This story takes place in the MCAT AU created by tannertexaslady, but isnt a part of the series.
Jason Tanner stormed up the steps of the Tanner home and opened the kitchen door. He slammed the door shut and practically ran through the other rooms to get to his bedroom.
Jason Tanner, what in the world has gotten into you? Max Andrews exclaimed, as she came out of the twins nursery.
Jason ignored her question and tried to walk around her to continue on to his room, but Max placed a hand on his shoulder to stop him.
Leave me alone! Jason shrugged away from Max and headed for his room.
Jason, apologize to Max for being rude, now! MCAT Agent Vin Tanner commanded his son with a firm tone.
Jason stiffened slightly as he realized his father had witnessed his behavior. Im sorry, he mumbled under his breath.
Try again. Vin didnt know what had happened to upset his son so much, and he intended to find out. First though, he was going to make sure that Jason understood having upset feelings didnt mean he could be disrespectful to his elders.
Jason turned toward Max, and looked up at her with his blue eyes swelling with unshed tears. Im sorry, Max.
Max stared down into the troubled face of the young boy and smiled. Her heart melted at the sight of his tears, but she didnt want to undermine the lesson that her employer was trying to give his son. Thank you Jason for apologizing.
Vin nodded to Max that he would take it from here, and the housekeeper quickly left the hallway. Jason went for his room as soon as Max moved out of the hallway. Vin followed his son into Jasons room.
Jason was lying sprawled on top of his bed, his slender body shaking with sobs. Vins heart turned over at the sight. He walked over to Jasons bed and set down on the edge of it.
Suppose you tell me whats troublin you? Vin asked Jason, running a soothing hand across his sons back.
I hate Caleb Wilmington, and Im never talkin to him again and you cant make me! The muffled words came between gasps of breath.
Hates a very strong word, Jason. Its one we dont use in this family, regardless of whom were talkin about, Vin stated calmly. Besides, Calebs your best friend.
Not anymore, hes not. Not ever again.
Jason, sit up so I can understand you better.
Vin waited until his son complied with his suggestion. Now, tell me what Caleb said or did to make you so upset with him.
He said that you and Mom dont love Andi and me as much as you love Bren and Trey because we are adopted and they arent.
Vin wrapped his arms around Jason and pulled him into a hug. Your mom and I love you kids just the same regardless of whether you were born to us or not. Even though you might not have my blood running through your veins, you do have your moms, so that makes you not only Tanners, but Larabees too.
Thats better than Caleb. He dont have any of Aunt Inez or Uncle Bucks blood, Jason said proudly.
Stop right there, Vin told him sternly. Caleb is a Wilmington in all ways that matter most and hes not only your cousin, but you friend too. I dont know why he said what he did, but he was wrong for saying it just like Im sure you said some things that werent nice either.
Jason glanced guiltily down. I told him that Uncle Buck only adopted him because he felt sorry for him.
Then you were wrong, too. Your Aunt Inez and Uncle Buck love Caleb, period. It doesnt matter the how or why of it, just that they love him, like your mom and I love all of you kids. Vin told him. Now, were goin to head over to the Wilmingtons so you can apologize.
Jason nodded. I hope Caleb forgives me. I didnt mean what I said.
Im sure he will. Vin ruffled his hair as the two of them started toward the door. Calebs a lot like your Uncle Buck. He might get mad easier than some of us, but hed got a big enough heart to forgive his friends when he knows they didnt mean the things they said in the first place.
Vin and Jason didnt have to far. Buck Wilmington and Caleb stood in their living room.
Max let us in. Buck told Vin over their boys heads. Caleb has something he needs to say to Jason.
Jason has a few words he needs to be tellin to Caleb too. Vin replied, as both men nudged their sons with their hands.
The two boys eyed each other. Then Jason stepped forward. Im sorry, Caleb. I didnt mean the hateful things I said to you.
Caleb smiled. Me neither. I should have never said your mom and dad dont love you as much as Bren and Trey. I know thats not true.
Really? Jason asked, his blue eyes lighting up.
Really. Are we still friends? Jason threw an arm around Calebs shoulders. Were cousins.
Can we go outside and play? Caleb asked his dad.
If its alright with your Uncle Vin, it is alright with me. Buck said.
Both boys turned toward Vin expectantly. Go on you two, no more fights.
Thanks, Dad. Jason hugged Vin and ran outside.
We wont! Caleb vowed before following Jason.
Whew, I hope all their arguments are always so easy to settle. Buck told Vin.
Me too, Bucklin. Me,too.