Season 3: Junior Year

Episode 19: Finale part 1

AN: Yes, it's back and yes it's the season finale! But don't worry, if you want season 4, just tell me in a review ;) Thanks so much for all the kind reviews! I tried to write an extra long one for you all, so I hope you like it! For those of you who are confused, Paige is Peyton's long-lost sister, the other daughter of Ellie. Hope that clears things up! Please feel free to ask any questions. I'm taking the advice of one viewer and focusing on basically Peyton and Paige and their whole situation in this episode.

Days passed without any new information about Paige's condition. Peyton wasn't sure exactly how to feel. On the one hand, she was happy that her baby was okay and that she was finally back in Lucas's arms. But then she'd start to feel guilty for feeling so happy when her sister was laying up in a hospital bed fighting for her life. Oh, and her biological mother was there too. Peyton didn't know what to think or feel about any of it if she was being honest.

"Morning, Blondie," Lucas's voice brought Peyton out of her thoughts.

Smiling, she rolled over and kissed him on the cheek. He was leaning on his elbow, just smiling at her. She had missed him so much.

"Morning, Luke," She said softly, closing her eyes when he caressed her cheek. She leaned into his touch and could feel him start to lean closer. Before she knew it, his lips were on hers and she enjoyed every minute of it. Both pulled away, but not before Lucas gave her a knowing look and said, "Your thoughts were pretty loud this morning."

Of course he had noticed. The married couple had reunited all of a couple days ago, but it seemed like they had never been closer. They were both readjusting to their normal lives and it had been nothing less than amazing.

With a shake of her head, Peyton laughed, "Sorry, got a lot on my mind."

Peyton moved her hand to her growing stomach and smiled at her husband. Lucas laughed and put his hand on her stomach, too.

"Hi baby," Lucas squinted in his normal way and whispered, then leaned in and kissed her stomach.

"Come on, we're going to be late for school." Lucas laughed at Peyton's annoyed expression, "We're almost done, Peyt. Only about a few days left and then we're seniors."

"It's not that, I is, but... what about Paige? I was thinking I'd go see her today." Peyton shook her head, looking up at her husband, "but maybe I should go to school? I don't know. I'm just..."

"Confused," Lucas finished for her, "I know and I'm sorry. I know how hard this must be for you. Thinking that your parents were your parents but..."

"They aren't." Peyton finished for him with a sigh, "I should see Ellie today, too. Maybe she'll actually answer my questions instead of avoiding them."

Lucas nodded, "Yeah, this has got to be hard for her, too, though. Especially because one of her daughters is in the hospital." Lucas always did try to make her see things from another perspective. She loved him so much for that. Despite the fact that she was confused and hurt by finding out that she was adopted, it didn't mean that Ellie wasn't a complete wreck right now.

The sound of the phone ringing brought Peyton back to reality. She reached over Lucas and picked up the house phone, "hello?"

A few seconds later, Peyton responded to the caller, "I'll be right there."

She hung up the phone and just looked at Lucas.

"That was Ellie... Paige is awake."

Less than 72 hours later, despite the doctors' theory that Paige probably wouldn't even wake up, Paige had proved them wrong.

Peyton and Lucas made it to the hospital in record time. Despite Peyton's protests that he should go to school and not worry, Lucas drove them both there. He needed to be there for her, besides he also told her that he needed to practice in order to prepare for the baby. By the time they got there, the doctor was talking to Ellie in front of Paige's hospital room door.

"Hi! We're here!"

Ellie, who was out of a wheelchair and no longer dressed in a hospital gown but regular clothing, turned and smiled at Peyton.

"Doctor, you remember Peyton... a friend of Paige's." Ellie didn't want to make Peyton uncomfortable by saying that she was her daughter, despite how true it was.

Peyton nodded at the doctor, "So, on the phone Ellie said that Paige is awake."

The doctor simply nodded, "We did some tests and everything actually looks perfectly normal."

"Normal? Just three days ago you were telling us that she wouldn't even wake up and now you're saying that she's perfectly healthy?" Ellie couldn't believe it. Her baby was going to make it.

"Well, normal as she can be when she just got shot multiple times, but I can't believe it myself. It's truly a miracle. Just a few days ago her brain scans weren't looking nearly as good as they do now. I don't know how Paige did it, but she's a living, breathing miracle."

"So she's going to be okay?" Peyton couldn't help but doubt what the doctor was telling her. She had seen Paige look as white as a sheet, blood all over her head and stomach. Although she didn't want to admit it just a few days ago, Paige looked like she was on the verge of death.

"Yeah, as long as she stays a few more nights for observation. We want to make sure that everything is really okay before we send her home."

Ellie nodded, shaking the doctor's hand, "Thank you so much for everything."

The doctor smiled, "Don't thank me. That girl in there is a fighter. Now, she'll have a long road ahead of her due to the two gunshot wounds. I'll fill you in later, because I have a feeling someone wants to see you."

With that, the doctor opened the hospital room door and led the three people into the room.

"Hi, Paige. I have some people who want to see you."

Paige opened her eyes and grinned, "Momma!"

Paige still looked fragile and everyone could tell that she was weak. But she was alive and that's all that mattered. Paige had survived three gunshot wounds. She was a medical miracle.

Ellie let out a laugh and went to her daughter, "Baby girl, I'm so glad you're alright."

She immediately put her hand in her daughter's and squeezed tightly.

"That makes two of us," Paige laughed, then realized there were two other people in the room, "Oh, hi..."

"Hey, I'm Peyton. I hear we're related somehow." She joked, causing Paige to smile.

"I heard the same thing," Paige laughed, it felt good to talk to Peyton. She looked behind Peyton and saw a cute boy who was holding hands with her, "You must be Lucas."

Everyone talked for a while, but then Ellie decided to let the two sisters get to know each other.

"Well, I'm going to grab some lunch. Want to join me, Lucas?" Ellie nodded towards Peyton and Paige who were just talking away. Lucas nodded, "Of course. We'll be back soon, okay?"

He kissed the top of Peyton's head and she just smiled and nodded at him, "We'll be here."

Lucas smiled and he left the room with his mother-in-law.

"I'm sorry I didn't tell you sooner. I guess I was just nervous." Paige fiddled with her hands but still looked at Peyton nonetheless.

"It's okay, I mean... it's completely unexpected, but.. I've always wanted a sister." Peyton smiled at Paige, which definitely calmed Paige's nervous about the entire situation. She had thought Peyton would be mad at her, but clearly that wasn't the case.

"I'm so glad to hear you say that," Paige literally sighed with relief.

Peyton could see the resemblance now, as Paige looked at her with a wide smile and bright eyes. She shook her head at herself with a slight smile.

"So," Peyton leaned back in the chair, putting her arm comfortably on the armrest, "What's your favorite band?"

The two girls talked for nearly half an hour before Lucas and her mother came back in.

"I think it's time you two should be heading off to school," Ellie smiled at the looks on both Paige and Peyton's faces, "Don't look at me like that. You need your rest and they gotta get to class."

"She's right," Peyton turned back to Paige with a slight frown which immediately turned back into a smile, "I'll come back later, okay?"

Paige smiled back, "I'd like that!"

The two sisters had gotten brief glance into each other's lives and liked each other. That was all Ellie wanted. Because Ellie knew that they'd be all they have left in this world... sooner than anyone would think.

Weeks had passed and Paige had been resting at home for a while. Her stomach wounds were healing nicely. School was just now letting out and she was going stir crazy. All of her friends had gone on vacation practically. Of course, some of her cheer friends who hadn't gone out of town had come by to bring her magazines and ice cream, but she really wanted things just to get back to normal. Whether she wanted to admit it or not, she missed her best friend, Charlotte. She wanted to talk about boys, more specifically a boy that had been reoccurring in her dreams lately. She couldn't really remember where she had met him before. In fact, she seemed to not be able to remember things more and more these days. And Ellie and Peyton noticed.

"Why did I come in here?" She muttered to herself, tapping her fingers against her chin in concentration. Paige had gone to the kitchen for something but she couldn't remember why. She looked around, confused, for a few seconds before she turned to walk back out of the kitchen.

"Oh, hi," Paige had almost walked out of the kitchen and smack into both Peyton and Ellie.

Ellie had her arms crossed over her chest, looking at Paige with an intense look on her face.

"What's wrong, Paige?" Peyton was the one to blurt the question that was also on her mother's mind, "I know what's wrong. You can't remember why you came in here. You've been doing this a lot lately."

Despite the odd way the two sisters got to know each other, Peyton had been a constant presence at the Harp household. She almost lost her one and only sister and she wasn't going to let anything happen to her.

"What? I'm fine, nothing's wrong," She looked to Peyton then to her mother then to the ground, "It's just..."

She didn't want to admit it, but her memory had been slipping a little bit everyday. And she knew that it wasn't good.

"You forget things a lot, Paige, a lot more than you used to" Ellie pointed out, "We should go back to the doctor."

"What? No!" Paige's eyes went wide, she had had enough of the doctors poking and prodding her around like she was some sort of medical miracle. Well, she was, but that didn't mean she liked being poked at like an animal, "Mom. No. I'm fine."

Ellie looked at her older daughter and sighed, "She's not going to go until something bad happens."

Just then, the front door opened, revealing Lucas holding bags of food.

"Hey ladies!" Lucas grinned as he made his way into the kitchen, but then stopped when he noticed the way the three blondes were looking, "Woah, what's up?"

Ellie moved aside so Lucas could put the food on the counter and let Peyton answer.

"Paige thinks that losing her memory isn't a big deal and won't go back to the doctor, even though, the doctor said to come to him if anything should happen," Peyton sighed, giving Paige a hard look.

"I'm not losing my memory!" Paige exclaimed, throwing her hands up in the air out of anger, "I've just forgot a few things... that's all!"

Lucas removed the food form the bags as he listened to the women argue over whether or not Paige should go back to the doctor. He laughed at little at Peyton's flushed face, she was so adorable when she got worked up about something. Looking around the room, he realized it was genetic. Ellie and Paige were huffing just as much as Peyton was. He shook his head at himself, if their daughter got that trait; he knew he was going to be wrapped around her finger.

"Oooh, look, Chinese food!" Paige immediately grabbed one of the containers and got a fork and went straight into the living room.

"This discussion is not over, missy!" Surprisingly, it was Peyton who made the statement, sounding more like a mother.

"She'll come around," Lucas laughed, briefly kissing Peyton on the cheek, and then looked to Ellie, "Want me to dip your plate, Ms. Harp?"

Ellie rolled her eyes, "Lucas Eugene. How many times have I told you to call me Ellie?"

Lucas blushed, making Peyton giggle and slap her husband on the arm playfully. Days had passed and questions were still left unanswered from Peyton's birthmother, but Peyton figured that she'd tell her when she was ready. Surprisingly, Peyton was being relatively calm about the whole situation. Well, except for Paige's lack of remembering things.

While her family was discussing things in the kitchen, Paige had made herself comfortable on the couch. She was just digging into her sweet and sour chicken when the doorbell rang. She quickly chewed her food and swallowed before looking towards the kitchen. No one was making any noise of coming, so Paige sighed and reluctantly left her food on the coffee table and went to answer the door.

She adjusted her tank top before opening the door. It was Charlotte. And Jason.

"Char," Paige said softly, holding onto the door with her left hand and just staring at her visitors, "I'm so glad you're here!"

Paige pulled her friend into a careful hug. Charlotte reluctantly hugged Paige back, surprised at the happy reaction of her former friend. The two girls pulled away and Paige grinned at her, "I'm so glad you're here!"

Charlotte, not wanting to ruin the moment, but couldn't help it, "What? You're... happy to see me?"

Paige looked at Charlotte like she had grown three heads, "Of course I am! Why wouldn't I be?"

Charlotte turned to Jason with wide eyes; obviously Paige didn't remember what had happened. They knew that her memory hadn't been great, from what Ellie told them, but they didn't think it was this bad.

"Jason! Hi!" Paige pulled Jason in and gave him a big hug, just as she had done with Charlotte, "Thanks for coming, baby! I had been wondering where you had been."

Jason, dumbfounded at the fact that his former girlfriend still thought she was his girlfriend, stood there with his mouth gaping.

"Mom! Guess who's here!" Paige took Jason's hand and pulled him to the kitchen, "It's Jase and Charlotte!"

All three teens entered the kitchen to see Lucas, Peyton, and Ellie talking in a circle.

"Oh, Jason, Charlotte. How are you?" Ellie didn't know the truth, obviously, because she went to give both Jason and Charlotte a hug.

The situation was starting to freak Charlotte out. Her best friend had been shot, survived it against all odds, and now was losing her memory.

"Um, Paige... there's something you need to know," Charlotte began, looking at Jason before continuing, "You and Jason broke up."

Paige looked at Jason and Charlotte, and then started laughing, "That's insane! We haven't broke up."

She tightly grasped Jason's hand and smiled up at him. He couldn't do anything. On the one hand, Charlotte was his actual girlfriend who he loved. But here was this girl, this amazing girl; whose heart he broke and then she took three shots that were meant for him. So, he did the only thing he could do. He said nothing. He didn't agree with Charlotte, and he could see the hurt in her eyes when he said nothing.

"Excuse me, I need to talk to Jason for a second." Charlotte smiled sweetly, then quickly dragging Jason into the living room and then through the front door.

"Really, Jason? After all this time?" Charlotte whispered, "She's going to find out the truth, eventually."

"I can't do this, Char. We broke her heart once... I can't do that to her all over again. I just can't." Jason looked deeply into her eyes, hoping that she'd be okay with it. He put his hands on her shoulders, leaning down towards her as he spoke, "At least not now, okay. She just got home. Do you really want to put her through all that stress?"

Charlotte bit her lip and shook her head, "No. No I don't want to do that, but, Jase... what're we going to do? We can't just lie to her forever."

Jason nodded, relieved that she agreed with him, "We let her get better, okay? Then we... then we'll tell her."

Charlotte took a deep breath and nodded. Obviously, she wasn't too thrilled with the idea of her boyfriend dating her best friend again. That had been torture and she never would have thought she'd have to go through that again.

"But this time, no cheating. I will not get caught making out with you in the library again, Jason. After she gets better, you will break up with her and then and only then, we will be back together."

Jason let out a laugh, taking his hands off her shoulders. "That's a good idea, Char. How about one last kiss, since it's going to last me a while?" He winked at her, making her roll her eyes at his dorkiness.

"Fine. Only one. And no tongue." She pointed her finger at him before pulling him in and giving him a sweet kiss.

Little did they know that someone had seen and heard the whole thing.

The next night, Paige didn't know where she was or why she was there. All she knew is that she was scared. She looked down and realized she was in her pajamas. A car honked at her and she jumped and shrieked. That's when she realized she was standing in the middle of the street. Panicked, she moved quickly to the sidewalk before sitting down.

"What do I do, what do I do?" She said to herself.

A nearby puddle from a recent rain caught her eye. Slowly, she stood up and walked over to it. She looked and saw her reflection for the first time. Did she really look so... pale? And sick? She felt a lump in her throat when she realized her long blonde hair was now gone. She was completely bald. Of course, she thought she had heard the doctor mention something about shaving her head for her brain surgery. She didn't think she would look like this, though. As she admired her appearance, a car pulled up beside her.

Paige turned around to see the guy from her dreams getting out the passenger side of the car that just almost hit her. Her mouth dropped as she came to the realization that the guy from her dreams wasn't just in her dreams... he was an actual person. His hair was styled in a Mohawk and his clothes screamed bad boy. He was real. She couldn't believe it.

"Fancy meeting you here. What're you doing out here?" He asked, his eyebrow raising and a smirk on his face.

She looked up, swallowed and answered with her voice shaking, "I... I don't know how I got here."

The boy opened and closed his mouth a couple of times. He even looked to the car and muttered something to the driver through the open window before gesturing towards the car with his hand.

She looked at him like he was crazy, "I don't even know you. Have we met or something?"

The bad boy seemed to look puzzled then something obviously clicked in his head because his eyes widened and he pointed at her.

"You... you were the one that was shot so badly. Everyone thought you weren't going to... umm..." He trailed off, not wanting to freak her out.

Paige laughed, "I know. I'm Paige. I'm a medical miracle. But how do I know you? I don't think my memory is... um... up to par these days."

"Well, we haven't officially met before. There was this one time in the hallway..." He saw her confused look and shook his head, "Oh, never mind. I'm Jesse."

Paige smiled, "Nice to meet you, Jesse," She looked around then blushed at her pajama choice. She was wearing flannel pants with bunnies on them and a tank top. No wonder she was cold.

"Could you possibly... take me home?" She looked up through her eyelashes, hoping that her appearance wouldn't be a problem.

Jesse laughed, "No problem. My dad's actually driving, but it's not a problem."

The two teenagers quietly went over to the car and got in.

"Hi, I'm Paige." She smiled at Jesse's father, but all he did was stare at her.

Jesse quickly noticed the reason for his father's behavior. He was staring at her appearance, "Dad. Dad, just take us to her house, okay?"

His father snapped out of his reverie and smiled, "Sure, no problem. Where is it you live, um, Paige?"

After she told him her address, Paige realized why he was acting funny and felt a pang in her chest. Was everyone going to stare at her like that? She looked out the window, ignoring Jesse's attempts at having a conversation.

Finally, they pulled up to her house and Paige couldn't get out of the car fast enough.

"Thanks for the ride," She muttered and quickly got out of the car.

She was so embarrassed. Jesse's father must think she looks like some sort of freak. She felt tears in her eyes as she rushed to the front of her house. Hearing her name being called, she turned around and saw Jesse rushing up to her.

He took in her tear-filled eyes and realized that she wasn't an idiot. She had realized what his dad was staring at in the car.

"I'm so sorry, Paige. He didn't mean it." Jesse spoke softly, gazing down at the young girl in front of him.

Paige just nodded, looking at the ground, "it's fine, okay? Thank you for the ride."

She barely even looked at him before turning to walk the rest of the way to the front door.

"Paige!" Jesse called after her.

Paige turned around, tears falling from her face.

"You're beautiful, okay? Don't let anyone ever tell you differently." Jesse smiled at her and waved.

Paige stood there in shock. Did that boy really just say that about her? By the time she composed herself, she realized he had already walked back to the car and almost gotten in.

"Jesse!" She called out to him this time, waiting until he looked at her to continue, "You don't know what that meant to me. Thank you. For everything."

Jesse smiled at her and nodded. Paige grinned and waved at him before opening the door to her house and walking in.

AN: there you have it! The end of the season... part one! Review! :)