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Chapter Fifteen

“Kiera Carelyn Johnson, from the moment I laid my eyes on you I knew that I wanted nothing but to make you my wife and the mother of my children. If I could make a list of all the reasons why I love you and want you as my wife, the list wouldn’t be able to wrap around the world enough times. You’re the best and most generous mother and girlfriend anyone could ever ask for and if it weren’t for you Kelia and I wouldn’t be in the great places we are. And it’s all because of you, with this ring I promise to love and cherish you through thick and thin and above and beyond.” I felt my eyes starting to water and trembling. I swore I wasn’t going to cry whenever this day came, “Will you do me the honor of becoming my wife?”

The tears started falling and I shook my head in disbelief before leaning over and I kissed him while nodding my head fast, “Yes! Yes, I’ll marry you.”

He pulled away from my lips and only far away enough to put the ring on my left ring finger and I lifted his head to mine while kissing him repeatedly.

“Yay! Daddy finally asked mommy to be his queen!” Kelia started running towards us and threw her arms around us both while crying. “You’re going to be daddies queen.”

I couldn’t help but kiss him repeatedly. I’m engaged. I’m a twenty two year old, mother of one, and an engaged celebrity. Life couldn’t get any better. I’m in my prime and it’s my time to shine.

Some would say I’m too young to be doing this, as I’m sure my mother and father had thought so, but I say I’m living my best life and I couldn’t have been more blessed with what has been thrown at me. I’ve tried making the best out of the worse situations, and I’ve been rewarded tremendously for doing so. I also firmly believed back in the day that God wouldn’t give you a challenge you couldn’t complete. But that was when I believed in God or any religion for the matter.

“Thank you so much, I love you.” I pressed my lips to Matty’s again above Kelia’s head. I’m the happiest twenty two year old in this world and I want to show everyone just how happy I was.

The ring was absolutely gorgeous. Not that I would’ve cared if he got me a twenty dollar ring from Walmart, I would’ve said yes regardless. But the diamond was absolutely humongous and it shined perfectly in the orange sunset.

And the best part about it all? He had sent me to the spa with Roxy the day before our parents had arrived, his treat. He knew I’d want my nails done with a treated massage and social treatment. He knew I’d want my pictures to be perfect so I can show it off to the world how happy I am.

Plus my fans would love to see the engagement ring.

“I love you, too. Now do you want to show our parents?” he grinned at me and raised my hand with his and kissed the top of my hand lightly.

Like a Princess and a Prince.

“You know me too well.” I sighed dramatically as I patted the top of his shoulder with my free hand before quickly standing up from the chair and I held my hand up in the air as I saw everyone staring at me with smiles on their face while holding their phones in place to record Matty proposing to me.

Maria, Hailey, Zen, and Roxy hugged me from each side and held my hand out in front of me by force to get a close look at the ring with satisfied smiles on their face.

“O, M, G! That’s such a fat rock!” Roxy screeched at the top of her lungs.

“I don’t care about the rock,” I glanced at it and instantly started smiling, “Okay. Maybe I do.” we huddled around each other giggling like middle school days.

“Can I see?” Kelia, Thalia, and mom approached us with Kelia between them holding one hand with both of hers. It was an absolutely breath taking picture worthy moment. It was rare to see mom getting along with another mom outside of church hours. Most of the time she avoided people because she hates confrontation.

“Of course.” I hinted them forward with my hand, “You’re going to love it.”

“Did you have any idea?” Mom asked me.

“Not a clue.” I smiled at the surprising moments that replayed in my head, “Did any of you guys?”

“I can’t speak for your father or my husband, but we had no idea. We are just as surprised as you.” Thalia answered.

“I may or may not have known.” Maria grinned at me.

“And you didn’t even tell me?” I playfully slapped her arm.

“Of course not, I had to see what he had planned. He’s Matty freaking Santiago, bad boy football player. I didn’t think he had this much in him.” Maria giggled before she turned awkwardly to Thalia, “No offense, Mrs. Santiago. I knew he changed the moment him and Kiera started dating. But he had a bit of a reputation.”

“None taken, sweetie. And please, call me Thalia.” she smiled at Maria, “Los niños serán niños.”

Maria and Thalia giggled together while everyone else including me admired the ring on my finger. I cannot believe I’m engaged to the father of my child and the love of my life. Everything is coming together perfect for me, and I couldn’t possibly be happier than what I am now.

“Babe! Why don’t you come show our dads the ring?” Matty startled me from my deep gaze at the ring.

“Yeah, hold on a second!” I smiled at him before turning back to the girls, “Did you guys get a video?”

“Your father and I did.” Mom confirmed with me. I was a tad bit surprised that my parents actually wanted to video and recorded the moment I become an engaged woman with the man who got me pregnant at fifteen.

I couldn’t be more happier that my parents have moved passed that dilemma. There wasn’t anything they could do to fix it or force me to do anything that I don’t want to do.

I guess I could say Matty was right, that I’d want them here this week to spend as much time as I could with them. I suppose I should start listening to him more, he hasn’t been wrong yet so I don’t know why I’m always doubting him.

“Go on, I’m sure you want to go show it off.”

“I’m so happy everyone could be here.” I group hugged everyone and squeezed them tightly. And I meant it, too.

As I walked over to the group of guys I had thought back on my life events. If you asked my ten years ago what I imagined my life to be? It wouldn’t be what I am doing now, that’s for sure. When I turned fifteen years old I was a nobody. Sure, people knew who I was because Allen was my brother and he was somewhat of a soccer god but other than that reason I was a nobody. It was just Maria and I, sometimes including Roxy when she would tag along when we went out but it was mainly just Maria and I.

Nobody noticed us in the hallways unless my brother was around until the start of tenth grade year when he graduated the year before. But then I joined cheerleading and went to camp, only I hadn’t imagined I would’ve been making friends and hooking up with the star football player. I imagined myself joining cheerleading to add to my college applications for pre-med school.

I imagined myself finishing first in my class, only to become to best doctor around, and only to help those in need. I imagined myself finding the love of my life in college and starting my family when I turned twenty seven. I imagined myself becoming a trauma surgeon and working in the ER and my boyfriend proposing to me at work in front of all my colleagues, I had it all planned out in my head.

But I would’ve never thought that I’d be Instagram and Twitter verified, a mother of a six year old, and engaged to my high school sweetheart, all at twenty two years old.

I guess if push comes to shove, when life gives you lemons; you make lemonade.

“Congratulations, babygirl.” Dad hugged me as I greeted them with my hand held up to show off the ring.

“Thanks, dad.” I hugged him back.

“I knew when he asked me for my approval for your hand in marriage that he was the right one for my little girl to be marrying and extending your already growing family.” Dad’s voice cracked as if he was about to cry, “My little girl has a little girl of her own and is engaged now. I’m so proud of you and I will never let down what I had down to you only at fifteen years old.”

“Daddy it’s okay.” it’s not okay, but you know me. The one who tries to spare everyone else’s feelings spite my own. Instead, I hugged him tightly and covered my head into his shoulder like I used to when I was a little girl. I’m not more than a few more inches taller than what I was at fifteen so it’s almost like the same.

“It’s not okay, and I’ll never forgive myself for it. But enough sadness,” he wiped his tears and pulled me away with his arms placed on my biceps, “Congratulations sweetie. You deserve this happiness.” he kissed my forehead lightly.

What a weird feeling, coursing through my veins and making its way to my chest. It was warm, and it made me smile. I haven’t felt this feeling in mention of my parents in almost seven years.

Matty placed his hand on my lower back as we turned to his father and he had a devilish grin on his face, “Pops?”

“This confirms my theory, dearie!” Jonah shouted across the sand to Thalia.

“Theory?” I looked at Matty confused then at Jonah with the same face, “What theory?”

“That you guys started trying to conceive.” Allen butted in.

“What?” I said, embarrassed as my face turned beat red, “What makes you say that?”

“You’re glowing, if I didn’t know any better I’d say you’re already pregnant.” Roxy walked over to us and Allen wrapped his arm around her lower back.

“Guys!” I shouted from the embarrassment and started laughing, “We aren’t pregnant.”

Matty slowly and slickly turned his head and brought his mouth to my ear as everyone started arguing, including Kelia, over whether or not we were going to get pregnant while he whispered, “We’ll see about that.”

I felt my face turn beat red in the flash of a second and I started to feel hot to his touch. I don’t know if it’s because of the huge diamond that is placed on my finger or if it’s the baby talk but I want Matty all to myself right now in our bedroom with candles lit and a big bottle of Ciroc Special Version while partying like we are the only ones in the world.

Or maybe it’s because we haven’t been able to nearly touch each other as much as we want to with our parents and friends being around.

I don’t know, but I want him badly. Mentally and physically.

“What time are you thinking?” I heard someone ask faintly as I broke back into reality.

“Kiera?” Allen snapped his fingers in my face to help me come back quicker, “Hello? Earth to Kiera?”

“Sorry, what’d you say?”

“Roxy asked if you knew around what time you were thinking the wedding would be?”

Now that I think about it, “I don’t know yet.”

“You’ve been planning your perfect wedding since you were nine years old with a scrap book and all. What do you mean you don’t know?”

“I just think I want to enjoy the ring for right now.” I shrugged them off, it was like as if they thought I was actually going to stick with my thirteen year old scrap book with pathetic wedding plans in it.

I saw Matty look at me confused in the corner of my eye, “You are going to pick a date though, right?”

“Of course, but I just think I want to enjoy the ring and being engaged. There’s no reason to rush.” wow, everyone’s faces took a turn.

I don’t know why I have to rush into the marriage. I love Matty, and I can’t wait to say I do but I really want to focus on my career now and Africa while he gets into the groove of work and helps me in the process. But I don’t think we should rush into everything all at once, we are young. We should be living young, while engaged.

He looked deep into my eyes for a few seconds with a short grin on his face before turning it into a smile before nodding at me, “Whatever you want.” he kissed my cheek.

“You really took me by surprise.” I placed my hand on Matty’s toned cheek as I looked up to his face.

“That was the goal.” he chuckled before taking his eyes off the video game and glanced down at me for a second before returning his eyes to the screen.

“Everyone kept telling me it was going to happen,” I stared back down at my hand as I displayed the ring to myself and Matty, “But I didn’t believe it.”

“Why?” his eyes didn’t move from the screen.

“Because you’ve always been so nice to me, ever since day one. I just saw it as you being as amazing as you were then as you are now.” I pulled my phone out and started taking selfies on Snapchat with my ring displayed in all of the pictures that I was taking. “And we were arguing so horribly, I thought we were for sure done.”

He smirked as he continued playing the video game. “I’m sorry we were arguing so much, baby. Caroline has really been helping not only you but she’s brought me back to life for you.”

“You know, all that baby talk earlier had me thinking.” I looked up at him but he still didn’t take his eyes off of the screen so I took the liberty of sitting up and placing myself on top of him with legs in w position and he tried looking at the screen over my shoulders moving back and fourth.

“Babe, I have zero deaths right now and I’m in the lead with seventeen kills.” he slanted his body to the side so he could see around my waist and he propped himself up on his shoulder.

“Yeah, I see that every thirty seconds when you check the stats board.” I seductively started kissing his open neck and moved my way up and down to his shoulder and back up to his neck.

“Come on, babe.” he chuckled as my plump moist lips continued to crawl up to his ear and started to lightly nibble on his ear.

“Come on, babe.” I whispered into his ear and I felt the imprint in his shorts grow to full length.

He set down the Xbox controller and placed his hands on my neck and cheek before kissing me while caressing my body.

After I knew he was completely in the mood to have naughty sex with me I pulled away slowly while biting his bottom lip lightly, “Better get back to your game while I take a nice hot and steamy bath.” I kissed his cheek lightly as he tried to meet my lips and I pulled myself up from his lap before walking to the dresser and taking off my extra large shirt that looked like a dress on me. I slowly left the room in my black thong and matching lace bralette to give him a little tease at what he could be playing with.

I left the door open and heard him sigh in defeat. He was in the bathroom within the next five seconds with his arms all over my body. Matty knew every inch of my body, and he knew exactly what to do to make me feel good.

He moved down the surface of my skin as he picked me up in the air and sat me down on the marble countertop sink while he started making trails of love marks all over my torso and neck.

As I got more into it I wrapped my legs tightly around his waist and brought his body to connect with mine causing both of our pelvis’s but then he broke the kiss and held up his pointer finger. “Wait.”

“Wait? No wait, go.” I pressed my lips to his and tried to stop the talking from happening. I don’t want to talk, I want to fuck and make babies to my handsome fiancé.

He pulled away again by forcing himself as he almost got lost in the kiss, “Kiera.”

I sighed in defeat, “Yes, Matteo?”

“You’re going to pick a date right?”

I pressed my lips gently to his right cheek, “Matteo Santiago,” I kissed his left cheek, “I love you so much and I can’t wait to say I do. But we have a lot on our plates right now. Unless you’re okay with going to the courthouse and eloping then I think we should wait until we are actually ready for the ceremony.”

“Is that what you want? To elope?” he held his hand out for me to jump down from the counter.

“I want to have a big wedding with our most important family and friends to witness that we are one, I want doves to fly on top of us after we say I do and for them to throw rice at us at the end of the ceremony.” I leaned against the counter almost naked, my bra is still snapped together by one and I still have my thong on. Everything is the complete opposite of what I want right now.

“Thank god, I don’t know how I’d break it to my mom that you didn’t want a wedding. She was more excited that all of us combine.”

“They knew?” I smirked at him.

“Oh yeah, my father knew, your father knew, Kelia knew.” he chuckled, “Everyone basically knew other than our mothers.”

“Everyone except them and myself.” I can’t tell if I’m supposed to be embarrassed or astonished by the friendly and surprising gesture.

“Pretty much.” he chuckled at me, “Now what do you say we get back to making that baby that everyone so desperately wants us to have?”

“Sounds like a plan to me.” and our lips connected together and we started stripping each other of the remaining clothes we had on.

I had woken up from a loud bang coming from the living room, causing Matty and I to jump from our slumber and run to the door immediately.

We ran downstairs to see everyone standing in the living room sitting on the couch looking not so innocent but trying so hard to look it. “What’s going on, here?”

“What do you mean? We were sitting down here waiting for you two to wake up so we could explore more of the city.” Dad answered.

“But-,” I was confused because I swore I heard a loud bang come from down here, “What was that noise?”

“What noise?” Thalia looked at me with a confused look.

“Okay.” I stormed off, slightly annoyed because I knew I was going crazy and I knew I heard a noise.

I walked into my walk-in closet where I keep my makeup and hair products and I started brushing my hair out as I tried letting the annoyance leave my body. It’s only the third and last day of our families being together and I’m already getting annoyed of them plotting together.

It’s like they’re actually friends, of some sort.

“Baby?” I heard Matty call from the room.

“In here.” I answered.

“You okay?” he walked into the opening of the closet and leaned his body against the door as he shut it behind him.

“I’m fine. You?” I started brushing my hair slightly more aggressive.

“I’m fine. You just seem a little annoyed is all.”

“No, not at all.” I fake smiled at him. I couldn’t let him see that I’m already getting annoyed of our parents staying here and we still have a full day and night until they leave back to Texas.

Not that I don’t enjoy seeing them, but sometimes too much family is just too much.

“So, you’re okay?” he reassured himself with a nod to me in the mirror.

“I’m fine, babe.” I turned around and blew him a kiss with my open hand, “Can you grab my white Louis Vuitton white cropped tank top with my red Adidas jacket and a pair of skinny jeans?”

“Yeah. You want me to pick your shoes, too?”

“Surprise me.” I turned back to him who has a smile on his face, “Thanks babe.”

He returned a few minutes later with his outfit changed to his tan Balenciaga sweatshirt I had bought him with one of his long white T-shirt’s on underneath and a pair of black skinny but not so skinny jeans with his camouflage Snapback.

My, my, does he look ever so scrumptious. I had to turn around and take in the look with my own eyes and not the mirror, “You look-,”

“Like a snack?” he posed like a picture was being taken of him, “I know.” he laughed before walking over with my clothes in his hands.

“As much as I would love to argue with you there, I can’t.” I said angrily but playfully.

“You know you love it.” he sat down in my vanity chair while spinning around behind me as I quickly went over my hair with my flat iron.

“You’re going to fall, Matteo.” sometimes I have to be his mother also but I don’t really mind. I think it’s funny.

“Says who, mom?” he smirked at me as he slowed down the chair from spinning.

I ignored his comment and smirked at him in the mirror because I saw the wheel in the mirror starting to give out as he picked up speed again.

Before he knew it, he was on the ground with the chair fallen over beside him.

“Now what did I say, Matty?” I gloated in the mirror as I watched him position himself up on his hands.

“Yes, mom.” he dramatically rolled his eyes at me as he lifted himself from the floor.

“You want to go figure out what we are doing today while I finish getting dressed?” I didn’t want to wear much makeup today so I put on some mascara and lip gloss to make my less appealing face look a tad bit more appealing.

“Yes, mom.” he moaned in laziness and dragged himself into my body before kissing me tightly on the lips. “Love you.”

“Love you.” I kissed him again before he left the room and shut the door behind him.

I walked over to the desk where he had set my clothes down and I grabbed them before leaving the room.

Here’s the thing, I want to have more babies with Matty and I want marry him—like now—but we both have so much going for us at the moment I think that it’ll be too much for our schedules. He just started his new job which I’m sure he is going to be spending a lot of late hours at, we leave for Africa in less than three weeks, and my career is just taking off.

So yes, I more than ever want to start having more of Matty’s babies and have our own wedding. But I’m also looking out for us and our future. I meant what I said to him, we are young and we should be living our youngest life.

I grabbed my purse from the corner of the bed and locked myself in the bathroom as I opened the bag and pulled out a brown paper bag with a pregnancy test inside of it.

The same pregnancy test I took when I found out I was pregnant with Kelia.

Sure, I’m more prepared for having a baby at twenty two than I am at fifteen but it’s still nerve wrecking while taking the test.

I positioned myself on the toilet and moved the white and pink stick into the right place and I began peeing onto the stick.

When I finished I put the cap on the stick and I set it on the counter as I set a minute timer on my phone and I started getting dressed as I watched the timer decrease.

I heard my timer start vibrating on the counter and I grabbed the stick with my hands slightly shaking.

One pink line.

“I thought we were going to eat?” I said as I watched outside the window while we followed Ricky and my parents in front of us into a small house in the middle of no where.

“I’m not sure, your parents must’ve given Ricky the wrong address?” Matty suggested.

“No.” I paused for a second, “No they’re up to something.”

I waited until Garrett put the Suburban into park and I opened the door to meet my parents outside with Kelia holding their hands. “What’s going on? Why’d we stop here?”

“We just wanted to check the place out, seems how we just bought it.”

“It’s cute and all—I’m sorry what?” I covered my eyes from the sun as I gazed at the horizon, “Mom, it’s a freaking barn.”

“Yeah, and I’ve decided to take some time off work and move out here with your father to start doing what I’ve really been wanting to do.”

“Mom, you don’t even know how to run a ranch.” I looked at her confused.

“Oh, sweet child, there’s a side to me you don’t even know existed. Your father was offered a job out here, and we couldn’t help but take the opportunity.” Mom smiled at me in hopes of my approval.

I’m not upset that they bought a ranch, I’m upset that they did something on such a wimb and didn’t think things over. California is expensive and so is running an entire ranch with one form of income. I’m upset that they didn’t ask me if this was okay. California was my part of the world and I had a good reputation out here, but with my parents being here permanently I might lose my mind.

“Okay, well would you like to show us around?” I shrugged it off, they already bought the house. There is no backing out now, I guess I’ll have to learn to adjust.

“We were hoping you’d ask that.” acting skills in tact still, I see.

I smiled at them and grabbed Kelia’s hand as we all followed mom and dad onto the wrap around porch and a large white wooden door in front.

“When we saw this place, we knew it was home.”

“So, you guys will be staying here permanently?” Matty asked as we walked into the front door and started examining the hallway with many doorways.

“We were hoping so. Oh, it’s always been a dream of mine to start a ranch of my own just like my grandfather. That’s one of the reasons why I got my Veterinary Technician license, I thought I was going to jump right into owning my own ranch.”

“Yeah, if this is a dream of yours I’d say take it.” we continued walking through the house.

“Now we got three bedrooms and two bathrooms.” Dad started walking us toward the back stairway that lead upstairs behind the kitchen.

“A room for me?” Kelia exclaimed happily.

“Yes, and for your future brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews, too.” Dad poked at Kelia’s stomach as he picked her up in his arms. “We are having the interior designers come take a look later on so we can get a price range of what else we will be buying.”

“Mom, when did you get your veterinary technician license?” I couldn’t shake the feeling that there’s a whole different person in my mom and that the one I’d seen the past twenty two years is completely fake and there is more to her.

Which makes me more curious.

“Well, before you were born, honey. I got it as soon as I got out of high school, and I actually grew up on a farm with your great grandpa. And when I was growing up I always wanted to work in a Veterinary clinic so I decided to go for my veterinary technician’s license.” Mom walked to what must’ve been the back door.

“Why did I never know about this? I always thought you were so,” I paused as I looked for the right term to use, “Boring.”

“I left it in the past after I started working as a relator, I thought it was the only opportunity at the time.”

“So, you’re going to have animals here?” Kelia interrupted us, “What kinds of animals?”

“Well, I’m thinking some horses that you could ride around on, and maybe some cows and piglets.” Mom connected her hand with dads who was holding Kelia as we started walking toward a large building in the back of the yard. “Maybe we will even get some baby chickens and ducks.”

“Can I name a horsey?” Kelia asked, “I want a girl!”

“We will buy whatever horse you want, but you have to promise to come every weekend to ride her and learn to take care of her.” Mom offered Kelia as an anchor to get her to come over. Not that I mind, but she could’ve done a bit better with the bribing.

“You swear it?”

“I swear it.” Mom pinched Kelia’s cheek lightly and she started laughing.

“When can we get her?” Matty, his parents, and I were astonished on how happy she was to be getting her own horse, maybe she will grow up to want to be a Veterinarian herself instead of getting into the influencers life.

“How about this weekend? But once we get her she is yours.”

“Mom?” Kelia looked over dads shoulder and scouted me out of the group.

“Yes, princess?” I giggled at how cute she is.

“I can’t make it to Africa, we are going to have to do a raincheck when I have available days off.”

Everyone started laughing as we walked behind dad and mom, down the sidewalk leading to the building, “We can’t just cancel the trip. Do you suppose I let you stay with your grandparents for the few months while we are gone?”

“Totally!” Mom, dad, and Kelia exclaimed in sync with each other and they all turned to face us in the middle of the sidewalk.

“I was joking, that’s not happening.” I laughed it off, I can’t believe they thought I would actually allow them to have my daughter stay with them for three months straight without me present.

“Oh, why not? She’ll be fine with us.” Dad whined like a child himself.

“Andrew, get ahold of yourself.” Mom grabbed dads arm lightly.

“Thank you, mom.” I sarcastically smiled at them.

“You have to do it right.” Mom jogged over to me and grabbed my hands tightly before getting on knees, “Please, let Kelia stay with us!”

“It’s not happening, I’m not going to not see my daughter for three months.” I pushed passed everyone and ran off to the barn in hopes that nobody would follow.

She’s my daughter, my baby girl, my princess. I’m not going to allow anyone else but Matty and I keep her for long periods of time. I’m her mother and I get to make every decision for her until she is eighteen but even after that I’ll be making decisions for her.

She’s my baby, not theirs or anyone else’s.

I walked into the large red barn doors that had white X’s painted in the front and I disappeared into the nicely cleaned and newly built barn. There were horse stables, room for cows and pigs, and even a small chicken coop inside. I have to give it to them, this place is to die for and seventeen year old Kiera would’ve jumped on the opportunity, too.

“Babe?” I heard Matty call from the front of the barn.

I stepped out of one of the horse stables and I shut the half door behind me before standing in place looking at Matty who looked concerned, “What’s wrong? Are you okay?”

“I’m fine, Matty.” I tried pulling off the most convincing smile but at this point I think it is best to give up because he can most definitely see the bullshit on my face and I could feel the tears swelling into my eyes.

I don’t know why I’ve been so emotional lately. I know I’m not pregnant and I know my period isn’t due for another two weeks, but since our parents had arrived I’ve been in my feelings non-stop and they keep overpowering me.

He walked towards me with his arms spread out and he brought me in for a tight hug with my arms compressed to my sides and I couldn’t hold the tears in any longer. They started pouring down my toned cheeks and I could feel my entire face getting warm and at this instant I knew that I was ugly crying and my face is completely red now.

“What’s wrong, baby?” he kissed the side of my head and pressed his hand to the back of my head while stroking my hair.

“I don’t know. I-I-I I just don’t know.”

“Is this about Kelia wanting to stay with your parents while we are in Africa? We can video chat her or simply say no, babe.” he said softly.

I continued crying into his shoulder, “I can’t not see my baby in three months. And who knows how long this will actually take, we could be there longer than three months.”

“Babe, our baby isn’t much of a baby anymore. She will always be our baby, but she is growing up.”

“I know, and that’s part of the problem. She’s okay with not giving me morning hugs and waking up for late night adventures for three months.” I started crying more into his shoulder as I took in the statement he had said.

He accidentally chuckled lightly while holding me. “What’s funny?” I forced myself to stop crying and wiped my tears with the very little movement I had.

“You’re so overly emotional and dramatic. Are you sure your period isn’t around the corner?” he glanced down at me while wiping away the tear stains from my cheeks but they were replaced with the new tears that were falling.

“I’m not due for another two weeks.”

“Could you be pregnant?” he smirked at me.

“I’m not.” I turned away from him.

“You’re so sure?”

“I took a test this morning and it was negative.”

He grabbed ahold of me again and brought me in for a warm and strong hug and we stood there for a good minute before he pulled me away from his chest, “We’ll keep trying.”

“I,” I paused before thinking if I should say this out loud or not, “Need a drink.”

“We don’t have to let her stay here, if you don’t want to. I’m on board with whatever you choose.” he sighed, “But in my opinion, I think it’d be good for to spend some time with her grandparents while we are gone. We can buy her a laptop to we can FaceTime her and if she wants to come down we can fly her out.”

“Of course I have to let her stay.”

“Have to?”

“What kind of mother would I be if I didn’t let her spend her summer at her grandparents house learning to take care of the horse they are buying her?” I sighed in defeat with the many arguments going through my head whether or not I should let her stay.

“A pretty normal mother, not many would want to go three plus months without seeing their baby. It’s your choice, babe. But I know whichever choice you make it’s going to be the right choice.” he grinned at me before lightly pecking my lips with his.

“Does my makeup look bad?”

He wiped underneath my eyes for me, “You look as beautiful as you do any other day.”

“Do I look like I was crying?” I pulled out my phone from my back pocket and looked into the mirror screen.

He chuckled before walking away from me and to the large closed doors and he turned around before opening to the door, “Coming?”

I took a deep breath in before I decided to take a step forward rather than acting like a child and I met him at the doorway. Our hands connected together before we stepped out of the barn and met everyone outside who were only a few steps away from us.

“Thank you, Matty.” I wanted to get out before everyone was close enough to hear a conversation.

“Anything for my wife to be.” he smiled at me before we came face to face with our parents.

“We didn’t mean to push you on letting her stay, honey. We swear we meant no harm.” Mom pleaded with a glum look on her face.

“No, no it’s okay. Matty and I talked, and we decided that if you really want to stay with them while we are away then you can stay with them.”

“But there will be rules.” Matty added on.

Kelia squirmed out of my dads grasp and ran over to Matty and I before she wrapped her arms around our legs tightly, “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”

“We’ll talk more about this when we get home, lets finish this tour and get something to eat. I’m starving.” I wanted change of subject.

It breaks my heart that my baby is ready to leave the nest, not just for a few days because it’s her first fly but for three months. As a young mother I never imagined letting my six year old stay at someone else’s house for such a long time, especially when I’m in another country.

I was looking forward to spending time with Kelia and Matty in Africa while we explored a new origin, but now she wants to stay with my parents, her grandparents.

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