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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57. chapter Fifty Seven

Natalia's POV

Amber pushed the stroller next to me as we walked through the mall. People passed by us, but it felt as if we were the only ones there. Going through with the plan of moving will never be as easy as it is to move. Leaving everything behind. Leaving everyone behind.

"I, um, wanted to talk to you about something." Amber said.

"Me too, but you first,"

"So... Jackson brought up a good point to me about the baby and stuff. You know, he'll be in Afghanistan and I'll be here and he won't get to see her at all until he comes home. And um, he suggested that I... go to Afghanistan and live with him."

"I'm sorry, what?"

"He sug-"

"Yeah, no, I got that. He suggested you go to live out on the war field with him? While pregnant?"

"It won't be on the war field. I'll be off the field in my own cabin. He'll get to come home at night and see me and the baby whenever he can. I'll be safe there, because I'll be away from the war and fighting. But I'll be with him there and he won't have do wait half a year to see his baby."

"That's... I don't know, honey. It seems risky for you to move out there. I don't even think you can move out there."

"I can! One of his buddies on his team has his wife out there with him. I may even get to have a cabin with her so she can help me. The cabins are extremely safe, at least twenty watchmen. Five guards for each cabin. They're roomy and safe inside."

"Am, I just don't think it's a good idea. I don't think you moving all the way out to Afghanistan while pregnant will be good for you or the baby. It's bad enough you flip out every time Jackson goes out while you're here but while you're there... you'll hear the explosions and everything. Honey, it's not a good thing to do."

She nodded. "If Jason was the one in the army and you wanted to live with him, I would've said yes. Seeing the way you and Jason love each other... It's real. Just like Jackson and I. My mom said the same thing you said.... too dangerous. But I'm nineteen. I can make my own decisions. And now, I'm telling you this too. No matter how many times you tell me, I'm still going. I wasn't asking for your permission. I was letting you know I'm going. The first week of August I'm going. School knows and everything. Studying abroad. Moving forward."

"Then why bring it up?"

"Because you're my best friend and we don't keep things like that from each other. We never kept moving from each other. Even all those times you moved in with Uncle Cile. You never kept it from me. And I'm not keeping this from you." Well, don't I feel like a douche?

Jason's POV

"Dude, what the hell did Amber say to Talia?" I asked, closing Jackson's front door behind me.

"Not sure, why?"

"Talia came home hysterical crying after they went out and Amber sped off. So, I don't know what happened but I don't like my girl coming home crying." Jackson nodded and called Amber to come down the stairs.

"What's up?" Amber asked casually.

"What happened at the mall?" I asked.

"Yo, I got this. What happened at the mall?" Jackson asked.

"Talia and I got into a fight about the move and she didn't take it so well. That's all,"

"Babe, I told you not to tell anyone yet!"

"Talia is my best friend, practically my sister. If we're moving and leaving her here, she's going to be the first one to know,"

"Shit," I whispered.

"What?" Jackson asked.

"Nothing, um, I gotta go but... midnight tonight normal place? You bring Nick and I'll bring everything else," i said as I ran out the door.

Natalia's POV

I laid on the couch with Tommy laying on my chest and Macey laying next to me with her head on my stomach and her on the recliner. The thoughts and conversations that happened today ran through my mind as I sat with my hand on my head. I was the first person Amber told besides her mom and I haven't told her about us moving. I was the one who came up with the moving rule in the first place. I'm breaking my own rule. I'm a rule breaker. I'm a hypocrite. A fake. Everything I never wanted to be.

"Babe, don't be upset because of this stupid thing you have with Amber." Jason said, putting his hand on my hair.

"I am upset. She thinks I'm not keeping anything from her when I'm keeping this huge secret that will change our lives forever. How am I not supposed to be upset about that?"

"I'm not upset about it,"

"You're a boy. Boys don't get upset about this stuff. They play it off cool and act like nothing happened. You didn't make a pact with your best friend did you? Don't think so."

He sighed and walked in front of me so we were face to face. "Babe, I know how hard this is for you. It's hard for me too. But you can't react this way every time someone brings up moving, you know this."

I sighed, "I know, I know. You know, part of me wishes we never had Tommy,"

He shot up from his position, "where the hell did that come from? All of a sudden you're upset about Amber and now you wish we never had Tom. Are you... cycling again? Because if you are, there's still chocolate in the fridge from last time,"

"No... wait, yes. No. Ugh, I don't know. I see couples our age out on the street laughing and joking around and having such a great time. I see them and just think... that was us. It could've been us, too, if Tommy never came along. I mean, don't you see how much we've changed? You went from beating every single guy up who looked at me wrong to not caring if someone bumped into me. And I went from nerdy girl with an attitude to the girl nobody recognizes. We both had our own reputations going in high school and we lost them because we were stupid."

"We didn't lose our reputations... we just have different ones now. And we also grew up. More mature,"

I laughed sarcastically, "so, you're telling me that if you never met me, never dated me, you would be who you are today? You would be at college, trying to pay for your own house? Food? Clothes? You wouldn't sleep around?"

"I... well, I..."

"That's what I thought. Jase, just think about it. Our whole life evolves around one toddler who we brought into this world. Our whole life changed because of it and we changed. I mean, come on, I had four academic scholarships which I lost because I missed so much school."

"I don't know what you mean by saying all this,"

"What I mean is, we can't be normal teenagers in love because we constantly worry about what our child's next meal will be and who will buy it. Who'll babysit next year while we're in Pennsylvania. We can't go out on the street without having to come home at nine at night so I can check homework and get Macey tucked in for bed. We can't live our lives, Jase."

"Babe, not for nothing but we did go through all our options when we found out about Tommy."

"And having an abortion was against my religion and my beliefs and adoption wasn't something I would be able to do."

"Alright, hate to leave you while you think about... all of this, but the guys and I are going out. Matt is tagging along with us, um, Kate, I think is coming over to see you. She misses you or something. Whatever. Don't wait up for me, okay?" He asked, leaning down to kiss me. I nodded and smiled as he stepped away from me.

"Oh, don't forget your parents are leaving tomorrow which means goodbyes. And I expect you to play nice with them."

"Yes, dad," he nodded and smiled.

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