Chapter 28

Five Years Ago…

"God it feels good to be back home for good." Tara said as she paced her medical textbooks on the book shelf in the living room.

Jax wrapped his arms around Tara's waist from behind. "It feels amazing. I was really getting sick of that ride to San Diego; considering the last couple of times I had the kids with me."

Tara turned in her husbands arms and kissed him, "I know, me too." Both she and Jax looked out the window to their backyard where 5-year-old Emily was helping her younger brother on the swing set. "She's such a good big sister."

"Yeah, she really is."

"I feel like I've missed so much of her life being away at school. It was selfish of me to stay away from them."

Jax kissed the top of her head. "You're doing all of this for them. That isn't selfish at all. You're an amazing mother, and you're raising two amazing kids."

"Thank you." She whispered.

"Mommy! Mommy!" Both Emily and Abel had come running inside.

"Yeah baby?"

"Are you done un packing all your big heavy books yet?"

Tara laughed. Emily had wanted to help Tara unpack them but they were extremely heavy so she sent her outside to play with her brother until she was done. "Yes, I am all done."

"Good. I want to show all of the bedtime books you can read to me now that you are home forever." Emily said matter-of-factly.

"You don't like me reading to you Em?" Jax asked with a smirk, pretending to be offended.

"You and grandma read to me all the time. Its mommy's turn now."

"You got that right." Tara said, picking Emily up and kissing her on the cheek. She was so grateful that St. Thomas Memorial Hospital had accepted her surgical residency request.

"I can tell when the men aren't wanted. C'mon Abel, lets go see how high we can go on that swing." Jax picked up his son and carried him outside while holding him upside down and sideways.

Once Jax and Abel were outside Emily spoke, "Mommy, I have a secret to tell you."

"What is it baby?"

"Grandma read stories ok, but daddy isn't very good. You're the bestest at them."

Tara hugged her daughter tight. It was indeed amazing to be home with her family finally.


"What was that you were reading?" Jax asked, walking into Emily's hospital room. She had had another surgery that took her off the heart-lung bypass machine and her heart had sprung back into action but her doctor's had kept her sedated for another three days after that to make sure her heart was healing well. They were now slowly weaning her off of sedation and hoping that she would finally wake up at any time.

"Oh, Harry Potter. We were half way through the fifth book before all of this happened. Now I'm almost done the sixth."

"Do you think that she can hear you?" Jax asked.

"Studies have shown that it can sometimes happen. People in comas often recall conversations that were had around them after they've woken up."

"Maybe I'll continue it for her tonight." Jax said, picking up the book and reading the back.

"She told me once that you were a bad reader."

"She did not. When?"

Tara laughed. "She'll probably make an exception now." She got up and kissed Jax. "Is Abel at Gemma's?"

"No, she took him to our house. She said she'd wait for you there."

"Ok, I'll see you tomorrow morning. Love you." The two had been taking shifts between the hospital and staying with Abel. They had established a good routine.

"I love you too baby."

"Mom, you weren't supposed to tell dad my secret." Both Tara and Jax turned to the raspy soft whisper that came from within the hospital room. Tears filled their eyes. Their baby girl was awake.