Ace was an uncle, again. There was already little four year old, Brianna and three year old, Matthew from Kevin and Candy, to occupy his time as uncle, but now Mandy and Lucas had a baby girl named Stella on leap day. The news of Mandy being pregnant was a shock to the family in general. Mandy was barely out of school and only eighteen when she told the family she was pregnant. The Davidson’s quickly adapted to the idea and couldn’t wait for the new arrival. The day had finally arrived and Ace was there for most of the action.
He spent the day over at Lucas and Mandy’s house, that they had bought a few months after they learned they were having a baby, like he did every Tuesday afternoon after school. Ace was going to culinary school just like he always wanted. He finally built up the nerve to tell his parents two years ago and they were perfectly okay with it. As long as he was happy, which Ace was since cooking was his passion more than anything. For practice, he’d go over to Lucas and Mandy’s to cook them dinner, which they liked since Ace had a natural talent for food.
Ace was just about done with dinner when he heard Mandy scream in the living room. She had been having pains all day, but she figured it was just false labor pains. She had had them before and always felt silly about going to the hospital only to find out her baby wasn’t coming that day, so this time she didn’t do anything about them. Ace quickly turned the stove off and rushed into the living room to see Mandy bent over grabbing her stomach with Lucas running around like a chicken with his head cut off. Ace asked what the hell was happening and Lucas explained that Mandy’s water broke and they had to get to the hospital. Ace took out his phone and started calling almost everyone telling them that Mandy was in labor.
The waiting room was a mess full of Davidson’s and their significant others, friends, and everyone else that people could think of to greet the baby girl into the world. Unfortunately, they couldn’t greet the baby just yet since it was almost midnight and visiting hours were at ten in the morning. Ace decided to stay the night, though. He wanted to be one of the first ones to see his new niece. He slept in his car overnight not wanting to leave the parking lot just in case that something happened and he couldn’t make it to the hospital.
Ace woke up from the backseat and wiped drool off the corner of his mouth. He checked his phone to see it was only eight thirty in the morning. That was close enough to ten. He sat up and got out of his car stretching his body from being too cramped in the backseat. Ace shut the door and made his way to the front door of the hospital going to the elevator and pressing the up button. After a moment or two on the elevator, he stepped off onto the maternity ward level. He walked into the waiting room and saw Lucas asleep on some chairs. The man looked so peaceful and Ace wanted to be a dick and just wake him up, but he thought better of it.
Ace sighed as he walked down the hallway to the nursery. If he couldn’t hold her, he might as well see her. He turned the corner to where the babies were and there stood Abby Leggat. Ace stopped in his tracks and felt the wind be knocked out of him. It was pretty obvious to anyone that paid close attention that Ace fancied the younger girl. He tried not to make it so obvious to her, but he didn’t know if she knew. Ever since that day they hung-out with just the two of them, Ace noticed himself thinking of Abby a lot more. More than just his little sister’s best friend. He actually pictured himself with her as a couple. He always flirted with her in the past, but he never thought of her that way until that day.
Ace remembered the exact moment he started to develop these feelings too. He was shirtless, dirty, and tired from chasing Abby around the park. She looked as lovely as ever licking her second ice cream cone and he had his. He offered his hand not really sure if she would even take it or not, but she agreed. The moment her hand held his, Ace was hooked. That was two years ago and his feelings for her had only gotten stronger since then.
He took a deep breath as he calmly made his way over to the window. He stood next to her as he looked at the babies finally landing his eyes on Stella. Ace smiled as he looked at his niece with adoration. She was so pink and perfect and Ace already loved her. “She’s gorgeous, isn’t she,” He asked without taking his eyes off of the baby.
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Peter was ready for his seventh year. It was the final year before he went out into the real world and got a job. Peter was going to be an Auror. He had always wanted to be one as long as he could remember since his great-great-grandfather was one. He wanted to follow in his footsteps and it seemed like Peter was going to be an Auror. He was to go to training after graduation as long as he kept his grades up. Peter was in the common room doing just that. He was working on his Potions essay that was due tomorrow. Even though Peter was a good student, he still procrastinated. A lot.
Peter was hunched over his book and parchment scribbling down anything that sounded intelligent enough for this paper. He had been sitting here for the past two hours just writing his paper. No one disturbed him, which was good because he didn’t need any distractions. He looked up just in time to see Grace Davis enter the common room. Great. He really didn’t need that distraction. Grace was his best friend’s younger sister and she had…grown-up a lot since they first met four years ago. Peter noticed, but he didn’t do anything about since it was his best friend’s sibling. Peter looked away from Grace and back down at his paper writing a sentence.
lucas didn’t have to think twice when mandy kissed him. suddenly he was back on his roof the first night he and mandy were officially a couple, holding her hand and looking up at the stars in between kissing her. he was back on the bend of that old dirt road on the outskirts of town that had a…
Mandy felt Lucas kiss her back and she melted right there. Almost dying gave people perspective about what was important and to Mandy, Lucas was the most important thing in the world. She missed kissing him and even cried as they shared their kissbecause it had been too long. Mandy knew that this is where she belonged. She belonged with Lucas and no one else. She also knew that they shouldn’t let anything break them up. They were too right for each other. They were just meant to be together and Mandy knew it. She wanted to be with Lucas forever and no one else would do. That was crazy to think about at only fifteen, but it was true. She didn’t want anyone else, but Lucas. Forever and always.
i meant it when i said i love you, i meant it more than i have ever meant anything.
Mandy looked at Lucas with a small smile, “I love you too. I always have. Always will.” Mandy always loved Lucas, even when they were kids. He was like family, so of course she loved him. Then there was that time with the affair, but still Lucas was like family and she loved him. That’s why it was easy to bring him back in her life. Then their relationship grew and she fell in love with the boy next door. Mandy could see herself being with Lucas forever and still loving him like she did today, maybe even more. She kissed him again, “Always remember that. And I think I want to stay with you tonight. If you still want me to.”
Mandy let go of his shirt and smiled at Lucas. She didn’t want to ruin this moment, but they were still in a car that almost crashed. She looked out the windows and then back at Lucas, “We have to do something to get this car back on the road. We can’t just spend the night in it.” She smiled at him and opened the door. She got out of the car and looked at the damage. There wasn’t much, which was good, but they still had to figure out how to get the car back on the road. Mandy looked towards the road, which didn’t seem like that far off. They could always push it.
megan was telling them a story about her grandfather. his name was curtis and he was a professional baseball player in america. apparently curtis granderson spent a lot of time on the top of a bunch of statistical lists, and now he was in the hall of fame. grace thought that was interesting. she…
Peter listened to Grace and her friends’ trouble about the common room door. He chuckled thinking about his first time trying to get into the common room with out a prefect with him. He literally stood at the door until another first year showed up and they put their heads together for the answer. “That actually happens to a lot of people when they first try to enter the common room.” He chuckled again. He forgot how exciting it was to be a first year since he had already been here for two years. He looked at the other girls Grace was sitting with and smiled at them as well. “You’ve made friends already! That’s great! It took me about two days to meet any friends.” He looked at Grace this time, “That’s when I met your brother.”
Meeting his best friend was probably the best thing to happen to Peter in first year. Peter was following a group of Hufflepuffs down the hallway when he heard stifled giggling. Being naturally curious, Peter stopped walking and looked around the corridor. That’s when he saw Trent levitating a couple of water balloons above the group of Hufflepuffs. Trent saw Peter looking at him and put his finger over his lips. Peter smiled and nodded at the boy. Once the group passed Trent, he let the water balloons burst all over the group and there were yells. Trent ran away laughing grabbing Peter as Trent ran past him. Peter looked back at the Hufflepuffs and they were all looking angrily at the two boys. Peter started laughing a long with Trent.
“lucas and trent have made it clear that they would have preferred i was a gryffindor.
Peter rolled his eyes and laughed, “Yeah, the Gryffindors always think they’re the best house, but we Ravenclaws know better.” He winked at Grace and nudged her with his elbow. He was only kidding, but Peter did have a lot of Ravenclaw pride because the Ravenclaw house is seriously the best house anyone could be in. He looked at the girls Grace was with and smiled at them, “Well, I’ll let you ladies get back to your conversation. Welcome to Hogwarts.” He looked at Grace, ruffled her hair, and smiled, “And I bet I”ll see you later, Grace.” He winked at her and left to go to his dorm. Hopefully his little interaction with them will get Grace some cool points.
lucas heard mandy say his name while he rubbed his eyes, like a little kid. he remembered when he was a little boy and he would cry and cry and wipe his eyes with his palms just like he was doing now. his father would coo at him, “luke… cheer up, son, it’s okay.” he was a little boy again all of…
A couple of things happened in a matter of seconds. Lucas pulled the emergency brake and wrapped his body around Mandy for protection. She continued to cry in his arms, but it wasn’t the panicked crying like she was going to die. It was just the fact he was touching her after a month of no communication, a month of being strangers, and here he was protecting her from the danger outside of the car. The car rushed to a stop and Mandy quietened her sobs in Lucas’ chest. They were okay and they weren’t going to die. Lucas let go of her only slightly to put the car in park. He turned back to her and squeezed her tighter. He whispered that they were safe and Mandy cried again. Relief just washed over her.
Lucas pulled away from her and that’s the exact opposite of what she wanted. He kissed her forehead and Mandy sighed sadly. How did they even get to this point? The point where Lucas had to be drunk to display his true feelings towards her when they could talk about anything. People were jealous of their relationship and Mandy adored it. But now Lucas wouldn’t even talk to her and Mandy couldn’t stand the looks she got in the hallways at school. Some felt so bad for her and others thought she was a dirty whore because they listened to the rumors about how she went farther than kissing Peter. Mandy hated the rumors because hardly any of them were true. Why did everyone want to destroy her relationship with Lucas? It seemed like there was a new rumor going around about them to break them apart and the rumors usually did.
Mandy looked at Lucas and couldn’t hold it in anymore. She looked at Lucas and grabbed his shirt. She kissed him on the lips and didn’t let go.
everything was happening so fast. just that morning, grace had been catching the hogwarts express, for the first time, and her mum was so excited.
“you’re going to love it there!” stella mused, beaming at her youngest daughter. both of grace’s parents were gryffindors, and so were her brothers, her grandfathers, and all of her uncles. she had been pretty sure she would be sorted there, too, just because of genetics. the thing was, though, she didn’t feel like a gryffindor. she didn’t think she was brave enough or whatever it was that made a gryffindor a gryffindor.
thinking like that was probably what got her sorted into ravenclaw. the sorting hat just decided that this girl didn’t want gryffindor badly enough. that was true. she only half-heartedly wanted it. grace wasn’t sure why, but she didn’t want to be like everyone else in the family. lucas and trent made faces at her as she sauntered toward the ravenclaw table, but she knew they were only kidding. her grandmother was a ravenclaw, and so was her aunt lucy. it wasn’t a bad thing. her brothers moved so that they were sitting near her, albeit still at the gryffindor table. lucas congratulated her. he said that being in ravenclaw made her smart. trent was a snot, though. he said she was just an outcast, was what it meant. grace tried not to take it to heart.
a very cute boy came over and hugged trent. he sat beside grace, he had on ravenclaw robes. trent introduced him to grace, this was his best friend peter. trent talked about peter all the time for the last two years, but the family had yet to meet the boy. grace was immediately infatuated with him. he was very cute, and smart, too. maybe ravenclaw wasn’t so bad after all. the only problem was, he was best friends with her oldest brother. there was something in ‘the code’ about avoiding siblings’ best friends, and not to mention grace was much too shy to even approach peter. of course he would have girls falling at his feet, so she had no chance.
grace was enjoying the common room with her dorm mates. the other four girls were wide-eyed and bushy-tailed, just like she was. they were all so excited to even be at hogwarts. there was a black girl, with very pretty eyes. her name was megan granderson, and she had an american accent. she was tall and muggle-born, grace liked her. unlike penelope spikes, the red-headed menace who had been glaring at grace since dinner, when grace had been talking with peter and her brothers. these girls were very diverse. they all shared stories of home and their families, excitedly soaking up every aspect of this experience.
Peter was glad to be back at school for his third year with his best friends because the summer was boring without them. Of course he had to sit through the sorting ceremony and he was rather bored and only started paying attention when Grace Davis was called to the hat. Trey mentioned that his younger sister was coming to Hogwarts this year. He waited as the sorting hat decided her fate and she was put in his house; Ravenclaw. Peter cheered along with all his housemates and the sorting process continued. Peter barely listened and soon it was over. He walked over to Grace and noticed her brothers were still at their table, but talking to her. He greeted his best friend and sat next to Grace. She was cute for a kid.
It was now later and Peter was walking back to the common room to write to his mother telling him that he made it to Hogwarts alive. It was a tradition that Peter participated in just because it made his Mom feel better. He walked through the door and noticed the first years out in the common room and Peter just smiled. He was there two years ago with his roommates. He noticed Grace sitting with a group of girls. He decided his mother could wait an hour or two and he could be the awesome big brother best friend to score Grace some cool points by having a third year talk to her. Yeah, egotistical, but that didn’t matter. He was older and younger people for some odd reason look up to the older kids.
Peter walked over to the group of girls and smiled at Grace, “Hey, Grace! How are you liking Hogwarts so far?”
ana turned the page in her book and sighed quietly to herself. she wasn’t really reading, not that she had to because she’d finished this book so many times in her life she couldn’t count. she was trying to stop thinking about ace davidson. she shouldn’t have been thinking about him. and worse was that she was trying to avoid seeing him or have him see her. so she came here. the one place a jock like ace would never go? the library.
anastasia concentrated hard on her book and blocked out all other thoughts. she’d done it before. she could focus on studying for finals and the only thoughts filling her mind were calculus equations and quotes from Lord of the Flies and Of Mice and Men. everything else would leave her mind. lucas would have to jump around and scream in her ear for her to come out of those trances. oh lucas. poor lucas. she had been avoiding him for all this time too. it had only been a few days since she had met ace davidson, but those days had happened to be the ones lucas wanted to hang out the most in. and ana wasn’t that great at keeping things a secret, especially big things like this. like ‘i think i’ve got the biggest crush in the world on your mortal enemy.’ and he would always ask ana if she wanted to come over to his dorm to hang out. she couldn’t take the chance seeing ace again, so she always refused, saying she had a big test to study for.
avoiding both of them was getting to be difficult. but lucas wouldn’t dare step foot in a library either unless he was coming with ana. so she was safe from both of them in here. she stopped reading her book to take a sip of the starbucks that she had toted in with her and change the song on her ipod. ana settled back into the pages of her book and picked up on the line that she’d stopped at. ace had just been so nice though. he was cocky, she had to admit, but so nice to her. and so far as she knew, he hadn’t recognized her, which was good. she dreaded the moment that he put the peices together and started to hate her like he was supposed to. because as much as she knew that he was supposed to, she didn’t want that gorgeous face to do anything but stare at her all day.
and it was gorgeous. along with everything else about him. she had snuck a little look at his arms, which were ripped. and that made her mind wander down the road of how ripped he probably was in other places as well. anastasia caught her eyes re-reading the same line in the book for the tenth time and blinked. she took a deep breath and shook her head a little to clear out all the haze, or as much of it as possible. she shouldn’t be thinking about ace right now. she couldn’t. she didn’t have time to get hung up on a boy that she could never date, under any circumstances.
Ace didn’t like the library, but that didn’t stop his little sister from dragging him there. Mandy believed Ace needed to focus more on his studies than his sports career. Ace needed to work harder than the other guys on the team, though, because of Lucas being captain of the team. Lucas gave Ace a hard time and if Ace didn’t need this team to stay in college, he would kick Lucas’ ass for treating him like shit. Ace didn’t, though. He was kicked out of his last college for beating a kid up so badly that he put him in the hospital. He only was accepted into this college because of his excellent baseball skill and the judge ordered him to join the team or he would go to jail. Ace’s mother thought it was a great deal and so did Ace until he met the captain on his first day of training. Lucas had been waiting years for one of the Davidson’s to mistreat without getting in trouble. It all stemmed from the stupid affair between their parents.
But Ace was stuck here now and he couldn’t do anything about it. He didn’t want to go to jail, so he was stuck in his miserable hell hole until he graduated. Ace thought the only good thing about the school was that his little sister was here, so he had at least someone to vent to without being judged. Ace found another reason to stay and her name was Ana. Ace met her when she was at his dorm building one day. He never found out why she was there, but he had a nice chat with her as he held her keys hostage until she agreed to go on a date with him. She didn’t agree to go on a date with him, but Ace was a nice guy and gave her keys back to her. But she had been acting weird every since then. She tried to avoid him as often as she could and Ace began to wonder if she wasn’t as interested as he thought she was. Ace had been trying to get her to talk to him, but she always made some kind of excuse to leave and not talk to him.
Ace was following Mandy around the library as she handed books for him to carry for her. He didn’t even want to be there, so he dragged his feet as he walked behind her acting like a schoolboy who didn’t want to go to class. Mandy gave up on him carrying her books after awhile and went off on her own in the library looking for books. Ace continued looking at the shelves as he had a pile of books in his hands. They were starting to get heavy, so Ace walked over to a table and sat them down for some rest. He scanned the library to see who would actually be here actually studying. That’s when he spotted her. She was reading a book with earphones in. He smiled because she didn’t look that busy just sitting there reading. Ace picked up his books and started to casually walk past her. He knocked his leg into the table as he passed and put a concerned look as the table moved with his leg.
“Oh, I am so sorry!” He then looked surprised, “Ana?” He smiled widely and sat his books down on the table. “Well, fancy meeting you at the library. I thought only ugly nerds hung out here.” He winked at her to show he was just joking. He sat down in the seat across from her making himself comfortable. “It seems like we haven’t talked in a long time since it seems like you keep avoiding me.” He smiled at her again. “So, what have you been up to?”
suddenly the entire room was gone and lucas was inside his own head. he asked himself, “did you really just say that?” mandy was a good girl, and assuming she had a date tonight was preposterous. she wasn’t the type to rub some other guy in his face. he was the asshole, he was the one who would do something stupid like that. he was such a disgusting human being that it made him sick.
this was what drinking did to lucas. he started to hate himself because of how much he hated his dad. he fell into a self-loathing pit of darkness where he felt hopeless and empty. mandy was his entire world and he treated her like dirt. he was a prick. he was low. he was lower than low. he was the lowest human being at this party, in this town, on the entire face of the planet. lucas remembered seeing mandy cry at the last party they went to together, and it made him feel worse because he made those tears happen. what kind of complete tool makes an angel like that cry? yeah she cheated on him but she had apologized, and it wasn’t like she banged the guy. it was a kiss and she was drunk. somehow that didn’t seem worth losing the happiness he had with her anymore.
the kitchen came back into view when mandy returned, when the object of his affection was back in his sight. lucas smiled a crooked, drunken smile when she started trying to get him out of his seat. he wobbled to his feet, his arm slung around her shoulders. “are we dancing?” lucas asked and moved to do some goofy dance that didn’t work put because he hit his shoulder against a wall, hard. he groaned and shuffled his feet in whatever direction mandy was taking him. he spotted familiar faces in the blur of his vision, waving at no one in particular. abby was there. god, she must hate him as much as he hated himself. lucas wanted to apologize for all the shit he had put mandy through, but abby disappeared from his view and he was outside. a warm hand swept across his side and lucas glanced down. mandy was reaching in the pocket of his jacket. she pulled out his keys and an alarm went off in his head. “what the hell are you doing?” his car came into view and lucas was being guided toward the passenger side. “mandy, you’re not driving my car. you don’t have a license.” he slurred, but was unable to fight being shoved into the seat.
lucas fumbled with the door handle after mandy shut it on him, but his hand wouldn’t cooperate right to get out of the car, and mandy had already started the engine. what was happening here? this car was lucas’ baby, his pride and joy, and frankly he didn’t even let his own mother drive it, so there was a certain uneasiness about having mandy, the fifteen-year-old with a learner’s permit behind the wheel. “i love you and all but this is illegal.” lucas didn’t even realize he’d just admitted his true feelings. or that his underage drinking was illegal, as well. he was too worried about the car. “you have to stop!” there were already trees whirring past his eyes in the passenger side window, and mandy hadn’t crashed yet.
minutes passed and lucas calmed down a bit while he watched the sights through his window. he looked to his left and just admired the girl of his dreams there in the seat next to him. mandy was gorgeous, in her own quirky way. he had never seen a girl more beautiful than her, and he loved her even more because of the person she was on the inside. lucas loved this view and he wanted to keep seeing it for years to come. but right now it was not his to be had, and lucas hated that.
“where are you taking me? home? will you stay with me?” lucas asked, quietly, unable to conceal his feelings or the desperation in his voice. he swallowed hard and admitted to her for the first time, “i’m always so alone, and i hate it.” lucas looked out the windshield and pressed his head against the back of his seat, “i hate me.” he heard his voice crack pathetically. lucas blinked a few times, asking himself maniacally, what are you doing?! there was no stopping the word vomit now. “i miss you.” lucas said, looking back at mandy now. he reached a hand over and gently caressed mandy’s shoulder before letting his hand fall back to his side again.
Mandy ignored Lucas’ protests as she started his car. She wasn’t going to let him drive home drunk because she cared about him too much even though he was being a drunken idiot right now. Mandy concentrated on the road like she always did when she drove in the car with her Mom and Dad. Expect the only differences right now were that it was nighttime and whenever she drove in the car with her parents neither of them were drunk. She glanced over at Lucas from the corner of her eye to see if he was alright. He seemed calmer than when she first stuffed him into the passenger side. She understood that the car was his baby and that he never let anyone drive it. She would know personally since she spent a lot of time in this car when Lucas and she dated. When he drove her to school and to home. Whenever he took her on a date. The day he got his license was the best because they spent all day in the car just driving around wherever they felt like. When he drove her to the beach for her birthday and that was the first time they were ever intimate. Mandy stroked the wheel of the car as the memories came flooding back. All those memories and she ruined it all by just having too much to drink.
“Yes, I’m taking you home.” She kept her eyes on the road as Lucas talked to her. She looked at him at the corner of her eye again when he asked if she would stay with him. She didn’t answer him and bit her lip from crying. ‘He doesn’t really mean these things. He’s just drunk.’ He continued talking to her and Mandy listened. “No, don’t hate yourself,” she muttered lamely. If he should hate anyone, it should be her. He didn’t deserve to be cheated on even if it was just a kiss. It was still a moment of weakness and it cost her his trust in her and in their relationship. She didn’t deserve him or what they had, especially not if she had moment of weaknesses that she took out on nearby boys. Then he said those three words that were just as meaningful as I love you. He missed her. She almost stopped the car right then and there and kissed him, bu she didn’t. She kept driving and focusing on the road.
He touched her and Mandy wiped her eyes at this moment. She couldn’t handle this right now. He didn’t mean anything he was saying. He was just being a drunken idiot. Mandy kept looking at the road as she spoke to Lucas. “Please don’t say those things.” She couldn’t stop the tears coming out of her eyes at this moment. She let them flow and wiped them with one hand as one hand stayed on the steering wheel. “You’re drunk, Lucas. You don’t mean anything you’re saying right now.” She looked both ways at a stop sign and looked at Lucas before she continued on forward. She looked back at the road, “You’ll wake up tomorrow and regret everything you’re saying right now. You’ll wish you never said these things to me.”
Mandy put both hands on the wheel again and looked at Lucas from the corner of her eye once in awhile as she talked making sure she wasn’t just saying these things and he passed out on her. “I cheated on you, Lucas. You made it very clear when we broke up you want nothing to do with me and the things you are saying are what I’ve wanted you to say for a month now every since we broke up. But I know better to think whatever you’re saying now is what you really think when you’re sober.” She could feel her stomach going to her throat as she tried to talk to Lucas, “I love…you.” Her voice cracked and sob escaped. “And I made a huge mistake about kissing Peter. I know that, but it doesn’t change that it actually happened. It also doesn’t change that everything you’re saying right now is because you’re drunk.” She wiped her eyes again, “So, please. Don’t say those things to me. Because I want more than anything for them to be true.”