HJS-NS-23- Wow so it's been awhile since I've updated this story. Sorry but here is the long awaited epilogue. I have to say this story is like my first-born baby. It was my first multi-chapter story I wrote by myself and I am truly happy with how it matured and came to be. Thank you to everyone who reviewed any chapter of this story and for all the people who reviewed every single chapter you are amazing. I would like to give a big thanks to Allie, Steph, Lisa, Hayley and Maiike for always letting me lean on you and bounce ideas off of you for this story. I am currently writing a leyton story, which I will most likely post when I finish it so you all don't have to wait for updates, it's called What's Meant to Be Will Always Find a Way. Anyways enjoy and please review, like all good things this story must too come to an end.

Song: Even Angels Fall- Jessica Riddle

Quote: True love never lives happily ever after – true love has no ending.

-K. Knight


5 years later:

Haley smiled as she felt Nathan pull her closer to his chest. Her eyelids fluttered open as she stared at Nathan's face. She moved her hand and ran it down his strong, chiseled jaw as she watched him sleep, her gold band glinting in the sun that was trying to evade the room through the curtains. Nathan opened his eyes and smiled at Haley. Even after being married for almost 4 years, he still made her heart race.

"Morning baby" Nathan told her softly bringing her as close to him as her stomach would allow with how pregnant she was right now.

"Merry Christmas," Haley replied inching up to kiss him good morning. The kiss soon grew heated as Nathan's tongue snaked out and ran over the seam of Haley's lips, begging for entrance, which she happily granted. The hand that had been tracing Nathan's face moved to his strong, muscular arm as she pulled it, wordlessly telling him she wanted him on top of her. Without breaking the kiss Nathan maneuvered so he was hovering over Haley, his arms holding him up so he wouldn't crush the baby. Haley's hand fisted in Nathan's hair as she felt the temperature in the room spike as his lips moved from hers down to her neck. Her right hand pressed into his back when he found her pulse point and started sucking on it. Nathan used one hand to hold himself up as the other hand moved down her body, deliberately grazing her breast before making his way down her hips and to her thighs where the blue nightie ended. His hand grabbed the hem on the silk nightie and slowly, almost torturing lifted it up. Haley moaned in want and anticipation as Nathan's calloused hands moved up. Haley rubbed her thighs together trying to create some friction as Nathan's lips moved down to her shoulder slipping the strap down with his teeth before moving to her chest and pressing a kiss above her breast prior to moving to her breast. Haley arched her back off the bed as Nathan's hot and talented mouth covered her breast and his hand moved to her core.

"Oh god Nathan" Haley moaned.

"You like that baby." Nathan replied cockily.

Before Haley could chastise him or answer a small cry emitted down the hall stilling the couple. Haley and Nathan both froze waiting to see if the child would continue to cry or call for them. The young child then called momma from the baby monitor that was lying on the nightstand.

You've found hope
You've found faith,
Found how fast she could take it away.
Found true love,
Lost your heart.
Now you don't know who you are.

"Son of a bitch" Nathan muttered in exasperation as he tried to call himself down, his cock painfully hard as Haley tried to slow her heart beat down. Standing up she pushed the nightgown down and fixed the strap before longingly looking at Nathan and walking out the door and to the bedroom where the little child stood in his crib, his little arms reaching to be picked up.

"Momma" the little boy cooed as Haley reached down and smiled at him. "Merry Christmas Jamie" Haley told him placing him on her hip as she made her way back to where Nathan was laying in bed. Sitting on the edge of the bed Haley put her son down and watched as he gravitated into his father's open arms. Once he was safely sitting on Nathan's stomach she laid down and the two parents played with the little boy.

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Brooke woke up and saw her husband sleeping next to her. She was excited that he was going to be here for Christmas this year since he missed it last year being overseas. She was on her knees peering down at him, her hands on his shoulders as she shook him up. "Wake up, wake up, wake up, its Christmas," she told him excitedly like a child.

Derek groaned, not wanting to wake up. Opening one eye, he noticed how Brooke was perched and turned to wrap his hands around her waist to make sure she didn't fall off the bed in all of her excitement.

"Be careful," his deep voice told her closing his eyes to try and get some more sleep.

"It's Christmas! Wake up," Brooke ordered as Derek opened his eyes again smiling as Brooke moved one of her hands to her stomach and placing her hand to where her daughter was kicking. "Even your daughter thinks you need to wake up so we can open up presents. Come on please," Brooke pouted trying to get Derek to cave. "If we have enough time before we have to go to Naley's I will make it worth your while," Brooke said seductively using her finger to run down his chiseled chest to where his pajama pants sat on his hips.

"Okay," Derek caved grabbing Brooke and bringing her closer so he could kiss her.

"Merry Christmas," Derek told her before letting her go and rolling out of bed before walking to the other side and helping Brooke down before making their way down the stairs.

She made it easy,
Made it free,
Made you hurt til you couldn't see.
Sometimes it stops,
Sometimes it flows,
But baby that is how love goes.

"What are you making us for breakfast?" Brooke asked flashing him a dimpled smile when he turned around and stopped.

"What do you want?" Derek asked knowing that would be a safer question. He never knew what Brooke would want with her cravings and a happier Brooke made his life better and right now she was happy so he was going to try and keep her that way for as long as possible.

"Hmmm…" Brooke said pretending to think as she tapped her chin with a manicured finger. "Chocolate chip pancakes with apples and strawberries on top" Brooke told him as Derek smiled at her.

That's not that bad of a craving he thought. That's something I would actually eat unlike the vanilla ice cream with pickles she wanted last night.

"And what did you buy me?" Brooke asked trailing behind him as he walked into the kitchen and started to get out the ingredients for their meal.

"I'm not telling you. You have to eat first," he told her sternly smiling as she stomped her foot and pouted. Sometimes he wondered how their daughter would look doing the same thing. He hoped she looked like Brooke and get some of her mannerisms. He couldn't wait to meet their daughter in 2 months.

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Lucas was in the kitchen making French toast sprinkled with powdered sugar as Peyton slept knowing that she needed her sleep and if he woke her up before 7, it would not be pretty. Not paying attention to the little blonde girl that was supposed to be watching Mickey Mouse's version of a Christmas Carol that he had put on TV knowing she was too excited to go back to sleep especially after they came out here and saw all the presents Santa had left for her. She had wanted to wake up Peyton, but after telling her they had to wait until 7:30 to wake mommy up she had asked him to make her breakfast. Seeing her daddy was busy in the kitchen, Leighton Bailey Scott got off the couch and tip toed down to her parents room where her mommy was sleeping with her baby brother.

Using her 4-year-old legs, she crawled onto the bed and laid next to her mom, touching the stomach where they said her baby brother was. She was excited to be a big sister. Her Aunt Brooke even got her an "I'm the big sister" t-shirt for when the baby was born in two months. "Mommy" Leighton whispered trying not to alert her daddy she was in their room before she woke her mommy up. She really wanted those presents.

"Mommy," Leighton said a little louder this time looking at the door to make sure her father wasn't by it or she would get in trouble for waking her mom. Using her little hands she shook her shoulder, before moving by Peyton's ear. "Momma" she said in her normal voice, Peyton smiling as she kept her eyes closed seeing how long it would take before the little girl got frustrated and gave up.

"Wake up, it's Christmas" she told her moving her little hands to Peyton's cheeks and moving her head. Making a big huff the little blonde laid down in frustration in her Christmas nightie, an early gift Santa had dropped off last night. Peyton moved her arm and wrapped it around the little girl pulling her to her side before stroking the child's head. The little girl scooted up eagerly knowing she was close to getting her mom up. "Momma" Leighton asked putting her hands on the bed and pushing up so her little face was in front of her moms. "Wake up" she demanded. "Pwease" she softened trying to use every tactic in her little book that she could think of. Peyton finally opened her eyes to see the little girls' frizzy blonde curls framing her face. "Momma, took you long enough" the little girl said in exasperation as Peyton smiled before pushing some of the curls out of her daughters eyes.

"Merry Christmas baby" Peyton told her.

"I'm not a baby; I'm 4" Leighton told her. "He's the baby" she responded pointing to her mother's stomach. Peyton laughed, before trying to sit up against the headboard.

"Where's daddy?" Peyton questioned grabbing a hair tie off the nightstand and pulling her hair into a pony.

"Making breakfast" Leighton said.

"And does he know you're in here?" Peyton asked curiously.

"I don't know." Leighton responded her blue eyes looking into her mother's where Peyton noticed a mischievous glimmer in them and laughed to herself knowing that Lucas had probably told her not to wake her up.

"Well then we should go eat breakfast so you can see what Santa got you and tell daddy Merry Christmas huh?" Peyton asked.

"Okay but if Daddy asks Sawyer woke you up not me" Leighton told her skipping out into the living room ahead of her mother.

You will fly and you will crawl;
God knows even angels fall.
No such thing as you lost it all.
God knows even angels fall.

Peyton chuckled before waddling to the kitchen and leaning against the counter. Lucas saw his wife of 4 years and smiled giving her a kiss before adding more powder sugar to the French toast. "Leighton wake you up?" He asked as he looked into the living room and saw the little girl sitting on the couch watching TV.

"Kinda" Peyton answered vaguely before turning towards the little girl and winking at her. "Is breakfast ready?" She asked moving to sit in a chair and get off her feet.

"Ready" Lucas told her before calling Leighton to come sit at the table and eat.

"But daddy I wanna see what Santa got me" Leighton told him exasperated, especially since it was so hard getting her mom out of bed.

"After breakfast" Lucas told her, putting a plate and a glass of milk at her chair and then doing the same for himself and Peyton.

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It was around 10:30 when Peyton, Lucas and Leighton arrived at Nathan and Haley's. Nathan was playing with James Lucas Scott on the floor, a plush basketball in his hand. Lucas went and sat on the couch in the living room watching his brother and his son, while Leighton and Peyton made their way to the kitchen where Haley was checking on the turkey and other food. Peyton handed Haley over her dish of brownies for dessert and also a plate of gingerbread men her and Leighton had baked together last night so Santa could have both sugar cookies and gingerbread men.

"You need any help?" Peyton asked noticing that Haley seemed to have her hands full.

"Not right now, but Nathan is going to have to take the pies out of the oven later." Haley told smiling as Peyton chuckled.

"When's Brooke supposed to be here?" Peyton asked.

"Now, but you know Brooke she has to be fashionably late." Haley answered before motioning the to the table where the two pregnant woman and the little girl sat down.

"Did you get anything good from Santa?" Haley asked Leighton.

"I got lots of candy in my stocking" Leighton responded her eyes wide in excitement. "And I got a new princess movie and an art set so I can paint like mommy and Santa even got me some books that daddy says he'll read to me. I was really good this year so I can't wait to see what mommy and daddy bought me," Leighton answered excitedly.

At that moment Brooke Davis, in a red dress, walked through the door, Derek walking behind before making sure Brooke made it in the kitchen and sat down before going to sit on the other end of the couch where Lucas was sitting.

"Oh, Leighton you look adorable in your dress" Brooke gushed smiling at the 4 year old in an emerald dress with a little bow in front that was identical to the one her mother was wearing. Leighton may have had Lucas' ice blue eyes, but the dress still looked amazing on the little girl.

"Thanks Aunt Brooke" Leighton told her, standing up to give her a hug. "I'm so glad you made me and mommy matching dresses. Are you going to make one for your baby when it comes out?" Leighton asked innocently putting her small hand on Brooke's round stomach.

"Yea, how about after the baby is born I will make you matching dresses?" Brooke questioned.

"But what about my baby brother?" Leighton asked innocently.

"Hunny boys don't wear dresses," Peyton told her. "But maybe when he's born I can sketch something for you" Peyton placated. The little girl tapped her chin in thought before a grin came on her face and she nodded eagerly.

"And Aunt Haley's baby can have a dress like mine and your baby right Aunt Brooke?" Leighton asked curiously.

"Sure" Brooke said. "After all you will all be cousins, so why not." Brooke smiled as the little girl bounced into the living room telling the boys she wanted to play.

"So how were your morning's?" Haley asked, wondering how Leighton liked her presents.

"Well, Leighton woke me up, getting pissed when I pretended to be asleep and then we had our official Christmas breakfast of French Toast with "snow"" Peyton told them using her hands to emphasize the snow, "and then she got to open her stocking stuffers and I got to sit and drink my gross decaf coffee. I tell you I can't wait until this baby comes out so I can go back to drinking my regular coffee." Peyton said rubbing her hands over her belly.

"I defiantly agree with you there. Derek won't let me have my vente Carmel Frappuccino and, I swear, as soon as this kid is out, he is buying me one or I will divorce his ass" Brooke said grumbling as she rubbed her stomach like Peyton.

"I wonder how much of that comment is the hormones?" Haley asked raising an eyebrow and laughing when Brooke stuck her tongue out at her.

"Seriously, I know I'm not suppose to have much caffeine, but still I want my drink!" Brooke pouted.

"How about on our next lunch date we stop at Starbucks. Our little secret," Peyton whispered trying to lean over as much as she could with her belly not getting stuck between her and the table.

"Oooh P. Sawyer I knew I was friends with you for a reason." Brooke exclaimed happily as Haley shook her head.

"Okay fine, but we have to have talls!" Haley agreed.

"Fine" Brooke relented, a smile on her face as she thought how there lunch date was every Friday afternoon and it was already Wednesday. Tomorrow they would go shopping and try and get all the after Christmas sales so maybe she could talk the other two into stopping at Starbucks then. "How was Jamie this morning?" Brooke asked.

"He was good. He loved his toys he got in his stockings." Haley said smiling as she remembered seeing her sons face in pure happiness when he walked down the steps with his mom and saw all the presents Santa had left him. "Tonight we are going to let him sleep in his big boy bed we decided. With the new baby coming we don't want two kids in cribs and he's at the age where he can be sleeping in a toddler bed so it will be a big night for him. We told him this morning and he was ecstatic."

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"So how are the hormones?" Lucas asked the other two men in the room as they turned on Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas. Leighton had chosen and wanted another Mickey Mouse movie because she wanted her cousin to like Mickey Mouse as much as she did.

"Haley, actually, isn't bad lately. I'm benefiting from most of them," Nathan said smirking his voice suggestive.

"She's like my little sister. That's disgusting" Derek told him before pointing to Lucas, "Don't you dare tell me anything about my sister's sex life. As far as I know Leighton was a one time thing and this new kid was the only other time."

Nathan and Lucas just looked at each other and started laughing. "Okay dude" Lucas said agreeing. "Has Brooke or Haley wanted pickles with chocolate syrup and vanilla ice cream?" Lucas asked.

"No but Brooke has been craving Doritos nacho cheese with caramel sauce and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream." Derek told the other two. "That's her latest."

"Haley's is me" Nathan replied cockily.

"I am an ex-marine and I will kick your ass" Derek threatened all the men in the room knowing he wasn't serious.

Not wanting Nathan to push his luck, Lucas looked in the dining room and saw the three girls laughing and glowing as they sat at the table. "I can't believe I finally talked Peyton into marrying me," Lucas told the other guys remembering how when he first asked she had said no. Just because she was having his kid did not mean they had to get married. Although when she was 8 months pregnant he pushed his luck and asked her again although this time she had said yes. One month later they were married and that night Leighton made her debut into the world, thankfully once the duo had left the reception.

"Yea she should've picked Skills. Really she chose third best." Nathan said.

It's a secret no one tells;
One day it's heaven, one day it's hell.
It's no fairy tale;
Take it from me,
That's the way it's supposed to be.

"Who would've been the first?" Lucas asked curiously.

"Me of course" Nathan responded cockily. "But I have my own angel in the dining room, so she had to make do with you if she wanted to be Haley's sister.

Lucas glared at his brother before punching him in the shoulder.

"Guys do I have to act like the adult all the time? I thought retiring from the marines meant I didn't have to baby-sit grown men anymore" Derek said looking at the two Scott brothers pointedly.

Before either brother could respond the doorbell rang.

"Nathan get the door please," Haley yelled finally finding a comfortable position in the kitchen chair and not wanting to move and lose it.

Nathan got up off the couch and opened the door to see Skills and Allie standing there. Skills was holding Emma's carrier while Allie held onto their son Daniel's carrier. The twins were only 5 months and already spoiled by their parents and all their aunts and uncles.

"Come on in" Nathan said reaching for the infant seat out of Allie's hands and taking it to the living room before unfastening the belt and taking the baby out as Skills did the same with Emma. "Better get some time in with this little boy before the girls realize there are babies here" Nathan said as Skills passed the little girl into Lucas's outstretched hands.

"Hey Leighton" Allie said seeing the little girl lying on her stomach and kicking her legs in the air. "Hi Aunt Allie" Leighton responded turning her head and waving before going back to watching the TV.

"Hey Jamie" Allie said leaning down by the little boy and patted his back as he laid next to his cousin.

Jamie looked at her and gave a smile before his eyes gazed back to the TV.

"The girls are in the kitchen," Nathan told Allie as he made faces at the baby in his arms, and Lucas made funny sounds to try and get Emma smiling.

Since she knew the twins were in good hands and Skills would be in the room anyways, Allie left the boys talking as she walked into the kitchen and saw the girls sitting around the table talking.

"Hey guys" Allie said sitting down across from Brooke.

"Hey how were the twins this morning?" Peyton asked knowing that normally the twins were good in the mornings and they had their schedule they had to keep.

"Good" Allie said before asking how all three were dealing with their pregnancies. The girls continued to talk until it was time to open presents and then ate all the food Haley had made and what the other families had brought to the Scott household. The laughter and Christmas music played through the house until everyone left to tuck their kids in for the night.

---

After leaving Naley's house as Brooke had dubbed them so long ago she walked sleepily to the bedroom she shared with Derek and slipped on a nightgown before sliding into bed and watching Derek put on a pair of pajama bottoms before he slipped into bed with her and pulled her into him.

"So, did you have a good Christmas?" Derek asked her, his thumb brushing circles on her shoulder and she smiled happily up at him.

"Yes and I think Isabelle liked her first Christmas too." Brooke told him rubbing her belly before a tiny laugh escaped through her lips as Isabelle kicked inside her stomach. Derek moved his hand to where Brooke's was, and smiled down lovingly at her as their daughter kicked, the TV on with the sound turned low as Miracle on 34th street played in the background. Their tradition of watching the movie together after going to Haley's Christmas party continuing.

You will fly and you will crawl;
God knows even angels fall.
No such thing as you lost it all.
God knows even angels fall.

"I love you" Derek told her before he bent his head and whispered the same words to their daughter. The tears in Brooke's eyes prickling as she felt her heart burst with joy. She never got sick of hearing those words and figured she never would.

"Me and Bella love you too" Brooke said before leaning up and kissing him. The two stayed in their own little world as they watched the movie and cuddled before falling asleep, excited for next Christmas when their little girl would be laying on the bed between them.

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After changing into her pajama's Leighton hopped into her bed. Peyton coming to sit next to her on the bed and putting her arm around the little blonde stroking her head as Lucas sat on the other side of the bed, holding Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."

Lucas made sure everyone was comfortable before he pulled out the bookmark and started reading. Picking up from where he had ended last night as he told Leighton about the third spirit, the ghost of Christmas yet to come showed Scrooge what would happen if he didn't change. Leighton listened to her father's voice her tiny blue eyes fighting to stay open as her mother stroked her hair and Lucas read, each knowing she would soon lose the fight against the sleep that desperately claimed her little body. Peyton smiled when she heard her daughter's breathing even out and locked eyes with Lucas as he put the bookmark back in the book and stood up putting the book back on the little girl's desk before going to Peyton's side and helping her out of bed. Lucas bent down and gently kissed the little girl's forehead before whispering, "I love you" and moving so Peyton could do the same. Peyton leaned down and did the same before pulling the little tinker bell bedspread up as Lucas walked to turn on the matching night-light. The two of them walked out of the room hand in hand, to their own bedroom before crawling into bed.

You laugh, you cry, no one knows why
Behold the thrill of it all...
You're on the ride
You might as well
Open your eyes

Too tired to even say anything, Peyton laid on the bed. Lucas pulled her into him, her back against his chest as his hand moved to their son, Peyton's meeting his there and covering it as they let the day's event unwind and the sleep they so desperately craved coming to them, each thinking they were lucky to have the other.

"I love you" Lucas whispered into the shell of her ear.

"I love you too" Peyton responded.

"True love always" Lucas told her before closing his eyes and pulling Peyton closer to him and falling asleep.

I'm so glad I have him and Leighton and this little guy Peyton thought smiling before her eyes drooped closed and she fell asleep the magic of her world living on for another day.

---

After tucking Jamie into his big boy bed, Haley and Nathan moved to their bedroom. Haley changed into her green nightgown, her stomach stretching the fabric before laying in bed. Taking off his dress pants and shirt Nathan slid into bed beside her and Haley lifter her nightgown to rub cocoa butter on her stomach to try and minimize the stretch marks. Nathan watched as she rubbed the lotion in and smiled lovingly at her. He was glad that John had been in jail for 5 years now and Haley was no longer worried about him. He knew on the anniversary of Josh's death she would still go visit his grave and on the anniversary of the day in the school Haley and Nathan would take off and spend the day in the house watching movies and just remembering they had each other. Haley pulled her nightgown down before moving to put the lotion on the nightstand. Haley saw her husband in deep thought and smiled when she curled into his side and he automatically wrapped his arm around her.

"What are you thinking about?" Haley questioned curiously.

"How lucky I am to have you." Nathan responded honestly. He didn't know what it was about this woman but she was the only one who could make him mushy.

"Such a sweet talker" Haley said smiling and she patted Nathan's cheek.

"I try" Nathan teased.

"Soon you will have two girls to sweet talk," Haley said placing her hand on her stomach as she looked up to Nathan.

"Good thing I'm hot. That should help with one of the girls and the other girl I can just buy a pony," Nathan said smirking.

"Nathan Royal Scott you are not buying our daughter a pony without talking to me about it" Haley reprimanded as Nathan just looked at her before nodding his head.

"Okay but it will cost you" Nathan said his hand moving down to Haley's waist.

"Oh yea what's that?" Haley asked raising an eyebrow curiously.

"One kiss" Nathan said swooping down before she could even pretend to object.

"I love you Haley James." Nathan spoke honestly when he pulled back from the kiss to catch his breath.

"I love you too." Haley told him her thumb caressing his cheek.

"Always"

"And forever," Haley finished.

"I love you too angel," Nathan said placing a kiss on Haley's stomach.

You will fly and you will crawl;
God knows even angels fall.
No such thing as you lost it all.
God knows even angels fall.
Even angels fall
Even angels fall

"She loves you too," Haley responded. "Just remember, even angels fall sometimes."