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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic

23 year old Bailey Jo Smith
was what her family called a ‘hot shot’
romance and childrins book author in Nashville, Tennessee!
In the past 5 years she has had 3 romance novels
and 2 childrend books
published and all 5 were fliying off the shelf’s!
She was vary happy with the life she had!
Other then losing her parents in a plane crash 3 years ago,
she had a good life.
she had friends she cherished,
and she had her 2 older sisters Riley and Nevaeh,
and her older brother Cooper and there families
that she could not live with out!
She had her nice apartment in the city.
She was nowhere close to getting married,
and even farther from having children!
the only child the had was her 6 year old lab named Lilly.
But even without a husbend and chidren she was happy.
Untill one day something happend that changed her life
and her familys lifes forever!

The Opening



You could say that twenty three year old Bailey Jo Smith has it all
or had it all. At tewnty three shes what her mother called a ‘hot shot’
author of three romance novels since she was eight teen years old.
Her latest book was put out just last year. Along with her three romance
novels she also wrote two childrens books. When Bailey left her home of
Silver Point, Tennessee where she was born and rased for eight teen
yours to move to Nashvielle. She never thought she would have
five books flying off the shelfs. Even her first book that came out six
yours ago was still doing good.
Up untill July 20th of 2007 Bailey was living on her own and had
been for six years in Nashville. Other than losing both her parents in a
horable plane crach back in june of 2005. She was happy with her life
she made for herself. She had her writing that to her suprise was going
better that anyone in her family thought it would. She had her friends
that she did everything with. She had her older sister thirty year old
Riley and twentyfrive year old twin sister and brother Nevaeh and
Cooper. Who were all married and between the three of then have eight
teen going on twenty kids. The oldest Riley and her husben Bradley
Parker have eight kids three of which are adopted. Nevaeh who is
only two minuts older than ther brother. Nevaeh andher husben Austin
Roberts have five going on six kids in just a month. Her only brother
Cooper and his wife Shelby Willson/Smith also have five going on six
kids in about six months. Bailey loves her family with everything she is.
She knew she would not be the person she was today with out them.
After there parents pased away all four of themand there familys got
even colser, if thet was even posable. Even with riley and Cooper liveing
in Savanna, Georga and Nevaeh and herself still in Nashville
Tennessee. Even with the didtenss they still get together evry chance thet
get. Who ever cant get away fron work well that were the family would
all go. Bailey was the only one left who was not married and poping out
kids like they were going out of style next month. Infact the only kid she
had was her six year old lab named Lilly. But even without a husben
and children she was still happy with her life. That was untill the
unthinkable happend again to her family that changer her life and the
lifes of her whole family.



JULY 27th, 2007



Bailey was just finishing up some work she had to do beafore she
left her office. It was three thirty when she got a call from her sister
“Hey you. Whats up?” Bailey said when she answered her cell phone.
“Is that how your answering you phone now?” Nevaeh asked her little
“No, I just know it would be you! Bailey said laughed. Thinking that
nether of her sisters could help but to try to be her mother now that both
of there parents were gone.
“Well I was just calling to ask you when your leaving to go to the
lake?” Nevaeh asked.
“I toled you, I’m leaving right after I get out of here at 4 o’clock.
Then I’m going home to pack for the 5 weeks I’ll be staying at the lake
house. Lilly and I should be out the door seven and if i dont have to stop
I should get to the lake by eight thirty or nine tonight. Oh, and I still
don’t know how I got enected to getting the house ready
for this birthday party for Hannah, Willow, and Savannh.” Bailey said
one last time under protest one last time before leaving for the lake!
“Well baby sister. Your the only one that has the time. With Ri and
Coop still in Georgia, and Austen and I both in cort right now with
somewhat big cases that wont end untill next friday. Your just the only
one left who can.” Nevaeh said sounding alittle stressed and annoyed.
“Yes I know, But you know me, I just had to protest one last time!
Hey how long are the grils friends staying at the house? Bailey asked.
“Well one of the moms said she would come the next day to pick up all
nine girls so they could all spend the night with the girls and play on the
beach.” Nevaeh said.
“I just wonted to know so I sould wash enaph blankets. But hey sis I
got to go if I’m going to get out of this office by four.” Bailey said to her
“Ok, We’ll see you at the lake in a week. Love you Bail” Nevaeh said to
her little sister.
“Yeah,can’t wait and love you to Nevae.” Bailey said as she hung up
the phone.
Thanks to some last minute changes to one of the books Bailey was
editting. She didn’t leave her office untill almost 5pm. Not only was
Bailey Jo Smith a ‘hot shot’ author but she was also what her family
called a ‘hot shot’ editor.Everyone who was writing a book wonted her
as there editor simply cuz she never really tryed changing the books
he was editting unlike alot of the editors she worked with were trying to
do. She hated when they did it to her, So she was damned if she was
going to do it to the people that trusted her with there work!
Bailey was in her car by 4:50 and she was walking in the door of her
a partment at 5:15. She left her work stuff in the car, so she wouldn’t
forget it. An editors job is never done. She thought to herself as she
walked into the bathroom and took a shower. After her shower, Bailey
packed for the 4 weeks at the lake all alone Bailey was out the door by
7o’clock with Lilly right behind her.
“So much for being here by 8:30!” She thought to herself as she polled
into the driveway of the lake house at 10:45 Exhausted she left her stuff
in the car, and just grabed her small bag that she packed with only the
stuff she needed for that night. She went in the house and up stars into
the master bedroom. She had told her sisters and brother that she was
laking mom and dads room cuz she got stuck getting the house ready for
the girls party! Bailey had been up since 4:30 that morning, and felt as if
she was going to pass out in her clothes, but she put on a pare of old
shorts and a old t’shrit, and broshed her teath and washed her face,
then fell into bed.



Chapter 2
JULY 28, 2007



Bailey got up at 7:30 the next morning. Not wonting to start
leaning just yet. Bailey eat breakfast and then took a shower. She put
her pink bakini on under a pink and yellow halter and a wight peasant
skirt with her favorite pink and wight flip flops. It was only 9 in the
morning but it was already in the high 80’s!
She left to go to the store ate 10. So she could get everything she
needed for the month she was going to be at the lake all alone, and when
she started on Nevaehs list that she emailed her almost 2 weeks ago.
She felt as if she was buying the whole store by the time she was finished
with Nevaehs list, and by the look on the bag boys face who looked
about 12 years old, he was thinking the same thing. When she got back
to the house she unlouded the car, then louded it all in the three
refrigerators that were in the house. Since there there was nothing in
the house to clean with. Bailey had to buy some cleaning supplies.
She put them on the counter, so she would not forget to use them.
Bailey made herself lunch, and went outside with Lilly right behind her.
Bailey wotched as Lilly ran around the beach as she eat her lunch.
Lilly always turned into a puppy again when she was at the lake.
Bailey always feels bad, cuz in the city Lilly never really got to run like
she did here! Well not with out a neughber or 2 saying something about
it! Here she could run were ever she wonted, and not even Mr. Fuller
said anything and that old man had something to say about everyone
and everything! He wasnt really a peoples peason or even a dog person,
but some reson he had a soft spot for Lilly. But then again everyone did.
After lunch Bailey walked with Lilly on the beach untill about 3:30.
“Ok Lilly time to go home.” Bailey said thinking that Lilly would run
the whole time they were up here, if she let her. Bailey was only 2 houses
from her place when she seen a little girl running down the hill tored
the beach were she Bailey was walking. The little girl had long blond
hair that was in pigtails with wight bows in each one that mached her
sundress that was wight and had light blue flowers. When the little girl
stoped infront of Bailey, Lilly came running up and tryed to lick the girl
on her cheek and when Lilly barcked the little Bailey polled Lilly back
and said “its ok she was was just saying hi and giving you a puppy
kiss. !” Bailey said.
“She. . .She was?” The little girl said looking at Lilly big blue eyes.
“Yeah she was. So whats you name?” Bailey asked the little girl.
“I’m Jasper Lynn Johnson.” The little girl said.
“Well it’snice to met you Jasper. I’m Bailey Smith. Jasper thats a
pritty name.” Bailey said
“Thank you ma’am. Whats your puppys name?” Jasper asked still
looking at Lilly,
“Her name is Lilly.” Bailey said knowing what the next question would
“Can I play with her?” Jasper asked.
“Well I think Lilly would love to play with you, but lets go ask your
mom and dad to make sure they dont mind, ok.” Bailey said as she put
Lilly on her leash. She only had to put he on it when she wonted her to
stay next her. Most of the time she just had to call her name and she
would come running, but sometimes she had her own plans!
“Oh, my daddy wont mind!” Jasper said alittle to quickly.
“Well I think it’s best if we go ask anyways. After all I am a stranger
and you should never go anywhere with someone you don’t know even if
they have a puppy you wont to play with! You know that right!” Bailey
asked while they walked back up the hill to Jaspers house.
“Yeah I know, but your a girl and your nice.” Jasper said looking a
little confused.
“Yes, I am a girl, and I am nice, but not evey girl is nice. Just like not
every boy is nise! Do you understand what I’m trying to say?” Bailey
asked Jasper when they standing at the back door of Jaspers house.
“Yeah, that girls can be bad just like boys!” Jasper said as she went to
the door.
“Right no girl I’m glad you understand!” Bailey said as Jasper treyed to
open the back door, but it was locked. So they walked to the front door.
Jasper said she would be right back, then she went inside. The door
wasnt even closed yet when Jasper yealled out,
“Daddy, Daddy, I have to ask you something.” Bailey couldn’t help but
to laugh.
Brice was in the kitchen trying to find somethin to make for dinner
when he herd his daughter call out for him.
“Yeah Jas, in here.” He called out to her. Just then Jasper came
running into the kitchen.
“Wow girl, slow down! No running in the kitchen you know that!
Now whats wrong?” Brice asked as he stoped her with his free hand.
“Nothing. It’s just that I just met this lady and well she has this really
big dog named Lilly and well I asked if I could play with her but she
said I had to ask you first. I toled her that you would let me but she
said I have to ask cuz she was a sranger. So can I daddy please.
Shes really nice really big but shes really nice.” Jasper said pleading
with her fother.
“Well whats her name, where is she?” Brice asked her.
“I tolled you its Lilly and she outside.” Jasper said getting a little
“No Jas the lady, Whats the ladys name and were is she? Oh, and by the
way, You and I are going to have a big long talk again about you going
up to people you don’t know you. Got it! Cuz the ladys right! You always
have to ask! No matter who it is! I don’t care if its grandma and
grandpa! You have to ask before you go with them, You got it!? Brice
said looking series.
“Ok Daddy.”Jasper said quitly.
“So who is this lady and where is she?” Brise asked again. Oh umm . . .
it’s . . .it’s . . . Oh yeah its Bailey. I cant remamber what she said her last
name was. But shes outside with lilly.So can I please?!” Jasper asked
one last time but this time she gave her father the sad little puppy dog
look that worked every time.
“Well ok,” He was just about to say “but!” When Jasper took off like a
lightning bolt! So walked quickly behand her . Trying to remamber
where he knew the name Bailey from. Just as Jasper was raeching for
the door he called out
“Frizz girl,” and as Jasper turned slowly from the door. He added
“I meet her befor you go!”
“Oh, ok come on shes right outside. Oh and Daddy she really pritty.
Jasper said as she pushed open the door and ran outside. Brice just
smiled thinking. “Yeah right jas you think everyone is pritty!”
“Daddy said I can, I can play with her!” Jasper said as she was jumping
up and down next to Bailey.
“He did, well here you go, Go play your little hearts out!” Bailey said
as she let Lilly off her leash.
“Yeah I don’t think I had any other choice but to say yes!” Brice
said standing behind Bailey. Bailey turned at the sound of his voice and
smiled and said as she held out her and to Brice “Hi, I’m Bailey Smith.”
Brice was taken back for a moment thinking that Jasper was right for
once Bailey was pritty, No more like beautiful vary beautiful.
“Yeah hi, I’m Brice Johnson. Jasper wasn’t bothering you was she”
Brice asked as he shok her hand still trying to remember were he knew
her name from!
“Oh no, I was just walking on the beach with lilly. When she came
running up to us and asked if she could play with lilly. Of course I siad
she had to ask you first. Shes a vary sweet girl and vary friendly.” Bailey
said with a smile.
“Yeah, Thanks, Jas can be a little to friendly even with strangers. I’m
going to have yet another talk with her tonight about it.” Brice said
looking over at Jasper.
“She reminds me of myself when I was her age.”Bailey said
“Well thank you for making her ask first. Shes a lot like her momma
when it comes to new people. Jaspers momma always wonted to know
everyone and everything about them, and it looks like her daughter is
just like her and she only 4 1/2 and well it scars my cuz im a cop so I see
alot of the crazzy stuff people do! Brice said still wotching his daughter
play with the dog.
“Yeah I know what your saying. I have 18 going on 20 nieces and
nephews and I would be feries if one of them went anywere
with someong they didn’t know even is they were nice and had a dog!
Well I should go catch up with those 2 before Lilly runs off.
It was nice meeting you Brice!” Bailey said steping back toreds the
“Hey, are you still going for a walk? Brice asked.
“Yeah for a little bit longer. Why?
“Do you mind if I join you? I was just looking for someing to make for
dinner. But its only a little after 4 and well if you dont have other plans
you could join us it’s only going to be Jasper and myself.” Brice asked
hopeing she would say yes!
“Oh, well if its ok with your wife then yeah that sounds good.” she said
thinking she was working late of out of town.
“Oh theres no wife.” Brice said with a sad tone in his voice.
“Oh . . . I . . . I’m sorry!” Bailey siad not knowing what elts to say.
“Hey we should go find those to before they run away together!” Brice
said sounding happy again and trying to change the subject!
“Yeah I wouldn’t put it past them to do something like that! Well Lilly
anyways.” Bailey said with a wink.
“Oh and thank you for letting her play with Lilly, she loves puppys and
really wonts one but I just don’t have the time for a one in the house
and well like i said she only 4 1/2 but maybe in a year or 2.” Brice said
looking back at Bailey as they walked bown to the beach. Thinking
about how beautiful she was!
“Well like I said I was just walking with her on the beach anyways,
and well I think she likes playing with Jasper more than just walking
with me. Lilly loves kids you kinda have to if your in my family the way
my sisters and brother are poping out kids and to be totlly honest I
think Lilly likes them more than she like me sometimes” Bailey said
with a wink.
“Do you see then anywere?” Brice asked looking around.
“No I don’t. I wonder were there at?”Bailey said also looking around.
Just then they herd Jasper laughing on the other of the rock wall.
“Jasper Lynn Johnson over here Now!” Brice called out. Jasper jumped
up knowing she was in truble. She ran around the rock wall, and stoped
infront of her father.
“Yeah Daddy.” She said trying to be inasent.
“Don’t yeah daddy me! You know you cant play on that side of the rock
wall.! Cuz I cant see you! Don’t you? Brice said looking down at his
“Yes daddy, but lilly ran over ther, and!” she started to say nore but her
father stoped her.
“No dont blame this on the dog Jas! You know better you could have
came and got Bailey or myself!” He said with a hand on her sholder.
“Yeah, But you were both talking,and I didnt wont to be rude. I’m sorry
daddy! Jas said apologizing to her father.
“Jas thats never stoped you before! Now go get Lilly and get back over
here, and make it fast!” Brice ordered her.
“Just call her name hunny, and say come on girl, and she will follow
you.” Bailey said as Jasper went running around the rock wall.
“Sorry about that. But if she thinks shes gottin away with something
well then she thinks she can again and again and I can be haveing that!
Cuz she trys to get away with everything!’’ Brice said.
“Yeah well, Now she really reminds me of myself and half of my
family!’’ Bailey said laughing. Jasper and Lilly came running around
the rock well just then and Jasper yelled out ” Got her!”
“Ok now run back down the beach with her!” Brice said and pointed in
the other darectshon. Then they all turned around and walked back
doen the beach. Jasper and Lilly ran infront of Brice and Bailey as they
“Can I ask you somthing? You don’t have to answer if you don’t wont
to or if you think it none of ma bisness!” Bailey ashed looking over at
“No, Go a head what is it?” He looked at her knowing what she was
going to ask.
“Well I was just wondering if you not married. Why you have a wedding
ring on your finger?” Bailey asked looking at his hand.
“Oh, Well I was married but she pased a way almost 5 years ago. I just
can’t bring myself to taking it off.” Brice said looking out over the
“Oh, I’m so sorry Brice! I . . . I shouldn’t of asked and in sorry that was
vary rude of me!” Bailey said with her hand on his arm.
“No it’s ok, and thank you.” He said still looking out over the water.
“Almost 5 years.Tthat means Jasper was only a baby then. That must
not have been easy taking care of a baby by yourself? Bailey asked
“Yeah Gracey thats my wifes name. She pased away after giving birth to
Jasper. The Dr’s could’t stop the bleading, and yeah it was for the first
your or 5! He said with a wink. I didn’t know the first thing about
babies! I always thought that Gracey would be there to show my what to
do. Thank God I had my sisters and my mothers to help me out and to be
honest I still do sometimes. But I must say I have most of it mastered.
Well its more like shes got me mastered, and had since the day she was
born.” He said this time looking at his daughter.
“Well I know I just met you. But I think your doing an amazing job
with her. Shes a good kid and a little to friendly with strangers but thats
cuz shes a sweet girl who loves puppys and just wonts to know
everything. I can name 3 guys right now that could never do what your
doing!” She sais with her hand on his arm again. All Brice could do was
think of the wormth of her hand on the skin of his bare arm, as he said.
“Thank you! I tey my best!”
Bailey let go of Brices arm when Jasper came running up to them and
“Daddy I’m hungry. Can we eat?”
Brice looked at wotch and said
“Wow it’safter 6 already. What about you Bailey? You hungry?”
“Yeah, I’m getting there she said.
“Ok then lets go. I was thinking about brots or burgers on the grill.
What do you think?”
“Ewww daddy No!” Jas stopped and protested.
“Yes Jas, I know you dont like them. Thats way I have hot dogs just for
you! Unless Bailey thinks there ewww to” Brice said looking over at
Bailey with a smile.
“Oh no thats ok there all yours!” Bailey said with a laugh. Then they
started for the house again. When they got to the house Bailey tolled
Lilly to stay outside.
“Oh no thats ok, she can come in.” Brice said.
“Are you sure? Shes a big girl! She may brake something. I would hate
for that to happen!”Bailey said holding Lilly back.
“Oh, Well I don’t think theres anything left from Jas running around
here!” Brice ashured her. Then they all went in the house.
“Jas sweety. Can you go wash up, and change your clothes. Then come
set the table outside for three?” Brice asked his daughter as they walked
in the house.< STRONG>
“Yes daddy.” Jas answerd.
Brice started getting the food out of the frig, when Bailey asked
“Can I help with something?” Wonting to do anything to get her mind
off of Brice and how hadsome she thought he was.
“Yeah, Can you help Jas set the table? She does a good job most of the
time but she still needs help sometimes.” Brice said as he got the plate,
silverware and cups and said.
“Thank you.” when he handed them to her.”
“It’s the lest I can do.” Bailey said as she walked out to the back deck
and waited for Jasper to get out there. Jasper sat the table hersalf with
just a little help here and there! Brice walked out with a plate of food
and said.
“Wow, looks good ladys.
“Bailey helped me with it.” Jasper said.
“Only here and there but she did most of it hersalf.Bailey said as she
put her hand on top of Jaspers head. Then Jasper started to run down
the steps of the dack to play on her swngset.
“Get back here your not getting birtty again!” Brice said before she
“Ok, fine.” Jasper said as she walked back in the house and diapered
up stars.
“So do you live on the lake or do you just stay up here for
the summers?” Brice asked Bailey as he put the food on the grill.
“I lived just two houses down untill I was 18, but now I live in
Nashville. My sisters and brother only use the house in the summer
and holadays. Now that both of our parents are gone.” Bailey said.
“Really! Did you go to Silver Point High? Brice asked.
“Yeah. Why?
“Cuz I went to Silver Point High and so did Gracey. This house is
where I gruw up, and Graceys house is right in the middle of us.”
“Wait was your wife Gracey Grant?” Bailey asked.
“Yeah she was. Did you know her? Brice asked turning from the grill to
face Bailey.
“You could say that. She was friends with my sister Nevaeh.” Bailey
“Yeah, now I know where I knew your name from. I knew your
sister. They were best friends right? But I don’t really remember you
though. I just remember your sister, and doesnt she have a twin
brother?” Brice said checking the food.
“Yeah, They were best friends since they were real little. Gracey was
always at our house or Nevaeh was at hers, and yeah she does his name
is Cooper. He and our oldest sister Riley live in Georga now and are
both married and have lots of kids and you don’t remember me cuz,
I wasn’t cool or old enof to hang out with them when we were kids.”
Bailey said with a wink.
“Yeah I was like that to with me little brother. So how is your sister
these days? Barce asked taking some of the food off the grill.
“Shes good. Shes married and has a six year old sun and triplets that
will be 5 in a week. She and her husben are big time loyers in Nashville
now.” Bailey said as she pored herself some water.
“Wow triplets! Brice said as he walked into the house. Then steped back
out and asked
“Hey would you like a beer?” Bailey said.
“Yeah sure a beer sounds good. Thank you.” Bailey said with a smile.
Brice walked back outside with 2 beers and asked “So are they were boys
or girls?”
“All three are grils!” Bailey said with a smile as she opened her beer.
“Wow. I couldn’temagen 3 of Jasper. I think I would go mad.” Brice
said, as he took the rest of the food off of the grill, and turned it off.
“Yeah they do sometims!” She said laughing.
“And you what do you do?” Brices said.
“Oh, I’m a writer.” Bailey answered before she took a drink of her beer.
“Anything I may have read. Brise asked.
“Well only if you like romance novels or if you read to Jasper.” she
“Yeah, I do read to Jas. What books did you write?”Brice asked.
“Well I wrote ‘Mommy Why’ and ‘In My World’.” Bailey said.
“Hold’ be I’ll be right back.” Brice said as he walked back into the
house. While in the house he called Jasper down for dinner. When he
came back, he had 4 books with him. The 2 she told him about and 2
more that were not children books and she was vary surprised he had
“Wow you have ‘Love Ends With The Truth’ and ‘Sent With Love’?”
Bailey said with a smile.
“Well don’t be to wowed. There my sisters.”Brice said laughing.
Jasper came running out just then. Asking if th food was done.
“Yeah. Go wash your hands, and I’ll get you a plate.”Brice said.
“Why do you have my books out here? Jasper asked before she went
back inside.
“Well Jas. Baileys the one who wrote them.” Brice said.
“Oh. Cool!” Jas said then she took the 4 books back in the house and
washed her hands.
“Yeah thats the respons I always get from children. Even from my
brother and my sisters kids. I think the parents get more exsited then
they do.” Bailey said with a laugh as she wotched Jasper walk into the
house. Jasper walked back out with her father, who had 2 more beers for
bailey and his self and a bottle of water for Jasper. They all sat down
and eat ther dianner and taked. Jasper asked Bailey
“Did you really write my books?”
“Yeah hun I really did! Do you like them? Bailey asked. Yeah, Mommy
Why if my favorite! Jasper said before she took a bite of her hot dog.
“Oh yeah, and why is it your favorite? Bailey asked.
“Cuz I think it’s funny how the Hayley wakes up and just starts asking
all those questans?” Jasper said as she giggled.
“Yeah she sounds like you. Only you always saying Daddy Why or one
of my favoite But Daddy! Brice said to Jas with a wink.
“Bailey do you have any kids I can play with?” Jasper asked.
Bailey looked up and just smiled and was about to say no when Brice
said. “Jas that was rude!”
“Oh it’s ok.” Bailey said looking at Brice then turned to Jasper and
“No. Sorry sweety I don’t, but I do have a lot of nieces and nephews.
That will be here in a week. I bet they would love to play with you and
Lilly, when they get here. I bet if you ask your daddy really really nicely.
I think thay would love for you to come to the birthday party we’re
haveing for 3 of my nieces. There all turning 5 in a week or so.”
“Oh Please Daddy? It sounds fun! Please can I go? There will be lots of
kids I can play with! Please Please Please!” Jasper asked pleading with
her fother to let her go.
“Well if it’s not a family thing. Then once again, I guess I can’t say
no.” Brice said looking over at Bailey with a wink.
“Oh, No its friends and family and yes Jasper there will be lots of kids
there cus all there girls got to bring 3 frinds and my brother Cooper and
his wife Shelby will be there with there 3 girls and 2 boys and my sister
Riley and her husben Bradley will be there with there 5 girls and 3 boys
then of cores Nevaeh and her husben Austin will be there with the
birthday girls and there 2 boys Bailey said with a smile.
“Wow thats a lot of people, and a lot of kids in one house!” Brice said.
“Yeah your telling me! I think that makes 27 kids and only 11 grown
ups! But I think Nevaeh invited some other people that dont have kids.
I hope!” Bailey said.
“So your the only hold out when it comes to kids.” Brice said with a
“Yeah. That and getting married, and believe me I heir about it every
time I see anyone in my family.” Bailey said laughing again and then
took the last drink of her 3rd beer.
“Can I get you another beer?” Brice asked bailey as he took the empty
“Oh no thats ok but I think a bottle of water sounds good.” Bailey said.
“I’ll be right back then.” Brice said as he steped into the house.
When he returned Bailey and Jasper were cleaning off the table.
“Wow Daddy im going to have lots of kids to play with now!” Jasper
said with a big smile on her face.
“Yeah you sure are Jas.” Brice said as he took the cups from her and
took them in to the house. Bailey picked up the plates and silverwaer
and folowed him into the house. Brice turnd from the sink and bumped
into Bailey.
“Oh, I’m sorry I didn’t see you there!” Brice said as he grabed to stuff
from her hands.
“Thats ok.”Bailey said with a smile. Brice went outside and wiped the
table down. Then they went into the living room and sat down.
“So will there be kids my age there?” Jasper asked Bailey.
“Yeah Jasper. The only one that may not wont to play with you would
be the oldest Hayley but thats cuz shes almost 13 going on 18 and never
wonts to have fun shes kind of a party pooper. But yeah most of them are
around your age. Theres a 2 year old, three 3 year olds two 4 years, the
three girls that are truning 5, two 6 year olds, and a 8 year old there will
be a few babies. I dont know how old the other 6 kids are but I think
there 4 or 5.” Bailey said sitting next to Brice on the cowtch.
“There will be babies there? Jasper asked with her eyes opened wide.
“Your in for it now! You just said the majec word.” Brice said with a
“I did?” Bailey said with a smile looking at both of them.
“Yeah. She goes crazy for babys! You should have seen her, when my
sister came over a few months a go with her 2 year olds sun and her
newborn daughter. The whole time she was here, Jas wouldn’t leave my
“Well Jasper. I know there will be at lest 6 month old twins girls named
Natalia and keeley and twin 1 year olds named Jaydin an Jsamine and
skyler who is only a week and a half. So shes a really little baby.” Bailey
“Wow theres alot of maltabls in you family!” Brice said with a slite
laugh. then turnd to Jasper and said.
“Sweety. Can you go pick out what pj’s you wont to wair to bed? You
need to get in the bath. You look like a sand box. From playing with
Lilly on the beach. Pick out a book for me to read to you while your up
“Yeah. Are you still going to be here after I get out of the bath?” Jasper
asked as she gave Bailey hug.
“I dont know sweety. I may, I really dont know.” Bailey said as she
huged Jasper back.
“Well, If you are. Can you read me my bed time story please? Jasper
asked looking up with her big blue eyes.
“Well I . . .” Bailey started to say “Well I would love to.” When Brice
stode up and grabed Jasper and put her on his back and said
“I dont think Bailey really wonts to read any bed time storys tonight
sweety.” Then started to walk to the stares.
“Oh. No, I was just about to say I would love to.” Bailey said quickly.
“Ok, Well we’ll be back in about 10 minuts.” Brice said as he carried
Jasper up the stares on his back.
“Oh Yay!” Jasper scwelled as she was carried up the stares. Bailey sat
on the cowtch for a few minuts then got up to look around at all the
pichers that were on the walls and the shelfs. Jasper was going on and
on about how much she liked Bailey and her dog Lilly as Brice gave
Jasper a bath.
“Yeah Bailey is vary nice and Lilly really likes you doesn’t she?” Brice
said as he rinsed her hair.
“Yeah she does. Daddy can I PLEASE have a puppy? Please daddy
Jasper said pleading with her father.
“Well I dont know Jas. Do you think yo can take care of a puppy?
Brice asked as he washed her up and sinsed her off.
“Yes! I can, Really, I can!” Jasper said as she played with her barbis.
“Well maybe next week we can get Bailey to come with us to the dog
pound and to the pet store to see what we can find hows that sound?
Brice knowing Jas was about to go nuts. Jasper jumped up and huged
her father and then started to jump up and down yalling.
“Thank you daddy, Thank you daddy. I love you daddy.
“Yes sweety I love you to now stop jumping before you get hurt!”
He said. Brice let her play for a few minuts while he went to get a towel.
“Ok time to get out and get your pj’s on” Brice said when he ot back as
he helped Jas out of the tub and dryed her off. Jasper ran into her room
to get dressed. While Brice went back down stars to keep Bailey
compeny. Bailey was staring at a picher that was on a shelf when she
seen Brice come into the living room.
“Wow! What Happend to you? Jasper poll you in with her?
Bailey said laughing.
“Oh, No. I just tolled Jas that I would see if you wonted to come with us
to the pound and the pet store to see about getting a puppy, and well she
takled me and got me all wet.” Brice said as he walked over to her and
“What you looking ate?”
“Oh, This picher of you and Graecy. She was what17 in this?” Bailey
asked. Yeah that was juat 2 weeks before she turned 18. It was the 4th of
july weekend. We were all on the lake that weekend. Ya know I think
you sister was over here with us.” Brice said.
“Yeah she was, and so was I. You know how I know.” Bailey asked with
a smile.
“No, How?” Brice asked looking at Bailey
“Well look in the back grownd you see those to girls? Bailey asked.
“Yeah.” Brice said looking ate the picher.
“Thats me and Nevaeh.”Bailey said with a smile.
“No way! I knew that was you sister, but I didn’t know that was you
with her! It doesn’t look like you.” Brice said looking at the picher than
back at Bailey.
“Yeah well I was only 15 at the time and mom made Nevaeh bring me
with her cuz all my friends were out of town. You never really knew me.
“I think thats the first time we really met” Bailey said.
“Brice looked over at Bailey and grabed her and and said.
“I wont to get to know you Bailey. I feel like I’ve known you forever,
and you should have heard Jasper up there going on and on about you
and Lilly of cores.” Brice said with a wink.
“I . . . a . . . I would.”Was all she got out. When Jasper came running
in the living room saying.
“Bailey! Bailey! Guess what! Guess what! Jasper stoped infront of
Bailey and jumped up and down.
“What! What! What is it sweety?” Bailey said looking stunned.
“Daddy said I can get a puppy! I’m getting a puppy!
“You are? That alsome sweety! Bailey said holding Jaspers hands.
“Yeah daddy said next week we can go look for one. I can’t wait! I cant
wait!” Jasper said still jumping up and down.
“Well your daddy must think you a big girl, to have a puppy at 4 years
old. It’s a lot of respnsblity. Do you think you can do it?” Bailey asked
as she tryed to calm the girl down.
“Yeah, I can do it im almost 5!” Jasper said still vary hipper.
“Well you should start thinking of a name then.” Bailey said as Jasper
went to sit on the cowtch.
“Yeah, I know. I will. Jasper said.
“Ok Jas, It’s after 8. Time for bed. Go show Bailey what book you wont.
So she can read it to you in your bed. Ok?” Brice said.
“Ok. Come on Bailey,I know what book I wont you to read.”Jasper
said as she grabed Baileys hand and let her up states to her room. Jast as
Bailey thought Jasper grabed Mommy Why, and climed in to bed
“Oh, Goodpick Jasper.” Bailey said with a wink as she took the book
and sat next to Jasper on the bed. Brice came up and stood outside
Jaspers door and lisened to Jasper and Bailey as they laughed about
what Jas should her new puppy and then Bailey onpen the book and
starten to read the it to Jasper. By the time Bailey was finished with the



4th page Jasper was asleep. Bailey put the book on the night strand thay
was next to her bed and moved Jaspers head off her arm then turned off
the light and walked out of the room. Brice grabed her by the wast and
pined her agenst himself and the wall and asked her if she thought
about what he said before?
“I . . . I would like to get to know you to Brice and well I adore Jasper
and I know Lilly loves her so I dont think we’ll have a proplem with
those two.” Bailey said with a smile, as Brice’s hands were rubbing up
and down her sides. Brice just smiled and leaned in and kissed her with
his arms raped around her. Bailey had to slow it down a notch by
pouling back a little. When Brice started to put his hand under the
back of her top.
“I’m sorry I didn’t mean to . . . Brice strted to say as he steped back
from her.
Bailey smailed and steped tords him and put her arms around him
and said.
“It’s that i dont wont you to but can we just take it back a step?”
“Brice smiled and said “Of cores we can!” Bailey lend up and kissed
“Hey why don’t we go down stares?” Brice said with his hand still around Bailey.
“Yeah good idea.” Bailey said with a smile.
“Give me one minute to check on Jas.”Brice said as he kissed her and
went into Jaspers room. Bailey just stood there and wotched as Brice
kiss Jasper on she cheek. Bailey made her way down stares on her week
lags and went outside on the back deck to get some fresh air.
When Brice came down stars he went outside to find Bailey sitting on
the porch swing. Brice asked if she wonted one of the beers he had in his
hand when she took it he sat next to her he put his arms around
her. They sat ther for a few minutes then Bailey grabed Brices hand and
“What about Jasper?”
“What about her?” Brice asked thinking it felt so good and right to
have her in his arms.
“I mean what is she going to think about us?” Bailey asked still holding
his hand.
“I dont think she will mind. I mean she really likes you and so do I!”
Brice said as he kissed her hand.
“I just dont wont her to think im trying to steal you from her or try to be
her mother!” bailey said.
“Trust me she’ll be fine.” Brice said trying to asure her that it would be
ok. They talked about evrything. By the end of the night they knew
almost everything the was to know about each other. Bailey shared
storys of Gracey from when they we’re little. When Bailey looked at
Brice’s wotch she was socked that they had been talking for almost 3
and a half hours.
“Wow it’s almost midnight! I need to be going. I’ve got things to do in
the morning.” Bailey said as she gave Brice one last kiss and got up
andwalked down the steps and called for Lilly.
“Hey are you going to be bisy all day tomarrow?” Brice said standing at
the top of the steps.
“No I just have a lot of cleaning to do before the party on the _.”
Bailey said.
“Would you like to do something tomarrow?” Brice asked
“Yeah sure what did you have in mine?” Bailey said with a smile.
“Well I dont know just yet. I get out of work at 4. So what time sound
good to you ?” Brice asked.
“How about 5 or 6? or when ever is good for you I’m free all day”
Bailey said.
“Yeah 6 sounds good.” Brice said as Bailey was walking away.
“Ok see you at six then.” Bailey said as she turned and
started to walk away again.
“Ok its a date.” Brice said with a wink.
Bailey simply turnd to him and smiled then turned to
cach up to Lilly that was already half way home.
Bailey and Brice went to bed thinking of each other that night. Brice
was thinking he would never find anyone that he like or posably love
after Gracey pased awa but the day he spent with Bailey he was thinking
jast maybe he could and it helped that Jasper liked her so much. Bailey
fell asleep wandering if she was really ready to be with someone who has
a kid and if she was ready or had what it takes to maybe someday be
mommy to a 4 year old that was not hers. Just before falling to sleep she
tolled hersalf she would give it a try cuz she really liked Brice and his



JULY 29, 2007

Bailey got up at 6:30 and eat breakfast. Then she did most of the
cleaning she had to do down stares and left the other floors for another
day. when she got up at 6:30 She blasted the radio while she was
cleaning. So she did not heir the phone ring when her oldest sister
Riley called at 8 and at 8:25 and again at 9. Bailey called her back at
when she was done claening.
“Well its about time girl! I you called like 3 times! Riley asked before
Bailey could say a word when she answered her phone.
“Sorry I was cleaning the house and I had the radio up to loud I
couldn’t heir the phone ring.” Bailey said apologizing to her sister.
“Well I was callin g to ask you for a favor.” Riley said with a little
in her voice.
“Let me guess it has soming to do with this house of the party?”
Bailey said sounding a little annoye!
“No. Bradley and i was wondering if you couled wotch the kids for us?
Bradley wonts to take me on a 2 week cruse for our annaversury.
I know its alot to ask but we really need a brack! So do you think you
can do it?” Riley asked praying she would say yes!
“All 8 of them?” Bailey said laughing.
“Yeah.”Was all Riley said. Well it a good thing there all good kids
‘most of the time’ and there not Nevaehs kids or i would have had to say
no cuz to weeks with those kids would drive my crezy and I would never
have kids!” Bailey said laughing.
“Oh thank you! Thank you Bail we owe you big time!” Riley said
“When are you and Bradley leaving? Bailey asked.
“Well we will all get to the lake on the 5th, but Bradley and I have to
leave on the 10th to get down to Florda by the 11th. The cruse leaves on
the morning of the 12th and gets back on the norning of the 25th.
We will fly back here that afternoon and we should be at the lake house
midnight at the latest.” Riley explaned to her sister.
“Is Coop, Shelby and the kids comeing up to the lake with you?” Bailey
“They said they were. Well hey thats Skyler cryin i got to go feed her
again, but thatks again like i said we owe you big time!” Riley said
Well tell you what, write my next book and we’re even.” Bailey said
laughing. Riley just laughed and said,
“That the book would just sit there on the shelf if she did.”
“Yeah maybe your right. Well I’ll let you go i can still heir Skyler cryin.
I’ll see you in a week love you Ri” Bailey said.
“Yeah love you to Bail.” Riley said. After they both hung up the phone.
Riley went to feed Skyler, and Bailey went and took another shower
cuz after cleaning the house all morning she was all swety. After her
shower Bailey put on on her white bekini and a wight skirt like the pink
one she had on the day before. She was in the kitchen making herself
some breakfast. When she heared the door bell ring. She grabed her thin
pink hoody and put it on as she walked to the door but when she seen
who was standing outside she didnt bother zipping it.
“Oh my god. What are you 3 doing here? I thought you all moved
away?” Bailey said as she opend the door and huged her three best
friend from high school, Tambra, Izziy and Zoe.
“Well I seen your car in the driveway the other day. So I called these 2
crazy girls up and tolled that the fames Bailey Jo Smith was at the lake
house. They came right over cunsidering we never get see you anymore.
Now that you went and got all famis and left us in the dust.” Izziy said
with a wink, as Bailey toled them to come in.
“Now I’m not the only one here that whet and got famis!” Bailey said
looking at Tambra.
“Hey I’m not the famis one Mark is. I’m just the little wife that stays
home with the kids. oh and he takes out to the aword shows to parad me
around to all his star friends !” Tambra said in defens. Tambra just
turnd 24 and is married to none other then country singer Mark _.
They have a 2 year old boy and twin girls that are 9 months.
“I’m so sarry Tam that must be horabl! Izziy said with a wink.
Izziy, shes 21 and married to . They have been together
since they were 15 and 16 years old, They have 4 going on 5 kids
together. They had there first when Izziy was just 16 years old.
There oldest daughter is 5 years old, they also have a 4 year old sun,
and twin girls that are 1 1/2. Oh and her belly looked as if it was going
to pop at any minute.
“Yeah well at lest you 2 got out of here, while we’re still stuck here!”
Zoe said. Zoe is 22 and married to Jason no one really liked him,
cuz he was to cuntroling of Zoe But Bailey has other resons not to like
him cuz when she seen Zoe about a year ago she had broses on her arms
and her back that were a little to oveas that he was hiting her! but they
have been together since they we’re 15 and now have a 4 year old
daughter, a 2 year old sun and a 1 month old baby girl.
They all walked into the kichen. Izziy seen the food by the stove and
said while holding her belly,
“Well looks like we came just in time we were going to kidnap you and
go to Jimmy’s for lunch.”
“That sounds good i have not been to Jimmy’s in years.” Bailey said.
Jimmy’s is owned by a family that is good friends with there familys
and they we’re there almost every friday or saterday night when they
were kids with who ever they we’re dating ats the time. It was noon when
they got to Bailey.
“Hey I would love to stay, but i have to go get my brats from my
mommas before she goes crazy with all of them there with her!
Hey I wont to bring them by some time so they can see there Aunt
Bailey. Whens a good time?” Izziy said with as she got in her car.
“Well why dont you all bring the kids over here for lunch so I can
see all them.” Bailey said to her friends. That sounds good i think they
would like that alot! You didnt have other plans do you .”
Zoe asked almost as a after thought.
“No, not untill latter tonight and even if i did i would have changed
them for my best friends! Now go get those kids!” Bailey said.
They were all back with all 10 kids by 12:45. They all went down to the
beach The older kids played in the wanter and the younger ones played
in the sand while the babies slept on blankets. Bailey and her friends
talked about what was happening in there lifes since the last time they
were all together like this while they wotched the kids play. Tambra
talked about few years and how
crazy Marks life was right now and that he was always no the rode but
that she didn’t mind that it was harder on ther kids than it was on her
now. Zoe went on and on about how happy she was just being a wife and
mother. Bailey, Tambra and Izziy just looked at each other then at Zoe.
Then bailey looked at all her friends and said
“Am i going to be the one to say it?”
“Say what! “Izziy asked.
” dont liy to me Zoe, Is _ still tretting you the same way as when
I seen you last?” Bailey asked her looking strate in her eyes. Zoe looked
down and then said “that was 2 years ago he has changed since then!
Then she got up to go help her son with a bucket of water he was
playing with. Bailey wotched as Zoe got up and when she leaned over to
help Matthew. Bailey jumped up and said “THAT SON OF A BITCH!”
and walked over to Zoe and polled up the back of her top.
“If hes changed then what the hell is this on your back?” she said
looking at Zoe.
“What are you 2 yealling about?” Izziy asked as she and Tambra
walked up to them.
“Nothing!” Zoe said polling down her top.
“No show them! Show them what you wonderful husben has been doing
to you for years now! Go ahead show them or I Will!” Bailey said
looking in Zoes eyes leting her know she was not kidding!
“What the hell is she talking about Zoe?What is _ doing to you?
Oh hell no hes not, is he hitting you Zoe?” Tambra said as she realized
what they were talking about. Zoe turned around and showed her the
huge bruse on her lower bach and the one on her side.
“Its not that bad he just loses his temper some times, its not that bad I
swar!” Zoe tryed to say but Bailey stoped her and said.
“Your sounding like it was ok for him to he hitting you. What the hell
is wrong with you? You don’t need this shit not from him not from
anyone. You know what you need to do. You needed to do it the last
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time I seen you. No wait I’m wrong you needed to do it the first time he
ever put his damn hands on you!” Bailey said trying to stay calm.
“Yeah well that easy for you all to say your not in love with him, and
you don’t have children with him, and well I cant lose my kids, I just
can’t!” Zoe said looking at her friend with tears in her eyes.
“Is that what he said? “That he would take the kids if you left his sorry
ass!” Tambra asked holding her hand.
“Yeah hes said it a few times!” Zoe said still crying
“Hey Zo, Do you remember who my sister is and what she does for a
living and what her husben does for a living?” bailey siad looking in
her eyes again. All Zoe hot out was
“Yeah but” when Izziy siad”arnt they both loyers?” Yes they are and
if you wont out just say the word and I will give them a call and you will
be safe I promes!” Bailey said with tears in her own eyes and holding
Zoes hand.
“I . . . I have to think about all of this! Can I get back with you”
Zoe asked. Feeling exhausted Zoe said she was going to her mothers for
the night and would talk to them tomarrow. After Zoe left the others
taked about what they could do to help Zoe. They all knew she needed
out. But was she ready for that kind of change! Tambra and Izziy left at
3:30 an hour after Zoe left.

Submitted: October 06, 2007

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