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Note: Previously, in "Second Chances," Jade starts her sophomore year at Mystic Falls High School, where she befriends a girl named Taylor, who later asks her if she could help her win back her boyfriend.
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Salvatore Mansion – Next Day...
When her alarm went off at 6:00 the next morning, Jade actually dreaded it, mostly because that meant that she'd have to put up with Tiffany's bullshit in school today. Not to mention the fact that she wasn't looking forward to helping Taylor win Micha back from Tiffany, if that was at all possible. She also remembered what Katherine told her on the way home yesterday: be there to give Taylor advice, but don't anything else beyond that.
I just hope you're right about that, Aunt Katherine, she thought as she made her way to the bathroom to shower. Taylor is a great girl and she's really gung-ho about getting Micha back from Tiffany. Your tactic might have worked with Lexi and Lee, but I doubt this will work with Taylor and Micha, especially when a girl like Tiffany Birkstrum is involved.
Once she completed that thought, Jade got into the shower and washed her hair and body, after which she got dressed. Today, she opted to wear a navy blue button down blouse and matching jeans, complete with a pair of black boots. Her hair, after she dried, was half tied back, half loose. Once she was dressed, Jade grabbed her things and headed downstairs to the dining room for breakfast. When she got there, she saw that Stefan and Katherine weren't there, but were replaced by...
"Mom? Daddy? What are you guys doing back? I thought you weren't going to be home until next week?"
Elena smiled at her daughter. "I know, but we were homesick, so we decided to come home early." She hugged her. "How was your first day of school? Was it as exciting as you thought it was?"
"Yes and no."
"Yes and no?" said Elena. "What happened?"
"Well, I kind of made an enemy of this bitch named Tiffany Birkstrum, who's the captain of the Spirit Squad," said Jade. "I swear, this girl makes Hannah Kimball look like a neutered puppy." She sighed. "Though, the good new is, I also made a friend. Her name is Taylor Wilkins, and she kind of asked me to do her a favor that although I said I'd do it, I'm kind of having second thoughts about it."
"She did?" said Elena. "What sort of favor?"
"Tiffany stole her boyfriend from her last year, a guy named Micha Swanson, the quarterback on the football team," said Jade. "She still loves him and wants to get him back from Tiffany and asked me to help her."
Elena nodded. "Ah, I see. Katherine told me about this last night on the phone. So, what are you going to do?"
"That's the thing, I don't know what to do," said Jade. "I want to help Taylor, but at the same time, I feel like letting her handle things on her own."
Elena bit her lip. She didn't want to give her daughter the wrong advice. Before she could say anything, Damon came into the room, holding Damian and Julianna in each arm. Jade smiled at her father, thinking that was the most adorable thing she had ever seen.
"Awww, such a Kodak moment, and I don't even have my camera."
Damon smiled back, appreciating his daughter's sense of humor and then looking at the twins. "Guys, you're getting so big, pretty soon, Daddy isn't going to be able to carry you anymore." He kissed their foreheads. "But, I'm glad that you're happy to see me."
Damian smiled. "We missed you, Daddy."
Julianna nodded. "Uncie Stefan and Auntie Kat were okay, but we missed you and Mommy Elena."
Damon smiled again and looked at Elena and then back at the little girl. "I think you can just call her Mommy, sweetie."
"It's okay, Damon, I don't mind," said Elena. "She can call me that until she's used to me. I don't expect her to call me Mommy right away. If she wants to call me Mommy Elena, I'm fine with it. Jade called you Damon until she was used to you, so this is Julianna's way of getting used to me."
Jade nodded, remembering that she used to just call her father by his first name before she was comfortable enough to start calling him Daddy. Damon nodded and led the little ones into the kitchen to get them some juice. Once they were alone again, Jade looked at her mother.
"Mom, what do you think I should do about Taylor? She's the first friend I've made since we moved back here."
Elena sighed. "Well, honey, I don't want to tell you what to do. If you truly care about Taylor, which to me sounds like you do, then you'll do the right thing."
Jade nodded, even though that didn't really tell her all that much. But, at least it was better than nothing. She only hoped that she'd be able to give Taylor the effective advice that she needed at this point. She even hoped that Tiffany didn't give either of the girls any bullshit, because she sure as hell wasn't in any sort of mood to take it, having taken plenty of it from Hannah Kimball in Denver.
Elena smiled and hugged her daughter again. "You're welcome. Look, don't worry about Taylor. She's going to be fine. Just be a good friend to her and be there for her when she needs you. That's what I did with all my friends when I was your age."
"Yeah, I'll do my best to be there for Taylor," said Jade. "God only knows what extremes she's going to go to get Micha back."
"She sounds like she's pretty hung up on this Micha guy," said Elena. "Is he hot?"
Jade smiled. "Remember that picture I saw of Daddy in his football uniform in the trophy case in the office when we went to enroll?"
"Micha is just as hot as Daddy was in high school." She smiled again. "Though, between you and me, I think Daddy is just a tad bit hotter."
To which Damon said from the kitchen, "I heard that, Jade."
Elena and Jade started laughing at Damon's reply. At least this portion of the day was shaping up to being pretty good, but who knows what the rest of the day was going to bring.
Note: Thought I'd have Damon and Elena return from their honeymoon a little early, and put in a little family scene. More teen drama with Jade next chapter! Stay tuned!
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