Home is Where You Will Always Belong

By Allison Kruger

Romance / Drama

Chapter 17

Peyton had spent most of the afternoon with Juice just talking and cuddling. They cried over the news of Bobby together, but in general it just felt good to be near him again. Feel his arms around her and see him smile at her. It was all these things and more that she had missed about him.

Unfortunately, the pain got too bad for her and the doctor had to take her back to her room and give her some more morphine.

She was sitting in her wheel chair, pain free, watching TV when the door opened. She turned her head towards the door and in walked her mom, dad and Gemma. Peyton broke into a big smile. She had only seen her parents one other time since she had been in the hospital and she missed them so much.

"Hey," Peyton said happily, reaching up to hug her dad. He wrapped his arms around her and kissed her on the forehead. "How are you my little girl?" he asked sitting on a chair beside her, "Feeling better?" "I went and visited with Juice this afternoon," Peyton responded, "It was good to see him. But the pain got to be too much and they had to take me back to my room. I got more morphine and had a small nap. Now I'm feeling ok."

Peyton's mom sat on the other side of her and leaned over to kiss her on the cheek. "It's so good to see you up and out of bed sweetheart," Joyce said sweetly, "We are so glad that you have made such a great recovery." "Me too," Peyton replied, looking at her parents. They looked tired and sad, but also they looked happy. "How are you guys holding up? With the whole Bobby thing?" "The loss of Bobby has broken your father's heart, but he is trying to be as strong as he can," her mother replied, "I am saddened by the loss as well, but we can't imagine how you are feeling or what the impact will be to the club." "It has affected us deeply, we are so heartbroken," Peyton replied, holding her mother's hand, "But we will bounce back from this. It will take time, but we will all be ok."

Gemma smiled at what Peyton had said. "How are you Gem?" Peyton asked, looking over at her. "I'm good baby girl," Gemma replied, "I've got a little surprise for you. I figured you need a little happiness in your world right now." Peyton watched as Gemma stood up and walked out of the room. Seconds later Nero walked in with little Darcy in his arms and Gemma walked in with Evander trailing behind her, his small hand in hers. She looked at Gemma and then at Nero and then her parents and tears instantly sprang to her eyes. She put her hand to her mouth to try and stop the cries from escaping her mouth be she was just too happy to see her beautiful boys.

Nero brought Darcy to her and Darcy held his arms open as he was placed in Peyton's lap. Peyton wrapped her arms around her youngest son and cried against his shoulder. Darcy held onto her tightly and snuggled into her lap. Gemma lifted Evander up and placed him on the bed beside his mom and Peyton pulled him into her arms as well. She cried like a baby as her and her babies were reunited. Evander ran his hand through Peyton's hair that was hanging below her shoulders and then he snuggled into the crook of her arm. Peyton's heart was ready to burst it was so full and happy.

"Mommy owie," Darcy said quietly, running his finger very softly over the large cut on her arm. He leaned over a bit and kissed her arm softly. "Yes sweetheart," Peyton said quietly, "Mommy has an owie. But mommy will be ok." "Where daddy?" Darcy asked. Peyton looked down at him and for the first time in a long time she was at a loss for words and didn't know how to answer this question. She looked at everyone in the room silently pleading for them to help her with this one.

Nero moved over to the bed and knelt down to Darcy's level. "Hey little guy," Nero said quietly, "Your daddy was involved in a bad accident and now he is up in heaven." "He coming back?" Darcy asked, looking sad. "No little guy," Nero said sadly, "He's not. He was too hurt and he couldn't recover from it." "Oh..." Darcy said before looking around the room and biting his lip. "But momma, I thought you said that daddy wasn't really our daddy?" Evander said loud enough to for everyone to hear, "You said that bad daddy would never compare to my real daddy."

Ah shit, Peyton thought to herself and she hung her head and closed her eyes. This was a very deep discussion for today and she was too tired to deal with it at the moment. "Sweetheart, I did say that," Peyton replied, holding her son's hand and looking him in the eyes, "But it isn't something mommy can talk about right now. I will explain everything to you later, I promise." Evander smiled at her and nodded his head, "Ok mommy."

Peyton looked around at her family and her eyes landed on Gemma. "Did you arrange for this to happen?" Peyton asked, smiling at her, "Is that why Evander and Darcy are here?" "Yes I did mamma," she replied, walking over to the bed and sitting down beside Peyton and the boys, "Tig called me before they left Portland to find you. He wanted to call Jenny himself, but he didn't have the time. He said that he wanted the boys to be here when they found you and brought you home. I told him I would take care of it." "How long have they been here?" Peyton asked before kissing Evander on the forehead, so happy and ecstatic to have them with her. "They got here with Jenny two days ago," Gemma responded, messing up Darcy's hair. He turned his head and looked up at her, grinning from ear to ear. "They have met the club and have gone to the clubhouse," Gemma said, "They played with Abel and Thomas and have spent some time with grandma and grandpa."

Peyton was amazed at the love that was flowing through her hospital room and she couldn't stop the tears from falling. "Thank you so much Gemma," Peyton said quietly, reaching over and squeezing Gemma's hand, "It means so much to me to have my boys here and to know that they are safe now." "It was the least I could do," Gemma replied, squeezing her hand back, "But maybe you should thank someone else because it wasn't my idea."

Gemma turned her head toward the door and Peyton followed her gaze. Peyton's heart tightened in her chest and her mind was swimming with emotions. Tig walked into the room. "Hi Uncle Tig!" Evander and Darcy cried out at the same time. Everyone laughed and Peyton beamed with happiness.

Gemma stood up and helped the kids off the bed. "Why don't we all go downstairs and grab some cookies and juice," Gemma asked excitedly, "Your mommy needs to talk to Uncle Tig." Peyton looked at Gemma with appreciation. "Bring them back in a little bit," Peyton said quietly, "If Juice is feeling ok I would like to take them to meet him." "No problem baby," Gemma replied, kissing her on the cheek quickly.

Tig hadn't moved from where he was standing when everyone was still in the room and Peyton looked over at him. He looked up at her and he had tears in his eyes. Peyton slowly pushed herself off the bed, grabbed her crutches and began making her way toward Tig. Once she reached him she leaned her crutches against the wall and fell into his arms. He held her close and buried his face in her hair. They held each other tight and cried. She had missed him so much and he was the one she was worried about the most.

Tig helped Peyton sit down in a chair and he sat down beside her. "Tiggy, how are you?" Peyton asked quietly, "I've been worried about you." "I'm as good as I can be considering the circumstances," Tig replied, "Peyton, I'm not sorry I killed that son of a bitch." "Tig, I'm not mad at you," Peyton replied, reaching for his hand, "When Jax told me that you killed Justin, I felt nothing but relief. I instantly felt safe and at peace." Tig looked up at her and she could see the relief spread across his face. "Tig, can you tell me what happened?" Peyton asked. "It's all kind of a blur Peyton," Tig replied, "And I'm not sure Jax wants me telling you the details." "Forget Jax," Peyton stated, "I want to know how it happened." "I was outside with Juice and Happy right after Justin had stabbed Juice," Tig began, looking at his hands, "I watched Justin run back into the hotel, but I had to make sure Juice was ok before I took off after him. By the time I got back into the room Chibs had knocked Justin out with his gun and him and Jax were sitting with Bobby. I was standing there and about 5 minutes later I noticed that Justin was coming to and then he reached for his gun. It was inches from his hand and before he even had a chance I reached down, grabbed the gun, looked down into his eyes, told him to stop hurting my family and then I shot him in the head."

Peyton's head spun with the information, but she was glad that she knew. "Thank you Tiggy," she said, looking up at him, "I'm just sorry that you will have to do time for it." "I'm not baby girl," Tig replied, 'Killing him is worth doing time for. He hurt you and those beautiful boys way too many times and then he thought he could try and slaughter my club. Doing 5 to 10 for saving what's important to me is worth it." "I love you Tig," Peyton said quietly as she reached for him. She pressed her forehead against his and smiled at him. He smiled back at her. "I love you too little girl."


A little while later Peyton was sitting in her wheelchair talking with Tig and Chibs when Gemma walked in with the boys. "I just got Tara to check on Juice," Gemma stated, "He's feeling pretty good and would love to see you again. Tara didn't tell him that you would be bringing the boys to meet him." Peyton looked like she was about to be sick with nervousness. She looked at Chibs and Tig and then back at Gemma. "It'll be ok love," Chibs said, putting his hand on her shoulder and giving it a squeeze, "It has to happen sometime. No time like the present." "Thanks Chibs," Peyton said smiling sarcastically at him, "That was helpful." He grinned at her as she wheeled herself towards the door.

Evander stood in front of Peyton. "Can I have a ride momma?" he asked her, smiling sweetly. "Of course you can baby," she replied. Gemma lifted Evander onto Peyton's lap. "How would you and Darcy like to go and meet your real daddy?" she asked him. His eyes got wide and he nodded his head shyly. Darcy stood on the foot holders of the wheelchair, careful not to step on Peyton's feet and looked at her. "Me come too?" he asked her, batting his beautiful blue eyes at her. "Of course sweetheart," Peyton replied, her heart melting, "He is your daddy too baby boy."

Peyton looked up at Gemma just as she was wiping a few tears away. "I'll wheel you guys to his room," she said quietly, "You four are going to make a beautiful family." "I hope he wants this," Peyton said hopefully, "I'm sure this wasn't part of his plan. Going from a single outlaw biker to being an outlaw biker with an old lady and two kids under the age of 5." "Baby, Juice wants this," Gemma replied, "I can see it in his eyes. He loves his club, but he is in love with you and the second he sees those kids, he will fall in love with them as well." "Ever since I met Juice, this is all I ever wanted Gemma," Peyton said with a small smile on her face, "I can't lose him again." "Everything will work out the way it is supposed to sweetheart," Gemma replied as she grabbed the handles of the chair and pushed them slowly down the hall.

Gemma stopped in front of Juice's room and knocked on the door. "Hey baby," she said pulling them into the room, "I've brought a visitor." She turned the wheelchair around and Peyton watched his reaction. "I'll leave you guys alone," Gemma said quietly before walking out of the room.

Juice sat up and swung his legs over the side of the bed and stood up. He slowly made his way over to the three of them and knelt down in front of them. "Juice, I would like you to meet Evander and Darcy," Peyton said, looking at Juice. "Evander, Darcy, this is Juice," Peyton said, looking at her kids. "Our real daddy?" Evander asked. Peyton was shocked when he said that and didn't know what to say. She hadn't really discussed the situation with Juice before hand and she wasn't sure if he was ready. She wasn't sure if he wanted an instant family.

Juice put his hand on Evander's shoulder and reached up with his other hand and messed up Darcy's hair. "Yeah buddy," Juice replied, looking at both Evander and Darcy, "I'm your real daddy. I'm so sorry I haven't been around. But if you want me to be, I will definitely be around in the future." "Yes," Evander said, "But promise to be a good daddy. Don't hurt me, Darcy or momma." Peyton watched as every emotion crossed across Juice's face. Anger, sadness, happiness, helplessness, regret, guilt, they were all there. "I promise," Juice said in almost a whisper, his voice cracking, "I will never hurt you, your brother or your momma. I promise to take care of you guys."

Darcy stepped off the wheelchair foot holders and Evander slowly slid off Peyton's lap and they both wrapped their arms around Juice. Juice wrapped his arms around both of them and looked up at Peyton with the biggest smile she had ever seen. Peyton's heart was filled with joy and the tears fell from her eyes. The moment was beautiful and perfect and she would cherish the moment forever.

"I know it's a lot to take in right now Juice," Peyton said, "But you don't have to make such a big decision right now. You can think about it for awhile." "What is there to think about?" he asked her as the boys continued to hang on him, "This is what I want, this is what I have always wanted. I screwed up once and I don't want to make the same mistake again. I want you, I want the kids. Peyton, I want the whole package. Please, give me one more chance to make things right." Peyton sniffed and was unable to put her feelings into words she nodded her head and smiled.

Juice moved the kids to the side. "Just give me a second ok boys?" Juice asked them, "I have to talk to your momma." They nodded their heads and watched Juice's every move. Juice knelt in front of Peyton and wiped the tears from her face. "I love you and with you and your boys is where I belong Peyton," he said quietly. She wrapped her arms around his neck. "Good," Peyton stated, "Because I'm not letting you go this time." She leaned in and kissed him softly on the lips. "Ewww momma, that's gross," Evander exclaimed, interrupting the moment. Both Juice and Peyton laughed.


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