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*AND HERE is the final chapter of NEVER LOOK BACK... please enjoy.
A couple weeks later we got the paternity test done on Zachary. I will not lie when I tell you that Dave was pissed off. He was really pissed off but not with me. He was pissed off with Tessa. He blamed her for the entire test being done for a third time. I even told him it was my request but he told me I was lying for Tessa. He refused to believe me or her for that matter. He said it was her attempt at getting back at him for asking for divorce. He called her crazy and told her after that point he didn't even want to see her and the only reason they needed to talk was about Scarlet and possibly Zachary. I will admit I felt bad for Tessa but I had to know so I was not calling off the test. We all did what we needed to do and of course Zachary had so many questions that no one wanted to answer. I don't know if we had the fear of answering them or if we just didn't know how to. Either way Zachary agreed to participate in the test and once his DNA was taken they took mine and Dave's. It was a simple procedure for us and it would take about two weeks to get back the test results. It was going to be a LONG two weeks.
Those two weeks were a long wait but I had the babies and Zola to take my mind off the wait. Tessa hadn't spoken to me since the day of the test so I figured she was mad at me but I didn't care. I needed to do what I needed to do. The day had finally came where I would learn the results and I felt like a child on Christmas. I was so anxious I couldn't wait till our time to go to the testing center to find the results but at the same time I had two cranky babies and an angry 8 year old. "Dad, I don't think you should go today. You don't need to go," said Zola as she ate her breakfast.
"Zo, what are you talking about?" I asked as I fed Zuri and rocked Zaiden. It was a hard trick but I managed to get it done.
"That test you took about Zachary. Remember you said he might be your son?"
"Yes," I said. "I remember. What about it, Zo?"
"I don't think you should go. You don't have to go. We're a good family now. We don't need Zachary."
"Zola, that is mean of you to say," I said. Zola had become a very protective little girl of our family and not just her family but of me. She did not like me talking to any female that was not family and when I mentioned to her that I had a test done to see if Zachary was my son she went ballistic. Her therapist said she is just adjusting to the changes in the family and this is how she deals by being protective. I don't think that's right but I'm not a therapist so I'll let him tell me what he thinks and just go with it. She was not only protective of the family BUT she did not like Zaiden with a passion. She would not bother with him and sometimes she wouldn't even look at him. She blamed him for killing Ryan. She believed that it was his fault and had it not been for him her mom would still be with us. Again, the therapist said she should let her anger out and vent but he was working with her on her aggression and dislike for Zaiden by explaining to her that Zaiden didn't kill her mother and it was a brain hemorrhage. Good luck explaining that to an 8 year old. I didn't have any luck but maybe he would.. I doubted he had any influence over Zola's thinking anyway because she didn't seem to be changing at all she seemed to be getting worse.
"Well, it's true. We are a family. Why do you need to know if Zachary is your son? You have three kids that's enough and he has a dad. WE don't need him."
"I didn't say we were getting him, Zola," I said, "I just said we had a test done to see if he was my son. And if he is we will welcome him into this family with open arms. Do you understand?"
"Whatever but just because we have to welcome him doesn't mean we have to welcome, Tessa. She can stay away."
"Zola," I said giving her a look.
"Well.. She can," she said before eating another bite. I really missed my sweet girl and I hoped that this anger she was displaying wouldn't last long. I just wanted my little sweetie pie back. I love Zola but I did NOT like this new attitude or the new behavior she was displaying.
"Zola," I said, "can you try to be a little nicer?"
"Dad I don't know. I just feel so mad!" she said. "Like REALLY mad."
"Well, you shouldn't get so mad. I know you're upset because of your mom but you shouldn't get so angry that you lash out at other people. That's no right."
"I will try, Dad. I'm sorry."
"It's okay. I know it's hard but just try okay?" I asked.
"Okay, Dad. I will try."
"Thank-you," I said with a smile.
"You're welcome," she said with a smile and for a moment I actually believed that she was serious and she would actually try. Of course I found out I was wrong but at least it was worth a shot.
Later that morning Brooke came to watch Zola and the babies while I went to the testing center to find out the results. I knew that I was setting Brooke up for failure because I knew Zola was NOT going to listen to her but I needed to be at the testing center and couldn't take them along. I arrived at the testing center and Dave and Tessa were already there in the waiting room sitting. I walked in and Tessa gave me a glare as she sat with her arms crossed. "Hello," I said but no one responded.
"Hmm. It's a decent day with no snow and I could be doing anything else but sitting here," said Dave in a tone alerting me that he was still pissed off. "I just don't get it, Tessa. Is there a point to this? We already know that Zachary is my son."
"I'm not the one that wanted the test," she said, "I keep telling you that but you don't listen. It was John that wanted the test."
"Tess, why would John ask for a third test? He knows the results. It was you and I know it. It's one of your games to keep me around. I know you."
"Dave, believe me I don't have any games. If you want to leave then leave. I don't care. Whatever I'm a slut, I'm a whore, I cheated on you.. I apologized you can't accept it so if you want to go then go. I'm not stopping you and if I were to stop you it wouldn't be to have some stupid paternity test done."
"Whatever, Tessa," he said.
I couldn't stay out of it so I had to say it. "Dave, she's telling the truth you know."
"No one asked you, Cena this is your fault too."
"What's my fault?"
"That my wife cheated on me and it's coming down to this. This is your fault."
"Your wife came on to me. I didn't come on to her. So don't give me that it's my fault. It is partly my fault but it's partly yours and partly hers. No one told you to leave her because she slept with me. That was your choice. Don't blame me."
"I will blame you because it was you," he said. "And didn't I tell you to stay out of my business before?"
"Well, Dave, I'm in it because I'm not going to sit back and watch you blame Tessa for something that's not her fault. I told you that it was me that asked for this test because I KNOW that Zachary is my son."
"John, just stop," said Tessa, "you're going to make this worse."
"Tess, I'm not going to sit here and watch him blame you for something that you didn't do."
"It's fine. Just shut up both of you. IF it wasn't for your undying hatred for each other none of this would have happened. I wouldn't have cheated on John in the first place and then none of us would be sitting here because I would know who the father of my son was."
"Tessa," said Dave, "you do know who the father of your son is we've had it done two times. He is mine."
"I don't know anymore," said Tessa. "I really don't know."
"And don't blame our hatred for the reason you cheated on me. That is a cop out," I said. The truth is there was no excuse for Tessa cheating on me with Dave. I was a good boyfriend I may have been an ass at times but I treated her well. There was no need for her to go off and sleep with him. Tessa was a good person but she lacked self control. That's all it came down to.
"John, shut up," she said. "Just shut up. I'm over this. I cheated on you and I cheated on Dave. Why I don't know but I did it. And I'm sorry to both of you but this isn't about me cheating it's about Zachary did anyone ever stop to think about how he is going to take it if it came back that John was his father? Did anyone ever stop to care about Zachary's feelings? And Dave don't say you did because you left me. You left our kids and you left our family without even considering what type of impact it would have on their lives. And John don't say that you cared because you didn't because you're the one that asked for this test. It's been 7 years.. Zachary knows his father as Dave and what type of impact do you think it will have on him if it comes back that Dave isn't his father? You can't honestly think Zachary is going to accept you as a father. The fact is NO one even thought to consider Zachary's feelings. NO one."
"Tess," I said. "I didn't mean to upset you and I didn't mean to hurt Zachary's feelings but the truth is I know he is my son and I deserve a relationship with him."
"John, look just shut up and wait for the results," said Dave. "You're getting Tessa pissed off."
"I'm getting her pissed off? You're getting her pissed off. You are the one that left her."
"And for good reason but it doesn't mean that I don't love her. Stop pissing her off."
'Both of you are pissing me off," she said, "so shut up!"
We both shut up for about 10 minutes before they called us back to tell us the results of the test. I let Dave and Tessa walk ahead of me to the back and when we reached the room I was too nervous to sit down. The lady walked behind her desk and took a seat. "So we're here for a paternity test."
"Yeah," said Tessa, "The results."
"I see that," she said as she looked over the documents. "And this is pretty interesting."
"What's interesting?" I asked.
"The results," she said. "Are you ready for the results?"
"Absolutely," I said.
"I guess," said Tessa but Dave said nothing.
"All right," she said. "In the paternity of Zachary Ryder Montgomery-Batista; John Felix-Anthony Cena you are the father."
"WHAT?" asked Dave. "I thought he was my baby. The last two results we had said he was mine. How is he John's child now?"
"What?" asked Tessa, "that's not right. It can't be right."
"No it's right," she said showing us the match of DNA between Zachary and me.
"So his DNA just changed?" asked Dave.
"It never did change. I saw the results from previous tests and it looks like they mixed up Dave's DNA with John's which is why Zachary was always thought to be Dave's son but really he's been John's son all along."
"That is bullshit," said Dave. "I don't care what some shitty DNA test says but Zachary is MY son and has been for almost 7 years."
"I'm sorry, Mr. Batista but the results are results.. Zachary is John's father."
"Oh my god," said Tessa as she started to cry. I didn't' really know what to say. I was in complete shock but I did rub Tessa's back to comfort her.
"Get your hands off my wife, Cena," said Dave.
"She is my friend. I am just comforting her."
"Keep your hands off of her,?" he said. "Tessa, are you happy now? Are you?"
"Dave," she said. "I thought he was yours. I'm sorry."
"You just screwed up your son's life," said Dave. "I'm out of here. I will call you about Scarlet but then again I don't know if she is my kid. She may be someone else's. Maybe I should have a paternity test done on her."
"Dave, she is your daughter. You know that. Why do you have to be an asshole?"
"Because this is bullshit, Tessa. 7 years of my fucking life wasted on you. 7 years I'm never going to get back. Goodbye," he said as he got up and stormed out of the room.
"DAVE!" she yelled but he was already gone and she broke down crying even more.
"It's okay, Tessa," I said. "It's okay."
"Shut up," she said.
"Tess," I said. "So what happens now?"
"I don't know, John. I don't know what happens from here. Just leave me alone," she said as she got up and left the room. I was left by myself with no idea on where my life was going and what was going to happen.
*A/N: So what did you think? Please review and thank-you for taking the time to read.
I know I left you with quite the cliffhanger but you can find out what happens from here in the sequel to this story: A New Beginning.. I will be debuting that story on TUesday afternoon. Hopefully you all will check it out and thank-you so much for being awesome readers and taking time to read. Thank-you so much.