It's Times Like These You Learn to Love
It's Times Like These You Learn to Love Again
Author: LexysCPDWords: 1,274Disclaimer: I don't own Chicago PD, the song lyrics (Titles), and the plot.Author's Notes: Sorry for going AWOL with this story. The 35 reviews, 77 follows, and 31 favorites make me happy.
The chapter title is from the song, Times Like These by Foo Fighters.
Uploaded: May 31, 2014
Erin smiled, as Cassie talked to her "Daddy Jay." She hadn't corrected her daughter. She secretly liked the sound of the title. Jay was pushing the swing, and she could hear Cassie squeal, and she shouted for Jay to push her higher.
"He's good with her," Voight said, as he sat next to her. Erin looked up and smiled at her father. She nodded and looked back to her daughter.
"She always wanted a dad," Erin responded.
"I don't advise it, but Halstead isn't a bad guy. I don't want for Cassie to lose another father figure," Voight stated, as he smiled at his grandchild. He never thought he would get a granddaughter in his life, but he did and he loved her with everything he had. She was the best little girl, and he wondered if she was like a younger Erin.
Erin smiled as she turned her attention back the two others in the playground. Cassie had gotten off the swing and started running, while Jay chased her. "He'd make the perfect father."
"Do you think your mom likes flowers?" Jay asked the three year old. Cassie sat in front of him, thinking silently. Voight and Erin decided to bet food. There were tables at the park, and they placed their things in one.
She nodded. "Ask Gwanpa Hanky fiwst. Pewmission like on tv," she said, with a grin on her face, like she found a cure for cancer.
"You're right. Why don't you ask him for me?" he offered, grinning at the younger girl.
Cassie shook her head. She gave him a dimpled smile. "No, you ask. No my job."
Jay chuckled, and placed his finger over his lips as Erin and Voight returned with food, pizza.
"Mommy, I saw doggies," Cassie squealed, as she pointed at a spot away from them.
"We'll check when you finish your food," Erin said, as she opened at box and placed a small slice on the table.
"No now," she answered, pulling Erin's shirt, "they leave."
Erin gave the men a small smile and let her daughter pull her away.
"I know what she did," Voight said, as he looked at Jay.
"I would assume so," Jay responded, a little nervous.
"Well, ask," Voight ordered him, a smirk on his face. He liked that Jay was nervous.
"Would you uh, allow me to take Erin out?" he rushed out, his body heating up.
Voight made eye contact with him. His smirk grew as he noticed Jay's discomfort grow.
"If you break her heart, both of theirs, lets just say you'll really regret it," he answered, as Erin and Cassie returned. Cassie was gushing about the puppies, and Erin was listening intensely. Jay knew right then and there, he wanted to be in their lives forever.
Erin opened the door, and let Jay enter. Cassie was asleep in his arms, with her head on his shoulder.
"Just put her in her room," Erin told him, smiling softly.
He nodded and walked to the three-year-old's room.
Erin walked to her kitchen, and started to make coffee for them. He returned and sat down on a chair and watched Erin. He smiled as she grabbed two cups and poured coffee in them.
Erin hummed in response.
"I asked Cassie and Voight, and they gave me permission. Would you like to have dinner with me?"
Erin turned around and raised her eyebrow. "Like a date?"
He nodded. He was nervous and just stared at her, waiting for an answer, any answer.
She grinned and nodded. "I would love to."
He let out a breath and laughed. He shook his head, as took the cup she was holding out to him. "Friday, seven o'clock."
"I can't go?" Cassie questioned, as she looked up at him with her big hazel eyes.
"Next time," Erin promised, hugging her daughter.
"Gwanpa Hanky comin'?"
Erin shook her head. "Uncle Tony is going to babysit with you."
"Eva?" she asked, excited. She liked hanging out with Eva.
She smiled when Dawson's car stopped in front of the house. He honked and the door unlocked. He got out and hugged the little girl.
"Thanks for babysitting Antonio," Erin whispered, as she gave him a side hug.
"No problem. Eva has wanted to play dress up with Cassie for a while now. She's been wanting her to come over," the man answered, grinning. He ruffled the small girl's hair. She whined and moved away.
"Be good, okay. I'll pick you up later tomorrow morning," Erin told her daughter. Cassie nodded, as she moved her pink backpack. Erin moved back, and watched as Cassie placed her backpack and teddy bear in the car. She walked back and kissed her mother's cheek before entering the car. She sat on the car seat in Antonio's car, and buckled herself up as much as she could before letting Erin take over.
"Bye mommy," she said, as Antonio started the car and started to drive away.
Jay stared at her, his eyes wide. He had a small smile on his face, as he watched her lock her door.
"You look beautiful," he told her, giving her a small smile.
Erin blushed and thanked him. She walked to his car, as he followed her, a goofy grin on his face.
They drove in silence. It was a comfortable silence. The radio was playing softly in the car. She watched the scenery as it passed by. They stopped at his house, and she frowned. She didn't know what they were going to do, and she turned to him, confused.
"I wanted to cook you dinner. I know it's not advised to do, but I wanted to do something special for you," he said, shyly.
"It's okay. I like it," she answered, giving him a small loving smile. She followed him into the house and towards the kitchen. The scent of their dinner was mouth watering. There were two candles on the table, plates and wine glasses. It was so simple, it was perfect. She smiled as he rushed to the stove and continued with the cooking.
"Dinner is almost ready. The wine in right there," he said, pointing at a spot next to the refrigerator. She helped him, enjoying her time.
Erin laughed, as she sat on the couch with Jay. She had the wine glass in her hand, and leaning against him.
"She did that? What did he do?" he asked, chuckling.
"He laughed it off. It was her first birthday. She didn't know any better," Erin answered. She had told him the story of Cassie's first birthday, and how she threw cake at Voight, hitting his face.
"Do you have pictures?"
"Of course. I don't want to miss these moments."
"You're doing a great job with her," he complemented, looking straight ahead.
"She makes it easy. And I have help. I don't know how it would be if it weren't for all of you," she answered, looking up at him. She saw a small smile appear on his face. "Antonio told me about Chad. How you threatened him."
Jay looked down at her. "I couldn't let him threaten your lives."
"Thank you," she whispered, her hazel eyes connecting with his green ones. She leaned towards him and kissed his cheek. She placed the wine glass on the table and situated herself so that she could use his chest as a pillow. He rubbed her arm, as he held her close. "I'll keep you, both of you safe," he whispered, before closing his eyes, a big smile on his face.
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