me," he said as panic rose within him. The thought of losing her again brought a familiar aching pain, a pain that he couldn't bear.
She took in a deep breath before saying, "is getting married a week after Christmas too soon?"
He looked at her in disbelief as he felt joy swelling in his heart. "Oh my God. Is that a yes?"
Haley nodded shyly. "It's a yes."
"God I love you Haley James. And no, Christmas is not too soon. Hell, I'd marry you tomorrow if I could."
"Ok slow down mister. I just thought that since my family is coming back for Christmas anyway, it would be nice to have a Christmas wedding."
"It's perfect Hales. Come here you. Don't you ever, ever scare me like that again do you hear me?" he said pinning her down on the bed as he looked deeply into her twinkling eyes, eyes that shone with love. "I love you Haley. I can say it everyday and I will. I never want to lose you again," he said as he brought his lips to hers.
"You won't. Always and forever," she said against his lips as tears of joy started rolling down her cheeks.
End of flashback
"Hey buddy, are you ok? Oh no no no, don't cry. I just did your make up." Peyton rushed up to her and wiped the tears off her cheek.
Haley gave her a watery smile. "I'm fine. Actually I'm more than fine."
"Good, coz the ceremony's starting soon. Come on, we'd better get you ready. And where the hell is Brooke?"
"I'm here! I'm here! I was checking out the guests. Haley, the priest said that he's gonna start in ten minutes. Are you ready? Oh my God Haley, you look amazing. Ok I'd better stop before I cry," Brooke said as she started to tear up. "Hey boyfriend, what are you doing here?" Brooke asked Lucas, noticing him for the first time.
"Nothing, just doing some spying. I'd better get back to Nathan." He looked at Haley and smiled. "You look beautiful Hales. You deserve this. You both deserve this."
She gave him a friendly hug. "Thanks Luke. Tell him I'll see him at the altar," she whispered in his ear before letting go. Just then the music started to play, indicating that it was time for them to leave. "Ok here goes nothing."
Nathan took in a deep breath as he waited in anticipation for Haley to appear. Lucas noticing his nervousness touched his shoulder gently. "Just relax Nate. She's coming." He looked at Lucas gratefully and nodded.
Just then Haley appeared, walking down the aisle with a bouquet of purple flowers in her hands. Nathan felt his breath caught in his throat as he watched her coming towards him. A smile crept on his face as continued watching her, his eyes never leaving her as their eyes met for the first time in a week. Jimmy kissed his daughter's cheeks softly and winked at Nathan as he gave Haley away. She passed the bouquet to Brooke as she took Nathan's hand and let him lead her up the altar.
"We are gathered here today to celebrate the joining of two hearts..." Nathan barely heard the priest as he looked at Haley and smiled. "Haley and Nathan, you have decided to recite your own vows. Haley," he prodded.
Haley took in a deep breath and looked up to Nathan. "Nathan, What can I say to you that I haven't already said. There isn't anything of me that isn't yours already, my body, my heart, even my soul. Everything that is me belonged to you long before this, and it shall be yours long after this. You have always given me everything that I have ever wanted. My love for you grows stronger every day and that love will never fade. This I promise you."
"Nathan," the priest prodded, indicating that it was his turn.
"Haley, for a long time there was darkness in my life, and then there was light, and that light was you," he started as he looked deeply into her eyes. "You have filled my life with meaning. You have given me strength, strength that I didn't know I had. My love for you will never waver, it will never wane. This I promise you, today and always. And forever," he continued, wiping the lone tear that slid down her cheek.
"Haley," the priest continued. "Do you take Nathan to be your lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward till death do you part?"
"I do," she whispered softly and gently slid his ring onto his finger.
"Nathan, do you take Haley to be your lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward till death do you part?"
"I do," he promised, his eyes never leaving as he slid her ring onto her finger.
"Inasmuch as Nathan and Haley have declared their love and devotion to each other before family and friends, I now greet them with you as husband and wife. You may kiss the bride."
Nathan took his time before placing his hand on her waist and pulled her gently to him. "I love you Haley James Scott," he whispered against her lips.
"I love you too," she said, her voice thick with emotion as his lips claimed hers in passionate kiss before they broke apart and faced their family and friends. Haley laughed when she saw her mom and Taylor and even Brooke and Peyton burst into tears. They made their way hand in hand down the aisle as they faced the cheering crowd.
Haley put her hand on her mouth as she entered the room, cradled in Nathan's arms. "Nathan, how did you manage to do this?" she gasped upon seeing the petals of roses covering the floor and their bed. They had agreed to spend the holiday in Tree Hill with Haley's family before heading off for their honeymoon in London.
He gently put her down. "I had some help from Taylor. Let's just say it's punishment for Taylor for tricking me that day," he chuckled, remembering the Jason incident. He wrapped his arms around her waist from behind and kissed her neck.
"It's beautiful. Thank you."
"No, Hales. Thank you. For everything," he said, turning her around to face him. "Now come here so I can kiss you," he said and captured her lips in a searing kiss, leaving her breathless. "God I've missed you. I was worried about you."
"Well, I haven't seen in you in a week because of the stupid tradition you insisted on keeping. And the no sex thing? I was worried that you might jump on me at the altar," he grinned mischievously.
"Why you cheeky monkey!" she exclaimed.
"Hey this monkey happens to be your husband," he said.
"My husband. Mmmmm I like the sound of that." Haley returned his grin. "Well, let's see if it all paid off," she said and put her arms around his neck, pulling him closer for another kiss. She started to take off his jacket and unbuttoned his shirt, all the while teasing him with her tongue. He emitted a low groan as he lifted his lips from hers.
"Haley," he breathed as he gently slid off her wedding gown. "You're killing me, you know that?" His hands continued to roam her body before lifting her up and carried her to their bed. He started to wriggle out of his pants before climbing on to the bed and pinned her down. "What are you thinking about Mrs. Scott?" he asked as he took her finger and played with her wedding ring. God he loved seeing that ring on his finger.
"I'm thinking about how happy I am, how happy you've made me. And I'm thinking about our children and telling them how amazing their dad is," she said looking up at him.
"Haley, you know we can't...I can't." He felt unable to continue and closed his eyes, hating himself for not being able to give her what she wanted.
She smiled at him and stroked his cheek comfortingly. "Nathan, I meant what I said when I said those vows. You have always given me everything I ever wanted and you always will, and I truly believe that. If anything, what we went through together has taught me to believe. I believe in you Nathan-"
"God Hales," he groaned and captured her lips and gently stroked her tongue, making her moan. He gently slid off her bra and grazed his fingers on her breasts before capturing one nipple in his mouth. All the while his hand gently peeled off her panties and started to stroke her wetness.
"Nathan," his name came out of her mouth in ragged breaths. "I want you."
"I know baby. I want you too," he said softly as he wriggled out of his boxers and pulled her closer, loving the feel of their two bodies touching. She instinctively wrapped her legs around her waist as she waited in anticipation. She didn't have to wait long as Nathan positioned himself at her entrance and slowly entered her, making them both gasp in ecstasy. They moved so perfectly together as their passion mounted. He placed one hand on her back as she arched her back. He looked at her in wonder, seeing her beneath him, biting her lips with her eyes closed. "Haley," he whispered softly. "Open your eyes." She did as she was told and their eyes met. "I'm giving you our baby," he said before thrusting into her urgently.
"Oh God!" they both screamed at the same as they reached their climax together and he emptied his seed inside of her. He collapsed on top of her, shifting his weight so as not to crush her.
"I love you so much Nathan," she whispered when her breathing had finally returned to normal.
"I love you too Haley. Always and forever." He kissed her forehead and rolled on his back, taking her along with him, not willing to be parted from her. "Promise me it will always be like this." He didn't need to hear her answer. Looking into her eyes he knew that no matter what adversities that might come their way, they could get through any of them together.
"I'd like a son, with your eyes," she said sleepily against his chest.
"Nah, a daughter just like you," he replied, images of their life together being the last thing in his mind as he finally drifted off, with Haley snuggling close to him as the feeling of utter bliss and calmness engulfed them, assured that nothing could ever shake that.