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Last chapter my lovies! I know some of you may be upset for not seeing how everyone deals in the aftermath of what happened but I tried to explain as much as I could even though this is set in the future.
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7 Years Later
"Feels weird to be back," Leon commented as we took the exit off the interstate and headed into L.A.
"Yeah, it does," I agreed feeling slightly uneasy about coming back after all these years.
After I had killed Carrie I found it hard to even walk into the house anymore. A few months later Leon and I had found a small apartment about an hour away so we could still see the family but they always had to come to us. He proposed about a year later and I was officially no longer a Toretto though if you ask Dom he would say once a Toretto, always a Toretto. We had a small ceremony in the church like mom would have wanted.
So much had changed over the years.
Dom and Letty went on vacation to Rio and when they hadn't come back after a year we began to think they never would. Then one day Mia called me saying they were back and married. Letty never was one for a big celebration so it didn't surprise me that she wanted it to be just her and Dom. I was also overjoyed that she was now legally my sister.
Mia, on the other hand, was the complete opposite. I think half of California came to the wedding Dom and I threw for her and Brian on the beach per her request and we even managed to get Letty into a peach colored bridesmaid dress. After the wedding since I had my place with Leon and Mia found out she was pregnant Dom and I signed the house over to her. Seven months later and I became an aunt the first time to a handsome little boy named Jack. He got a sister two years later named Maria and the newest addition to the O'Connors was my precious little Amy who just turned two last week.
Vince took some time off from the garage and traveled though trouble always seemed to catch up with him. He had done a few risky jobs and gotten himself hurt again. Leon and I flew down to South America to check on him and hopefully knock some sense into the man I always considered a brother but when we got there we were surprised to see someone already beating us to the punch. That was the day we met Rosa and with her help we convinced him to move back to California. Soon after Rosa found out she was expecting and wanting to do the honorable thing Vince proposed and bought house a few streets over from the fort. I about cried when they asked me to be the godmother and Dominic to be the baby's godfather. Little Nico was born with the most hair I've ever seen on a baby and he soon took the scruffy nickname away from his father.
And last but certainly not least was Jesse. He came to stay with us for awhile after we moved before finding his own place. He has been seeing Kassi for about a year or two now but I couldn't imagine someone better for him. She knows how to keep him on task and deal with his attention deficit disorder that has luckily for him toned down over the years.
There it was, looking the same as it did seven years ago though the cars that lined the driveway had changed some including the minivan that Mia now insisted on driving. Leon parked on the other side of the street and turned to push some hair behind my ear.
"You ready for this?"
"Yeah," I whispered taking a deep breath and getting out of the car. I was about to walk straight to the back of the house where we would be having our first annual barbeque, something else that Mia thought of, when I stopped Leon and pointed to the sidewalk.
I almost had to bite my lip from laughing as I saw Jack sitting in his power wheels motorized car right next Nico who sat in his and there was Maria standing between the two with a dishtowel in her hand. I had a quick flashback of when Dom, Mia and I were younger.
"Red…yellow…green!" She shouted excitedly waving the towel in the air though Nico had hit the gas before the word 'green' came out of her mouth.
"Cheater!" Jack yelled angrily after Nico who crossed the finish line with a smug look on his face.
"Yeah, he gets that from his father," I teased walking up to the group and watching Vince turn around with an annoyed look on his face as we made our presence known.
"Aunt Mads!" they all seemed to scream at once and I almost got knocked over by the force of their hugs.
"Hey," I pointed at Nico who was trying to do donuts in his power wheels, "where's my hug?"
He flashed me a devilish smile before running full speed into my arms as I hoisted him up and held him on my hip. "How's my lil coyote doing?"
"Been getting in a lot of trouble recently actually," Rosa shook her head as she came over and said hi to Leon and myself.
"Oh really?" I questioned setting him down and kneeling so I was at his level. "And why is that?"
"I'm a boy!" He exclaimed dramatically before jumping back in his power wheels and racing Jack into the backyard. I couldn't help but think he got that answer from Vince and I was right as I looked over to him and he innocently shrugged.
"Come on, Ria," I held my hand out to my niece, "Let's go say hi to everyone else."
We made our way into the backyard and I was shocked to see Brian standing at the grill getting it ready.
"I'm so happy you're here," Mia whispered in my ear as she hugged me tightly. "I was so worried you wouldn't be able to handle it. Are you ok?"
Before I could answer a little hand grabbed onto my leg and I looked down to see a mini-Brian staring back up at me. "Well, hello there Miss Amy," I said scooping the toddler into my arms. She immediately took hold of my hair and started playing with it. I flashed Mia a smile, "I'm good."
"You look like a natural," Dom's voice boomed from behind me.
I handed Amy off to Leon and as soon as she was in his arms she started playing with his chain. I had never seen my brother look so tan in all his life as I turned and jumped into his arms feeling like a little kid myself.
"God, I've missed you."
"You too, Maddie, you too," he muttered into my ear before placing me down on my feet.
"Hey chica," Letty grinned and then scrunched her face up, "there's something different about you."
"Oh, really?" I played along trying to give her my best innocent look as Leon and I both tried to contain our own smiles.
"Her hair's longer," Rosa commented walking over to the small circle we had created.
"It is," I nodded.
I suddenly felt like everyone was examining me for something as Brian spoke up, "She looks happy."
"I am," I nodded again.
"Your tits are huge," Letty stated and barely moved as Mia swatted at her to watch her language around the kids but Letty just shrugged, "Well they are!"
"I know," Leon grinned like an idiot as he set Amy down and she went to play with the toys sprawled about the backyard.
"Oh my God!" Mia exclaimed her eyes getting huge before a smile spread across her face, "You are, aren't you?" I couldn't contain my own excitement anymore as I nodded quickly and she about attacked me in a bear hug.
"You're what?" Letty questioned still not catching on.
"I'm pregnant," I answered and was instantly surrounded my everyone shooting twenty million questions at me like how far along I was even if I was barely showing and if I was doing alright.
I squealed in surprise as Vince picked me up and spun me around like he used to when we were younger, "I'm so happy for you, kid."
"V, we're both going to have our own kids now, don't you think the nickname has to go?"
"Nope," he simply replied.
"Well there goes our news," Jesse sighed walking through the back gate with Kassi who came over to congratulate us.
"What news?" Leon asked Kassi as he gave her a kiss on the cheek to say hi.
All she did was hold her left hand in the air to show us the huge rock that Jesse managed to put on it.
"What'd you do rob a bank?" Brian questioned clearly shocked by the size of the diamond.
"Ooo!" Nico shouted, "Cops and Robbers!"
"I'm the cop!" Jack yelled running and jumping into his power wheels that had a light set on the back.
"And I'm the robber!" Nico said picking up a stick and pretending to shoot at Jack.
I looked over to Vince and shook my head.
"What?" he questioned.
"There really is no doubt in the world that he's your kid," I laughed as Maria ran after them screaming she wanted someone to play dolls with and Amy just sat in the dirt contently picking at the blades of grass.
"Brings back memories, doesn't it?" Dom asked watching the kids run around the backyard and throwing his arms around Mia and me.
"Yeah, well now that Mads is expecting we just need to work on you and Letty," Mia casually commented. "You know, so we can start our own baseball league."
"Oh, no!" Letty shook her head. "I'm the cool aunt that gives them chocolate and let's them stay up late."
"Oh, come on," I teased nudging Dom's side with my elbow, "If Dom hurries up we could be pregnant together."
"I think we'll head to Mexico if that happens," Jesse said with a straight face causing the rest of the guys to crack up laughing.
"Hey!" I protested.
"Give it time," Brian patted Leon on the back, "And when she gets real crazy, you're room is still downstairs."
"Really?" I questioned in shock.
"Of course," Mia rolled her eyes and nodded her head in the direction of the house, "why don't you go check it out."
"I…I don't know about that." My hands started to get sweaty as my heart beat hard against my chest.
"Yeah, Aunt Mads," Maria grabbed my hand and started pulling my towards the house, "I show you my toys!"
"Why don't you show me, squirt," Letty grabbed onto Maria's other hand giving me a knowing look of why I didn't want to go back into the house after all these years.
"But you seen them, Auntie Let!" Maria crossed her arms and stuck her one hip out to the side. "I want to show Aunt Mads!"
"Oh she doesn't have Toretto attitude or anything," Vince mumbled as he went to grab another beer.
"You should see when she throws a tantrum, I'm convinced that the whole house is going to come down one of these days," Brian added.
Jesse laughed and looked over to Dom and me, "I think it's seen worse."
"You alright?" Leon came up behind me and whispered in my ear. "I can go in with you if you want or you don't have to go in at all."
I thought about it for a minute but shook my head as I took a deep breath and held my hand out for Maria's, "Alright, Ria, show me these toys."
"Mads…" Letty started looking scared that I might fall apart.
I put my free hand up to stop her, "It's just a house, Letty."
It's just a house, I repeated to myself as Maria and I walked through the backdoor and into the kitchen. It's just a house, I repeated again when she pulled me through the hallway that was lined with various pictures of our unconventional family. It's just…I went to repeat again when she pulled me into the living room and started talking animatedly about all the toys she had. To be honest I couldn't tell you a word she said as I stared at the floor. Mia must have had carpet laid down at some point because there were no longer the wooden floors I had remembered.
"Bang, bang, bang! I got you!" I heard Nico yell from outside. I had to put my hand over my mouth to stop the sob from escaping.
"Aunt Mads?" Maria turned to me looking confused and as a tear ran down my cheek she ran out the room and out the backdoor.
Even though the living room had never looked more different, in my mind I stripped away the carpet and kids' toys; I removed the pictures from the wall and put the couch on the other side of the room. I was brought back to seven years ago, the last time I ever laid my hand on a gun. Self-defense or on purpose, Carrie or Melanie, friend or enemy; I still shot and killed someone that night.
"Hey," Leon walked up behind me and wrapped his arms around me his hands resting on my stomach.
"I'm sorry," I bit the side of my cheek to keep the tears in; "I probably scared Ria."
"She's alright, Brian's got her," he assured spinning me around so he could look me in the eyes. "Maybe this was a mistake."
"No," I shook my head, "It's just a house, Le."
This time it was his turn to shake his head, "It's not just a house, precious, it's your house. No matter where we go in life or where we live this will always be your home."
"Uh," Nico poked his head around the corner, "Uncle Buster said it was time to eat."
"Your father tell you to say that?" I questioned quickly wiping my face so he didn't see my tears.
"Uh-huh," he nodded and I heard Leon trying to stifle his laugh.
"Come here," I walked with him out to the kitchen and grabbed a small bottle of soda out of the fridge before shaking it vigorously. "Go give this to your daddy and tell him you need help opening it."
"He's going to get you back for that," Leon muttered as we watched out the window as Vince opened the soda and got sprayed in the face.
"Yeah, but he wouldn't be my ol' coyote if he didn't."
"If we don't get out there soon they're going to send a search party in," Leon wrapped his arms around me again his hand making small circles on my stomach as he started to kiss the side of my neck, "Unless you feel like taking a shower."
"You know," I moved out of his grasp, "That's what got us into this in the first place." He gave a smirk as he remembered the countless nights of practicing. "Though I suppose you're right we should go out."
He held the door open for me and we sat down at the table to eat. Jesse, as always, going for the chicken first ended up saying grace and I was pleased to hear that over the years he still prayed to the car Gods. We all had casual conversation during dinner until Jack walked over and tapped me on the shoulder.
"What do you think?" he asked tilting his head to the side his shaggy brown hair falling into his eyes.
I pulled him up onto my lap and brushed his hair from his face so he could see, "What do I think about what?"
"Muscle!" Nico shouted hitting his fist on the table before being scolded by Rosa.
"Import!" Jack yelled moving to hit the table as well until I stopped him.
"Well, buddy, that's the age old question in this family," I chuckled looking around at the team.
"But what's better?" He asked.
"Bikes," Maria answered with a short nod and I thought Mia's eyes were going to bug out of her head.
"No, Ria, no bikes," Dom replied in a stern but playful tone. "I don't ever want to see you on a crotch rocket."
"Dom!" Letty smacked him in the back of the head, "If I can't say tits you can't say crotch!"
"Maybe it is better if they don't have kids," Jesse joked.
"Car," Amy piped up from her highchair.
Vince leaned over to give her a high five, "That's my girl."
"I see you still have the Skyline," Dom commented with a smirk on his face.
"Yeah," Leon answered confused on where this was going.
"And you still drive daddy's Charger, don't you?" I questioned with my own smirk playing on my lips.
"Why do I feel like something big is about to happen?" Kassi asked looking at all of our faces.
"You thinking what I'm thinking?" I smiled evilly as I passed Jack over to Leon as I got up from the table.
"Definitely," Dom nodded getting up as well and following me to the front of the house.
"What's going on?" Rosa asked as the team, old and new walked out to the front.
"Maria," I called over to my niece as I walked towards the Skyline, "Why don't you hand your mommy that towel you were using earlier."
"Why?" she questioned holding the dishtowel up so Mia could grab it.
"Because we're going to answer this age old question here and now," Dom answered starting the Charger up and hearing the engine roar to life.
"But I thought Uncle Dom and Aunt Mads never raced each other before," Jack sat on Leon's shoulders. "Daddy says you don't race family."
"You don't," Leon agreed.
"This is a first," Jesse added scooping up Amy in his arms.
"Who do you think is going to win?" Vince asked putting Nico on his shoulders so he could see better.
"I don't know," Brian answered.
Letty picked up Maria who was jumping up and down trying to get a better look, "Well, this should be interesting."
Dom and I pulled up side by side with Mia standing in the middle of both cars.
"You sure about this?" she called out to both of us. "We're not kids anymore."
"Around the block once, first one back wins," Dom looked over to me.
"You're on big brother," I smiled revving the engine.
We had all come a long way since we were kids getting all greased up in daddy's garage. We had been through everything together; life, death, marriage, kids but no matter what our family always managed to come out on top.
"Ready?" Mia shook her head at how ridiculous she felt waving a dishtowel around in the air. "Set…Go!"