AN: So, so sorry that it's taken this long to get this up. My daughter, who's only twenty months, hid my memory stick from me. It was funny the first few days but I just found it today. I don't know why I didn't think to look behind my tupperware bowls in the kitchen. (Yeah kids like to hide things.) Anyway, thanks so much to everyone. This has been my favorite story to write and I'm so glad that so many of you enjoyed it. I hope you enjoy the ending.
It was the blaring of the annoying alarm clock that woke him. He had every intention of going right back to sleep. He was exhausted from last night. He slammed his palm against the off button before relaxing himself back into his pillow. It was seconds later that he felt her hand hit his face softly.
"You're so lazy."
He smiled tiredly into the darkness of their room. Her hand landed on his chest as she cuddled back into his side. He slipped his hand under the large t-shirt she had on and placed it on her hip. He loved when she wore his shirts.
"Hey, it's not my fault someone kept me up three extra hours," Nathan teased groggily.
"You weren't complaining last night."
He knew that was the truth. He had been ready for bed when she walked out of the bathroom in a black nightie, which was currently somewhere on their bedroom floor. She knew how to drive him crazy. She always had. She knew he would be worked up after seeing her in that. She had been trying to seduce him and it worked.
"You're a temptress," Nathan declared.
Haley took hold of his face and forced him to her. She kissed him softly. He grinned as he slid his hand up and down her bare thigh. Her body moved in closer to his as their kisses picked up momentum.
Nathan loved mornings like these where they lay in each other's arms making out. It was the best way to remind himself that this was real. This was actually his life. After everything that they had endured, they had gotten their happily ever after, as Haley called it. He had laughed at her when she told him that but that didn't mean that he didn't believe it. They were happy. He was happy, the happiest he had ever been in his life.
It hadn't been easy getting here. Some days were still hard for him. As much as he wanted to just forget about his past, he couldn't. Life didn't work that way. It took a lot of work on his part, for a long time, to accept that this was his life now. Some nights he still had trouble sleeping, but lately it was getting better. The nightmares weren't as often and holding Haley in his arms helped. She always helped him. She made everything better.
He still had his sessions with Walter which he eventually realized that he needed. He needed someone else's perspective. Walter still drove him insane but the old man really did help him. They usually met up once a month now.
Things with his family were better than ever. His dad, Beth, and Noah still lived in Seattle. Nathan liked having them close by. Brooke and Lucas had moved to New York over two years ago. Brooke's company, Clothes over Bros, was located there. He missed the both of them. He was just glad that they had found each other and they were happy. That's all that mattered to him. That's all he ever wanted for his sister.
These days he rarely thought of Dan Scott. The last time he had really thought about Dan for more than a few seconds was when the jury had reached a verdict over three years ago. Nathan remembered sitting in that crowded court room next to his father and sister. Dan had been found guilty on just about all charges against him. The Federal Prosecutor hadn't been able to charge Dan with everything they had on him because the statute of limitations. That didn't matter though because Dan was still found guilty. Brooke had cried as the three of them hugged. He remembered how relieved he felt when the judged announced that Dan would spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. Most of his brother's had been given the same fate as Dan, life without parole.
After all the trials were over, Nathan felt like the weight of the world had been lifted off of his shoulders. It felt good knowing that justice had been served. His life had only gotten better after that. These days it felt like his life was perfect.
Haley pushed him flat on his back as they continued kissing. Nathan pulled the shirt over her head and tossed it to the side. He helped her get on top of him. His hands roamed over her soft skin. Her hair fell against his face as their kisses grew more heated. Her scent of vanilla surrounded him. He loved that smell. His heart was hammering out of his chest.
Nathan held onto her hips tightly as she joined them. She moaned loudly into his mouth before tearing her lips away from his. She smiled as she started moving slowly. He knew unlike last night she wouldn't rush. She'd torture him with her slow pace. He didn't mind at all. He loved making love to her any kind of way. She always felt amazing and perfect to him. Nothing else in the world mattered at the moment but them. Like always, he felt completely connected to Haley in every single way.
Their eyes stayed locked as they watched each other. Somehow those brown eyes of hers managed to really look at him like no one ever had before. It was like she was looking right into his soul.
"I love you, Nathan," Haley whispered.
"I'm so close, baby."
Nathan's hands traveled up her back as he watched her intently. It was minutes later when he felt her body trembling against his as she clenched around him. He was right behind her as he listened to her whimpering his name over and over.
Her body collapsed on top of his minutes later. He was completely spent. He held her to him. The feel of her rapid heart beat against his was calming. His eyes snapped shut and he grinned. Haley placed soft kisses against his neck.
"Sleep," Nathan mumbled. He kissed the top of her head. He needed more rest.
"I'm not tired anymore. Plus, it's time to wake up, lazy."
"You're something else, Hales. I'm going back to bed. I won't be able to function at work if I don't get more sleep."
That beautiful laughter of hers filled their room. He continued to smile up until he felt her move off of him and out of the bed. He reached out for her and tried to pull her back into bed with him but she was too fast. He groaned in protest and snapped his eyes shut. He didn't care what time it was. He was going back to bed.
The sound of the shower was the last thing he heard before falling back asleep.
It was two hours later when he finally woke up. He knew that coffee would be waiting for him in the kitchen. He pulled on his boxers and made his way out of their bedroom. It was only then he heard yelling and the sound of running getting closer to him. He chuckled before pushing himself out of the way.
"Get back here," Haley yelled breathlessly. "James Brian Hargrove!"
Nathan chuckled when she stopped next to him to catch her breath. "Having trouble?"
"What gave you that idea?" Haley growled before waving their son's clothes in his face. "Why did he have to take after you and your bad ways?"
"You're grouchy in the morning," Nathan noted. She glared at him.
"And you're lazy," Haley repeated in frustration. "We're gonna be late. I told you to wake up two hours ago. I need help."
"We've got plenty of time. Relax, woman."
Haley rolled her eyes and then pushed him in the chest. His back hit the wall. "Get dressed now."
"Afraid you won't be able resist me with no shirt on?"
Haley laughed. "If you don't get dressed and help me with your son then no sex."
Nathan didn't get a chance to protest. She gave him a quick peck on the lips before racing down the hallway. He stood there shaking his head as he watched her go. He took a quick shower. He changed as fast as he could before making his way towards the kitchen. He needed coffee before Haley forced him out of the door. The girl really hated being late. Undoubtedly she would blame him if they did in fact end up being late today. He didn't want that.
He found Haley in the kitchen standing next to the island with Jamie standing on top of it. Haley was struggling to make Jamie stay still so that she could put his clothes on.
"Hey, Jimmy Jam," Nathan chuckled. "Are you giving mommy a hard time this morning?"
"Yes," Haley answered for him.
"I've got it, Hales," Nathan offered.
Haley continued to glare at him when he dressed Jamie without any trouble.
"How did you do that? He always fights me."
Nathan could only chuckle as he lifted Jamie in his arms. Jamie had his moments with both of them. Jamie usually followed him around all day long. He didn't mind. He loved spending time with his son. He wasn't a fool though. He knew Haley was Jamie's favorite. The boy just hated wearing clothes.
"I wanna wear my cape, Momma."
Haley placed Jamie's cape on. "There you go, sweetie."
Nathan fixed himself a cup of coffee. He stood there and watched as Haley rushed around their kitchen picking up. He knew that she wouldn't appreciate him telling her to calm down. Instead he started helping her. It wasn't long before they loaded the car and took off for her parent's house.
The second Nathan stopped the car Haley rushed out.
"Have fun today with grandma. Love you."
Haley kissed his cheek repeatedly. "Be good and don't color on the walls again."
Nathan held in his laughter. Lydia nearly had a heart attack when she realized her wall had been used as a coloring book.
"I've locked the colors up," Lydia spoke up as she made it to the car. "How's my favorite boy doing?"
"Can we play outside today, grandma? Please."
"Sure thing, JB," Lydia grinned at him as she picked him up.
"Jamie, don't give grandma too much trouble," Haley ordered.
"I won't, Momma. Promise." Haley kissed his cheek one more time. "We have to go. We're running late. Love you." Haley rushed back into the car.
"Be safe," Lydia called out. "Your parents are crazy, huh, JB?"
Jamie nodded while giggling. "Uh-huh. When's grandpa getting home?"
Nathan stood back in the elevator as Haley hit the button for their floor. He waited for the elevator to start moving before he reached for her arm. He pulled her to face him. She instantly starting smiling and he couldn't help but grin. Leaning down, he kissed her. He loved making out with her in elevators when they were alone. He couldn't even count how many times they had kissed in this one.
"Good Morning," Nathan muttered in-between kisses.
Nathan's hands gripped her hips tightly as he pushed her against the wall. Their kisses grew more heated as she slipped her tongue into his mouth. All he wanted to do was stop the elevator and have his way with her. He knew at first she'd object but he was sure that could convince her to change her mind. "I want you again." He still could never get enough of her.
But before he could act on it the elevator stopped and the door opened. He heard someone clearing their throat. That was it. Haley pushed his chest as she looked up. Her cheeks were bright red when she realized how caught up in Nathan she had been in the elevator.
Nathan was torn between cursing out the guy looking at them or smirking at the fact that Haley was blushing because they had been caught making out. The guy stepped into the elevator. Nathan glared at him before following Haley out of it.
"Fucking cock block."
Nathan wasn't surprised when Haley glared at him. He could only smirk as she slipped out her key card and typed in her code. The doors slid open and he followed her into the conference room.
"Nice of you two to join us," Jimmy spoke up when he noticed them. "You're twenty minutes late."
"It was his fault," Haley muttered as she pointed at Nathan.
"Me?" Nathan chuckled as he glanced at her. Traitor, he thought when she shrugged. Haley was still on the straight and narrow with work no matter how much he tried to corrupt her. She didn't like getting into trouble at all. "Real nice, Hales."
"You're the one that went back to bed instead of helping," Haley pointed out innocently.
"But that's only because you –"
Haley sent him a warning glare to stop talking and he shut his mouth. She didn't have to say anything. He knew what that look meant. She'd hurt him if he said anything else.
"Enough," Jimmy ordered. "Didn't we discuss this after you two got married? Leave the married crap at home when you're here."
"Yes, Sir," Haley rushed out. "It won't happen again."
"Sorry, Sir," Nathan apologized to his father-in-law.
"Let's get to work."
"Thank you," Julian sighed relieved. He was leaning against the wall eating an apple. He grinned when his sister glared at him and then took another bite.
"I would've actually liked for the fighting to continue," Clay mused. "Betcha Haley would've won."
"That's a given," Julian agreed.
"Your fascination with my wife is getting on borderline creepy. Can't you obsess over someone else?" Nathan glared at Clay angrily.
Clay shook his head before grinning at Haley. "Morning, Hales."
"Enough," Jimmy repeated in frustration. "I actually called this meeting for a reason and it wasn't to listen to you idiots fight. Pay attention."
Nathan felt Haley glared at him as her father turned away from them. Great, he thought. Now she was going to blame the fact that her father was being an ass to her on him. Just great. He took a seat next to Haley and took hold of her hand as he listened to Jimmy. He was familiar with the case and what was happening at the moment.
Nathan slowly brushed his thumb against Haley's palm as he watched her. He still couldn't believe that they were married for over two years now. It was still amazed him that she agreed to marry him in the first place. He didn't know how he got so lucky.
Lydia had wanted to plan this extravagant wedding for them. Nathan had been sure that it would happen Lydia's way until Haley stood up to her mother. Nathan remembered that long and stressful week that Haley and her mother fought about the wedding. In the end Haley got her way. They had gotten married in the same church that her grandparents had gotten married in, in Austin. The whole thing had been small and perfect. Only their family and friends had been there. The whole day had been amazing and one of the best of his life. Clay, who had been his best man, stilled teased him about the tears he had in his eyes as he watched Haley walk down the aisle towards him. He didn't care though. Haley, to this day, was the most beautiful girl he had ever laid eyes on. And she was his. Forever.
He continued to gaze at his wife as Jimmy finished the meeting.
"Everyone understand?" Jimmy glanced at each of them. "Agent Hargrove? Nathan…"
"Huh?" Nathan winced when Haley kicked him under the table. "Mother –"
"Haley, fill your partner in," Jimmy grumbled before leaving the conference room shaking his head.
"Would it kill you to pay attention," Haley scolded him.
Nathan rubbed his leg as Julian and Clay laughed at him.
"See you guys later. Hope everything goes right," Julian spoke up.
"Let's go, partner," Clay grinned. "Want to stop and get an early lunch?"
"I love this guy," Julian declared as they left the conference room.
"Well, at least they're getting along," Haley laughed. "Figures they would bond over food."
Julian had been really upset when Lucas transferred to New York. Nathan had eagerly suggested that Clay and Julian be partnered up. Jimmy and his dad had agreed. Nathan had been happy to be working back with Haley when she returned to work. That had been five months after she had Jamie.
They had spent that first Thanksgiving and Christmas in the hospital with Jamie. It wasn't until the end of January that Jamie was finally released from the hospital. Thankfully, everything with Jamie had been okay as time went on. The bigger he got the better he got. Jamie was a perfectly healthy kid now.
"Why weren't you listening?"
Nathan rubbed his leg before looking up at her. "It was your fault."
"How was it my fault?"
"I can't focus on work when you look like that," Nathan shrugged. He leaned back into his chair as Haley glanced at him confused.
"Like what?" Haley glanced down at herself. "This is how I normally dress for work!"
"Yeah, well…after this morning all I can think about is undressing you."
"Nathan," Haley rushed out as her cheeks heated up. She stood up quickly. "Stop it before we're not allowed to work together anymore. You know the rules they set for us. You're unbelievable!"
"They wouldn't do that," Nathan dismissed. "My dad gives me my way."
Haley laughed before walking away from him. He followed her to their desks. "You're infuriating."
"Like I haven't heard that before," Nathan chuckled.
Nathan sat in his chair as he watched Haley start working. He glanced down at the two pictures on his desk. The first one was of Haley holding Jamie at his first birthday party. Jamie had cake covering his face and Haley was beaming. He loved that picture. The next one was their wedding picture. Haley looked breathtaking in that one.
"We should leave soon and set up."
Haley glared at him in disbelief.
"You would know if you had been paying attention."
"Good thing I work with my wife, huh?"
"For now," Haley laughed. "I'm sure once they find out that you can't concentrate on work then they'll put you back with Clay. I wouldn't mind working with my brother, at least that way I'll get some work done."
He heard a few guys around them laughing at them.
Nathan rolled his eyes before grinning. "Stop being so damn sexy all of the time."
"Yeah, I'll work on that. Let's go. I'm driving."
"You're so damn bossy."
"You love it," Haley pointed out.
It was true but he wasn't going to admit. Nathan made sure to flip the guys off watching them leave. Nosy bastards.
Haley had filled him in on the details on the way to the hotel. They booked a room and made their way up to the top floor to set up.
Nathan finished putting together his sniper rifle quickly. He heard Haley moving around the room as she finished setting up. Nathan then made his way to the window and glanced outside looking for the location in which Owen was supposed to be soon. Satisfied that his part of setting up was over, Nathan turned to watch Haley once again.
"Don't get smart with me," Haley ordered playfully.
"I can't wait until this day is over."
Haley smiled happily. "I know. I'm so ready for our vacation."
"I can tell," Nathan chuckled. "You've had our bags packed for a week now."
"You know how much I love our summers." Her smile widened. "Austin."
Nathan knew that it was her favorite place in the world. It had easily become his as well. He loved their summers there just the three of them. It was also where they sent every Christmas with both of their families. He knew eventually Haley wanted them to move out their permanently. That was fine with him.
"Is your dad still taking Jamie for the night?"
"That's good. I'm sure they'll miss each other this summer."
Nathan could only nod as he watched his wife. His dad and Jamie were really close. He knew that Jamie would definitely miss all his grandparents this summer. They all spoiled Jamie as much as they could. Julian and Peyton were his godparents. Jamie was really close to them as well.
Haley glanced at her watch and wrote the time in her notes. She was a little nervous. That was something that she couldn't help. It had always been this way right before a job. Even though their jobs changed slightly she still felt a little nervous. Sure they didn't work undercover now and they stayed close to home but the jobs were still dangerous. She still worried that something would happen to them. That would never change.
"Clay and Julian should be in place now," Haley said softly.
"We still have a little time before Owen makes his move."
Nathan noticed the worried look on Haley's face. She seemed to be lost in thought as he watched her. He noticed that she got this way from time to time when they were working. He made his way over to her and placed his hands on her shoulders. It took seconds before she looked up at him and smiled. He could tell that it was forced.
Even on a small job like this she was still worried. He didn't blame her. It didn't take much for things to go wrong. They knew that better than anyone. He wanted to say something to calm her fears but held back. After everything they had been through he knew that he couldn't just tell her not to worry. She didn't want to hear that. Instead he pulled her into him and wrapped his arms around her waist. He felt her head on his chest seconds later. His eyes snapped shut.
"I love you."
He felt her body relax against him and he smiled.
"You always know the right things to say," Haley whispered.
"That's a first," Nathan chuckled softly.
"Well, now," Haley corrected. "You always know the right things to say now."
"That's improvement, baby."
"Shut up," Haley laughed as she looked up at him. "You're such a dork."
Nathan shrugged. "You still married me so…"
"I didn't know what I was getting myself into –"
He slammed their mouths together before she could finish. Their kisses were fast and hard. The second he felt her tongue against his, his body reacted and pushed into hers. His hands left her waist in a rush. He quickly went to work on the buttons of her blouse. Once her blouse was open for him his hands went to her breasts.
"We can't do this here," Haley stated breathlessly when he broke the kiss. Not here, not now, and not while they were supposed to be working. Nathan didn't stop and Haley felt herself getting lost in him once again.
Nathan trailed kisses down her neck. "We have time. I want you. This morning only left me craving for you."
"This is why they didn't want us working together." She laughed for a second until she felt Nathan sucking on her pulse point. She slipped her hands under his t-shirt. Her fingers traced over his abs. It didn't take long for her to realize that he was going to leave a visible mark on her neck. "Baby."
"I can't keep my hands off of you, Haley James."
Haley bit her bottom lip. "It's Hargrove. Haley James Hargrove."
"It's so sexy when you –"
"Please stop! I'm begging you. You disgusting, cruel son of a bitch…I'm gonna beat your ass, Nathan."
Nathan's eyes flew open at the sound of Julian's angry voice. Haley's face was bright red and she looked mortified. He had forgotten all about their earpieces and the fact that Clay, Julian, David, and Owen could hear them. Haley shoved him away from her.
"Sorry," Haley choked out. She made quick work of buttoning up her blouse. She glanced at Nathan shamefully. How had they been so stupid? Everyone heard them.
"I'm gonna kill myself."
"Julian," Nathan started.
"I don't want to see you guys anytime soon. I mean it. I can't believe that I had to listen to you defile my sister. I'm scarred for life. Thanks," Julian bit out sarcastically.
"Don't be dramatic," Nathan finished. He rolled his eyes when he heard Julian cursing him out over the earpiece. He could hear Clay's laughter in the background. "It isn't a secret that we have sex. We're married, you know. And you remember Jamie, your godson? How do you think he was conceived?"
"Nathan!" Haley tossed her pen at him and ducked out of the way just in time for it to miss him.
"That did it, man," Clay told him. "He threw his earpiece and took off walking. Good job, Nate."
"Shut up," Nathan growled.
"Go get him, Clay," Haley spoke up. "Tell him Nathan's sorry."
"But I'm not," Nathan grinned. "He needs to grow up. We're married."
Nathan tried to back away from Haley but it was too late. She started hitting him anyway.
"Domestic violence isn't the answer, Hales."
"Shut up, Clay," Haley shouted.
"Alright, alright," Clay chuckled.
Nathan smirked when Haley kept hitting him until he fell back on the small sofa. He held up his hands in surrender.
"You're gonna apologize," Haley told him. She hit him a few more times.
"Fine," Nathan agreed. "I was only joking with him. He knows that."
"Yeah well the next time Lucas points out that he's doing your sister, you better remember this."
Nathan scowled and folded his arms across his chest. He didn't want to think about Lucas and his sister having sex. That was just wrong. Haley sent him a pointed look before walking away. He really only had been joking around with Julian.
"It's almost time. I see Owen."
Nathan made his way over to the window next to Haley. He picked up his binoculars and scanned the park across the street. It didn't take long to find Clay and Julian waiting in their spots. Owen was walking with a briefcase. Nathan made his way towards his sniper rifle and got ready. If there was trouble anywhere around the park he wanted to make sure that he caught it before one of their guys were hurt. It was just a precaution. They could never be too safe.
"Alright, guys. I see him. He's got two guys with him," Haley noted.
Nathan quickly pointed his gun in their direction. He didn't notice any of them holding guns. That was good. Any sudden movements and he would have to react. He felt Haley next to him seconds later as they waited. Everyone was where they needed to be. Nathan knew that this would all be over soon. Owen and David had been working this case for the last two months. The main guy in the middle, Alexander, was trying to make his way up in the drug ring.
"Here we go."
Nathan watched as the three guys finally met up with Owen in the park. It didn't take long for the exchange to take place. The second Owen opened the brown bag and motioned his hand the guys were surrounded by Agents within seconds. They were outnumbered. They all surrendered without a fight. Nathan and Haley kept glancing around the park making sure that they didn't have anyone else helping them.
"That's what happens when you sell drugs to a federal agent, bitch," Clay snickered.
Nathan rolled his eyes and took out his earpiece. He didn't feel like listening to Julian and Clay. He noticed Haley doing the same and he couldn't help but chuckle.
"No work for the rest of summer, baby."
"I know," Haley grinned happily. "I can't wait to leave. Austin here we come."
"Let's do it again, daddy!"
Nathan laughed while trying to catch his breath. He was drenched in sweat and his body was aching. They had been playing basketball for over two hours now and the boys didn't even look tired. His dad looked just as exhausted as he did.
Noah dribbled the ball and tossed the ball up. It hit the backboard and fell into the basket.
"Good shot," Nathan commented.
Noah grinned. "Yep and we're winning, bubba."
"I want to shoot again, daddy," Jamie spoke up impatiently.
"We have to wait until we get the ball back, Jimmy Jam."
"Grandpa," Jamie begged.
Nathan chuckled when Jamie held out his hands for the ball. He was pretty sure that Jamie didn't even realize that they were in the middle of a game. Nathan wasn't surprised when his dad sent Noah an apologetic look.
"I'll see what I can do," Andy chuckled before tossing the ball softly to Jamie.
"Dad," Noah complained. "It's our turn!"
Jamie laughed excitedly before running with the ball towards his dad.
Noah pointed at him. "Travel!"
"Noah, we talked about this," Andy told him.
"Fine. He's gonna have to learn the rules eventually. We don't want him to be like Dustin on my basketball team."
"Dustin?" Nathan questioned.
"You don't know him because he sits on the bench," Noah stated before sending a pointed look at Jamie.
Nathan chuckled. "He'll learn the rules, Noah. How do you think you played when you were little like him?"
"Better than that," Noah grinned. "I'm the best on my team."
"You're so modest, son," Andy teased.
"What?" Noah wondered. "I'm good."
"I did teach you everything you know," Nathan declared smugly.
"You did and I'll teach JB the second he wants to learn and not just shoot the ball all the time! I am his Uncle. I guess I can let this go and let him just shoot the ball for now."
"Thank you," Andy laughed.
Nathan lifted Jamie up to the goal and watched as Jamie placed the ball into the basket.
"Good job, buddy."
"Can I do it again, daddy?"
Nathan could only glance at his dad as they both laughed. "Let's give Noah a turn."
"Okay," Jamie agreed. "But I go next."
"It's a deal."
"I want to dunk the ball, daddy!"
"Sadly, you're short like your mom, Jimmy Jam. Dunking probably won't be in your future unless I'm still lifting you up."
"He's a shrimp," Noah chuckled.
"He'll get taller," Andy laughed. "The kid is almost four."
"I'm hoping," Nathan chuckled.
Inside the house Haley watched the guys playing basketball through the window. She was currently on the phone with Peyton and Brooke. No matter how busy things got in their lives they made sure to talk at least once a week if not more.
"The guy is out of his freaking mind!"
"Brooke, calm down," Haley chuckled.
"It's the pregnancy hormones," Peyton pointed out.
"I am not naming my child Ernest. I don't care if the guy was a famous author. No freaking way. He can be mad at me all he wants."
"Brooke, you won't even listen to his suggestions."
"That's because they're all stupid."
"As opposed to you suggesting names of famous actors that you think are hot?"
"Thank you, Peyton."
"Shut up, Peyton. Lucas Roe, get your ass off the phone!"
"Fine," Lucas grumbled.
"How come whenever I'm right you tell me to shut up?"
Haley giggled as she listened to Peyton and Brooke go back and forth. Brooke was currently six months pregnant and mean all of the time. Haley actually felt a little bad for Lucas. She knew from her conversations with Lucas that Brooke took just about everything out on him. Poor guy. Lucas was excited about having a son. Haley was so happy for the both of them. She missed them both so much now that they lived in New York.
As Haley watched Nathan play basketball she couldn't help but remember what he had told her last week.
"I have something that will cheer you up, Brookie."
"Did you buy me something?"
"Why do you always assume people buy you stuff?" Peyton wondered.
Before the two could start arguing once again Haley sighed. "Nathan told me last week that Alex got hitched in Vegas."
"And you're just telling me this?"
Haley pulled the phone away from her ear. "I haven't talked to you until now."
"And you didn't think to call?"
"Who did she con into marrying her?"
"Some musician guy," Haley answered. "Chris Keller. Yeah, I think that's what his name is. Nathan says he's a tool."
"Chris Keller," Brooke laughed. "You're such a fool. You don't know what you got yourself into."
"They married in Vegas," Peyton laughed. "Enough said."
"They had just met a few hours before," Haley revealed.
"I know, right. But she claims they're in love."
"Bet it doesn't last a month."
"I give them at least three months."
"I'll take that bet."
"You two are betting on when they'll split? That's just wrong," Haley laughed. "I thought we liked Alex now?"
"Speak for yourself, Hales."
"Brooke, are you guys still coming visit us this summer?"
"Hell yeah. We'll be there at the beginning of July. I can't wait. I miss you guys. Lucas booked our flights already."
"Make sure to stock the house full of food before they get there," Peyton snickered.
"Are you calling me fat, P. Sawyer?"
"I didn't say that. But you'll probably eat most of the food and I just think they should be prepared for your visit. I'm looking out for you, Brookie Monster."
"That's so sweet. Stock up on food, Sis-in-law. I'm hungry all of the time these days. This is all my husbands fault. He knocked me up and now –"
"Still blaming me, huh?"
"Lucas, get off the phone," Brooke shouted.
"Bye, Hales. Peyton. You ladies calm her down. She's driving me insane."
"Bye, buddy," Haley laughed.
"Alright, Pretty Girl. I'm almost done with dinner."
"I love you. Haley's gonna cook for me when we visit. Right, Hales?"
"We'll do," Haley laughed. Brooke was all over the place these days.
"I'm praying for you, Luke," Peyton laughed.
Later that night Haley took her time cleaning the kitchen. After dinner the guys had returned back outside to play basketball. Jaime and Noah had begged all during dinner to go back out and play again. It had been pretty funny.
Nathan made his way inside the house. He found Haley in the kitchen cleaning up. She noticed him seconds later. His shirt was off and he was drenched in sweat once again. She couldn't help but grin as her eyes lingered on his glistening chest.
Nathan leaned against the doorjamb. He smirked. "They just left. My dad will have Jamie back before it's time to leave for the airport. You know what that means? We have the house all to ourselves tonight."
"That's good. I have so much cleaning to get done before we leave."
Haley held in her laughter as she watched Nathan's smirk fade.
"Cleaning? Jamie is gone for the night and you want to clean? I don't think you've gotten a good look at my abs," Nathan muttered as he stood up straight. He pointed down at his abs and smirked at her.
"They are nice."
"Do I need to flex my muscles for you, Haley James?"
"No need," Haley laughed. "We should spend sometime together tonight."
"That's more like it."
"You can help me clean," Haley decided.
Nathan's face fell again. "But…I thought…huh?"
Haley couldn't contain her laughter anymore as she made her way in front of him. Nathan still looked confused as she placed her palms against his chest. It took another minute for him to realize that she had been teasing him.
"I'm gonna get you back for that."
"I was hoping you would."
Haley yelped in surprise when Nathan lifted her up in his arms and carried her towards their bedroom. She wrapped her arms around his neck and started kissing him hungrily.
Nathan focused his eyes on the clear blue sky above him. They had been in Austin for over a week now and he loved the warm weather. It was a nice change from Seattle. The day had started off great up until an hour ago. Now all he could do was think about the past.
He was sitting on the ground in the backyard just thinking about his mother and how much he missed her. She had missed most of his life thanks to Dan. Nathan was angry with himself for even thinking about Dan now when he was trying to remember his mother. It just wasn't fair that she wasn't here to see his wife and son. She should know his family. She should know that Brooke was happily married with a baby on the way and that Brooke had a world famous clothing line. She would be proud of Brooke like he was.
Nathan gripped the grass in his hands as hard as he could. Before his anger could take over he heard a noise coming towards him. He glanced to the side and noticed Haley on that horse of hers. She was surrounded by sunlight. The sight of her made his anger fade and he couldn't help but smile softly. She was so damn beautiful.
Haley had spent the afternoon riding Napoleon while he had taken Jamie to the store.
Haley smiled at him and a second later her smile faded. She got off of Napoleon and made her way towards him. "Baby, what's wrong? Where's Jamie?"
"He's taking a nap."
Nathan felt better when Haley sat next to him and kissed him softly. She pulled away and glanced at him expectantly.
"Jamie found a picture of my mom and started asking questions about her."
"Yeah," Nathan sighed sadly. "I just wish she was still here."
Without a word Haley leaned into his side and hugged him. It was just what he needed.
They stayed outside for a little while longer before making their way towards the house. They didn't want Jamie waking up from his nap without them there. Haley was on Napoleon as Nathan walked next to them.
"You could always get on and ride back with me," Haley suggested.
"No way are you getting me on that thing, Hales."
Haley laughed. "This coming from a guy that rides a motorcycle. I can't believe that you're scared to get on my horse."
"I'm not scared," Nathan dismissed quickly. "I'm just not getting on that thing."
"Right," Haley giggled. "You're not scared. He won't hurt you, Nathan."
Nathan rolled his eyes. "I'm not scared and you're not talking me on that thing. Just leave it be, Hales."
"Fine. Did you go to the store and get it?"
"Yup," Nathan grinned.
Haley eagerly brought Napoleon back to the stables and walked quickly towards the house. She checked in on Jamie still napping before making her way towards their bedroom. She found Nathan sitting on the bed waiting for her. He gazed at her lovingly and her heart started thudding wildly in her chest.
Ten minutes later Haley walked out of their bathroom. Nathan sat up the second he heard the bathroom door open. He waited impatiently.
Haley grinned happily. "We're gonna need a bigger house."
"Really?" Nathan stood up quickly.
Haley nodded before racing towards him and jumping in his arms. Her legs wrapped around his waist. "We're pregnant."
Nathan held her tight. He laughed. "We're having another baby."
They had been trying for months now. Nathan was happy that it finally happened for them. The second that Brooke had told them that she was pregnant they had decided that they wanted another baby of their own. They had the best time with Jamie and they really wanted him to have a brother or a sister.
"This is…I love you," Nathan told her. He sat on the edge of their bed with Haley on his lap. He was filled with happiness.
"Nice work, daddy," Haley laughed. She kissed him softly. "I was thinking about baby names."
"Already," Nathan smirked.
"If it's a girl we should name her after your mom."
Nathan felt his heart swell at her words. "I'd love that, but what if it's a boy?"
"Well, since I'm pretty sure your sister is naming our godchild after your dad, I think we should name him Austin. What do you think?"
"I love it," Nathan replied happily.
"I'm so happy," Haley laughed. "I couldn't be happier."
"What's so funny?" Jamie wondered as he walked into their room. It didn't take long for him to make in front of them and hold out his arms for Haley.
"Daddy and I were just talking."
"Did anyone ever tell you that you ask a lot of questions, boy?" Nathan watched as Jamie glanced at him confused.
"Should we tell him, Nathan?"
"Tell me what? I wanna know."
Nathan chuckled. "I bet you do. Go ahead and tell him, Hales."
"We're gonna have another baby. How do you feel about having a little brother or sister, Jimmy Jam?"
Jamie glanced between them. "But I'm the baby."
"Not anymore. You're my big boy now remember," Nathan pointed out. "Soon you're gonna be a big brother."
"Really? Cool. I want a brother," Jamie decided.
"Whoa," Haley laughed. "What if you get a sister?"
Jamie thought about it for a second. He shook his head. "No, I want a brother."
"It's not really a pick and choose thing here, James," Nathan chuckled.
"Your daddy had a little sister."
"I did," Nathan smiled. "I had to look after her and make sure she was safe. That's what big brother's do."
"I can do that," Jamie smiled.
"So you're okay if we have a girl?"
Jamie shrugged. "I guess. I still want a brother to play basketball with."
"This is getting us nowhere," Haley laughed before burying her face in Nathan's neck.
"Where is the baby gonna come from? Can't they just bring me a brother?"
"Not it," Haley rushed out.
"Ha-ley," Nathan laughed. "I'm not having this conversation with him now."
Jamie looked between them confused. "But –"
"Who wants some ice cream?"
"I do! I do!"
"Real nice, Hales," Nathan commented when Jamie raced out of their room.
"He stopped asking about where babies come from, huh?"
"Mhh…nicely played, Haley James." Nathan slipped his hands around Haley's waist as they stood up. He kissed her passionately on the lips. "We'll celebrate later, baby. Once we put the boy to bed."
"Sounds perfect." She started kissing him again. "Remind me to thank your dad."
Nathan pulled away from her lips and laughed. "What? Why?"
"I've been thinking about our past a lot lately and he's the reason we met. He made you transfer to Seattle. I think it was the best decision he ever made. Well, I should thank my dad, too. He did partner us up. I think it worked out perfectly."
"I agree," Nathan smirked. "We only fought for a few years."
Haley pulled his face down to hers laughing. She kissed him softly. "I love you."
"Always and forever." They kissed each other hungrily. Nathan smashed their bodies together as he lost himself in his wife. He definitely needed to thank his father for transferring him to Seattle and his father-in-law for trusting him with his daughter. It was the best thing that ever happened to him. It gave him Haley, Jamie, and their baby. His life was perfect because of them. Nothing else mattered.