And Dad Makes Three

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13

AINSLEY POV

Dinner is delicious, and Finn and I find we don’t lack having topics to touch on. Too soon we are done eating and Finn pays for the dinner.

“I had a wonderful time,” I tell him as we walk out to wait for his car from the valet.

“I am happy to hear that.” Finn pulls me into his side, pressing a kiss to my temple. I love it when he kisses me there, makes me feel cherished, but he isn’t pushing us faster than I am comfortable with. I check my phone and see it is almost ten.

“I cannot believe I’ve gone five hours without checking my phone to see how Callum is doing,” I say, shooting Vivianne a text letting her know I am on my way home.

Take your time, girl. Callum is asleep. ;) I shake my head at her text and look up at Finn waiting for me.

“Are you okay with that?” he asks me and I nod.

“I enjoyed myself tonight,” I say again, letting him know I did enjoy our time together.

“Would you be open to going again?” he asks as we climb into his car.

“I’d like to, but I don’t want to constantly leave Vivianne to pick up Callum. I hate that I work so much as is,” I say, sharing some of the pressure I feel as a mom.

“What about meeting for lunch?” he suggests, and I give him a suspicious look.

“Won’t people see us leave together?”

“Not if we leave at different times to meet at my car,” he answers, reaching over to take my hand. I smile and nod.

“Okay, Monday we can have lunch.” He drives me back to my apartment and parks at the end of the row in front of my car. I get out and he comes with me.

“Thank you for a wonderful night, Finn.” I lean over and kiss his cheek. He smirks and kisses my cheek in return.

“See you on Monday. Have a wonderful weekend. Do you have to work?”

“Only on Sunday.” He nods, leans in to kiss my cheek again, and walks back to his car. I open my apartment door to see Vivianne sitting on the couch, her chest panting.

“Were you spying on us at the door?” I ask after closing and locking the door.

“Nope,” she replies, shaking her head back and forth.

“Liar. How was Callum?” I ask, setting my bag by the door before hanging up my coat.

“He was a little upset you didn’t come get him. I told him you had to work with your boss late and promised him a day of fun tomorrow.” I sigh, I knew it would upset him that I didn’t get him.

“What did you two do?” I ask, looking around to see the place was clean for once. Usually, when she watches him, it takes me an hour to clean up the apartment.

“We went to the park for a little. Got McDonald’s for dinner. We watched The Grinch and then read books until he fell asleep.” I smile and peek my head into Callum’s room. All I see is his blond hair poking out of the top of his comforter.

“Thanks for watching him, Vivianne,” I say sitting next to her on the couch.

“It is about time you went on a date. How was it?” She turns and bounces a little in her seat. I laugh and say,

“It was one of the best dates I’ve ever been on. We went to see a movie. Viv, I got to watch the whole movie! Then he took me to that place called the Christmas Inn. We talked about work a little, Callum, my family briefly.”

“You talked about your mom?”

“Sort of,” I reply, bobbing my head back and forth.

“Does he know she is a gold digging whore?” I shake my head.

“We didn’t talk too much. I just mentioned I am one of three kids with two older brothers, all three of us with different dads.”

“Wow, I am impressed you told him about that. You keep your family close to your chest. The only reason I know about Callum was that we were friends before you got pregnant.” I laugh and lean back against the couch.

“I gave him the bare minimum.”

“What did you tell him about your sweet baby boy?”

“That he is a typical three-year-old boy. Sweet, hates having to sit at Young and Long’s on the weekend.”

“How did he seem when you talked about Callum?” I give her a confused look.

“Why?”

“Well, if you want to think long term with him, he has to at least be interested in your son.”

“He says he doesn’t have much experience with kids. I told him to be nice and honest and Callum will like him.”

“But he was interested in him?”

“I think so.” Vivianne grabs my arm, shaking me back and forth.

“This is wonderful. When are you two seeing each other again?”

“I told him I didn’t want to keep leaving Callum alone with you. We are going to lunch on Monday,” I say with a smile. She shrieks and hugs me hard.

“I am so happy for you!”

“Thank you for pushing me. Finn was a perfect gentleman. He is respecting me and letting me move at my own pace. I don’t want to rush into a relationship just for his true colors to show after it is too late again.” That is how Callum’s father tricked me into a relationship. I had no idea about his heroin addiction before I was knocked up with Callum. Nick’s dealer came to the apartment we shared, wanting the money owed to him. I slammed the door in the dealer’s face and confronted Nick. I told him it was me or his addiction. Nick chose drugs and while I was working, he took his things and moved out.

“Nick was a man-boy. A boy disguised in a man’s body. Finn is all man. I’ve seen him grow the three years I have worked here. He works hard and expects his employees to do the same, but he is understanding when family things come up. Yes, Charlotte quit because he worked her too much, but when she had to leave to pick up sick children, he let her go.” I can’t help letting Vivianne’s words make my heart melt a little further toward Finn.

“How long do I wait to introduce him to Callum?” I ask and she shrugs.

“I don’t know. That is up to you. You need to be comfortable around him to introduce Callum to him.” I nod at her words.

“I don’t want Callum to get attached and then things don’t work out between us.”

“Smart. You are taking this a day at a time.” Vivianne squeezes my hands, smiling at me.

“I’m taking Callum to the Christmas lights walk through tomorrow. Want to come?” I ask and she shakes her head.

“I can’t because I have family obligations,” she tells me, and I laugh.

“Your mother demanding you make an appearance?”

“You don’t know the half of it. My little sister is married with a baby on the way. My mother is going to spend the entire day making cookies, bugging me about finding a good man. I’ll bring you and Callum a care package when I come by the restaurant on Sunday.” Her eyes lose the sparkle she usually has. I know she has been in love with Leo for years, but they frown upon dating your boss. Leo also has a new girlfriend every few months, which makes him a little bit of a man whore.

“He will love that. Thank you again for watching him.” I give her a hug and walk her to the door. She hugs me back.

“I love spending time with the little guy. See you Sunday.” She leaves and goes to her car. I close and lock the door, thinking about everything that happened today. I am getting moved to the HR department, I am getting a pay raise! I might be able to quit working at Young and Long’s. I could spend more time with Callum more. I clasp my hands together in joy and hurry down the hall.

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