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.


61. epilogue 1

2 years later

Natalia's POV

I stared at the white dress hanging on the back of the door of the bedroom in the Hampton house. The thoughts ran around my head; what if he doesn't want to marry me anymore? What if he doesn't like my dress? What if i cry and smear my makeup? What if things go wrong. All the what ifs circled my mind, throwing me off, making the butterflies in my stomach come back to life.

"You ready?" Amber asked, putting her hand on the bathroom door. Us girls; poppy, Amber, Christina, Bria, Adelaide, Phoebe, mom and Macey decided to stay in the rooms next to the master bedroom in the house because it was easier for us girls to get ready, and that left the boys the other half of the house to do whatever they wanted to do. And easier for Amber to calm me down.

"As ready as I will ever be. Why is it I'm so nervous for my wedding day but I wasn't nervous when Tommy was born?"

"Can't help you there. But, I can help you get your hair done. Now, come on. I have everyone's hair to do including mine and Macey is the only one done."

"There's the bride to be! Mimosa?" My mom asked, handing me a champaign class filled with Orange juice. I gladly took the glass and chugged the whole thing down. No regrets, right?

"Jason! You can't see the bride on your wedding day!" I turned to the door on the other side of the room and smiled as Jason tried to get around Adelaide with his sweatshirt and sweatpants on.

"I think I can. Now, move,"

"Grumpy," she whispered, moving out of his way. Jason shook his head and walked to the stool where I sat with Amber in front of me. She moved my head towards her, breaking off any contact I had with Jason.

"Can we talk?" He whispered in my ear. I looked up to him, making Amber huff and throw her makeup brushes down. Makeup first. Hair second. Dress third.

"Clear the room," I announced. Everyone dropped everything, including my mom and walked into the next room and closed the door, leaving Jason and I alone.

"You're not having second thoughts, right?" I asked, standing up. I tied my bow tighter on my robe and moved my hair out of my face.

"No, no. I'm just... Is there a way to get rid of nerves?" He asked, sitting down on the bed.

"You feeling them too?"

"Oh, yeah. Full blown, too. Like, I'm sweating and shaking. And I couldn't even work out this morning. Tyler lifted more weights than me. Tyler. I'm twice the size of him and he lifted three times as much as me in the gym. The only one who can do that is Jackson and he's still sleeping."

"You just have to deal with them, Jase. It's apart of this process."

"Can the process just be over? I just want to get drunk for an actual reason tonight,"

"Lovely thing to say on our wedding day, babe. So assuring," he laughed and stood up.

"By the way... I need extra pants for Tom,"

"Did he have an accident again?"

"Just before I came here. Nick texted me and said it's all over. And last night in the bed. I was so confused when I woke up with a stain on my shirt. I thought I drooled. Turns out it was just pee," and this is what our life has come to. Potty training a three year old, waking up to pee stains on our clothes, bringing all of Tommy's extra pants because he had accidents. Parenthood in its finest hours.

"You aren't backing out of this, right?" Jason asked, taking the pants from my hands.

"Absolutely not. I'm in this, Jase."

"Because this means you can't threaten to leave anymore,"

"I know. But I want this, Jason. This is the life I chose. Have a kid at seventeen, get married at twenty one. Was it my plan? No. but you weren't apart of my plan and look how that turned out," I looked down to Jason's pocket as his phone rang loudly with his ringtone for Jackson.

"Morning," he answered.

"Alright, alright. I'll be right there."

"Ask Nick. I've been at the gym. No, I didn't give him sugar. A three year old doesn't need sugar," he shook his head and hung up the phone.

"Tom woke Jackson up with jumping on his bed and stepping on him. Apparently someone gave him sugar and now he's all hyper. If he's too much for me, I'm sending him in here."

"What? No. send him with your aunt."

"And have him corrupted? No thanks." I rolled my eyes and pushed him out of the room.

Jason's POV

I looked out at the chairs. Every single chair in the backyard was filled. Friends, family, old teachers, coach and his family. The ceremony is the most nerve wracking part. There's speaking and speeches and vows and nerves and tears. I have to be strong today, though. If Talia cries, I'm going to most definitely cry. I hate it when she cries.

The couples walked down the aisle first, Tyler and Adelaide. Edward and Bria. Addison and Phoebe. Nick and Christina. Poppy and Matt. Nick and Christina. And finally, Jackson and Amber. Best man and maid of honor.

The parents came out after, Aunt Sally and Uncle Mike came out first, aunt Sally hysterical crying already. Taylor and Zac came out after, all smiles and confidence in their walk.

Next was the flower girls. And boys. Macey, Sapphire, Tom and Zackary all threw flowers. The girls on one side and the boys on the other. Jackson kept his eye on Tom, making sure he didn't eat any of the flowers.

The guests all stood up from their seats as they directed their attention towards the doors. The doors in which Talia will walk through arm in arm with Cile. I've never seen her dress and I told her I didn't want to see it until today. I want to have the wow factor of seeing her in it.

The doors opened and with the first step taken, my breath was lost. I couldn't help the smile that grew a mile long on my face. Walking down the aisle was an angel, I swear. Dressed in a white, long, strapless dress with the vail on top of her head, leading all the way down to the back and her smile as wide as mine was.

"Wow," I whispered, shaking my head. Amazing. Unbelievable.

Cile escorted her down the aisle and they occasionally laughed at something they both said and then, things got serious. He handed me Talia's hand, giving her away to me. An honor coming from him.

"You look unbelievable," I whispered, kissing Talia's cheek.

"In a good way?"

"In every way possible," she smiled and turned towards the podium. The entire ceremony, until the vows at least, I couldn't take my eyes off of Talia. Even if I tried, they would just go right back to her and right back to her beautiful dress in which she stood in right in front of me with her eyes locked with mine.

Natalia's POV

Vows. Jason goes first with vows, which I'm thankful for. If he forgets his then I won't have to be embarrassed about forgetting mine.

"Natalia, from the first day I met you in detention in Junior year, I knew I liked you. There was something about the way you shined and about the way you dressed. Those big glasses and the plaid skirts and dress pants and the dress shirts. I was once a jerk and I wasn't a good person. But you broke me out of that and made me into a better person. You made me see life in a different way, a way I never knew I could see. You opened my eyes and showed me the colors and the beauty in life. And you still do every day. Each day I learn something new about you and I learn something new about myself. That dorky, A plus student back in high school changed my life in more ways than I thought was possible and now, this version, is showing me more and more ways to present myself and I only have you to thank for that. We all have our heroes, but you literally saved me from myself and that's why you became my hero. And as your best friend, love, husband and partner in crime, I promise to do the same for you. I promise to open your eyes and let you see the colors and the life outside of our small world, our small family. I promise to stick besides you when you need me most. And I promise to love you unconditionally from this day forward." I let go of Jason's hand and wiped my tears as they fell down my cheeks. Dammit, I didn't want that to happen.

I took a deep breath and nodded. I can't top that speech. "Jason, from that day in detention, I didn't see you for who you were. You closed yourself off to me and you made sure I knew that. But after screaming across our houses from each other's windows for a whole week, you finally opened to me. You allowed me to invade your space and I allowed you to invade mine. And I didn't mind it at all. You showed me there was more to this guy who used girls and who partied. You showed me this kind, loving, caring person that loved to play with barbie's hair and didn't know how to make Grilled Cheese. Nobody understood you the way I did and nobody needed you like I did. You weren't part of my plan, but none of this was. I wasn't supposed to meet you. I wasn't supposed to fall in love with you. But the moment you searched for me in the freezing cold after we got into a fight, I felt the emotions coming on. I was falling for you. But like I told you, I asked for an angel and my dad sent me one. A corrupted one, but he sent me one. An angel I can love, cherish, hold, laugh with and at and spend the rest of my life with. The love that we have is shown in our everyday life. You're my shoulder to cry on, my partner in crime, my second child, my best friend and my only love. We have our ups and downs here and there and we have our fights but I can't go a single day without hearing your voice. Without seeing you. Whether it's in person or through Skype. Jason, you're an amazing boyfriend, friend, son, brother, cousin and an amazing father. I am blessed to have you as my husband, love and the father of my child. I promise you to always agree with you, even if I'm right, to always see things in your perspective, to be there for you whenever and whoever you need me to be. And I promise to love you until the day I die." Just the smile set on Jason's face after my vows, I knew I did things right.

Jason and I stood in the middle of the yard crowded by our guests attempting to get pictures. Tommy played with his bow tie clipped onto his shirt as Jason held him in his arms with a smile on his face.

"Talia!" I turned and smiled as Amber came running towards me with her shoes in her hand. "You're married!"

"I'm married!" She smiled and hugged me tightly. I swear, when she let go, I felt my dress puff itself back out.

"Cocktails are inside!" Aunt Sally yelled. Everyone smiled and made their way inside, leaving Jason and I alone with each other.

"Um, hello, pictures." I groaned and leaned my head on Jason's shoulder. The whole family -My mom, Zac, Macey, Zackary, Uncle Cile, Serena, Amanda, Aunt Sally, Uncle Mike, Bria, Edward, Adelaide, Sapphire, Noah, Addison, Phoebe, Jackson, Amber, Nick, Christina, Tyler, Matt, Kaitlyn, Poppy, Jason, Tommy and I all gathered. The little ones in the front. Jason held Tommy and Noah. Jackson held Natalie. Macey stood with Zackary and Sapphire in front of all of us.

"Now with just the parents," everyone else moved out of the picture and Jason put Tommy on the grass with the other kids.

"Alright, Talia needs to eat," I sighed, putting my hand on my belly. "I haven't ate in like a month, so." Jackson, Amber, Jason and my mom all looked to me. "I'm exaggerating, geez."

"Jason, Natalia," Jason and I both turned around and smiled as Jason's old coach and wife came walking towards us.

"Coach Dailey, glad you could make it," Jason smiled, giving a "manly hug" to his old coach.

"Wouldn't miss it for the world, Jason," Mrs. Dailey smiled, hugging Jason.

"Beautiful ceremony, kids. Those vows. They had me crying," Coach Dailey informed. I smiled and linked my arm with Jason's.

"We will see you both inside. I need to get Talia some food. But please, enjoy the drinks and the food before the reception," Jason informed. They both nodded and left us alone.

"Did I tell you how beautiful you look?"

"I don't think you did. I mean, unless you count unbelievable as beautiful."

"You took my breath away. Just like you do every single time you walk into the room," he whispered.

"Awe," I smiled. He rolled his eyes and walked me in the house for the cocktails that were being served. "I want to eat and then go up to my room and pee,"

"With that dress on?" Jason asked.

"Yes because you're going to help me with it."

"I can't help you!"

"That's why I'm having Amber and Jackson help too," he groaned and followed me around to the main dining room. We decided the reception would be up the street at a banquet hall not too far from the house. The venue is the most elegant place with built in little lights and a fireplace in the front room. It's perfect for a young couple.

After eating my small plate of food, I dragged Jackson, Amber and Jason up the stairs to the main bathroom. The only bathroom I can fit in. The boys piled on one side while Amber picked my skirt up. "Yo, a little help?" She asked, looking over to the boys.

"I don't need to see what's under there." Jackson said.

"Oh, please, you saw me give birth. You've seen everything. Now, come over here and help me before I pee my pants!"

"Everyone please welcome Jason and Talia to the dance floor for their first dance as Mr. And Mrs. Summers." I walked out with Jason, nerves handy and showing. Jason told me to choose a song that relates to us the most and I found it. The perfect song.

I can show you the world. Shining, shimmering, splendid. Tell me princess, when did you last let your heart decide? I can open your eyes, take you wonder by wonder over side ways and under on a magic carpet ride.

Jason smiled down at me which made me break into a fit of giggles.

A whole new world. A new fantastic point of view. No one to tell us no or where to go or say we're only dreaming. A whole new world, a dazzling place I never knew, but when I'm way up here it's crystal clear, but now I'm in a whole new world with you.

"Did you mean it when you said I'm your hero?" I asked.

"I meant every word of it. You took me out of some pretty dark places."

Unbelievable sights. Indescribable feelings. Souring, tumbling, freewheeling, through and endless diamond sky. A whole new world. Don't you dare close your eyes. A hundred thousand things to see. I'm like a shooting star that's come so far, I can't go back to where I used to be.

"Why this song?" Jason asked.

"It relates to us. We both found new worlds when we started dating, didn't we? In our own little world?"

"You're good, Grey,"

"I believe it's Summers now."

"Oh, excuse me,"

I'll chase them anywhere. It's time to spare. Let me share this whole new world with you.

"I was gonna do I Don't Dance but I just felt this one fit perfectly."

"Couldn't agree more,"

A whole new world. That's where we'll be. A thrilling chase. A wondrous place. For you and me.

Jason pulled me into him on the last lyric and kissed me, giving our guests a show. I looked out to all of our guests and watched as they all dabbed their eyes or leaned into each other in a loving way. That used to be Jason and I at weddings. Sitting on the sidelines watching the happy couple dance in the middle of the dance floor. And now, we're the happy couple dancing in the middle of the dance floor.

"And now, we'd like to welcome Sally Clark and Cile Grey onto the dance floor to dance with the bride and groom." Uncle Cile took my hand in his own. I watched as Jason and Sally joined hands.

"You look beautiful, T." Uncle Cile whispered as we danced.

"Thank you. And thank you for giving me away. It meant a lot to me and to Jason. You have no idea how nervous and honored he was to have you give me away,"

"I did take the spot for your dad."

"You think he's happy?" I asked, leaning my head on his shoulder.

"Happy as could ever be."

"Alright folks, last dance of the night is a daddy-daughter dance. Let's give the bride's dad a hand as he escorts himself down to the dance floor to dance with his little girl." I watched as Zac stood up, unaware of what was going on.

"Come on," I smiled as I took his hand in mine.

"Is this a trick?" Zac asked.

"No, I chose to dance with you. Every bride needs to dance with her dad." He smiled and once the song started playing the smile grew bigger and bigger as did mine and my tears became known once again as we danced.

You're beautiful baby, from the outside in. Chase your dreams but always know the road that will lead you home again. Go on, take on this old world but to me you know you'll always be my little girl.

Jason and I sat at the table, just the two of us and watched as the guests are and laughed at their tables. As for Jason and I, we couldn't stop looking at each other. There wasn't a time where I didn't take my eyes off him, even when he ate. Just seeing him in his tuxedo, his hair smoothed to the side... he's mine. All mine. Officially mine.

"At this time, we'd like to call the Maid-of-honor, Amber, to say a few words." I put my napkin down and turned towards my best friend who stood next to me.

"Hi everybody, I'm Amber, Talia's best friend, practical sister and her maid of honor. Talia, I remember when we were kids and we talked about the fairytale weddings with the pumpkin carriage and the Cinderella dress. And even our Prince Charming to sweep us off our feet. And our parents told us that doesn't exist. But here you stand with Jason and in your princess dress with your Prince Charming, proving every single person who told you this wouldn't happen wrong. The love you two share is something that nobody can find. Jason, you're not only a best friend to me, but you're now a brother to me. And I know both of your parents, Talia, your dad, Jason, your mom, would be thrilled to see you two on this day expressing your love." I stood up and hugged Amber as tight as I could.

"I love you," I whispered in her ear. She breathed a laugh and returned to her seat while Jackson stood up.

"Hi, I'm Jackson, Jason's best friend, wingman, brother, teammate and his best man. Jason, you weren't the best guy in the world, you used people and you played people. But once you met Talia, your whole world changed. I saw the love you had in your eyes since you first laid eyes on her. I know I'm not around as much and I know I suck at speeches, but I'm gonna give it a try. Your mom would constantly tell you how to treat a girl, how to make a girl happy and how to live with one. And when Talia came around, she took that role of teaching you things. She taught you how to love, how to laugh and how to smile. I guess in a way, she took that broken boy who lost his sister and turned him into something different. She opened a world up to you only she knew was possible. And for that, I envy you. I look up to you in relationship wise. I promised myself I wouldn't cry. Amber, I owe you twenty bucks." I laughed and shook my head. Always making bets. Jackson sat down and I turned to Jason with a big smile on my face.

"So, does this mean I can officially change my Instagram name?"

Jason laughed and nodded, "yes, you can." Instantly, I pulled my phone out of my little change purse on the table and changed my Instagram name.

T.Summers22: What a memorable night. The day has finally come when I marry the love of my life and spend the rest of my life loving him unconditionally. From this point on, we take on the world together and we fight each other's problems together. Till death do us part. A whole new world with you. I love you so much, my husband, @summers22

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