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.


60. chapter sixty

Hi everyone. It kills me to say this but... this is the final chapter of Natalia and Jason. These past couple years of writing these books have been a blast for me and I've enjoyed it so much, but it has to come to an end and unfortunately this is the end. Writing these books for you have made me so happy and just made me look at things differently. There's some true events to both of these books and some of my own life and feelings in the books. And sitting here tonight writing this chapter while listening to music makes me cry just thinking about how this is the last chapter. I hope you enjoyed the crazy ride and journey of Natalia and Jason and loved every chapter you read. I know I say this a lot, but everything I write, I write for all of you to read and TO enjoy. You give me the motivation to continue, just like you did for this book. Ending this chapter off right, there will be a song for it. So, if you all could please listen to Sign of The Times by Harry Styles for this entire chapter, it'd make more sense:) thank you all for being apart of the journey of Natalia and Jason and thank you to those of you who were chosen as characters and those who helped with ideas. Now, without further ado, here comes the last and final chapter before the epilogues.

Natalia's POV

Keeping secrets from everyone isn't my favorite thing, even if it will change things forever. Planning this vacation to Pennsylvania was the hardest thing to do. No news is good news, but in our case, no news is bad news. I feel like everyone is expecting this, but honestly, we weren't even expecting our own selves to go along with it bud we saved enough money, time, and space.

I guess we decided because everyone will be going their separate ways; Amber traveling with Jackson until their baby is born. Nick moving to California with Christina and actually settling down. Poppy moving back to Jersey. Abi and Joely going to Virginia for college. My mom, Zac and Zack all moving to Florida for work. Everyone is moving on, getting away from what makes us weak, makes us fight... except Jason and I.

Everyone suspects we booked this trip just for a vacation, but it's not. The only people who know about our plan is aunt Sally and her family, and obviously my parents, since they more or less bough the house.

"How are you telling them?" Aunt Sally asked as I hung my clothes in the walk-in, two-door closet.

"I haven't decided yet. I don't even know how I'm supposed to tell them, but it's a good thing. It is a good thing, right?" I replied.

"Yes, it's a great thing. You need to leave New York and be happy. These memories from Brooklyn are holding both of you back. Jason's father and mother and all the secrets he's kept. Your mother and father and your memories. They're holding you back from living your life it's gonna be hard, but I've seen you two fight for what you want to do, and it's strong."

"Dinner," I whispered, "Jason made dinner reservations for tonight at the restaurant you told us to go to. Dress nicely, everyone is.... we're telling everyone tonight before word gets out and spreads like a wild fire."

"I'm proud of you, Natalia. I've seen you grow these past years and I'm so proud of you. You know, you've taken on so much. Jason and his problems and his past. You could've walked away so many times he you chose to stay."

"Wasn't easy. But I feel as if I don't deserve him, you know? Underneath all the pain and the faces he gives, he's a great person, and a great father and boyfriend." She nodded and left me alone in the master bedroom to continue unpacking my clothes.

Jason is currently in Tommy's new room across the hall. When we first showed up with everyone, they were shocked that the house came with a little boy's room, but they don't know it's our new home. Our home in which Tommy will grow up in and make friends and play in with us.

I smiled as as Jason opened the passenger side door for me with the umbrella in his left hand and Tommy holding his right hand, waiting to jump in the puddle by the truck. I offered to take the umbrella, but he insisted in keeping it because he's 'the gentleman'. This is where it all happens. The informations we tell the change of life. We don't like change, or leaving for that matter. But we have to leave; we can't live in Brooklyn anymore.

Everyone was seated at the long table at the restaurant with their nice shirts and dresses. This conversation may be the arrest thing I've ever had to do. Telling my friends about leaving and never going back. Leaving the only place I've ever known. The place I grew up in. Where I met the love of my life. Where Tommy spent two years of his life. Where I lost my hero and my second mother. Away from Uncle Cile, from the York's, from Jason's family.

"So, guys, we have some news," I spoke.

"Oh, good, so do we. Well, first off, Talia, you already know this but... we're having a girl, so says the blood test. It's ninety eight percent sure we're having a girl. And... we decided to stay in New York. Or, I decided to stay in New York." Amber smiled. My smile dropped as did Jason's. We can't say anything now that Amber chose to stay in Brooklyn. Jason sighed and nodded to me. Here it goes, ruining everyone's happiness.

"Jason and I are moving," everyone at the table turned to us.

"What?" Amber asked.

"I'm sorry I didn't tell you, but we made the choice because of everything that happened in the past and decided it would be the best thing for us as a family. But, we won't live in Brooklyn anymore."

Amber scoffed, "you're sorry? Did you even think about any of us when you decided? What we would do? Brooklyn is your life, Lia. It's where we all met. Ahh let that go without consulting any of us?"

"I needed to think about myself and my family, Am. The place we chose is a nice area with no violence and no dark pasts. We can start fresh."

"Where's this new place?" Jackson asked, putting his hand over Amber's mouth.

"Funny story... we're um, staying in the house on this trip. We're not completely packed, but mostly everything has been moved," Jason replied.

"Two city people are moving to the country? People who've only known the city don't just pack their bags and suddenly move to the country." I looked down to my lap in shame. Here, I thought my best friend would be supportive but I guess I was wrong. She doesn't understand how much Brooklyn is killing me. Each day gets harder and harder. I can't even pick Tommy up from daycare without the stares and whispers from other mothers. Jason and I can't even have a real date without someone from his past seeing us. Or without Carly calling about Robert or just dropping him off unexpectedly. Here, in Pennsylvania, we won't get that. We won't get the stares and the hatred.

"Sorry that I was thinking about myself for once. But we're moving to Pennsylvania to live happily and as a family. I was fine with you going with Jackson, why can't you be happy for me?" Amber shook her head and dismissed the conversation. Even though she dismissed it, the heavy tension could still be felt; cut with a knife even, which I think Nick tried to do.

"Excuse me," I whispered, putting my napkin on my plate, covering my food. I can't even sit and enjoy a good meal with my friends and family without feeling unwanted.

"Hey, hey, hey," Jason said grabbing my arm.

"I can't even sit with family without feeling unwanted. Do you know how that feels? I mean, for once I'm putting myself and my family first and I get criticized for it? God forbid I think about myself for once."

"She's hormonal. Amber on hormones is worse than here everyday, normal attitude." Jason replied keeping his hand on my waist.

"I just wish she would understand. I mean, we're leaving because it's the best thing for us. Brooklyn is tearing us apart and we're too strong to break apart."

"Why worry about what Amber thinks?"

"Because if Amber says she doesn't want us to go, I will not go. I will stay stay in New York for her if she says those two words to me."

"Hey," Amber whispered walking into the bedroom. I moved Tommy off my stomach it onto the bed. Amber watched intently as I walk towards her.

"I'm sorry," we both said. "Go ahead," I laughed as we tried to coordinate who speaks first.

"Listen... I am truly sorry for not telling you but nobody knew except mine and Jason's family."

"I'm not mad at you for not telling me. I'm not even mad. It's just.... I thought I would have you to stand by my side during my pregnancy because Jackson is going back to war, and Talia, I can't do this on my own. I can't raise a baby on my own,"

"Am, I'm not dying. It's only Pennsylvania, not that far from New York. You can visit whenever. I can visit you. I will never leave your side, Am. But you have to understand how hard it is to leave home. You know how planned out my life was; business degree family and 32 a nice doctor live in Manhattan. You know after I met Jase my whole plan changed and then Tommy game and my whole world changed. I'm not only doing this for me but for my son."

"So, when is the big move happening?"

I took a deep breath, "two days. When we go back to Brooklyn, we'll pack some things up and officially move in."

She smiled and looked down to the bed as tears streamed down her face. This is the end.

I watched as Addison, Edward, and Jason carried out last minute furniture into the moving truck. Amber and I stood on the grass watching as Tommy followed Jason around from the house to the moving truck then back to the house. Jackson and Nick got caught carrying out my boxes of books and family photos. Pictures of my dad, Jason and I at prom, pictures of Tommy . Birth photos, family holiday photos. Pictures of Jason playing football with Tommy and Robert in the front yard just last month. Pictures of Amber and I in elementary school with missing teeth and pigtail braids. Photos of me holding AM DJ when she was born and when she had her parents job Jair, that I went to in replace of my mom and Zac. Macey holding Tommy when he was just born. Pictures of Jackson, Nick and I. The football team all holding up Tommy when we was just a baby. My mom and I at her wedding. My dad and I at my first daddy-daughter dance when I was six. Even Macey's first grade picture.

"Alright, everything's on the truck. Jase told us to leave the boxes in the truck with him on the floor." Jackson said. I nodded and took a shaky breath.

"Don't cry, T," Jackson whispered pulling me into his chest. "This is a good thing,"

"I know.... it's just... I don't know. I'm gonna miss you. Arguing into the house looking for beer and food."

"Hey, I go back in a month, I'll come barge in and take food and pass out on the couch like old times." He smiled. I laughed and wiped my tears. "Hey, not the end of the world, alright? Everything will be fine. You and Jase will be happy."

"I love you, Jack," I whispered into his shoulder.

"Love you too, T. This is what you need. You need to break away from the city life."

I looked over to Amber and sighed as I saw her standing in the driveway with tears streaming down her cheeks. "Amber," I whispered. I pulled her into my chest as soon as I got to her and just cried as she put her head on my shoulder.

"this is a good thing," I whispered, smoothing her hair out.

"I don't want you to go, Lia. You're my partner in crime. I can't do this without you."

"Am, I'm just one call away. But I need to leave. Jason and I need to leave Brooklyn."

"I love you so much, Natalia. You're the only sister I've ever had and I can't thank you enough for being my sister, mother, rock, anchor, example, role model, and so much more." I didn't bother wiping my tears away, I just let them flow down my cheeks.

I smiled as Jason finished his goodbyes to his family and friends and waited for me to finish. Not rushed. Jackson handed Tommy to Jason and swiped his brown hair over to the other side of his head and smiled as Tommy smiled back at him.

"You ready?" Jason asked. I nodded and let my hand slip from Amber's hand.

"Live a happy life, Talia," Nick whispered in my ear as I hugged him goodbye.

"You too," I whispered, getting into the truck. Jackson smiled as I looked behind me in the rear view mirror. Jason started the truck and drove down the driveway, making my friends become smaller and smaller wit each time we moved, making them disappear from my sight but never disappearing from my memories.


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