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.


78. Chapter Seventy Eight

Natalia's POV

"How's life as a mother?" Amber asked as I stuffed my face with lettuce.

"Um... It's good, I guess."

"You guess?"

"No, it's great. It's hard, but it's great." I smiled, looking down to my sleeping baby. "You know, it's been hard now that Jason is away with his family. He's usually the one who attends him in the middle of night, claiming he doesn't want me to lose sleep. And now that he's gone, I have to get up for him, and wait for the babysitter to come to the house in the morning, where Addison would just come."

"And have you spoken to your mom?" She asked, eating a French fry.

"Nope, she hasn't even reached out to me yet. I've been waiting for her to reach out, but nothing came." My mom and I have gotten into yet another fight recently, and it was one of this biggest fights we ever had. My mom has swooped to the level of being on the worsts mothers on this planet. She left her five-year-old daughter in the grocery store, not realizing it, and left the shopping center without her child.

"She left her five-year-old in the middle of a shopping store in Brooklyn. Out of all places, in Brooklyn, in one of the worst places to go. You know how these stories are, if you don't get to your car right away, you're screwed. God forbid something happened to her."

"Enough about me, how about you? How's the whole Jason problem?" I asked.

"We're back together, finally. I didn't know how much I missed him until he kissed me." I grinned and nodded.

"So, is Christina and Nick an item, or?" I asked.

"Everyone thinks so, but they keep denying it."

"And what about Abi? Did she finally admit her crush to that sophomore?"

"I'm not sure, I haven't really seen them around much. Their schedules must be really tough if we don't even see them at lunch nowadays."

"So, you're birthday is coming up... Any plans?" Amber asked.

"Don't pull what you pulled last year."

"I would never do that again. Jason is way too demanding." I laughed and shook my head. "But seriously, what do you want to do?"

"I just... Want to have a small thing with my family, like, you, Jackson, Poppy, Macey, Zack, Nick, Christina and that's it. Something small."

"That can be rearranged."

"Hey, this is the doctor, can you watch him for a second?" Amber nodded and smiled down at my sleeping baby. Tommy has been having this reoccurring infection, and we don't know what it is, so we've been back and forth with this doctor, and the hospital and Tommy got his blood taken, they got samples from his DNA, they got all this stuff, and they hadn't found anything yet.

"Dr. Gavin, thank you for calling me."

"Ms. Grey, I have some.... News."


"After doing several tests on Thomas, we can't find what's wrong. The only way to know is by going to the emergency room and having them take tests. Their machinery is much more sufficient than ours is, and if it's what I think it is, he'll need to be taken care of and kept an eye on."

"What do you think it is?"

"I think it could be a neonatal infection. From what you've told me, he's not eating, sleeping at all hours of the day, he's coughing and wheezing.... I think the best thing is to have him hospitalized for a little." After hanging up with the doctor, I ran back inside to Amber.

"What happened? Why do you have the crazy eyes?"

"The doctor said to have him hospitalized." Her eyes widened. "I'm going to get him in the car, can you call Jason and let him know what's going on please?" I asked, picking the car seat up. She nodded and pulled her phone out of her pocket.


Amber, Jackson, Nick and I all sat in the small waiting room outside of the infant center in the hospital. The worst thing I could ever do is sit here and wait for a doctor to tell me my child is okay. So far, after six hours, there's been no sign of a doctor, a nurse or any source of explanation behind having to bring Tommy here.

"I came here as soon as I could. The first flight out, literally." Jason said, catching his breath.

"What are you doing here?" I asked, standing up.

"Well, since I got a call saying my son is going to the hospital for his infection, I figured my family is more important than a vacation. And anyways, everyone came back with me."

"Has there been any word on him?" Mike asked, walking to us.

"Not yet, no. I mean, I know he's okay, they just haven't said what it is yet." I replied as Jason rubbed my back smoothly.

"How long have you been here for?" Sally asked.

"About six hours, maybe seven. I haven't been counting."

"Anyone want coffee?" Amber asked, standing up.

"I will. There's a Starbucks across the street. Get me a latte, with a double shot of expresso." She nodded.

"Since when do you drink coffee?" Jason asked.

"Since about six hours ago. I need to stay awake somehow. The last time we were in a situation like this, with someone in the hospital, it didn't end so well."

"That won't happen this time, T."

"Hey, we had some good memories here too." He smiled, putting his arm around my waist and pulling me closer.


"Well, for one, our first kiss was here. In the pouring rain."

"It was. After you blamed me for putting your mom in the hospital."

"She told me to."

"Where is Amber with my coffee? That Starbucks is always empty." I huffed, looking out the window. "Hey, where did Jackson go?" I asked.

"With Amber," Nick replied.

"Oh gross, I'm gonna have sex coffee," I whined, throwing my head back. Jason chuckled beside me.

"Ms. Grey." Someone spoke. I turned, to see the doctor who took Tommy when we first came.

"Anything?" I asked.

"You must be the father."


"Your baby is fine now. However, he will be kept in the NICU for a little, just until we get back the test results. But you have full access to see him and everything. Walk him around, hold him."

"How long until the results are in?"

"Not long. Three, four days the least." I nodded. "And I don't want you to worry, because our nurses for the infant section, are amazing. I know I'm sounding biased, but honestly, they truly are. So, there's no need to worry, they are taking perfectly good care of Thomas as we speak." I nodded.

"Which one of you is the stable parent?" He asked.

"Stable?" Jason asked.

"Who makes the money for the family?"

"That would be me."

"What does being stable have to do with a baby?" Jason asked.

"Well, I wanted to know who stays home with the child."

"My cousin does," Jason informed.

"Have you been aware of how long this infection has been going on for?" Dr. Gavin asked.

"A couple days," I replied.

"Try a couple weeks. Thomas is approximately one month and three weeks old, and the infection has been building up for at least three weeks now. There had to have been signs. Or he was given some kind of food. As young parents, I know it's hard, and I know there's a lot of stress around, but your child should always come first. I can only imagine the hardship and the stress going on right now, and I know you're both very young, but-"

"I don't need to hear this shit. We're young, so what? Instead of lecturing us on how to be better parents, why don't you be a better doctor, and do your damn job?" Jason walked away from the conversation, with his feet slamming on the ground.

"I'm, um, he gets like this when he can't cope with things. Don't take it personally." Dr. Gavin nodded, before dismissing himself.

"You scared off the doctor." I sighed, sitting next to Jason.

"He shouldn't be lecturing us on being parents. He is a doctor, who's sitting out here with us when he could be helping some other couples kid."

"Listen, I know you're scared. I know you're thinking about you mom because that was the last time we were in this place, but you can't take your anger out on innocent people. It only edges you on, and them." He sank into his seat, before putting his hand on my thigh.

"Everything is going to be okay, Jason." He nodded.


I know.... It took me forever to update. I have reasons, though:

School has now started, and since sophomore year is when colleges start to look at your grades, I decided I want to focus on school and my grades. In the past, I put my writing first, but I can't do that right now. I need to focus on school, so I can get in a good college once the time comes.

Also, something is wrong with my middle finger.... I don't know what it is, but it's in so much pain, like, to where I want to cut it off. So that's also been stopping me. But it's mainly the school.

The updates won't be coming every day like they did over the summer, due to school. Please, be patient. Keep commenting. I sometimes lose hope that you guys stopped reading because it takes me so long to update. That's all for now.... If there's any news or something coming up, I'll be sure to let you all know:))

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