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CHAPTER SEVENTEEN -SERIES FINALE
*****SIX WEEKS LATER ***
The banner infront of his house said ..
”Welcome home KIKINA!!”
For the next couple of weeks, they met at the hospital, the Philips driving down to meet them to check on Kiki and catch up with their daughter Megan, Sean drops by after work and sometimes before work to sit and be with Kiki, Megan and Tonia too. Even Zachary comes too, he and Kiki became friends, but he never stops calling her little monster, he goes ”Hi my favorite little Monster, I am your second daddy” he told her, it got everyone laughing & smiling.
Kiki was better, her most happiest days is when Sean shows up, she doesn’t let him go unless she falls asleep, she lets her grandmother read her stories, she plays cards with her grandfather, she tells her mother she loves her and lets Aunt Tonia plait her hair.
The height of Sean’s day was going to see Kiki, the excitement in her face gets him everytime, he had told everyone about her, his parents had come the next day to see her, they couldn’t believe it, but they were happy. Everyone was happy.
The second high was seeing Megan, when she wasn’t crying and being sad anymore, she looked more beautiful, happier, at peace. They haven’t spoken about the kisses yet, but they will, he would make sure of that. But he was happy that they talk, they actually sit down and talk, about kiki, about her future, she agreed to the lawyer changing kiki’s name to his, she agreed to almost everything he wanted for kiki, well he didn’t give her more choice after guilt tripping her…”let me make it up to my daughter, don’t stop me please” he had begged her, faking a cry, pouting, pretending to kill himself… she had laughed, he hadn’t heard her laugh before and it was contagious… she let him, only refusing on some things as outrageous like buying her a car when 16 years was far away, and other ridiculous things he wanted to do..
“‘Wait!! don’t be in a hurry,” she had told him one of those days he had cornered her at the hospitals cafeteria. No actually he was following behind her, he wanted to talk about it all, about them.. it’s been a few weeks and Kiki was better, stronger… now was the time to talk about them..
“Kiki is lucky to have you Megan, as her mother, thank you for raising our daughter, thank you” he says reaching out to the table to touch her hands, she doesn’t pull away.
”it’s my duty” she had said
”As it’s mine to continue, now that that is out of the way, can we talk about us?”
”What about us?”
”I like you alot Megan, I do.. fact: I am in love you.. and I can’t keep it inside no more”
”You don’t mean that”‘
”Yes I do”‘
”You are saying it because of all this, the happy moment , having your kid back… all this..you are overwhelmed and you think-”
He shakes his head “No Megan, I started having feelings for you right from the moment I kissed you, I literally couldn’t stop thinking about you, that was when everything changed, and about being overwhelmed, you are right… but that is not it, it’s not because Kiki is my daughter and by right it would be great to raise her up in a home with two parents, her biological parents, it’s purely because I am in love with you and it has nothing to do with kiki.
My heart wants you, your scent, when I think of you… that night four years ago, all of you, all that you are is etched in my head and I think I fell in love with you way before today, before kiki… that night we were together four eyes ago and every time I kissed you I literally fall in love again with that memory four years ago. I fell in love with stranger I slept with four years ago, with her lips, her body and her drunk crazy self even in my drunken and high crazy, and when I met the woman, the girl of yesterday, you Megan, I feel in love with you even when you hated my guts.”
Megan laughs ”You are crazy!!”
”Yes I am, crazily in love with you Megan, crazily in love with you and it has nothing to do with you being the mother of My Girl, it has everything to do with my heart and my heart has you written all over it and I had no idea until now”
”You don’t feel the same way for me?” he lowers his head, sadness creeping up his sleeves
”I don’t know” she bites her lips
”You don’t like me?” he stares at her, searching her eyes, God, give me a little hope..I love her, I really do
“I do… I do like you Sean” she admits
He sighs nodding ”Then that’s enough for me, Megan, tiny drops of water makes an ocean, a little like here, a little like there, maybe a love somewhere in between, just so you know I will stop at nothing to sweep you off your feet Megan, this I promise you… I will show up everyday at your doorstop with your favorite flowers, white lilies, take you to the movies to watch the notebook, even get you a teddy bear too”
She laughs “where the hell do you get those ides from?”
”Oh who do you think? My Girl! You know she is crazy about me that little girl, and if you don’t accept me being in love with you, I will just love her totally instead… did I tell you she is an angel, she squeals all of her mother’s favorite things to me… aren’t I the luckiest man alive?” he laughs
”Oh kiki!” Megan laughs shaking her head, Sean takes her hand to his lips.. “Well you can love her but the competition would be stiff”
”Yes Kiki!.. oh that is fine, I can handle two women in my life, and I will tell the whole world how I love my two beautiful girls, look you will have no choice than to fall back in love with me and I will suffocate you with my love that you can’t come up for air… you will love me Megan, let yourself, close your eyes and jump and I will catch you, I promise… I ain’t going anywhere, I won’t. Not today, not ever, not when I have found kiki, not when I have found you…
I love you both, I love kiki and I am in love with you Megan… so here is my heart, take it. Do with it as you will… please” A tear drops from his eyes, he places her hand to his heart “Please, let me love you..”
”iIdon’t know what to say” her throat closes
”Say yes!! Just say yes!!” he kisses her hands ”Say yes!!”‘
She bites her lips, say Yes Megan, for once you can have it all.. your parents, a man who says he loves you, who means it which is obvious, that same man who is the father of your child, for once, you will have it all, just say yes Megan ”Can I think about it?”
Phew “Okay, that is better than a No, fingers crossed” he says smiling and kissing her hands again.
He gets up and pulls her to him, another happy moment, she doesn’t pull away anymore.. he hugs her, not trying to be forward, he kisses her cheeks and lets go of her saying ”I have to get back to work, going to see Kiki and I will leave, see you tomorrow?”
”Yes see you tomorrow”‘
That was a couple days ago…. and they met everyday since then..
Today was Kiki’s welcome home party, and they had agreed to do it in his house, he was excited, he has everything planned.. he couldn’t spare another day without kiki not being in his house… pending when Megan agrees and gives him an answer, they had agreed that Kiki spends a few days in his starting today. And than Megan has to stay too… he insisted on that because he said he didn’t want a nanny with Kiki all through, it was just a ploy to get her to his house, which he told her and she had laughed about it.
The house was perfect, Kiki’s room was too, the toys, decoration for the welcome party was exquisite, his parents where here, the Philips too.. his friends and family and even Zachary and he would be the perfect host.
He checks his time, “Shouldn’t they be here by now?”
”Relax dude, they would be here soon!!” Zachary tells him, the house was filled with guests who were eager to see their friend and boss’s baby Kiki he has been talking none stop about for weeks.
”Mum, don’t worry they would be here soon” Sean tells them seeing his parents coming to him
”Have they left the hospital?”
”Yes!! They should be here soon”‘
”Oh we can’t wait, we got her some presents, and oh we found a baby picture of you… she looks like you when you were little, See these pictures, we got them framed” his mother says showing him, “Aww, look at her nose, she got the O’Conners nose and eyes..”‘
They were laughing when a car pools up..
”I think they are here, they are here!!!”‘ Sean runs to open the door, “Everyone gather around and act normal okay”‘?
”Mummy, are we at my new house, daddy’s house?” Kiki says excitedly jumping in her eat, Tonia laughs ,
“Ýes baby, we are, and daddy is excited to see you, ready?”
”Yay!!! Ready ready ready!!” she claps her hands, they alight from the car walking to the door as Sean swings it open
“‘DADDY!!!” Kiki runs into his outstretched arms. Sean lifts her up and swings her around kissing her
”Careful with her arm” Megan laughs cautioning him
”Okay okay!!!” he has her on his arm turning to face everyone, ”Everyone, Meet my daughter … KIKINA O’ÇONNER!!” he says with pride and everyone goes into cheers and claps and awwn-ing and ohhhh-ing and Ahh-ing, she is so beautiful
”I know, you should see her mother”‘ he turns to Megan
She blushes. Tonia pinches her, she slaps her hand away as they all go in.
”Can I help you?” the maid opens the door to a woman dressed elegantly but too scanty for a baby’s welcome party
”Yes, is Sean O’Conner home?”
”Yes, and you are?”
”His girlfriend, Tasha Williams,” she says pushing past the maid and going into the house as the maid follows her calling out to her to stop.
Everyone was having a good time, kiki was running around the house playing with some kids rom school who had come to her welcome party, including her teacher and proprietress who were there.. Tonia and Zachary were taking, the Philips and O’Conners are laughing at a joke made by Charles and the guest are mingling and eating.
But all through this, Sean doesn’t take his eyes off Megan, she looks really amazing today, he couldn’t wait for her to give him answer.. he catches her eyes and smiles at her, praying she does so too. He has a surprise for her.
”When are you going to give him an answer you know he is practically salivating for that yes Megan?” Tonia had said to her in passing like a hundred times today.
”Soon” she had whispered back
”Don’t wait too long Megan dear” her mother had told her yesterday
”I won’t, soon mum, I will tell him soon”
Megan looks at him across the room, her heart barely able to keep still, she has been thinking about him too… she does want him, she does want it all and I she has to be honest… he likes him ,more than a little, this past few weeks has been amazing with him and Kiki and her family and he trying not to push her for an answer but just being there, the perfect gentleman and father, keeping it civil… doing the right things and not even trying to kiss her again, he had told her that he wouldn’t try to again unless she wants him too..
And all the while he said that she was screaming, KISS ME SEAN, I WON’T STOP YOU.
She yearns for him, she keeps thinking about him, wanting him, her heart fluttering from the thoughts of him..
She realised all too recently that she has in fact fallen in love with Sean too, and she was going to tell him today, she was going to tell him Yes!!
She sees him walking towards her, looking dashingly handsome, she turns away blushing
”Running away from me?” he catches up with her, touching her hand tentatively, he brings her hands to his lips and kisses her knuckles
”No!!”she lies, her heart is beating fast
”So how are you?” he says pulling her to him to hug her and kiss her cheeks as a way of greeting, as he does so, he lingers not letting her go… she doesn’t pull away, she wallows hard
”Great!!” they are staring into each others eyes ”Ýou are beautiful Megan Philips!! would it be selfish of me to tell you that I do not feel like letting you go, not even this second.. I want to hold you in my arms forever. Would it be selfish of me to say so?” he asks her,
Now or never Megan “Yes!!”
”What?” he frowns
”Yes Sean, my answer is Yes!!” she breaths against his lips
Sean smiles “Yes?”
Sean’s smile increases “I swear the word Yes never sounded so good until this moment, I will make you Megan the happiest girl in the world..and ..I am sorry but I got this yesterday pending when you said yes and I know it’s too fast but… will you marry me, we have the rest of our life to do magic” he laughs against her lips
”Wait! Marry you?” she is shocked, her head is spinning, her heart is making loud drum sounds
”Yes Megan, we want this and I do not want to waste anymore time… I have a daughter, I have the woman I am crazy about… let’s make it official”
”How did you know I would say yes much less agree to this?”
”I don’t. I didn’t. But I met this amazing little angel recently and she told me something profound, that her beautiful mummy tells her that prayer is the key to everything and that God is real and is good and he answers all our prayers if we believe, so I did just that. I prayed to God day and night to let it happen, and see, you said yes. Now I believe what Kiki says you say is true..but I need one more yes, just say one more Yes and I swear I won’t ask for another yes in ..well…not for the next couple of seconds..or minutes” he winks at her
She laughs ”What other yes would you want?”‘
”oh!! You know… if I can kiss you, the woman of my dreams and mother of my child!!”
Now she smiles, blushing “I can do that Yes!!” she nods “In fact I can do all the YESSES!!” she laughs as he hugs her ..
”’Damnnit Megan Philips!! I love you”‘
”I love you too Sean O’Conner, now shut up and kiss me!” she wraps her hands around his neck
”oh I thought you will never ask”‘
He leans in and captures her lips… while they kiss, he brings out the velvet box from his back pocket, he pulls away from her, putting the box between them and places it in her hands .
”I hope it fits, I wasn’t sure but most times I held your hands, I sized it mentally, your finger I mean, I picked this one because mentally I think it would fit, so.. now that you have said YES! YES! YES! Three Yesses, why not put it on. So it’s official, wait, let me help it with you”‘
He takes the case, takes out the diamond ring, and helps her with it kissing her finger and her lips.. her eyes glistens, everything was happening too fast… one minute she is agreeing to date him and the next she is wearing his ring, that means, she is his fiancé, soon to be wife.?
Someone tell me this isn’t a dream..she laughs as tears roll down her eyes ”this is-..”
”The most beautiful sight!!” he says kissing her…”my baby mama, my girlfriend, my fiancé’ my hella hot soon-to-be-wife…yes..this is the most beautiful sight!!”
She wraps her hands and kisses him back passionately, she laughs kissing him, tears dropping, he spins her around before he stops turning..
”Everyone !!”‘ Sean calls out ”She said YES!!”
Cheers went off the roof!
”OH MY GOD!!” Tonia exclaims when they see Sean twirling the laughing Megan around kissing her, she shows off her ring
”I said yes!! can you believe it!!?”‘ she squeals
Kiki runs to them as Sean lifts her up with another hand, he hugs them both kissing their faces as friends and family comes to congratulate them
The lady who just walked in had mask of anger on her face.
”Get away from my boyfriend!!!” Tasha walks into the room followed by the maid who tries to stop her
Sean breaks away from Megan, “Boyfriend?” Megan pulls away, shocked, she thought..
”No, ex-boyfriend Tasha!” Sean says dropping Kiki,
”No!! I told you I won’t accept it… Ilove you Sean, we are good together, you came back here and you changed, you met her and you changed, you tell me you have a daughter and that you are in love with some else, her mother, you can’t I won’t let you. I love you”‘
Everyone is whispering
”No Tasha, you love my money, my status and the luxury of life you get from dating me, you love that… not me”‘
”Sean… you are going to pick them over me? That little girl who might not even be your daughter… that woman might be lying to you. Look baby” she steps forward pushing Megan away ”You want children, we are going to have kids and I won’t lie to you like she did and keep it a secret, and..look she knows that you are rich that is why she maybe paid the doctor to lie that she is your kid if not why didn’t she tell you all this years about her child..”‘
”Tasha stop it, we talked about this… you are embarrassing yourself in front of my family, it’s over, I ended it with you weeks ago..please”‘
”But, I love you”‘ she holds him , trying to kiss him, he takes her hands away pulling it away from his face ”I came all the way for you, to win you back””
Megan pulls away Kiki, she is walking away, Sean holds her hands shaking his head.
She pauses. He had told her a few weeks ago that he was dating someone, he didn’t talk about her much, or mentioned her name and what she did, he said it wasn’t important.. he just wanted her to know that he was dating someone before… he told her while they were getting to know each other well during the past weeks.. he told her he broke up with her, he had done it over the phone but he felt guilt, he took a weekend trip to her and told her face to face… she didn’t want to accept it but he had to break up with her and she wanted to know if it was because of her and kiki, he told her it wasn’t.
He had said it was because of him… he wasn’t in love with her, he liked her well enough but he didn’t love her and then overtime other issues came up that he couldn’t deal with and then she asked like what, he said she was materialistic. But he knew that bit and dated her, she told him. Yes, he admitted, but it became worse that every time they spoke, she always wanted something outrageous she could do without and he pleased her every want for a while until he stopped, then the fights and then everything else began. He said was going to break off with her even before they met, it just seemed like the right time to do it and he did. He told her that she, the ex wasn’t happy about it, it turned ugly, he offered friendship and she refused. He left, they haven’t spoken since then and now she shows up.
Megan felt sorry for her, she couldn’t help but feel that she was the cause, “You aren’t Megan, you aren’t” he had told her that when she voiced it. Now she was here, to reclaim what she thinks is hers, and she would never come in between that.. The lady had a right to fight for what she wants, the decision is left entirely to the one who is being fought for, but still, she felt for Tasha.
”It’s over Tasha, it’s been over for months . I think we both knew that, even before I moved back here, we were just holding on to scraps… please, let it be. I am starting a new life with my daughter and my fiancé’ now, please”‘
Tasha pulls away ”You really don’t love me do you?”
He shakes his head “I am sorry Tasha, I hope you find someone who does.” He says sadly ”I am truly sorry”
She straightens up herself, adjusts her cloths… looking around as everyone is murmuring, she sees the little girl looking at her, then she looks at her mother then at Sean ” You will regret not picking me, you will miss me and when that happens, don’t come crawling back… I will not take you back”‘
”Don’t worry sweetheart!! Sean wouldn’t” Zachary says “Ánd if you don’t mind, you sort of disrupted the celebration of the happy couple, so you want to stay and enjoy the party or you go, your choose” he comes to her
”Well I won’t stay where I am not wanted !!” she turns up her nose “I can get another man in a minute, can’t believe I came all the way for nothing” she says walks away, out the room and out the door shutting it with a bang
”Glad she took the bad mojo away” Zachary smiles
”I am sorry sir, she just barged in” the maid says apologetically
”It’s fine”‘ Sean nods to her, she leaves
”Hey everyone, it’s a party… a welcome home party for Kiki and then the happy couple, turn up the music DJ, turn it up, everyone let’s dance yo!!” he chants, everyone slowly goes back into the happy mood, he turns to them “Hey congratulations brother” Zachary hugs Sean ”and you too Megan, sister-in law. I and Sean are brothers , of different parents and genes but brother none the less so you are stuck with me too” he shines his teeth
Megan smiles and allows him hug her
”Ewww, now I would have to call you Uncle Zachary, can I call you Mr talker pleaseeeeeee” Kiki begs
They laugh “‘As long as I get to continue calling you little monster”
Kiki screws up her face ”Not complete”
”My favourite little monster?”‘
”Deal Uncle Talker!!” they shake on it. She turns to her father as her curious head remembers something
”Daddy, who was that, why did she call you her boyfriend?” kiki tugs his jacket
Sean lifts her up ”Hey long story kiddo, maybe when you are older I will tell you okay?”’
”Okay daddy, can I go play in my new room and take my friends with me?”
”You are the best dad in the world”‘ she kisses his face
”Yes, I will be, I love you kikina, I love you MY GIRL!!” her kisses her back and drops her as she scurries off with other children on her toll, Zachary goes to fish out Tonia.
Megan is quiet, touching her ring, he watches her “Cold feet, changing your mind?” his heart cuts
She shakes her head “Just thinking about Tasha, I feel sad for her… like I destroyed something “‘
He holds her to him, pulling her close “I told you before and I will say it again, You didn’t Megan, you didn’t.!! I love you Megan Philips, I love you alone… you alone. And if you would still have me… I am all yours..no more ex-girlfriends showing up and stuff, I promise on my daughter’s life” he raises his right hand. “No more girls showing up to tell me they love me, well except a cute blue eyed little angel with a contagious laugh, you would have to pardon her because she comes first in daddy’s world”
She laughs wrapping her hands around his neck ”just so you don’t die of pain and say I am heartless, I’ll have you, don’t go saying I didn’t love you right back dude, because if I reject you, no one else will take you.. not even TASHA!!” she pulls his cheeks
”Ha ha ha! Very funny. That’s fine, I’ll take my chances with you beautiful. I love you Megan Philips Aka my baby mama !!” he kisses her smiling
”I love you too Sean O’Çonner, Aka.. “she smiles as her eyes twinkles ” sperm donor “‘ she laughs as he tickles her as they laugh together. They kiss for a long time in the middle of the room while the party goes on oblivious of anyone else, they were in their own world.
”I love you”
”I love you more” they say in between kisses
”And what about me daddy?”’Kiki is tugging at his jacket, they break off kissing as he laughs picking her up, he releases that she loves to be carried and he loves to carry her too ”Do you love me like you love mummy?”
”oh, I love you more, I love you more MY GIRL!!” He hugs them both to him,kissing them one after the other ”I love you both more, you are My Girl Kiki, you’ll always come first place”
He smiles “She is queen, no contenders and you are my princess, no contenders”
Kiki smiles ”And you are our King right, no contenders?”
”None for me” Megan says
”None for me too” Kiki smiles
”Kiss daddy? One two three ” As both of them kiss his cheeks, he is laughing,
”hey Dude, say cheese!!” Zachary calls out holding camera facing them
Sean turns with his girls facing the camera as they smile, ”CHEESE”!! Click.
“‘Everyone, gather around..a family picture” Sean calls out , The Philips and the O’Conners gather around
”hey me too, I am, family!!”‘ Zachary says giving the camera to someone else and joining the family, everyone laughs
”Say Cheese everyone??”
As they smile, the camera goes CLICK CLICK CLICK!!
A year later ,they welcomed a baby boy “Zachary O’Conner Jnr” and Zachary gets to be the godfather.
And yes,sometimes dreams do come true and fairytales isn’t only for princesses.
And Yes,they did live happily ever after.
”Know this, no matter what you are going through, or how dark your days are , one day, even in the dark, your light will shine and your heart will be at peace, because all that you really want and desire will come true in the most unexpected of ways..and if you only believe, your miracle will happen, and maybe you will find love on the way or it might find you. Who knows, don’t give up..never do!! Your light will come, there is a reason why the bible says sorrow may last for the night, but joy comes in the morning. I pray you wake up to it soon. I pray God makes all your dreams come true like Kiki. So while you wait, why don’t you Live, love, Pray, REPEAT.
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