Home is Where You Will Always Belong

By Allison Kruger

Romance / Drama

Chapter 19

Peyton was feeling exhausted and was feeling nauseous when she got home from lunch with Tara. She had spent a good chunk of time in the bathroom and then after that she couldn't manage to pull herself off the bathroom floor. She managed to get herself to her bedroom where she passed out for a few hours. She woke up with a smile on her face and she felt much better.

She looked over at her clock which read 4:30. She had an hour and a half before Juice came to pick her up for their special date. He had called her that morning really excited and promised her that it would be good. Peyton was so excited to see him and a little nervous to tell him the news.

Peyton pulled herself out of bed and walked over to her closet to pick out something to wear. She pulled on a pair of black skinny jeans, which surprisingly still fit her. "Not for long," she mumbled to herself. Then she pulled on a black camisole and a pink fitted button up shirt. She slipped on a pair of black wedge shoes and looked at her reflection in the mirror. She smiled at herself and then she rested her hands on her belly. Finally, a time when she was pregnant and she didn't fear for the baby's life. It was different when she had Evander. Justin wasn't the person that he was in the end when Evander was born. He was still reasonably nice, but when Darcy was born, she feared that Justin could kill him. Peyton was happy for the first time in 4 years.

"Hey beautiful," Juice called from down the hall. Peyton's hand dropped from her tummy and she turned her head toward the door. "In here baby," Peyton called back, surprised that he was already there. She pulled her hair out of the ponytail and let it fall loose and wavy down her back. She smiled as he walked into her room wearing his typical jeans, white shirt and cut. His hair had been shaved again and he was just so incredibly sexy. He walked up to her and pulled her into his arms and she ran her hands over his Mohawk and over the tattoos on his head. He leaned in and kissed her deeply and passionately. The way he kissed her sent her into a whole different universe. Goosebumps appeared all over her skin and the hair stood up on her arms and at the nape of her neck. Peyton loved getting lost in his kiss and she missed it.

Juice picked Peyton up and slowly carried her to the bed. Peyton wrapped her arms around his neck and moved her mouth from his and began kissing his neck. He laid her down on the bed and she pulled him down with her. "I've missed these moments with you baby girl," Juice whispered, "I'm never letting you go again." Peyton looked up at him and she could see the love and sincerity in his eyes which was no longer mixed with the guilt and regret she saw only weeks before. "I love you Juice," she said quietly, placing her hand on his cheek. She could see the raw emotion in his eyes and she could see his jaw clench to prevent himself from breaking down.

He leaned down and kissed her mouth softly and then he kissed her nose and lingered at her forehead. She could feel his warm breath on her skin and it only made her want him more. " I love you too," Juice whispered, "So much." With that, she wrapped her arms around his neck and pulled him down to her, losing herself in the moment.


A little while later Peyton was pulling her clothes back on while Juice was in the washroom. She smiled to herself. It brought her back to when they were first together, it was like they had never been apart. She finished buttoning up her shirt and Juice still hadn't emerged.

"Juice, are you ready to go?" Peyton asked, slowly making her way to the door of the bathroom. He didn't respond. "Baby," she called, knocking on the door. Still there was no response. She tried the doorknob and it was unlocked. She slowly opened the door and saw Juice sitting on the edge of the tub, the same way she was earlier that day, staring at a fly on the wall above the sink.

"Juice what's wrong?" Peyton asked from the doorway. He turned and looked up at her and then he pulled a long pink rectangular box out of his kutte. "Well, I don't think anything is wrong," he replied, holding up the box. She now recognized the box and mentally hit herself across the face. Shit, she thought to herself, she could've hid the pregnancy test box better. "When were you going to tell me?" he asked her with a small smile on his face. Peyton made her way over to the bathtub and knelt down in front of him. "I was going to tell you tonight," she replied quietly, reaching for his hands, "I just found out this morning. Actually I suspected it for over a week because I had been puking so much." He leaned in and softly kissed her on the lips.

"I don't want to sound like an asshole," Juice said after a moment, "But is the baby mine?" "I believe that it is," Peyton replied, looking down at their hands entwined together, "I don't think I am far enough along to be pregnant with Justin's baby. But I've already talked to Tara about it and she has booked us an appointment for tomorrow morning, if you can make it, to have the first ultrasound. To maybe hear the heartbeat and find out for sure how far along I am. Once I hit 16 weeks then I'm going to do a paternity test just to put my mind at ease. Are you happy Juice? Is this something you wanted?" "I will be there by your side tomorrow Peyton," Juice said in response, "Having a family with you is definitely something I want baby. I'm already so in love with our boys and I've only had a month or so with them." Our boys, she replayed over in her head, she was so happy to hear him say those words.

"I just... I know it wasn't part of the plan," Peyton replied, "But I want to do this with you." "Sometimes things don't go as planned baby girl," Juice said, standing up and pulling her into his arms, "And I'm ok with that. I want this and I'm excited to see our family grow no matter what the results are of the paternity test." She wrapped her arms around his waist and lifted her head up to look at him. He smiled at her and then leaned down and kissed her softly. "Now let's get out of here," Juice said quietly, "I've got a surprise of my own for you."


They had taken Peyton's truck because Juice had refused to take her on the bike because of her "condition". It annoyed her a little, but it still meant a lot that he was so concerned about her and wanted to protect her and the baby. Juice drove them about 20 minutes outside of Charming and pulled into a little suburban area, it looked like a newer residential area. Peyton had no idea that this area even existed. A lot of things had changed in the 5 years since she had been gone.

Juice pulled up to a small two story house. Peyton got out of the truck and looked up at the house. It was absolutely beautiful. It was white and there was a small wrap around porch and there was a small back yard with a big play area set up in it. She turned around and looked at Juice. "What is this?" she asked him curiously. "Well, it's a house for starters," he responded, giving her a little smirk. She smacked his shoulder and rolled her eyes at him. "But it is also our home," Juice continued, turning serious, "If you want to take that next step with me." She stared at him and then stared back at the house. This was theirs, she asked herself silently. "Juice, it's beautiful," Peyton exclaimed excitedly, "How did you get this?" "I had some money put away," Juice replied, "I knew I wanted to buy my own place at some point and then you came back into my life and I wanted to find something that you would like." "It's amazing… it's perfect for our little family," Peyton said quietly, reaching for Juice's hand, "I would love to take the next step with you."

He smiled at her response and then led her to the entrance. "Come on, I want to show you the inside," Juice said excitedly. He opened the door and she was amazed. It looked like the whole place had been decorated and furnished. She walked into a small foyer and to the left was the living room and the kitchen was at the back of the house. To the right was a hallway which led to a den and one bedroom. She went into the bedroom, which was clearly theirs and it was gorgeous. Painted in all dark colors, just the way she had wanted her home to be. There was a king sized bed and all the bedroom furniture and there was a full ensuite. It was perfect.

"Juice this is amazing," she exclaimed, "Who did all this?" "Lyla and some of the other girls from Diosa helped me out with this," Juice replied, "Nero said the girls and the furniture would be his gift to us. Lyla really wanted to help and she did most of the shopping. Wait till you see upstairs." She didn't even have a chance to respond before Juice grabbed her hand and pulled her up the stairs like an excited 5 year old wanting to show her all of his toys. There was a bathroom and three bedrooms upstairs. Two of the bedrooms were decorated exactly how Evander and Darcy would like them, with enough toys and games to keep them occupied for a lifetime. The last bedroom was empty.

"Why is the last bedroom empty?" Peyton asked him. "Well, I was hoping that you would want to try for another one," Juice replied, laughing out loud, "So I guess I don't need to ask." Peyton laughed with him and then fell into his arms. "Juice, it's all so wonderful," Peyton said, "Everything is perfect and I am so happy." "Me too baby," Juice replied, "Me too."

Juice pulled away from her and began pacing the room, looking out the window and rubbing his hands on his jeans. "You ok?" Peyton asked him, "You seem nervous." "I'm ok," he replied, turning to look at her again. He moved towards her and then without any warning he lowered himself down to one knee. Peyton's eyes got wide and her heart began to pound in her chest. "I would like another chance to be the man and the husband you need me to be," Juice said quietly, "Will you marry me again? I promise you that I will do it right this time."

Peyton wanted this, but she was not expecting it so soon. But he also didn't have to ask her twice. "Yes," she whispered, "Of course I'll marry you Juice."


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