AN: Here is the new chapter. I am sorry it has taken so long I planned on getting it done before Christmas then I got sick and when I am sick my brain does not work right. I can't think of what to write and it takes me forever to figure out when something is not working right. I need to say thank to everyone for reading and reviewing. I sent out thanks to every one and if I forgot someone then I am sorry. I also need to say think you to Leese for betaing this for me. Leese I so hope your arm are better soon. And again thank you thank you thank you.
I don't own one tree hill and all that good stuff lol.
"I never thought I would get him to sleep." Haley said later that night after putting Jamie down to sleep finally.
It had taken Nathan, Brooke and Haley to get Jamie settled down for the night. Each of them had read him a book and given him a hug and a kiss good night. Brooke smiled as she sat down on the couch next to Haley and took Haley's hand and placed it on her swollen belly.
"Do you think you can get these two to settle down?" She asked as she felt the babies kicking under Haley's hand. Haley laughed and patted Brooke's belly.
"Sorry Tigger, but I don't think that is going to happen." She said as she laid her head back on the couch and sighed.
They had all spent a long time together talking after Lucas had left, about how everyone being mad at Lucas was affecting Jamie. They all agreed it had to stop. That they would not talk or treat Lucas like they had been in front of Jamie any more.
"Tigger I'm going to go bed." Haley said with a yawn as she got up off the couch. Nathan walked into the living room and saw his tired wife and smiled at her as she walked towards him. Nathan leaned down and kissed Haley's head as she reached him.
"Come on lets go to bed," He said to her softly to her as he looked over at Brooke. Haley leaned her head against his chest as he asked Brooke. "Will you be alright."
"I will be fine. Go on go to bed. I'll talk to you in the morning." Brooke replied with a smile, as she watched them head up stairs to bed. She sat there for a few minutes and then sighed as she got up from the sofa and decided to head to bed herself.
Brooke was up early the next morning. She couldn't sleep well because the babies wouldn't stay still. She was also still having the nightmares. Sleep seemed to be the only time that her being raped still affected her. She would relive it in her dreams and it would wake her, like it had done that morning. She left her room and walked down into the kitchen to find that Haley and Jamie were already in the kitchen. Haley was busy making breakfast.
"Good morning Tutor Mom," Brooke greeted as she leaned down and kissed Jamie on the top of his head. As she did, her phone went off. She looked at it and smiled. "I have to take this. Haley, why don't you call Lucas and see if he wants to come over this morning for breakfast?"
"Okay." Haley replied in a surprised tone as Brooke answered her call.
"Hello." Brooke greeted with a smile, as she got up and moved outside to look out at the pool.
"Hey how soon can you get to the airport? We will be there in about an hour. A friend if yours pulled some strings and got a flight." The person on the other end told her. Brooke smiled. She knew instantly who that friend was.
"I can be there in about half an hour. I can't wait to see you. Have you told any one that you're coming?" She asked into the phone as she felt tears spring to her eyes.
"No every thing has happened so fast, that I have not had the chance to tell any one." The person replied causing Brooke to smile.
"Great don't tell any one. I want to surprise them. After everything that has happened in the last seven months they need you. We all need you." She said. She tried to hold a sob back as she talked. She was happy and yet worried all at once.
"Brooke what is going on?" The person asked her concerned. Brooke sighed.
"I don't want to tell you over the phone but you will see part of what is going on when I pick you up from the airport. I'm going to leave now so I'll be there soon." She explained. She knew that she couldn't tell them over the phone about what was happening. It was just too much.
"Alright I will see you soon then." The person replied as they hung up.
Brooke hung up the phone and headed back into the kitchen.
"Haley I have to run out for about an hour. I'll be back as soon as I can. Did you get hold of Luke?" Brooke asked as she grabbed her keys and purse. Haley looked up as Brooke walked back into the house, feeling slightly worried about her.
"Are you alright? And yes I got hold of Luke. He will be here soon." Haley replied as she wondered what was going on with Brooke. Brooke smiled at her in response.
"I'm fine Hales. Make sure to tell him to wait. I will be back soon and I won't be alone Haley, so be prepared." Brooke told her as she walked out of the house. Leaving Haley to wonder what the hell was going on.
Brooke sighed as she looked around the airport. She hated being there. There were so any people and it made her nervous. She placed a hand on her belly when she felt the babies kick.
"It will be alright." She said to the babies as she stroked her bump reassuringly.
She then moved so that she was standing with her back to a wall, but could still see who she was looking for when they arrived. She really wished now that she had told Lucas, or someone, where she was going. And she wished that she had brought someone with her. This was the first time she had been out on her own since her rape and she was not a ready for this as she thought she was. She was scared and she hated feeling scared. She couldn't fight off the fear that she felt. She was scared someone was going to grab her and attack her again.
"Brooke!" Someone yelled out pulling Brooke from her fear as they came close to her. "Brooke sweetie are you alright?"
The person talking to her reached her and pulled Brooke into a hug. Brooke's head jerked up when she heard someone call out her name. She couldn't help the tears that came to her eyes as she felt the comforting arms around her.
"No Karen I'm not alright. None of us are." She said in a sob, as she hugged the only woman that she had ever really thought of as a mother.
Brooke was so relived that Karen was finally here. Now she had to figure out how to explain everything to her. Karen Roe hugged Brooke wondering that had happened and what was going on that had her so upset. She had never seen Brooke like this before. She couldn't help but get worried when Brooke said she wasn't alright and that none of them were. Before she could ask what she meant. Andy and Lily came running up.
"Brookie" Lily cried out as she saw Brooke hugging her mom, not realizing something was wrong.
Brooke pulled back from Karen and wiped the tears from her eyes and couldn't help but smile as she looked down at Lily. She knelt down as much as she could and picked up Lily and hugged her.
"Lily Bear how is my favorite little girl." She said and meaning every word.
Lily hugged Brooke back and smiled.
"I'm good Brookie. Mommy said we were going to see you and Lukie and everyone else. She said you needed us." She said as she pulled back and smiled at Brooke.
"Oh honey your mommy is very right I do you need you. We have all missed you."She said as she looked over at Karen and saw Karen staring at her opened mouth.
"Brookie what is that? Something kicked me." Lily asked as she looked down at Brooke's growing belly.
Karen was shocked when she pulled back from Brooke and realized that she was pregnant. She wondered what was going on and why the hell Lucas hadn't called her and told her that Brooke was pregnant. She hadn't even realized that Brooke was dating anyone. The last she knew, Brooke was taking care of baby Angie and had just sent her home. Then all of a sudden, everyone quit telling her anything about Brooke and just kept telling her that she was going through something and she would be alright. She wondered what had happened to Brooke.
"That Lily, is my babies," Brooke said with a smile as she took Lily's little hands and placed them on her belly. Lily felt the babies kick again. She watched Lily's eyes grow big and heard Karen and Andy gasp at her as she told Lily about the babies. "That is my little girl and little boy."
"Wow two babies in there?" Lily asked as she looked at Brooke in amazement. She then looked curious as she asked. "How did they get there?"
"Yes two babies." Brooke replied with a smile as she ran a hand through Lily's hair. She didn't know what to say when Lily asked her how they got here so she remained quiet.
"Hey Lily, why don't we go and get gifts for Lucas, Jamie, Haley and Nathan and let your mom and Brooke talk?" Andy suggested before either Karen or Brooke could think of a way to answer the little girl's question.
Karen was grateful when Andy suggested the gift shop. That was a talk she wasn't ready to have with her five year old just yet. She watched as Andy took Lily away and then she turned and looked at Brooke again.
"Brooke why didn't you tell me you were pregnant? And why didn't Lucas tell me?" She asked as she walked closer to Brooke. Brooke sighed and ran a hand through her hair.
"Lucas didn't tell you before because he didn't know until just recently. Brooke replied.
She didn't want to go into the reason why she didn't tell Lucas right away about the babies. She wanted to tell Karen that Lucas was the father but knew that was something that Lucas should tell her. Karen could feel that something was off. She had known Brooke long enough to tell that something wasn't right with the girl standing in front of her.
"Brooke why did you call me and tell me I needed to come home? What is going on sweetie?" Karen asked as she reached out and placed a hand on Brooke's shoulder. Brooke sighed and looked at Karen with tears in her eyes.
"I was attacked and raped in my store five months ago Karen." She said.
Tears filled her eyes as she told the one woman that she thought of as a mother about her attack and rape. She told her what happened that night and how Nathan and Haley found her and how they had been by her side ever since.
"It's a mess Karen. I'm afraid to go home to my own house. I've been staying with Nathan and Haley ever since my attack and I'm getting counseling but I'm still afraid to go home. Nathan and Haley are trying to take care of me and protect me from everything while taking care of their son," Brooke continued sadly. She felt like her friends had put their lives on hold to help her. "I see how tired they are and how worried they are that something is going to happen and I know there is nothing I can do about it. So I was thinking about how much I missed you. And I thought if I was missing you, then Lucas and Haley had to be missing you even more. So I called you. You are the closest thing that I have to a mother and I needed and you. I thought that every one else needed you too and would love to see you."
She wondered if she had asked too much in calling Karen and asking her to come back. Karen had her own life now that was separate from Tree Hill. She started to wonder if she had done the right thing. She hated that she was second guessing her self about every choice that she made now. She hated that she felt like she was going to make the wrong choice and someone would get hurt. She couldn't bear it.
Karen gasped as Brooke told her about being attacked and raped. She thought of Brooke like she was a daughter. She loved Brooke like a daughter and the thought of someone hurting her tore at Karen's heart. She could see how strong Brooke was being and how brave she was. She knew that Brooke didn't like to admit that she needed someone and it warmed her heart that Brooke felt that she needed her and that she had called her.
"I love you Brooke and I am glad that you called me. I am here for you. I love you like you are my own. In some ways I think of you as my child." Karen told her.
She reached out and pulled Brooke into her arms and held her once more. She wanted to tell Brooke that it would be alright but knew that it wasn't the right thing to say so she just held her. She kissed the top of Brooke's head and let her own tears fall down her face.
"I'm here now and I'm not going anywhere."
Brooke laid her had on Karen's shoulder and cried. She cried for all the hurt and anger she felt towards that man that had attacked and raped her. She cried for Jamie. The little boy had barely left her side since she had been attacked. She cried for Nathan and Haley for putting their lives on hold and how they had been there for her. She cried for the rest of her friends that had been there for her and had been helping her try and deal with what had happened to her.
But most of all she cried because of Lucas. The one man that she loved and couldn't stop loving. The man that was the father of her unborn children. And the man that had hurt her the most and still had the power to hurt her. No matter how much she didn't want to, she was still in love with him and she couldn't make those feeling go away. She knew that there was nothing that she could do about it, because she knew that she couldn't trust him. She knew that the minute Peyton showed back up that Lucas would drop everything and run off to be with her again. She sighed, pulled back from Karen and looked at her.
"I love you too Karen and I am so glad you came. I know Lucas and everyone else will be too." She said as she wiped her tears away. She knew she had more to talk to Karen about, but she didn't want to do it right now. She knew it would have to wait until later. Karen reached out and cupped Brooke's cheek her in hand.
"I'm glad I'm here. No matter what I will always be here for my children and family. And Brooke you are one of my children and I am here for you and your babies." Karen said as placed her hand on Brooke's belly.
She wanted to ask Brooke about the father. She didn't think that they belonged to the man that had raped her. That had only happened five months ago, Brooke looked further along than that. However, she wasn't sure how to ask Brooke about that. She decided to leave it for the time being.
"Honey why don't we go and find Andy and Lily? Then we can go to Haley's house I so can see my boy." Karen said as she smiled at Brooke. She hated seeing Brooke in pain and wanted to see her smile again. Brooke felt better after Karen told her she was happy to be there.
"I am glad you are here and I know they will be happy to see you. But I should warn you that no one but me knows you that are here." Brooke said.
She didn't want to talk about the babies because she could tell that Karen thought that she knew who the father of her children was. She had that look on her face. She so wanted to tell Karen that they are her grandchildren but knew that Lucas should be the one to tell her. Karen could tell Brooke was keeping something from her, but she didn't know what. Again, she decided not to push it for now.
"Well then I guess we are just going to have to surprise everyone then." Karen replied as they went and found Andy and Lily.
They headed out of the airport and to Brooke's car. They climbed in and Brooke started the car. She pulled out of the parking lot and then began the drive to Naley's house.
Brooke smiled as they pulled up in Nathan and Haley's driveway a little while later. She shut off the car and looked back at Lily.
"Are you ready to see your brother and everyone else?" She asked the little girl in the back seat. She couldn't help but notice that she looked like the perfect mix of Karen and Keith. Brooke laughed when Lily shook her head and her hair fell into her eyes. "Alright then Lily Bear, lets go see your big brother."
They four of them climbed out of Brooke's car and closed the door. Brooke then led them inside Nathan and Haley's house.
"Hey everyone I'm back and I brought a surprise with me." Brooke called out as she walked into the house. She took a deep breath and stepped back out of the way as everyone came out of the kitchen to see what she had brought back.
Lucas was in the kitchen getting a glass of water when he heard Brooke enter the house. Nathan and Haley had taken Jamie to a birthday party that they had just found out about after Brooke had left. He had stayed so that Brooke wouldn't be alone when she got back. He was shocked to see his mom, Andy and little sister standing there.
"Mom what are you doing here?" He asked in surprise as he walked over and hugged her. He then hugged his little sister. Karen laughed and hugged Lucas back.
"Brooke called and said I was needed so I came home. She told me about what happened to her and about the babies." Karen told him as she smiled and watched him hug Lily. Lucas stiffened and sat Lily down as he heard his mom's words. He looked over at Brooke with a look of hurt on her face.
"How could you tell my mom that I was going to be a father? I should have been the one to tell her not you. How could you do that?. Did you tell her about me and Peyton also?" Lucas demanded thinking the worse. He was so caught up in watching Brooke that he didn't hear Karen gasp or see Andy pick up Lily and leave the room as fast as he could. Brooke gasped in response as tears came to her eyes.
"No Lucas I didn't tell her that you were the father of these babies. You just did. And I didn't tell her about you and Peyton because I didn't think it was my place. I told her I needed her and I knew you needed her because I know you're hurting. I have hurt you just as much as Peyton has. And I wanted to try and make that a little better and I thought you might need your mom. Well stupid me for trying to do something nice for you," Brooke told him as the tears ran down her face. She couldn't help but wonder when he had stopped trusting her and started to think that she would sell him out. "When did you stop believing in me Lucas? When did you start thinking I could screw you over like that and take something special like that way from you?"
"How about when you hid your pregnancy from me out of spite?" He replied out of hurt and anger. He knew he shouldn't have thought that Brooke would do something like that to him. That she wouldn't take that away from him. Brooke gasped at Lucas as she slapped him without thinking.
"How dare you. I had just found out that I was pregnant and then I was raped while you were off in Vegas planning on marrying Peyton. How the hell was I supposed to tell you? And then you came back and all you wanted to do was tell everyone that you were getting married. I didn't knowhow to tell you. I couldn't Lucas. I was scared damn it. You slept with me with made me think that we might have another chance together and then you ran off with my best friend yet again." Brooke told him with tears in her eyes.
She was hurt and angry at him. She shook her head and gasped at what she realized what she had just said. She had forgotten about Karen being in the room. She shook her head and looked up at Lucas with sad eyes.
"I can't do this Lucas. I want to be your friend and I want to see us raise our children together but something has got to give here. We can't keep fighting like this. I just can't keep doing this. I won't raise our children like this Lucas." Brooke said as she turned and left the room. She left a shocked Lucas and Karen standing there.
Karen wasn't sure what the hell had just happened. She had never seen Brooke and Lucas go at each other like that. She knew now why Brooke had called her. Her children needed her. She couldn't believe that Lucas was the father of Brooke's babies and that he was engaged to Peyton. The last she knew was that Lucas didn't want a damn thing to do with Peyton and was spending his time with Brooke. She ran a hand through her hair and looked at her son.
"Lucas Eugene Scott you had better tell me what the hell is going on. And how you and Brooke went from being so close to being like what I just saw. What happened Lucas? And what the hell did she mean that you ran off to Vegas to marry Peyton? You had better start talking because I don't care that you are twenty five years old and a grown man. I will turn you over my knee and beat your ass." Karen yelled at him as she got into his face.
She was worried about Brooke and pissed about how Lucas had verbally attacked Brooke like that. Yet she was also worried about her son. She knew that Lucas loved Brooke, even if he won't admit it to himself. And she had never seen him treat her like that.
Lucas looked at his mom and couldn't help but cringe as she yelled at him. Especially when she threatened to beat his ass. He didn't think that his mom would really do that. But then he never thought that she would slap him across the face like she had when he had told her the pregnancy scare that he and Brooke had back in high school. Lucas sighed in defeat as he ran a hand over his head and looked at his mom.
"I keep messing up ma that is what is going on. Brooke and I got really close when baby Angie was here. I mean really close. Then I got scared and I asked Peyton to go to Vegas and marry me," He explained. He held his hand up and shook he head when his mom went to interrupt him. "Let me get this out please. We didn't get married we couldn't do it without our family being there to see it. Then we get back and every one is mad at me. My nephew attacked me and all but kicked my ass for not protecting his Aunt Brooke. I was supposed to save her ma and I didn't. It's what Jamie yelled at me. Then everyone is angry because Peyton and I are engaged. I couldn't understand why they were so mad. Then Haley told me what was going on because Peyton took our phones and shut them off. We walked in the door and that's when Jamie attacked me. Then Haley and Nathan are yelling at us. I couldn't understand why they were so mad at us and so pissed at Peyton. I mean Haley all but threw Peyton out of the house and slapped her."
Lucas moved away from his mom as he finished explaining and walked over to the couch. He sat down and buried his face in his hands. Karen walked over and sat down beside Lucas and placed a hand on his back. She started to rub his back in a comforting gesture. She saw that he was hurting and mad at himself for not being there for Brooke and keeping her safe. She could see that he was hurt by what Jamie had said to him. She couldn't believe what she was hearing. She had known Haley since she was a little girl and never knew of Haley ever treating anyone the way Lucas had just said she had treated Peyton.
"Lucas when did you find out that Brooke was pregnant? And where is Peyton" Karen asked him softly after they had sat there for a few minutes.
She didn't really care where Peyton was. She just wanted to know what was going on. Truth be told, the only reason she ever put up with Peyton was because of Lucas and the fact that she was friends with Brooke, Haley and Nathan. She had had her issues with Peyton since Peyton had first got involved with Lucas while he was dating Brooke. However, she had kept them to herself for everyone else's sake.
"After Brooke found out that Peyton and I were engaged, Brooke took Jamie with her and they left. I had no way of getting hold of her because no one would tell me where she was. All they would tell me was that she was alright and to leave her alone for now. She came back after being gone for three months. Peyton and I were here and that is how I found out that she was pregnant. Peyton and I were playing by the pool I was ready to throw her in when I noticed how quiet it had gotten all of a sudden and that Peyton had gone stiff in my arms. I looked up and saw her staring at something. I looked over and there stood Brooke," He said with tears in his eyes as he remembered that day. "I knew the minute I saw her growing belly that she was pregnant and that I was the father. I don't know how I knew, I just did. It was a feeling I had in my gut and the thing is I was happy about it. But then I realized that she would have been pregnant when she was attacked and that Jamie was right. I never save Brooke when she needs me. I am always letting her down when she needs me the most."
Lucas looked over at Karen sadly. He felt terrible for not being there for Brooke when she had been attacked. He sighed as he looked back down at his hands as he continued his story.
"Peyton flipped out and went on the attack. She called Brooke names and demanded to know who the father was. Then she said that Brooke had made up the rape and all. I have never seen Peyton treat anyone the way she treated Brooke that day. She tried to physically attack Brooke. That is why I told Peyton they were mine and that she needed to leave so I could talk to Brooke." Lucas said as he thought about that day. He then thought about how he had treated Brooke that day and the things they said to each other.
Karen couldn't believe what she was hearing. She didn't know how things had gotten so bad here and how Peyton could treat her best friend like that. She saw how badly her son was hurting and she couldn't even begin to understand how much Brooke was hurting right now.
"Lucas you can fix this. You just need to try and talk to her civilly. You have to work this out for the sake of your children. They need the both of you. And Brooke needs you right now also. She's fragile Luke," Karen told him. She wasn't sure how to help him or Brooke right now. "Lucas how does Peyton play into all of this now?"
Karen was a little reluctant to ask, but she knew that Peyton had a hold on her son that was unhealthy. However, she knew that situation needed to be sorted.
"Peyton and I are done. I can't believe that I ever thought I was in love with her. I saw the real Peyton the day she attacked Brooke and then when I got home and tried to talk to her. Did you know that she was the reason that Brooke broke up with me in senior year? She told Brooke that she was in love with me and then played on every fear Brooke had. So Brooke broke up with me because she thought that once Peyton had told me how she felt that I would leave Brooke and get back together with her," Lucas said in anger as he got up and started to pace the room. He had been so stupid to let Peyton play him like that back then. "All that time I thought that she was helping me to try and get Brooke back. But she was just being there so Brooke would stay away. And I let her do it. Peyton and I are over and done with for good. I haven't seen her since I told her to get out of the house and to stay away from us. I can't deal with Peyton and I don't want to. I need to get my shit together and work on making things right with Brooke if she will let me."
Lucas paused for a moment and took some deep steadying breaths. He then looked at his mom again with a sad and hurt look on his face.
"I keep messing it up mom and I keep hurting her. I threatened to take the babies from her. What kind of man does that make me mom. Keith would be so disappointed in me if he saw me now." Lucas said sadly.
He then thought about what he had said to Brooke the day she came back. He was so scared he was going to become like Dan and he didn't want that. He never wanted to be like Dan. Karen got up and walked over to him and pulled him into her arms as her heart broke for her son and Brooke.
"You stop that Lucas! You were angry and hurt and you struck out. Yes Keith would not like that you said that but from what you have said today I don't think you meant what you said about taking the babies from her. And you are not Dan so don't you ever think that you are do you hear me?" She told him with tears in her eyes. She knew what her son was thinking. She knew Brooke and Lucas needed to talk and they needed to talk alone.
"I love you mom and I am sorry that you came home to this mess," He said sadly as he hugged her back and held her close. He pulled back and looked down at her. "I need to talk to Brooke. We need to talk and every time we try someone or something always messes it up. I don't know what to do."
"Take me to my house Lucas and let's talk." Brooke said as she walked into the room before Karen could respond.
She had tears in her eyes as she looked at him. God when had they all got so messed up. When had it come down to this. She knew that they couldn't keep hurting each other like that. Lucas looked at Brooke in surprise when she spoke. He nodded his head and looked down at his mom. Karen smiled and reached up to pat his cheek.
"Go and talk to Brooke. I will stay here and surprise Haley, Nathan and Jamie. Come back later and we will all have dinner together. I will make your favorites." Karen said as she smiled at Brooke and Lucas. Brooke looked over at Karen and smiled at her.
"Could you make a dark chocolate cake with dark chocolate frosting and strawberries please?" Brooke begged. The thought of that cake made her mouth water. Karen laughed and nodded her head.
"Yes now go." Karen said as she hugged Brooke and all but pushed them out of the door.
Brooke walked over to Luke's car and climbed in without saying a word and Lucas did the same. The drive to Brooke's house was just as quiet. Brooke looked out the window not saying a thing and Lucas just drove. When they got to Brooke's house, she got out of the car and walked to the front door without waiting for Lucas. She knew that he was right behind her and that gave her confidence. She opened the door, let him in and couldn't help but gasp at what she saw. She fell back against Lucas as she took in the sight of her house.
It had been trashed. There was broken glass all over the place and broken pictures. The furniture had been knocked over and ripped apart. Brooke felt tears come to her eyes. She knew who had done this when she saw the spray paint on the walls and the broken and torn pictures of Brooke, Baby Angie and Lucas together. She felt Luke's arms around her and she turned around to face him. She buried her face into his chest and just started to cry.
"How could she do this to my home Lucas? How could she do this to me? I loved her no matter what she did to me. She was my best friend and she knew it was the only real home I had. And she came in and took it away from me." She cried into his chest as he held her against him.
Lucas had to bite back a growl as he saw her house. He knew in an instant that Peyton had done this. And he knew why she had done it. She had done it to get back at Brooke where it would hurt the most. And to get back at her for being pregnant with Lucas' children. And for Lucas ending things with her.
Damn you Peyton, Lucas thought as he held Brooke and kissed the top of her head.
"It will be alright Brooke. I don't know how but I know it will be." He told her gently. He knew that she couldn't take much more stress or drama right now. Brooke pulled back and looked up at him.
"I don't know if it will be alright Lucas. We can't talk here. I can't be here now. She has destroyed my home and I can't live in this house anymore. I can't be here," She said sadly as she looked around again. She then saw something lying on the floor and started to cry again. "Oh god Lucas."
She walked through the mess and over to the item. She struggled to bend and picked up a purple monkey that had been destroyed. It's head, arms legs and tail were missing and it had been torn open. She knew that this was the purple monkey that Brooke had given Lucas after Angie had left.
"This was Angie's! How could she do that?" Brooke asked in a sob as Lucas walked over to her and pulled her back into his arms.
"I don't know Brooke but I won't let it happen again. I promise. Come on let's go back to Haley's and talk." Lucas said. He wanted to get her out of here before she found anything else to upset her more. He wanted to kill Peyton right now for hurting Brooke like she had. Brooke shook her head.
"No if we go back there we won't be able to talk alone. Someone or something keeps us from talking." She said sadly.
She was too tired to fight with him. Yes she was still hurt and angry by what he had said to her earlier but right now she just didn't care. She wrapped her arms around his waist and laid her head on his chest and closed her eyes.
Just for a minute, she thought. She just wanted to stay like that for a minute in all of this pain and chaos.
"I can't take much more of this Lucas." She admitted to him as she pulled back and looked up at him. Lucas nodded his head in understanding.
"I know you can't. Let's get you over to Naley's and tell them what happened. We will talk Brook I promise you that. But I don't want to do it here." He said as he kissed her forehead. They then left the house with Brooke holding the destroyed purple monkey.
Lucas looked down at her with the destroyed purple monkey in her arms. He swore that he would find her another one if it was one of the last things he ever did. He had planned on giving it to Brooke for one of the babies.
But that can't happen now, he thought as he felt rage fill him at the thought of what Peyton had done.
When they got back to Nathan and Haley's, Lucas went around and helped Brooke out of the car and into the house. By now everyone was back. They were in the kitchen laughing and having a good time. They stopped when saw Brooke and Lucas. Haley knew the minute she saw Brooke that something bad had happened. They all turned and looked at where Haley was staring when she stopped laughing and tensed up.
"What happened Lucas?" She asked as she saw the tears in Brooke's eyes and the destroyed purple monkey.
"I need to get Brooke upstairs and then I will tell you." He replied as he went to lead her out of the room. Brooke looked at Haley and held the purple monkey out so that she could see it.
"She destroyed my home and Angie's purple monkey." Brooke said sadly as tears filled her eyes again. She shook her head and laid her head on Luke's shoulder. Lucas couldn't take it any more. He bent down and picked up Brooke and looked back at everyone. He felt like crying too.
"I will explain more when I come back down. But Brooke comes first right now and I need to stay with her until she's settled." He said.
He knew that he wasn't going to leave her again. He couldn't no matter what happened. He was going to prove to Brooke that was going to be there for her no matter what. No matter who had a problem with it.
Lucas left everyone down stairs staring at them, wondering what was going on as he carried Brooke up the stairs and into her room. He knew this was her room because of how it was decorated. Haley and Nathan had had it done for Brooke when they had bought the new house over the summer. Brooke and Jamie had been away at the time. They had done it because they knew that she was going to spend a lot of time with them. The walls were painted in deep red.
It's a typical Brooke Davis red, he thought as he walked over to the bed. He sat down with her still in this arms.
"Do you want to go and get changed out of your dress into something more comfortable?" He asked her gently as he ran a hand through her soft hair and looked down at her.
Brooke had been in a daze as Lucas walked with her into the house and she had showed Haley the monkey. She just laid her head on Luke's shoulder as he had carried her up the stairs and into her room and sat down the bed with her. She looked up at him when he asked her about changing her clothes. She nodded her head and carefully got up. She gathered some clothes and went into the bathroom to change. Lucas laughed as Brooke came walking out of the bathroom.
"I always wondered what happened to that hoodie," He said as he smiled at her. She wore his old grey Keith's Body Shop hoodie and a pair of black and red pajama pants. Brooke smiled at him as she looked down at the hoodie. He stood and pulled the covers back on her bed. "Come on Pretty Girl lie down. I'll stay with you until you're asleep."
"You're not getting it back. I love it Lucas. It makes me feel safe and I won't give it up," She told him as she climbed into bed. Her heart skipped a beat when he called her Pretty Girl. She caught his hand as he covered her up and held it as she said. "Thank you and you might not believe this but I am glad you're here."
She closed her eyes after she had spoke. Lucas sat down on the bed next to her and ran his other hand through her hair after he had covered her up. She still held his other hand.
"You're welcome and I'm not going anywhere. From now on, I will be here whenever you need me." He promised her softly as he leaned down and kissed her temple.
He sat with her until she was asleep. He stroked her hair the whole time to comfort her and relax her. He then kissed her temple one more time before he got up and went downstairs. He walked into the kitchen to find everyone there. Haley, Nathan, Karen, Andy, Quinn, Clay, Mouth, Millie, Skills and Deb. He ran a hand over his face and sighed as he held up his hand before anyone could say anything.
"I'm going to say this before I tell you what happened at Brooke's. My mom listened to me talk today about everything that has happened in the last seven months. And it's plain and simple. I fucked up. I wasn't there when Brooke needed me and I chose Peyton over her and all of you. And for that I'm truly sorry. I can't keep going on like this. None of us can," He said as he walked over to the fridge and grabbed a bottle of water out of it. "I can't keep hurting Brooke like I have been. My head is finally out of my ass and I see what I have done. And I was wrong. And from this moment on I am going to be there for Brooke and my children and the rest of you. So get used to it because I can't keep walking away at the end of the day. I would like to stay here with Brooke if she will let me. I know we're not anywhere close to being alright, but after what I saw today I can't leave her. So I am begging you, don't make me leave here."
As he spoke he looked at Haley and Nathan with a pleading look in his eyes. Nathan looked at Haley and Haley looked up at him. She nodded her head yes and Nathan walked over to Lucas and smiled at him.
"Nice to have you back Lucas," He said as he hugged his brother. He then pulled away and looked at Lucas as he said. "You can stay. But if you hurt her again I will hurt you."
"Don't hurt her Luke." Haley said as she hugged Lucas and then pulled back.
Karen stood back and watched the exchange with a smile. She was pleased that her son had finally opened up and told his family that he was going to be there for Brooke no matter what. Her smile then faded as she remembered the look on Brooke's face when they came back.
"Luke what happened at Brooke's?" Karen asked as she picked Lily up when she and Jamie came running into the kitchen. Lucas sighed and ran a hand over his face.
"Peyton had been at her house. And she had trashed the place. Destroyed it is more like it actually. She tore up all the pictures of all of us together, tore up all the pictures Brooke had of Angie and she broke anything that was breakable. And then did something that was even worse. She took a can of spray paint and sprayed Slut all over the walls in Brooke's living room. But the thing that really broke Brooke's heart was the purple monkey. You know Brooke had a purple monkey when she was little. And you know she got one for Angie when she came to stay with her. Brooke left it at the house when she had to give Angie back. Brooke gave me Angie's purple monkey. We found it at Brooke's in the kitchen in pieces," Lucas explained as thought about the look on Brooke's face. "Peyton knew that destroying Brooke's home and the monkey could hurt Brooke in the worse way. I don't think anything in her house can be saved. She said she doesn't want to go back there."
Lucas frowned deeply and got a sad look on her face as he knew how much Brooke loved her home. Karen couldn't believe what she was hearing. She sighed and ran a hand through her hair.
"I can't believe that Peyton would do that Brooke," She said as she sat Lily back down. She wanted to do something to help Brooke. "Do you think we can save anything at all from her house?"
"I'm not sure. We're going to have to go and look. The place is going to have to be cleaned out. I guess we will find out then. But I know all of her pictures can't be saved." He said sadly knowing how much Brooke loved all her pictures of all of them.
"Don't worry about the pictures. Get them to me and I will see if I can fix them. And if we can't I'm sure that Brooke gave all of us pictures of Angie and I know we have pictures of her, you and Angie together. We can replace the pictures or give her new ones with new memories." Quinn said with a smile.
She too wanted to help Brooke. She wasn't as close to Brooke as the rest of them were, but she wanted to be. She saw how much everyone loved Brooke and how much Brooke loved all of them and she wanted to help. She wanted to be a part of that too. She wanted to see Brooke smiling and happy again.
"We can go over there and start cleaning the place out." Andy said wanting to help Brooke also.
He loved Brooke like a daughter, just like he loved Lily and Lucas like his own. He wanted to help her also. Karen had told him what Brooke had been through and he wanted to protect her and be there for her also.
"I can call about finding someone to buy her place and help her find a new one if she wants," Haley said as she thought of a house that she knew could be perfect for Brooke. She smiled at Lucas as she said. "Until then you two can stay here."
"And Andy and I were talking today and we are moving back to Tree Hill. I want to be here to watch my grandchildren grown up. So we need to find a place also." She said knowing she could not take the house away from Lucas. Lucas smiled as his mom said they were staying in Tree Hill.
"No mom, the house is yours. You, Andy and Lily move into it. If Brooke finds a new house and will let me, I'll move in with her. Even if I have to sleep in a guest room." He told her. He was going to fight for his family and he was willing to do whatever it took to be there.
"You can stay with us Luke if she won't let you stay with her." Nathan said with a laugh. Just then Brooke came walking into the kitchen.
"Guys we have another problem." She said as she closed her phone and ran a hand through her hair. Someone knocked on the door and Brooke walked over and opened the door. "Come on in Mia. That was my attorney and as out can see Mia is here. We have more trouble because of Peyton. She took all the money for Red Bedroom Records and took off. Mia has a new record to do. The record company gave Red Bedroom Records a shit load of money for these new records and Peyton has taken all of it. If Mia's new record is not done in two weeks and Haley's started soon they are going to come after me, Mia, Haley, Lucas and Karen for the money."
Brooke sat down on a chair and ran a hand over her bump as one of the babies kicked. She had no idea how to run a record company and she didn't have the money right now to fix another one of Peyton's messes.
Haley sighed in frustration.
"So what are we going to do now?" Haley asked as she tried to think about what to do. Brooke sighed and looked at Mia and Haley.
"I can handle answering phones and talking to people. So my question is, Haley how would you like to run a record company? We have all invested too much money, time and energy into that record company for Peyton. Now we might lose it because of some mean spiteful bitch." Brooke said in anger as she thought about all the money she gave Peyton to help her out with the company. Haley gasped in shock as Brooke asked her if she wanted to run the company.
"Brooke are you sure?" She asked in surprise, as wondered if she could run it or not. Brooke nodded her head.
"Haley I know you can do it. And if you need help I will make some calls and see if I can get you some help." Broome replied with a smile. She knew Haley could do it. Haley looked at Nathan and when he smiled at her, she looked over at Brooke and laughed.
"Sure why the hell not?" She said as she walked over and hugged Brooke. Brooke pulled back and looked at Lucas. "Now that is taken care of Lucas and I need to talk. Broody come with me."
Brooke then stood from the chair and turned and walked out of the room without waiting for him to follow. She climbed the stairs and walked into her room and sat down on the bed as she waited for him. She sighed as he walked into the room.
"Shut the door and lock it. I don't want anyone bothering us right now." She said softly as she thought about what she wanted to say to Lucas.
She was tired of running from her feelings and tired of being afraid. She had to stop fighting and just let him in and let him help. But at the same time, she was so scared that if she let him in she was going to get hurt again. Or it would be worse and their children would get hurt.
Lucas had swallowed hard when Brooke had told him to follow her. He shot Nathan a dirty look when he heard him whisper.
"Sucks to be you."
He left the room and followed her. He did as she said as they walked into the bedroom. He shut the door and locked it then slid down the door so he was sitting on the floor in front of her. He sighed as they sat there watching each other. He wasn't sure what to say. He knew that sorry was just not enough, but yet he didn't know what else to say to her.
"I am so sorry Brooke. I'm sorry I let you down. I'm sorry that when I realized that I had feelings for you again I got scared and ran to Peyton yet again. I'm sorry that I wasn't there the night you were raped. I'm sorry that Peyton keeps hurting you because of me. But most of all I'm sorry for being an ass and saying mean and hurtful things to you when I didn't mean them. I'm just sorry Brooke." He said as he looked into her eyes and let her see just how sorry he really was. Brooke listened to him in surprise. She gasped as he said that he was sorry that he wasn't there the night she was raped.
"Luke stop. Yes you have hurt me and I have hurt you but the one thing that you do not have to be sorry for it not being there the night I was raped. It could have been worse. You could have got hurt trying to help me. And I couldn't bare it if you got hurt because of me," She told him as she looked into his eyes. "I'm sorry I didn't tell you I was pregnant. I'm sorry you found out the way you did. And Peyton is not all your fault, so don't blame yourself for the shit that she does. That is all on her not you."
She paused for breath as they continued to look into each others eyes. She reached out and placed her hand on his and squeezed it gently.
"We have to stop fighting with each other Lucas. We have two babies that are going to be here in about eight weeks. We can't keep doing this to us, them or our family. I think I finally realized how much we were affecting them when Jamie asked me if he was to stay mad at you. We can't keep doing this Lucas. I am hurt by the fact that keep on choosing Peyton over me. And I'm afraid that is going to happen again. She has this hold over you and you drop everything and everyone when she calls you. I can't keep worrying about Peyton Lucas." She said, telling him one of her deepest fears. Lucas was shocked as Brooke told him that he always chose Peyton over her. He didn't think he ever did that.
"Brooke I never chose Peyton over you." He said trying to defend himself.
Brook shook her head and stayed calm.
"Lucas you did it all the time. Every time that she called, you dropped what ever it was you were doing and ran to her. We hadn't even back together again twenty four hours in our senior year and you left to go and help her. We would be on a date or something and she would call and you would drop me and run off to help her. I know I always told you it was alright but I was wrong Luke it wasn't alright. I shouldn't have been put second when we were together. Hell when you and your mom up and left town. You called Peyton everyday but you didn't call me once while you were gone. I head to hear from Peyton that you were back in town." She said sadly as she looked down at her joined hands.
She knew she was just as much to blame because she never said anything when he would up and leave to go to Peyton. But she didn't think that she should have to. He should have known she was not alright with it. Lucas sat there listening to what Brooke was saying to him and he knew what she said was right. He did always run to Peyton when she called him.
"I'm sorry. She was my friend and I didn't think about it hurting you," He said as he reached out and cupped her cheek in his hand. He looked up at her and said. "I am so sorry I hurt you and if I could go back and redo it I would."
He spoke in a soft voice as his eyes conveyed just how sorry he was. Brooke leaned her cheek further into his hand and enjoyed the delicate touch. All the anger and hurt was gone for the moment.
"Where to we go from here Lucas? How do we make things right from here on? Can we fix this and be friends again?" She asked him as she looked into his eyes. Lucas leaned forward and kissed her forehead softly.
"I don't know where we go from here. How about we start by trying to be friends again and see how that goes? Why don't we work together on finding you a new place to live and if you will let me, me moving in with you and we can just take it one step at a time for now." He suggested trying to help her and be there for her without pushing her. Brooke smiled at him as she leaned down and kissed his cheek.
"I would like that Broody. I can't say I won't get mad at you again in the future about things that have happened in the past, but lets just take it one day at a time like you said. And yes you can move in when I find a new house but you are staying in one of the guest rooms." She said to him not ready for anything else with him at the moment. She didn't even know if they could be together like that again. But for now she was just going to take it one day at time and see what happened.
AN: That's it for this chapter. The story it not ever not yet anyway. Peyton will show up again later and I will have a few more people showing up in this story sooner or later. I really hope you liked this chapter. Please tell me if you think about it. I love the feed back and input.