Connected By Heart

By Omolade Ayisat All Rights Reserved ©

Romance / Drama

Nine

“Common Sophie. We are going to be late.” Terrence reminded as he walked out of his room into Sophie’s room and found his little girl on her bed with a sad face.

“What’s wrong Sophie. Don’t you want to go to Gabby’s place anymore?” Terrence asked softly as he sat on her bed and placed Sophie on his lap.

This is very strange as Sophie was the one who was over the moon yesterday when Terrence told her that they would be going over to Gabby’s place for dinner tonight.

“I’m not happy Daddy. This shoe doesn’t fit me anymore.” Sophie said sadly in a low voice as she looked down at the shoe.

Terrence took a glance at the shoe and saw that it was her favourite shoe. It couldn’t fit her anymore as she had outgrown it.

“Don’t be sad sweetheart. I will get you another one.” Terrence said.

“But i love this shoe.” Sophie whispered, not taking her eyes off the shoe.

“I know sweetheart but it no longer fits you. You can’t wear this shoe forever you know.” Terrence reasoned.

“Princess, take this as a good sign. You are growing. You are becoming a big girl. Remember you will be 5 in a few weeks.” He said which got her attention.

“Another Birthday for me?” Sophie said with excitement as her eyes lit up immediately.

“Yes dear.” Her father replied.

“Will i be having a party Daddy.” She asked.

“It depends. Do you want a party?” Terrence asked.

“Yes Daddy. please please i want a party. I want my friends to come celebrate with me. Please Daddy.” She pleaded.

“hmmmmmm....let me think about it.” Terrence said as he put a finger on his chin, pretending to be thinking about the party.

“Please daddy.....please.” Sophie said giving him his cute puppy dog face.

“Okay Sophie. you win. There will be a party for you.” Terrence declared.

“Yayyyy.” Sophie screamed as she jumped off her Daddy’s lap. “Thank you Daddy. I love you.” She said as she hugged him.

“Love you too cupcake.” He replied as he kissed her right cheek.

“Now lets look for another shoe for you.” Terrence said as they both walked towards her closet where her shoes were neatly arranged and Sophie finally settled for her purple sandals which fits her clothe perfectly.

“I will give the shoe to aunt Michelle when next she comes to take it to my other friends.” Sophie said referring to the favourite shoe that could not size her anymore. And by her other friends she means the Orphans. Terrence had thought her not to throw things away. Instructing that anything she does not like, she should give it to Michelle and Michelle will take them to the Orphanage home. There was one which was not that far from their house. Basically, Terrence buys stuff for the kids there and visit them every month and if he is not chanced to, he sends Michelle to do so and sometimes, Sophie accompanies her.

“That’s my girl.” Terrence said as he gave her a high five which erupted a giggle from Sophie.

“Okay honey, let’s get going. So we won’t be late.” Terrence said as he took Sophia in her hands as they walked out of the house together. With Sophia holding one of her craft she made in school. insisting she wants to show Gabby.

“Heyyy.” Gabby welcomed with a wide smile as she opened the door. She saw an handsome Terrence and adorable Sophie. She gave Terrence a quick hug and then gave him a quick kiss on his lips which erupted a giggle from Sophie.

Then Gabby squatted to Sophie’s height as she kissed the little girls forehead after which Sophie rapped her tiny arms around Gabby’s neck as she hugged Gabby tightly.

“You want some cake?” Gabby asked as soon as Sophie pulled away from the hug.

“Yes. yes. yes.” Sophie answered excitedly. she loves cake a lot.

Gabby smiled at that as she stood up and ushered Terrence and Sophie in before taking Sophie to the Kitchen and giving her some cake.

“I want to show you something Gabby.” Sophie said as Gabby was about to feed her the last piece of cake in the plate.

“What is it honey?” She asked sweetly.

Sophie searched her jean pocket and brought out the craft. It was a bead wristband.

“I made it at school. With the help of miss Genny, my teacher.” Sophie said proudly.

“Awwww. Its so pretty.” Gabby exclaimed as she took a look at it.

“I know.” Sophie giggled. “Do you like it?” The little girl asked.

“Of course i do.” Gabby replied honestly.

“Then you can have it.” Sophie replied with a smile.

“Are you sure about this Sophie. You made this and its meant to be for you.” She reasoned.

“Yes. I like you Gabby that’s why i want you to have it.” Sophie assured as she assisted Gabby in putting it on. on her left wrist.

“Its so pretty on you.” Sophie cooed.

“Yes it is. I love it Sophia. Thank you.” Gabby said as she pulled Sophie into a hug.

She fed Sophie her last piece of cake before putting her down off the counter as they walked towards the living room where she found Terrence who was already getting along with her parent.

“Sophie, meet my mom, Naomi and my dad, Robert.” Gabby introduced as Sophie said a very shy “Hello.”

“Come give me a hug Sophie.” Naomi encouraged as Sophie took slow steps towards Naomi and hugged her. Naomi kissed her cheek and put Sophie on her lap.

They all sat down together and talked about random stuffs before they all proceeded to the dinning table to have their dinner. After that, They were able to trick Sophie to watch her cartoon in the other living room as they had their adult talk in the main living room.

Robert and Naomi occupied the same couch while Terrence and Gabby occupied the couch opposite them

“So Terrence,we learnt that you are the father of our grandchild.” Robert, Gabby’s dad said as he started the conversation.

“Yes i am. I love your daughter so much Mr Browne. With all my heart. She and the baby means a lot to me and i cannot imagine my life without them.” Terrence said.

“You know she’s our only child Terrence. Make sure you take very good care of her.” Naomi said.

“You don’t have to worry about anything Naomi. Gabby and the baby are now my priority. I put them first in every decision i make. I promise to take very good care of them.” Terrence assured as he spoke with sincerity.

Gabby’s parent immediately approve of him. I mean what’s there not to like about Terrence?

“Okay my loves. We would leave the both of you alone and go join Sophia.” Naomi said as she and her husband stood up at the same time.

“I think they like you.” Gabby grinned as she looked at Terrence.

“Move in with me Gabby.” Terrence requested out of the blue.

“Come on. Say something.” Terrence urged as Gabby suddenly went mute.

“I mean isn’t too early?” Gabby asked shyly as she never expected his question.

“I don’t think so Gabby. Sophie and i need you in the house. We need each other Gabby. I want to be there for you. During your morning sickness, your midnight cravings and lot more. I want to be the one to take care of you Gabby.” Terrence replied as she shifted closer to her and caressed her face. She couldn’t help but lean into his touch.

“Give me time Terrence. Let me think about it.” She said and he agreed.

“I’m so happy i have you in my life Gabby and with this baby on the way.” Terrence said as he caressed her belly. “I just feel so blessed.” He concluded.

“Am happy i have you too.” She replied as she leaned to kiss him. it was a long passionate kiss.

“My mom knows about the baby.” Terrence said after they broke away from the kiss.

“You told her already.” Gabby said with a smile on her face.

“It was Debbie. She just couldn’t keep her mouth shut.” Terrence groaned.

“Its okay Terrence. She would know eventually.” She giggled.

“She promised to see you when she comes to town.” He said.

Terrence Father died when he was in grade 5. So it has always been his mom who has been there for him and Debbie. But his mom is already married to another man and they stay in the United State.

“I can’t wait to meet her too. To thank her for bringing the love of my life into this world.” Gabby teased.

“Just be ready to receive so many gifts from her when she comes. Gift for you and most importantly for the baby.” He said.

“I can’t wait for that.” Gabby grinned.

“Debbie called me yesterday and told me she has resumed her auntie’s duties as she had started buying stuffs for the baby.” Terrence said and Gabby couldn’t help but feel a little bit emotional.

“Our little one is not even here yet and he or she is already getting spoilt.” Gabby said with happy tears in her eyes.

Terrence pulled her into a warm hug as he kissed her forehead.

“Bye Gabby. I will miss you.” Sophie said as she hugged Gabby’s legs tightly.

Gabby knelt down to Sophie’s height and said. “I will miss you too sweetheart.” She said as she kissed the little girl’s forehead and then whispered something into Sophie’s ear which caused her to grin like crazy.

“Promise?” Sophie said as she raised her pinky.

“Promise.” Gabby assured raising her pinky.

Sophie then ran to say goodbye to Naomi and Robert after which Gabby helped her into the car and buckled her up. “Be good to Daddy and i will see you soon alright.” Gabby said and Sophie nodded with a smile.

“Thanks for coming.” Gabby said as she turned to Terrence.

“Sure. Thanks for hosting us.” He replied.

“I miss you guys already. call me when you get home.” Gabby said.

“I will.” Terrence assured as he gave her a passionate kiss before he said his goodbye and drove away.

Gabby went back into the house and went straight into the kitchen to help her mom with the dishes.

“Mom, what do you think about Terrence?” Gabby could not help but ask.

“I like him. I also believe he’s the perfect one for you. I trust him and your Dad likes him too.” Naomi replied which made Gabby smile.

“I love Sophie too. She’s so adorable. I see her as my grand daughter already.” Naomi admitted with a smile and Gabby could not help but smile too.

“He asked me to move in with him.” Gabby whispered.

“And what was your reply?” Naomi asked as she turned her attention towards her daughter.

“I told him to give me time to think about it.” She replied and said “What do you think mom?”

Naomi walked towards her daughter and said “Its up to you my dear. If you want to.”

“But i don’t want to leave you and dad alone.” Gabby groaned.

“You know you will not stay with us forever.” Naomi reasoned.

“Terrence and Sophia needs you more than we do. Besides you can always come visit us at home or at the shop.” Naomi said.

Gabby’s parents are proud owners of a well known grocery store in London and also an art supply store.

“Thanks mom. You know what to say to me just at the right time.” Gabby said as she hugged her mother and they both chuckled.

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