Okay so my lazy ass has finally finished this story, and I'm a lot sadder than I thought I would be. If that makes sense, lol. You guys have been absolutely amazing. Truly, I wouldn't have been able to keep writing without all the support I got from ya'll as readers. You guys deserve a medal for all of the times I slacked on this story.

Anyways, this story kind of ends on a weird note. It's not your typical happy ending, but I don't really like the super cheesy I LOVE YOU endings so I decided to go with something a bit simpler. It's meant for you guys to think about what you want to happen next, and I'm going to stop talking now before I give too much away, lol. Enjoy :)

"She's having her baby. Oh god, Lucas, come help me."

Chapter 24

"Uh, I don't think that's such a good—"

"Lucas Eugene Roe, get your ass over here right now and help me!" Brooke growled, and he would have been an idiot to disobey her.

"Okay, okay," Lucas said quickly as he jumped to help her. "You don't have to yell at me."

Brooke's glare told him he had better shut the hell up. "Right," Lucas muttered as he moved to hold Haley from behind. "What do you want me to do?"

"Um, I-I don't know," Brooke said looking around frantically. "I never thought I'd actually have to deliver a baby before, I just always thought that kind of stuff happened to people in movies."

"Well that was helpful," Lucas mumbled.

"I swear to God Lucas, you better keep your mouth shut," Brooke growled.

"Hey!" Haley screamed, taking deep breaths. "Can you guys stop arguing for two seconds and help me deliver my baby girl?"

"Girl?" Lucas asked at the same time Brooke said, "Yes!"

"It's not important," Haley said at Lucas' confused face. He shook his head and decided to drop it for the moment. Unfortunately, he should have kept his attention on something other than Haley having her baby.

He looked down at Brooke as she pushed Haley dress back, and she was as exposed as the day she was born. Haley's screams of pain were the last thing he heard before he passed out.

2 weeks later

"I did not pass out!" Lucas protested as he held Alex in his arms. Haley and Brooke were seated on each side of him as they giggled and teased him.

"You're right, you're right," Haley appeased him as she sniggered into her hand. "It was more of a swoon."

Brooke burst into laughter as Lucas glared at both of them. "I didn't swoon," Lucas muttered to Alex. "Men don't swoon, women do."

"Excuse me?" Brooke asked in a scathing voice, her feminist side rearing its proud head.

"Uh-I, what I meant to say was-OW!" Lucas squealed when Brooke hit him upside the head. "Lay off, I'm holding a child here."

"That's right, hide behind the kid," Brooke said, sarcasm seeping into her voice.

"He's right," Haley said standing up to retrieve her child. "Come here, baby. Oh, you're so sweet, Alexander. Yes you are," Haley cooed as she held Alex lovingly in her arms. Motherhood had brought a glow to Haley's already stunning features and she felt undeniable happiness engulf her as she looked into her child's shining face.

"Now you're free to take Lucas into your evil clutches," Haley told Brooke as the girls smiled wickedly to each other.

"Why don't you go call your husband or something instead of torturing me?" Lucas huffed as Brooke came towards him.

"Speaking of husbands…" Brooke said, looking pointedly at Haley.

"What?" Haley asked, immediately getting defensive. She didn't want to think about that right now, especially after what happened the last time they saw each other.

"Haley? Haley! What's going on here? Oh my god, are you hurt? Did someone touch you? Are you—"

"Nathan, calm down. She's fine," Brooke soothed as Nathan ran anxiously towards them."She's just delivering her baby right now."

"Oh, well that's fucking reassuring!" Nathan roared as he kneeled by Haley's side and grabbed for her hand. "Haley, everything's going to be okay. I promise. I'm here now."

"Okay, Romeo, you need to be quiet for a minute," Brooke said as she turned to Haley and asked how she was doing."Haley, you need to push. You can do it!"

"It hurts," Haley whimpered as she gathered her strength and groaned through another hard push. Brooke made encouraging sounds for her to keep going.

"Fuck, what else can I do Brooke?" Nathan whispered. "She's in pain goddamnitt, I won't have it!"

"Nathan, just try and support her, there's nothing else we can do for her. She's having a natural birth, it's bound to be painful," Brooke explained.

"Haley, you can do this," Nathan whispered in her ear as he held her in his arms. "Be strong, I'm here for you. For our child."

"Come on, Haley, push. You're almost there. Push!" Brooke said as Haley screamed and screamed. With one final push, the piercing cry of a child rang through the air and Haley nearly fainted in relief.

"My girl," Haley whispered. "I want to see my beautiful baby girl."

Brooke held the crying child in her arms as tears of awe and joy ran down her face before she whispered, "It's a boy."

By the time Haley got over her shock of Brooke's announcement, Lucas had woken up and Nathan carried her awkwardly into the house as Brooke and Lucas followed behind them with the child. Nathan had wanted to stay with Haley in her room, but she quietly asked Brooke to keep him out until she was ready, and Brooke being Brooke did just that.

She guarded Haley's door like a mother hen protecting her baby chickens, much to Nathan's frustration. He and Lucas had gone back down to find Dan unconscious and Jimmy searching around wildly for Lucas. While Jimmy had been out, Lucas had found a way to loosen the ropes bound around his hands. When he had seen Dan, he immediately went to fight him for what he'd done to Lydia and Haley. After that, he found Brooke and Haley, which all led to him swooning.

And now, here she was, holding her child as Brooke and Lucas looked expectantly at her for answers about Nathan. She looked back down at Alex. Alexander Lucas Scott. He looked so much like Nathan; it both hurt and warmed her to look at him.

"Haley," Brooke's voice broke her out of her reverie. Brooke's head inclined towards the doorway and Haley turned to face the very person who had been consuming her thoughts for the past year.

"Hi," Nathan whispered, wearing a timid expression on his face as he gave her a sheepish half-smile. "Can we talk?"

"What?" Haley asked, her voice scratchy.

"I-I asked if we could talk," Nathan repeated, shuffling his feet and shoving his hands into his pockets nervously.

"You want to talk?" Haley asked, her voice rising towards the end of her question. "You haven't seen your son since I gave birth to him and you want to talk to me? How about asking about your damn son, Nathan? His name is Alex, by the way. Do you even care?"

"Of course I do, Haley," Nathan said, as he ran a frustrated hand through his hair. "But I didn't know if you wanted me to see him or even if you'd let me see him."

"Do you really think I'm that cruel, Nathan?" Haley asked, taken aback by how little he really knew her. She calmed herself down and softened her voice. "He's just as much your son as he is mine."

They stared into each other's eyes with barely concealed longing, but there was also a barrier between them that had been there since before the attack. "Do you want to hold him?" she asked gently after a few moments of silence.

Nathan quickly hid the surprise that showed on his face before he walked over to her and awkwardly tried to take Alex into his arms. "Uh, I don't know how—"

"Here," Haley said, taking his arms and placing Alex in them. Nathan's eyes widened in terror as Alex stared straight into his face with unabashed interest. He was so small and Nathan was petrified that he'd do something to hurt him. He stood like a statue, afraid to move; he didn't want to do anything wrong.

Haley's laughter relaxed Nathan a little, and when he felt her warm hands join his around Alex, he felt the jolt of electricity surge through his body all the way to his heart.

"Just softly rub his back," Haley whispered to Nathan, gazing lovingly into her son's face. Nathan wished she'd look at him like that. "Don't be afraid, Nathan. Just relax."

Nathan looked down into his son's face and squinted his eyes. Alex continued to stare at Nathan with wide-eyed innocence before a tiny dimple showed in his chubby cheek while he smiled widely up at his dad. Nathan couldn't stop the smile forming on his own lips, and when he looked up he noticed Haley smiling as well.

His sigh of contentment rang through the room before Haley stepped backed and blinked a few times. When she lifted her head, she seemed to be the epitome of grace and serenity. She looked around the room and her eyes landed on the back door that was slightly opened before she spoke derisively, "I guess Brooke and Lucas decided it was time to take a sojourn through the woods."

Nathan chuckled before he bit his lip and looked around awkwardly. "Haley…I need to apologize. No, I need to do more than that, but I—"

"Nathan…" Haley warned, but he just lifted his hand and gently shook his head, the small gesture somehow telling Haley that he needed to say this.

"Haley," Nathan started again. "This past year of my life has been without a doubt the most brilliant, confusing, and infuriating, but looking back on it, I honestly don't think I would change anything."

With a sigh, he ran a hand over his face and continued, "We've both made a lot of mistakes, mine being the more dominant ones, but that's what makes us us. If you hadn't…been with me that first night, I would still be having meaningless sex and nights filled with emptiness. You've brought me so much excitement and love, and you've made me ten times stronger than I ever thought I could be.

I know how difficult it must be for you to know that it was my fault that your mom died, and I'm not asking you to forget that, but if you could just—"

"Nathan," Haley interrupted him, "what do you mean it was your fault that my mom died? You had nothing to do with it. Dan and Jimmy were responsible for that and now they're paying for it."

"Nothing to do with it?" Nathan whispered, his voice hoarse and scratchy. "Haley, if I would have listened to you in the first place, if I would have fought harder for you, I could have kept you and your mom here, safe. But I didn't and I'm so sorry, you have no idea how sorry I—"

"Nathan!" Haley shouted, and Nathan was so caught off guard by her little spurt of anger that he backed up a step and looked at her with tortured eyes. Haley moved to go and put a sleeping Alex into his crib before she walked back and stood in front of Nathan.

"I want you to listen to me, and listen well, because this is the first and only time I'm going to say this," Haley said slowly and carefully. "What happened to my mother had nothing to do with you. I made the decision that night to, to rape you and I had to deal with the consequences."

Nathan moved to interrupt Haley but she was having none of that. "Dan and Jimmy are the ones to blame for my mother' death. No one else. Do you understand?"

Nathan nodded slowly before he sighed, "Haley." He clenched his jaw and looked to the floor, and Haley had the distinct inclination that he was holding back tears. "What does this mean for us now?"

"I don't know," Haley whispered. And she didn't. She didn't know if she was ready to be with Nathan again, and she knew for sure that she never wanted to go through that much pain ever again.

"We have some decisions to make," Nathan said softly, gently, almost as if he were afraid she'd boot him out of her life completely.

"Yeah, we do," Haley returned quietly. "Do we have to figure them out right now, though? Maybe, maybe we should just be there for Alex and talk about everything when the time is right."

"Yeah," Nathan whispered, not quite sure what he was agreeing to. He looked at her contemplatively for a few more minutes before he shuffled his feet nervously again. "I guess I, uh, I should go."

He threw a sad smile over his shoulder as he walked to the door, but Haley's voice stopped him.

"Nathan?" she called to him softly.

He turned around slowly, hope flickering on his face as he watched her wring her hands together apprehensively and look down. When she looked back up, her eyes were shining with tears and a string of emotions played across her beautiful face. She waited a few moments before she spoke.

"I'm glad it was you."

And Nathan smiled.

Okay so that was that. I really hope you guys enjoyed this story, and reviews would be a lovely way of telling me whether you did or you didn't. I'd really appreciate any feedback that ya'll want to give me about what you liked and didn't like; even a small reply is cool.

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