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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32. Chapter Thirty Two

For this chapter, listen to the song I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing by Aerosmith. 

Jason's POV

One whole damn week in this hellhole and I haven't gotten one good doctor or nurse in here. Not a night and not during the day. The only person who has changed me, bathed me and cleaned up after my vomit and uncontrollable actions was Talia. The only thing these damn nurses know how to do is clean the bed. And that's it.

"Jase!" I looked to the door and put my arms up in defense as the small body came barreling towards me with her small light up shoes and her hair down across her back.

"Mace, easy. Remember what I told you?" Talia asked, walking in behind her little sister with Tom next to her holding onto her hand for dear life as he walked.

"How are you feeling?" Macey asked, kneeling on my bed next to me.

"A lot better now that you're here. How's school?"

"I love it! My teacher is the best, Jase. She's so nice. And even at recess, she plays with me because my other friends leave me to play in the field. But I don't like the field. But I don't like homework. I didn't get that in kindergarten,"

"And we talked about that, Mace. About how I'll help you with your math." Talia said, setting Tom on her lap in the chair next to me.

"You know who's really good at math?" I asked, putting my hand on Macey's hair.

"Who?"

"The guy you're laying on," I smiled.

She looked up to me, "really?"

"Got all good grades in math. Which is why it's good to stay in school."

"Speaking of school, you have none tomorrow which means we get to stay here all day. Unless Jase wants you gone."

"I missed Jase, though," Macey whispered, holding me tighter.

"I know baby. Now you can hang out with him all day, while I do some homework for class,"

"Just like old times," I smiled, running my hand up and down Macey's back. I've come to notice just how much Macey hates change. I know she didn't like it when she first lived with us two years ago but I never realized it would affect her to the point where Zac is calling me so I can talk to her on the phone.

"I'm hungry," Macey whispered.

"I have Jell-O,"

"Yucky. Mommy gave me Jell-O with lunch the other day and I threw up."

"No Jell-O. Babe, wanna get us some food?"

"What am I, a maid?"

"Maybe,"

"Love you too." Talia put Tom on my chest and walked out of the room, leaving me with two kids on my chest, one asleep and the other half asleep. My hand automatically went to Tom's back to keep him close to me. Feeling his breathing against my chest and his palms against me. Fatherhood.

"Why don't you close your eyes? I heard you haven't been sleeping." I said, running my hand through Macey's hair. She nodded and closed her eyes, her light breaths hitting my chest. Having this moment, between my own kid and Macey makes me look back at everything I've been through, not only in my single life but with Talia. Everything we've been through for this moment right here. I listened to the soft snores coming from Macey, making me miss this even more. 

I remember the first time this happened; where Macey fell asleep on me. We were at Adelaide's wedding and she passed out on my shoulder in the car ride home to the hotel, something I'll never forget. Sitting here, laying with Macey on my chest brings back the memories when I first started to date Talia. When we had to go to the store for her and Macey came with us and held my hand the whole way. When we went to Times Square and she didn't want to hold Talia's hand, but mine instead. The times where I would surprise her by picking her up from school. All the times she would sleep in the bed with me because of her nightmares. All the times Macey came to stay with us even though she already had a home but she didn't like it there. The little stuff. 

It's crazy how I miss this little girl more than I miss my own kid or my girlfriend. It's like Macey makes everything better, makes the experience worth wild. I don't think there's a day that I don't miss Macey, ever. 

My eyes continued to stay open, even though I had the feeling of breaths on me. My hands continue to rub the backs of the two kids on my chest. My smile continued to grow bigger and bigger as memories and futures played in my mind. I watched as Tom's eyelids fluttered, and I watched his back move up and down against my hand. I pushed Macey's blonde hair out of her face and off of my chest. I smiled to myself as her smile continued to grow bigger and bigger each time her eyelids fluttered, the same way Tom's do. Must be a Grey thing. 

I smiled to myself and leaned forward to kiss Macey's forehead. I whispered a couple sweet nothings to her while my lips stayed on her smooth forehead. Why did I get so lucky to have this right here? This moment with these two kids who look up to me, no pun intended. I don't deserve to have this right now, to have this life I have now. It's too good for me and it was nothing I ever wanted two years ago. If I could turn back to two years ago and give myself advice, I would say to look at the smaller things in life, the way people look and act around you. Once you do that, there's no going back to who you once were. Just like now. There's no going back to who I once was. 

I placed my hand on top of Macey's head and took a deep breath. I don't want to leave this behind, never did and never wanted to. If I could stay in this moment, I would do it forever, even if it's in the hospital. It's funny how I never thought I was loved until I met Talia and now it's as if the whole damn world is loving me in this moment. This moment with the world's best kids. 

"Okay, I got s... they're asleep," Talia smiled, setting the tray of food on the moveable tray attached to the bed.

"I missed this," I whispered as I watched Macey smile.

"I know you did."

"T, I missed this so much to the point where... I don't know if I want to go back to school." Leaving Macey and Tom behind is the hardest thing I could ever do. Especially leaving Macey, the one girl who loves me, looks up to me and follows in my footsteps, literally. 

"You have to, Jase. It's what your mom would've wanted."

"Babe, I've missed so much of this kid's life and I... I don't want that anymore. I want to watch him grow and not through a phone screen. I don't want to miss anything else." 

Talia sighed and sat next to me on the bed, being careful not to touch or move any of the kids. "I know, babe. But sometimes we have to make sacrifices even if it's not what we want to do." Oh, how the tables turned. Usually, it's me having this conversation with Talia but now she's having it with me about making sacrifices, which we talked about before Tom was born. 

"When we went home for that weekend when we talked about the wedding when you would have me put him to bed, I would play songs for him to fall asleep to." And he passed out cold. 

"What a sap you are," she smiled. She's right, I have turned into a sap but I turned last year, this is just the old me coming through before Valerie died. The old me before my mom got sick before she died before my life changed. The little boy who wanted everything in the world but couldn't have much. The little boy who had everything he needed; a mom, dysfunctional dad, and a little sister. 

"I know but there's something's that have their exceptions. I don't wanna miss any more than I have already. It's not fair to Mace nor Tom and it's not fair to me either. Or to you." She nodded and moved my hair out of my face.

"I love you so much," she whispered.

"I love you too,"

 

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