Summary: As junior hits for the Ducks, the littles and co have their own set of problems. The Rileys are in a state of family crisis, now that Rick's marriage to Cassie has caused a rift between him and his father. Julie and Jimmy find it harder and harder to ignore how feelings from the past might effect their future. Kelly sees that she might want more than she thought she's always wanted, and can Scooter deal with a change in her? Tammy and Tommy deal with making a place for themselves in an imminent new family and new world. And that's just the tip of the ice berg!
Author's Note: Well, here it is Part III, thanks to everyone who's kept reading. I appreciate it!
Little Rileys Part III: Littles In Love
Chapter 1: The Way Things Have to Be
Julie Gaffney sat on the steps in front of her dorm and sighed her chin resting on her hand. She was staring at the green in front of her. Where was he?
"Hey," Jimmy Riley came striding up, his dark hair cut short for the first time since she'd known him, and his perfect, soccer star body, longer, leaner and more amazing than she'd remembered it from a month before.
"Hi," She smiled and kissed him, her hands resting on his neck. "It's so short!"
"The new coach is a total Nazi about appearance," He rolled his eyes. He handed her the cup, "Venti Mocha with whole milk and whipped cream." She smiled took off the cap and inhaled the sweet smell of espresso and milk.
"Mm," She said. "That's the good stuff."
"You are such a freak." He laughed. She smiled and they started walking, "So," He said, "How was home?"
"Good," She nodded, "Mikey talks now."
"Wow," He said, "Impressive."
"Yeah, well, my dad says it's talking but it really sounds mostly like random noises and the occasional recognition of a person with a two syllable noise that resembles their name," She said, "You know, Mama, Dada, I'm Juju," She pointed to herself, he laughed, "And Steste." They both quieted.
"How is he?" Jimmy said.
"He got back together with his old girlfriend," She said, "We didn't talk much, to be honest." Jimmy nodded. "What about you, how are things here?"
"I'm not living on campus," He shrugged. She looked at him. "Since my dad and Rick aren't talking he's decided it's time for us to bond. Considering he never bonded with me in the fourteen years I did live there," He shook his head, "I don't see how two more will make a difference."
"So they're still not talking?" Julie said. Jimmy shook his head.
"Nope," He sighed, "And I totally don't blame Rick. I mean, he didn't come to his wedding, he's cut him off, if it weren't for hockey, he'd had to have quit U of M."
"How about Cassie's parents?" She asked, "How are they about it?"
"OK," He shrugged, "Honestly? The Turners really don't care about much but appearances, and Cassie's not pregnant and married to a Riley, so they're fine." Julie nodded and then laughed. "What?"
"Your hair," She laughed and rubbed her hand over his head.
"Come here," He laughed and kissed her, "Me not dorming kinda screws up our plans for tonight huh?" She nodded. "Well, do you want to come to dinner?"
"With your Dad?" She said. "He hates me."
"Yeah, but Ana and Tammy and Tommy are coming too," He said, "They all like you. And I mean, I put up with you so."
"Sure," She said, "I mean, I have to meet with Ms. Santos after practice, but that shouldn't take long."
"Isn't it a little early for that?" He asked, "By like a year?"
"For most people," She nodded, "But if I want a scholarship to an Ivy League school," She sighed.
"I thought Jaime was taking care of college," He said.
"She said she would," Julie said, "But I feel weird about it."
"Julia, Julia, Julia," He sighed, "When will you learn? That is what parents are for! Diffusing their guilt to our gain." She laughed. "Come on, we have homeroom and then sneaking out of chapel to make out in my Mustang."
"When did my nice little boyfriend get so bad?" She laughed putting her arms around his neck.
"I think it's the hair," He winked and kissed her pulling her close.
"Hey you!" Luis stopped running to the gate seeing Olivia standing on the other side. He walked around to her side. She pulled at his tie and kissed him as he came in close. "I'm digging your uniform." He smiled.
"Mm, yours isn't so bad either," She said.
"What are you doing over here?" He asked, "I mean, we had our plan for this weekend."
"I couldn't wait that long," She kissed him again. "Besides it's only a fifteen minute bus ride." He kissed her. "OK, I have to go, but I'll see you this weekend."
"OK," He laughed as she walked away. "Olivia," He shouted and she turned around, her silky black hair moving with her. "I'll tell Maria you said hi."
"Please, we've already talked twice today," She rolled her eyes and walked onto the bus.
"Good morning Mrs. Riley," Rick smiled as Cassie rolled over and smiled at him.
"Good morning," She whispered and he kissed her. It had been a few months and they were still very clearly in the honeymoon stage of their marriage. He kissed her over and over again positioning himself on top of her, "Oh Rick," She whimpered. One of their strange new married life rituals was that they began and ended everyday with intense and unbelievable lovemaking.
"Cassie," He whispered into her neck. "I love you, baby." She whimpered at the comfortable and incredibly pleasurable feeling of Rick finding his way inside of her. She cradled his face in her hands and they kissed lightly and both moaned. Since their wedding Rick had put so much feeling into their lovemaking that sometimes Cassie felt like she was going to explode.
"Oh, God," She groaned, "Oh I can't stand it."
"You don't like it?" He whispered in her ear, still moving gently in her.
"No, it feels so good," She moaned, "Too good." Rick didn't know what it was, but since they'd gotten married he'd really started making love to Cassie. She was his wife now; there was a sacredness to that. He didn't want to violate it by hurting her, or being rough with her. She was like some kind of goddess and sex was his way of worshipping her. She moaned deeply, trying to catch her breath.
Kelly Riley stumbled and dropped her books into a puddle, the muddy water splashing all over her new cashmere sweater.
"This just figures," She mumbled picking everything up, "God," She groaned, her Macro Economics text book was soaked through.
"Careful," A guy said stooping and helped her get some of the stuff. "Hi," He smiled.
"Um, hi," She said. "I'm sorry, I don't,"
"It's Liam," He said, "We're in Intro to Marketing together, you're the girl who writes down every word the professors saying.
"Also known as Kelly," She said.
"Are you having a tough day?" He asked.
"I'm having a tough month," She sighed. He nodded.
"Want to get coffee and spill to a stranger about it?" He asked with a wink of his clear green eyes.
"I have a boyfriend," She said almost automatically.
"Wow," Liam nodded, "That was a little presumptive of you. Maybe I have a girlfriend and I was just being friendly." She looked at him. "I don't, but it's a possibility."
"I really can't," She shook her head, "I'm sorry, I really have to go."
"Come on," He said, "I promise, totally just friends, study buddy style. We're freshman, we need to make friends."
"Maybe some other time," She said, "I really have to get home, my boyfriend,"
"Sure," He said. "See you in class."
"Yeah," She nodded, "Whatever." She slinked away. Yale was not at all what she expected. She'd always been smart, but she sat in class now and could barely understand her professors. Things with Scooter were fine, but they'd been better and her father and Rick weren't talking, and this whole her father marrying Ana Duncan business was not helping the situation.
"Brad!" Elena walked up to him. He slammed his locker door and walked away, "Brad, please, talk to me!"
"There's nothing to say Lena," He shook his head. She grabbed his arm, and he shook her off. "Don't."
"You said everything was OK," She sighed, "When I left Rhode Island, you said that we were fine."
"Yeah, then you didn't call me for a month," He shrugged.
"I couldn't," She sighed, "I was."
"You were with Jimmy," He nodded, "I know. Tommy told me." She looked down. "I can't compete anymore, and I can't just be your friend anymore either, so I'm out." She nodded, and he walked away. She turned around and held her breath as she walked, looking at the ground. She felt the room start to spin.
"Lena," She froze feeling a pair of hands steady her. She looked up.
"Dean," She whispered. "Hi."
"You OK there?" He laughed. She nodded. "How was your summer?"
"Wait," She shook her head, "You don't get to do this."
"Elena," He sighed. "I was really hoping that we could put last year behind us, and be friends."
"Be friends?" She swallowed, "You broke my heart! I pushed my best friend away because of it. We can't be friends Dean. I hope you and Tanya work out."
"How did you," He started.
"I spent a lot of time with the Rileys and the Duncans this summer Dean," She shrugged. "Did you think I wouldn't find out?" She turned around and walked away, "Have a good year Portman." She said in an icy tone that made him shudder and reminded him a little too much of Janet Lane.
"It's gonna be a long year," He sighed and moved towards homeroom.