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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48. Chapter Forty Eight

Natalia's POV

"What the hell are you doing here?" Jason asked hugging Jackson tightly. 

"Found out about the baby and came straight home. Team wasn't happy with me, but I had to come here for Amber and see how she's doing. I agreed to be here until she's six months and then I stay there for... a long time." Jackson replied. He smiled and turned to me, "did Am's baby turn me into a monster or something?"

"No, come here," I smiled, opening my arms to him. "I missed you so much," I whispered, squeezing him tightly.

"I know, you're partially the reason I came back." I looked at him. "Can we talk?"

"Yeah, I'll bring you to Tommy who's asleep, I presume?" I asked, looking over to Nick.

"He's fussy. He should be, not sure." I huffed and walked with Jackson up the stairs into Tommy's bedroom.

"What's going on? Amber said you're not happy? Not eating? No meds?" Jackson asked, closing the door behind him.

"I've been eating, every single day. And my meds... well, those are complicated."

"How complicated can they be, T? You take them and you're done with em' not that hard,"

"You don't know what I've been going through, Jack. My pills don't work anymore and I can't get a stronger prescription or else it'll put me in the hospital. And I can't get a stronger prescription on my eating pills because then I'll go into some kind of coma."

"Have you told Jason this?" He asked, running his hand over Tommy's hair while he slept.

"He has too much going on right now. Bria's in recovery. His aunt is pushing him hard. He's trying to be there for Adelaide. He's trying to be there for me. And he's trying to be a good father to Tommy and Robert."

"You and Tommy come first to him, Talia. You have to tell him about this. I came back for my two girls and I need them both to be healthy."

"I am healthy, Jackson. As healthy as can be." I replied.

"I know I hurt you in the past and I know I was the person who made you into this way. But now, as your friend, I need to know what is going on because I already made assumptions and I need to know if they're right or not."

I sighed, "you can't tell Jason. You can't tell him about this whole conversation, got it?" I asked. He nodded.

I watched as Jason and Jackson talked about sports, as usual. Boys can go off and do their own things but at the end of the day, football will always be an interest to them. Jackson talked about war while holding Tommy and Jason listened intently.

"Do not give my boyfriend ideas, Jackson." I warned.

"No worries, Talia." Jackson replied. Ever since I told Jackson about why I'm off my medication, he pretty much hates me for it. Absolutely hates me, like dirty looks and whispers behind my back, which is not how I planned on this homecoming going. Jason looked from Jackson to me, then back to Jackson.

"What did you do?" Jason asked, turning his head.

"I didn't do anything," Jackson replied. Jason shook his head and laughed before pushing Jackson to the wall.

"Jason!" I screamed, running over to the boys. Tommy cried in Jackson's arms, no, he screamed. Jason put his hand on his forehead and ran his hand over his hair. I grabbed Tommy from Jackson's grasp and turned my baby to me. "My baby," I whispered, running my hand over his face as a red spot appeared on his forehead.

"Talia, I-"

"No, do not. I want you to go into the freezer and get an ice pack and I want you to go upstairs and stay in the bedroom. And Jackson, you wait down here."

"Tell him, Talia!" Jackson yelled. I turned back to him and put up my middle finger.

"Tell me what?" Jason asked, standing outside the bedroom.

"Inside, now," I ordered.

"Tell me,"

"Jason, do not test me right now. Your son has a bump on his forehead because you had to push Jackson against the wall when he was holding our son. So, do not start with me. When I come back in, we will talk." He nodded and walked into the bedroom.

"My poor baby. Daddy didn't mean it." I whispered, pushing his hair away from his face. I put the ice pack on his forehead and he screamed louder. "I know it's cold, baby. I know, I'm sorry." I whispered as I sat down in the rocking chair in the nursery with Tommy sitting on my lap. He put his head against my chest and breathed out a deep breath.

"Is my baby tired? I know, you had a long day today. You ran around with Robert and you listened to mommy and daddy fight. But I promise, no more fighting after we move, baby. It'll be just be you, me, Macey and daddy. I promise you, no more people waking you up from your naps."

"Mama," Tommy whispered, banging his head against my chest. I put my hand on top of his head and smiled as I took the ice pack away from his head.

"Come on, baby, let's get you a nap. And then mommy can yell at daddy for doing this to you. But daddy didn't mean to, I promise you baby. He didn't mean to," I whispered, standing up from the rocking chair. Tommy held onto my shirt as I walked over to the crib. I put him down on the mattress and watched as he turned over on his stomach and grabbed my dad's old favorite stuffed animal that was passed down to me before, but now it's Tommy's.

I ran my hand down Tommy's back and sighed, "you changed my life for the better baby boy. Now I have to tell daddy the truth because you make me want to tell him." I whispered.

I walked into the bedroom after Tommy fell asleep and sighed as Jason sat on the bed with his head in his hands. "I'm sorry, I'm so sorry. I didn't even think... god, everyone was right, I'm a horrible father."

"When I was little.... my dad gave me a necklace and he told me every single time I touch my hand to the necklace when I'm in a bad situation, all the pain will go away and I'll be saved. And each time someone would yell at me, or put the blame on me I would touch the necklace and then the truth would just come right out of me. It was like I couldn't hold my tongue and everything just... came out."

"I'm confused." I took a deep breath and opened my nightstand drawer, where in a silver box laid my necklace from when I was seven years old with the words Faithful written in bold script letters hung on a silver chain.

"I, um, haven't told you the truth, Jase. And I figured I would tell you now rather than you find out at the doctors with me in a couple weeks. This hasn't been going on for long but the only person who knows about it is Amber and, well, now Jackson but Amber told him, not me. But... so, my doctors took me off my medications, all of them, and now that I'm off of them I.... haven't been up to date with eating."

Jason sighed and pinched the brim of his nose, "you stopped eating?"

"No, not completely. It's just hard to eat these days because of the stress, you know? The doctor said I'd be gaining too much weight too fast and that I'd have to do it on my own, but I just can't do it by myself. And you used to be my motivation to do things but now that we never see each other, I have no motivation and nobody to support me, so I've been slacking."

"Remember when I first found out about your eating?" He asked, taking my hands in his.

I nodded, "you broke up with me,"

"But I also came back for you at that party and I understood you better. I understood why you did what you did. People put thoughts and words into your head to make you think you weren't good enough. Which means someone is doing that again, putting those thoughts into your mind. But whoever it is, baby, I love you and I am here for you. I'm happy you told me now before I found out from someone else because then I would burst out. But, baby, whenever you need me, I'm here for you."

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