Chapter two

"Pete were back!" Sarah called setting her bags on the table.

"Whose truck is that?" Ashlee wondered as she followed the kids in through the back door.

"Eliots if I'm not mistaken." Sarah hoped, Eliot had a few and it was a possibility it could be someone elses.

"So I'm finally going to meet Eliot." Ashlee had met Sarah and her family over a year ago but still hadn't even caught a glimpse of the rogue brother Aaron proclaimed to have.

"Yes you are." Aaron said coming in the kitchen and placing a kiss on Ashlees cheek, the other two following him.

"Ashlee this is Eliot. El, Ashlee." He scrutinized Eliots every facial movement hoping his brother liked her.

"It's nice to meet you Ashlee and I would love to get to know you better but I think Becca just might pull my arm off if I don't go spend some time with her." Eliot apologized as Rebecca once again pulled down on his hand with all her weight.

"Becca Uncle Eliot wants to talk with Ashlee, why don't you go upstairs and play with Brian." Sarah chastised. Her brother needed to form an opinion on Ashlee so Aaron would make a decision already.

"You know what Becca," Ashlee started, kneeling in front of the little girl. "How 'bout you and me and Brian take your Uncle Eliot outside to play soccer."

"Can we?" Brian was already excited as he looked for his Uncles approval.

"Yeah, why don't you take the girls out and I'll be right there after I talk to your mom." Eliot promised.

"Cool, Becca lets go!" Brian said running out the door.

" Hey you two wait for me!" Ashlee called closing the door behind her.

"What are you doing in here, get out there with Ashlee!" Sarah yelled, she wanted a sister and babies.

"Can't I even say hi first?" It had been over three months since the last time he'd seen her and here she was kicking him out.

"Hi, now go!" Sarah barely greeted ushering him straight to the door.

"I'm going, I'm going." He really needed to stop letting his sister push him around.

"Catch!" Eliot barely caught the ball that would have hit him in the chest.

"I thought we were playing soccer?" He questioned throwing the football back to Brian.

"Becca wanted to play on the swingset." You could tell he was annoyed as he once again threw the ball.

"Your mom always wanted to play on the swings too." Eliot remembered being just as annoyed when he was younger and wanting to play baseball with his friends and Sarah would whine and pout until he took her to the park.

"What about Uncle Aaron?"

"He was little so he really didn't mind what we did as long as he got to go with, but he liked the slide. Whenever we went to the park he'd run right to the thing and go up and down until it was time to go home." Eliot smiled remembering all the times he took his siblings out the house just to get away.

"Oh I will most definately be black mailing him with that." Ashlee laughed as she joined them.

"Give him a break he couldn't have been any older than six at the time." Eliot threw her the ball from his spot in their makeshift circle.

"Oh no, he found out last summer that I used to carry a teddy and he's still teasing me about it. I gave that up at five." She grumbled, Aaron could be beyond frustrating when he wanted.

"Fair enough." Eliot smirked.

"I used to have a dinosaur but mama said he couldn't go to school so now he sits on the shelf in my room." Brian added trying to stay part of the conversation.

"Where's Becca?" Eliot asked already looking. The yard was fenced but it was still pretty big and he didn't like not knowing exactly where she was.

"Potty break. Her words not mine." She added as Eliot rose his eyebrow. "If you don't mind me asking, where did you get your eyes from?" Ashlee was a typical blue eyed blonde southern belle but Eliots eyes were intense.

"Excuse me?"

"Well you and your brother look really similar and even Sarah has the same noticeable facial features but their eyes are almost emerald and yours are just very blue."

"I've been told they're the same ones my great grandmother had." Eliot answered vaguely, he didn't like talking about his family although he guessed Ashlee would soon join it.

"Grandpa and Grandma have green eyes too." Brian told Ashlee.

"Wow so you're the only one with those colored eyes, that's cool. What about the hair? You and Aaron have the dark curly hair or at least Aarons would be if he wasn't always cutting it." He knew he should have packed his straightener. Sarah was the lucky one to have starch straight hair.

"It's like our mothers." Eliot spit out quickly. He didn't want to seem rude but he wanted to make sure she knew he didn't want to talk about that either.

"So Brian is that your bike on the other side of the house?" Obviously she took the hint.

"Yeah, Uncle Eliot gave it to me for Christmas."Brian answered almost disappointedly.

"I bet you ride it all the time right?"

"Nope." He was clearly disappointed now.

"Why?" Eliot knew Sarah wasn't thrilled about the idea of that particular present but he didn't think she'd take it away from him.

"I'm grounded."

"Whatcha do?" Sarah and Peter were pretty linient on their kids so it must have been bad.

"I got in a fight." He let out reluctantly clearly thinking he would disappoint his Uncle.

"Well you make sure you don't leave it out in the rain or it'll rust." Eliot warned as he went back to their original subject.

"You're not mad?" Brian was shocked.

"Are you sorry for what you did?" At Brians nod he continued, "Well then you mind your ma and pa and stay out of trouble and we're cool." He wasn't to thrilled at the idea of his nephew fighting but he wasn't about to be a hypocrite either. Brian was a good boy and he had good parents so Eliot knew he'd be ok."

"Cool!" Brian exclaimed happy once again.

"Now go on and see where your sister got off to."

"Aaron told me you were good with kids." Ashlee had watched silently as Eliot and Brian talked.

"Not really, they only like me because I bring presents every time I visit." He joked.

"It's more than that, he looks up to you." Ashlee noticed.

"Not to much I hope." Ashlee seemed to take it as a joke but he was completely serious.

"You'd make a good dad."

"Aaron would make a great father." He nearly blurted. If the subject had to be kids he sure didn't want it to be about his.

"I've never mentioned kids to him. I'm waiting for him to bring it up so I'll know how serious he is." Ashlee shared. They'd been together for two and a half years but she didn't want to freak him out by mentioning the idea of starting a family.

"You go on ahead and ask him about it Ashlee, I'm sure you'll be happy with his answer." Eliot said starting back for the house. "And Ashlee."


"Welcome to the family." Wait, did that mean what she thought it meant? Going back to the house herself she was glad that it seemed like Eliot accepted her. He wasn't hysterically happy and he didn't ask her loads of questions but he didn't seem like he would be that kind of person. He had welcomed her though and that was good enough, at least for now.

"Where are the kids?" Eliot asked his siblings who were sitting at the kitchen table.

"Brians in his room and Pete went to put Rebecca down for a nap. And Ashlee?" Sarah questioned noticing that her brother had come in alone.

"Right here." Ashlee entered the kitchen.

"Good you can help me with some cookies for tomorrow." Sarah said getting up.

"I'll help." Eliot offered.

"No, you and Aaron are going to get out of my kitchen." Sarah ordered.

"Fine but I need to talk to you later about the kids' Easter baskets." Eliot told her leaving the kitchen before she answered.

"So what do you think of Ashlee?" Aaron had tried getting those two together at least half a dozen times but his brother always seemed to go missing at the last minute.

"Go for it." Eliot advised sitting back on the couch.

"Is that all you have to say?" He wanted his brothers opinion on the woman he was going to ask to be his wife and all he had to say was go for it.

"She's a good girl from what I've seen. If you're positive that's what you want, go for it Aaron." Eliot said whole heartedly meaning every word.

"You really think so?" Aaron asked again, his brothers opinion was more important to him than any other person living.

"Aaron you marry her and start a family so Sarah will stop bothering me about giving the midgets cousins." Eliot clamped a hand on his brothers shoulder squeezing slightly.

"Thanks El. It means alot to me that you and Ashlee get along." Aaron was already planning exactly how he was going to propose.


"Is Sarah expecting someone?" Eliot asked getting up from the couch and walking to the front door.

"Not that I know of." Aaron followed also curious as to who was at the door.

"Eliot!" A woman greeted as he opened the door. In that moment he wished he could just close it and pretend like he hadn't just opened the portal to hell.

"Mom, Dad."

E/N: Well that's interesting. Next chapter will bring the drama and with it Nate. Hope you enjoyed this one even if it was just to get Ashlees introduction out of the way.