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Leanna Elizabeth Jamison parked her car at the garage where she was told Kip worked. Tilting her sunglasses down, she took a look around and saw what seemed to be dozens of motorcycles in the parking lot. She shook her head, making her auburn hair dance and headed towards the open door, her heels clicking slightly on the pavement; okay, maybe it wasn't the best idea to wear the 'hooker heels' as her Daddy used to call them, but they were what worked best with her jeans and camisole.
Leanna spotted two familiar faces; well, backs right away. Kip Epps and Jackson 'Jax' Teller. Kip would remember her, but she wasn't sure about Jax. She remembered the last time they saw each other; she was twelve, and Jax; then sixteen, had given her something special. Her first kiss. She realized suddenly that; where Jax was, so were Gemma Teller-Morrow and Clay Morrow. Also known to her as Auntie Gem and Uncle Clay.
Seeing Kip with his back to her, she grinned, he always was easy to make fun of. She spotted a rag hanging from someone's back pocket and grabbed it, putting a finger to her lips to silence him when he turned around. She quickly and quietly walked towards Kip and twisted the rag. When she got close enough, with a feral grin, she let it fly and snap him on the ass.
With a yelp, Kip turned around; ready to kick some ass when he saw who it was that had snapped him. He whooped with happiness and grabbed Leanna up in a hug.
"Baby Doll!" he shouted, spinning her around.
Leanna hugged him hard and waited until her feet hit the ground again.
"How'd you find me?" he asked.
"Mama D told me that you'd sent her some money and it was postmarked around here. Then I just asked around."
Kip looked around and saw the rest of the Sons watching them.
"Uhm…Baby, these guys are friends of mine," he pointed them out one by one, "That's Juice, Jax, Bobby and Opie. Guys, this is Baby. She's from my old neighborhood."
Leanna grinned and waved, then she turned back to Kip.
"Hey, got a present for you outside," she said.
Leanna grabbed Kip's hand and hauled him outside, noting that the rest of his friends followed. She stopped by the car and let go of Kip's hand.
"No fucking way," he whispered, awed.
"Surprise," Leanna said, watching his reaction.
"Did you—?" Kip asked, stopping when she nodded.
"All original parts, did the work myself. Thought you'd like to have her back."
'Her' was a '67 Ford Mustang convertible, dark blue with a cream cloth top.
"Aww Baby," Kip said, running his hands over the car.
"Dude, who the fuck did you get that from?!" Juice wanted to know.
Kip didn't say anything, he just kept looking over the car, so Juice and Jax turned to the girl.
"Hey," Jax said, "Who's car?"
Leanna turned to him, her smile now sad, "It was his dad's. Before Kip left for the military, he and I were looking for original parts to fix her up. Kip's dad died when he was young, and she's the last piece of him he has. While he was gone, the parts came in and so I decided to surprise him for when he came home," she paused and bit her lip, "Only he never came home. We knew he was wounded, but after that, it was like he dropped off the grid. Then Mama D got that envelope of money and she told me about it. I decided to come find the wacko myself."
"And you did the work?" Jax asked, surprised.
Leanna sneered; it was now painfully obvious that Jax didn't remember her at all.
"Yea I did the work. My uncle used to have me help him out all the time. Taught me everything there is to know about cars, trucks, semis and bikes."
"Yo! Where the hell is everyone!" she heard someone shout, and she whipped around.
"No fucking way," Leanna said, waiting for the person who shouted to come outside.
She grinned when she saw Clay Morrow step out of the garage and ran over to him, flinging herself in his arms.
"What the hell??" Clay stammered, pulling away from Leanna to look at her.
Leanna grinned up at her uncle, pushed her sunglasses into her hair and waited for him to recognize her. When he started laughing and pulled her into a hug, she relaxed and held on tightly.
"Hey baby girl, what the hell are you doin' around these parts?" Clay asked, holding her at arms length.
"Came to see Kip. I thought he would want Uncle Sean's car," Leanna said, looking back over to where Kip had popped the hood and was looking over the engine with Juice and Bobby.
"Shit," Clay said, dropping his hands from Leanna's arms, "You fixed her?"
Leanna nodded, then smiled happily when Clay wrapped an arm around her shoulders and they walked over to the car. Kip saw them coming and took in their posture with wide eyes.
"Baby?" Kip asked.
"How come my boss has his arm around your shoulders?"
"Cause I'm family."
Everyone's heads whipped around at the simple statement.
"'Scuse me?" Bobby asked, astonished.
"Bobby, this is Con's little girl, Leanna," Clay explained.
Bobby nodded, but Juice, Opie and Jax still stared.
Leanna sighed, frustrated, "He's my freakin' uncle okay?" she growled.
Kip moved away from the car and hugged Leanna tightly, "Thank you sooo much Leelee," he said softly.
"Hey Half-Sack!" hollered Juice, "Mind if I take your car for a ride?"
"Half-Sack?!?!" Leanna asked, laughing, "What the hell happened?!"
"I'll tell you later. YEA I MIND!" he hollered to Juice, walking back over to the car.
Leanna kept laughing and clutched her stomach, doubling over. Jax grinned at her; a memory tickling the edge of his mind, and nudged Clay, who looked up from the car and smiled. Gemma had come out of the garage when she heard a woman laughing.
"Who's this?" she asked, and gasped when the young woman turned around.
"Auntie Gem!" Leanna squealed, running over and hugging her.
"Leanna? Leanna Jamison?" Gemma asked, looking her over.
Leanna nodded, hugging Gemma again.
"Oh baby," Gemma said quietly, hugging Leanna tightly to her and kissing the top of her head.
"How's you're dad?" Gemma asked, pulling back.
All of a sudden, Leanna's good mood vanished and her eyes dropped to the ground.
"Um, that's kinda why I'm here," she said quietly.
Gemma stopped, "Clay!" she called.
Clay looked up and saw the look on Gemma's face. He hurried over to them.
"What is it?" he asked.
"Kip's only part of the reason I came out here Uncle Clay," Leanna said.
"Cops said it was an accident. Wet road; dark curve. But I checked the car out when they released it to me," Leanna's bottom lip quivered and tears dripped down her cheeks, "The break lines were cut."
"God damn it," Clay growled.
"I—I don't know who it was, but you and I both know that Daddy had a lot of enemies."
"Leanna, sweetie, where're you staying?"
Leanna shrugged and wiped away the tears, "I sold the house, too many bad memories. Most of my stuff's in the trunk."
Gemma looked at Clay, who nodded his head.
"Baby girl, go and get your things, you're gonna stay in the clubhouse."
Juice, Opie and Jax looked up at that.
"You sure that's a good idea Clay?" Jax asked.
"She's family Jax. You know we take care of our own."
Jax nodded, "Just wanted to make sure you know what you're getting us into."
"I'm sure you guys can handle one little girl."
"Uncle Clay, you did not just call me a little girl," Leanna growled.
"Shit," Clay muttered under his breath, "I'm sorry Baby."
"Look," Leanna said, turning to Jax, "I'll stay out of you guys way, and you stay out of mine. Oh, and keep, uh, what's his name; Juice? away from me, I'd rather he not try anything, cause I'd hate for Uncle Clay to get pissed off that I beat the shit out of one of his boys."
Jax laughed aloud, which made Leanna growl low in her throat.
"Uncle Clay?" she asked, ferally.
"No Baby girl. You know Jax is Gem's boy," Clay chuckled.
Leanna turned to Gemma and raised an eyebrow.
"I hope to Goddess he ain't my cousin," she said, sticking her thumb out at Jax.
"Hey!" he said, insulted.
Gemma laughed, "No baby, Jax is a Teller."
"Oh," Leanna said, understanding written all over her face, "Well, that explains a lot."
Gemma laughed again and grabbed one of Leanna's bags, wrapping an arm around her shoulders.
"Come on sweetie, let's find you a room to crash in."
"Thanks Aunt Gem," Leanna said as they walked into the garage.
Kip grabbed the rest of her bags and followed them in, pausing once to talk to Jax.
"Don't be insulted," he said, "That's just the way Baby Doll is."
Jax watched her walk away, now curious; and irritated.