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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17. Chapter Seventeen

Natalia's POV

"Are you doing anything tonight?" Ronnie asked as she buttoned her jeans.

"Tonight? Um, I have an appointment to go to back at home later today. But other than that, nothing."

"Do you, maybe, want to come to a party with me tonight?"

"I'm not a drinker."

"And that's okay! You don't have to drink. Natalia, you're my roommate and we have a lot in common. Just come to one party and just have fun. Last time you came, obviously, something went wrong."

"I can't, Ron. I'm sorry."

"I'm sure your boyfriend wouldn't mind you going to one party."

"It's not about my boyfriend."

"Come on, Natalia. You've had a stressful week and probably a stressful life -judging by your life- , you just need to let loose a little. There's soda at the party and water."

"I'll think about it while I'm home. But I can't say anything because I don't know if I'll be here the whole weekend. But I will think about it."

Ronnie isn't wrong about my week. It was one of the most stressful weeks since I started college. Between Jason calling me every day about Tommy growing up. Jackson trying to call me. Addison up my ass about eating. And my dad's six year anniversary.

"Natalia." I turned around at the sound of the familiar voice. Standing up, fully functional stood Jackson with barely any support.

"I texted and called and you never answered."

"What the hell are you doing here? You shouldn't be here."

"I'm here because I need to apologize to you. What I did, Natalia, it was wrong. And I know it was wrong. Please, just let me talk to you."

"And that's my cue to leave," Ronnie said, grabbing her bag from her bed. "Let me know about tonight."

"Jackson, I can't talk right now. I have to go home for Tommy."

"I need to tell you this."

"I have to leave, Jackson."

"Please! Just... let me tell you."

"Whatever it is you have to tell me, say it quickly. You have one minute. One minute, Jackson."

"I'm sorry for what I did and said. I know it was wrong and I know what I said was wrong. Jason is my best friend and I wouldn't do anything to hurt him, but what I feel, Talia, it's real. I can't turn my feelings off because my best friend told me to and I won't turn them off. You helped me, let me stay in your home, you were there for me, cared for me. And I can't let that go."

"I don't love you, Jackson. In fact, I hate you. I hate you for everything you did to me. For calling me names in middle school. For taking sides with Sophia and making me starve myself. For telling lies about me. And now, for making my relationship crumble into pieces."

"You don't mean that. We're so close, Talia. Just think, all of us grew up together. Me, you, Amber, Jason, and Nick. We're all childhood friends."

"None of my friends told me they loved me when I'm with someone."

"No one thought you would have a kid with Jason either."

"I have to leave, Jackson," I said, pulling my bag up my shoulder. Jackson reached over and grabbed my arm, halting my movements. "Let me go, Jackson."

"You heard the girl. Let her go." A familiar voice said from the bedroom door. Tyler. Jackson let me go quickly, not questioning Tyler at all.

"Jason and I are coming home, Jackson. I don't want to see you there. At all. I know I won't do anything, but I can't control what Jason does."

"I'm sorry."

"No, you're not. But that's okay. Because I feel sorry for you. You have an amazing girl waiting for you, Jackson. Someone who loves you, but you can't see it. You don't want me. You think you want me. You. Want. Amber."

"I want you."

"No, you don't! I have to leave. I have to go."

 

Adelaide and I sat in the doctor's office with Tommy, who crawled around the badly carpeted floor. His little hands pressed hard into the floor each time he crawled, making loud pitter patter sounds.

Thankfully, Winter break is coming up in a week, which means Jason and I get to live at home with Tommy for a whole month. Adelaide said she could take Tommy with her for the first few days of winter break so Jason and I could adjust to our home again, but honestly, I don't want Adelaide to keep him during that time.

Although Ade's been absolutely amazing to not only Tommy but to Jason and me, she has enough to deal with. She's five months pregnant with her second child, she has one baby learning to walk more, another attempting to walk. She doesn't need any more stress.

"Does he know who I am, Ade?" I asked as Tommy hugged my legs.

"Of course he does. I show him pictures of you every night before he goes to bed."

"That's our biggest fear, you know? Him growing up and not knowing who we are."

"Oh, Talia, don't worry about that happening. Trust me, I wouldn't let that happen. He's your son and he knows that. Just look at him," she smiled, looking down to the baby holding onto my legs, "he knows exactly who you are."

I smiled down at my baby, picked him up and put him on my lap. "Hi." He made a small smile before erupting into giggles.

"So, did Jason say when he was coming?"

"After his game today. He said he's not even gonna shower. He's gonna throw his bags into the truck and drive here so he can see Tommy before he goes to sleep."

"And have you spoken to Jackson since the whole 'I love you' fiasco?" That's the thing with this family, which I have not adjusted to yet. They're all so close. One thing happens and the whole family knows.

"He came to visit me today on my way out. We had a fight. I told him I hated him. He said he wanted me. I said no and then I left. I told him I don't want to see him this weekend. And that was it."

"You know he's going back in, right?" I nodded. "And you're gonna let that?"

"Of course I am. He's not my problem."

"But he's your best friend."

"Ade, I'm afraid that if I show one ounce of emotion towards him... he's gonna think I'm madly in love with him. If I tell him not to go, everything I built up with Jason will be gone because Jackson would make a move on me. And Ade, I love Jason with everything I have."

She smiled and took my hand in hers, "I know."

The door opened and a woman in a blue nurses outfit stepped out. "Thomas Summers." I picked Tommy up while standing, put him on my waist as Adelaide started for the door.

"It's just a couple of shots, baby," I whispered, moving his brown hair away from his face.

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