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.

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51. Chapter Fifty One

This chapter is a very emotional chapter about Talia and Amber, but I can't tell you because then you'll know and I don't want that to happen. So, this is very emotional for not only the characters but for me as well. Although I never experienced something like this, I have some friends who have gone through this and some friends who can relate to this. And I know some of you can relate to this, especially the song for this chapter. Which, the song makes everything more emotional. The song for the chapter, I can relate so much and so can my friends, as well. So, get the tissues ready and wipe off your makeup. For this chapter, listen to the song Piece by Piece by Kelly Clarkson. 

Natalia's POV

"Are you sure you want to do this, Am?" I asked, putting the car in park. Amber nodded and brought her hand to her belly. I took a deep breath and nodded. Amber is taking a big step today, a step she refused to take since the day she found out about her real dad. She never wanted to see him until today, until the day he called her mom to tell her he wanted to see her. For the first time. 

"Amber York, here to see Russel Valise." 

The attendant looked at her through the glass window, "relation?"

"Daughter," I took a deep breath and watched as she grabbed two visitors passes from the shelf to her left. I clipped mine to my shirt as did Amber and the gate opened for us to move. I nodded to Amber, who stood with her hand in mine and her face hard and stern. I looked around at the walls, the thick, cemented walls that surrounded us. The attendant told us not to look in the cells because some of these people here are disgusting and use language they shouldn't to two teenagers, but I couldn't help it. I couldn't help but look at the cells around me, at the men standing around waiting for someone to notice them. 

Amber took a deep breath before walking into the room that was hidden behind two doors. One door for protection the other to get inside. Being inside a prison is something I never imagined any of us doing, except for Jason, but Amber and I? Never. Not even to visit. 

"Amber?" I looked at the man sitting on the metal chair behind a table with a big smile on his face. His face reminded me nothing of what Lilian described him as. She described him as a nice looking man with dark brown hair. But this man in front of me had wrinkles, many of them, and light brown hair. A cane laid next to his feet but seeing it was noticeable. 

"Dad," Amber replied, sitting down in front of this man. "This is Natalia. Why did you want to see me after thirteen years?"

"I missed you. I want to be in your life, Amber. Wow, would you look ok at you, you're so grown up now, looking so much like your mother every day."

"Don't talk about my mom. Especially when you never wanted to know her," she said. 

"I dated her for two years before you came."

"Two years and then you walked away and left her alone and pregnant. And then missed her so let her come live with you until I was six and left her again. Moved away, actually. How was Washington? Good, I hope." 

"I thought you would've understood why I left," he sighed. 

"I was six! I didn't know what the hell was going on! All I knew was my mom was left single with a little girl and a baby boy and my only source of a father was gone! So don't give me that bullshit." 

"I had a job offer after college a-"

"Bullshit. My mom gave up her life, lived on the streets and had to suffer through four jobs to pay for just one meal for me. Don't be giving me this. Do you know how many times I came to your work to see you? To get to know you? Millions of times since I was ten. Ten years old. But each time I went, you declined me. Told your assistant to escort me out the door because you had no desire. What, dad, was I not enough for you? Was mom and I not enough? Were you too much of a coward to face your own daughter? Or was it just you didn't want me?" 

"I was sixteen and I wanted a life, Amber. I couldn't think about a baby."

"So, you left? Made my mom live out on the streets? Mom told me you wanted to know me, well, here's a summary. I sleep around, a lot. I have four best friends, one which I'm dating. I barely got through my first two years of high school. I was scared to love anybody after you left. I never thought I would find someone who loves me, but you know, I found Jackson and he loves me. He doesn't need anything from me. He doesn't walk away from a fight. He talks to me. He wants me. Unlike you ever did. I may not be the smartest person in my family, but I know one thing... I know I fell far from the tree. I will never and I mean never leave my daughter and I know he will never leave her either. I will never leave my daughter and I'll see things through her eyes and I'll hold her tightly. Jackson will do everything you never did. He will hold her, love her and cherish her. He will actually want her, unlike you. So, don't sit here and interesting in getting to know me, when you only want the money I now have from my dad. The father who loves me as his own. Because you, Russell, are one god damn thief of life." He sat back in his chair and covered his mouth with his hand. 

"You're pregnant?" 

"Screw you."

"I'm a grandpa." 

"No, you are not. You will never be in my life or my daughter's life. Never. Just because you know about this, doesn't mean anything. You are not my dad, you hear me? I have a dad, one hell of a great dad. He loves me, cherishes me, holds me, smiles at me. He was at my graduation. At my softball games. You could care less about that, right? So, no, you are not a grandpa. And you never will be."

 

"You okay?" I asked, pulling up to the house. Amber took a deep breath and leaned her head against the headrest. She closed her eyes and covered her face with her hands. The look of distress and hurt filled her eyes all the way home from the prison and never went away. The car ride home was silent, the only thing keeping it from being awkward was the engine of Jason's truck. 

"I don't know why I did that, Lia. I don't know why I..."

"Shh, don't second guess your decision on it, Am. I was the best thing for you."

"I just want to see Jackson. I need to see Jackson." I nodded and unlocked the doors to the truck for her to get out. My car still sat in the driveway, untouched. Jason refuses to drive my car because it's a 'girl car', which is absolutely stupid.

I walked into the house and watched as Jackson ran his hand up and down Amber's back. Amber is one of the strongest women I know and here she is, completely breaking down in her boyfriend's arms all because of her real Dad. He wants to be back in her life and be apart of her baby's life, only because she's finally making something of herself, she's finally a wealthy girl who can provide him money.

"How'd it go?" Jason asked, putting his arms around my waist.

I sighed, "well, she didn't break down until we got in the car. You know, he wants to be back in her life because of the baby and because she's wealthy. She said some things to him that I don't agree with, but he deserved it."

"I've only seen Amber like this once, and that was when she came to me saying Jack was going back to war." He whispered.

"Jase, I know I said summer but... I can not leave her this way. I can't leave her having a mental breakdown. Everyone she's ever known left and I can't do that to her, not yet."

"I know, babe. But we already put down the payment are scheduled to move in the summer. You know this, babe."

"Talia," Amber whispered, walking over to me. She put her arms around my waist and hugged me tightly. I sighed and hugged her back, comforting her the best I can. Everyone seeing Amber this way, everyone as in Nick, Jason and Jackson shows she isn't as strong as everyone thinks. And for this reason, we can't move just yet.

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