This is it, the last chapter. For those of you who wanted to read it, you've probably already read it. I'm going to try and post the epilogue that I have to re-write sometime soon. Yeah, bye.
'Go, go, go,' I urge the taxi driver as I sit on the edge of my seat, my fingers digging into the back of the seat in front of me. I'm really stressing out now.
'I'm going as fast as I can, sir,' he tells me.
I'm losing what little patience I have. 'Just a bit quicker, please!'
We seem to be stopped at every traffic light we pass and the tension's killing me. It was the stupid plane's fault for being so late! I bite my lip as we stop at the lights. I glance at Jack, who's sitting next to me, grimacing.
We move off again and we're almost there. We get stopped again so I pull two twenty dollar notes out my pocket and shove them in the driver's hand. 'Thank you,' I yell over my shoulder as I hop out of the cab.
We sprint into the hospital and I run to the desk. 'Hayley Williams,' I pant.
'And you are?' the woman asks.
I glance at the clock. Time's ticking. 'Alex Gaskarth.'
'Are you expected?' she inquires in a cool tone.
'She's about to give birth, just let me go and see her!' I burst out angrily.
The woman glares at me. 'Four'
I dash to Ward Four and suddenly come to a halt. I slowly open the door. Hayley's lying in the bed, her eyes open. Her band members are crowded round her.
'Alex,' she whispers, extending her hand for me to take. 'I'm really glad you're here.'
I smile as I sit down in one of the seats, out of breath. 'I thought we'd have missed it! The plane was late and we honestly got stopped at every single traffic light we-'
'Aaah!' Hayley suddenly cries.
Two nurses come towards her.
The whole way through the birth, I stay in that seat, holding her hand really tightly. I don't let go even after our little baby girl has come out.
'Wow,' Hayley whispers, gently rubbing the baby's head. 'She's beautiful.'
I nod. 'She is.'
'Wow,' Taylor breathes. 'She's adorable.'
I smile as Hayley hands her over to me while the nurses tend to her. I proudly show everyone what an excellent baby she is.
'Can I hold her?' Zac asks, holding out his arms.
I smile. 'Sure,' I pass him the baby and watch as he expertly holds her.
'She's the cutest little thing I've ever seen,' he cooes as he gently tickles her stomach.
Hayley and I watch as they pass our precious baby around. 'What are we going to call her?' she asks.
'Jess,' I murmur.
She smiles at me. 'That's a great name, Alex. I love it.'
I take Jess back from Jeremy and smile. 'She's just adorable. I love her.'
I climb out of the car, Jess lying peacefully in my arms. I smile down at her beautiful face. She's so sweet. I open Hayley's door for her and walk up the path. I push open the front door and smile. I give Jess to Hayley and put the kettle on.
'So how are you, Hayles? I haven't seen you since Christmas...'
She smiles. 'Tired. I'm glad everything went okay and that she's safe. I'm glad you're back now as well.'
I smile. 'It's good to be back. I missed you, Hayles,' I sit down next to her on the sofa. 'So Brand New Eyes came out.'
'Yeah,' she smiles. 'We're all so proud of it.'
I nod. 'So you should be. It's great.'
'Thank you,' she laughs. 'And the acoustic shows went well, too.'
I smile. 'When are you expecting to get back on the road?'
'I don't know. As soon as possible, really. We won't do anything for the rest of this year, but we might take Jess with us when we tour next year, so we can actually tour,' she shrugs.
'That's a great idea,' I enthuse. 'That sounds really rad!'
Hayley laughs. 'Thanks. When she's weaned and stuff, we could either swap about who tours with her, or we could find somebody to look after her while we tour.'
'My parents would love to,' I offer. 'I know it's kinda early for all that, I was just putting a good word in for them, and all that.'
She smiles. 'That would be great.'
I kiss the top of her head. 'We should maybe think about what house we're going to live in, I mean, we've got three at our disposal at the moment.'
'Yeah,' Hayley nods. 'My house is tiny, so probably not that one. It's really a choice between your one and my parents' house,' her voice cracks ever so slightly.
She's still hurting, but if I'm honest, I'm not surprised. 'Which one would you prefer?' I ask softly.
'I don't know,' she sighs. 'I don't really want to live in their house, but I'm really not keen on selling it either.'
I shrug. 'Just leave it at the moment, then. We can live here, and you can keep their one in tact, until you decide what you want to do with it.'
'Okay,' she swallows. 'We can just do that,' he smooths out Jess' hair.
I bite my lip. 'I'm sorry.'
'Don't be,' she turns to me sincerely. 'It's not your fault, so quit apologising.'
I nod. 'I know, I know. I just feel so bad about it all and I wish I could have done something to-'
'Alex,' she warns me. 'Really, just don't apologise.'
I nod. 'Okay, I won't.'
Hayley smiles. 'I love it, Alex,' she tells me as she looks at what used to be my study/writing room. It's small, but so is Jess. 'It'll suit her fine.'
I glance at it reminiscently. 'You know, I wrote loads of junk in here. Pretty much the whole of So Wrong, It's Right came from here. It looks kinda funny now.'
She laughs. 'Now you'll just have to write in here while Jess is trying to sleep!;
'Hey, we could rope into the band!' I cry. 'I think everyone would love our songs a whole lot more if there was a baby crying in them! They'd be so much more relative to the older generation, too, cause of baby problems!'
A burst of laughter escapes her lips. 'Yeah, they'd love it!' she wheezes, while pretty much peeing herself.
I raise my eyebrows. 'Jeez, if I knew I was that funny, I'd have become a comedian.'
'You should have,' she agrees. 'That could be your part time job. That's what ou should do between now and when you go back to touring.'
I smile. 'Maybe I will.'
Hayley puts Jess in her cot and glances down at her peaceful face. 'Thank you, Alex. You were right.'
This takes me by surprise. 'What do you mean?' I frown. 'It's hard to tell what you mean, cause I'm right about a lot of things, you know.'
She laughs. 'When I agreed to have Jess, you told me I'd thank you one day and I guess today's the day.'
Realisation sweeps over me and I smile. 'Aah, yes, I was right there as well.'
Hayley smiles as she looks down fondly at our daughter. Our daughter. I feel so proud to say that Jess is our daughter.
'Alex, I'm sorry,' she suddenly says, breaking the silence.
I frown. 'For what? You haven't done anything wrong...'
'For everything,' she says simply. At my confused expression, she continues. 'I'm sorry for stupidly breaking up with you. I'm sorry for all those arguments we had. I'm sorry for using you as my emotional crutch when Dad died and for crashing at your's. I'm sorry for getting so het up about the the baby and I'm just sorry.'
'Hayley,' I gently take her hands. 'It was the least I could do, okay? Did you expect me not to be your emotional crutch? I mean, come on, you Dad just died. Those arguments were my fault, too. I enjoyed it when you crashed at mine, Hayles. And it's fine about the break up, I mean, we're back together now, so it doesn't really matter, does it, hmm?' I look into her eyes. 'Anyways, I'm sure if our positions had been reversed, you'd have done the same for me, if not more.'
She laughs softly. 'But Alex, you were absolutely amazing to me. If you had given me all the crap I gave you, I'd have probably slapped you, if I'm honest. I really don't know how you did it.'
I chuckle. 'But Hayles, the point is that I enjoyed helping you. I couldn't possibly have left you in that state, without feeling guilty for the rest of my life.'
'Thank you,' she whispers, looking into my eyes. 'I'm so lucky to have you. I love you so much.'
I smile. 'I love you too, Hayles. And thank you so much for having Jess in the end, I'm so glad you eventually gave in.'
'I'm glad I did too,' Hayley smiles. 'She's adorable and I wouldn't give her up for the world.'
Yay, happy endings! Hope you enjoyed:)