Summary: Even spreading out all over the country can't seem to stop the drama. Julie and Jimmy join Casey and his friend Carolee in California and the quartet can't seem to avoid trouble. Living in the town house provided by Tom, Tammy, Guy and newly wed Connie and Charlie navigate the city that never sleeps, with Steve along for the ride. The Bash Brothers take on Chicago, and life with Portman's family, and of course Tanya. Kelly continues to feel her heart tugged in two directions as her relationship with Liam blossoms and Scooter's reminder that he hasn't given up on her doesn't go away. Meanwhile at Eden Hall, Elena comes home from rehab to more confusion, mainly, finding Brad single and Tommy and Angela on the rocks, which is, of course, all Nick's fault. Rick and Cassie move out of the house, this time with Eva, and begin life as adults.
Author's Note: So I know I said I was waiting to post, but I just couldn't! I know it's a shock, I got carried away with my beloved Littles. You guys love them too, I know you do! Anyway, as usual the first chapter is just to set everything up. I am going to have a busy couple of weeks, but I'll try to update as much as I can.
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Chapter 1: Scattered
"Kelly!" She turned around and smiled.
"Hey," She smiled. "I was wondering when I was going to run into you."
"So," Scooter smiled. "How's it going?" She looked at him.
"It's fine," She said. "You can wipe that big fake grin off your face."
"Kel, I'm trying," He sighed. "I've never been friends with an ex girlfriend before."
"You're friends with Janet," She shrugged.
"Janet is dating my brother," He shook his head, "I'm required to be friends with her. If you want to fuck Logan or Brad because you think it would help our friendship feel free." She rolled her eyes. "How's Liam?"
"I don't think we're ready for that conversation," She said. He nodded. "How was the book tour?"
"Long," He laughed, "And I have groupies." She grimaced, "Another conversation we're not ready for." She laughed. "Um have you talked to Jimmy? How does he like California?"
"He loves it," Kelly smiled. "Oh, Eva can walk now!"
"I know, Rick told me," Scooter laughed, "Apparently there's video I have to see."
"Oh God," She groaned, "Don't watch the video, although he'll probably make you." He laughed. "Who ever thought that Cassie and Rick of all people would get completely lost in the whole parenting thing?"
"I know," He laughed and pushed a stray piece of hair behind her ear. "God, you look good."
"Scooter," She whispered. He kissed her. "Mm," She sighed. "I can't."
"I love you," He said. She looked down, "And all the time and space in world is never going to change that Kelly. So I'll be your friend, but only because it means I'll be close to you, and one day you're going to see that we're supposed to be together."
"I'm with Liam," She said.
"I know," He said, "Be with Liam, be with any guy you want, I'm not going to stand in your way. I'm just going to be here, and I thought you should know." They kissed again and she pulled on top of him. He ran his hands under her shirt and she groaned. He kissed her neck.
"Oh, Scooter," She whimpered.
"Remember Kelly," He whispered, against her neck, "Remember how good we were?"
Kelly woke up and rubbed her forehead. Liam woke up feeling her start.
"What's wrong?" He said. She looked at him. "Another bad dream?"
"It was a dream," She whispered, "But it wasn't bad." He nodded and kissed her. She pulled close to him. "I love you."
"I love you too," He said, running his hand through her hair.
Tommy sat out by the pool, his feet dangling in the water. Things were extraordinarily quiet, with everyone off at college and Brad at the dorm and Angela stuck home because she'd been caught sneaking in one morning a few weeks ago and grounded until school officially started tomorrow.
"Hey there stranger," He turned around at the voice.
"Elena!" He jumped up and ran and hugged her. "Oh God, Lena, you're home."
"Tommy, I can't breath," She whimpered but he just hugged her tighter. "Tommy, please." He laughed and let her go. "I missed you!"
"I missed you too," He said, "Look at you, you look amazing."
"I look like I haven't showered in three days," She rolled her eyes. He laughed, and then really looked at her. She did look amazing, very tan, and she'd gained weight but in all the right places so her usually drastic curves looked soft and girlish. Her hair was long and in it's natural curls so it looked kind of wild, which offset her big blue eyes and innocent face. "What are you doing sitting around by yourself? Don't you have a super cute girlfriend you should be making out with?"
"Angela's grounded," He shrugged. "I'm bored out of my skull." She giggled. "How was rehab?"
"It was pretty amazing," She smiled, "Really enlightening. I see why my mom goes so much." He laughed. "Seriously though, I learned a lot about myself, like did you know I'm so slutty because I'm insecure, not because I'm confident?"
"I could have guessed that one," he laughed. "What did those therapist types have to say about me and you?"
"Oh, my relationship with you is wish fulfillment for the relationships I want to have with my brother and father." She shrugged. He laughed. He hugged her. "I missed you. Let's go to the movies or something."
"Sure," He nodded, "You can see my car."
"Tommy, I saw all twenty seven pictures of your car that you sent me," She rolled her eyes.
"Yes, but when you see it for real its so much better," He said.
"Tommy, I understand how excited you are to get a car," She said, "And I mean, I know it's amazing, but please, can I drive? I've been cooped up in the desert all summer. Let me drive."
"OK," He said. "Do you want to go pick up Brad?"
"I doubt he'll want to see me," She shook her head.
"I think you'd be surprised," Tommy smiled. She laughed.
"We'll go to Eden Hall," She said. "It'll be nice to see the school."
"Has anyone seen my sketch pad?" Tammy asked walking into the kitchen of the town house. The past few weeks had gone by fairly smoothly, she was incredibly busy but the whole housemate situation was going like clock work.
"Isn't it in your room?" Charlie asked. She shook her head.
"Maybe you left it in the gallery?" Connie tried, pouring a cup of coffee.
"No," She sighed. "Crap, if I don't get to the subway five minutes ago, I'm going to be late."
"Fulton called again this morning, while you were in the shower," Guy said walking down, still wet from the shower. "Do you ever plan on calling him back?"
"Yeah, you really should Tam," Charlie said, "You get really anxious when you two haven't talked in a while. Not to mention that when Portman gets sick of his crap he calls me."
"And then I have to listen to him," Connie said. "So you not calling him back effects all of us."
"OK," Tammy said. "You three listen," They looked at her and nodded. "I will call Fulton, when I have time to talk to him. Right now, I have classes and work with Dave at the gallery and I'm still trying to set up the boutique for RDC and Kelly and Liam are in New Haven and mostly useless anyway since all they do is have sex with each other. I'm a little overwhelmed and he understands that. So, I'm going to go to school now, why don't you three talk about how awkward it is that we can hear Charlie and Connie in their wedded bliss and Guy's still a virgin." She grabbed her bag and walked out. "Found my sketch pad!" She yelled.
"You can hear us?" Connie said, blushing.
"Oh yeah," Guy nodded. "I have to catch my subway too, see you guys later." He jogged out.
"We could try to kiss each other more," Charlie shrugged. Connie nodded.
"Yeah," She nodded. "Or we could only have sex when they're not here."
"Connie, Guy doesn't have a life," He said, "He's always here."
"Right," She frowned. "We'll figure something out."
"Yo! Gaffney!" Julie turned around at the sound of Jimmy calling her across a quad she giggled and ran to him and kissed him. "Mm, I missed you."
"I missed you too," She said, "I hate when you go on road trips." He laughed. He kissed her again.
"Do you have class?" Jimmy asked. She kissed him.
"Mm mm," She whispered.
"Does Carolee?" He asked. She sighed and shook her head. "Yeah, neither does Casey." She sighed. "We could go to your mom's." He shrugged. "It's a half hour drive."
"Um, or we could not do that," She said, "And wait until tonight." He sighed. "Jimmy," she said. "I can't go there."
"You're gonna make up with her." He shrugged. "Might as well be sooner rather than later." She kissed him.
"Let's just kick Carolee out OK?" She whispered.
"OK," He nodded. She pulled close. "I love you."
"Mm," She whispered, "I love you too," She said. She kissed his neck.
"Jules," He whispered, "Please don't do that while we're outside and I haven't touched you in a week." She giggled and they kissed again. "OK, forget the dorm rooms, where's the Jeep?"
"So are you or aren't you?" Cassie said on the phone, pulling a carton of milk out of the freezer.
"I kind of hope not," Lisa sighed, on the other end. "I mean don't get me wrong, a baby is a blessing and with the money Kevin's bringing in it's not like we can't afford it anymore, and with David in school I'm bored out of my mind, but I just don't know that we're ready."
"Oh God, Lee," Cassie groaned. "Enough with the baby is a blessing thing. A baby is nine months of misery followed by ten months of no sleep. It's worth it for wonder children like Eva and David, but I wouldn't do it again anytime soon."
"It's really important to Kevin," Lisa said. "Come on, if Rick wanted another baby you wouldn't even consider it?"
"Lisa," Cassie said, "Rick and I got married basically to spite his father and we had Eva because a condom broke. He doesn't want another baby, he is my other baby." Lisa laughed.
"I just don't know," Lisa sighed. "I mean we've been trying for six months, maybe its just not supposed to happen right now." There was sudden crying on the end. "The princess wake up?"
"Yeah," Cassie said, "She's probably hungry. Call me if you're knocked up."
"I will," Lisa laughed, "Kiss Eva for me."
"I will," Cassie said, "Bye."
"Bye." Lisa laughed and hung up.
"Hey," Tanya popped her head in.
"Hey," Lisa said.
"Were you on the phone with your new best friend?" Tanya teased.
"You know that you're my best friend," Lisa shook her head. "Cassie just gets things that you don't."
"I know," Tanya sighed, "The mommy stuff." Lisa nodded. "I just miss you. And I'm like this close to smothering Dean and Fulton in their sleep."
"They're not that bad," Lisa laughed.
"Um, yeah they are," Tanya said, "All they care about is hockey, Elena and Tammy. It's like, there's a presidential election coming up, can we talk about that please?"
"You and Dean have never shared interests, that's not what your relationship was about, ever," Lisa shrugged. "What's different?"
"Um, what's different is now there are two of them and I'm not having sex with either of them. Or anyone," She groaned, "Whoever said that college was good for your sex life was severely mistaken."
"I think that only applies when you don't spend all your time around two giant hockey playing goons," Lisa said. "Bash Brothers are intimidating, and large, and always around. My food budget has doubled since those two have been in town." Tanya laughed, "I miss you though T, and David does too."
"I'll try to be around more," Tanya smiled. "How goes the baby making?"
"It goes," Lisa sighed. "I don't know, I'm not sure my heart's in it. I mean when I'm pregnant and have the baby, then," She smiled, "Well then it'll be different."
"Maybe your heart not being in it is why you're not getting pregnant," Tanya shrugged, "You know what the ladies at Church would say."
"The Madonna doesn't want unhappy mothers," Lisa nodded. "I'm not so sure Mary hand picks pregnancies, I mean, she wouldn't have picked David."
"No, she knew what she was doing with David," Tanya said. Lisa smiled.
"Hey," Dean and Fulton walked in. "What's for breakfast?"
"You go to a college," Lisa said. Dean nodded, "There's a cafeteria there right? You have a meal plan."
"Oh but that food isn't as good as yours," He hugged her, "So are you pregnant yet."
"Hi Fulton," Lisa nodded at him. "How do you want your eggs?'
"I'm fine thanks," Fulton shrugged.
"How come he gets eggs?" Dean frowned.
"Because he doesn't come in here demanding food and asking personal questions," Lisa hit him on the head. Tanya laughed and Fulton looked at her and smiled.
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