Summary: With senior year upon them and the future just around the corner the Ducks and the Littles have more to deal with than they ever have before. Will their summer apart really change Julie and Jimmy's feeling's for one another? Will Brad ever get over Ellie? Are Connie and Charlie really going to get married? Will the newly formed Riley-Duncan family ever adjust to having an infant in the house? Will Angela and Tommy ever do it? Will Scooter's book sell, or will he kill Liam before it even gets the chance to publish it? And when school starts will a new classmate ruin everything that's been rebuilt since the previous winter?
Author's Note: I was quick about it! We're picking up about a month after the last story ended. Hope you guys enjoy the story, and keep those reviews coming!
Disclainer: I own nothing
Little Rileys Part IV: Little Changes
Chapter 1: And the living is easy
Julie giggled falling back on her bed. Steve kissed her.
"I'm glad you're here this summer," Steve whispered.
"Me too," She laughed. "I am going to Italy though," She said, he looked at her, "Just for a week. Just me and her, Josh won't be there." He nodded. He kissed her. "I love you."
"You've mentioned that," He whispered pulling her shirt over her head.
"Cat, I was thinking that," Cal opened the door. "Oh dear God."
"Dad," Julie said, "Um knocking?"
"I don't need to knock," He said, "Julia, please put your shirt on, Steven, get off my daughter. Both of you downstairs now."
"We're in trouble," Steve whispered.
"He was using his coach voice," She giggled.
"OK," Cal said, pacing in front of them on the couch. "I accept that you two are a couple now. I think it's nice, great even."
"Dad," Julie said.
"However, that changes things," Cal cut her off. "There are rules now. If you two are in your room Julia, the door is open, if he's in the house, and Elyse or I aren't home, you're on the couch. And you'll probably be watching the baby, so if you decide to fornicate on my couch in front of my twenty month old son, we have many bigger problems."
"Cal," Steve said, "Can I just um say,"
"You don't want to talk right now," Cal shook his head. "You don't sleep over at his house anymore," Julie went to protest, "Don't try to weasel out of it! I know you've been sneaking out of here and sleeping there since you were eleven." She crossed her arms. "Now I just want to talk to Steve."
"Daddy!" Julie stood up.
"Julia Marie," He shook his head, "So help me God, get up to your room." She nodded and walked up the stairs. "Steve,"
"Cal," Steve said, "You're really scary right now."
"You bet your ass I am," Cal nodded, "And I'm Coach Gaffney right now."
"Sure," Steve nodded. "I love her."
"I know you do," Cal said sitting down, "And I love you. I love you like a son Steve, but I'm telling you now, if my little girl cries once over you, I will reach down your throat and pull out your small intestine," Steve swallowed, "Am I clear?"
"Yes, Coach," Steve nodded. "Can I go kiss your daughter now?"
"You're getting my permission for that," Cal sighed. "Because Elyse says I need to be supportive of this." Steve grinned. "She's been happy. Which is good, especially because of the way things have been with Jaime."
Julie sat up on her computer staring at the email. She hadn't been able to bring herself to delete it. She couldn't begin to figure out what it meant.
When you get back things will be different. I promise.
And he said that he loved her. As far as she knew he was still with Ellie. It didn't make any sense. The things he'd said at the wedding, the way he'd pushed her away at prom, none of it added up and it was enough to drive her crazy.
"Hey," Steve stood in the doorway, she minimized the screen, "So I'm gonna go, um, give Cal a chance to calm down."
"OK," She walked over and kissed him. "I love you."
"I love you too," He said.
"I'll see you tonight," She said. "I'll come over."
"Did you not hear Cal a second ago?" He laughed.
"I'll figure it out," She said. "Or maybe we can just go out with Taylor and Brett or something."
"Mm, maybe," He whispered and kissed her, "Or maybe you can just come over." She laughed.
"Oh my God," Tammy groaned walking downstairs, Jimmy was sitting at the kitchen table. Eva was still screaming upstairs. "Does that baby ever shut up?"
"I doubt it," Jimmy yawned. "Earphones however, have proved infinitely helpful."
"Yeah," Tammy nodded, "I know I'm on the other side of the wall from you and Ellie, they help with that too."
"Mm, because you and Fulton really keep it quiet," He rolled his eyes. "Where is he anyway?"
"He doesn't sleep here," She said, "The baby keeps that from happening." He nodded. "Talked to Julie yesterday."
"Mm," He said, "How's she doing? How's Steve?"
"Good on both counts," She said, "She misses you." He looked at her. "Well, she didn't say that, but I know she does."
"Oh my God," Kelly walked in from the pool house. "I'm going to smother that little girl if she doesn't shut up!"
"You don't get to complain," Tammy shook her head, "Taking the only bed out of ear shot."
"Mm," Kelly sat down, "You snooze you lose. You of course have a whole other house you can escape to." Tammy rolled her eyes, even Eva induced sleep deprivation wasn't enough to drive her to living with her father.
"Morning siblings," Tommy said walking in.
"Where do you get off being so chipper?" Jimmy said.
"Tommy's a rock," Tammy groaned, "he can sleep through anything."
"Comes from having the parents fight all through your formative years," Tommy shrugged. "I had to learn to sleep through the shouting."
"I don't have the disposition for it," Tammy shook her head. They all laughed and the crying stopped. "Ok I've got five dollars on 15 minutes this time."
"I'll go for 20," Jimmy shrugged.
"Double or nothing it's under ten," Tommy shook his head.
"Taking bets on when our niece is going to start crying again isn't nice," Kelly said. She took a sip of coffee. "Shit! I have to meet Janet in like five minutes." She ran upstairs. Then the screaming cry came.
"Anti up!" Tommy said. Jimmy groaned going into his pocket and handed him a ten dollar bill. "Tammy?" She sighed and went into her purse and handed him. "Thank you, I'm going to go buy Angie some breakfast."
"Hey Captain," Gabrielle walked down the dock, Brad smiled seeing her, he was getting Four Winds ready to go out on the ocean.
"Hey," He smiled. She leapt gracefully from the dock out to the boat. He now knew that she was a ballerina. "You ready for this?"
"Sure," She nodded, "I've always wanted to sail to Martha's Vineyard, never had anyone willing to before."
"It's fun," He said, "Lena, Tommy and I did it last summer." She nodded. "I wish you could meet them."
"Sure," She whispered. "So, what do you need me to do?"
"Nothing yet," He laughed and pulled up the anchor. She nodded and pulled her tank top off. He sighed. Gabrielle was gorgeous, there was no denying it. And she had a crush on him, that was another fact. She was none to subtle about it, always making little comments or finding ways to touch him. It wasn't that he didn't like her, he just felt somehow wrong taking advantage of her feelings when he was still so in love with Elena. "Just relax get some sun."
"OK," She said softly and walked to the bow, and lay down shaking her long dark hair. "How long will it take?"
"We should get there tomorrow morning," He sat down next to her.
"Overnight?" She asked. He nodded. She smiled. That had promise. "So, are you going to come visit me in New York when the summer's over?"
"There's still a month and a half before we even have to think about that," He shrugged. "Although probably. It would be good to hang out with Dave a little and everything."
"Your brother," She nodded, "Of course."
"I wouldn't mind getting to see you dance either," He said gently, draping his arm over her shoulder, she smiled.
Dean walked into Lisa and Kevin's, through the foyer into the living room. Lisa was picking up the living room.
"Hey," He said. "Shouldn't you be making him do that himself?"
"Ah," Lisa said, "He's napping, he practically collapsed after his skating lesson this morning." She crossed her arms.
"The kid wants to play," Dean shrugged, "What do you want from me?"
"He's three," She laughed, "He doesn't need to be skating yet."
"He's good," He smiled, "He's a natural talent." She looked at him, "I will take the skates away."
"Thank you," She said, "How's it going? We haven't talked since you got home."
"Things are good," He sat down. "Everything's always simpler here, like my head is clear."
"And what do you see it that clarity?" She asked, already anticipating the answer.
"Lena," He whispered. She nodded. "But you knew that."
"Yeah I did," She smiled. "Not Kelly?"
"Funny," He said.
"Hey," Charlie said kissing Connie's neck as she sat at putting her engagement ring back around her neck. "Where you headed?"
"Home," She whispered. She kissed him. "I have fun last night."
"Me too," He smiled. "I love you."
"I love you too," She said. She pulled her shirt on and touched her neck, making sure it covered the ring. "I'll see you later." She jogged from the apartment down the street to a coffee shop.
"You're late." She smiled and sat down. "You were with him?"
"Where else would I have been?" She asked. "What do you want Guy?"
"The same thing I've always wanted," He shrugged. "I just want you." She sighed.