Connected By Heart

By Omolade Ayisat All Rights Reserved ©

Romance / Drama

Six

“Good morning Mr Tennon.” Michelle, Sophie’s 22 year old nanny greeted as soon as she saw Terrence descending from the stairs, all dressed up for work.

“Morning.” Terrence reluctantly replied.

“Morning Daddy!” Sophie yelled as she continues to eat her breakfast on the dinning table.

“Should i serve you your breakfast now?” Michelle asked him politely.

“Thanks but i’m not hungry.” He mumbled and Michelle nodded.

She noticed something is wrong with her Boss as he seemed to be off since yesterday. Even the dinner she made for him the previous night was left untouched in the refrigerator which left Michelle wondering what could be wrong.

Terrence took a seat on the couch close to the door and took his laptop to get some work done, using that to while away time as he waited for Sophie to finish her breakfast.

As soon as Sophie was done with her breakfast, Michelle helped her wash and dry her hands after which she helped Sophie in putting on her back pack.

“Bye Michelle. I’m going to miss you.” Sophie said.

“Bye sweetheart. I will miss you too. Be good at school okay.” She replied and Sophie nodded as she walked towards the door where her father was waiting for her.

Terrence walked out of the house with Sophia far behind him singing and dancing to one for favourite song. Frozen. The little girl happens to be so energetic this morning.

“Hurry Up and get into the damn car Sophia.” Terrence yelled at Sophie who immediately got scared and sad at her dad’s reaction.

She walked as fast as her tiny legs could carry her to the car. Terrence was already standing by the door of the back seat and immediately Sophia had settled down he buckled her seat belt and slammed the door afterwards before he proceeded to the drivers seat to start the car.

Little Sophia couldn’t help but cry. Her dad refused to play with her yesterday when he came back from work and now he had behaved very unfair to her which hurt her.

Hearing soft muffles and hiccups, Terrence immediately regretted his actions. He didn’t mean to act that way towards his daughter. The truth is that he hadn’t been himself since his yesterday’s encounter with Gabby. Like seriously, he just heard yesterday that he’s going to be a father again and at the same time he isn’t going to be a father again due to the probability that his baby might be aborted. Terrence could not even sleep last night as he kept on thinking of ways to convince Gabby into keeping the baby.

Suddenly he felt guilty of being a jerk towards his daughter and he really regretted his actions. As soon as they arrived at Sophie’s school, Terrence got out of the drivers seat and went towards the passengers seat to open the door for Sophie. He unbuckled her seat belt and carried her as She continued to cry in his chest.

“I’m so sorry sweetheart. Please stop crying. It breaks my heart to see you cry.” Terrence said with an heart broken voice as Sophie just cried harder into his chest.

Terrence ignored all the stares he was getting from other parents and their children as he walked towards a quite garden with Sophia in his arms. Thankfully, there was a bench there so he sat down and gently placed Sophia on his lap.

“You refused to play with me yesterday daddy and i do not like the way you told me to get into the car. You were too hard on me daddy. Don’t you love me anymore?” Sophia asked as she looked at her daddy with her red eyes.

Sophia’s statement actually took Terrence by surprise and it took a while before he replied. “I love you so much Sophia. More than you can ever imagine. Daddy had just been having a hard time with work. I promise to make it up to you Sophie. Now do you forgive Daddy?” Terrence asked sincerely and Sophie nodded after which he kissed her forehead.

“I love you Daddy.” Sophie mumbled as she hugged him.

“I love you more sweetheart.” He replied as he returned her hug.

They both stayed like that for a while before Terrence checked his wristwatch and realised that Sophie should probably be in class by now. He carried car towards the car, Took a bottle of water, washed her face after which he dried with a towel. He then grabbed her backpack and headed towards Sophie’s class with his little girl still in his arms.

“I promise to be home early to play with you okay.” Terrence assured as he dropped Sophia on her feet.

“Okay daddy.” She replied.

“Bye Princess. Daddy loves you.” Terrence said as he kissed her forehead once more before handling Sophie over to her teacher as he left for work.

Terrence couldn’t believe his ears when his assistant had informed him through the intercom that Gabriela had come to see him. He quickly told Hailey, his assistant to let her in. Then suddenly he became nervous. Of course this wouldn’t be the first time Gabby will be in his Office but he knew that her coming to his office will be based on what they have discussed the previous day. He really hopes Something good awaits him.

“Come in.” Terrence responded to the knock on his door as Gabby walked in. He couldn’t help but admire how beautiful she looked in her office clothe. And he noticed how she had a certain glow on her face. Perhaps because of the pregnancy.

He stood up from his desk and behaved like a gentle man as he ushered her to seat on the Grey couch which was in his office. He then contemplated if he should seat beside her on the same couch or opposite her on another couch. He finally settled for the later.

“I hope I’m not interrupting your work. I can come back some other time. ” She said, truly concerned.

“No you did not. I was actually thinking of taking a break.” He replied.

“I just wanted to let you know that i have finally come to a conclusion about the baby.” Gabby said as she shyly tucked a strand of hair behind her ear.

“And?” Terrence asked, dreading her reply at the same time.

“I will be keeping it.” She replied as she looked at him intently.

Terrence sighed a sigh of relief as his joy knew no bounds. He quickly fled towards where Gabby was seating as he sat Extremely close to her and took her hand in his.

“Thank you so much Gabriela.” He said as he couldn’t help but smile also.

“I have to apologise for thinking for wanting to opt for an abortion. The news was so sudden and i was really scared and i still am. Then, i thought of us as were still not in good terms. I concluded you are no longer interested in me and i couldn’t blame you for that because it was all my fault for making up horrible assumptions.”

“There’s nothing to be sorry for. Let’s just forget about the past and concentrate on what we have now.” Terrence replied as he rested his right hand on Gabby’s still flat belly and held her hand with his other hand.

“You don’t have to be scared Gabby. You have me. I will be with you in each and every step of the way. You are not alone in this.” He assured and Gabby nodded.

“And as for what i feel for you, it has never faded and i doubt if it ever will. My heart only beats for you.” Terrence replied as Gabby nodded with a sad smile.

“How have you been feeling?” He asked as he softly caressed his hand across her face.

Gabby could not help but lean into his touch as she spoke. “The morning sickness have been taking a toll on me lately but asides from that i’m fine.”

“I just need to purchase the list of pre natal vitamins Isabelle recommended yesterday. I called her this morning and she said the vitamins will help with the morning sickness. She also advised me to avoid stress and eat healthy.” Gabby said and Terrence nodded.

“So do you want me to come with you. to go purchase the vitamins?” He said.

“I don’t think that will be necessary Terrence.” Gabby chuckled. “And i wanted to ask if you will be free tomorrow to accompany me to the hospital. I scheduled an appointment with Isabelle for an ultrasound. To you know.....see how the baby is doing.” She said.

“I will definitely be there with you Gabby. I will have Hailey postpone all meetings and appointments. My family comes first.” Terrence replied which put a sad smile on Gabby’s face.

He immediately got into a serious mode as he held Gabby’s hand and said “I really want us to be a family. You, me, Sophie and our little one. Please will you give Sophia and i a chance to be in your life?” Mr lover boy pleaded.

“I will Terrence. I really want us to be a family too.” She replied and he pulled her into a hug.

“Thank you so much Gabby. You have no idea how happy i am.” He said.

“Do your parents know about the baby?” He asked as they pulled away from the hug.

“Not yet. I will tell them after the ultra sound tomorrow.” She said.

“Will you prefer to do that alone? I don’t mind being there with you while you tell them.” Terrence offered.

Gabby replied. “You don’t have to worry Terrence. i will face them myself.”

“And you? Will you be telling your Mom anytime soon.” Gabby asked him.

“Should i? Honestly i have no problem announcing to the whole world that you are mine and you are expecting our baby.” He replied as Gabby blushed.

“Lets not rush it Terrence. I would love it if we just keep the news between us for now. Just you and and our few friends that are aware.”

“Few friends?” He asked with an eyebrow raised.

“The only friend i have is Ian and he still doesn’t know about the baby. Well apart from my sister, Debbie.” He said.

Gabby explained “I guess Ian knows already. Nikki might have told him.”

Terrence asked surprised “You’re friends with Nikki?”

“Yeah. Actually i ran into her yesterday. All thanks to her, she made me see reasons why i should keep the baby. I really needed someone to talk to and she really helped me. We became friends already before i even discovered she’s married to Ian.” Gabby said.

“I guess i owe Nikki a Thank you treat then.” Terrence replied.

He asked “So i assumed you met Amber?”

“Yes, she’s so adorable.” She replied.

Terrence noticed that it was almost time for lunch so he asked Gabby “What do you want for lunch?”

Then she replied “I’m not really hungry. I will just grab some lemonade on my way back to my office.”

“No way Gabriela. You have someone who now depends on you. Hungry or not you have to eat something. Even though its only little.” Terrence persuaded and Gabby grumbled.

She eventually gave in and they both went out to her favourite restaurant to have lunch. It was just a 15mins drive away from the office.

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