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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3. Chapter Three

Natalia's POV

I slipped out of the small bedroom as quietly as I could. I spent last night at Jason's house, well, the football house. It was nice, I must say. You would think a house full of sweaty, gross and unorganized guys would be messy, but surprisingly, it's very clean.

The house had a party last night, which involved many people. Girls partied all night and drank all night. Guys picked up girls all night and drank with them. Guys played beer pong while girls attached themselves to the arms of their take homes; one nighters.

From the top of the stairs, red solo cups displayed the floor, on top of tables, chairs and couches. From my view, one guy stood with a black garbage back in one hand and a rag in another. One of the neater guys in this house. Matt.

"You shouldn't be out here by yourself, you know. Especially not wearing that." Matt made himself visible, coming to the bottom of the stairs. "I can see right under that shirt, so, my guess is you either put clothes on or pants." I rolled my eyes before skipping down the steps.

"And I'm sure Jase won't like his girl down here, half naked." He said, putting an empty cup in the garbage bag.

"What he doesn't know won't kill him."

"It might." Another voice erupted. I turned quickly, before huffing. "I told you last night not to walk around here by yourself. Not to walk around in my shirt. Oh, and what else? That's right, not to walk around after a party. But hey, don't worry, brainless Natalia is here." Jason spoke.

"You never let me have fun." I whined.

"Yes, I do. But not when there's a bunch of football players in this house. Hell no. I'm not letting you walk around by yourself."

"I got her, Jase. You should shower, man. You smell like beer." Matt said.

"You sure?" Jason asked. That's the thing with Jason. When I come over for a couple days, even only one day, I get treated like a child. 'You can't go there, don't leave my side, you sure you got her, don't drink that'.

"Might as well help clean up." Matt said, throwing a garbage bag at me. "Nice catch, I see Jase has been wearing off on you since the last time I saw you."

Matt and I met the day Jason came to orientation. Jason dragged me along to Columbia for his one and only freshman orientation, claiming that I'm better with listening, which is true. Ever since orientation, Matt and I have been friends.

"I hate how he does that, though." I sighed, putting a bunch of cups in the bag.

"Hate what?" Jesus, he's oblivious.

"How I get treated like a child. Do you do that to Kaitlyn?"

"Kate and I are very different than you and Jase. And he's just treating you that way to protect you." 

"How are you two different than Jason and I? Don't you love Kaitlyn?" 

"Natalia, love is a very strong word that I have never said to anyone. Not even Kaitlyn." 

"Neither did Jason, but," I picked up an empty beer bottle, "he said it to me. Then to his mom, then his friends." 

"We are different people. Kaitlyn and I... we're not at that yet." He replied as Jason came back down the stairs. 

"Are you gonna shower?" Jason asked, putting his arms around my waist.

"Not today, no. I took one yesterday. Is that puke?" 

"Oh, come on! This is so gross. I should have Andrew come down here, considering it was his party. Oh wait, he got some girl upstairs. This isn't fair. And it's on the couch." Matt exclaimed. 

"Have fun, man. I gotta get going." Jason said, patting his friend's back. 

"Where're we going?" I asked. 

"To the hotel. I told Aunt Sally we would meet up with them for lunch, and take Tom out."

"It sucks we have to say goodbye today." He nodded before unbuttoning his shirt on me. 

"How about we don't think of that. Come on, get dressed." Jason towered over me, as he stripped me of his buttoned up shirt from last night. Nothing happened last night, only a nice dinner at a really great restaurant. I, of course, didn't bring any nice clothes, so Kaitlyn lent me a dress she had.

"I had a great time last night. Thank you." I smiled. Jason nodded in return. He ran his hand through his wet hair, making my stomach flutter. I love this boy.

I love this man in front of me, but I can't help but see how much he's changed. He's not the bad boy he was before, no. He's... different. Sounds different. Talks different. Looks different. Acts different. Walks different. Holds my different.

"What're you thinking about?" Jason asked, breaking me out of my trance.

"Nothing."

"I know you too well, T. You made that thinking face and you touched your hair four times. Tell me what's on your mind."

"It's nothing, Jase." But it's a big thing. A huge thought. Jason isn't himself. College is changing him and I'm scared.

"Babe, tell me what's wrong."

"It's just... I don't want to go home today." I lied. Jason walked around the bed until he was eye level with me, his hands on my shoulders and his face inches from mine.

"We haven't seen each other in three months, and you're lying to me. Come on, just tell me. It's you and me, T. No one else. No Aunt Sally, no Uncle Mike. No one."

I closed my eyes before shaking my head, "I don't want you to change."

"Now I'm confused."

"You're changing. And I don't want you to change. Go back to the guy who curses at people who touch me, smokes in front of everyone, makes dirty jokes."

"Why? Has someone put their hands on you at college?"

"No, Jason."

"Tell me the truth, did someone put their hands on you? I swear to god, Talia, I'll beat the shit out of them." I ran a hand through my hair and pulled at the roots giving pain to the top of my head.

"Was it that Tyler kid? Did he touch you? Or was it Addison? He's known for that. What other friends do you have? I'll kick the shit out of all them."

"Jason, no. No one touched me. Unless you count hugs and fighting."

"Who?"

"Jason! That's not the point!"

"Just get dressed. I don't have time to deal with this. Half the guys in here are still drunk or hungover and I don't want to deal with having to run you out of the house. So, get moving."

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Jason's POV

"You could feel the tension in the room." Bria said, putting her hand on my shoulder.

"Yeah, well... things don't change much." After our little fight at the house, Talia and I didn't talk the whole way to the hotel. But this is what we're known for. Not talking. Breaking up casually. Getting back together. Fighting. It's our usual.

"The pool is open, guys. We should go swimming." Aunt Sally said, holding Sapphire in her arms. Sapphire's head rolled around as her hands held onto the lining of Aunt Sally's shirt.

"I could use one of Addison's." Addison shrugged before pulling out two swimming trunks. "Thanks."

"What about you? Do you need anything?" Adelaide asked Talia, opening her suitcase.

"Um, no. I don't feel like swimming today." Talia replied. I watched both of them intently

"I have my period, Ade. I can't swim." She nodded and grabbed her suit from her suitcase. I let my hands drop to my sides after hearing Talia's statement. Should've gave listened to the conversation.

After getting Addison's swimming trunks on, everyone made their way to the indoor pool. With Tom in my arms, I walked casually down the stairs while everyone else took the elevator.

"You're getting big, little man." I said, smoothing the baby's peach fuzz away from his face. He only babbled gibberish, before moving his head around. "Your mom is a crazy one, you know that?"

"I'm talking to a baby. Again." I sighed, before opening the door to the pool. Everyone, besides Talia, Macey and Zack swam in the pool.

"Mace, I can't blow these up for you. Can't you swim without them?" Talia asked.

"No! Last I did that, I almost died, Natty."

"It's true. I saw her." Zack joined in. Talia huffed before putting her lips to the side of the floats.

Natalia's POV

I watched as Jason dipped Tommy's feet in the pool, took them out, then put them back in. I smiled once Jason's smile appeared on his face, but dropped it once I thought of the fact we aren't like this anymore.

"I heard your conversation with Matt this morning." I looked over seeing Jason standing over the chair next to me, with Tommy in his arms. "And you're right. I need to let you live. I know I haven't been doing that."

"Jase..."

"I treat you like a child. And I didn't want that to happen. But you know how I am, especially with you. If you get hurt, I'll blame myself for it." I looked down to the baby on the chair, as he kicked his little feet.

"He looks a lot like you. Most people are shocked at the resemblance. He's all you." I smiled. Jason just looked at me shocked. "Crazy, right?"

Jason nodded, "I love you, you know that, right?"

"Of course I know that. I never doubted that." He nodded before patting my thigh. He moved the chair next to me closer, before picking up Tommy and setting him on his chest once he laid down. He pulled me into his side, as he kissed my hair.

"Where's your ring?" He asked, picking my left hand up.

"I have the ring on a chain. It's an easy way of not losing it. The engagement and promise rings are on the chain together."

"You still have that promise ring?"

"Of course I do. That's the first real moment we had together. At Brooklyn park, and you made me cry with your speech. And your nice dessert you set up." I smiled. He looked down, before blushing.

"I love you."

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