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A Wonderful Life ~ 15

"Derek?" Sam knocked on the door.

"Yeah." Derek said quietly as Sam walked in and sat on the bed.

"Let me tell you something about my past that may help you."

"Nothing will help me." He cried.

"Maybe this will. You see, my mother was married to this man before I was born. And she got pregnant with my sister. Well, about five years later, she got divorced and then met my dad. They got married and had me. Well, my grandparents never liked my father. They always liked my sisters father. They thought that he was the better man for my mom."


"Well, since they didn't like my father, they didn't care for me that much. They treated me badly all the time. But you know what I did?"


"I waited until they came to visit and I asked to talk with them. They sat down and I told them that I care for them very much. And I want them to be able to love me like they love my sister."

"And what did they say?"

"They didn't do anything at first. They just told me that I was the grandson they never wanted. It hurt me. I felt I was the reason my mom stopped talking to them. I felt it was all my fault. And I blamed myself for years. But one day, I asked my mom about it. She said it had nothing to do with me. It was them. She didn't want them to be around. She said that it was them, not me. And that's how it is here Derek. This isn't about you. This is about CJ's parents not liking what she has chosen to do with her life. It's them, not you."


"I promise. Derek, I spent years thinking it was all me. And now I know it wasn't. Just remember that."

"I will." Derek smiled.

"Good." Sam smiled and gave Derek a hug and walked out of the room, nearly bumping into CJ and Toby. "Jeez, you scared me," Sam said, putting his hand on his chest.

"Sorry," CJ whispered.

"Thanks for that," Toby said. "I think you really helped him." He patted Sam on the back.

"Thanks. So, is dinner off or..."

"Well, since my parents decided to ditch us, of course you're more than welcome to stay."

"Yep," Toby said. "I'm just going to see how Derek is doing."

"Okay." CJ said as she and Sam walked downstairs.

Toby walked into Derek's room. "Knock, knock." He walked into the room.

"Hey buddy."

"Hi dad." Derek said while he looked out of his window.

Toby sat on the bed. "How are you feeling?"

"A little better, I guess."

"You know, your grandparents do love you."

He shrugged, "Maybe. I think that they don't like me as much because I'm not really your son."

"But you are. You always will be."

"But not by blood." Derek had tears in his eyes.

"Come here." Toby said as he sat on the bed. Derek walked over and Toby put him in his lap. "Now I want you to pay special attention to what I'm about to say."

"Ok." Derek whispered while wiping away the tears.

"Before you came along, all I had was my work. That's all I did. And when I met you, my World changed. I saw everything in a different light. Derek, you may not understand this now, but you changed my life. You became a part of me that I always wanted. You are my son by heart, by mind, and by love. Blood doesn't matter to me, and it shouldn't matter to you."


"No buts." Toby smiled. "Derek, you've become my best friend. Someone I trust more then anyone else. I love you with all my heart. And so does CJ. We have two little babies out there, and we can't do this without you." Toby wiped away the tears that were falling down Derek's face.

"You're my best friend too dad." Derek smile and wrapped his arms around Toby.

"Oh, I love you." Toby laughed.

"I love you too."

CJ had to wipe the tears that were starting to fall down her face. She had heard every last word that Toby said to Derek. She quickly walked downstairs when she saw that Toby was walking out of the room with Derek in tow.

"Well?" Sam asked as he stood up with Adina still in his arms.

"Well, you and Toby are like magic or something." She smiled. "Thank you."


Just then, Adina started to cry.

"Um, I think she's hungry," Sam said.

"I think you're right." CJ took Adina from Sam's arms and fed her. She was indeed hungry. When CJ finished feeding her, she laid her down in her bassinet and let her fall asleep.

"Want me to help you start dinner?"

"Sure, thanks."

Derek then came down the stairs. He walked up to CJ and hugged her.

"I love you mom," he said as he continued to hug her.

"I love you too." She smiled and kneeled down to his height and kissed his forehead.

He then walked over to Sam and hugged him. "Thank you, Sam."

"You're welcome buddy." Sam said as he hugged Derek back.

Toby walked into the kitchen. "What's going on?"

"It's hug day in this house," CJ said, giggling a little.

"Oh, that's good." Toby walked over to CJ and hugged her as well.

"Oh, look at the two love birds." Derek smiled. Toby gave him a grin then looked over at Sam who had his arms out.

"Where's my hug?" Sam asked with a smile.

"Are you kidding me?" Toby mumbled to himself as CJ pushed him over. Toby shook his head but was stopped by Sam wrapping his arms around him.

"Oh, there you go." Sam said in a child's voice.

"Get off me you weirdo." Toby walked back to CJ.

"You know you liked it." Sam snickered.

"What's for dinner?" Derek asked.

"I'm making chicken." CJ smiled, while everyone else moaned. "Stop it, or no one eats." She snapped.

"That could be a good thing." Toby whispered.

"I heard that." CJ glared at him.

"So, happened at work after I left?" Toby quickly changed the subject and asked Sam.

"Well, Josh started wining because he had to take the meeting on the hill, and then Leo started yelling at everyone after a meeting he had with Bruno, and Donna thinks Bruno's hitting on her."

"So it was pretty much a normal day." CJ nodded.

"Yeah, pretty much." Sam nodded and smiled.

"So, are the twins asleep?" Toby asked.

"Yep, they are healthy, wealthy, and wise." She smiled.

"They're wealthy?! Already?" Derek asked.

"It's a saying Derek," Toby said.

"How do you know?" Sam said. "They could be the next Bill Gates."

Toby, CJ, and Derek all looked at Sam as if he were nuts.


"Yes, Derek?"

"You're strange."

"I try."

Everyone started laughing. "Okay, I'm really going to start dinner now...where did the chicken that I just put out go?" She looked at Toby. "Toby Zachary Ziegler, where did you put my chicken?"


She walked closer to him. "You are going to get it."

"EWWW!" Derek said.

"I was joking, Derek," CJ said.

"Sure you were," Sam said as he laughed.

CJ turned her attention back to Toby. He was looking at the garage. "What's in the garage?"

"Um a car?"

"Toby, is dinner in there?"

He just stood there nervously, ready for CJ's wrath.


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