Author: Lori lorilozz
Word Count: 2827
Characters: Nathan,Haley and Jamie Scott
Spoilers: (through 4x21)
Summary: Road trips are fun, right? Think again! Between traffic jams, incompetent drivers, endless barthroom breaks and 'evil clowns' Nathan Scott's beginning to wonder if they'll ever reach their destination.
Author's Note: This is the first time I've entered a fic here as I've only recently discovered this great comm. I hope you all enjoy this little piece of Scott family fluff as much as I enjoyed writing it.
“Are we there yet?”
Nathan grimaced at sound of the gratingly whiny voice and tightened his hold on the steering wheel; his headache steadily growing worse as the journey went on. He relaxed a little as he felt his wife’s soft hand on his shoulder and glanced across to see her sending him a sympathetic smile.
She knew he was stressed. They were already almost an hour behind schedule due to road works on the freeway and her and Jamie’s numerous bathroom breaks. She turned around to smile at her little boy who looked at her hopefully. This was the first time he’d been on a car ride longer than a couple of hours, and boredom had started to set in long ago. They’d played every game imaginable from eye spy to number plate bingo, but Jamie’s attention was never held for long.
“No honey. Remember we talked about this just a little while ago.”
“Yeah.” Jamie blew out a frustrated breath.
“And what did mommy say?”
“That we still have a long way to go.”
Haley fought back a chuckle at her son’s adorable little pout. Nathan always said how much it reminded him of her. She’d denied it many times, complaining that she did not pout… but unfortunately during one such disagreement in their bathroom, Nathan had simply spun her around to look in the mirror… where she was faced with said pout. Damn him and his tricks!
“Okay” Jamie sighed before picking up his portable electronic basketball game. He just didn’t understand why it was taking so long to get to Grandpa Jimmy and Grandma
Less than ten minutes later Nathan was ready to snatch the damn game out of his son’s hands and toss it out the window; the beeping noises driving him insane, and unfortunately there was no volume control. Sighing heavily for what felt like the hundredth time since they’d left the house, Nathan reached out and turned up the volume on the radio. He grimaced once again upon hearing ‘lame chick’ music on the station that Haley had tuned into earlier and quickly stabbed at the CD button, smiling in satisfaction when he heard the deep beats of an Eminem song.
“Oh no! No way are we listening to rap right now Nathan.”
“Haaaales. Just for a little while, pleeease?”
“Why do I suddenly feel like I’m the only adult in the car?” she muttered under her breath. “Fine! But the first kick from your daughter and the music’s going off. I swear to God this little girl is gonna be a dancer.” Haley rubbed her extremely swollen belly smiling at the thought of her daughter dancing ballet or perhaps even being a cheerleader like her mother had been.
“Yeah. A hip-hop dancer! You know she loves my music already.” Nathan nodded imagining how cool his little girl would be.
Haley smiled at him innocently and nodded her head in agreement, inwardly smirking when he raised his brow in surprise. “Really? You don’t care if she loves rap and takes to hip-hop dancing?”
She placed her hand over his on the gear stick, squeezing it gently. “No, of course not baby. It’ll be so much fun! I’ll get to take her shopping for teeny little midriff baring tops and low low hipster jeans… oh and let’s not forget the pretty little thongs she’ll need to show off to the boys when she bends over with all those cool dance moves. God, Brooke and I will have a field day.”
“Hell no! No way! She’s learning ballet!”
“Why didn’t you go when we stopped for Jamie earlier?” He ran his hand through his hair in frustration. This would be their fourth toilet stop since they’d left home.
“I didn’t need to pee then.” She shrugged before turning back to look out the window.
Nathan sighed heavily before pulling into the exit lane that would take them to some back water town he’d never heard of. There didn’t appear to be a gas station, but he quickly located a public toilet block… hell, it was hard to miss with all the activity surrounding it. He pulled into a car space on the edge of the reserve which was currently full of townsfolk enjoying some kind of fair. There was a petting zoo, some small children’s rides, a clown making balloon animals and judging by the many children running past the car, there was face painting too.
Before Nathan even had time to blink, Jamie had unbuckled his seatbelt and scooted over from behind his mother to look out the window behind Nathan. The boy was in awe of the sight before him; his nose pressed against the window as a wide grin spread across his face. He turned eagerly towards his parents in the front of the car.
Haley could see how desperately Jamie wanted to go and join in the fun, but there was no way in hell Nathan was going to stay any longer than absolutely necessary. “Sorry Jamie, but we’re already running late. We can’t stay for the fair. Maybe it will still be on tomorrow and we drop by on our way home.”
The disappointment in their son’s eyes was heartbreaking and Nathan looked away, feeling incredibly guilty, whilst Haley exited the car and headed for the toilet block. After a few minutes without a word from his son, Nathan turned around to see what he was doing. He could have sworn that Jamie would beg him over and over again to get out and take a look around, but he hadn’t said a thing.
The five year old had resumed his place behind Haley’s seat and buckled himself in. He sat still, looking longingly out the window at the children having a good time, and Nathan could see he was trying not to cry.
“Oh hell.” Nathan’s harsh whisper went unnoticed by his son. This weekend away was supposed to be about family. He knew he’d been a grouch all morning and Haley and James didn’t deserve it. So what if they were a bit late? Jimmy and
“Alright Jamie, let’s go and check this thing out.” He smiled back at his son whose look of hope made his heart skip a beat.
Haley sighed with relief as she made her way back to the car. She just knew the baby must be sitting right on her bladder. She’d never peed so much in her life!
She halted in front of the car. It was empty. Panic raced through her veins for a millisecond before rational thought took over and she realized that Nathan would be with Jamie and everything would be fine.
She turned towards the sound of her husband’s voice and found him waving her over to where he stood next to their son who was currently crouched down, arms wrapped around the neck of a lamb, hugging it tightly. The sight made her heart melt. She quickly searched her handbag and took out her phone to snap a quick picture. As far as Haley was concerned, they could never have enough pictures of their son.
Jamie looked up and grinned at his mother, waving frantically for her to come over and meet his new friend ‘baaaa-rt’. This was the best day ever, he thought to himself as the lamb nuzzled into his neck. Maybe his daddy would let him get a baby sheep instead of a dog. Maybe they could find a baby sheep that stayed a baby forever and never grew big, and it could sleep in his bed and he could teach it to play ball. That would be cool!
Nathan knew exactly what was racing through his son’s mind and shook his head gently when Jamie looked up at him. “No Jamie. You can’t have a lamb.”
Jamie pouted slightly; not at all happy that his plans were ruined. “But we’ll still talk about getting you a dog when we move okay?”
Nathan smiled when he realized the compromise seemed to appease the boy who nodded happily and went back to hugging and stroking his little barnyard friend. He suddenly realized that Haley still hadn’t approached them, and looked over to find her standing frozen to the spot about 20 feet away. His brow creased in confusion as he took in her look of utter horror and the rigidness of her spine. Following the direction of her gaze he gave a sigh of relief followed by a slight chuckle.
She was stuck. Her feet just would not move and she wondered how on earth she was still breathing with that thing standing right over there. As if sensing her fear it turned to face her, grinning evilly. It took a few steps closer and she startled, her eyes widening in dismay before her hero came to save the day, guiding it away from her so she could finally release the breath she’d been holding.
“You okay baby?” His words were full of concern but she couldn’t miss the twinkle of amusement in his eyes.
“Do not laugh at me Nathan Scott! That thing shouldn’t be allowed in a place like this. It could scare the children.”
The chuckle he’d been holding in finally escaped. “He’s a clown, Hales. Children love clowns, and the only one afraid around here seems to be you.”
She glared at him and playfully punched his arm before attempting to walk away. She was soon stopped, however, as Nathan gently took hold of her arm and pulled her back to him. She looked up into his eyes, no longer filled with amusement, but love and adoration. The way he looked at her sometimes took her breath away. She had no idea what she’d done right to meet her soul mate so early in life, but it must have been something pretty amazing.
He lowered his lips to hers in a sweet, tender kiss. “I love you.”
“I love you too.” She smiled at him and kissed him quickly once more before turning to fetch her son.
She caught a glimpse of the big green wig and bright red nose from the corner of her eye and shuddered. The sooner they got away from that creepy thing, the better.
“So you had fun, sweetie?”
Jamie nodded his head eagerly. “The baby sheep was so cool mommy. I just know he’d be way better than a dog.”
Haley laughed at her son’s attempt to manipulate her. “He’s called a lamb, not a baby sheep. And no, we’re not getting one.”
Knowing his chances weren’t good in the first place, Jamie shrugged figuring it had been worth a try. He continued to babble on about all the other animals he’d seen and how cool the clown was that made him a giraffe out of balloons.
“Mommy doesn’t like clowns, Jamie.” Nathan teased, smirking across at his wife.
“But everyone loves clowns mommy.”
“I uh… um…”
“Mommy’s scared of them.” Nathan laughed loudly as he glanced in the rearview mirror to find Jamie looking at his mother like she’d suddenly grown a second head. It was obvious he found her irrational fear just as strange as his father did. And then Jamie started laughing.
Haley hit Nathan’s arm for a second time as she listened to both he and Jamie cackling about her fear of clowns. “That’s so silly, mommy!”
Nathan smiled watching her pout as she looked straight ahead, ignoring them both completely. He did however, notice the corner of her lip twitch a couple of times as she fought back a smile, and he knew her anger was just an act.
Not much later all of Nathan’s good humor had been erased. They’d gotten back on the freeway to find the weekend traffic at almost a standstill due to a fender bender, and when they’d finally got moving again Jamie was already restless and bored once more.
Nathan slammed on the breaks as a car cut in front of him without using their blinker, and held back the profanities he longed to scream out the window, knowing that Haley would kill him if he let loose in front of Jamie again, like he’d done earlier. He honestly felt bad about that. He’d been so angry that he’d forgotten his son’s little eyes and ears were watching and listening as he expressed his… dissatisfaction with the other driver’s actions.
Haley’s head flipped around at her son’s outburst to find him leaning forward trying to get a good look at the driver that had cut them off, whilst also proudly flipping them off. Her jaw dropped in shock before she turned to look at Nathan who had obviously seen his son in the rearview mirror and was cringing, waiting for his wife’s reproach.
“Jamie! You do not say those words to anybody… and you most certainly do not do that!” Haley admonished her son, pointing at his hand, still mid-gesture.
“But Daddy did it before.”
Nathan sighed and locked gazes with his son in the mirror. “I know that I did that before, but it was very wrong. I shouldn’t have done it, and neither should you, okay?”
The boy nodded his head solemnly. “Sorry. I won’t do it again, I promise.”
Nathan avoided looking at his wife for almost ten minutes, dreading the glare she was likely to be leveling his way. Instead, he found her shaking her head resignedly and indulging in a silent chuckle. He released a breath; glad she could see the humor in the situation. They’d never let Jamie know it, but God damn that was funny!
He reached across and placed his hand on her thigh, squeezing softly. She smiled back warmly and placed her own hand on top of his. This was turning out to be a nightmare trip, but there was no one else they’d rather be taking it with.
At this rate, between the earlier traffic congestion, road works, incompetent drivers, bathroom breaks and a children’s fair complete with ‘evil clowns’, they could forget about lunch and worry about making it in time for dinner, Nathan thought to himself, stressed and irritated beyond belief.
He tapped his fingers against his thighs impatiently. God, what was she doing in there? Surely it couldn’t take that long to pee. He groaned in annoyance as he watched her walking back to the car; arms loaded with snack and drinks. Right, ‘cause they really needed to be consuming more liquid!
Haley awkwardly maneuvered herself into the car and gave them both a bottle of orange juice and a candy bar. They’d missed lunch now and she thought perhaps boosting Nathan’s sugar levels would lower his cranky levels!
Haley rolled her eyes when her husband practically sped out of the gas station as soon as she’d fastened her seat belt. “Relax baby, we’re already going to be late, so a few more minutes won’t kill us.”
Half an hour later, Haley was regretting her decision to drink the entire bottle of juice. She tried to cross her legs as best she could without drawing attention. The last thing she wanted right now was an ‘I told you so’. He’d certainly made his point earlier about cutting back on the drinks so they’d reach their destination some time this year. She scoffed just thinking about his smarmy expression as he’d said it. Smart ass!
“Oh, you’ve got to be kidding me. Haley, do you seriously need to go again?” He knew they were almost there and that she would be able to wait until they arrived, but couldn’t resist pointing out that she’d been wrong and he’d been right... it didn’t happen very often!
She glanced at him sheepishly and shrugged.
“Why do you constantly need to pee?”
Haley rolled her eyes in disbelief while patting her stomach in response.
“I think the important question is why do you constantly need to get me pregnant?” Nathan bit back a smirk, all his irritation fading as he watched her face flush with annoyance. God she was sexy. “Nothing to say to that, huh?”
“You know you love it as much as I do.”
Haley’s brow furrowed in confusion. “Peeing?”
Nathan smirked openly now and shook his head. “Me getting you pregnant.”
She found herself giggling like schoolgirl at his words, a blush working its way up her already rosy cheeks.
“Daddy, how do you get mommy preg… pregant?” Jamie asked innocently, struggling over the word that had his parent’s eyes widening.
Nathan panicked for a moment before smiling triumphantly. “Oh. Look, we’re here!”