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Everything Can Change in a Minute

By nikmariecav

Romance

A surprise

This is my first story ever so please tell me what you think but please don't be mean.

Casey McDonald looked out the kitchen window to see her 13 year old daughter talking with one of her friends. Casey was now 31 years old. She was 18 when she had Danielle. She had raised her alone and it wasn't like she ever regretted having her. Danielle was the best thing that had ever come into Casey's life. The reason she had to raise Danielle alone was that she had kept her a secret. She wanted to make sure that her father was able to live his life and go after his dreams. Casey didn't want to be the reason that he was held back from accomplishing great things with his life. Derek was the father but he didn't know because as soon as he was 18 he went to play hockey in the NHL. Casey talks to Derek once every few months but she doesn't tell him about having Danielle just how she had been and what she is doing now. She knew at some point that everyone was going to find out but she was hoping to have time before she had to let the cat out of the bag. Even though Derek went to the NHL he never stopped loving Casey. He always wanted to be with Casey and have the life he dreamed about. He pictured having a family with Casey and living together forever. Danielle had always wondered who her dad was. She was the only one out of her friends that didn't know who her father was. It made it hard when it came to holidays and events at school but her friend's dads always stepped up and treated her like one of their own.

"You know what Katy? I never met my father. You and every one else know who there father is. My mom just says I never had one." Danielle was saying to her best friend Katy.

"Maybe he didn't want to have a baby. Or maybe your mom never told him about you."

"Why would she do that? Does she not want me to have a father in my life?"

"Just ask her for yourself. She will tell you what happened to him."

"Okay I will talk to you tomorrow."

"Bye Danny."

Danielle walked into the house and called for her mom but she wasn't there. She looked around and found a not of the dinning room table. It said that she went to the store and would be back in a few minutes. Danny went to the TV and started watching the news. On the news channel it was saying how the famous Derek Venturi won yet another victory for his team. He was becoming quiet the "hot" player for the team. She was tired of hearing about another famous person so she turned the channel. Just as she did the phone started to ring. She thought it might be Chris the boy she had a crush on and one of her friends. But it was a number she didn't know. She still picked it up.

"Hello."

"Hi, is Casey there this is Derek?"

"Sorry my mom is at the store. I can tell her you called."

"You're MOM!?"

"Yeah Casey McDonald. I am Danielle McDonald."

Danielle thought it was weird that he was calling to speak to her mom. Why would a guy be calling her mom. She never heard of Derek before and not a lot of people called to talk to her mom to often. She really didn't know if her mom had friends. Not many people even came over to the house. It was like they lived in a bubble and she didn't want anyone to bust that bubble. She hated not seeing her grandparents even though they lived right down the road.

"So she is married?"

"No, it is just me and her. No men."

"Who is your dad?" Derek was really getting scared that Casey had lied to him and hoped that she didn't. There was a time that they thought she could be pregnant but it came back she wasn't and that is when she told him to leave and go start his hockey career. He was grateful that he was able to go out and do the one thing that he loved and he would never change anything about it.

"I don't know. I have never had a dad." Danny was getting really freaked out by this guy. Why was he asking so many questions. What did he want with her mom. Her mom taught her how to be kind even to those we didn't know. She didn't want to just hang up but she was trying to get off the phone too.

"How old are you?" Derek was thinking this could be his kid. But if she was his kid then that meant that she lied to him. Derek never really questioned Casey. He believed her and than left and didn't come back to visit to often.

"I'm thirteen. My mom had me when she was eighteen."

"She did. Well can you tell her that Derek Venturi called."

"Yeah, hey you're the famous hockey player. I just saw you on the news."

"You guys still live in Toronto?" He was now getting very hopeful.

"Yeah, we live in Toronto still. We live some where near my grandparents."

"Okay well just tell her Derek called." He had a little trip to go on.

"I will bye Derek."

Danny went back on the couch to find a tv show to watch. She found a movie to watch. It turned out to be on of her favorite videos too. 10 things I hate about you. She ended up falling asleep and the next thing she knew her mom was waking her up. She still felt weird from the conversation she had earlier with Derek. She had to remember to let her mom know.

"Hey Danny, you fell asleep."

"Oh hi mom. A Derek Venturi called for you."

"He did. Did he say anything."

"Nope just tell you he called and he will call you later."

"Okay." Just when she was going to ask more about her conversation with Derek the door bell rang. "I see who is at the door." Just as she opened the door She screamed and Danielle ran over to see what was wrong. She had never seen her mom look like that before. It was like she had seen a ghost. Now she wanted to know what could get her mom to be quiet. She had never seen her mom be speechless before.

"Mom what is it?"

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