Liz sighed to herself as she stood on the hotel roof. Three days had passed and it was the last night in California for everyone. Zac and his band went back on the road and she went back home with Eleanor, the kids and Taylor.
Chewing on her lip she ran a hand through her hair. She wasn't sure why but she was nervous. As if these last few days with Zac and trying for a baby was the calm before a storm that was raging. A storm she had no clue how to be prepared for.
"Liz," Taylor said as he came to a stop beside the woman on the hotels roof. "I..umm figured you would be with Zac," he said looking over at the brunette.
Liz turned to look at Taylor, "He fell asleep not too long ago," she informed him. "I couldn't sleep so I came out here to think," she said as she frowned. "I'm sorry by the way. I mean that he is ignoring you," she laughed. She knew Zac was still somewhat pissed at Liz for not telling him about Taylor and also for coming with Taylor to California, but instead of taking it out on her, he was ignoring Taylor and taking it out on him.
Taylor shrugged at Liz's words, "I'm used to it with him. Have been for nine years now," he nodded knowing this was Zac to him. This was the boy who still hated him after nine years. "I'm sure you can understand where he is coming from though. I mean I'm willing to bet you haven't talked to Andrea yet."
At the mention of Andrea's name, Liz rolled her eyes, "I have no reason to talk to my sister," she snapped not meaning too. "She ruined whatever relationship she and I had when she went after you," Liz said this time a little bit nicer.
"I'm actually surprised to see her alive actually," Taylor mused as he looked away from Liz. All he could remember in his head was what Andrea had told him two months before their affair started. The thing that had caused them to grow closer, caused him to feel sorry for her.
Liz raised an eyebrow hearing Taylor's words, "Why is that?" she asked unsure of why he would think Andrea wouldn't be alive right now.
Biting his lip, Taylor looked back at Liz, "Because, two months before I slept with her she told me she had cancer, in the last stages of it actually," he muttered, running a hand through his hair. "I guess I should have known it was a lie like everything else she said but, I just didn't want to believe it," he frowned. "Who lies about having cancer?"
"Obviously my sister," Liz replied feeling disgusted by this new information she had just found out. "And you never told me this why?" she asked wondering why Taylor never told her. Maybe if he had known sooner that she was lying he wouldn't have cheated.
Taylor thought her question over, though he knew he didn't have too, he already had an answer. It was just a really pathetic one. "She told me not too. She said she had refused to get treatments and would tell you, your mom, and Rori in her own time," he revealed as he offered a half-smile to Liz. "I have officially been played by your sister."
Nodding in agreement to his last statement, Liz laughed, "It happens to the best of us," she said before checking the time on her watch. "I should head back inside before it gets too late to get any sleep at all," she faux yawned before walking away from Taylor. "You better get some sleep too," she called before going inside.
Getting to her hotel room, Liz used the key card to get back in and then she went to the bag that held her night gown. Grabbing it out she took it to the bathroom where she changed quickly. Flipping the light switch off she left the bathroom and climbed into bed with Zac, her arms sneaking around his waist and her head resting gently next to his shoulder.
"Liz," his voice broke the silence of the room, though he was keeping silent as not to wake the kids. "Where were you?" he asked as he turned his head and looked at his wife. In the light bit of moonlight coming through the room Zac could barely make out her eyes staring back at him.
Looking at Zac, Liz figured he would have woken up. He wasn't a deep sleeper anyway. "On the roof," she told him. "I couldn't sleep," she said offering him a tiny smile. "Taylor came up there and we talked," she admitted deciding to be honest about running into Taylor.
Hearing that she had talked to Taylor, Zac rolled his eyes as he moved closer to Liz. He hated that he still felt so insecure when it came to his wife being around Taylor. Nine years had passed. Liz was with him and they had two children now. Things were different. Instead of saying anything he just nodded his head and kissed her forehead. "You better get some sleep before your flight with our two little terrors," he joked as he closed his eyes.
Liz just laughed and closed her eyes as well. Moving as close as she could get to her husband she sighed, feeling content. The last thoughts as she drifted off being of how nice it was to be wrapped in his arms. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Several hours later, Zac stood outside the hotel as he watched his kids play. Liz was waiting on the cab that had been called to take them to the airport again.
"So exactly how much money did you give Eleanor to make her agree to take the taxi to the airport with Taylor?" Liz asked turing to look at her husband.
Laughing at Liz's words Zac shrugged, "Two hundred," he confessed. "She originally wanted four but I was able to get her to compromise by promising her a week off from watching the kids when I get home from tour," he smirked as he reached out and slid his arm around her waist.
Liz smiled playfully as Zac put his arm around her waist, "I'm glad you paid her off," she said glad for a few extra minutes with her husband before they would part again. "I'm going to miss you," she frowned as she pecked his lips.
"I'll miss you too," Zac told Liz as he pecked her lips back. "And you know if our baby making worked I want to be the first person you tell," he said as he moved his hand up to her belly some. He kind of hoped they had made a baby already.
"You will be," Liz nodded as she saw the taxi arrive and come to a stop. "I think that's for us," she told Zac as she moved away.
Zac frowned playfully and bent down, getting their luggage as the taxi driver got out and opened the trunk. Taking the luggage to the back he put it in quickly and shut the trunk.
Liz gathered both kids up and held their hands as she walked to the taxi, "You two better go tell daddy goodbye," she said letting their hands go when they were closer to the taxi, where Zac was waiting.
"Daddy," Jude yelled as he ran towards his daddy.
"What do you want Jude Zachary Hanson?" Zac asked as he picked up his son and held him on his hips. Seeing Emerson come over as well he picked her up too and smiled at both of them. They were the living proof of the love that he shared with his wife.
Jude looked down and sighed, reaching out and playing with the ring his daddy wore around his neck, "Why can't you come back home?" he asked sadly wishing his daddy would come home with them. "I'll be good to Emmy if you come home."
Frowning as his son spoke, Zac kissed leaned in and kissed his forehead. "I wish I could little man," he sighed second guessing his decision to even be in the music business again. If his touring and being gone would make his son say stuff like that then he wasn't sure he wanted too.
"Please," Emerson piped in a few tears going down her cheek.
Zac frowned more and looked at Liz, hoping she could see from his face that she was going to have to come help him. If she didn't he would be a crying mess and he'd be going back home with her and the kids.
Liz looked at Zac and she could tell from the look he was giving her that she would have to come and get the kids. Walking to where he was she reached over and took Jude from him first. "How about once we get on the plane we watch that Rugrats movie I brought for you and your sister?" she asked him as she put him in the taxi.
Jude just smiled and nodded his head, though he had a few tears going down his cheeks.
Moving up, Liz smiled as she came face to face with Zac was holding Emerson. She moved aside so he could put her in.
After Liz moved out of his way, Zac put Emerson in the taxi and then stood back up, "So I guess this is where we part," he said as he slipped his arms around her shoulders.
"I guess it is," Liz frowned as she slipped her arms around his waist. "I love you and I'll call you when we get home," she told him before leaning in to kiss him one last time.
Holding Liz closer, Zac sighed onto her lips and soon pulled away, "I love you too," he said as he watched her get in and then he shut the door, moving back to the tour bus as the taxi drove off. He hated that his kids were upset about him not being home and a part of him was upset that Liz was going to be with Taylor alone in Oklahoma again.
Getting on the bus, Zac shut the door behind him and sat down on a couch as he heard the bus start up. As it took off he felt someone sit down beside him and he saw Andrea.
"You really have some faith trusting her alone with the guy she once considered the love of her life," Andrea told him as she looked into his eyes. "He could try to take your place as husband and daddy. In fact, I bet he will."
At Andrea's words, Zac just took a deep breath and tried not to silently fume. Truth was, he half believed her and that Taylor would try it. Heck, he had tried to take Liz once before, why not add the kids on to the deal now.
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