No one plans their lives.
Allison had learned that the hard way. When she was five, she wanted to be a princess. When she was ten, she wanted to be a spy. And when she was fifteen she wanted to be a vet. Okay, maybe she planned that. But her parents sure tried to stop her.
During elementary school, Allison wanted to marry Aaron Carter. During junior high, she wanted to marry Justin Timberlake. And during in high school, she wanted to marry Leonardo Decaprio. And she ended up with Connor Danielson, the guy Allison thought she hated. There's some proof right there.
When she was a kid, Allison wanted to live at the beach. When she was a tween, Allison wanted live in Australia. And when she was a teenager, she wanted to live in Paris. Too bad she ended up living close to home.
And lastly, Allison wanted to have kids about five years after she was married, after starting up a vet clinic of her own and making a few new friends. She ended up pregnant before her first year of college school was even half over.
Her parents had fought to control her life. Allison had fought to control her own life. For a short time, Connor thought he was in control of her life. But in the end, her life ended up completely and totally uncontrolled. Was it fate? God? Predetermined destiny? Or was life utterly random? Allison didn't know, but what she did know was that she wouldn't be fighting it anytime soon. Her life had ended up way better than she ever could have hoped. So why fight it?
Sure, her life wasn't perfect. But so what? Who's life is perfect? She'd be glad to have a million imperfections in life if she could have this little angel. Allison was leaning over Cameron's crib and staring into that little angel's soft blue eyes.
She smiled and softly touched her nearly-one-year-old's cheek. Cameron rolled onto her back and tilted her head at Allison. "Ma... ma?"
Allison's eyes widened and her mouth fell open. "Ma ma?" Cameron said again, happy with Allison's expression. Tears filled her eyes and Allison snapped her gaze away from Cameron's eyes.
"Connor! Get in here!"
She heard quick, heavy footsteps. Connor came bursting into the nursery with an apron on and holding a dirty spatula. "What! What's wrong, is it the baby?"
Allison looked at him with a smile spreading across her face. "Come here."
Connor walked over to the crib, confused. He looked down at Allison and his face relaxed. "Thank god, she's okay. Why the hell did you scare me like that?"
Allison smiled at him and felt a tear run down her cheek. "She talked."
Connor's eyes widened exactly the way Allison's had. He looked back down at Cameron and smiled. "What did she say?"
"She said mama."
Connor's face lit up. "Really? That's great!"
He looked back down at Cameron and grabbed her hand. Her tiny fist curled around his finger. She gazed up at Connor's face with a blank look on her face. Then a small smile spread across her face and she struggled to form another word. "Da-da."
Connor's mouth curved into a small 'O.' Allison laughed and picked Cameron up out of her crib. Allison held her tightly against her chest and pressed her face into her auburn hair. Connor walked over and put his hand on her tiny back, rubbing small circles and staring at her in obvious disbelief. "Did she just say..."
"Uh-huh," Allison answered quickly. Connor smiled and laughed quietly.
"I can't believe it. Just yesterday she was throwing her squash in my face and today she's saying my name."
Allison glanced over at him and gently transferred Cameron into his arms. "Actually, I think it will be a little bit longer before she's saying 'Connor.' But for now, Dada will do."
Connor rolled his eyes and kissed Allison on the cheek. "Why, thank you for that insight." He looked down at his hand that was tightly clasping the spatula and he laughed. "Want some lunch? I was making some grilled pizza."
Allison licked her lips. "But then what's the spatula for?"
Connor smiled mischeviously and placed a sleeping Cameron back into her crib. "I made cake for dessert."
"You're lucky I love to eat." She linked her arm though his and let him lead her out of the room. Walking down the hallway and seeing all the pictures of her friends and family hanging on the walls made Allison smile. Connor noticed.
She didn't answer. Instead, she stood on her toes and kissed his cheek. By now they were in the kitchen and she sat at the counter to let Connor serve her lunch. You know, her life really wasn't perfect. But she wouldn't trade it for anything. Sure, life always had its ups and downs. But right now it was pretty great.
Too bad it was going to change soon.
THE END!!!! yes, it is indeed a cliffhanger. bet you didn't see that coming! look for the third and final book in the series tomororw!!!! i'm super excited for it, if you were wondering. hope you guys are too!!! so anyways, this series is way more popular than i ever hoped, and i hope you all know that you gave me the courage to keep on writing. you're the best!!!!!!!!! keep being awesome:)