About: Kevin/Scotty/Tommy/Julia/Justin, Nora/Holly/Rebecca, Nora/Connie/Ryan.
Disclaimer: I don’t own anything
Extra: This an AU (Alternative Universe) story, so remember : The more things change, the more they stay the same. Here are part 01, part 02, part 03, part 04, part 05, part 06, part 07, part 08, part 09, part 10, part 11, part 12, part 13, part 14, part 15, part 16, part 17, part 18, part 19, part 20, part 21, part 22, part 23, part 24, part 25, part 26, part 27, part 28, part 29, part 30, part 31, part 32, part 33, part 34, part 35, part 36, part 37, part 38, part 39, part 40, part 41, part 42, part 43, part 44, part 45, part 46, part 47, part 48, part 49, part 50, part 51, part 52, part 53, part 54, part 55, part 56, part 57, part 58, part 59, part 60, part 61, part 62, part 63, part 64, part 65, part 66, part 67, part 68. part 69, part 70, part 71, part 72, part 73, part 74, part 75, part 76, part 77 and part 78
MOVING TOWARD END OF APRIL 2008 – SUNDAY
The request is painful, for all involved. Julia and Tommy are once again confronted with the fact that they cannot have their own child, but Tommy is determined to do this for Julia, so after a brief explanation on what their current situation is, he gathers all his courage and finally he puts the request for Justin and Kevin on the table.
“We want to use your sperm to get Julia pregnant.” He blurts out, obviously embarrassed.
"Whoah." Justin reacts, backing off.
“Wow. I want to think this over for a second. I mean.. this doesn’t exactly fall in the parameters of normal brotherly duty.” Kevin replies, carefully.
“No, maybe not, but I want to help Tommy.” Justin interrupts. Kevin agrees, however…
“I’m a lawyer, I see these things every day, how these things can blow up in your face. How long will it be before the kids in school find out that his biological father could be his gay uncle.”
“Yes, or her ex-junkie slash ex-drunk uncle.” Justin says softly, but Kevin ignores it.
“I know how much you want to be parents, but I grew up in this family being ‘different’ and, yes, I was surrounded by all you guys, but I still felt completely alone. I don’t want another child to go through that.”
Julia’s hand covers Kevin’s and she smiles softly.
“Kevin, I promise you, that our child will not be ‘different’ even if he or she would be yours. We’ll explain that our child is ‘special’. Not ‘different’.” She can see Kevin struggle with his feelings.
“I’m going to pour some coffee.” Kevin then says and he goes to the kitchen. Julia watches Scotty counts to ten, before following Kevin and she cannot help but smile and hope that Scotty will talk to Kevin. She leans back a bit and from her place she can see Kevin and Scotty talking.
Kevin nervously biting his lip. His manner of speaking is agitated. Scotty is more calm and comforting and slowly Kevin calms down as well. Julia imagines that she sees Kevin ask ‘Do you think I should?’, but maybe it is just wishful thinking. She cannot see Scotty’s answer, because Scotty pours the coffee and tea and Julia hopes that, if Kevin asked if he should do it, that Scotty’s answer is favorable.
There is a kiss and hug between them. Cute, but not very spoilerish, Julia fears and then Kevin and Scotty return. She sits up straight again, to not show that she’s been watching them, but she starts to feel sick and can only hope Kevin will say yes.
“Well?” Tommy asks, equally aware that Kevin took a ‘time-out’ to talk to Scotty.
“And we will not find which one of us it is?” Kevin asks.
“No, that’s the plan.” Tommy replies and Julia starts to wring her hands in fear.
“Scotty and I talked about it….” Kevin looks at Scotty, who gives him a quick smile and Julia hopes that this is encouraging.
“…. And I agree. I will help you.” Kevin finishes his sentence.
“You do? You really do?... Both of you?” Julia now looks at Justin.
“Sure, if we can help…” Justin replies and Kevin takes up the papers on the table.
“Why don’t we go over the paperwork the clinic sent you and see if there are any questions left.”
MOVING TOWARD END OF APRIL 2008 – MONDAY
“A merger?” Holly asks, baffled by Nora’s words.
“Yes, I’ve discussed this with Saul, Sarah and Tommy and they all agree it’s a good idea.
I want the ranch taken down. I have nothing but bad memories of that place…” Holly winces at Nora’s words, but knows that Nora is not referring to her alone.
“We loved that it was in the middle of the orchards, but now, we plan to use that land as soon as possible. Your vineyards are right next to our orchards. None of us all very keen on traveling back and forth to Ojai every time to see how we’re doing. You will become our eyes and ears here. You can continue “Harper’s Landing” as David would have wanted…. And we have someone here on the job.”
“But I don’t know much about orchards, or fruit in general, except grapes,…” Holly starts nervously.
“Don’t worry, we have some excellent men in the fields here, that you can rely on." Nora smiles and Holly tries to control the excitement in her. A new field. A new goal. A new opportunity. The door to Holly’s office opens and Nora sees a young blonde woman crash in.
“This is my daughter, Rebecca Harper.” Holly introduces.
“Nora Walker.” Nora says with a smile.
“Oh! I… I’m sorry to hear about your husband.” Rebecca quietly communicates her confusion to her mother.
“Nora, or rather Ojai Foods, is willing to merge with us. We will continue as we are. The name Harper’s Landing will continue.”
“William, my husband, wanted to buy the winery only, but not take the people with him, safe a few. What I want is to unite our forces and make sure that as many people as possible can keep their jobs.”
“Sounds good to me. If I can help…” Rebecca says.
“Rebecca plans to return to the family business as well.” Holly beams.
“Good.” Nora compliments Rebecca. “I believe families should stick together.”
Rebecca smiles, she likes Nora on first sight, which is good, because Rebecca trusts her intuition.
“Can I sit in, in the conversations about the merger, and maybe add my two cents?” she asks, fascinated by what will happen in her life next. "Yes, of course you can…. Holly, I have an appointment with Emily and I have to go. Talk things trough with Rebecca, put your thoughts on paper and we’ll get together….”
MOVING TOWARD END OF APRIL 2008 – TUESDAY
The bell is loud and incessant. Whoever is outside insists on being heard. Nora yanks open her door, not knowing who to expect, but she certainly didn’t expect the woman standing before her.
“Yes, me. But it’s Connie Lafferty now. Bet you never thought you’d see me again.”
“Why are you here?”
“Read about William’s death. I want money for taking care of his bastard.” She points at the tall boy standing behind her and she enters Nora's hall.
Ryan quickly looks up at Nora, but then his stare is back on the ground, wishing there was whole in floor he could sink into. He had always known George Lafferty was not his real father. Both Connie and George had frequently reminded him of that. But to dragged out here and displayed like that makes it even worse.
“After what William did to me….” Connie starts..
“Don’t you dare! You willingly stepped into his bed, Connie. You knew he was married. You grew up playing with Tommy in the orchards. You were a friend of the family. I trusted you so much, that I hired you to babysit Justin.
And you end up fucking William and getting knocked up by him…. And what proof do you have that your son is even William’s? Knowing you, I wouldn’t be surprised if you slept with half of Ojai, and cannot remember exactly what you did with the other half.” Nora sneers, feeling that old ‘betrayed’-feeling come back to her with great intensity.
With everything that had happened between William and Holly, she had forgotten about Connie. And she would not have minded if Connie had stayed away. She feels sorry for the kid, who seems to look completely lost and terrified. Is he really nearly twenty? He looks no older than sixteen.
“William never paid me a cent, but now I want my money. I’ve raised his child for years. You owe me…. And if you won’t pay up, I swear, everyone will find out what William did and you will see his name dragged through the mud.”
“You would really do that?... What about your son?”
Ryan looks up, surprised that anyone would think of him. He slowly dares to look at Nora and then look around him and he feels choked up when he sees the stairway filled with pictures. They don’t even one picture on the wall. He only has one from Elizabeth in his wallet, in a plastic bag, to protect it.
“Well, you won’t get a cent out of me.” He hears Nora say. “And if you don’t like it, sue me. But be warned, my son is one hell of a lawyer and he’ll get me the best defense there is.”
“I’m going to get you, Nora Walker, if it’s the last thing I do.” Connie threatens.
“Good luck! And now… get the hell out of my house!” Nora yells. Connie’s face is a portrait of hate and Ryan shivers, amazed that Nora isn’t terrified. He is so in awe, that he doesn’t hear Connie tell him to leave with her. Angry Connie grabs his hair and yanks him into the direction of the door.
Ryan cries out in pain, for a moment Nora hesitates if she should interfere, but Connie is at the door and, after one look at Nora, Ryan leaves.
“This is not over.” Connie warns Nora.
“Oh, yes, it is.” And Nora slams the door in Connie’s face.
END OF PART 79