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.


36. Chapter Thirty Six

Hey everybody! So, after writing a couple chapters in my notes, I finally have the motivation. Also, I have the epilogue to this book written. There will be two epilogues and they are good. They are long. And I cried when I was writing them. Enjoy the next couple chapters! The next couple after this will come in a couple weeks, maybe a week from now or so:))

Natalia's POV

"Jase, we agreed to doing something for spring break with everyone a long time ago," I said, sitting next to Jason who sat in the hospital chair in the waiting room. We've been here for almost five days and we haven't moved. Jason has been going to the hospital gym to shower and then to the cafeteria but he hasn't gone home. He hasn't even held Tommy yet. Bria hasn't woken up yet and I feel that's why Jason hasn't left the hospital. He hasn't even spoken a word to his family yet. Only to me.

"That was before Bria ended up in the hospital." He replied.

"Bria would want you to go, Jase. She would yell at you if you didn't go. And plus, this will be the first time Tommy will be there since he was born. Come on, Jase. It'll get your mind off things," Jason and I both emailed all of our teachers as well as the dean of our schools and explained what is going on in the family and how this affects our learning. Every single one of them replied explaining that we can take as much time as we need and they will send us our work and packets via email or through the mail.

"What if something happens when we're gone?" I sighed and leaned my head on his shoulder and intertwined our fingers on his lap. Because Bria hasn't woken yet, he feels as if something bad will happen if he leaves. Jason has suffered through so much already, with losing his mom, sister, grandma, father. His friends. Jackson. He can't lose another person and that's weighing down on him. He's carrying the 'What If' in his mind and it's taking control.

"You have to think positive, Jason. Just... let's go to the Hampton's and have fun. Let loose. Clear our minds. I'll let you do whatever you want. If it's smoke with Nick, do it. Get high, do it. Drink, do it. We need to have fun," he nodded and kissed my hand.

I tapped on the steering wheel a couple times waiting for the traffic to start moving again. Traffic in New York is one of the worst things you can ever think of. Between the honking of the cars and the heavy silence in the car, I can't decide what's worse. Even Tommy isn't talking.

"You know, Aunt Sally gave me the key to the cabana for the beach," I informed, looking over to Jason. He nodded and stared out the window. "Jason, come on. It's spring break and I don't want it to be horrible,"

"It already is, Talia. My cousin is in the hospital in a coma and I'm going to the Hampton's? Cousin of the year right here,"

"Jase, you have to be positive about things. Bria will get better, I know it. She's strong and she's a fighter. One injury isn't going to stop her. She's going to wake up and be good as new in no time. It's going to take time, but she's going to be okay,"

"How do you know?" He turned his head to me finally. His usual bright brown eyes became dull and harsh, just like when I first met him. Hurt and confused about everything. Keeping things from the world.

"I don't, but Jase, you don't realize how strong Bria is,"

"God, I can't even imagine what Edward is going through. He's on a flight home from France with his parents. I can't imagine being in his position and getting a call saying his fiancée is in the hospital. I don't what I would do if that was you."

"Is that what you're thinking about? Me? You're worried that could be me soon?"

"It happens to the best of us, babe,"

"And it happened to us last year. Can we please just have a good time? We have the whole week here with our friends, Jase. With our friends and our baby. Please, let's just enjoy ourselves. We can go out to clubs and go walking around the street and the beach at night,"

"What about Tom?"

"I'm sure Mrs. Jones would love to babysit for us. She loves when Aunt Sally talks about him." Mrs Jones is the neighbor next door, the little old lady. She's your casual elderly woman; gray hair, big glasses, sits in a rocking chair, knits, pinches babies cheeks, bakes. She's a sweet old woman.

"She's still alive?"

"I heard she's dating again. Good for her though, you know? Her husband died twenty years ago and she has a new boyfriend. What a way to feel young again,"

"She's like ninety,"

"Seventy nine and still kicking." I turned down the long driveway and watched as the gate opened for our car to continue moving forward.

I put the car in park and smiled as the familiar house stood in front of my eyes. The house where we have so many memories in. Drinking, laughing, swimming. Thanksgiving. Christmas. Dates. The pool house. "You grab the stuff and I'll grab him, alright? Just bring the bags right up the the bedroom,"

Jason isn't in the talking mood just yet and I don't know if he will be for this trip. But what I do know is he needs to get away from all the drama and everything that's going on in our lives right now and this is the only way. I know for a fact Adelaide and Addison will all try to talk to him and that's what scares me. The reaction or the way he will reply. When Jason is like this... there's no stopping him from what he's going to do. Just like when Mrs. Summers died, I couldn't stop him from drinking and doing stupid things. Or when his grandma died. Especially when he gets angry. Which is what he is now.

I picked up Tommy from his car seat and held him in my arms while his head laid on my shoulder. His soft breaths hit my bare skin on my neck making my hands go in his hair. My little brunette. My little Jason.

This trip is supposed to be the best trip we've had all year for multiple reasons. One, to get away from everything. Take our minds off of Bria and her damage. Two, take Adelaide's mind off the fact her husband was basically not only screwing with Bria but lying to Ade, giving somethings to Bria. Harrison is pretty much dead to us as a family. Too bad, though. I really liked Harrison.

I closed the front door behind me only to be greeted by two very stone cold faces of Adelaide and Addison. "Did he do something? Because if he did, I'm so sorry. You know I can't control him when he's like this,"

"Why does he look like he's about to collapse?" Addison asked.

"And his eyes aren't the brown they always are. What's going on?" Adelaide asked.

"He's just not being himself. Give it a couple hours and he'll be fine," I readjusted Tommy in my arms to the other shoulder and extended my right arm out as it cramped. Addison held his arms out to me and I sighed in relief. He walked to the office with my baby asleep in his arms and closed the door.

"How long has he been like this?" Adelaide asked.

"Since I got to the hospital. I don't know what to do with him, Ade. He hasn't even touched me. He hasn't even held Tommy since the accident. And he wasn't even involved in it. Is it me? Am I doing something wrong here? Was bringing him here not a good idea?"

"No, Talia, this is what he needs. Let me talk to him and find out, okay? This is supposed to be a good, relaxing trip and I don't need my cousin dragging us all along,"

Jason's POV

I sat on the bed with my hands in my lap and my body facing the green grass outside. The only thing keeping me from the grass are the windows surrounding the room.

"What the hell is wrong with you? You're in the Hampton's with us, Talia and your baby and you aren't even enjoying it?"


"No, no. I've seen you this way when Valerie was in the hospital and I don't want to see this version again. Talia thinks you acting this way is because of her dragging you here."

"It's not,"

"She also told me you haven't even held Tommy since the accident. And you know what? That's unexceptionable. Be thankful for what you have here, Jason. A girlfriend who loves every single thing about you and a son who admires you and loves you. Because you know what, that can be taken away by your actions. And it's not fair. Not far to us, to Talia, to Tommy. And to yourself." I looked down and ran my hands through my hair. As much as I hate to admit it, she's right.

"And you know what? Talia told you to do whatever you want. That's big, Jason. It's up to you now to show that you want things."

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