Sean slowly drops the laughing child on his shoulders down, she grabs his legs, hugging it as she would as though climbing a tree, not wanting to come down..
“‘Kiki, stop it, let go off him” Megan tries to pull her daughter away but she wouldn’t let go..
“Carry me back, carry me back up” Kiki cries shaking her head
“Kikina, stop it!!”
Kiki shakes her head holding on tight, “I don’t want to mummy, please, it was fun pleaseeeeeee” she holds on tight, Sean looks down at her..
“It’s no problem Megan, I don’t mind”
“She is my daughter and she has to listen to me” Megan is pulling and Kikina is screaming loud
Oh no Kiki, you are not going to throw one of your tantrums, not today, not in front of him. No way! She is peeling Kiki’s hands away from Sean’s legs but she wouldn’t let go.
God! she was strong for a four year old and if she uses her strength, she might hurt her daughter.
“Really Megan,it’s fine”
“Please mummy, just one more time, I promise I won’t do it again, pleaseeees” she sobs
“Kikina I will spank you”
”You really don’t have to do that” Sean says bending,
“Hey kiki, do what your mother says” Kiki shakes her head hiding her face from him “Please?”
Kiki looks up at him “One more time, no one takes me high like that ever, pleasee” she begs with tears in her eyes
She has such beautiful eyes and there was something endearing about them. No, there was something about this little girl that just seems to pull him in, he smiles .. ”Just one?”
Kiki smiles, her smile contagious, Sean returns it “I promise”‘
”Kiki you will let go of his leg right this minute” Megan stamps her feet
None of them was listening to her, Kiki and Sean seemed to be in their own world smiling at each other, communicating in a language that they only understand.
”So you can let go of my leg now right?” Sean is talking to Kiki
“Kiki, you will come here-” Megan is cut off as Kiki lets go of Sean’s legs and stretches out her hands towards Sean, her eyes shining.
Sean carries her and flings her over his shoulders, making her seat on his neck.. “Good to go Kiki?”
“Yes!!!” she squeals
“Kiki come down… how dare you, Sean put my daughter down!!” she points at him gesturing from up to down, but kiki is smiling,
“Look Megan, I think it’s no use, she just wants to have a little fun, relax, would put her down after one more round, right kiki, you promised?” he bends his neck to look up at her
“Yes I promise mummy” she nods
Megan opens her mouth to protest and then she closes it, looking at him and frowning “You look hideous with that on your face” she says
Kiki covers her face laughing “he looks like Grandpa Sean”‘
Sean laughs ”Yeah, I know right, you left your makeup where she could reach” he says tickling Kiki’s toes, she squirms on his neck
Turning away Megan storms to the kitchen, trying not to fling things about in her anger.
A few days ago she was fine, she was great with her little life in her little house and with her little daughter. Now, all of that has changed, not only has the boy-turned-man who got her pregnant four years ago; who refused to listen to her to know for sure whether she was lying or not but leaves her on the road crying, she had, had issues with her parents, was almost forced to marry some total stranger, she left home, losing relationship with her parents. Four years later amidst the pain and struggles and all of that, she has managed to get her little life on track and he shows up out of the blue and guess what, without her doing he is here, in her house and her daughter who has no idea that he is her father is warming up to him as though she knew him all her life.
Was God not messing up with her right now? Was the devil not laughing at her right now too? Jesus!! What can she do to get Sean O’Conner away from her daughter.
The more she hears Kik’s excited voice in the kitchen accompanied by Sean’s laugher, the more angry she got.
Something was wrong with her, she should be happy that somehow Kiki is with her father, unknown or not but she isn’t. What if he eventually finds out that this is his daughter and he doesn’t want her, how would it make her feel, how would Kiki feel, knowing that her father didn’t want her before and doesn’t want her now. Now, it was hard raising her alone as a baby, Kiki is very intuitive and sensitive, she doesn’t want anything to happen to her daughter emotionally. Sean has to go far away from them and in order not to put her daughter in that state, he doesn’t have to know who Kiki is to him and neither does kiki.
She was an innocent child who obviously is happy about making a new friend, older or not, maybe that is why she is drawn to him and Sean, he probably felt guilty for almost running down a little girl and almost letting Child services take away the girl from her, nothing about this was genuine, give it a few days and he would get tired, stop showing up and won’t care.
Men like Sean, men like Sean O’Conner were exactly the way they looked, too handsome, lots of women hanging on their shoulders, no time for family much less children, he was the original rich bad boy, spontaneous as they come.
Men like Sean don’t want to assume responsibilities for kids they fathered unknowingly and even when proven, they would do anything but run the other way.
Kiki doesn’t have to be put through all of this, No!
The bell ringing brings her out of her thoughts.
It was bright and sunny, time for him to leave anyways. She goes back to the living room only to find Sean at the opened door with a very surprised Tonia staring at him..
“Sean, you!… Megan what is going on?” Tonia looks from Sean to Kiki on his shoulders, his made up face… or makeup mishap and then Megan who has bread in her hands
”Hi Aunt Tonia!! I am taller than you..” Kiki squeals
“Yes I can see that, but Megan?” Tonia looks at her, Megan turns away back to the kitchen, Tonia follows her
“Then, how come, or are you guys sleeping together? How come is he here and..?”
“Look, we went to the movies, ran into him, our car wouldn’t move, he offered to drop us, he fell, got his waist injured, woke up to find them like that and Kiki wouldn’t listen to me my God Aarrgg!!”
Tonia turns from puzzled expression to laughing
”Why are you laughing, it isn’t funny” Megan slams her hand on the table, Tonia doesn’t stop laughing
“It is actually, because it seems that as much as you try to keep this two apart you can’t. Did you see Kiki’s face, she is happy, not knowing that, that is her father and you see Sean’s?”
“He is like that because he feels guilty”
”Guilty for what actually? For four years ago? He has no idea”
“For the ball and the child services”‘
“Megan don’t be silly ,he seems genuine to me, I’ll say tell him, he wouldn’t be any different”‘
“He will and I won’t”‘
“Fine but tell me you don’t have a certain joy in your heart seeing them both like that”
“No, I feel sadness, fear, uncertainty and forbearing ”
“Don’t! just let it happen okay” Tonia says picking up the bread, a smile tugging at her lips. “He is really handsome you know, all suited up that day; and after a sleep over, even with the weird make up on his face, Kiki really did a makeover on him,i f she ever decides to become a makeup artist, she would be a disaster” she laughs
Against her better judgement, Megan laughs ” I nearly screamed out of fear seeing his face like that” she laughs
“And he still didn’t mind, most men would have bitten her head off but look at him going on with her like that..”‘
“Yeah, he didn’t mind” Megan admits then she frowns
“So where did he sleep, in the room, on the bed with you two? And whose tracksuit is that? Did he carry an overnight bag?”‘
”On the couch don’t be ridiculous. No, that’s my father’s.. i’ve always had it, I just gave him to wear, and I saw him naked last night”‘ she adds closing her eyes, waiting for it
Silence!! Then an outburst!!
“‘You what?How? Wait you just said you guys didn’t then…I don’t get! Wait, does he look good as he does with cloths and without it? Wait what am I even saying, you guys have already slept together before,y ou got a kid… silly me” Tonia shakes her head smiling
“No! I was drunk and I don’t remember what he looks like because I didn’t wait to see and it was four years ago and was I younger, now he is all manly has a great body and erm…” she blushes and turns away
“That great of a body right? You’re blushing” Tonia smiles stuffing bread into her mouth
“Nope not that great and I am not”‘ Megan lies
“‘Yeah, your cheeks turn pink and your hands are shaking, how long has it been since you.. .you know… went down that path?” Tonia winks
“Since Kiki”she admits, Damn! Four long years… wow! she should get into Guinness book of records for being celibate that long.
“Yeah would explain the way you are looking, your blush can be seen from mile away” Tonia is laughing,
“For what it’s worth, your baby daddy is hot, it won’t hurt to fantasy a little Megan, I mean… it wouldn’t hurt to erm, want him again”‘
“Get out Tonia!” Megan throws crumbs of bread at Tonia who ducks laughing, they turn hearing kiki squeal and Sean’s laughter
“See, those two are having fun, live a little Megan, let her have a little joy okay, I bet she hasn’t been this happy for a while.. let her, you live a little too, don’t worry about what’s about to happen, let it, if you don’t want to tell him, fine, your decision but let them enjoy the company that is coming to them naturally, you never know what God has planed. Let them Megan, without you or me, they are here ..enjoying themselves..father and daughter unknown, let them, whatever happens will happen okay”‘ Tonia says coming to Megan
“I am scared”
”I know, don’t be, for today, let her be happy with a father she never knew”‘
“okay, for today, once he leaves he needs to stay away”
”Fine” Tonia rolls her eyes, Not if God has a say in it.
They come back to find Sean’s face clean and Kiki and him playing cards..
“Go brush your teeth Kiki”
”Done, Uncle Sean helped me .””
Megan mouth drops open, Tonia looks at her and whispers
“Daddy duties already,would you take a look at that Meg” she whispers and walking away.
“And he said he would get me a present for my birthday next Saturday, right Uncle?”
“Right Kiki” He nods
“What? Kiki, up, breakfast” Megan snaps
What would she do with this kid?
Sean gets up… its 9am already, he should get going .. “I should get going-”
“Yes you should” Megan snaps again
Sean looks at her, she is still defensive, fine “‘Thank you, for your hospitality” he tells her, he already had his cloths over his shoulders, “Nice to meet you again Tonia” He says “and I will have these returned…just in case er… the boyfriend or the husband won’t frown down from heaven”
Tonia looks at her, Megan shakes her head… they watch him leave with Kiki shouting her goodbye
“Husband frowning from heaven, really?” Tonia turns to her, Megan shrugs
”I am not responsible for what he thinks Tonia” turning to kiki ”And you little lady have a lot of explaining to do’
Kiki turns pouting, giving her puppy eyes
“Oh, that cute baby face won’t work”
Kiki makes more baby faces, Tonia laughs kissing her cheeks ”It works for me” then kiki hugs her mother… kissing her all over her face, Megan is laughing
“‘And apparently always for me too. Oh, kikina, you have no idea do you’ she kisses her daughter… Kiki sits to eat and Tonia smiles at her
”Let it be”‘