Head over Heels 3

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43. road trip.

After Derek finished breakfast, we both decided to go to the doctors office for Issac’s first appointment to get checked out. At least I was getting out of the house.

“It feels amazing to get out of that house. I thought I was going to lose my mind in there. Thanks for coming, I’m happy everything is fine with Issac and I, I thought I would end up with stitches after but I was wrong. Anyways, I wanna go on a road trip to meet your grandparents.”

“What? Really? We don’t have to.”

“I want to, besides, I’m trying to avoid going back home with nothing to do since the doctor put me on bed rest. Even though I can’t do that because, I have a child to feed, bathe, and change.”

“That’s what you have me for. Take all the rest you need, you deserve it. I barely get any sleep anyhow. Take care of yourself so you can take care of Issac. We don’t have to take a trip to L.A to see my grandparents.”

“We are going, and you’re going to navigate me to the right destination. I’m bored, okay, I just want to go out and do something. And going to visit your grandparents, is what I want to do. Please, I’m begging.”

“Alright, alright. Instead of navigating. I’ll drive. We’ll get there a lot quicker if I drove. Hand me the keys.” He says, I sighed taking them out of Issac’s diaper bag handing them to him. On our adventurous way to L.A, we made it to the ranch, I grabbed Issac out of his car seat making my way up to the house. “You nervous?” He asks knocking on the door.

“Of course not.”

“Derek, it’s good to see you. What brings you back?” His grandma asks.

“The mother of my child wanted to meet you, she just had a newborn and wanted to get out of the house so, I brought her here.”

“Hi, it’s very nice meeting you. I’m Adrian.” I said politely.

“Nancy, it’s nice meeting you too. Derek has told me so much about you. My husband George and I love Audrey, come in, come in. Would you like something to drink?” She asks inviting us inside. “I have beer, I know how frustrating it is to have a newborn and give up drinking for nine months.” She says handing me a beer.

“Thank you, and yes it’s very frustrating. But hopefully this will be my last kid. Derek has told me about you, well not a lot but I know Audrey was here when I was away for my honeymoon.”

“Oh, yes. Audrey had a good time, we enjoyed her, she’s so precious. I was happy when I found out that Derek had a daughter, couldn’t wait to meet her. You two have done a good job raising her.”

“Thank you, but I would actually give the credit to him and my husband. They’ve been wonderful with her. Derek is a good father. He didn’t want to get just anyone pregnant so, I asked him for a favor and, he gave me a beautiful baby girl.”

“That’s understandable. Better than Jessa, never liked her, what ever happened to her?” She asks.

“Grandma, really? We’re doing this now? She cheated on me.”

“Good. At least she showed you her true colors. You’re better without her, it’s time to focus on you and your daughter. She would try to take you away from being with her, what kind of girlfriend does that? I’ll tell you what kind, the jealous kind, the insecure kind.”

“Alright, I get it. We’ve had this talk before, and no offense but, I don’t want to hear it. I’ve learned my lesson, okay? I’m gonna get some air.” He says walking out of the door.

“How is he doing? Is he sleeping okay?” She asks.

“Um, no. Sometimes he doesn’t take his meds when he’s around Audrey because he wants to be able to be up with her, and watch her but...I think he will get better.”

“He told me what you wanted to do for veterans that are homeless, I think that’s sweet of you, to do that for them but mostly for Derek because he inspired you to do it. The way he talks about you, makes me think he still loves you.”

“He does. And we’ve both sat down and talked about our feelings more than once and, we’re doing okay. We’re co-parenting and I think that’s all we’ll ever be. He’s like a best friend to me, someone I can depend on when I need to hear the truth. He doesn’t apologize for anything and, I understand that. So, I heard that you were willing to keep Audrey’s dog here on the ranch.”

“Yes, we are. She’s always welcomed here, including Sunflower. It was nice meeting you Adrian, I’m happy you’re apart of his life, and that he was willing to marry you before he left.”

“It was nice meeting you too Nancy.” I said.

“May I? I haven’t held a baby since I gave birth.”

“No, I don’t mind. Feels nice to have him off my hands for a bit, Derek has been a good help, helping me when my husband is away for a couple more days.” I said handing him to her. “I’m gonna go check on Derek.” I said walking out noticing him leaning on the fence. “Hey, you okay?”

“Yeah, I’m fine. I told you she was crazy.”

“She is not that bad.” I giggled. “At least you have a grandma, I don’t even think I have any other family members besides my dad.”

“You do, you have Justin, Kristie, my parents..me. Maybe even my grandparents. That’s all the family you need. I don’t know what it’s like to lose a mom, but I’m happy you’re the mother of our kid. You may not know what the hell you’re doing with Issac but, it’s a process. I can tell you didn’t want to have another kid.”

“Yeah but, I did. So, I have to suck it up and be a mom to him. I love Issac, he’s innocent in all of this. I shouldn’t love him less because I was stupid to get pregnant again, I’m the one that has to deal with the consequences. Maybe I’m just exhausted. I’m obsessed with getting back to my job instead of spending time with my son, what kind of mother thinks that?”

“The same kind of mom that can’t wait for their kids to go to school, it’s no different. Don’t feel bad, kids are a handful. Oh, I want you to meet the other member of the family, Sunflower. We kinda found her wandering around with no collar, looked like she haven’t been eating. Audrey felt bad for her, don’t worry, she’s gotten all of her shots and is also healthy. Just in case you and Justin decided to bring her into your home.”

“She’s adorable.”

“Yeah, she is. They’ve been taking good care of her. Anytime you feel like taking her home, you can.”

“I’m sure Audrey would like that, but I need to think about it first.”

“Okay, take all the time you need. Ever rode a horse? His name is Midnight, c’mon.” He says grabbing my hand.

“Wait, no, no, no. I-I can’t ride a horse. Are you crazy? I have to take it easy remember, I just gave birth.” I said.

“It’s just a short ride, nothing ruthless, I’ll be right beside you. Hop on.” He says holding his hand out. I grabbed his hand, hopping on the horse. “Grab the reins, you don’t want to fall.”

“I’m nervous.”

“It’s your first time, just picture it’s Justin.” He says, I rolled my eyes and grabbed the reins. “Don’t worry, I’ll guide him” He adds grabbing the straps beginning to walk backwards. I couldn’t believe I was riding a horse for the first time. I would never picture myself doing this in a million years, but it was fun.

“I can’t believe I’m on a horse. I never thought I would be able to do this.”

“Well you are. You think you can do it without me? We’re only going in circles.”

“Yeah, yeah I think I’m okay, but don’t go anywhere, stay close, I may need your assistance.”

“You’ll be just fine. You’re a natural.”

“I’m just sitting on a horse, letting him do all the work. It’s actually not bad at all. Maybe I over exaggerated.”

“Maybe? You clearly over exaggerated. You’re doing great, Audrey didn’t make such a big fuss at first, just to let you know.”

“Thanks, that kinda helped. This is fun, it’s better than being locked up in a house taking care of a baby. God I wish I didn’t make that sound bad as I made it.”

“Will you stop, you’re a good mom, and having a newborn can make you like that. You’re allowed to feel the way you’re feeling, doesn’t mean you hate your baby. You just miss not being a parent, you miss not having responsibilities but, we’re adults now, and we can’t go back into the past and redo things. Except things the way they are, can’t be kids forever.”

“I just hate I rushed things, you know? I remember I couldn’t wait to turn twelve and get my period, couldn’t wait to turn eighteen and graduate high school. I missed out on a lot because I wanted to grow up so quickly. I love my kids, and I love being married. I just wish I were still young.”

“Yeah, me too. I think we all think like that, but, make time for Issac, because I’m sure he will feel the same exact way that you’re feeling when he’s older. Missing his mom, and you missing him. Stop rushing life.” He says. I hate to admit it but he was right, what am I kidding, he’s always right. I started to notice the horse was starting to get a little spooked out. I got a little freaked out when he started rearing up, until I fell backwards off the horse into a pool of mud. “Holy shit are you okay?” He asks kneeling in front of me.

“Yeah, yeah I’m fine. I’m just dirty now. God, this is a Louis Vuitton.”

“Wow, am I hearing you crying about getting your designer outfit ruined? Rich life has gotten to you huh?”

“What? What do you mean by that?” I asked.

“Nothing, I didn’t mean anything by it. It’s just, maybe I haven’t known you for a decade but, I knew who you were before all of..this. Is that why you chose him instead of me?” He asks.

“It wasn’t because of the money if that’s what you’re thinking. I make my own money, with being a surgeon and, the money my mom left me. I don’t need his money, I chose him because we love each other and, we’ve been there for each other and I don’t want that to end. Don’t think I didn’t choose you because you aren’t..you know, rich. I don’t care about money. I don’t. I’m not that kind of girl. You are amazing, so amazing. And that’s why I fell in love with you when we were dating. I don’t regret what we had, Derek. I enjoy having you help me with Issac, and you bringing me here. I’m here sitting in mud, and...kinda enjoying it. Maybe I am used to the rich life. Being rich can be depressing. I’m sorry if I made you feel that way.”

“Don’t be. I’m not jealous or anything. I’m happy for you and Justin. You deserve happiness.”

“Are you sure you’re not jealous? It’s okay to be. I know seeing us together isn’t always pleasing to you.” I asked.

“I’m okay. Seriously, I am. I mean when I first met you, I liked you. Like, like you, like you. Out of all the girls I’ve been through, you were different, I knew you were different and I didn’t even bother to ask to see if you were dating or not. Maybe I shouldn’t have flirted with you, none of this would’ve happened.”

“I’m happy it did. Because if it weren’t for that, Audrey wouldn’t be here. I just came to the conclusion where, this is how it’s meant to be. How everything is meant to be.”

“Yeah. I agree. Come on, let’s get you out of here.” He says holding out his hand. I grabbed his hand and pulled him in with me.

“Now we’re both dirty.” I laughed. “You clearly asked me to pull you in. Are you mad?”

“No, of course not. I should be getting used to this.” He snickered. “Come on, let’s get cleaned up.” He says helping me out. Nancy came outside as we both stood in front of her on the porch. We were both ashamed about the whole thing, so she gave us two towels to use and her husbands old truck to go to Derek’s place and take a shower. I didn’t have any extra clothes but Derek told me that I could use Jessa’s. “So there’s two bathrooms, one is my room and there’s one down the hall. Take whichever, her clothes are in the closet, I was going to throw them out but, I got busy so take what you want.”

“Alright, thanks.”

“Yeah. I’ll see you in a bit.” He says walking off. I took a deep breath and took a shower in his room. Once I got out, I went into his closet searching for Jessa’s clothes. “Um, I’ll come back.”

“No, that’s okay. I found something to wear anyways. You’ve seen my body a million times, nothings changed. Don’t feel uncomfortable about it.”

“Why aren’t you feeling uncomfortable about it? You should be.”

“I should. But I’m not. It’s not like we’re having sex, we’ve seen each other naked before. Why are you feeling weird about this?”

“Because you’re married to my friend and, I don’t want him to think something is going on. I’ll get our clothes to the cleaners, once I come back.”

“Okay. Well I’m gonna get dressed.” I said going into the bathroom. When I came out, I saw Derek in the closet getting a couple of outfits to wear in Cali. “Hey, I’m sorry about what happened a couple minutes ago. I was way out of line and, I should’ve been respectful. It was stupid of me to do that, and disrespectful to you and Justin.” I said, he sighs and stands up, facing me.

“I forgot about it, let’s just act like it never happened. But you were right, we have seen each other naked, nothings different about that, but you’re married, that’s whats’ different. And if Justin found out, he’ll kill you and I both. Maybe not you, but especially me. I don’t want to hurt him anymore. I didn’t see anything, I just walked in at the wrong time.”

“Yeah. I’m sorry.”

“Don’t be.” He says going back to look for clothes. “If you want, you can take the rest of her clothes, I don’t want them here.”

“Oh, no thanks. I already feel dirty wearing her things.” I said.

“You look great. I know you didn’t want to wear one of her underwear’s.”

“Hell no, thanks for lending me a pair of your boxers. I’ll give them back.”

“Or don’t, keep them, or throw them away.” He says standing back up. “Ready to go?”

“Yeah, I’m ready.” I said. We left his place, going back to his grandparents place. “You know I can always trust you right?” I began to say.

“Yeah. I know, what are friends for?”

“I mean. I can come to you for anything and I can always depend on you. You’re so honest with me, and I feel like I can be honest with you too without you getting upset. I feel like everyone tells me what I want to hear, like I can handle the truth because they’re afraid of hurting my feelings. You don’t care about hurting my feelings.”

“I care about your feelings. Sometimes at the same time I don’t. I care about you Adrian, I cared about you more than I cared about Jessa. You’re special to me, and it’s not because you and I have a baby together. I never stopped liking you.”

“I know.” I said smiling. He looks at me and smile too. “So, thank you for bringing me, I think I already told you that but I had fun.”

“Happy to hear that. You when Justin comes back, I’m sure you’ll do things together. Something that doesn’t involve a horse.” He chuckled.

“Yeah. I would like to come back though, help around the ranch.”

“I’m sure Nancy and George would love that. There’s a lot to do around the ranch. And don’t come back wearing designer clothes. Wear something appropriate.”

“Okay. I don’t know when I’ll be back, but I definitely will.” I said, I went inside to get Issac putting him in his car seat, putting him in the car.

“It was nice meeting you Adrian, maybe next time you could meet my husband.” Nancy says.

“Of course, I will be back soon. Thanks for having me and looking out for Issac.”

“No problem, I miss having a baby around. Thank you for being apart of Derek’s life. I thought I would never meet an unproblematic girl he’s cared about. You two would’ve been good together.”

“Would you stop meddling, she’s married, and we are officially over.” Derek says.

“You’re just like your uptight mother, I know you still like her.”

“Goodnight grandma, take care. And take your pills before bed, remember you forgot last time.”

“Don’t tell me what to do Derek, drive safely. See you soon Adrian.” She says walking back into the house. I began laughing at Derek, going back to the car.

“What’s so funny?” He asks.

“Nothing. I can tell she hates you, well she loves you but she hates when you tell her what to do.”

“Yeah whatever. Thanks for meeting her. She wanted to meet you for the longest.”

“No problem, happy I came. Want me to drive back? I can.”

“No, I got it. You get some sleep.”

“Okay. If you insist.” I said getting inside. On our way home, it didn’t take me no time to fall asleep.

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