The Effect She Has

An Understanding

Disclaimer: I do not own Sons of Anarchy or these characters. Kurt Sutter does. Marlana and Henry Knowles are mine though.

So my computer is no longer sick. I also should be updating this story much faster now because its not sick. Yay! Thanks for sticking around and everyone who has reviewed, favorited and followed this story.

Now here are some reviews that need some clarification: Also this is my story if you don't like the way I write a character, don't read the story!

avengergirl13-1. Jax didn't know what kind of doctor Tara's dad was.2. Not all doctors makes tons of money.3. Jax over reacted in the show all the time, so it is perfectly justified for him to over react to something that Tara hadn't told him about.

saldred75- he had a reason. Just like in the show, Jax doesn't always think before acting.

newfiegirl- Go back and watch the show. Jax did this all the time. He never let anyone explain themselves; he was judge, jury and executioner.

Marlana Knowles rushed to her daughter's side. She hadn't meant to upset Tara's boyfriend, it wasn't even a thought in her mind. She was proud of what her daughter had accomplished and how she was coming into her own.

Tara sobbed against her Mom. Even when her parents had disowned her she hadn't felt this alone. Now she was without a link to the family she had made in her new home. Wrapping her arms around her Mom's middle she snuggled into her and let herself fall apart.

Jax drove to the clubhouse enraged. Tara had lied to him. He couldn't believe she hadn't told him she was from a rich family. Dismounting his bike, he stalked into the clubhouse. Making his way back to one of the open dorm rooms, he passed Gemma.

"Jax. What's wrong?" Gemma asked following her angry son.

"Tara lied to me." Jax answered angrily.

"Lied to you? About what?"

"She comes from a family with money. She has a trust fund."

Gemma sat down on the bed and stared at Jax. She knew Tara had been disowned, but not the extent of the money she came from, "Jackson you listen to me." she began.

"I don't want to hear it Ma." Jax shot back glaring at her.

"You'll listen to me whether you like it or not." Gemma retorted standing up, "Now, yes Tara comes from a wealthy family, but she has never acted better than of us. She comes to work, gets dirty and saves just like the rest of us. I get that you're angry she didn't tell you about the wealth, but you can't blame her either." she continued, "Tara comes from a hard home with a lot of expectations because she had money, but now she is making it on her own, with her own terms. You need to listen to her. Give her a chance to explain."

Jax looked at his feet, "I don't know if I can, Mom." he said quietly.

"Why not Jackson?"

"I just don't think I can." He said turning away from his Mom.

Gemma stood up and walked towards her son. She knew what he couldn't say. Jax was in love with Tara and had been for some time. Stepping in front of him, she wrapped her arms around him, "I get it. But Jax you can't run away every time something doesn't go right with Tara. You need to work this out with her, if you can't be in a relationship with her because of who she was then you need to tell her." she said pulling away from the hug, "But I think it would be a mistake to judge her based on her past instead of who she is with you." She finished kissing his cheek.

Tara cried herself to sleep against her Mom. Marlana gently shifted Tara to lay on the floor, grabbing a blanket she covered up her daughter. Standing up she stretched and headed out to the living room. As she looked around she noticed little touches of Tara all around, even though the house screamed male bachelor pad.

Grabbing her purse, she headed into the kitchen to make dinner when the doorbell rang. Walking towards the door, she looked out the peep hole and saw Gemma Morrow.

Opening the door, "Gemma, come in." Marlana said moving out of the way.

"Evening Marlana. Is Tara here?" Gemma asked.

"She's asleep." Marlana answered looking down the hall.



"I'm so sorry. Jackson has a temper some days, but more often than not it's that stupid male over reactive gene."

"It's not your fault. I didn't know Tara hadn't told anyone about her trust fund." Marlana said heading back into the kitchen.

"It happens." Gemma said following Marlana into the kitchen.

"Who left her the trust fund?" Gemma asked sitting down at the table.

"Henry, Tara's Dad's, parents." Marlana explained smiling, "They adored Tara. She was their whole world. She would spend countless hours at their garage. Their regular customers even knew her by name and asked how she was." she continued, "When Tara was 17 she started applying to colleges, but confided in her grandparents that she didn't want to go to college, she wanted to go to a technical school; she wanted to become a mechanic like them." Marlana finished.

"I'm guessing your husband didn't take to kindly to that." Gemma noted.

"No, Henry was furious. He wanted Tara to attend Berkeley and become a plastic surgeon like him." Marlana stated sadly, "I lost my daughter that day."

"She's here now."

"And heartbroken, because of me."

Reaching across the table, "Marlana you can't blame yourself for this."

"I let my husband disown our daughter. I didn't believe in her." Marlana said starting to cry.

Gemma squeezed her hand, "We all do things as parents we never thought we would for our kids." she said, "It's who we are. We want to protect them, even when we can't."

"Your son would be home with my daughter right now if I hadn't come to Charming." Marlana cried.

"But you would still be at home worrying about whether Tara was okay. And I believe with my whole heart that Jax and Tara will work this out. They just need time." Gemma said, "I should get home, I just wanted to come and check on Tara."

"Thank you Gemma." Marlana said standing up, "For taking care of Tara, I can never repay you."

Gemma smiled, "I always wanted a little girl. And then Tara showed up Teller-Morrow. Now if Jax will pull his head out of his ass, I may end up with a daughter in law."

Marlana returned the smile, "That would be wonderful."

"Good night Marlana."

"Good night Gemma."

Jax walked out of the dorm room and made his way to the common room. He was still angry, but he also missed Tara. Right now they would be settling down on the couch for a movie or some dumb TV show.

Grabbing a beer from the fridge, he popped the top and took a swig when he felt arms around his waist. Looking down he saw familiar hands, Wendy Case.

"Hey hot stuff." Wendy cooed kissing the shell of his ear.

"Wendy, knock it off." Jax said pulling out of her arms.

Wendy stepped closer again, "Why?" she asked, "I hear you're staying here. Paradise not as nice as you thought it would be."

Jax bristled at the comment, "I'll take that as a no." Wendy said stepping in and kissing his neck, "come on I can make you forget everything for a night." she whispered leaning to kiss him.

Opie walked into the clubhouse and saw Jax standing with Wendy. He glared at his best friend, Jax had never been dumb enough to do anything with Wendy, who was always messed up with drugs.

Jax noticed Opie glaring at him and pulled away before Wendy could full on kiss him, "No Wendy." he said forcefully.

"You know it'll be fun." she said stepping towards him again.

"I'm with someone Wendy." Jax stated walking around the other side of the bar.

"Then why aren't you with her now?" Wendy asked glaring at him.

"I needed time to think." Jax answered unsure.

"Whatever." Wendy said turning to walk away, "You know where to find me, if you get lonely tonight."

"Not likely." Jax said as Wendy walked out of the clubhouse.

"What the hell are you thinking?" Opie demanded putting Jax in a headlock.

"Let go Ope." Jax demanded struggling against his best friend.

"Not until you tell me why you're thinking with your dick instead of your head."

"Tara's loaded." Jax seethed.

Opie dropped the head lock, "What do you mean?"

Jax rubbed his neck, "she comes from money."

Staring at his shoe, Opie finally looked up at Jax, "What does that have to do with you two?" he asked.

"She didn't tell me." Jax pointed out.

Opie laughed, "No Jax, she didn't. But she also has never acted like an uppity little bitch either. She comes to the shop ready to work and makes all of us other mechanics look bad, cause not only is one hell of a mechanic, she's gorgeous."

"I know that, Ope."

"Do you?" Opie asked, "Cause you just about fucked over the woman you're crazy about."

"Shut up." Jax said quietly. He knew he was in love with Tara. He just hadn't admitted to anyone, let alone himself.

Grabbing his beer off the bar, Jax made his back to the dorm room he was staying in. He was miserable.

The next morning, Tara woke up and noticed she was on the floor. Stretching she stood up and noticed that the bed hadn't been slept in. Picking up the blanket she folded it and headed to take a shower.

After her shower, she made her way into the kitchen to breakfast on the counter and her Mom sitting at the table, "I'm sorry for yesterday." Tara said sitting down.

"Don't be. I shouldn't have assumed you'd share your life with your friends." Marlana Knowles said looking at her daughter, "Are you sure you want to go to work today?"

Tara stared at her Mom, "this is my job Mom. I love what I do." she said heatedly.

Marlana put her hands up, "I wasn't asking for that reason, I just mean you may have to see Jax."

"It's all part of the job." Tara admitted feeling a pain her chest, "Plus maybe we'll be able to talk, if I do see him."

"Okay." Marlana said, "Could we do lunch? I'd like to see Charming, it looks like an old TV show."

Tara laughed, she had thought almost the same thing when she had drove in, "Sure Mom. I'll call you when I'm getting ready to take my lunch."

After finishing her breakfast, Tara made her way to Teller-Morrow. Pulling onto the lot she didn't see Jax's bike. Climbing out of her cutlass, she took a deep breath and headed towards the garage.

"Good morning Tara." Gemma said when Tara walked into the office.

"Good morning, Gemma." Tara said putting on the work shirt that had her name on it. She had been wearing Jax's, but today it just felt wrong.

"How are you?" Gemma asked noticing the change in shirts.

Tara shrugged, "I've been better." she admitted, "Is Jax here?"

"No he went to the cabin for the weekend." Gemma said noticing how sad Tara looked. It mirrored how Jax had looked when he had left an hour earlier.

"Okay. Thanks." Tara said heading into the garage.

The morning went by slowly, Tara worked on all of her cars in silence. She didn't take any of the bait from the guys or customers. She just wanted everything to go back to normal.

Around 1:30 pm, Marlana Knowles pulled into Teller-Morrow's lot. Tara hadn't called her for lunch. Climbing out of her Mercedes, she walked towards the office, Tara's cutlass was sitting there.

"Hey Gemma." she said knocking on the door.

"Hey Marlana, everything okay?" Gemma asked.

Marlana stepped inside, "Not really. Tara and I were supposed to do lunch but she never called."

Gemma stood up, "She hasn't stopped working since she came in." she said nodding at the window.

Marlana stood next to Gemma and watched her daughter, "She's running from her demons, just like Jax is." Gemma stated.

"I shouldn't have come here." Marlana said wiping her eyes, "I didn't mean to hurt her."

Gemma pulled Marlana into a hug, "You didn't hurt her. She and Jax will work this out. They both need time to think and reflect on what is going on."

"I hope so. Tara seemed so happy yesterday, it was the first time in years, I saw my daughter smile."

"She will again."

By the end of the day, Marlana Knowles had decided to leave the next afternoon. She wanted Tara to be happy and that wasn't going to happen if she stayed in Charming. She hadn't told Tara the actual reason for her visit, it wasn't as important as helping her daughter work out her relationship with Jax Teller.

When Tara pulled into the driveway that night, she was exhausted. She hadn't taken a break all day. It was too hard to stop, that was when she thought. If she kept moving, she didn't think about Jax walking out and her stupid decision to not tell him about her past.

Walking inside, she took a deep breath. Stepping into the living room she sat down on the couch and put her head in her hands, she missed Jax.

Marlana sat down beside her daughter. Pulling her close she cherished when Tara wrapped her arms around her. She had missed holding Tara, when she was upset. It was the Mom in her to want to protect her baby.

"I'm going to go home tomorrow." she said as Tara pulled away.

"Mom..." Tara started.

"No, I need to go. You and Jax will never move forward if I stay here."

"But I just got you back." Tara said wiping away her tears.

Marlana pulled Tara close again, "You never lost me Tara. You're stuck with me kiddo." she said kissing her daughter's head.

Tara held onto her Mom for several more minutes before heading to bed.

Jax sat the cabin, he was miserable. He hadn't slept well in two nights because he missed Tara. He hadn't realized how dependent on her he had become. But being away from her was making him irritable.

Grabbing his backpack he headed out to his bike. He was going to sleep in his own bed with his girlfriend that night and nothing was going to stop him.

The next morning Tara and Marlana made breakfast, like they had when Tara was younger. Afterwards, Tara helped her Mom pack and get everything in her car. Her heart caught in her throat when she heard the familiar roar of a motorcycle, Jax was coming down the street.

Jax stopped at the corner and watched as Tara hugged her Mom goodbye and put her into her Mercedes. He could tell that Tara hadn't been sleeping well either. Nodding to Tara's Mom as she drove by, he pulled into his driveway.

Tara stood with her arms wrapped around herself when Jax pulled into the driveway. She looked up when he dismounted his bike. Shuffling her feet she fought the urge to run into his arms.

Jax didn't have the same restraint as Tara. He made his way to her quickly and wrapped his arms around her, "I've missed you." he whispered in her ear as her arms came around his waist.

"I've missed you too." Tara whispered back snuggling more against him.

The two stayed in their embrace for several minutes. Both scared that if they let go, the other would walk away for good.

Tara gently pulled back, "Jax, we need to talk." she said quietly.

"Yeah we do." Jax agreed. Taking Tara's hand he led her into the house.

Tara sat down at the kitchen table with Jax across from her, "My Grandparents left me a trust fund when they died. They worked their whole lives to give my Dad a good life. I loved them very much, they were the only family I had that believed in my dream of becoming a mechanic. They supported my dream, they even paid for my schooling when my parents disowned me." she started.

"Your parents disowned you?" Jax asked shocked.

"Yeah. My Dad was ashamed of where he came from so he went to Berkeley and became a plastic surgeon. He wanted me to become one also, but it wasn't my passion. When I told him that I wasn't going to go to Berkeley, he gave me to options; either attend a school and become something I didn't want to be or get the hell out of his house."

"So you left."

"Yep, I moved in with my Grandparents in Nevada. One of their guys was a Devil's Tribe member, that's how I met Jury."

"That makes sense." Jax said, "why didn't you tell me?"

"You never asked." Tara stated, "And I didn't want to be judged based on my prior life. Everything I have now is because of what I have accomplished, I bought my cutlass in horrible condition and brought it back to life. I work hard to make something of myself, I'm not ashamed of my past, I'm ashamed of my parents or at least my Dad."

"You haven't touched your trust fund?" Jax asked.

"No, I'm saving it."


"I want to open my own shop like my Grandparents did. I want that little Ma and Pop shop like Teller-Morrow and my grandparent shop. One for the common person." Tara admitted looking at Jax.

Jax reached across the table and took Tara's shaking hands, "I'm sorry I walked out. I need to work on my temper."

"I'm sorry I didn't tell you." Tara said squeezing his hands.

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