Moment of Truth
"What are you doing?" Jac asked as she walked into the room and peeped over her daughter's shoulder, who was seated at her desk, facing her computer.
Her daughter, Emma Naylor-Maconie who was now already 17 years old, had grown into a beautiful young lady, looking more and more like her mum, with every day that passes. She had her same auburn hair and green eyes. Her facial features slightly took after her dad but at a glance, she was a split image of Jac Naylor.
Jac herself still couldn't believe how fast time flew by. She still remembers the tough times she went through to have her… well… she and Jonny went through 17 years back. And now when she looks at her and sees the fine, young lady she has grown into, she realises that deciding to keep her baby was the best decision she has ever made… in her life. Jonny was right, she was a fighter, just like her mum, and in the end everything turned out for the best. Emma was a healthy, beautiful girl, and apart from being allowed only a limited amount of exercise, she was leading a normal, healthy life.
She still remembers those sweet first moments, like when she held her for the first time, weeks after she was born, after she had surgery to repair her diaphragmatic hernia, or when they brought her home for the first time. But everything was gotten used to and look at the happy family now, 17 years later… they were going strong.
Jac tried to spend the maximum time she could with her daughter, she wanted to love her, to be a good parent to her, to do all the things, a good mother should do… something she didn't have off her mum. She was willing not to do her mother's same mistakes. Now that Emma is all grown up, she sometimes thinks about what her life would be like, if she had another two younger kids running around the house. Jonny wanted more, but Jac wasn't getting any younger, she was already thirty-eight when they had Emma, and besides she was scared to have another one. She thought something bad might happen again. The congenital diaphragmatic hernia was too much to deal with. So she was content, just the way they were in the end.
"Looking up uni courses…" Emma replied, browsing on the internet.
"Still can't decide?" Jac replied, as she sat down on a chair beside her.
"Well actually I think I have but…." She added slowly.
"But, what?" Jac didn't like the sound of what's coming. Jac wanted her daughter to become a doctor just like her, but she couldn't force her in the end.
"I think I'll go into nursing…" she replied, honestly.
"You're joking right?" Jac added with a small laugh.
"No I'm serious, I was always interested in patient care, and I don't need to be the one to save their life, even if I could just chat with a patient and see them smile, it's enough to make me proud of myself," Emma explained, now looking at Jac.
"Really?! okay think about this way… you're in a theatre with a patient on the table, you're losing him but you, out of all people manage to get back in rhythm, then you go out there, with your head held high and say that you saved his life… isn't that more satisfying?" Jac tried to explain, to paint her a picture of her job.
"Mum… I know you are a doctor and you want me to take after you, but you keep forgetting that dad is a nurse, maybe I just want to take after him... and besides everyone knows dad's bedside manner is much better than yours…" Emma tried to give her a valid reason behind her decision, pushing her mum's buttons in the end.
"Hey!" Jac added, nudging her in her side, "but seriously… I'm trying to protect you and your future that's all…"
"and as a nurse I'll be just as fine" Emma said, as she stood up and left the office, heading to her room.
Jonny was walking past Emma's bedroom when he noticed the door open, and peeped inside to see her looking at herself in a floral dress in the mirror.
"Aww look at how lovely you look! Going out tonight?" he asked as he walked inside her room.
"Yep, Harry and I are going to the cinema…" Emma told her dad, as she faced the mirror again.
"Ah, Harry this, Harry that… looks like it's getting serious, when do I get to meet him?" he said folding his arms.
"Daaaad…" Emma made a face.
"well I'm only trying to protect my baby that's all…" Jonny added, with a sigh.
Emma turned to face him, "Dad I'll always be your baby… but I am growing up... and anyway I'm not going anywhere for a while…" she told him.
"You better… come here" he said as he hugged his daughter, and kissed her on her head.
"Dad, you're squeezing me too much" Emma told him, implying to let her go. "Do you mind, I still have to do some final touches…" she told him as he let go of her, and showed him the door.
"Alright, alright I'm leaving…" Jonny added, as he left the room and went downstairs.
"Emma's meeting up with Harry again tonight, she's doing that a lot lately…" Jonny told Jac as he walked into the kitchen and sat down on the table.
"So? Jonny, just let her be, she's still young, everything's all new for her…" Jac said, while she placed dinner on the table and joined Jonny's side.
"Exactly, she's still too young…" Jonny continued.
"Jonny, it's just a movie, for God's sake, let the kids have some fun.." Jac said digging into her plate.
"Have some fun? How do we know they're going to a movie, she only just said that do us, what if they bail, and he takes her back to his house and do God knows what, I swear if he lays a finger on her…" words started pouring from Jonny's mouth.
"Would you calm down? You do realise you're saying you don't trust our daughter?" Jac stopped him.
"It's not her I don't trust" Jonny added, starting to get mad.
"So you're saying you used to do that in your teenage days?" Jac asked curiously.
"No, but I had friends who did… " Jonny said in between sips of water.
"Besides… we used to do that…" Jac told him, giving him the dirty smile, remembering of all the times that sneaked into the store cupboard for a quickie.
"but we, were much older and much wiser…" Jonny added.
"Hah, much wiser? That's what got me pregnant..." Jac added between mouthfuls.
"You're saying our daughter was a mistake?" Jonny asked her confused.
"No, but she wasn't planned was she?" Jac replied.
"Exactly, you don't want our daughter to end up in a situation like that, do you?" Jonny asked Jac, letting his fork down.
"No of course not…" Jac realised Jonny was right.
"Right, now all I want, is to know who our daughter is hanging out with and what family he comes from!" Jonny raised his voice.
"I can hear you, you know!" Emma said as she walked into the kitchen, and approached them on the table.
"Mum, Dad, if it makes you feel any better, I'll ask Harry to come over for dinner tomorrow, happy now?" Emma tried to compromise.
"We'd love that, don't we?" Jac added, looking at Jonny.
"And his parents…" Jonny added to Emma's suggestion.
"What?! You want me to ask him to bring his parents over too?!" Emma asked surprised at her father's suggestion.
"Yeah why not get to know them? We could even become friends!" Jonny suggested, sarcastically.
"I'm leaving, see you later," she said as she turned to leave.
"Have fun honey…" Jac called out to her.
"Not too much fun," Jonny called waving his forefinger at her, "and don't stay out late!" he ordered, before he heard the loud bang of the front door.
"So we have guests coming over tomorrow, I should better make a shopping list and see what I could cook for them," Jac added, as she took the empty plates off the table.
"You know it's your birthday tomorrow… how old are you gonna be again? So that's fifty…" Jonny started pushing her buttons.
"DON'T say it!" Jac yelled at him, pointing her forefinger at him. Jac tried to everything she could to stay fit, healthy and look young and conceal her age, but her birthday couldn't deny it.
The doorbell rang.
"Mum, Dad! They're here!" Emma yelled as she ran down the stairs to open the front door, "you got everything ready, right?"
"Yes everything's prepared don't you worry…" Jonny told her as he and Jac joined her side.
Emma opened the door, with Jac and Jonny standing behind her, ready to greet their guests. Through the door, walked in a tall, blonde, blue-eyed boy, who Jac started to think looked older than 17. Following him inside, walked in a brunette woman, who Jac assumed is his mum and then a tall man, with slight long dark blonde hair… as he turned around, she noticed he had blue eyes. But wait… those blue eyes were familiar… Jac's head was full of thoughts.
"Come on in… so Mum, Dad this is Harry Byrne and this is his dad Joseph Byrne and his step mum Jennifer Byrne.." she said and then turned to face the Byrnes, "and these are my parents, Jonny and Jac Maconie…" Emma introduced them, smiling at Harry and his parents.
Jac thought it couldn't be, she thought she was dreaming. But this was very much real. Her former love of her life was standing right in front of her.To be continued...