For The Love Of Payne PrologueHe could hear them coming. They were coming to pick on him again. The 8 year old boy had no where to hide this time. He was in the woods. He could climb a tree, but the others could reach him with the flutter of a wing. If he was home his parents would defend him, but today he is truly scared.
The last time the others found him along he limped home with cuts on his face and a bruise on his leg. He looked round frantically for a place to hide. He noticed an old tree that was hallowed out from age and the weather that still stood. He quickly ran to it and crawled inside. He hid and curled into a ball in the darkness. Please keep going. Please don't see me. he begged. He listened as the noises got closer and closer; louder and louder. Be invisible, be invisible. He told himself over an over.
He stilled as the noises were outside his tree. He pulled his knees closer 2 his chest. After a few minutes the voices left and slowly got quieter. H cautiously looked around outside
Dear God Bonus Chapter #2Johnny's Birth Scene:Dear God Bonus Chapter #23 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
I awoke that morning feeling Braxton Hicks contractions in my belly but decided to just shrug it off for now. I was sure they'd stop once I had some food. I climbed out of bed as Brian continued to snore softly beside me and waddled to the bathroom to relieve myself. I was just getting ready to sit down so I could go when I felt a pop and water rushed down my legs soaking the bath mat.
"Uuuuuggggghhhh... Brian?... BRIAN WAKE UP PLEASE!" I screamed in a panic.
"What's wrong Johnny?" Brian mumbled as he got up and came into the bathroom doorway.
"I don't know but I think I just went into labor!" I cried.
Brian's eyes went wide as he spotted the amniotic fluid on the floor "Have you been having contractions as well?" He asked still shocked.
"Yeah but I thought they were Braxton... I didn't think they were the real deal." I stammered close to tears. "Bri I'm not ready for this." I said feeling hot tears trickle down my cheeks.
"Shh calm down
Dear God 21Johnny's POV:Dear God 213 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The day started out well, Bri and I were watching Titanic in 3D when suddenly the power flickered "What was that?" I wondered curiously. I looked around us at the various things in the house.
"Maybe just the wind" Brian muttered half asleep. Suddenly there was a flash of lightning and a clap of thunder and the entire house went dark
"Shit!" I yelled over the wind. It was when the kitchen window shattered that I really began to worry. I looked out the window and saw the road was trashed and my car totaled. I had no way to get anywhere and I hoped and prayed that the guys were ok. My main worry was Brian, he was five days overdue and if labor were to start now I'd have no way to reach anyone. "Brian c'mon we have to get downstairs" I declared grabbing a few supplies needed for a home birth in case of the inevitable
"Johnny I'm scared" Brian stammered as the wind whistled outside. We had been sitting on the futon couch when I felt the cushion get wet
"Honey?" I asked looking
Dear God 05Dear God 054 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I awoke the next morning to find Johnny's side of the bed empty and sat up confused until my hand brushed across a piece of paper and I picked it up to read, it said.
I went to work but I promise I will be home as soon as my shift ends, text me, and let me know what you want for dinner and I'll bring it home with me.
"Ok I will" I spoke aloud getting out of bed and grabbing my cell phone off the charger dock I pressed his number and entered in a text that read Grab me some chicken soup with crackers. Then pressed send before running to the bathroom to vomit again. This morning sickness was the pits and I wished like hell that it would go away soon. Though I was thrilled to be giving Johnny the child we'd always dreamed of I was sick of being pregnant already. Not only did the morning sickness suck but I was also getting sick of the hormones.
Like for instance last week Johnny and I had had dinner with
So Far Away 03So Far Away 034 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
So today I reached the 4.5 month mark... Yippee. And of course I had to not fit into my pants anymore. Did the baby have a growth spurt overnight? I mean my pants fit yesterday. Now I sit on my closet floor crying. My phone buzzed and I grabbed it. "Hello?" I said all sniffles.
"Matt where are you? We're waiting at the stop sign and you haven't shown and school starts in 10 minutes." I sniffled again. "Hey what's wrong?"
"None of my pants fit!" I said as I cried again. "They fit yesterday and now I can't button any of them! The damn kid had a growth spurt overnight!" I heard Jimmy telling the guys to go ahead to school he'd see them later. "I'm fat Jimmy!" I said in a rush of tears.
"Mattie you're no fat at all. You're pregnant. That is normal. The baby is growing which we all know is a good thing. Just take a deep breath and relax. What size pants did u wear yesterday?"
"13." I said in a whimper.
"Ok. Not a problem. I am 2 pants sizes bigger than you." I heard a door open
Dear God 18Brian's POV:Dear God 184 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I haven't heard from Johnny in three weeks now and I'm kind of worried I have called Matt, Jimmy, Ryan and Zack and they haven't heard from him either. Terra said she had seen him at the ice cream parlor but she was forbidden to tell me where he was staying. I felt like a Grade A Jackass for hurting him the way I did. And it turned out that he did try to text me saying he couldn't make it, but there had been service issues and I never received it. Now I felt even worse, but a part of me was still mad at him I don't know why though but I guess it's because if I had done it to him he'd have acted the same way. So in a way I wasn't that unhappy about it. I booted up my laptop and gasped when I saw Zack on.
SynGates: Hey Zack what's up?
Vengeance: Not much Bri what can I do for you? Other then telling you where Johnny is cause I still don't know.
SynGates: He still hasn't called any of you?
Vengeance: No... what the hell did you do to him to piss him off like you did?
Dear God 11Dear God 114 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I sat across the couch lying comfortable as Johnny mowed the lawn. I had a hand draped over my belly and the other held the smoothies Johnny makes me. They are always made fresh each morning just for me and our baby. He is so loving and caring of the baby and me. If not for him I may have gone nuts already. Today is the beginning of month four of my pregnancy.
Johnny says I have a tiny bump but I swear I can't see it. I have looked at myself in the mirror from every angle conceivable to man but I see nothing. I sighed as an old movie came on the TV. It was Disney's Aladdin. I snuggled into my little spot and watched it as memories flooded my brain. But then my mind flooded back as Johnny ran over a rock with the lawnmower...
I sighed and looked out the window. After running over the rock the mower had stalled. He unplugged the spark plug and flipped it over to look at the blades. I watched as he sighed. The cap that was on his head met the ground. I am guessing he is mad. I
Dear God 13I gasped as the gun pointed at me. My hands went to my belly in a protective manner. No one was gonna hurt my baby. I looked at her in horror. "Patricia... Why are you doing this? Why to me?"Dear God 134 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Patricia smirked. "It was always you Brian. You had to befriend that... that boy." I was confused. "Why did you have to befriend that murderer?!? He killed Elizabeth! He killed my niece!"
I was shocked. "Monty? All this because I befriended Monty? Are you insane? You say he murdered Eliza, but do you know what exactly happened Patricia? Has anyone told you?"
"She was going to see him! If he hadn't been dating her and carrying her child she would have had no reason to go out that night! If not for that... that heathen my Eliza would still live! But he had to make her love him. He had to miraculously get pregnant with her child! He killed her!"
I sighed. "Listen, he didn't make her do anything she didn't want to do. Yes, her death is tragic, but do you want to go to jail for killing a pregnant perso
Dear God 12Dear God 124 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Brian and I were in the pool together. He was on a floating aligator and I just swam around. His belly now is starting to show. He now has a tiny bump coming off his abdomen. He's now in his second trimester, aka month 4.
I looked up as his shadow went over me. I slowly swam up. I got excited as I got closer. I grabbed part of the alligator and pushed up tipping it over and Brian into the pool. I went topside as he came up. He glared at me and I just laughed.
Brian grabbed the alligator and whacked me in the head with it. I laughed and went under the water. I grabbed his legs and pulled him under. I put my mouth to his and kissed him passionately. After a few seconds I let him go and he went to the surface for air again.
I followed him up and smiled. He splashed water at me with a kinda growl. I smiled and kissed him pinning his hands to his sides. "I love you Brian. You know that. And it was just a harmless prank."
"How is that a harmless prank? What if I got water into m
Dear God 04Dear God 044 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Roy then gave Brian his prenatal vitamins and our baby's first picture then they went to lunch. After lunch was over we drove to Ryan and Zack's House and were surprised when we spotted Jimmy's Mini-Van. Well we were kinda surprised. I mean Zack and Jimmy are brothers after all. "What is going on here?" I said as I parked our car. I got out and went to Brian's side to wait for him.
"I don't know. Did they have a shindig and not invite us?" he asked getting out when suddenly Riley and Hope came from around outback with Terra and Tanya on their heels.
"Uncle Johnny, Uncle Brian!" they squealed running over and into my arms then into Brian's
"Easy guys be gentle" Brian warned as he kissed their foreheads. He was already maternal.
"Okay" they chorused and headed off just as Matt's Mom Mrs. Sanders came out to see what the commotion was.
"Hello Brian and Johnny. How are things going with the baby? No problems I hope?" She said hugging and kissing us both on the cheek
"Good! We have some new
Dear God 09Dear God 094 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Well... I never told anyone how I met Eliza and now I have no one to tell. Mom and Dad are too busy and her parents... They blame me for her death... Many times I've told the baby before I go to sleep but it's not enough..."
I nodded. "Go on. I would like to know."
I was riding my bike to the library. I had to research for a project... She had just moved into town. I was riding past the bus stop and saw her sitting on a bench crying. I stopped and went to her. I leaned my bike on the bench and sat by her... She looked up at me. She had beautiful Emerald green eyes and platinum blond hair. Her hair reached down to her hips. She had high cheekbones and natural beauty. She had no make up on at all and was still drop dead gorgeous.
"Hey what is wrong? Is it something I can help with?" I asked her as I got lost in her eyes. My heart was beating erratically like it was gonna explode from my chest any second. I smiled at her and handed her a tissue from the little case in my p
Dear God 15Chapter 15:Dear God 154 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I groaned as I woke. My head was pounding and my chest hurt like no tomorrow. I was shocked at who I saw camping out in Johnny's chair. It was Monty. Johnny must have told him I was here. I patted his shoulder. He jumped but then looked at me. "Brian! You're ok!" He stood and hugged me gently.
I hugged him back and smiled. "Hey Monty. You doing ok?" He nodded and sat on the edge of my bed.
"Johnny told me you were shot." I nodded. "By Pat no less. I am really sorry Brian. She... she's a bitch on wheels. Her and the rest of Eliza's family, well all except Eliza, are total assholes. I am sorry Brian." I nodded and hugged him gently.
"It's ok kid, I'll live. No worries." I smiled at him. "How are you and the baby doing?" I smiled as he rubbed his belly.
"We're good. When I saw the doctor last we were given a clean bill of health. Right now the baby is sleeping. And the way it's Laying is kinda uncomfortable." I looked at him in wonder. "The head is here on my left
So Far Away 12So Far Away 124 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
One day I was home in the kitchen after venturing from my room. I stood there in a pair of pajama bottoms with skulls and crossbones all over them and nothing else but the bandages on my stomach. I had just put something in the microwave when the doorbell rang. As I waddled to the door I wondered who it could be.
I opened the door to find Johnny standing there. "What a lovely sight to see. The door is opened by a half-naked preggo." I growled at him. "Can I come in?" I moved aside and he walked into the house. Once I closed the door he sighed. "Alright first I retract what I said at the door, I have a rep to keep intact. Second, I came here to tell you about Jimmy. Ever since you broke up he's been.... isolated. He hasn't talked to any of us. He has declared the band broken up. He even went as far to say that if we had any problems with it to come bitch at you.
Now I am not here to bitch. I am here in the hopes that you can fix Jimmy. I know about what happened so I can understand both
Dear god 19Chapter 19:Dear god 193 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The day of me and Johnny's wedding started off with a beautiful sunrise which Johnny and I watched from our bedroom window. Johnny then turned me to face him and placed both his hands on my bulging belly "Brian I want you to know beforehand that this is the second most greatest day of my life. The first was when you told me I was gonna be a Father and the only thing that will top that is the moment when our child comes into this world, do you understand me?" He asked as I sighed happily.
"Yes Johnny I understand" I assured him as I leaned in to kiss him.
"I gotta go now and meet Jimmy, Zack, Monty, Riley, Dr. Fletcher and my Dad to get my tuxedo but look for me at the wedding I'll be the handsome devil in navy blue I picked that color specifically since everyone else will be wearing black." He smiled and then kissed me and the baby one last time before leaving. I turned to watch him get in his car and drive off down the road
"Morning sweetie!" said Mrs Sanders
Dear God 14I sat in the hospital room watching my angel. He laid in the sterile bed, the white sheets showing how pale he really was. He had lost a lot of blood. The bullet had lodged in his ribs right over his heart. It just missed by a few inches. We got lucky.Dear God 144 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The doctor says our baby is doing ok. When Brian first arrived there was shock to his body and it tried to force the baby out but the doctors fixed everything. Now my two angels lay on crisp white sheets. Monitors beep continuously giving off both their heart beats. Our baby's heart is faster. While Brian's is more laid back in comparison. I just hope that Brian will wake soon and let me know that he is ok.
I heard beeping sounds. One really fast the other a constant beep. I opened my eyes and saw a pale blue ceiling tile. I felt pain in the left side of my chest. I groaned and my right hand went to the ache. I heard a noise to my right and looked over. I saw Johnny. He looked terrified. "Johnny? What? Where am I? Is the baby
Dear God 16~Monty POV~Dear God 164 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It was 2:45. The school was pretty empty. I had stayed after to work on a project and since Brian was still there we kept each other company. He graded papers and I worked on my history project on his computer. He had started bringing in his own personal laptop. He said the computer the school provided was a slow piece of crap. We sat on opposite sides of his desk talking as we worked on our various things. We talked about our babies and how our pregnancies were going. He's 5 months along now, I'm eight. Take a guess who will give birth first. I still have a month to go and it sucks!
I shifted in my seat for the millionth time. My hips have widened some during the pregnancy and now they are sore from the weight of the baby. I can only stay comfortable for so long. Brian smiled at me. Finally at 4:00 PM I handed him his laptop back. "Well I am gonna go to the bathroom, go to my locker, and head home." I stood and stretched. I let out a sigh as my back cracked in quite a few
So Far Away 18So Far Away 184 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I heard the chain on the door rattling again. He was coming back for me... I whimpered when moving sent a shock wave of pain through my arm. I stood leaning against the post. The chains fell off the door. The door opened and sunlight flooding the room blinding me. All I saw was a silhouette of my attacker. This was my last chance. I grabbed the pen from my back pocket and charged.
The person put their arms around me making my charge useless. I struggled. "Let me go so I can kill you!"
"Easy Mattie bear, no hurting your future husband." my eyes focused and I saw Jimmy. I gasped and backed away from him thinking he kidnapped me. "I know what you're thinking and I didn't do it. Why would I kidnap the man I love and plan on marrying? I am not that dumb." I looked at his neck for the wound I gave my attacker. I noticed no gash on his neck. He looked me over. "Oh god, what happened to your arm?" he started looking my arm over.
"Whoever put me here broke it. Last night... at
Dear God 03Dear God 034 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The next morning I woke up early and headed downstairs to fix an orange juice smoothie for Brian. I hummed to myself as I put the ingredients in the blender. Brian was due downstairs any moment and I wanted to make him something I know he will be able to eat and keep down. For my poor love that was smoothies. So each meal was accompanied with a smoothie that was full of nutrients and vitamins for him and the baby.
At that moment I heard a door slam and Brian's groaning as he threw up. I felt a tear burn in my eyes as I wished I could do more to ease Brian's distress. But sadly I can't. "God damn it I hate this fucking nausea!" Brian swore as he walked down the stairs and into the kitchen.
"I wish there was something I could do for you" I said sympathetically
"Unless you can find a cure to morning sickness without harming the baby you really can't do a damn thing Johnny." He pointed out then noticed the smoothie "What's this?" He asked me.
"It's an ora
Dear God 01Dear God 014 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It had been 3 years since Ryan and Zach Baker had their children, Riley and Hope. And 9 years
since Matt and Jimmy Sullivan welcomed their twin daughters Terra and Tanya into the world. And during that time Johnny prayed that someday we would be blessed with a child of our own. We secretly dated for so long. No one found out til Matt was pregnant with his twins. That day was the day the band almost broke apart.
After many failed attempts to get me pregnant we had thrown in the towel and decided to consider surrogacy. At the moment we sit at the coffee table in the living room looking through people's files for a possible surrogate. "What about this guy? He's twenty three, has no criminal records, and is very heartwarming towards children." Johnny asked me holding up a photo of a young blond with blue eyes
"He looks too heartwarming, what if he gets too attached and wants keep our baby, then we'd have a custody battle on our hands" I pointed out frowning as I felt a weird fe
Dear God 00Dear God 004 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It had been a few years since Ryan and Zack had Riley and Hope. Ever since their friends had babies Brian and Johnny decided to try for a baby of their own. They both agreed to start trying. That meant throwing out their drawer of condoms and both were happy.
The day of the condom removal was one neither would ever forget. Johnny held out the bag and Brian threw them away. But then a new idea came. Why throw them away? They used them to make floating lights in the pool and things of that nature. They even have helium filled condoms with a light inside.
Brian sighed as he sat with Johnny after another round of sex. Brian prayed that they get a baby soon. They are so prepared and are happy as can be. He just needs to have the chance to be pregnant. But each time they try there is a barrier. Something that prevents it. They have gotten many tests done and both of them are sexually healthy. Neither have any visible problems so it bothers them that they have no baby.
So Far Away 17So Far Away 174 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I got to school the next morning and sat in the cafeteria waiting for first bell. The guys came and sat around my. I noticed Zack had a gash on his neck. "Dude what happened to you?"
"Living where I live has it's perks." We all looked at him confused. "Don't piss off your landlord." We nodded. "So any news on the Matt front?"
"None. I am getting really worried Zacky. I mean he's been gone 2 bucking weeks. You have no idea how much it hurts to see the sadness on Mrs. Sanders face when I visit her every day to see if she heard anything? It's torture." I put my head on the table. "Johnny have you heard anything? I know you have connections."
"Sorry man nothing. No one has seen a pregnant kid anywhere. I had friends put up posters from here to 3 towns over in every direction. We'll find him Jimmy, don't worry."
I sighed. "What if we don't? What if he goes into labor and has complications that kill him and the babies? For all we know the kidnapper can kill him before he h
Dear God 06Dear God 064 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I pulled into the driveway and noticed the Bentley parked behind Brian's truck "Hmm who's car is that?" I wandered as I shut the door to my SUV, shut the garage, and headed into the house where I found Brian sleeping on the couch while his hands rested on his flat belly while the TV blared on about a documentary on babies. I shut the TV off and walked over to him caressing his cheek making him open his eyes slowly.
"Hey" he whispered as I kissed his temple
"Hey sleeping beauty... how's our little one?" I asked as he slowly sat up so that I could sit next to him.
"Doing good" he answered placing his arm over my shoulder
"What were you watching?" I asked as he reached for his smoothie, which was now watered down
"I was watching 'I'm Pregnant and...' it was about this nudist who got pregnant and watched her body go all fun house mirror and I started thinking is that how my body gonna go? Cause Johnny, I don't wanna be fat!" he sobbed as tears formed in his eyes
Dear God 08Dear God 084 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I smiled making Crab Meat in Alfredo Sauce with Angel Hair Pasta. It seems that Ryan and Brian both crave it during pregnancy. I made more than normal hoping that Monty will like it as well. I smiled as I heard Brian's car honk as he pulled into the driveway. I was just putting food on the table when they walked in. "Hi guys. Wash up then we eat."
"Hi Mr. Seward!" I smiled as Monty peeked into the dining room and waved.
I waved back. "Wash up. I made crabmeat in pasta and Alfredo sauce. Is that ok?" He nodded and I smiled. "Good go clean up." I smiled as he walked off as Brian walked in with clean hands and face. I kissed him. "Did things get better after I left?"
Brian sighed. "Depends on how you define better my love." I looked at him in wonder. "Well Monty got into a fight with William. William said bad things about his baby. And then Monty slugged him. He has a good right hook I'll give him that. Is it wrong that I was on his side?"
"No love its not. You know how he fe
So Far Away 15So Far Away 154 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I walked to my car knowing Matt was waiting for me. As I got closer I noticed he wasn't inside or outside the car. I dropped his book bag on the ground and ran to my car. Mattie's keys were on the ground by the front tire. I ran back to the school thinking he might have gone inside for something. I ran into the guys who were on their way out. "Matt's gone! He was gonna meet me at the car. I found his keys by the tire and he's nowhere to be found!" we all split up and went searching for him.
When we met at the gym we all had looks of fear on our faces. I cursed and kicked the basketball rack. I fell to the floor crying. I just got Mattie back and I lost him again. Zack sat by me and held me close trying to calm me. "Jimmy, we'll find him. I promise you, we'll find him." I hugged Zack and cried. I heard Johnny call the cops but I didn't give it much attention. The cops came, took my statement, and left putting out an APB on my love.
When I went home after picking up Matt
So Far Away 08So Far Away 084 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I woke up one morning to find Jimmy rubbing my belly and singing gently to the babies. He hadn't notice I was awake yet so I kept silent and watched as he sang to my children. He was singing lullabies to them and telling them Grimm Fairy Tales. At the moment he was telling them about Cinderella. He was at the point of the step sisters cutting off part of their feet to make the glass slipper fit. At that moment I knew that Jim was the best person to be the father to my babies. And I bet a ton of you are asking: "Well Matt what are you having? 2 boys, 2 girls, or one of each?" Well I can't tell ya cause I don't even know. I won't let the doctor tell me.
I smiled. "Jim..." he looked at me like the cat caught eating the canary. I laughed. "That was very sweet, telling them stories and singing to them."
"You heard all that huh?" I nodded. "So my reputation as a kick ass bad boy is over?"
"No, you're a kick ass bad boy who has a gentle side when it comes to love and children." I sat up on my