The Bad Boy's Reputation

Two completely opposite people; Natalia Grey the school nerd, teacher's pet. She's a big sister and role model. She believes in love at first sight. She wants the fairytale love, the one where you find your prince and live happily ever after.

Jason Summers the school bad boy, player and football player. He does what he wants, when he wants. It's his way or no way. He's the type of guy who doesn't date, doesn't believe in love nor wants it.

Talia only sees one side of Jason and that's his bad boy side; the jerk. Jason only sees one side of Talia and that's her nerdy side; geeky glasses and pulled back hair.

What happens when these two completely opposite teens are forced to see each and talk to each other every single day? What happens when the two teenagers realize there's more to the story than meets the eye? Will their opinions change? Find out in The Bad Boy's Reputation.

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87. Chapter Eighty Seven

Who's ready for some last moments with Jackson? Although people who are enlisted in the army don't leave until they are finished with high school, I decided to make this chapter a little against the rules. I don't know if you have enough credits to graduate, and you can just leave, or if you have to wait until high school is officially over, but oh well. So, for this chapter, listen to the song Talladega by Eric Church

Natalia's POV

"Are you ready?" Jason asked as I played with the hem of my dress.

"I don't really have that much of a choice, do I?" He shrugged and wrapped his arms around my waist. "I don't get why people leave." I sighed, looking at our reflection in the mirror.

"I know, baby. But it's all apart of growing up." He replied, setting his chin on my shoulder.

"Well, I hate people growing up."

He smiled, before kissing my cheek. "Come on, it's time to go." I took a deep breath as I watched Jason pick up the car seat. 

"I wonder how Amber is. She's probably a mess." I said, shaking my head.

"What if I left for the army?" Jason asked.

I turned my head, "You're not going, right? Because I need you here, whether you like it or not. I can't do this by myself. Not both of you gone."

"It was only a suggestion. Don't think I am." I nodded. 

"Why does this always end up happening?" I asked, moving my hair out of my face.

"What do you mean?"

"Everyone always leaves, do you notice that? Your father, my father, your mother, my mother, your sister, our best friend. They're all leaving. I think it's the universe punishing us."

"Don't think like that. You know that's not true."

"It is true, look at everyone we've lost in our lives. I'm surprised we didn't lose Tommy, with me not being able to have kids and all."

"Talia, you're talking like a mad woman. Stop it." He replied, turning into the driveway. Jackson's sister's boyfriend, Glenn is hosting the going away party in his backyard, since he has his own house and his own space. 

"Hey! Glad you guys could make it!" Jackson exclaimed, as we showed up in the backyard. I smiled and nodded, not being able to look him straight in the eye. I know if I do look at him, I will start to feel the tears coming. I've known Jackson for a long time, and even though he spread awful rumors about me, and he was my first true boyfriend, he means a lot to not only me, but Jason too. And we left our passed behind us after Jason and I officially started dating, which makes me realize how good of a person Jackson really is. 

You know, everyone makes these guys out to be the biggest jerks in Brooklyn, when all they really are, are a bunch of scared teenagers who lost a lot of people in their lives and who couldn't cope with things, so they went to bad things and did bad things. But deep down, if you can find it, there's still the good part in them. I never thought I would find a good part in Jason, nor Jackson, but I ended up finding it, and loving both of them. They both have such a heart of gold. I never thought I would be in this position of saying goodbye to Jackson, who is my best friend now, and I never thought I would find the golden ticket inside of both my boyfriend and my best friend. But here I am, carrying a car seat with my child inside of it, attending my best friend's going away party, with my boyfriend who was once known as a bad boy, and his once known bad boy best friend. 

"How's Amber?" I asked. "She's... you know, a mess." Jackson replied, shaking his head. I couldn't tell where he was looking, due to his sunglasses hiding his blue eyes, but no matter what, I knew this was hard from him too. Luckily for me, I had my sunglasses on, so you couldn't see my teary eyes. 

"Can you take him? I'm gonna go find Amber." I said, handing Jason the car seat. He nodded and kissed my cheek before talking to Jackson once more, as if he wasn't about to go away, and possibly never come back. 

"Hey." I said, entering the kitchen. Amber looked to me with her swollen, red eyes and her tear stained cheeks. "Oh, honey." I sighed, hugging her. 

"I don't want him to go, Lia." She cried. "I know." I whispered. "He's not coming back. I can see it now. I'm gonna get that call." She sobbed. "Don't talk like that, Amber. He has so much more to live for, and he has so much here that'll make him fight. He has you, his mom, Emily, Tommy, Jason, all his friends. He isn't gonna let that go, Amber." I said, rubbing her back. 

"Are you scared too?" She asked, looking to me. "Of course I am. Am, this is the kid who was my first real boyfriend, and my boyfriend's best friend. My child's godfather. My best friend. I love him just as much as you do." I replied. "I'm scared, Lia." She breathed. "I know you are. But so is everyone else. We all don't know what the future holds, but I know it'll be with Jackson." I replied. 

"You're gonna make me cry now." Jackson said. I smiled, and looked back down. "Why don't you go get something to drink and maybe to eat. You haven't eaten all day. Clean up your eyes. You still have all of today with me." Jackson smiled, kissing Amber's forehead. 

"What's up with you? You haven't looked at me all morning long." Jackson said, once Amber was out of sight. "Yeah, well, I have my reasons." I replied. "Your reasons? And what are they?" He asked. "Jackson, what do you want me to say? What do you want me to tell you, because please, give me a guideline." I said. 

"Tell me everything will be okay, Talia. Tell me you'll look after Amber. Tell me this bond we have won't be broken." He said. "I can't tell you that, Jackson. I can't tell you everything will be okay, because I don't know if it will be." I replied. "Look at me." He said. I shook my head, keeping my eyes everywhere in room but at him. "Talia, look at me." He repeated. 

"Dammit, Natalia, look me in the eyes!" He yelled, grabbing my shoulders. I finally shifted my eyes to his, and saw the blue in them. "What, Jackson. What now?" I asked. He stared at me, with his hands still grasping my shoulders. "This is why I couldn't look at you. You're different, Jackson. You're hair is cut, you're tattoos are covered. You're... different." I said, my voice cracking. 

"But I'm not, Talia. I'm still the same person you look at every day. I'm still that asshole who said things about you. I'm still that guy, just a... more grown up version. I'm still me. Just like you're still you. You're still nerdy Natalia Grey, who had her whole life planned out for her. The girl with the dorky glasses and didn't want a boyfriend. The girl who had hidden secrets only two people knew about. And now look at you. You're the girl who became a mother. Don't you see, we're just grown up versions of ourselves. We grew up too fast, T. " He explained.

"I... I can't, Jackson. Don't make me do this." I said as the unwanted tears started falling. "How do I know you're coming back, huh? How do I know if you're okay? You agreed to be there for Tommy's christening, for his birthday, every day of his life, and you're leaving. You agreed you would be here for him." I cried. 

"Come here." He sighed, pulling me into his chest. "You girls and crying on this day." He said. I sniffled and laughed. "Just like I told you before, I'm coming back. I'm fighting for you son to grow up in a safe world, for my kids to grow up safe. I want to protect them as much as I can, and that's what I'm doing." He said, looking at me. I nodded and wiped his tears away. 

"Now, let's go back outside. I want to hold my god child." He smiled, letting go of me. I nodded and took a deep breath. "T, I'm coming back, don't think I won't. Even if I have one leg gone, I'm coming back." He said. I nodded, following him back outside. 

"Hey, you okay?" Jason asked, as I sat next to him at the large table. "Yeah." I smiled as Jackson picked up Tommy from the grass. Jackson spun around with Tommy in his arms, before kissing his head. Tommy had a huge smile on his face, not even realizing what was going on with his god father. 

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"Alright, get ready to say goodbye." Jackson's mom said, as the time came for him to leave. Amber started sobbing on the spot, once the words came out of her mouth. "Everyone get together, I need a picture of my baby boy going off." His mom smiled, taking her phone out. I ran to Jackson's mom and handed her my phone. 

"Jackson, do you wanna hold the baby?" I asked. "Yeah, bring him over." He smiled, opening his arms. I handed Jackson the baby, and watched as he positioned himself, with both arms around Tommy. I moved my arm behind Jackson's back, and held onto Amber's hand. I nodded at her, letting her know everything would, in fact, be okay. 

Once the picture was taken, Jackson pulled both Amber and me aside from everyone, on the other part of the yard. "Listen to me, both of you," he licked his lips, "I love you, both of you. You both give me a reason to come back, alright? No matter what, don't worry about me if you hear things on the T.V, alright? I will write both of you, every single day. I will email you, write you, whatever I have to do." He said. I nodded and watched as Amber broke out into a fit of sobs. 

"I love you both." He whispered, pulling us both into an embrace. "You'll be okay, right?" I asked. Jackson nodded and scrunched his nose up. "I gotta go." He whispered. "No." Amber sobbed. "I gotta go, baby. I gotta go." He said, shaking his head, letting go of both of us. 

"Take care of my girl, Jason." Jackson said before hugging his best friend. "Take care of yourself out there, man, alright?" Jason asked. Jackson nodded. "Thanks for all these years of friendship." Jackson smiled. Jason nodded and sniffled slightly. "When you get back, me and you are going out for beers." Jason said. "Agreed. Maybe some late night driving, like we used to." He smiled. Jason nodded, as I walked over to them. 

"And you be good for your mom and dad." Jackson said, taking Tommy from my arms. I smiled and wiped the tears from my eyes. "Don't you worry, little man. Your Uncle Jack is gonna come back soon, and hold you again. You're gonna be a safe kid." Jackson said before kissing Tommy's cheek. 

"Bye guys." Jackson said, waving as he got in the car. I stood next to Jason, with one arm wrapped around his waist and the other holding my baby. Amber stood on the other side of Jason, with both her arms tightly wound his waist. "I love you."Amber said. "I love you too. I'll see you all again. And Jase, take care of my girl!" Jackson yelled, before the car took off, full speed, taking my best friend to war. 

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