A/N: This is it. This is the end. While I had fun writing this story all good things must come to an end. Originally, I planned on taking a break on writing until the holiday season was over but I got an idea and couldn't hold back so I've already started another story 'If I Knew Then' check it out and tell me what you think.
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Seven Years Later…
"Can you please tell me the story again Aunt Spencer? Please."
"Jacob, I tell you this story every year. Aren't you tired of it?"
"Never. I love this story it's my favorites." It's mine too. "Okay if you promise to go to bed after it? We are having everybody over for the barbeque tomorrow."
"Carlin! Get ready!" I don't want to this is Aiden's game.
"Coach… are you sure this will work?" I don't know what he's thinking. We've only practiced this play a few times at practice.
"I'm sure. Go take the field." I job on to the field putting on my helmet and getting a knowing smile from Aiden. I smile back because this is the craziest thing we've ever done.
We are down six points with one minute left to play of the championship game. I'm crazy nervous to what I'm about to do.
The referee blows the whistle and the ball is snapped I run up to kick the ball but instead of kicking I run into the end zone. Aiden picks up the ball and runs around with it until he sees me open and throws it in my direction. Oh god. All I have to do it catch it. I'm so scared as I see a bunch of big guys heading my direction.
The ball quickly falls into my hands and we score. I scored a touchdown! I slam the ball down and quickly do my best touchdown dance. I turn and see Ashley in the end zone laughing at me. I run up to her and hug her before the guys pick me up and carry m back over to the sidelines.
We one the championship game! I scored the winning touchdown in the championship game.
"Aunt Spencer, that's not what happened." A giggly Jacob tells me.
"Hey you said you wanted to hear a story so I told you one. Plus that one is more exciting than the actual version." I shrug.
"Are you cheating my nephew out of the real story in here?" A laughing Ashley says peeking her head through the door. She must have just got home from work.
Ashley opened up a family sports bar here in town. And cleverly named it 'The Kickoff' it's one of the most popular hang out in town offering a variety of different food and drinks. Families love to bring their kids and let them play in the arcade while they watching sports games on the large tvs scattered around the establishment. I'm so proud of her for following her dreams.
"Aunt Ashley she's not telling the truth." Jacob whines and pouts.
"Oh god, he's got that Carlin pout. My sister is trouble." Ashley says right before tickling Jacob on the bed. Glen and Kyla are both in trouble with his pout. It's the cutest thing ever. All he has to do is whip that pout out and he knows I'll do anything for him.
"Okay okay…here's what really happened."
"Aiden, you can do this. I believe in you." I tell him right before he takes the field. We are down by five points and all we need is for him to score so we can win this game.
"Thanks Spence." He jogs back on to the field and starts calling his plays out loud, the stadium has gone silent.
"Hut 1, hut blue, hut hut." The ball is snapped and Aiden is in the pocket looking for a open receiver once he find one he launches the ball 40 yards in to the air and the receiver catches it."
I'm so excited I run out and jump on Aiden while we all celebrate our victory."
"That's more like it." Jacob says smiling up at Ashley and I. "Okay time for bed. We'll see you in the morning." I say giving him a kiss on the forehead and Ashley does the same behind me. I turn out the lights and crack the door closed.
"I think it's time we start thinking about having our own." I look at Ashley like she's grown another head.
"I thought you didn't want to have any?" I ask confused.
"Well I didn't while we were younger but you're so good with him. I love watching you with him. You would be a great mom Spence." She says pulling me close to her.
"Okay. Let's do it." I say give her a small smile before kissing her lips.
"Come on, Let's go to bed before we have to wake up and start getting this place ready for tomorrow."
"How was he last night?" Kyla comes into the house giving me a kiss on the cheek and carrying a bunch of grocery bags.
"You know the same. Good as always." I assure her.
"Well he loves his aunts." That he does. He comes over at least two or three times a week. We have a room set up for him in Kyla's old bedroom. When Glen and Kyla got married I moved in with Ashley and Kyla left to go live in our house with Glen.
"What time is everybody supposed to be coming over?"
"Well Aiden and Brooke should here soon. And Maddie should be by later this evening." We try to get the whole group together once a month. Though Aiden and I see each other everyday at work, it's nice to see him outside of work.
We started a youth football league that let's both boys and girls play. At first we coached a team together but the league has been so popular in all the surrounding towns we had to just stick with the operations side.
"Good. I'm excited to see everybody." I am too. Just then the door opens and in walks a prissy two year old.
"Well aren't you the cutest thing." I pick up the bouncy two year old and give her a tight hug.
"Spency." She says pointing to me.
"Emily, you're suppose to wait for dada." In comes a panicked Aiden. I laugh at him because he's still getting used to this whole dad thing.
"Hey Aides" I give my best friend a hug with Emily still in my arms. "Where's Brooke?" I look behind him for Brooke.
"She is waddling her way in here. She'll make it sooner or later. OUCH."
"Don't talk that way about your pregnant wife. You know if she hears you, she'll get all crazy like that one time when she was pregnant with Emily." I say after giving him a slap to the head. Brooke is eight months pregnant with their second child.
"Thank you Spencer, I know I liked you from the very beginning." Brooke says making her way into the house holding on to her stomach.
"Hey Brooke." I kiss her cheek and give her hug when she comes up to me.
"Where's Ashley?" Brooke looks around the empty house. "Are we the first ones here?"
"Ashley is upstairs getting Jacob ready and Kyla is in the kitchen preparing the meat to put on the pit."
"You guys kept Jacob again last night?" Aiden asks while pulling out some crackers for Emily to snack on.
"Yeah, I told you guys if you ever want to leave Em here for the night so you guys can have date night, just let us know. We'll be glad to do it."
"We might take you up on that Spence." Aiden says with a goofy grin. Poor guy. "Well once the baby comes, we might need you to watch Em when Brooke delivers."
"You know you don't even have to ask Aides." I say patting him on the back. "You guys know where everything is help yourselves to drinks, food, whatever your heart desires."
"Hey guys!" Kyla says coming in to the living room.
"Hey Kyla." Both Aiden and Brooke say in unison.
"Oh well he was called into the station this morning but he should be here soon." Kyla tells a curious Aiden.
"Aiden! Brooke! Emmy!" An excited Jacob says coming into the room with Ashley in tow. Jacob runs to each one of them and give them a hug with a special kiss on the cheek to Emily.
"Jake." Emily points to him in excitement clapping her hands. Right away Jacob brings over some toys for him and Emily to play with quietly while the adults talk amongst themselves.
"Spencer, did you offer them anything to drink?" Ashley asks me while taking a seat next to me on the couch.
"They practically live herd I told them to make themselves at home." She nods in approval. She's knows I'm right. Aiden and Brooke are our best friends. We have been close to them all these years.
"Jacob made Spencer tell him the championship game story again last night." Ashley chuckles out.
"Wait, wait don't tell me… Spence you changed the ending again? You score the winning touchdown and do you victory dance?" I blush.
"Shut up meathead. Nobody asked you." I pout quietly while everybody else erupts in laughter.
"I still can't believe that was your last game. I still don't understand while you never kicked for us after that. The new kicker was horrible." Aiden says shaking his head in disbelief.
"I had other things on my mind." I look at Ashley and smile.
"Hey everybody." Glen says walking through the door. We all say our hello's as he walks over and kisses Kyla on the lips.
"Everything okay babe?" Kyla asks Glen.
"Actually yeah it is. You're not going to believe this…" Glen says taking a look around the room. We all look back patiently waiting for him to continue.
"There was a riot last night at the prison between two gangs inside and Captain called me in this morning to let me know Jeff Ryan was one of the ones involved. He was stabbed multiple times in the stomach area, they did all they could but the stab punctured his liver, and he died early this morning."
The whole room went silent and we all stared blankly at each other. Jeff was supposed to up for parole next year.
"Wow." I breathe out. Everybody turns to look at me. I just can't believe the news I heard. "Anybody want a drink?" That's it Spencer avoid the elephant in the room. I get up and make my way towards the kitchen skipping the beer and pouring me a small glass of Jack Daniels. I take a small sip and just let it hit the back of my throat.
"You ok Spence?" Ashley comes up and wraps her arms around me and pulls me close to her.
"Yeah, I… I mean… I didn't except for that to happen. I don't wish death upon anybody but I'm glad he's finally out of our lives for good. But I just feel bad for some reason." I can't help the way I feel.
"It's okay Spence in a way I know it's bittersweet. But how about we not let it affect our day." I nod and lean into her and give her a soft gentle kiss on her lips.
"After all these years, you still know how to comfort me with just the simplest words. I love you Ashley Davies" I smile at her. She makes me so happy.
"And after all these years, I'm still so happy to be with you. I love you, Spencer Davies. So how about we go have a good time with our family out there. " Ashley says gesturing towards the living room.
"I wouldn't want it any other way." I smile and link our hands together as we walk back into the living room.
I came to this town in grief with just my brother by my side. I reached out and tried something I'd never thought I do and tried out for the football. When I thought I was trying out to get closer to the girl of my dreams, I got much more instead. I healed and I now have a group of people I can call my family.