Author's Note: Thanks as always to everyone who reviewed, especially to Snowflake22, and Mali08 for reviewing on just about every chapter...was it every chapter? Whatever, you guys rock! This jumps a little into the future, although the next story jumps another 2 years after this (confusing I know, but trust me it would be more so if I didn't do this!) This is around June, so Jimmy, Steve and the Ducks are about to graduate college and Elena, Brad and Tommy have just finished their junior year. Some secrets are planted here, and they will be explained in the next story, which should be up within the next week (possibly even tomorrow!) Love you all!
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Chapter 46: 3 Years Later
"OW!" Eva shouted. "Mommy! TJ hit me!"
"Did not!" Two and a half year old TJ said.
"Did so!" Eva said.
"Did not!" The little boy whined.
"I swear to God," Rick shouted from the driver's seat, "if you two don't stop it back there I'm turning this car around and Eva you won't get to be a flower girl at Aunt Allie and Uncle Biff's wedding."
"So?" Eva said petulantly. "I'll still be the flower girl at Aunt Kelly's wedding to Uncle Scooter."
"Don't hold your breath on that one," Rick mumbled.
"Rick," Cassie said from the passenger's seat. "Not in front of the kids."
"I'm just saying, they've been engaged for three years," Rick shook his head, "and they still haven't set a date."
"They're waiting until she's twenty five," Cassie laughed.
"Daddy," Eva said panic rising in her voice. "Aunt Kelly is going to marry Uncle Scooter isn't she?"
"Of course she is sweetheart," Cassie said. "Don't listen to your Daddy, he's just mad because Aunt Kelly is going to get more money from Grandpa than him because she's waiting to marry Uncle Scooter until Grandpa thinks she's old enough."
"Oh," Eva said. "What about Aunt Tammy and Uncle Steve?"
"Steve is not your uncle," Rick said.
"But he's Aunt Tammy's boyfriend the same way Uncle Scooter is Aunt Kelly's!" Eva said. "It's the same."
"It is not the same," Cassie said, "because see, Uncle Scooter was a part of our family a long time before he was Aunt Kelly's boyfriend." Ever since the explanation of what exactly Allie and Cole's wedding was, Eva had been asking all kinds of question about who were really her Aunts and Uncles.
"Oh," Eva said. "What about Aunt Julie?" Rick groaned. This was going to be a long drive.
"Eva," TJ poked her, "Eva play I Spy!"
"Eva, play with your brother." Cassie said.
"Fine," Eva said. "I spy something blue."
"Sky!" TJ laughed. "Sky blue!" Cassie looked back and smiled at her children.
"Don't open them yet," Tammy said. Steve laughed as she led him into a big empty room holding his hand.
"Tammy, what's going on?" He said.
"OK," she said. "Open," he opened his eyes and looked around. "What do you think?"
"What is it?" He said.
"It's the new RDC boutique," she said. He looked at her. "See, it's got two rooms, one here for the actual store, and," she giggled and bounced to the back and opened two mirrored doors, "this for Kelly and my office!"
"It's pretty great," he nodded. "It's pretty far from the townhouse though."
"We're not done yet," she giggled and pulled him upstairs.
"There's an upstairs?" He said. "What goes here?"
"Studio," she said. "For drawing, sewing, painting whatever." He nodded. "Do you like it?"
"Tammy, it's all great," he laughed, "but what does me liking it have to do with anything?"
"Hold on," she said and wandered up the stairs one more time.
"Three floors?" He sighed, "Tam, how are you affording to rent three floors?"
"I'm not," she said. "I'm buying them." He stared at her. "I bought the building!"
"Oh my God!" He said. "So what's up here?"
"Look around," she whispered. He did and noticed three doors, one cracked open revealing a bathroom, the others two wide rooms. He saw a small oven and stove and a white sink.
"This is an apartment," he said. She nodded.
"For us," she said. "I mean if you want to." He kissed her.
"You're asking me to move in?" He said. She nodded.
"I mean, we're graduating," she shrugged. "And it's been a while, I mean, since," he kissed her again. "I want to start over, me and you, after," she swallowed. "I love you."
"I know honey," he hugged her close. "Of course I'll move in." She smiled pressed against him. "I want to start over too, and this is a good way to do it. I'm sorry, for what I said."
"I'm sorry for what I did," she said. He lifted her face. "It's over now. I saw him again, and it's over now."
"I know sweetheart," he said gently. "I trust you." She smiled. Hearing him say it again made her feel whole again. "You should call Connie."
"I'm not ready for that," she whispered. "I'm just not." Steve nodded.
"Elena!" Elena turned in the bright sunshine and laughed as Diane ran down. She laughed and hugged her. "Oh God, what am I going to do without you?"
"Well, I have to go home," Elena laughed. "My brother's getting married. I sort of have to be there." Diane laughed.
"What are you two talking about?" Brad walked over.
"Hey boyfriend," Elena kissed him. "We have to get on a plane in a few hours, don't forget."
"Really?" Brad said, "wait, is your brother's wedding this weekend?" She hit him in the chest. "How are your finals going Di?"
"Fine," she shrugged. "Tommy!" She squealed as he picked her up around the waist.
"Mm," he kissed her neck. "I still think you should come home with us for the wedding."
"I can't," she sighed. "I promised Logan and Claire I'd babysit this weekend while they're in New York." She kissed him. "But you'll be in Rhode Island soon right?"
"Of course," Tommy said. Diane giggled and jumped up wrapping her legs around him.
"OK," Elena said, "um, I know you two are brand new in love and whatever, but please stop."
"Oh yeah, like you two ever stopped touching each other when you first got together," Tommy rolled his eyes. "They didn't." Diane laughed.
"I have another test to get to," she sighed and kissed Tommy. "Call me when you land OK?"
"You got it," Tommy said. Elena made a gagging sound. "Mature Lena."
"I just think it's gross that you're sleeping with Brad's vacation girl," Elena shrugged. Tommy laughed. "Although I am glad that you're in love again Tommy."
"Thank you," he nodded. "You haven't said much Brad."
"Whatever," he said, "I love Di, you know that, but I love her like a sister. I love you like a brother, it works out."
"You had sex with her," Elena said.
"Why do you always dwell on that?" Brad rolled his eyes. Tommy laughed. He enjoyed their good natured bantering and the on again off again element of their element of their romance was completely gone. "So what does summer hold for you my darling and most wonderful girlfriend in the world?"
"The wedding," she sighed, "and then two weeks in Portland with my mom, and then wherever you are oh loving and wonderful boyfriend." Brad laughed and kissed her. "I have to finish packing, meet you both here in an hour." She kissed Tommy on the cheek and bounced away.
"You're going to ask her aren't you?" Tommy said.
"I have to ask my dad for the rock first," he shrugged. "Then yeah, I'm going to ask her. You think she'll say yes?"
"Unless for some reason my brother decides he suddenly wants to marry her," Tommy teased. "Or Portman shows up out of the blue." Brad raised his eyebrows as if this were a real concern. "Of course she'll say yes," Tommy said. "She loves you man, I'm your only real competition and she's way too much trouble for me."
Elena stared at filling her computer screen. She felt like maybe someone was playing a cruel joke on her.
Portman third NHL draft pick, headed for Boston.
Boston, so close she could spit there. He'd emailed her too.
Start camp in a few weeks. We should talk
We should talk? What the hell was that supposed to mean? Her cell phone rang and she looked at the number.
"What do you need Riley?" She said.
"Saw ESPN," Jimmy said. "You doing OK?"
"He emailed me." She flopped on the bed. "Nothing for three years and all of a sudden I get an email, what am I supposed to do with this information?"
"You're supposed to do nothing," Jimmy said. "You're supposed to ignore it, and go to Biff's wedding, and marry Brad and have lots of WASPy babies."
"You sound like Tommy," she mumbled.
"I have a very smart brother," Jimmy laughed, "you should listen to him."
"Are you just calling to check on my mental health?" She said.
"No, I am calling because I have amazing news," Jimmy laughed. "How do you feel about your ex boyfriend getting into Columbia Medical School?"
"Shut up!" She sat up, "Jimmy, that's amazing, I'm so proud of you. Your mom would be so proud."
"Thanks Ellie," he whispered. "Listen, I'll see you tomorrow OK?"
"OK," she said. "I love you. Give Julie a hug for me."
"I will," he said. "Love you too." He hung up and settled into a chair.
"Hey Ivy league man," Julie smiled walking over. He laughed as she sat down on his lap. "You call Ellie?"
"Yes," he said. "She said to hug you for her." He hugged her.
"That was from Ellie?" She asked. He nodded. "What's from you?" He kissed her.
"That's from me," he said. Her blackberry went off. "I'm going to smash that thing one of these days."
"I'm sorry," she laughed taking it out of her pocket, "I'm addicted to it."
"You're turning into your mother," he shook his head, "is what's happening."
"Don't even joke," she looked at him sternly. He laughed. "Speaking of," she groaned.
"You don't start working for her for another two months," he groaned. "What could she possibly need from you?"
"'Fought with Josh, he's staying in LA, come over for dinner?'" She sighed. "God, I wish they'd just get a divorce already."
"You don't mean that," Jimmy shook his head.
"I'd rather that than having to listen to Jaime complain about their problems all the time," Julie sighed. "I should go," she kissed him. "I'm so proud of you, and we'll start looking for places in New York when you get back from Minnesota, OK?"
"OK," he said. "I love you."
"I love you too." She whispered.
"Mommy, Mommy!" Connie Vanderbilt came running into the living room. Claire looked at her. "Why can't I come with you and Daddy to New York?"
"Because," Claire said and picked her up, "it's just a grown up party but Diane is going to stay with you, won't that be fun?"
"I guess," Connie sighed. Claire smoothed the little girl's long dark hair. Connie looked every bit like her birth mother. Claire had never believed in God more than when two days after she and Logan found out they couldn't have children Tammy's roommates had decided to put their baby up for adoption. "Are you going to see my real parents?"
"Sweetheart," Claire sighed, "Daddy and I are your real parents, Connie and Charlie are," she looked for the right word. "Your birth parents, and we aren't going to see them. We're going to see Uncle Scott and Aunt Kelly."
"Ready to go?" Logan walked in. "Hi baby," he picked Connie up. "How are we doing?"
"Good," Connie whispered. "Daddy, please don't leave me here with Diane, I want to go with you!"
"Whoa," Logan nodded, "she's good." Claire laughed. "Sorry baby," he kissed her. "Go put your pjs on like a good girl." He put her down and Connie ran off. "You look upset Fitz, what's wrong?"
"She asked about Connie and Charlie again, sometimes I think we shouldn't have told her about it so early." Claire shook her head. Logan kissed her. "I should get dressed. I love you."
"I love you too," Logan said. "Connie will be fine, OK?"
"OK," Claire sighed. "I'll be right down."
"OK," He said.
"Janet it's," Kelly said admiring the ring on her friend's left hand. "It's big."
"Bigger than yours," Janet smiled. Kelly laughed. "I'm so happy. I bet we beat you to the altar too."
"I've told you," Kelly sighed, "Scooter and I are waiting until I get my trust." Janet rolled her eyes. "And my MBA."
"You're six months from your MBA," Janet said. "Speaking of, all the changes at RDC, you're not,"
"Janet, I told your agent last night," Kelly said, "you are the face of RDC, Tammy and I don't want it any other way." Janet smiled, "so are you going to show it off at the wedding?"
"Nah, it would be gloating," Janet shrugged. "I mean I already slept with the groom." Kelly laughed.
"Kel," Scooter walked in. She looked at him and smiled. "Come on the cab's outside. See you in a few hours Janet."
"Bye Scott," Janet laughed. He waved and Kelly pulled him close and kissed him.
"Hi there," he smiled.
"I love you," she whispered.
"You want me to take notes at this wedding don't you?" He laughed.
"God no," she scrunched her face. "Allie Sanders, thank you very much, but I'm good." He laughed. "I just wanted to kiss you. Also, why is Janet's ring bigger than mine?" He laughed.
"Dave called dibs on that diamond," Scooter shrugged. "Besides yours is much classier." Kelly smiled. "Ready?"
"Am I ever?" She teased and kissed him.
To be continued...
Coming Soon..."Not So Little Anymore" Ten years after Scooter Vanderbilt realized his feelings were beyong brotherly for his best friend's little sister, ten years after Julie Gaffney and Jimmy Riley changed each other's lives forever, nine years after Dean Portman and Elena Cole transcended all odds and Brad Vanderbilt declared his love for her, five years after Tammy Duncan asserted her indepence and maybe found the love of her life, certain events will bring them all back together, and prove that there are certain bonds that can never be disolved.