A/N: So I decided to transfer the sequel to the original story, for some reason it just now clicked to me and it makes more sense for some reason. So for those who have read Happily Ever After this is just chapter 1-3 re-uploaded and for those who haven't here is what you've missed. I'll put a new chapter up soon. And I'll keep Happily Ever After up for a little while longer, but all updates will be made here.
Sorry for the confusion.
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Disclaimer: Don't own Shannon Moore (damn), Matt or Jeff Hardy, or Beth Britt. Only my OC's.
Chapter 17: The People That Matter Most
To be able to move on, one has to learn to forgive not only the person (or people) who have done one wrong but also oneself.-Eugenia Tripputi
"Hey Frank, it's Dani."
I hear a few muffled voices in the background as Braydin's father is quiet for a moment before responding. "Dani, it's good to hear from you."
"I take her to the hospital in a couple days to start chemo, but other than that she's hanging in there." Frank trails off, before continuing to speak again. "I know I'm asking a lot from you, but I wouldn't do this to you if I honestly didn't think it was right."
"I know Frank, it's just-." I pause, knowing that I was going to have to do the unthinkable in order to get Braydin back. "It's not a problem Frank, I'm going to need a couple days though."
"Thank you so much Daniel. I'll set up a a flight to L.A as soon as I can."
"No, Frank, we're going back to North Carolina for now. It'll be good for Braydin." I reply, as Frank and I finish up our conversation.
There was a list of things that needed to be done before I can truly say I am ready to go back there. Ready to pack up my whole entire life, again, and go back to the place where the root of all my problems began.
To say that I've been avoiding North Carolina would be an understatement. So much time has passed by and some many wounds have been left unhealed, I wouldn't know where to start.
"You called Frank?" Jake asks me as he walks into the living room, just getting back from work.
I nod my head in response, continuing to stare at nothing as I try to get my thought process together.
"So what are you gonna do?" He asks, obviously digging for more information.
I look at him, my face probably revealing my answer, before I reply. "We're going back to North Carolina." I shrug my shoulders, getting up from the floor and walking away. "Oh, and we're leaving in a few days."
"We?!?!" Jake responds, looking back at me frantically as I head up the stairs.
"If you honestly thought I was going down there alone, you're a horrible friend." I reply, heading into my room and preparing for the trip ahead of me.
"Why are we doing this again?" My best friend Jake asks me as we board the airplane.
I roll my eyes, tired of the third degree Jake has been giving me that last couple days. "This is the first step I need to take in order to go back to the way things used to be."
"You mind telling me that whole entire plan again, because I was completely content with the Daniel I've known for the past twenty five years, actually soon to be twenty six." Jake replies as we find our seat on the airplane.
"I'm trying to get Braydin back." I irritably say.
"Getting Braydin back is easy, you and I both know that. The real problem with your plan is that Braydin is not going to come back with you unless you move back to North Carolina."
Letting out an agitated sigh, I say. "I know that's the downfall of this plan. My whole entire life is in L.A., and I already tried packing up and leaving once, and we all know how well that turned out."
"Right and this leads right back to the man himself, Shannon Moore. That's who and what you're trying to avoid right now."
"It is not!" I say a little bit too loudly, causing the lady next to us to look.
"It is too Daniel. You and I both know you still care about him. Have you called him back?"
"I haven't called him back since the last time he called me." I say with smirk, waving my iPhone in my hand.
I swear Daniel, you trying to avoid the issue at hand is going to get you nowhere and one day you're going to look up and Shannon is going to move on, without you." Jake says snatching the phone out my hand and throwing it into his bag. "But if you want me to, I'll standby and be your best friend, agreeing to whatever you do because I love you. Which is why I'm following on this ridiculous trip."
"Love you too Jake." I mumble as the plane begins to take. "But I don't need a man to define who I am Jake."
"I know you don't, but Shannon isn't just some regular guy, he's the guy." Jake says. "And that's why we're going all the way across the country."
"Why is that?" I ask curious of his answer.
"To get back the two people in your life that matter the most to you." Jake replies, putting his head phones into his ears and closing his eyes.
"Damn. It is so weird being back here." I say as we pull up to the house where I spent my first couple months in North Carolina in. "Especially since she's not there."
"I'm sorry D, it must be hard." Jake says wrapping his arm around my shoulder as we enter the house.
"Yeah. Kind of." I mutter looking around the house, everything was just the way I left it. Some parts of it were empty, just like how I felt. But surprisingly, after all this time, this house at the end of the road still comforted me.
It was as if Auntie Kay had never left, and as if she was never sick. As if at any moment she would pop out of the kitchen, food in hand and ready to offer any amount advice that she could, a sincere smile plastered across her face.
And just like everything else, this house reminded me of him, the good times that we had once shared before it all came crashing down.
But just like everything else, it all came to an end, and here I am. It's been over a year and I still feel the same way I did when I first came here.