Hate Is Safer Than Love

Disclaimer: I don't own One Tree Hill.

Summary: Brooke moves away from Tree Hill during senior year, after Lucas cheats on her with Peyton again. She's been living with a SECRET in New York with her mother Victoria. What happens when she is forced to come back home to her friends? Will her secret be revealed?

Chapter 1

Brooke quietly tip-toed into her bedroom. She glanced at the digital clock on the bed-side table. It read 2:03 am. She sighed as she pulled back the covers and found the cool side of the pillow. Just as she began to drift off to sleep, her laptop started to beep. Brooke assumed it was an email from one of the retail stores. She turned over, it would have to wait until she woke up. The laptop beeped again.

"You have got to be kidding me!" Brooke exclaimed.

She went to her desk and sat down. She slowly opened her laptop. There was a video chat alerting her that Haley wanted to talk.

Brooke was tired but she fluffed her hair, tightened her robe, and clicked the accept button. Haley's face appeared on the screen.

"Brookie!" Haley shouted excitedly. It had been a while since they had spoken to one another.

"Hey Hales." Brooke greeted her best friend, followed by a yawn. "Excuse me." she covered her mouth.

"Sorry, I know it's late." Haley apologized.

"It's okay." Brooke lied. "You look pretty." she noticed Haley had on a beautiful dress.

"Thank you. Nathan and I just got back from the team's celebration dinner. You know they just won the championship." Haley bragged.

"I've heard. Tell Nate I said congratulations."

"I will. We just relieved the babysitter so he's upstairs checking on Jamie."

"How is my god-son doing?" Brooke asked.

"He's getting bigger each day."

"That's good." Brooke smiled.

Haley went silent for a moment before she finally decided to ask what she wanted to ask.

"So...when are you going to come and visit us?"

Brooke sighed deeply. It had been four years since she left Tree Hill. She didn't plan on going back any time soon.

"Your god-son really wants to meet you." Haley tried convincing her. She knew Brooke left Tree Hill because of Lucas and Peyton. But that was four years ago. She was starting to get sick of the awkwardness she felt whenever Lucas and Peyton came to her house. It was almost like Brooke never existed.

Haley took a long look at her best friend. She looked stressed and run-down. Of course it was 2 am, who wouldn't look that way? But, there was something deeper and Haley couldn't quite put her finger on it.

"I want to meet him too. I really miss you guys. But I have so much going on with the fashion line."

"Speaking of fashion, I saw a lot of the players' wives wearing your designs. I never got to congratulate you, so Congrats!" Haley was excited.

"Thank you." Brooke responded nonchalantly.

"I'm sure you're living it up in New York." Haley said, wanting to know more.

"You have no idea." she mumbled.

Brooke heard footsteps on their way to her bedroom.

"Sorry, I have to cut this short. But, I'll call you later. Love ya." Brooke quickly closed her laptop.

"Okay.?" Haley looked puzzled. "I wonder what that was about." She logged off and went to bed.

"What's wrong sweetie?" Brooke asked the little boy standing before her.

He sucked his thumb as his body shook violently.

"Did you have another bad dream?" she asked.

He nodded his head.

Brooke sighed. She had just put him to bed before her video chat with Haley.

"Okay, come here." she reached her hands out.

He ran into her embrace. She hugged him tight, reassuring him that everything was going to be okay.

"You want to sleep in here tonight?" she asked.

He nodded his head again.

Brooke put him in her bed and she climbed in also.

He snuggled up to her chest, as she kissed his forehead.

"Goodnight, Sebastian."

"Goodnight, mommy."

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