A Different Kind of Reputation

With thirty minutes and school work separating Talia and Jason apart from each other, they have to figure out ways to be the best they can be for their baby. From being the school bad boy back in high school, to being the football star daddy in college, Jason has to figure out ways to fit back in with the crowd and keep his reputation as a father. From being the school nerd to the scholar mommy, Natalia has to figure out ways to let loose and have fun while keeping her reputation as a mother. Find out what goes on in this crazy life of Jason and Natalia in the second book, A Different Kind of Reputation.


58. chapter Fifty Eight

This is a really cute chapter, I think. I hope you all enjoy it and like the interaction with Jason and Macey, it's kind of like in the first book with how close they are. Also, next chapter will only be in the perspective of Jason:)) the song for this chapter is one of my favorite country songs, "My Town" by Dylan Scott

Jason's POV

"Where are you two going dressed like that?" Talia asked as Macey put her sneakers on.

I fixed my ball cap and smiled at her, "a little ride through the past. Since Nick gave me his bike, I-"

"You are not taking my little sister on a motorcycle. Jase, she's not even out of a booster seat yet."

"You rode on it before. It's one hundred percent safe,"

"Please, Natty. Please, please, please." Macey begged.

Talia shook her head, "you are far too young to ride on a motorcycle. Maybe one other time but right now I'm saying no. And don't try to change my mind with your puppy dog eyes, it won't work. And that goes for both of you."

Macey sighed, "fine,"

I wrapped my arm around her shoulder and pulled her into me, "that doesn't mean we still can't go. Come on, fix that hat and let's go." She smiled widely and pulled my ball cap up so it was off her eyes. I lead her out the door with a smile on my face. It's something about Macey smiling that just makes me break down into laughs and smiles.

I really need new guy friends. All these girls are turnin me into a girl.

"Be careful! And be home for dinner, my grandparents are coming!" Talia yelled.

"Where are we going first?" Macey asked as she buckled herself into her booster seat.

"We are going to watch my old school's football team practice." I replied, pulling out of the driveway. Talia's neighbor, Becca waved as we drove by her house. I stopped the truck and rolled down the window.

"Hey, haven't seen you in a while," Becca smiled.

"I know, I've been busy with school and kids. How've you been?"

"Good, really good. I'm at Columbia University for a teaching degree, attempting to move out of the house, somewhere closer to campus. Commuting is isn't the easiest."

"I hear ya. One of my old buddies just put his apartment up for rent by the university. If you want, I can try to get you in. He's not asking for much." She nodded and smiled.

Macey sat next to me on the bleachers as we watched James Madison High's football team practice. And by the looks of it, they need a lot of practice. It's either they all actually suck or they're all hungover from the party thrown last night. I was invited, but I got better things to do then go to a high school party with fake alcohol and weed.

"Now what are they doing?" Macey asked.

"Going over drills. You see the big guy with the yellow on?" She nodded. "That's the new quarterback. That's what I used to do when I played on the team. And my friend, Nick, his old girlfriend used to be a cheerleader and she would cheer me on before I met Natty." Not exactly how it went down. The girl was Nick's fruit of the month and my fruit of the day. She would cheer me on and then after the game, she would cheer on me in the Johnny On the Spot by the field. But putting it the simple, short story for Macey was probably better than the whole truth.

"And you see below us?" I asked. Macey looked down and nodded, "that's where I realized just how much Natty meant to me." Now that's a complete lie. That spot is where Talia and I made out when she was crowned homecoming queen, and probably one of the places Tom could've been made. Not quite sure. But I don't think I can say that to a seven year old.

"Do you wanna go on the field?" I asked looking over to Macey who had her eyes glued to the field.

"Can we?"

"Of course we can. You know how my mom let you and Natty stay at our house while mom was away?" She nodded. "Well, Coach Dailey did that for me, too." Macey smiled and held my hand as we made our way down the bleachers and onto the field.

"You're slacking with this team, Coach!" I yelled.

Coach Dailey turned around and smiled as we made our way to him. "Welcome back, kid."

"Good to back. What's going on with this team?"

"Who the hell knows. All the seniors are gone so now the old juniors are here and... I got no clue as to what the JV coach was teachin these boys. The quarterback can't catch. The snapper can't snap."

"Need some help out there? I'd be happy to help. I can come tomorrow and get back on the field and teach these guys."

"That would be great. A little rough housing would help these boys. They ain't even showin sportsmanship. Team member fell on the ground, fractured his ankle in four places. They let him lay there. Not one kid helped him up."

I shook my head, "happy to help you out, Coach. I would help today, but I got a date with my second girlfriend."

"Little young for you, kid."

"Twelve years too young," I laughed looking down to Macey who looked up at me.

"Where are we now?" Macey asked as we pulled up to the rock.

"This is my thinking rock. I always come here when I need to clear my head. Only three girls have ever been up here. Natty, Amber and now you. In fact, in that very spot you're standing, I was going to ask Natty to marry me."

"I want a place like this!" Macey exclaimed.

"You will. Maybe with the new house when you make life long friends,"

"I can't wait until we move into the new house. I'm so excited to get a new room and a new playroom."

"I thought that too, babe. But now that I see it, how I'm showing you right now. Brooklyn is the only place I want to. I grew up here in the same house with the same friends. My mom used to call me inside when the sun started setting and set me up with a buffet of food for dinner and then she would do the same thing for breakfast. It's the only place I've ever really known. With that being said, when you get to be my age and have a boyfriend who treats you right and with respect and you go off to college, and we might be living in Pennsylvania or wherever we might be then, you never forget Brooklyn, you hear me?" She nodded.

Although we live in Brooklyn and it's a nude place, our town is small. There's not many places to go in our town, even the high school is in a different town. As a kid, I would ride my bike through the backwoods and through the town and just get people waving to me and smiling. I don't think there was a place in this town I haven't been to, it's that's small. Like the guy at Dunkin Donuts. He knows me by my first name and my family history. The guy at the pizza restaurant up the street, he knows me by my first name and sometimes even gives me free food when I go. He always wants an update on Tom or Macey and he just always smiles when I walk in.

"You see those trails down there?" Macey nodded. "Jackson and i used to ride our bikes there. A man used to live in a cabin up here and he made these trails for us by digging up dirt and removing sticks and making paths, some hard and some easy. Well, he passed away a few years ago and the town threatened to cover them up and pave them. But those trails were our childhood, so we stayed out here Day and night protesting the town. They never paved over them." She looked out to the city line and smiled.

"Come on, I promised Natty we would be home dinner. Grandma, grandpa, Grammy and PopPop are coming over,"

"I don't like grandma and grandpa. They smell like soup," Macey replied.

I threw my head back and laughed, "stop, uncle Cile is coming too,"

"Okay, still don't like them,"

"They don't like me but you don't hear me complain. You buckled?"

"Yeah, you're not though. Why do I have to buckle but you don't?"

"I am buckled," I replied clicking the seat belt into the buckle.

"They still smell like soup," I shook my head and drove away from my spot. Always gotta have the last word. Just like her damn sister.

Natalia's POV

I watched as the door opened and Macey ran inside to the bathroom. "Gotta pee!" She screamed.

"Hey," Jason smiled as he closed the door.

"My grandparents and uncle Cile are here waiting. They've been here for a half hour, where did you two go that took you so long?"

"We went to the school, to the cemetery to see my mom and to the Rock. We had to make some bathroom stops on the way there, though. I got her orange juice and she had to pee every ten minutes," he replied.

"Hope you had fun. Go wash your hands and please, change your shirt you stink."

"Like what?"

"I don't know, change."

After five minutes of entertaining my family, we finally all sat down for a well deserved dinner. After slaving over a stove for three hours and making salads and running errands, I can finally sit and relax.

"So, grandma, Jason took Macey out today to visit some old places he used to go to," I informed.

"Really? It wasn't on that God forsaken motorcycle in the driveway, right? Lord, if you took that child on there, my son would be rolling around in his grave. He probably is anyway from the child you two bore,"

"Grandma! What did I tell you about saying stuff like that in front of Macey and Tommy?" She sighed and looked down to her plate.

"Did you have a good time, Mace?" Grammy asked.

Macey nodded, "Jason showed me where he played football and where he fell in love with Natty when she won homecoming queen and about Nick's old girlfriend who was a cheerleader and cheered him on during his games before he met Natty. And about where he took Natty on their first date. And where he was gonna ask Natty to marry him,"

"First date, huh? And homecoming? Sounds like you two had an interesting conversation," Macey nodded and ate her chicken nuggets while Tommy only ate the rise I put on his plate.

"Isn't the first date where you two h-" I shook my head cutting uncle Cile off. The awkwardness and tension was surely present in the room as we all sat around the table. Why did I even agree to this?

"Tommy needs a diaper change. Jase, wanna help?" Jason nodded and stood right up.

"First date, really?" I asked.

"She wanted to see it. But I kept the details out,"

"And the cheerleader? You told my little sister about the girl you used to sleep with in the bathroom?"

"No, no, all I said was she would cheer me on," I shook my head.

"Come on, she had so much fun with me today. She really liked it and so did I. I had a good time, too."

"I guess that's all that matters. But next time, try to call me when you're gonna be late," I replied.

"I love you," he smiled. I rolled my eyes and just walked away.

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