A/N: Hey it's been a while. Sorry it took me so long to update. I really missed writing this story! Anyway here's the next chapter. Hope you like it! Don't forget to review.


Chapter 21

Jude was nervously pacing the floor of the studio. Tommy was an hour late and she was starting to think Tommy really did regret what had happened between them.

The SME boys had gotten bored of waiting for Tommy and wandered to the kitchen to make themselves something to eat.

"Hey. You ok?" Came a voice from the door.

Jude looked up to see Kwest smiling at her.

"I'm fine." Jude smiled politely.

"You know you can talk to me about anything. We're friends right?" Kwest said stepping further into the room and placing his hand on Jude's shoulder. Before Jude could react to Kwest's words or actions she heard another voice coming from the door.

"Kwest. Can I talk to Jude alone please."

Jude's heart began to pound loudly in her chest. She knew who's voice that was. She felt the heat rise to her face.

"Sure man. I'll see you in a little bit." Kwest said and reluctantly left the room.

Tommy looked around then smiled at Jude. "Maybe we should talk in my office."

Jude nodded in agreement and followed Tommy out of the studio.

It seemed like hours before either of them spoke. Tommy was standing in front of his desk. His face showing the inner battle going on in his head.

Jude sat quietly on Tommy's couch. She bit her bottom lip nervously and played with the star ring on her finger.

"Jude. I need time to think. I'm really confused right now."

Jude jumped up slightly. She wasn't sure if it was from Tommy suddenly speaking or from what he had just said. Was Tommy trying to let her down easy?

Tommy watched as Jude's face seemed to sadden. He cursed himself silently and walked over to her. He bent down in front of her. His face inches from hers. "I know what you're thinking girl." Tommy said stroking the side of her cheek. "I love you. I'm not confused about that." He smiled when he saw relief sweep across Jude's features. " I just don't want to rush into anything."

Jude looked up at Tommy. " I understand Tommy." She smiled sweetly.

Tommy grinned back at her and hugged her close to him. He kissed the top of her head and inhaled how good her hair smelled.

Jude felt her heart skip and hugged Tommy closer to her.

"I talked to Nicole last night." Tommy said pulling away.

"You did?" Jude was genuinely surprised by this.

Tommy nodded his head. "I told her we should think about what our relationship has become." Tommy let out a long sigh. " I think Nicole and I should have some time apart."

"Did you tell her that?"

"No. Not yet. She didn't exactly take anything I said to her well. I don't want to tell her everything at one time. But I know she'll come to realize it's better if we're apart."

Tommy saw Jude was worried. She touched her stomach gently. Was Jude afraid Nicole could hurt her or the babies?

"Girl? Don't worry." He said kissing the top of her head. " I won't let anything happen to you or the babies."

She smiled at him and hugged him tightly.

Suddenly the door flew open. "Well isn't this sweet?" Someone sneered from the doorway.

Jude and Tommy turned toward the voice. Jude felt a chill run down her spine. Nicole was looking at them intently. She wore a devilish grin on her face.

Jude looked up at Tommy then back at Nicole, who was studying her with interest.

Tommy stood up quickly. "What are you doing here Nicole? And why are you barging into my office." Tommy asked in a cool tone.

"Can't I come visit my husband whenever I want." Nicole smiled. Neither Jude nor Tommy missed the way she emphasized the word husband.

Nicole waited for Jude to shrink away and looked embarrassed about being caught with Tommy. She was disappointed and surprised that Jude did neither. Instead she looked at Nicole briefly and faced Tommy. Jude got up from the couch. "I should go." Jude said slipping past Nicole who was still in the doorway.

Nicole grabbed Jude's arm as she passed and pulled her violently back in the room.

"Nicole! What are you doing? Let go of Jude." Tommy shouted.

"Why are you defending her so much?! Just because she claims she's having your little bastard?!" Nicole shouted back, not letting go of Jude.

Jude tugged at Nicole's arm. " Just because I'm pregnant doesn't mean I can't defend myself. Let go of me please." Jude said in a stern tone.

Nicole let her go and laughed sarcastically. " Oh we're really brave. Now that you know Tom is on your side you decide to show your true nature."

"I was just trying to leave when you grabbed me." Jude said.

"You think Tom really cares about you? He just wants the kid. After that he's going to leave you." Nicole scoffed. " You're not special. You're just my husbands new flavor of the week."

Jude tried to leave but Nicole grabbed her again. " I didn't tell you that you could leave."

Tommy walked over to Nicole. " Are you insane? What are you doing?"

"Let go of my sister!" Sadie screamed coming into the room followed by Liam.

"What is going on in here?" Liam demanded.

"Liam! Take your sister out of here before she does something she'll regret." Tommy demanded.

"I'm not leaving until all G-Major knows about how you've been cheating on me with a child!" Nicole yelled. This got the attention of most of G-Major. Soon a crowd of people were outside Tommy's office.

Tommy marched over to Nicole and grabbed her arm. " Nicole! Go home! We'll talk about this later." Tommy whispered loudly in her ear.

"No! We'll talk about this now!" She said shoving Tommy away. She stood in front of Jude." Tell me Jude. How does it feel to be my husbands slut?! Do you feel important?!"

Jude couldn't help the tears forming in the rim of her eyes. Nicole was right. She was a slut. She was in love with a married man. She kissed a married man.

"That's it! You call my sister a slut or touch her again and I will forget I work here." Sadie said looking at Nicole with hatred.

"Do you know who you're talking to? I can get you fired. All I have to do is talk to Darius." Nicole scoffed.

"Save your speech for someone who cares. You don't scare me. You touch my sister and I'll drag your fake, plastic surgery butt all over G-Major. And I don't care if Darius fires me!" Sadie said standing in front of Nicole.

Kwest who had just arrived to hear Sadie, grabbed her and Liam grabbed Nicole before either woman did something.

Jude suddenly felt sick. She grabbed her stomach and tried to sit down. Tommy ran to Jude and tried to comfort her. " I'm so sorry girl." He whispered in her ear. Jude felt a pain in her stomach and winced in pain. "Jude. What's wrong? Is it the babies?" Tommy asked in a panic.

"Babies?" Nicole thought.

"Leave right now! Look what you've done to Jude." Tommy said to Nicole.

"I can't believe this Tom! Don't you have any shame! I'm your wife! You should be defending me! Not your mistress!"

Jude stood up despite being in pain. " I am not Tommy's slut or mistress or whatever you want to call me!" She said through tears.

"Jude. Calm down. It's not good for the you or the babies." Tommy said quietly.

Nicole laughed. "Then what do you call someone that throws themselves at a married man? A whore! That's what you are!"

Kwest felt Sadie trying to free herself. It was getting difficult to hold her. Sadie started kicking in the air trying to reach Nicole. " Sadie. Calm down. You're upsetting Jude." Kwest said in Sadie's ear.

Sadie saw how distraught her sister looked and calmed down, making Kwest let her go. " I'm sorry Jude." Sadie apologized.

Jude couldn't take any of this anymore. She ran toward the doorway and pushed her way out the door. Kwest ran after her.

Tommy began to run after her but felt someone pull on his sleeve.

"If you run after her …I want you out of my house." Nicole threatened, sure that Tommy would not leave.

Tommy shook his head. " You don't have to ask me twice." He said and ran after Jude.

Nicole stood there in shock. Sadie smiled evilly at her and left. Nicole stomped her foot and screamed in frustration.

Kwest caught up to Jude outside in the parking a lot. She was crying freely now. Jude felt Kwest turn her toward him. She let her face rest against Kwest's chest and he stroked her back letting her sob. "Jude. Let me take you home." Kwest pleaded.

"No. I'm fine really." Jude said between sobs.

"Jude. Please. I'll take you home." He said taking her toward his car.

She nodded her head. She just wanted to get out of there as fast as she could.

"Jude! Jude! Wait please." Tommy screamed across the parking lot.

"Tommy go back to your wife. I'll be fine." Jude said trying to get in the passenger seat of Kwest's car.

"Jude. You're not fine. Let me take you to the doctor." Tommy said reaching for her arm but Jude pulled back.

"Really I'm fine." She tried to smile through her tears.

"Tom. Jude will be ok. I'll take her home." Kwest promised.

"Thanks man but I'd rather do that myself."

"Tommy please. I need to think. I'll be fine with Kwest." Jude pleaded. Tommy was hurt. He didn't want to leave Jude alone right now. "You have things you have to work out." Jude said to him then got in the car.

Tommy arrived home and went straight to his room. He got out a suitcase and stated packing.

As soon as Nicloe got home, she climbed the stairs to her room. She opened the door and was prepared to yell at Tommy about leaving her at G-Major. But all thoughts left her when she saw the open suitcase lying on the bed.

"What are you doing?" She asked in a half whisper.

Tommy continued to take clothes out of his closet and stack them in his suitcase, not once looking at Nicole. "What does it look like I'm doing?" Tommy answered in a sarcastic tone.

Nicole crossed the doorway and walked up to the bed and sat down. " You're not leaving." She said in a tone that she didn't recognize. She looked up to see her husband go on as if she wasn't there. Nicole stood up abruptly and grabbed Tommy by the arm with force. " You are not leaving me." She said finally getting him to look at her.

Tommy let out a frustrated sigh. " I can't do this anymore Nicloe. I'm tired of listening to your hysterics every time something doesn't go your way."

"I'm your wife Tom!"

"Please don't make this harder than it has to be,"

"What are to going to do? Divorce me so you can marry Jude?" She said Jude's name with all the venom she could muster.

"What I do with Jude is none of your business."

Nicole let out a sarcastic laugh. " You're confused Tommy. When you realize that you'll be back. And maybe I'll take you back."

Tommy looked Nicole over and shook his head. "I won't be back. This is over."

Nicole looked confused. " It's not over Tom. Not until I say it is."

"You don't understand Nic. I…"

"What? You what?! You're man enough to pack your little suitcase and runaway. Tell me what is it that I don't understand? That Jude is playing you so she can get all your money? That you're stupid enough to fall for her "innocent" act? You don't even know if the bastard she's carrying is yours! Who knows who that slut slept with to get pregnant!"

"Don't talk about Jude like that!" Tommy yelled.

"My how you defend her! It's not like you're in love with her or something." Nicole rolled her eyes. Her face fell when she saw the look Tommy was giving her. She let

herself drop to the bed. She looked away from him. " Oh my god. You are." She whispered to herself. Nicole shook her head. She felt rage boil up within her. That brat had won! She made Tommy fall in love with her.

Tommy ignored her and put the last of his things in the suitcase. He closed the suitcase and walked toward the door. "I'll come back for the rest of my things another day. Goodbye Nicole."

"I'm not going to give you a divorce so you can play house with a teenager!" She screamed.

Tommy started to walk out the door. He stopped when he heard Nicole speak.

"Tommy. If you leave me…you'll regret it." She said looking at his back.

Tommy rolled his eyes and walked out the door.

He put his suitcase down in front of Eric's room. Tommy slowly opened the door and saw Eric sitting on the bed. Tommy smiled at the young boy and sat at the end of the small bed.

"Are you really leaving?" Eric said suddenly. It was obvious the boy had heard the fight.

Tommy let out a sigh. This wasn't the kind of life he wanted for Eric. "Just for a little while. I have to think about some things."

"What kind of things?" Eric furrowed his eyebrows.

"You wouldn't understand buddy."

Eric scooted closer to Tommy. "Can I come with you?"

"I don't thinks so." Tommy saw how sad Eric looked. "I'm going to a hotel until I find a more permanent place to live. Then I promise you can come with me."

Eric nodded his head as if he understood even though he didn't. Was Tommy abandoning him?

"I promise I'll come get you as soon as I find us a place to live" Tommy said getting off the bed and giving the boy a hug.

"Can Jude come to live with us too?" Eric pulled away and smiled.

Tommy smiled at him. " I hope so." He said before leaving.

The next morning Nicole was sitting in her living room. She thought about her life. Everything was perfect until Jude came into their lives. Jude ruined everything! Nicole wiped the angry tears from her eyes. " Tom and Jude don't know who they're messing with. I'm going to make them wish they had never crossed Nicole Fenway!" Just then Eric came down to breakfast. Nicole looked up and saw him. "You! This all your fault!" She got up and gripped Eric's arm.

Eric tried to break free from Nicole's grasp.

"If you were a better kid Tom would still be here!" Nicole screamed.

"That's not true!" Eric yelled. "Tommy said he'll be back for me."

Nicole laughed. "You really think that? Tommy doesn't want us! That's why he left! He doesn't care about you or me! He hates us!"

Eric shook his head. "Tommy left because he doesn't love you!" Nicole let go of Eric. "Tommy loves Jude and Jude loves Tommy!"

"Shut up!" Nicole covered her ears.

"No! He loves Jude! That's why they are having the babies!" Eric screamed.

Nicole slapped him across his tiny cheek. " Go to your room and don't come out until I tell you to!" Nicole yelled as Eric ran up to his room.

Nicole locked herself in her room for the rest of the day until Karma came to see her. Nicole came down into the living room reluctantly.

"Why are you here Karma?"

"I came because you haven't answered any of my or Liam's calls." Karma said taking seat in the living room.

Nicole rolled her eyes and poured herself a drink. She doubted Karma was there to see how she was.

"What happened with you and Tom?"

"He left." Nicole responded dryly.

"What? Are you serious?" Karma asked genuinely surprised.

Nicole only nodded.

Karma gave Nicole a weird look. "You're awfully calm for someone who had just been left by her husband."

Nicole took a sip of her drink and gave Karma a dirty look. "Tom is just confused. Jude is just someone to pass the time with. When he gets over his whim and the fantasy of being a father, he'll be back, begging for my forgiveness."

"Are you sure about that?" Karma asked.

"When have you ever known me not to get what I want?" Nicole smiled.

Karma was about to say something else when Andrea the housekeeper interrupted them.

"Mrs. Quincy?"

Nicole was beyond irritated. " What is it Andrea don't you see I'm busy?"

"I can't find him anywhere. Even some of his clothes are missing. He's gone Mrs. Quincy. Eric is gone."