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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13. Chapter Thirteen

Natalia's POV

"Why are you dragging me to do this?" Jason asked as he fixed the collar of his T-shirt. 

"Because Mikey wants me here."

"So why couldn't you just come?"

"Because you threatened to take my car, keys and phone away from me if I drove all the way here." He rolled his eyes. "So it's on you this time."

Walking into the warehouse, hundreds of girls and boys stood behind plastic walls, some with remotes in their hands and some with old television remotes. Robots scattered the floor, getting ready to fight for the winning spot, while other robots wheeled around the course so the wheels could get a feel for the hard ground. 

"Holy nerd alert," Jason whispered, putting his arm around my waist.

"Don't make fun. You're dating to a nerd like this."

"You used to do this?"

"Compete?"

"No, build these things."

"All the time. My dad and I would when I was little. Dad was the one who got Mikey interested."

"Good for you, but honestly, I don't care. I had to wake up early for this. This kid better win." I rolled my eyes and walked away from the whining. 

"Talia!" 

I turned around swiftly and smiled as the little fifteen-year-old ran to me. "Hey!"

"Did you see the bot? Did you? Did you?"

"I didn't. Which one is it?" 

"The one on the left." I looked to the left of me and gaped at the robot. It must've been four feet tall with a blue stripe going down the middle. Spikes stuck out from the head all the way to the diaphragm. A lift stood on the front of the bot with a claw to move away from anything in its way. 

"How long did it take you to make that?" 

"The whole bot? About two weeks. The programming about two months."

"Only two weeks? I built a small little one that took me four months to build."

"Did you program it?"

"That took me four days. Programming is easy, it's all numbers and codes. The building is the hardest part. You have to have the perfect angles, measures, distances, lengths, widths, heights, volume."

"That's all numbers too."

"Yeah, but C squared plus B squared equals A squared isn't the only equation applied to it. I would get to the diaphragm and just give up because the volume would be too large and the head would be too small."

"You can try it out if you want?"

"Oh, no, this is for you, Mikey. You go out there and have fun. Show these people what those brains can do." He smiled and wrapped one arm around my back.

"You think I can do it?"

"Of course you can! Come on, you're a York, they don't give up."

"A York by marriage not by blood."

"Oh, don't start that. Come on, you'll do great. Just have fun. Jason and I will be sitting in the second row in your section cheering you on." He nodded. "Go kick some robot ass." He chuckled and nodded before walking off to where his station was. Just by himself. No one else. 

"Okay, you're really gonna have to tell me what's going on with this," Jason said as I sat next to him. 

"You don't know what goes on with these things?"

"Do I look like a nerd to you?"

I sighed, "robot A goes through the elliptical and the judges judge it by, a equals d times v divided by it. And then x equals x zero plus v zero t plus one-half a times t. Then they weigh it with w equals m g. P equals D times W divided by d times t. M equals h to the power of I divided by h to the power of zero equals d to the power of I divided by d to the power of zero."

"Less nerd, more English."

"You didn't understand that?"

"Do I look like I speak nerd? Because" he laughed, "I don't."

"Alright, the first robot, Robot A goes over an obstacle. The judges then judge the power, size, weight, acceleration which is how fast it goes and the motion of it. Understood? Or do you need it simpler?"

"Understood. Thank you for returning to planet Earth, Ms. Grey."

"Shh, it's starting. Mikey's up."

 

Throughout the whole time, Mikey showed off his robot, all the girls laughed. No, Mikey isn't the best person to get along with, the cutest person, he has no self-respect or common sense, but there's no need to laugh at him. The girls in school laugh at him sometimes but I guess he either blows it off or doesn't care. Still, it doesn't make it right. Especially since the girls weren't laughing at anyone else who was up. 

"Great job, Mikey. I'm so proud of you." He only smiled then looked to the girls. "Hey, don't look at them. Come on, don't worry about it."

"I'm never getting a girlfriend."

"Ah, my man, you don't need a girlfriend. They only cause drama and problems. I mean, come on, men don't need that kind of stuff in their lives. Trust me, I sometimes wish I didn't have a girlfriend."

"You do?"

"Yeah, you do?" I lifted a brow. 

"Of course, love you baby, but come on. Us men, we don't need no girl."

"You're right."

"What do you say we take a picture together, yeah? Just for the heck of it? Show these women us men are fine without them." Mikey nodded then put his arm around Jason's back. I took my phone out and snapped the picture. 

"Good job, kid. Good luck in states." Jason smiled, releasing Mikey from his grip. Two girls, around Mikey's age, came running over to him with their phones at their sides. 

"Hi, Mikey. You did really good out there." 

"Um, thank you... I don't need a w-"

"Mikey would love to hang out with you two, Right, Mike? Why don't you take them to some lunch at the restaurant up the street?" Jason smiled. 

"But I... don't have any money."

"Yes, you do, remember that one hundred dollar bill your mom gave you before you left?"

"N-"

"Sorry to interrupt, but I'm Jason. Mikey and I are practically brothers. If you ever need someone cool to hang out with, Mike's your guy." Jason put his hand behind his back, holding a one hundred dollar bill in his fingers. Mikey reached up, grabbed the money and put it in his pocket. 

"Well, I gotta get my girlfriend home. Mikey, call me if you need anything." Jason lowered himself to Mikey, "and by calling me, I mean call Talia. But great job today, kid." 

Jason slipped his arm around my waist and guided me out the doors. "That was sweet of you, what you did with Mikey. He'll remember that for the rest of his life."

"I guess these damn nerds have an affect on me."

"Considering you're dating one, I would think they do." 

A/N: 

The equations in the previous paragraphs are actually real equations. If you look up Physics Equations, those exact equations will come up with the examples of power and all of that. I didn't mention a song for this chapter, because there simply isn't one, really. Next chapter, however, there may be a song.

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Love, 

mrsHemmings01

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