Author's Note – Hey everybody. Sorry for the long delays. I've been very occupied with a lot of other things including job interviews. But thank you so much for reading and your feedback. A lot of things will be happening in the next few chapters. Thanks again and enjoy!

Chapter 20 - There's a Difference Between Loving Someone and Living with Them

"Does this change anything between us?" asked Brandon.

Kelly quickly looks up at Brandon with a confused look. They continue to look at each other for a few moments.

Kelly leans over to Brandon. She takes Brandon's face, which causes her to drop the sheets that was covering her naked body, and kisses him. Not knowing what Kelly's intentions were, Brandon does not react to Kelly's kiss right away.

"I don't care what the test says. I love you and I always will," said Kelly.

"Really?" asked Brandon with a sad look.

"Yes," replied Kelly sincerely.

Brandon takes her and kisses her passionately. They hug afterwards.

"I love you too," said Brandon.

"You really don't care who the father is anymore?" asked Brandon.

"No. I care more about you," replied Kelly smiling.

Kelly lays her head on Brandon's shoulders. Kelly's eyes can't help but glanced over at the test results on Brandon's bed. As she begins to read it, her eyes get wider. Brandon notices.

"What is it?" asked Brandon.

Kelly grabs the test results for a closer look.

"Wait a minute. It says here, you ARE the father," said Kelly looking at Brandon.

"Is it? Maybe I just read it wrong," smiled Brandon.

Kelly realizes that Brandon lied about the results.

"You dare do this to me?" asked Kelly going towards Brandon with a serious look.

"Now Kel, I'm sorry. I really didn't mean to upset you," replied Brandon backing away from Kelly.

"You knew I was so worried that it might still be Dylan's," said Kelly.

"I just want to make sure that you still love me for me," said Brandon.

"Looks like I'm going have to punish you," smiled Kelly looking at Brandon.

"You should've seen the look on your face," smiled Brandon.

"'re gonna pay for this," smiled Kelly.

"Well then, come here," said Brandon as he pulls Kelly in for a deep kiss.

"You do realize we're still naked, right?" asked Kelly smiling.

"Is that a problem?" asked Brandon smiling.

"No, in fact, it'll save us some time," replied Kelly pressing herself closer to Brandon's body.

They kiss again.

In the morning, we see Brandon and Kelly cuddling in bed. The noise of birds chirping outside causes Brandon to stir. He opens his eyes to find him holding Kelly. As he looked at her, he can't help but smile. Kelly looked so peaceful in Brandon's arms. Not even the breeze coming from outside the bedroom window could wake her up.

Brandon started to close his eyes again when he felt Kelly begins to stir. He opens his eyes and she slowly does the same. Their eyes meet.

"Good morning," smiled Brandon.

"Good morning," smiled Kelly as she leans in for a kiss.

"That was quite a night," said Kelly as she rests herself on top of Brandon.

"It sure was. I don't think I've ever been this relaxed," said Brandon.

"Me too. My body is still trembling. You gave me quite a workout," said Kelly.

"Which time? First or second?" asked Brandon.

"You'll never know," replied Kelly smiling.

"So are you happy about the results?" asked Brandon.

"Yeah….I am," replied Kelly.

"That's good to hear," smiled Brandon.

"Listen Brandon, I'm glad you're the father. And I wish you would've found out under better circumstances. I'm sorry," said Kelly.

"It's ok. I just hope Sammy takes the news well," said Brandon.

"Sammy is very fond of you, Brandon. I'm sure he'll be fine," said Kelly.

"I hope so," said Brandon.

"What time is it?" asked Kelly.

Brandon leans his head towards the clock to look at the time.

"5 after 7," replied Brandon as he continued to hold Kelly.

Kelly opens his eyes widely.

"What? It's after 7 already? Oh, I'm gonna be late for work," said Kelly as she quickly gets out of bed.

"Babe, I was hoping that we could stay in bed today," smiled Brandon.

"I can't. I already missed too many days as it is this year," said Kelly.

"Ok. Wait for me. I'll drive you," said Brandon.

"No, you stay here. I want to remember you the way you look right now...all handsome and sexy," smiled Kelly.

"That's sweet but how are you gonna get to work?" asked Brandon.

"The shop called me and told me my car is ready to be picked up," replied Kelly.

"Where's the shop at?" asked Brandon.

"Between Lexington and 4th, I think," replied Kelly.

"Kel, you're never gonna get to work on time. Let me drive you," said Brandon.

Kelly thinks for a moment.

"You're right. What would I do without you?" asked Kelly leaning in to kiss Brandon.

"My guess is that you would get to work on time…because I'm not planning on letting you go anytime soon," replied Brandon holding Kelly.

Kelly starts to giggle as Brandon pulls Kelly back into bed with him.

That afternoon, Brandon's car pulls up at the crowded West Beverly High parking lot. He sees that Kelly is in her office. He gets out of his car holding lunch for the both of them.

He knocks on Kelly's door. Kelly sees Brandon, smiles at him, and waves him to come in.

"Hey babe," said Brandon.

"Hey. This is a surprise," smiled Kelly.

They kiss.

"What are you doing here?" asked Kelly.

"I figure I bring you lunch for once," replied Brandon.

"Awww...that's so sweet. Thank you," smiled Kelly.

"Are you busy?" asked Brandon.

"Kinda...but I'll make time for you," replied Kelly.

"Thanks," said Brandon sitting down.

"Are you staying over tonight?" asked Kelly as they started to eat.

"Sure. If you want me to," replied Brandon.

"Yeah, that'll be great," said Kelly.

"Great," smiled Brandon as he eats.

Brandon takes out a piece of paper from his pocket and starts to look at it. Kelly notices.

"What do you got there?" asked Kelly.

"Oh, just some apartment listings near work," replied Brandon.

"You're looking for a new place?" asked Kelly.

"Yeah, I can't afford to stay at the hotel forever," replied Brandon.

"Oh. You know, I'll be ok with it if you want to move in with me," said Kelly.

"Thanks but isn't that a little too soon? I mean, we just got back together," said Brandon.

"I know. All I'm saying is that it makes sense since you're at my place all the time anyway," said Kelly.

"This way we'll be together and you'll get to see Sammy too," added Kelly.

Brandon doesn't reply right away. He looks at Kelly.

"Ok. Thanks. I'll definitely think about it," said Brandon.

Kelly looks at Brandon without a response.

"What? Is something wrong?" asked Brandon noticing Kelly who is still looking at him.

"No, nothing," replied Kelly as she continues to eat her lunch.

After Brandon went back to work, Kelly sat in her office. She no longer seemed to be in the same happy mood as she was in before lunch. She would have thought that Brandon would jump at the chance to be closer to her and Sammy. The thought of Brandon having to think about whether or not to live with her disappointed her. She understood that Brandon didn't want to rush into anything so fast. But the more Kelly thought about it, the more she wanted to take their relationship to the next level. She felt like Brandon and she have lost enough time as it is. What began to scare her was the thought of whether or not Brandon will ever be ready to move forward with their relationship.

Brandon and Lauren are in Brandon's car.

"Thanks again for helping me out, Lauren," said Brandon.

"No problem. So as long as you're still giving me a ride home," said Lauren.

"Sure. That's the least I could do," said Brandon.

"So what's in the boxes?" asked Lauren.

"Just some more old unpublished articles that corporate sent over. I'm supposed to go through them to see which of the stories are relevant enough for us to publish," replied Brandon.

"You know, I read some of the articles for the next issue. They're so good that it makes my column look like it was written by an amateur," said Lauren.

"Don't be silly. Your column is read by a lot of readers. You provide a positive spin to all the negativity in the world today," said Brandon.

Lauren gives Brandon a confused look.

"Look all you want young lady. But it's true. And I'm not the only one who thinks so," said Brandon.

"Who else thinks so?" asked Lauren.

"Your fans," replied Brandon.

"I have fans?" asked Lauren.

"Yeah, you got some fan mail sent over to the corporate offices in New York. You'll get them once they route them here," replied Brandon.

"Wow, I had no idea," said Lauren.

"Not only that, even Kelly thinks your column on independent women is great," said Brandon.

"Really? You showed it to her?" asked Lauren.

"Yeah. But she did say that she does prefer to have a guy around sometimes," replied Brandon.

"And that's where you come in, right?" asked Lauren.

"That's right," replied Brandon.

"Don't tell her this but I actually wrote that because I was jealous of every couple I see," said Lauren.

"It's still a great article. Besides, you'll find somebody. And when you do, you can write something about him," smiled Brandon.

Lauren looks Brandon and smiles.

"Thanks, Brandon. That makes me feel better," said Lauren.

"You're welcome. I'm just in a great mood today," said Brandon.

"So I assume things are going well with Kelly?" asked Lauren.

"Couldn't be better. We're slowly working on being a normal family," replied Brandon.

"Well, I'm happy for you," said Lauren.

"Thank you," said Brandon.

Brandon and Lauren enter Brandon's hotel room with the boxes.

"These are heavy. Tell me where you want them," said Lauren.

"Anywhere is fine," said Brandon.

Lauren drops the boxes.

Brandon's cell phone rings. Brandon sees that it's Kelly calling. He answers it.

"Hey babe," said Brandon.

"Hey Brandon, where are you?" asked Kelly.

"I'm at the hotel. What's up?" replied Brandon.

"Oh good. I think I left my some of my files there this morning. I need them for a parent-teacher meeting," said Kelly.

"Ok, do you want me to drop them off?" asked Brandon.

"No, I actually need them right away. Can I stop by?" asked Kelly.

"Sure. How soon can you get here?" asked Brandon.

"About 5 minutes," replied Kelly.

"Ok. I'll be here," said Brandon.

"Great. Bye," said Kelly.

"Bye," said Brandon as they hang up the phone.

"Everything alright?" asked Lauren.

"Yeah, it's just Kelly. She's just coming here to pick something up in a few minutes. Is it ok if we wait for her?" asked Brandon.

"Sure. In fact, do you mind if I use your bathroom before we go?" asked Lauren.

"Not at all. The bathroom's to your left," replied Brandon.

"Thanks," said Lauren as she goes to the bathroom.

A few minutes go by and we see Kelly walking into the hotel and towards Brandon's suite.

Kelly knocks on Brandon's door. Brandon opens the door.

"Hey babe," said Brandon leaning in for a kiss.

"Hey," smiled Kelly.

"How are you?" asked Brandon.

"I'm fine. I'm just a little stressed," replied Kelly.

"I hope this will make you feel better," said Brandon as he gives Kelly her files.

"Oh, thank you. I'm sorry to keep you waiting," said Kelly smiling.

"No problem. I guess we had a little too much fun last night," smiled Brandon.

"Yeah but I did have a very good time," smiled Kelly.

"The best. But I think we can topped that," smiled Brandon.

"Ok. But I can't think about that right now. I have to go," said Kelly.

"Ok," smiled Brandon.

They kiss and Brandon starts to hold her. Brandon starts to kiss her neck. Kelly closes her eyes and smiles.

"Hey Brandon. I think you're out of toilet..." said Lauren coming out of the bathroom to see Brandon and Kelly kissing.

Brandon and Kelly break and look at Lauren.

"Sorry. I didn't mean to break up your moment there," said Lauren, who is kind of embarrassed.

"It's ok," said Brandon.

"Kelly, it's good to see you again," said Lauren.

"Nice to see you too, Lauren," said Kelly giving Lauren a fake smile.

"Brandon, can I talk to you outside for a moment?" asked Kelly.

"Sure but didn't you say you have to go?" replied Brandon.

"This is more important," replied Kelly giving Brandon an angry look.

"Ok...Lauren, make yourself at home. I'll be right back," said Brandon.

"Ok," said Lauren with a worried look.

Brandon and Kelly go outside to the hallway.

"What is she doing here, Brandon?" asked Kelly.

"She was helping me carry some boxes home from the office," replied Brandon.

"Was that all?" asked Kelly who looks a little relieved.

"Yes. Nothing happened," replied Brandon.

"I'm sorry...forgive me?" asked Kelly.

"Mmmmmm...sure," replied Brandon giving her a kiss.

"I gotta go...I'll see you later?" asked Kelly.

"Sure. How long is your meeting?" asked Brandon.

"Not long. I should be back before 6," replied Kelly.

"Ok, I'll start dinner," replied Brandon.

"Thanks. I'll see you later," said Kelly.

"Bye," said Brandon.

They kiss again.

Kelly leaves and Brandon walks back inside.

"Hey Lauren. I'm sorry about that," said Brandon.

"It's no problem. Is everything alright?" asked Lauren.

"Yeah. She was just a little surprised to see you here; that's all," replied Brandon.

"Sorry. I don't blame her. I would react the same way if I were in her shoes," said Lauren.

"Thanks. You ready?" asked Brandon.

"Yeah," replied Lauren.

They walk out.

We see Kelly at the parent/teacher meeting. Her mind seemed to be focused on Brandon instead of the meeting. Last night, she felt that she and Brandon were so connected. She was so much in love. She began to have her doubts after seeing Brandon's lack of optimism to move in together. But what she saw with Lauren in Brandon's hotel room brought back all the horrible memories from their past. It took a while for Kelly to trust Brandon again after his affair with Emma. Kelly knew that Brandon was sorry for what he did. The problem however, their relationship was never the same afterwards. They started to spend most of their time together arguing. The worst part was that even after she had forgiven him, she couldn't help herself but having to constantly check up on him. Every time Brandon told her that he had to work late, she immediately expected the worst. Things were never the same. And she hated that she can no longer trust Brandon.

Now, more than ten years later, it seems all those things were happening again as if it was some kind of vicious cycle that repeats itself. Like Emma, Lauren is a writer working with Brandon. Like Emma, Lauren had a look of innocence outside. But know who knows what Lauren's real intentions are. Kelly had to find out the hard way with Emma. She didn't want to have to do that with Lauren.

That evening, Kelly drove up to her house. She sat in her driveway for a bit. She could see Brandon's car was in the driveway. From the looks of things inside, she could see Silver and Sammy helping Brandon prepare dinner. She smiles as she sees Brandon picking Sammy up and twirling him around the kitchen.

She gets out of the car, walks up to the house, and opens the door.

"Hey, mom's home," smiled Brandon.

"Mommy," said Sammy as he runs towards Kelly.

"Hi honey," said Kelly as she hugs and kisses Sammy.

"I miss you," said Sammy.

"I miss you too," smiled Kelly.

"Wow, what smells so good?" said Kelly.

"We got Chicken Parmesan, Lasagna, and Smoked Salmon," said Brandon.

"You made all this?" asked Kelly.

"Of course not. I had help from my two happy helpers," replied Brandon referring to Sammy and Silver.

"Thank you to everyone. Can I help?" asked Kelly.

"No, c'mon mom. You sit and enjoy a meal from your loving family," said Silver bringing Kelly to a chair and giving her a kiss on the cheek.

"Thank you," smiled Kelly giving Silver a hug.

Brandon brings Kelly a plate of food.

"Here you go sweetie," smiled Brandon.

"Thanks," said Kelly giving Brandon a kiss.

"Ah, c'mon. You'll ruin your appetite. Try it," joked Silver.

"Ok ok ok," said Kelly as she tries the chicken.

"Do you like it mommy?" asked Sammy anxious to hear what Kelly thought of the food.

"I love it," replied Kelly smiling at Sammy.

"Thank you," smiled Kelly.

"Alright, everybody eat," said Brandon as he puts all the food on the table.

Brandon sits next to Kelly. Kelly takes his hand and smiles. He smiles back.

Later that night, Brandon and Kelly are in bed.

"Did you have fun tonight?" asked Kelly.

"Yes, I did. Sammy was so cute in the kitchen," replied Brandon.

"What did he do?" asked Kelly.

"He wanted a chef's hat. So I took out some drawing paper and folded him one. He looked so adorable with that," replied Brandon smiling.

"Here, I took a picture," added Brandon getting his camera to show Kelly the picture.

"Oh my're right. He's so cute," laughed Kelly.

"Looks like I missed out on a great family event," smiled Kelly.

"It's ok. There'll be plenty more," said Brandon.

"You know if you move in, we could do this every day," smiled Kelly.

"Kel, I thought about what you said this morning and as much as I love you and Sammy...I'm not ready yet" said Brandon.

"Why?" asked Kelly as her smile frowns.

"Kel, we've been together for only a week," replied Brandon.

"So? I thought you said you had fun tonight," asked Kelly.

"I did. But this is just one night," replied Brandon.

"So what is this? A trial by trial basis?" asked Kelly.

"Kelly, please don't do this," replied Brandon.

"Do what? Bringing you closer to a family?" asked Kelly.

"I want that...but I'm scare of what might happen if we rush into this too soon," replied Brandon.

"I just don't wanna waste any more time than we already did," said Kelly.

"I know…remember when we first got together? How much fun we had?" asked Brandon.

"Yeah," replied Kelly.

"And then we moved in and all the problems started?" asked Brandon.

"Brandon, that was a long time ago. We've grown from that," replied Kelly.

"Really?" asked Brandon.

"Yes," replied Kelly.

"Then why do I get the feeling that you don't like Lauren?" asked Brandon.

"Brandon, I don't even know her," replied Kelly.

"And what does that Lauren have to do with us?" asked Kelly.

"Nothing. But I think that's what we have to get past here," replied Brandon.

"So is that why you want to keep your precious hotel suite?" asked Kelly.

"No, Kelly, it isn't. But consider this. How would you feel if you saw Lauren and me here instead of my place?" asked Brandon.

"So what are you saying? That she's gonna here a lot if you were to move in?" asked Kelly.

"No, Kel. I just don't want any misunderstandings like today," replied Brandon.

Kelly doesn't reply as they continue to look at each other.

"Kel, I just don't want to rush anything like we did before. We moved in together too fast and it didn't work out. Then we rushed into a wedding and that definitely didn't work out well. I want this to last," replied Brandon.

"Me too. That's why I want you with me. But it seems like all you want is a place where you can escape from me," said Kelly.

"That's not true. That day is gonna come. I just need you to wait with me," said Brandon.

"You know that's the same thing that Dylan said...right before he left," said Kelly.

"What are you saying?" asked Brandon.

"I'm saying that I don't know if I'm able to go through that kind of hurt again," replied Kelly.

"Kelly, I love you. I'm not going anywhere," said Brandon.

"How do I know that?" asked Kelly has tears in her eyes.

Brandon doesn't reply right away.

"I guess you don't," replied Brandon.

"Was that why you and Dylan broke up?" asked Brandon.

"That's one of the reasons. I'm just afraid you'll follow in his footsteps," replied Kelly.

"Kelly, I'm not Dylan. Now, I really don't know exactly why he left. All I know is that after being away from you for over ten years, I never missed you more than I do right now," said Brandon.

"The thought of losing you again scares me," added Brandon.

"It scares me too," said Kelly.

"Kel, I want to be with you. But it's just that these changes scare me," said Brandon.

"You know, you were always the one reminding me that I took 5 years of Sammy's life from you. Now, you got a chance to be closer to him and you won't take it?" asked Kelly loudly.

Brandon looks at Kelly.

"Kel, if it makes you feel any better, I won't move at all. In fact, I'll make you a key to my place so that you can come and go as you please," replied Brandon.

"That still doesn't change the fact that you don't want to live here," said Kelly.

"Brandon, I don't need to go to your place. Everything I want and need is here...The only thing missing is you," said Kelly as she reaches for Brandon's hand.

They look at each other for a moment. Brandon pulls Kelly in for a hug. Kelly holds Brandon tightly.

"I love you so much," said Kelly.

"I love you too," said Brandon.

Coming Next - Brandon and Kelly tells Sammy.