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Chapter Twenty Nine –Forever

Nathan stood in the doorway of his son's room as he watched him sleep. Jamie looked so peaceful and he couldn't help but smile at the sight. The sound of Chester moving around in his cage broke him out of his thoughts and he quickly glanced at Jamie's bunny. Chester was moving noisily inside his cage.

"He always wakes up early," Jamie muttered tiredly as he wiped his eyes.

"How's my birthday boy doing?" Nathan chuckled softly as he made his way fully into Jamie's room. He took a seat on Jamie's bed before lifting him in his arms. Jamie's hair was sticking up and he had to stop himself from laughing.

Jamie smiled. "I can't wait to open my presents!"

"I'll bet."

"What did you get me?"

"Your mom will kill me if I tell you."

"I won't tell her," Jamie promised quickly.

"I can't chance it," Nathan chuckled as he glanced down at his son. "You know your mom, she always finds everything out." Somehow she always did.

"Fine," Jamie sighed.

"How about you get dressed and then come downstairs and help out, knuckle head?"

"Ok."

"Happy Birthday, buddy!"

"I love my birthday!"

Jamie jumped off his lap before running around his room. Nathan watched him for a few minutes before making his way out of the room and downstairs. The sight of Haley sent his heart into overdrive as he watched her reaching up for something in the closet. He quickly placed his hands on her hips before helping her down and then going to grab the huge box at the top of the closet for her.

"Let me get it."

"Nathan, I'm pregnant not elderly," Haley laughed softly.

"I told you that I didn't want you doing anything today."

She shook her head before taking a step back. He placed the box on the counter before glancing inside. He noticed that it held most of the party stuff that they had purchased a few weeks ago. He started taking everything out and placing it on the counter. Once he was finished he glanced to the side and noticed Haley still watching him.

"At least let me help," Haley pouted.

"No way," Nathan shook his head. "I've got this. Don't worry about a thing."

"But –"

"In fact, why don't you take a seat until Brooke comes to pick you up. She should be here any minute now."

"We've been married a month and already you're trying to get rid of me."

He chuckled. "Not true. I just want you to relax and not worry about a thing today."

"But I want to help," Haley protested.

"Baby, you're three months pregnant. I don't want you doing anything. Just sit down and let me get everything ready for the party. I want to do this."

She sat down hesitantly as he helped her. He then turned on the TV before putting it on her favorite channel. The girl certainly didn't like sitting back and letting him take control. It had been that way since he had moved down to Tree Hill last year. In fact, it had taken her time to get used to having him around. He didn't blame her. He had been pretty much absent for over four years and then suddenly he had been here with them every single day.

It had taken them all sometime to get used to. But they did. They were a family now. A real one.

It had taken time to get Haley to fully trust him as well. Even though she wouldn't admit it. He knew that in the beginning she had been hesitant to trust him. She never actually came out and admitted it but he knew that she didn't fully trust him. Again he didn't blame her. After everything he had put her through it was only natural that she still guard herself around him.

She had been hesitant to set a date for the wedding and he had taken it hard but kept it to himself. He had wanted to get married right away while she wanted to take things slow and see how everything went with him being in Tree Hill. As much as he wanted to marry her right away he wanted her to trust him and he wanted her to want to marry him.

He did the only thing that he could do. He gained her trust each and everyday he had been here. He did the best he could and when she had set a date for the wedding it had been one of the happiest moments of his life. Then two months later she had given him the best Christmas present he had ever received. She had told him that she was pregnant again. The whole family had been ecstatic. But it had been more to him.

He felt like this was his chance to really make up for messing up things the first time around. He became the most attentive father and fiancé he could be. The day of their wedding had been one of the best days of his life. It had been up at the top of the list with Jamie being born and finding out about their new baby.

"I love you," Nathan muttered softly as he bent down and kissed her softly.

She smiled as he pulled away. "I love you. Where's Jamie?"

"Getting dressed."

"I'm surprised he wasn't dressed when you went up to get him."

"I know," Nathan chuckled. "He can't wait to open his presents."

"You didn't cave did you?"

He shook his head. "I'm made of steel, babe."

"Did he use the puppy dog eyes?"

"Yep," Nathan nodded.

"You're stronger than I thought," Haley teased playfully.

He rolled his eyes. "You want me to show you? I'll show you right now just how strong I am."

The suggestive tone in his voice made her shiver. He eyed her with a smirk on his face. Her face was flushed and she licked her lips. One thing he learned about Haley after moving down here was that she couldn't resist him. It was the same with him though. He could never resist her. A pregnant hormonal Haley was very hard to resist.

"You ok, baby? You look a little flushed," Nathan teased.

Her face dropped. "You're evil."

"You want me," Nathan stated cockily. "We both know it."

"Nope," Haley denied before glancing away.

"Right," Nathan chuckled. "Whatever you need to tell yourself, Hales."

"You're so full of yourself."

He chuckled. "Can you blame me? My wife can't keep her hands off of me." He watched as she glanced down at her hand on his leg. He smirked as she gazed at him. She started smiling and he quickly pressed his lips to hers.

"Later," Haley murmured against his lips.

"I'm going to hold you to that," Nathan declared before pulling away from her lips. He stood up reluctantly with her eyes still on him. He wanted nothing more than to take her right there on the sofa but he knew he couldn't do that. Jamie was upstairs and Brooke would be here soon.

"Are you at least going to tell me what you have planned for this party?"

"Nope."

"Please?" Haley begged as she reached for his hand. She squeezed it in hers.

"Fine," he sighed in defeat.

She smiled proudly as she waited for his response.

"The clown will be here soon," he told her.

Her face dropped and he had to keep a smile off of his face as he watched panic feel her eyes. She dropped his hand before shaking her head softly.

"W-what?"

"The clown," Nathan repeated. "The clown I ordered for the party will be here soon."

"But…I…"

He couldn't help but smile. "Kidding." He knew that she was terrified of clowns. She had only mentioned it a million times to him when she made him check the room some nights. He thought it was actually kind of cute. He loved making her feel safe and protected.

"You jerk," Haley shrieked as she punched him in the stomach.

He held up his hands in mock surrender. "I was just joking, baby. No clowns. I swear."

"There better not be," Haley declared as she glared up at him.

"Not a one," Nathan promised before leaning down and kissing her again. He moved his lips over hers before slipping his tongue inside of her mouth. When she moaned into his mouth he couldn't help but kiss her more roughly.

"Oh look, boring married couple is having sex," Brooke announced.

Haley quickly pushed him off of her. "Brooke! You're here."

"Don't mind us," Brooke giggled.

Nathan rolled his eyes before glaring at his brother and his brother's girlfriend. "Way to cock block."

"Nathan!" Haley shrieked as she slapped his chest.

"What? It's the truth," Nathan shrugged as he grinned at her.

~***~

Nathan taped up the banter and took a step back to check out his work. Once he was satisfied he took another step back as he glanced at the backyard making sure that everything looked perfect. He wanted the whole day to be perfect. He had to do this.

He glanced over by the pool and noticed Lucas sitting down as he continued to blow up the balloons. Nathan made his way over to his brother. Lucas finished the blue balloon before he tried to catch his breath.

"That's the last one," Lucas declared.

Nathan lifted the other bag of balloons in his hands. "One more bag, Luke."

"Fuck," Lucas grimaced. "Couldn't your cheap ass just pay for this to get done?"

"I could've but where's the fun in that?"

"You're a dick."

"Relax," Nathan chuckled. "I'm here to help so stop crying."

He opened the bag before he started blowing up the balloons. Everything was set up and ready. The party would be starting soon and he couldn't wait for Jamie to see all the stuff that he had set up. Jamie had really been into pirates so they had gone with a pirate theme. Even the moon bounce matched. Jamie was going to love it.

After five balloons he felt himself getting tired. The only workout he got these days was chasing Jamie around. He held a balloon in his hands before glancing at his brother. Things had been back to the way they were before. Lucas was his bestfriend again. It had taken some time to forgive Lucas for lying to him about their mother. But as things got better with their mother, things seemed to get better between the two of them.

"How are things going with you and Brooke?"

"Great," Lucas smiled happily. "She's perfect, little brother."

"Does that mean that you'll be popping the question soon?"

"I don't know," Lucas shrugged. "I've been thinking about it though. I just want it to be the right time, you know."

"That's great, Luke. I'm happy for you. You deserve it."

"So do you, Nate. You've got a great thing going on here. I'm really proud of you."

He smiled at his brother before glancing down. Lucas had been the most supportive of him being here from the beginning. Although everyone welcomed him, Lucas had been the only one to understand how hard it had been for him. Things had been tough back then. Losing Dan had been really hard for him even if he couldn't admit it to anyone but his brother.

He found it hard to talk about his father with Haley. He didn't know why but he didn't want her to know just how much Dan had messed him up. It was easy talking to Lucas about it though. Lucas had understood in a way that Haley couldn't. Haley had been worried about him at first because he'd never talk about the loss of his father but eventually she just stopped asking when he'd always reply that he was fine.

Thinking of Dan still hurt. There were so many things left unsaid between the two of them. Lucas had brought him to Dan's grave a few months ago and had let everything out there. It helped him let go. Now Dan's death didn't hang over his head like it did before. He didn't feel responsible. It wasn't his fault.

"Do you think he'd be proud of us?" Nathan wondered.

Lucas thought about it for a second before glancing at Nathan. They both shook their heads.

"Probably not," they both stated at the same time before laughing.

He knew his father would hate him not playing in the NBA and for giving up everything to move down here but he didn't care. This was his life now and he loved it. He loved being here with Haley and Jamie. He loved being a father. He loved being a husband. He felt like he was finally where he was meant to be.

"What time will mom be here?"

"A few hours," Nathan stated. "She has to wait for Uncle Robert to get off of work."

"Look who couldn't wait inside," Lucas chuckled.

Nathan glanced over his shoulder and noticed Jamie and JJ running out of the house and into the backyard. He watched as Jamie glanced around happily before finally smiling at him.

"You like?"

Jamie nodded. "It's so cool."

"Sweet," JJ giggled as he placed on an eye patch and a pirate hat. Nathan chuckled at the sight of him.

"Can we play out here?" Jamie asked hopefully as he made it in front of him.

"Anything you want. Today's your day."

"Come jump with me," Jamie smiled before racing off towards the moon bounce. Nathan stood up and followed the two boys.

"You might as well come," Nathan called out over his shoulder. "I know you want to."

He chuckled as Lucas stood up and followed him. Before he knew it they were all four jumping in the moon bounce. They started play fighting with the kids. Nathan was careful as he lifted Jamie up before tossing him down. Jamie giggled loudly before standing up again.

"Do it again, daddy!"

~***~

"How many pieces of cake are you going to eat?"

"A few more," Jake stated before shoving another mouthful into his mouth.

All the girls around the table glared at him. "I hate you."

"Your loss," Jake shrugged before winking at Brooke. "It's so good."

"How is he not fat?" Brooke wondered angrily as she glanced at Peyton.

Peyton shrugged. "I don't know."

"He's always eating," Brooke pouted. "It's totally unfair."

"It'll catch up to him," Lydia spoke up. "Look at this one." She pointed to her husbands belly before everyone started laughing.

"You used to eat like that?" Solaris questioned.

Jimmy nodded. "Yep."

"I had to make him stop."

"It's true. I had to start eating healthy. At my old age you never know."

"Dad, you're not old," Haley smiled at him.

"Thanks, sweetie," Jimmy smiled.

"She was always good at lying," Lydia stated.

"True," her father agreed.

"Oh, Jimmy, look. Let's go push the kids in."

Haley watched as her parents took off running towards the pool where the kids where taking turns jumping off of the driving board. She shook her head before glancing around the yard full of people. She scanned the crowd for Nathan and found him chasing a few of the boys around with water guns. She smiled as she watched him. Of course Lucas and Julian were helping him out as they chased a bunch of Jamie's friends around the yard.

She had to admit Nathan did a good job setting everything up. The whole day had been perfect and Jamie looked like he was having a blast. Plus, he loved all the presents that he had gotten. The season tickets to the Bobcats games had been his favorite though. Nathan had done a great job with that present.

"Those poor kids."

"Oh, they love it. They're all laughing."

Her father had jumped in the pool after pushing a few of the kids in. She laughed as she watched them. Her parents were still two kids.

"Man, those kids are fast," Julian muttered as he stood in front of the table. She watched as he stood there trying to catch his breath. She couldn't help but laugh as she watched him.

"You ok, old man?"

"Shut up. Those monsters are fast," Julian declared.

"Nathan and Luke seem to be keeping up just fine," Brooke spoke up.

He glared at her. "You're always a pain in my ass."

"It's what I live for," Brooke grinned wickedly.

"And you wonder why I moved to New York."

"I thought that was because of me," Solaris stated as she glared at him.

"It was…is. You know what I meant," Julian muttered nervously before glaring at Brooke.

She held up her hands. "I can't help you out of this one."

"You know I moved there for you."

"You two are adorable," Peyton giggled. "Keep him in line, Solaris. He needs it."

"Oh who asked you?"

"Easy, brother-in-law. You don't want me to beat you in front of your girlfriend and all these little kids do you?"

He rolled his eyes. "Bring it."

"Don't break anything," Haley called out as Peyton stood up and started chasing him.

"She's going to kick his ass," Jake chuckled.

Solaris nodded. "He deserves it."

"How are things going in New York?"

"Great," Solaris smiled. "We just painted the apartment. It's beautiful."

"I can't wait to see it," Brooke smiled. "I've got a meeting up there in a few weeks. I'll stop by after."

"Ok."

She heard a few kids yelling and she held her hands over her ears.

"God, they're so tiny but so loud!"

"They're kids, Brooke," Haley laughed.

"More like animals," Brooke declared.

"Someone got soaked."

She glanced up and noticed Nathan walking up to them completely wet. Her eyes stayed glued to his perfect chest as his shirt clung to him. Her mouth started to water as she felt her body heat rise. She traced her wedding ring as she continued to gaze at him.

"They ambushed me. Oh and Lucas is a total traitor."

Brooke grinned happily. "That's my, broody."

"I'm completely drenched!"

She licked her lips as she continued to gaze at his chest. "Water."

"Huh?"

"I need water," Haley decided as she started to stand up. She needed something to cool her down. Nathan quickly helped her sit back down.

"Don't get up. I'll get it."

"But I've been sitting here all day."

"I've got it." He took off walking towards the drinks before she could protest.

"He's so sweet."

"Funny, I was thinking insanely overprotective," Haley muttered. He wouldn't let her do anything.

"I think it's sexy," Brooke stated with a grin.

"Of course you do," Jake mumbled under his breath.

"What's that, Jakey?"

"Ugh, don't call me that."

"But you hate it so much," Brooke grinned wickedly.

He shook his head. "She's evil. Pure evil. I don't know how Lucas puts up with you."

"I'm great in bed," Brooke declared.

"Brooke!" Haley shrieked.

Brooke shrugged innocently. "It's a known fact, Tutor girl."

"We're at my son's birthday party!"

"And?"

"It's like you don't know her at all," Jake chuckled.

"Here you go, baby," Nathan smiled. She took the water from him before taking a sip. She needed something to get her mind off of Brooke's comment. The girl always said what she wanted when she wanted. She was something else.

"You having fun?"

"Yep," Nathan nodded. "Jamie's having a blast. What about you? Can I get you anything else?"

"I'm fine."

"I'll take another plate of food," Brooke spoke up.

Nathan glanced at her. "Don't you have a boyfriend?"

"Yeah, so?"

"I'm not your bitch, Brooke."

"But you're Haley's bitch?"

"He's not –"

"Yeah, she's my wife," Nathan cut her off.

"Dude, you're so whipped," Jake chuckled.

"You really want to go there?" Haley questioned as she glanced at her brother-in-law.

His face dropped. "Nothing. I was saying nothing."

"Way to be a man, Jakey," Brooke giggled.

"Pregnant women are mean," Jake hissed at her.

"You're not mean, baby." With that Nathan leaned in and kissed her softly.

"What are you guys talking about?" Julian wondered as he took a seat at the table.

Haley smiled at her bestfriend before glaring at her brother-in-law. "J, if you could use one word to describe your brother, what would it be?"

"Sorry," Brooke muttered before giggling.

Julian thought about it. "Whipped."

"That's exactly what I was thinking," Haley smiled proudly before giving Julian a high five. Everyone started laughing at that.

~***~

"Did you enjoy your party?"

"Yep."

"Did you like all your presents?"

Jamie nodded. "Uh-huh. Can we go play basketball tomorrow?"

"Sure," Nathan nodded.

"Sweet."

He smiled as Jamie laid down next to JJ. After setting up the tent that Julian had bought Jamie for his birthday he had stayed and played with the two of them. But now it was late and both the boys looked worn out. They had been running around all day long.

"Did you guys want me to read you another story?"

He watched as JJ slowly fell asleep and Jamie tried to stay up.

"I can read any book you want? How about Peter Pan? You love that one."

Jamie nodded tiredly before closing his eyes. Nathan chuckled softly as he watched Jamie drift off to sleep in the tent. He watched the two boys for minutes before leaning down and kissing Jamie goodnight. He made his way out of the tent slowly. He didn't want to wake either of the boys.

He turned off a few of the lights and left the kitchen light on for the boys. He locked up before making his way upstairs. He had to admit that he was exhausted. He had been so busy the whole day. He yawned as he made it to the top of the stairs. Once he was in their room he noticed Haley sitting at her vanity table.

He watched as she rubbed lotion on her arms. She was so breathtakingly beautiful that he had to stop and watch her. It was like he was in a trance.

It was seconds later that she noticed him through the mirror and smiled.

"Hey, you," Haley smiled. "The boys finally asleep?"

He nodded absentmindedly. "Uh-huh." He was far to focused on her arms as she continued to rub them up and down. He felt his mouth water. His wife was hot.

"I didn't think I'd be seeing you tonight," Haley added.

She was crazy? There was just no way that he was missing tonight with her. No after all the flirting this afternoon. He had been looking forward to this all day long. He wanted her, needed her. There was just no way that he was sleeping downstairs with the boys.

He licked his lips as he watched her stand up. He noticed the light pink nightgown that she had on and he felt his breath catch in his throat. The bottom of it barely made it to her mid thigh and he wanted so badly to run his hands over her smooth silky skin there. His eyes traveled up to her stomach. You could barely tell that she was carrying their second child. Then before he knew it his eyes landed on her perfect breasts. The pink lacy material was low enough to give him a good view. He felt his mouth go dry.

She didn't seem to notice the trance he was in. She took a seat at the edge of the bed as she flipped through the pregnancy book in her hands.

He made himself look away from her as he closed the door and locked it.

Then he slowly made his way fully into the room before going to the closet and taking off his shoes.

"Babe, what are you doing in there?" Haley called out.

He walked out at the sound of her voice and noticed her still sitting in the same spot. The book was closed and pushed to the side of the bed as she gazed at him intently waiting for a response. Before he could stop himself, he lifted his shirt over his head and made his way in front of her.

"I want you."

"God, I love you," Haley declared breathlessly.

He tossed the shirt aside before leaning down and kissing her. His body covered hers as he pushed her up the bed. He laid his body carefully over hers making sure not to put any of his weight on her as he kissed her fiercely. He felt her hand caressing his cheek and he groaned.

His hand reached down and stroked her soft silky arm before moving down to her thigh. He heard her moan into his mouth as he slowly slid his hand up and under the material of her nightgown. His eyes nearly rolled to the back of his head when all he felt was her soft warm skin. The fact that she wasn't wearing anything underneath had his heart hammering in his chest.

"Fuck, baby," Nathan murmured against her lips. His hands continued to roam over her skin as she arched her body into his. He moved his fingers softly over her warm heat and felt just how wet and ready she was for him.

She bit her bottom lip as he pulled away and smirked down at her.

"What?" Haley whispered softly.

"You thought that I wouldn't come up tonight and yet here you are practically naked and so fucking wet that–"

"Your point?"

He licked his lips. "Well…?"

"I hoped that you'd come up here," Haley whimpered as his fingers continued to work its magic on her. She couldn't help but grind her body into his. Didn't he know that he was driving her insane? She needed more.

"Yeah?" Nathan muttered smugly. "What if I hadn't?"

She didn't even want to think about it. Her eyes snapped shut as she licked her lips.

"Tell me, baby," Nathan encouraged. He wanted to know exactly what she would've done if he had stayed downstairs tonight. He wanted to hear her say it.

"Nathan, please" Haley panted as he continued to drive her insane. She was barely holding on at the moment. She didn't know how long she would last.

He brought his lips to her neck. He nipped and sucked on her warm flesh.

When she realized that he wasn't going to give her what she wanted until she answered, she arched her body fully into his. He groaned into her neck and she smiled.

"I-I would've dragged you up here," Haley moaned out as he found her weak spot. He sucked there for minutes before pulling away. He smiled down smugly at her as he made a quick work of removing the rest of his clothing. He bent down and started kissing her again.

He felt her impatient hands moving over the muscles in his back trying to bring him closer. Reaching down, he pushed the silky material up her thighs before thrusting himself inside of her. She gasped into his mouth as her nails pierced the skin in his back.

Their bodies moved perfectly together as she met him thrust for thrust. Making love to Haley was one thing he knew he'd never get tired of. In fact, he could never get enough of her. Her body fit perfectly into his. With every move they made together he felt the deep connection they shared. He never felt so intimately connected to someone in his life.

He moved away from her lips and gazed down at her. Their eyes locked and that's all it took. He felt her body quivering under his as they both lost themselves. Even when he stopped moving they continued to gaze at each other lovingly. When he finally got his breathing under control, he moved his body off of hers and pulled her into him. She snuggled up against him before kissing his chest softly.

"Thanks for today. It was perfect," Haley whispered tiredly.

He smiled. "I'm glad you and Jamie enjoyed it. Next year I was thinking for his birthday we'd take him and all his friends to Disneyland. He had fun when we took him and I know he wants to go back."

"That was a good trip. I think he'd love to go back with his friends. Look at you already thinking of his party for next year." She smiled up at him before brushing her lips against his. She pulled away before resting her head against his chest. She slowly trailed her fingers along his muscular chest.

"I just missed so much…no matter what I do it'll never be enough."

"Stop that."

"Stop what?"

"Talking like that," Haley replied softly. "You're here now. We're a family. You don't need to keep proving yourself, Nathan. You're my husband and I love you."

He ran his fingers over her shoulder. "I love you, too."

A comfortable silence filled the air as he held her close. He loved nights like this. Holding her in his arms was one of the best feelings in the world. She felt so warm and perfect against him. He kissed her forehead softly.

"What are you thinking about, Mrs. Scott?"

"Big things. Big important things."

"Like…?" Nathan wondered.

"I'm wondering what we're having," Haley stated softly. "A girl or another son with your eyes."

"No. A little girl, just like you." He couldn't help but smile at the thought. It didn't matter what they were having. He would be happier either way.

She kissed him softly.

"How did I get so lucky?" Nathan wondered with a smirk.

She glanced up at him. "Well, it helps that you're hot!" They both started laughing as she continued to trail her hand up and down his chest. His skin was tingling wherever she touched and he was sure that it would always be this way between them. It didn't matter what happened in the past. Haley and Jamie loved him. He was here now and he was never leaving them. He wasn't the same guy anymore. That guy was long gone and he never wanted to be that guy again.

Loving Haley and Jamie had changed him for the better. He knew in his heart that he'd spend the rest of his life being the best father and husband that he could be. He gazed down at his pregnant wife lovingly. His heart was filled with so much love and joy. This was where he was meant to be forever.

"I'm going to love you forever, Haley James Scott."

The End