One Thousand Roses

Two completely opposite people; Natalia Grey the school nerd, teacher's pet. She's a big sister and role model. She believes in love at first sight. She wants the fairytale love, the one where you find your prince and live happily ever after.

Jason Summers the school bad boy, player and football player. He does what he wants, when he wants. It's his way or no way. He's the type of guy who doesn't date, doesn't believe in love nor wants it.

Talia only sees one side of Jason and that's his bad boy side; the jerk. Jason only sees one side of Talia and that's her nerdy side; geeky glasses and pulled back hair.

What happens when these two completely opposite teens are forced to see each and talk to each other every single day? What happens when the two teenagers realize there's more to the story than meets the eye? Will their opinions change? Find out in The Bad Boy's Reputation.


58. Chapter Fifty Eight

Natalia's POV

"You were up and down all night." Jason informed, as I rolled over.

"I know." I replied, blinking a few times.

"Why? That usually never happens."

"Just... A lot of stuff on my mind is all." I replied, looking at the clock on the wall. "It's nine in the morning."


"My mom is here."

"So does that mean we get the day with no kids?"

"Ha-ha. I wish. My mom and Zac are probably going out, which means they're leaving their children with us."

"Can you at least come downstairs and eat breakfast?" He asked, sitting up.

"No, I'm not hungry."

"Talia, you haven't eaten since dinner last night. You have to be starving." I shook my head. "Come on, don't do this."

"Do what? I said I'm not hungry, is that so bad?"

"It could be, yes. You just got over your eating, and now you're not eating."

"I don't need you to be my dad, Jason. Alright? Just because I say I'm not hungry, doesn't mean I'm starving myself, okay?" I asked, getting out of bed. I put my shirt over my head, stuck my arms through and walked right to the door.

"Talia, come on." Jason said, following me out the bedroom door.

"I'm not in the mood, okay? Please, just... I'm not in the mood." 

"Hey, what's wrong?" He asked, lifting my chin up. I shook my head, as a few tears fell. "Talk to me, baby." He whispered.

"I just... I'm scared that I'm gonna flip out on my mom once I see her."

"That's why you're crying?" I looked down again. "Baby, I can't help you if you don't tell me."

"Jase, I don't need you worrying about me, okay? I'm capable of taking care of myself, and you don't need to worry about me."

He smiled, put his forehead on mine and brought our hands in front of us. "No matter how many times you tell me to not worry, I will always worry. There's not a day I don't worry about you." We walked down the stairs together, and I was engulfed in a hug.

"I missed you so much, baby girl." My mom said, squeezing me tightly.

"You missed me."

"Of course I did, how couldn't I miss you?"

"If you missed me so much, why didn't you come last night."

"I just get here, and this is what I'm welcomed to?" She asked, keeping her arms out at her sides.

"Do you know how important that dinner was to me? It was really important. And for my own mother not to show up, but her fiancé, who isn't even my own dad shows up? I had to take care of your kids. Of your daughter, and your son. I'm seventeen, I want to have a life, but I can't have one, when I have a freaking four year and and five month old baby crowding around me." She just looked at me.

"What happened to my little girl? The one who would get good grades, and didn't care to watch Macey?"

"That little girl is gone, mom! She was gone when you left! She was gone when I was asked if I would ever adopt Macey and Zack as my own kids, because their mother isn't around! You know, I can't believe I thought you would change after the baby. But you know what? I wish dad was still here, and I wish it was you in the fire. Once I turn eighteen, those kids will be mine."

I pushed past my mother, and grabbed my mom's car keys. "I'm going out. And don't try to call me. I won't answer." I said, as my mom stood still in her spot. The passenger side door opened, and slammed closed. Jason sat in the passenger seat, with a hard glare on his face.

"I told you not to do that. I told you. Your mom is heart broken."


"No, Natalia! Not good!"

"Well, I can't take it back, and frankly, I don't want to." 

"Where are we going?" He asked, finally calming down.



"Because I want to," I replied, turning into a long driveway.

"You shouldn't have said that to your mom, Talia."

"Are you coming or not?" I asked, dodging the question. He huffed, but got out of the car. I knocked on the door, waiting for Adelaide to open the door. "Look, I know it wasn't the best thing I said, but it had to be said. She needs to know how I feel." I said, before the door opened, and a smiling Adelaide opened the door.

"Talia, hi! Come in!" Adelaide exclaimed, moving away from the door. "Jase. Harrison is upstairs watching the soccer game if you want to go watch. Second door on the left." 

"So, what's been going on?" Adelaide asked, sitting next to Sapphire on the floor. I followed, crossed my legs and put my hands in my lap.

"So much."


"So, you know about my dad right?"


"His three-year anniversary passed yesterday, and I had all my family over and my dad's friends who used to work with him. And of course, I invited my mom and her boyfriend. But her boyfriend showed, and my mom didn't."

"What? No offense but what kind of mother is that?"

"Exactly. And Jason totally flipped on me because I said I wished it was her that was in the fire, and that I wish I was never even in that family. And I also told her, um, once I'm eighteen, my sister and brother will be my own kids." 

"Oh, Talia. You shouldn't have said that, honey. We all have breaking points, but if it was your mom, think of how you would feel."

"I know. But I couldn't hold it in anymore. It actually seems like Jason's mom was the only mother I've ever known."

"Well, now you have us and our family. But you should apologize to your mom for saying that." I nodded.

"So, how's Sapphire?" I asked, shifting my eyes to the little baby on the floor.

"She is amazing. She wakes up in the middle of the night like most babies do, but she only wakes up once."

"I actually think she needs a diaper change... Do you want to change her?" She asked.

"Me? Oh, I don't think..."

"Oh, don't be silly. You've changed a baby's diaper before."

Jason's POV

I put the water down on the side table of the bedroom and stood up. "Where are you going?" Harrison asked.

"I just wanna make sure Talia is good. You know, with everything that happened today." He nodded and drank more of his beer.

"It's great, you know." Adelaide said, as the two girls came into view. Talia stood with her back to me, holding my second cousin in her arms.

"What is?" Talia asked.

"Motherhood. Getting the feeling of holding an actual human inside of you, and seeing it grow. And having the feeling of calling that baby yours."

Talia laughed. "Don't get any more ideas in my head." I could practically hear the smile on her face.

"You're a natural at this," Adelaide said as Talia walked around in circles.

"I've had many experiences."

"Would you want a baby?" Adelaide asked. I leaned against the wall, hearing the conversation. Even though I couldn't see the two of them, I could decipher which voice was which.

"I mean, of course I would want a baby. Who wouldn't? But again, I'm not ready to have a baby just yet. I have a whole life ahead of me."

"I hear you, I do. I didn't want one yet, but once I saw the first ultrasound... I knew I would love my baby for the rest of my life. Harrison and I actually talked about putting her up for adoption. We got a lawyer, but we didn't chose a family. Last minute, when the lawyer gave us some couples to talk about... We decided we wanted to keep her."

"I've always wanted to be able to call a baby mine, you know? Like, with my brother, he's my brother, and I can't say he's my baby, but honestly, I've always wanted to experience that." 

"So, why can't you?"

"I, um..." Talia struggled. "I, um, there's a slight chance I can't have kids."


Natalia's POV

"So, listen, I wanted to talk to you," Jason said, holding my hand.

"That's never good." He smiled slightly, obvious pain in his expression. "Jase, what's going on?"

"I heard your conversation with Ade today." He said. "Why didn't you tell me? All this talk about having a baby in the future, and you can't have kids?"

I sighed and looked down. "My doctor said there's a more than likely chance that I can reproduce in the future, with the right medicines and the right procedures."

"When did you find this out?"

"When I, um, got a blood test."

"Two weeks ago."

"I didn't want to tell you. Jason, he said it's only a small chance that I can't. He said I will be able to reproduce, I swear he said it. It's something that was passed on. It just skipped a generation."

"How small is the chance?"

"Little to nothing. It's a twenty percent chance I can't reproduce. That's it. And then the other eighty, means I can. There's just a small chance that there will be problems or miscarriages, that's all." 

"Why did you go for a blood test anyway?"

"Oh, just an annual checkup. Something my doctors need me to do, to make sure my blood pressure, cholesterol and heart is okay, blah blah blah." The front door opened, and Macey ran inside, followed by my mom, who looked sad still.

"Mrs. Grey," Jason said, standing up.

"Please, stay seated." My mom replied, sitting down in front of us. "I thought about what you said, and you're right. I haven't been the best mother. And I wish I could go back and change everything I ever did. Natalia, I made a lot of mistakes in my life, not showing up last night was one of them. But you, Macey and Zack, you guys weren't a mistake. You're honestly the best thing that has ever happened to me. I came from little to nothing. I lived with grandma and grandpa for almost twenty years. I was living with them when you were born. And your father and I were married. Talia, marrying your father was the best thing I've ever done, and when you came... It was the best thing we've ever done. It's not easy being a mother of two girls. Especially when I know absolutely nothing about them. And honestly, there's some days where I wish I was also the one in the fire, because then you wouldn't be how you are today. God, I'm so sorry, Talia." 

I stood up and walked to my mom. "I'm sorry for everything I said. I was in a mood and I needed to get the anger out. You were vulnerable, and I had a grudge against you, so I took it out. And I was wrong. Mom, I love you, no matter what. Whether you leave, or you don't show up, or.... You cheating on Zac with Rob."

"That was a long time ago." My mom said.

"I know, mom."

"I love you so much baby girl."

"This doesn't mean I forgive you for leaving, and not showing up, and leaving me with your kids."

"I know."


"You should forgive your mom," Jason said as I pulled the covers over my legs.

"And whys that?"

"Because she's your mom and she loves you. And she wants to be forgiven."

"I'll forgive my mom on one condition, and if you say no... Then I won't forgive her."

"This depends on the condition."

"My one condition is... You have to see and have a conversation with your father."

He sat up quickly and shook his head. "Absolutely not."

"Fine, then I won't forgive my mom."

"Talia, you don't understand. That man is not my dad. He is an abusive man who wanted a good blow, but my mom wouldn't do it, unless she was forced." 

"Jason. J-"

"I refuse to see the man who made my mom sick. Who made me the way I am. Who hurt my little sister."

"Hey, hey, just hear me out." I said, putting my hand on his arm. "It looks like he wants to see you, Jason. You don't have to forgive him. You don't have to stay for long. It could be in a restaurant. And I'll sit right with you.

"Talia, I am not seeing him. End of discussion I wasn't good enough for him before, and now, he's not good enough for me. And plus, my aunt would kill not only me, but you." 

"Alright, I'm sorry I brought it up." I huffed, turning around. I heard him sigh, and felt hands wrap around my waist.

"Look, he hurt me, okay? He isn't a good person, and I don't want to end up like him. He'll put shit in my head, and make me think I'm like him, and I'll go nuts." I didn't answer. "Don't shut me out because of this." He said, turning me over. He straddled my waist, and looked down at me. "This whole situation is about you, Talia. Not me. I'm not seeing my dad. And I don't want to see my dad. And I can't see my dad." I furrowed my eyebrows.

"He has a restraining order. He has to keep his hands off of me at all times. No matter what age I am, he isn't allowed to touch me. He can come near me, he can get up in my face. But if he touches me, he will be arrested." I took a deep, shaky death.

"I'm sorry."

"Don't be. We all have our secrets." He replied, moving hair away from my face. "Talia, I want you to know that I still love you, even if you can't have a baby. I still love you."

"And I still love you." His hands traveled down my body until I stopped him. "My parents are down the hall."

"So? They know we're obviously going to be doing things."

"It doesn't feel right.

"Hold it in." He smirked. My breath hitched.


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