At The Beginning

by: LunarEclipse360

Disclaimer: I don't own, but one day...one day I will

A/N: Here it is everyone. The sequel to 'Beautiful Disaster.' I'm still working on the sequel to 'Taking Over Me' but for some reason that one is proving to be a little more challenging. I know this is just adding to the stories that I already have in progress, but I wanted to get this out and see how you guys like it. Chapter 2 is in the works so you probably won't have to wait much longer for it. Thanks to HSMandChelseaFCfan for editing and the summary

Chapter 1

November

She should have been nervous, but she wasn't. She should have been scared, but she wasn't. She was ready for this, for the birth of her second child. Though she missed the child she never knew, her second born was more special to her. Why? Because there was a chance that it could belong to the love of her life, something her first born didn't have the pleasure of being.

"Come on, babe, push," her fiancé said in her ear.

"I am pushing," she said as she strained herself to get her daughter out of her body. "Fuck! This hurts!"

"You act like you haven't done this before," he whispered a secret only he and two other people beside her knew.

"It hurt then, too," she mumbled.

"Just a few more pushes and we can welcome your daughter into the world," the doctor said. She stopped for a few seconds before continuing. Moments later a shrill cry broke through and the doctor stood up with the newborn in his hands. "Congratulations, Ms. Montez, it's a healthy baby girl."

Smiling, Gabriella leaned her head on the pillow and looked over at her lover. He smiled and kissed her forehead. "You did a good job, Brie. She's beautiful."

After cleaning her up and wrapping her in a blanket, the nurse handed the newborn to her mother. Gabriella stared lovingly at her daughter. She had doubts about who fathered her second born, either her father or the man standing beside her. The little girl's eyes were blue, but she knew from reading on it, that most newborns were born with blue eyes from lack of melanin.

"Her eyes are blue," Troy said from beside her.

"Yeah, but that could just be from the lack of melanin."

"Melanin?"

"It's a protein that colors your skin."

"Oh."

"I'm gonna ask the nurse if it's possible to get a DNA test."

He nodded and kissed her forehead. "So what are we gonna name her?"

Gabriella looked over her beautiful baby girl and smiled. "Rosalina Michelle Bolton. Rose for short."

Troy thought it over and smiled. "I like it." He leaned in closer and kissed Rosalina's forehead. "Hi, Rose. Welcome to the world. I'm your dad and this beautiful woman beside me is your mom."

Gabriella giggled and looked at him. "You're so sweet."

He grinned and looked at her. "I know." He kissed her softly before turning his attention back on Rosalina.

"You wanna hold her?"

He nodded and took Rosalina from Gabriella's arms. "Hey, baby girl," he cooed as he cuddled her.

Gabriella smiled proudly at the family that she never thought she would have. If she hadn't have met Troy the year before, she probably wouldn't be in the position she was in. He was the best thing that happened to her and she was glad that he was a part of her life. Troy turned his eyes from the child in his arms to the woman in front of him.

"What?" he asked when he noticed she was staring at him.

She shook her head. "I just can't believe I'm here right now."

"What do you mean?" he asked, taking a seat next to her.

"A year ago, I never would have thought I'd be here especially with you. I thought I would still be living with my dad, still being mistreated. But I'm not. I'm here, with you," she looked at her daughter, "and with this beautiful newborn." She stroked Rosalina's head and looked up at him. "I couldn't have asked for a better life."

He grinned and kissed her forehead. "Neither could I."

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Gabriella was nervous. Today was the day they would find out the results of the DNA test. She hoped and prayed Rosalina was Troy's. Though he said it wouldn't matter if the tiny baby was his or not, she knew it would be different. He wouldn't show it, but she would see the disappointment in his eyes for the rest of their lives.

"Brie?"

"Hm?"

"You've been awfully quiet. What's wrong?"

Sighing, she lifted her head off his chest and looked into his eyes. "I guess I'm just nervous."

"Nervous about what?" he asked, stroking her cheek.

"About the DNA test. What if she isn't yours?"

"I told you, it wouldn't matter. I'd love her either way."

"But it wouldn't be the same and you know it."

He sighed and brought her face to his, kissing her lips softly. "We have our whole lives ahead of us. Even if Rose isn't mine, there will be others. That is if you want more."

She grinned. "Of course I do." He smiled and she kissed him passionately. His fingers tangled themselves in her hair as his mouth moved against hers. Someone cleared their throat and the two broke apart.

"Sorry to interrupt," the nurse said as she stood in the doorway. "But I have the test results." Troy sat up and pulled Gabriella close to him, both awaiting the worst. "The DNA shows that Mr. Bolton is…not Rosalina's father."

Gabriella could feel her heart breaking slowly within her chest. "A-Are you sure?" The nurse nodded and smiled sadly before leaving. "Why? Why couldn't she be yours?"

"Brie." He wrapped his arms around her waist and buried his nose in her neck. "If life was simple, then it wouldn't be called 'life.'"

"Out of everything I've been through, I wanted this to be right. I wanted Rose to be yours not his."

He took her face in his hand and made her look at him. "Mine or not, I'll still love her like she's mine."

"But…"

"Gabriella, please, don't dwell on this." He laced his fingers with hers. "Genetically bound or not, she's ours. We're a family. I want you to understand that."

"I do. I understand it clearly, but…I still wish you and I made her. He helped make my first born and I always hoped it would stay that way."

"And it can. He may have helped you make Rose, but that doesn't mean that she has to remind you of him. Just think of her as…as all of you."

She smiled sadly and touched his face. "I don't know how you can be so calm about this."

He kissed her hard. "I love you and I love her. To me, she is my daughter. You carried her for nine months and that's all that matters to me." He pulled her against him and held her close. This was killing her and, truthfully, it was killing him, too. But he had to be strong for her.

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A Month Later

"I can't believe we're back here," she said as she looked around her old neighborhood.

"Me either, but we promised we would come back." Troy got out of the car and she followed behind, going into the backseat to get Rosalina.

"Hey, sweetheart," she said softly as she cradled her daughter in her arms. "Troy, can you get her diaper bag?" He nodded and reached into the backseat to grab the bag.

Walking up to the house, Troy rung the doorbell and waited, wrapping his free arm around her waist. A faint 'who is it?' came through and he smirked.

"Your favorite cousin."

The door opened and Kelsi squealed, wrapping her arms around his neck. "It's about time you came back."

"Hello to you, too, Kels. I think you're forgetting someone though."

She pulled back and turned her attention to the woman standing beside her cousin. "Gabi!" she squealed and went to wrap her arms around her, but stopped short when she saw the tiny bundle in her arms. "Oh my God! Is this…?"

Gabriella nodded. "Yep. Kelsi meet Rosalina Michelle Bolton."

Kelsi grinned and looked upon the baby. "Aw. She's so precious."

"You wanna hold her?"

"Of course." Gabriella handed Rosalina to Kelsi and watched as she interacted with her. "When was she born?"

"November 9th."

"A Scorpio, just like me."

"Really? When were you born?"

"October 28th."

"That means you two will get along with each other."

Kelsi nodded and looked up. "Where'd my cousin go?"

Gabriella looked around and noticed the trunk to the car was open. "To get our stuff."

"Oh, right. You guys do need a place to stay right?" Gabriella nodded. "Come on in. I'll show you to the guest room."

"Where are your parents?" she asked, noticing there was no one home.

"Work." They went upstairs and into the guest room. "I guess I'll go help Troy with your bags," she said handing Rosalina back to her mother.

Gabriella took her and sat on the bed. Minutes later, Troy walked in and set the bags by the closet door. He sat down beside Gabriella and leaned his head against her shoulder.

"Tired?" He nodded and stroked Rosalina's head.

"Ten bucks says she'll be as beautiful as you."

She smiled and looked at him. "You're on."

He lifted his head slightly. "Kiss on it?" She giggled and kissed his lips.

"You two are so cute," Kelsi said as she walked into the room with the rest of their stuff. "So how long are you staying?"

"Just a month or two," Troy answered.

Kelsi nodded and left the room, leaving the small family to themselves.

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Gabriella settled the sleeping Rosalina in her bassinet and kissed her forehead. "Night, Rose," she said softly before standing up and walking over to the bed.

"She finally fell asleep?" Troy asked as he walked out of the bathroom.

"Yeah. She had a big day today, so she was all tired out."

"Wait until she meets the others."

Gabriella laughed and nodded. "They'll really tire her out, especially Amanda." She climbed under the covers and stared up at him. "Are you gonna tell your mom?"

He tensed as he climbed in after her. "What for?"

"She deserves to know. She might not have been the best mom, but she did care about you at one point."

"So did your dad, but you're not gonna tell him, are you? Even though he has a greater reason to know."

She shook her head. "I knew this was going to bother you." She turned over and tried to fight back the tears.

"Brie, it doesn't bother me." He moved closer to her and draped his arm over her stomach. "But you know, just as much as I do, he needs to know what he's done."

"Why should he? He did nothing but made my life a living hell. He doesn't need to know that the precious creature asleep over there is his."

"I know this is hard for you, but he needs to know. If she were mine, then I wouldn't ask this of you. I wouldn't want you to talk to him ever again, but that's not the case." He kissed her bare shoulder. "Even if you wait until we're on our way out of this town, I want you to promise me you'll tell him."

She turned around to face him and nodded. "I promise."

He grinned and kissed her before turning around slightly to turn off the light. He pulled her against him and rested his chin against the top of her head, closing his eyes.