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“How do I look?” Sean turns asking Zachary
”Dude how do I look?”
“Like a proud daddy, go in there and get your girl” Zachary nudges him into the room to find Megan and her family already there
”Hey baby, hi?” Megan smiles down at her daughter, caressing her face, kissing her face, touching her and kissing her hand ”Mummy is here, mummy is always here” she kisses her, wiping the tears from her eyes..
”And Aunty too” Tonia removes the hair from her face, leaning in to kiss her forehead
”Everyone is here, your family and we love you so much” Megan tells her
Kiki is looking up at her, using her free hand she touches her face, wiping her mother’s tears… Megan kisses her hands ”You will be fine Kiki, you will be okay my baby”
”I- -I sorry mu-mmy fo-r ru-nn-ing ” she tells her mother in a whisper ”I pr-omise I-w-ont be b-ad ag-ain. I won-t make yo-u cry ..I-I- won-t ma-ke you cry mu-mmy I- pro-mise” she sniffs
Megan shakes her head, kissing her face ”You never make me cry, you are my star and moon and my beautiful stars, you are my light, my all, my only… my baby… my Kikina..my beautiful beautiful baby. You are my joy and happiness since day one… and I love you and I promise to love you always… you never make me cry, you make me happy”
”Th-en why ar-e y- you cry-ing?”‘ Kiki sniffs
Megan laughs in her tears ”Because I am happy baby, it’s happy tears… you are okay… you will be fine, that is why I am happy… because here on out, everything would be fine” she kisses her again and again.
Kiki turns to look at the Philips ”Grand-ma”‘ she points to Megan’s mother, Megan follows her hands and nods, then she points at the man holding her, looking at her mother, she looks at Megan.
”Grandpa”‘ Megan sobs, nodding her head ”He is your grandpa””
Ruth and Charles steps forward, Ruth holds Kiki’s hands and kisses it, kissing her face too ”Hey kiddo, we didn’t get to finish our story today back at the house, I promise you when you are back on your feet, I would tell you so many stories… I promise, and I would let you play on my bed the way your mother used to when she was baby”
Kiki smiles at her ”Okay Grand-ma ” she whispers… then she looks at the older man who is reluctant to touch her, because of shame, because of guilt and because he’s afraid that she would hate him, be scared of him… not want him close.
”I am sorry Kikina, grandpa is so so sorry for everything, please” he turns away unable to bear it
”Gran-d-pa?” Kiki whispers
Charles turns, Kiki raises up her hands, reaching out..
With a heart about to explode, Charles reaches for it, kissing it, kissing her face and crying in her hair.. Ruth goes to Megan and grabs her in a hug as she cries, Tonia hugs them both.
”Everything would be fine baby, everything would be just fine” Ruth kisses her daughter as they both watch Charles and kiki.
This was all she wanted, right from the start after it all… this was what she prayed for, to reunite with her family and God has made that happen, it didn’t matter how it happened but God did it. She sobs in her mother’s hands
Kiki suddenly turn to notice Sean and Zachary at the door, she breaks out in a smile
”Uncle… Un-cle Sean?” she whisper squeals.. ”Uncle Sean!!”‘
”Go get your girl man”‘ Zachary nudges him ”Don’t be a puss”
Sean’s knee suddenly weakens, he couldn’t move, not out of fear or because he didn’t want her. But because… realizations suddenly dawns on him…
The happiness enveloped him so much that he was afraid that if he doesn’t control it, it would scare her, scare him too.
Kiki was his daughter, his own and he could not still believe it.
The love for this girl doubled… it tripled… in fact it quadrupled. His chest hurts, he couldn’t breath, he holds his chest, staggering back.
”You okay?” Zachary steadies him
“Sean are you okay?” Megan asks from her corner
God please, don’t let him do what I feared the most, don’t let him reject her and run the other way…don’t let fear of responsibility refuse him from accepting her finally. I don’t want his money… I don’t want anything… I just want him to accept her as his daughter, acknowledge her as his… let her know that she has a father… who would be there for her… that is all God.
Don’t bring my fears to a reality Lord, please.
Megan closes her eyes, turning away.
She had to protect Kiki from this pain that is why she had to keep it all a secret so it never has to go sideways, God don’t let it go sideways today..
Okay, if he doesn’t want to accept her as his, let him go, will him to turn around and go and never come back. Don’t let Kiki love a father who doesn’t want her… dear lord… don’t do it for me, do it for her…
Megan sobs silently as she prays
”Sean are you okay?”
Sean turns to Zachary “Yes, for the first time in my life I am… never have been better… this joy is too much… too much I became dizzy from it… I keep asking myself over and over again since the news how possibly but it is clear, glaring clear that Kiki is undoubtedly my own, my daughter, MY GIRL, and I don’t know whether to scream, jump or shout at the mountain top and-”
“Uncle- Sean?” Kiki whispers again, she was calling him, why doesn’t the come, he is her friend, her only friend… why doesn’t he come to hold her hand and kiss her head like everyone else..
She has her mother here, her Aunty… and now her grandma who smells of cookies, she even gave her one tonight while reading a story, and a grandfather whose eyes were so sad… but he says he is sorry , sorry for what? For shouting at her mother? She forgives him. He says he didn’t mean it, and mummy says when someone says they are sorry one should forgive.
She is happy that finally, her mother is happy, no more tears her mummy promised her, no more tears and she wouldn’t ever make her mummy sad, ever. She has her grandparents now too, she always prays to God when her mother tells her to pray before going to bed always, they hold hands and when her mummy tells her to tell God what she wants… she had always prayed that he makes her mother happy, bring back her grandparents… and give her a new daddy.
Her mummy says God always answers prayers, and that if she believes in him the way she believes in Santa Claus always dropping gifts under the Christmas tree at Christmas, than that God will drop down blessings for her too..in the folds of what she wants and had asked …
Now she believes what her mother says, that God loves them…because if he didn’t, he wouldn’t have answered her prayers..but he has, he has, her mother says she is happy. He answered that.
Her grandparents are back and here. He answered that… Well, he hasn’t answered her prayer about getting a new daddy. But that is fine, he answered two out of three. But he gave her a friend, he gave her Uncle Sean. So she was okay… to her, God has answered all her prayers, even if she doesn’t have a daddy.. Uncle Sean was her friend, and friends stay together… forever, isn’t that what her mummy used to stay? But why doesn’t he come to ask her how she is, why doesn’t he come.
”You talk too much Bro, don’t keep the child waiting, else I would hurt you”‘
Sean laughs going to the bed, they move for him as he takes her hand, “Hey Princess?” Sean wipes his eyes ”I am here… I am here, and I am not going anywhere” he kisses her hands, then her forehead, then her face, then her nose , her eyes, he is crying, he is really crying as he holds her to himself
Megan turns to see him, Tonia is smiling in her tears, there is no dry eye in the room, not even Zachary’s
”I swear Sean, you make a grown ass man cry. I hate you” Zachary cleans his eyes
”Why –a re you crying Uncle Sean’?” Kiki was curious … “Mummy said I will be fine”
”Yes, Mummy is always right, I am crying because… finally I get to meet you… I get to meet MY GIRL!!
I have to tell you something Kikina… and it might not make sense but it is the truth. I am your daddy Kiki, I am your daddy… I didn’t go to heaven, I didn’t go to heaven… I am your daddy Kiki and you are my beautiful beautiful baby girl, my child, mine..mine!!” He uses her hands to place on his chest
”And I promise to love you today, tomorrow and always I promise to be there for you when you need me and when you don’t. I promise to do right by you my darling… I promise to take you on piggy rides, let you play with my face with your mummy’s makeup, and do so many high-fives if you want, I will buy you your favorite ball, get you a thousand castles, take you to Disneyland too…. I will be your best friend forever Kikina O”Conner… you are my daughter, my princess, my baby girl… and I swear to God I loved you before knowing you were mine and i love you more knowing you are mine… you are my MY GIRL!!” he cries into her face, kissing her again as every other person is sniffing the room .
Kiki is staring at him, a curious frown distorts her cute face ”Uncle Sean, my da-daddy?”
He nods his head “And I am so sorry so sorry for not coming sooner, not knowing sooner, I am your father kiki… a proud father!!”
She looks at her mother, her Aunt… the Philips, then back to her mother, her eyes questioning
”Yes baby, he is your father” Megan comes close to them, touching her face “I am sorry I lied to you”
But Kiki doesn’t say anything, she is just staring at them.
The Doctor who had come in during it all suddenly speaks ”She is a child, it might take a while for it all to digest. Left to me I would have asked that you all wait to give her all this news until she is well and fully back on her feet, it’s a miracle she is back to self after the operation, and can speak, patients usually take longer to adjust but… I don’t know what to say. It’s a miracle… but you don’t need to crowd her with the news… let her rest.”
Kiki doesn’t say anything, my daddy!! Uncle Sean my daddy. She is looking at her mother nodding her head, her aunt crying, even Uncle Sean’s weird friend is crying. Her grandparents too… then back at him…my daddy!!!
She watches them get up, her mother and the rest kiss her, everyone is leaving, even him…
GOD ANSWERED HER, GOD HAD ALWAYS GIVEN HER HER FINAL WISH. THE ONE SHE WISHED MORE ON HER BIRTHDAY AS SHE WISHED OVER HER CAKE…
”I wish that God gives me a daddy more than anything” She had crossed her hands, closed her eyes and had wished it.
She has a daddy, she has a daddy… God had answered her prayers all along.. and she didn’t know. Mummy was right… God is good. God answers prayers.
He does, He did answer her. She had a daddy all along…
She reaches out as Sean gets up the bed and pulls his hands..
Sean turns as her hands grabs him. “Daddy!!!” she breaths, her eyes pooling, her lips shaking… ”Daddy. MY DADDY!!”
Sean’s heart literally explodes as he rushes to hold her, pulling her small body to him as he hugs her, rocking her, kissing her all over her face.
Everyone turns… and the tears start all over again.
”Mum, is dad there with you?” Sean is speaking over the phone “Okay, I have something I want to tell you and I want you both to book the next flight down, I want to introduce you both to someone who is going to be the most important person in my life” he nods his head ”My daughter, my daughter, her name is Kikina” he nods his head “Yes..yes. I swear when you both come I will tell you, I will explain it… but you have to come… you have to see her, blue eyes, amazing smile, she is beautiful and smart and oh God mum, dad… my daughter, my baby girl… I am a father” he laughs ”I am a father ”
Tonia watches him, she turns to Megan who had been talking with her parents, she waits for her to be done, then she pulls her away.
”So I think I am allowed to say ”I told you so’ at this point, I mean… I kept saying that you should tell him, your fears where all for nothing,..see how happy he is? He thrilled, calling everyone, his friends and family that he has a four year old beautiful angel named Kikina..planning a home coming party already, buying gifts for her as though he wants to buy the universe..he is going all out… I mean..all out, I wish I was a little girl, I wish I was kiki..do you think Kiki would allow me trade places with her… I definitely want that Disney land castle he is getting her, I hear him call them to design one for her specifically..do you know he spoke to his account manager just now… he already is telling someone to come down her to get details to open a trust fund for her, even planning the car she is going to drive on her 16th birthday…and.. oh he was speaking to a lawyer about how he can come change a child’s name from Philips to O’Conner and oh..did you hear him tell his maid to clean out one of the rooms for her in his house, that mansion, you remember where he stays right..well? his parents gave him that house..so he is calling an architect to build a play pen and adjust the room big enough for his daughter, he is going to put all her toys and everything. He even planning a trip… did I tell you he is going all out?…like all the hell out for his daughter. You hear him say that with pride like…MY DAUGHTER KIKINA.MY GIRL!! My baby girl!! Ha!!!”
Megan laugh shaking her head ”Okay okay I get it, you don’t have to rub it in. I was wrong, you are right, I am sorry. Happy!!? I should have listened to you and told him… fine. I heard him, I heard it all”
Tonia laughs hugging her friend and kissing her “See why you should have a friend like me around… we know this, we got super powers… intuition” Tonia touches her temple..
”Ha!! right, you are wrong on other things”
”Í am not, like what?”
”Like for once about being a dancer, I sucked at dancing,”
”That was when my powers were down”
”How about when you said that I will be a counselor, I have no idea what it entails and I couldn’t even convince my daughter to not talk to strangers… see”
”Well you are a teacher, you tutor”
”Not the same thing”
”It is , plus, it’s because she didn’t listen to you she met her father. Speaking of father, I have another intuition… yes I see it” she squints her eyes touching her temple
Megan rolls her eyes ”And that is?”
”You and Sean, me thinking that… the story isn ‘t complete yet”
”It is, father and daughter reunite… and Kiki and her father finally meets, everyone is happy”
”And you? What about you?”
”Áre you crazy, I am happy, really happy”‘
”Yes I know you are happy? I am talking about the affairs of the heart. You both got chemistry.. the beach, the way he looks at you, the way you fidget around him especially since the beach, even the party … what were you both doing in the house?” Tonia taps her jaw
”Nothing” Megan turns away
”Hey, you sneaky sneaky little slut… what did you both do?”
”Jesus nothing, we did nothing Tonia, don’t be disgusting” Megan turns away to hide her blush
”Hmmm, then explain that blush rising on your cheeks right now eh… explain it”
”Okay, it was just a little kiss …” Tonia looks at her ”Okay it was more than a little deep passionate kiss but that is it. That was all, I pushed him away okay. “‘
Tonia shakes her head ”You need to reset your head, but that is fine, there is chemistry there… it’s obvious, Sean likes you a-”
”He said he does” Megan admits it to her
”Aha!! Good, see. Everything is working out, he likes you, he has a beautiful daughter by you and you like him too… baby, you have your happy ending”
”We don’t know that and I don’t even like him” Tonia looks at her ”okay I don’t know, maybe I do or I don’t know but it doesn’t matter. A guy like Sean already has a life, a girlfriend or something… we don’t know that, I don’t put ideas in my head, you also don’t put ideas in my head. It’s enough I got my back my family and Sean gets his daughter and Kiki her father… that to me is my happy ending”
Tonia sighs , “Oh Megan! you underestimate the power of love,..you do” Tonia pulls her into a hug
“Well if God has a say in it… I am sure he would surprise us all. It might not be with Sean, but you will get your happy ending and a man who will love you..and love Kiki too. I promise”
Megan smiles hugging her friend back ”Maybe not in this life time”
”Shut up else I will strangle you and dump your dead body, stop talking nonsense “‘
Meagn laughs sealing her lips “‘Yes Mum!” they laugh.
“Hell yeah I am” Sean says as he goes to get coffee
”Responsibilities and all, damn, those calls Sean… you are all in”
”All line and sinker deep in, you have no idea. I have making up for four years… she is going to get everything within my power, everything!.. Especially my love and time” Sean laughs, he needs to make more calls, oh she was going to go to the best schools..go shopping, everything. Oh he is so happy.
”And Megan..?” Zachary cocks his head to the side
Sean turns to him, from the corner of his eyes he stares at her, Zachary follows his eyes ”What about Megan?”
”What do you mean what about Megan?” Zachary frowns
Sean laughs ”What do you think? I have a kid, she is beautifully and I am also taken with her mother… why would you stupidly ask me what about Megan, I am going to get both MY GIRLS!!!
”Your are serious about this aren’t you?” Zachary shakes his head
”Zachary!! I haven’t been this serious in my entire life, my daughter is going to grow up in a home with two parents… I mean a home… married parents. Parents who love each other”
”You love Megan?”
”What is there not to love?”
”Does she feel the same?”
”I am… I was working on that before all this… she will, eventually”
”You can’t force a chick to marry you dude, especially one who doesn’t love you”
”Don’t be ridiculous Zachary, I am not going to force her, I am just going to love her like she has never been loved before, and this thing I feel for Megan is real… it’s all real and I know she feels something for me, if that kitchen incident is any indication…”
“Whoa wait what kitchen incident ?” Zachary touches his arm
Sean pauses and thins his lips “A gentleman never kisses and tells” he says turning away
”Fool!! You are bad man”‘ Zachary laughs
”No Zachary, I think not, I am in love with Megan Philips, and I am getting both my girls..!!”
”Best man duties??”
”Just know I would be the cutest man there that day and my girls would be angelic”
Zachary laughs shaking his head ”You really are happy!!! ”
”Yes Zachary, you have no idea” he stares at Megan, their eyes meet, and for the first time since they met, she smiles at him. No frown, no scorn, no anger… it made his heart flutter.
His heart catches in his chest…”You have no idea!!”
TO BE CONTINUED.
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