Chapter Fifty-Nine

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Tonight I planned on watching a movie while eating junk food since Cordell was gone and Sapphire was with Grace since she got back early. I finally had a night to myself and I was going to take full advantage of it. Cordell had already called to make sure I was okay so I didn't have to worry about him interrupting me. When I woke up the next morning I wanted to be covered chips still on this couch. I had even ordered me two pizzas so I wouldn't run out. I had it made.

I was getting to the good part of Don't Breathe when someone knocked on the door. I almost fell off the couch. Never scare a pregnant woman who is watching a scary movie. I rolled off the couch and stumbled to the door. When I opened it, it revealed Conrad. "Conrad what are you doing here?"

"Cordell sent me to check on you."

"Of course he would. You didn't have to come all the way over here, I know you rather be home with Elizabeth."

"I would but my lovely wife is out of town."

"Well come on in." I stepped aside and let him in. "Looks like you have a little bit of everything in here."

"You can have some if you promise not to tell Cordell. If he knew what I was eating he would blow a fuse." He laughed. "My grandson can be a bit controlling." He sat down and grabbed a piece of pizza.

"A bit? Your grandson is beyond controlling."

"Well you seem to have under control yourself. I have never seen any woman make him yield to them the way you have."

"It's a gift." I crossed my legs on the couch and put a hand full of candy in my mouth. "So tell me Lelaih how are you feeling?"

"Other than having two humans inside me, I am wonderful. I get to eat whatever want and when I want to take a nap I can."

"So you're enjoying being pregnant?"

"It has its benefits but I have to say I am looking forward to them coming out of me."

"I remember when Elizabeth was pregnant she would walk around with no shoes talking about shoes hurt. She would also carry a jar of pickles so whenever she got hungry she could just put her hand right in."

"Sound like a good idea. Maybe I should start carrying around a jar of peanut butter." He laughed. "But are you ready for what comes once the babies are here?"

"You know I think I am. We still have to fix the nursery but other than that I am excited for them to come. I think Cordell is more excited than me. He swears we are having boys."

"I just think he thinks Sapphire is enough. He is definitely not looking forward to when she start dating."

"What about the wedding, are you ready for that?"

"Actually everything for the wedding has been set. The wedding planner has handled everything so all I have to do is show up."

"Wish Elizabeth would've gotten a wedding planner when we got married. The entire time she ran around like her head was cut off. I swear during that time I stayed out of her way and made sure I did everything she said."

"You made it through it though."

"Barely. I'm telling you when we finally said the I do's I physically relaxed. Did you finally find the wedding dress you wanted?"

"Surprisingly yes. The designer the wedding planner set me up with did a fantastic job. The dress was everything I wanted and more. It even hides my baby bump especially since I will be six months pregnant."

"Mind if I see the dress? My daughter wasn't someone I could count on for moments like this."

"Sure let me go upstairs and get it, I had to hide it from Cordell." I went and got the dress from my hiding place and ran back downstairs. I unzipped the dress and took it out. "What do you think?" he got up and felt the dress. "The designer did do a good job. Cordell is going to love you in this."

"You think so?"

"I know so. Honestly he would love you in anything."

"Thanks I was hoping to get that reaction." I put the dress back in the bag. "So who is walking you down the aisle?" I hadn't really thought about who would be walking me down the aisle mainly because I didn't have anyone to. My dad was a no show and the only other man in my life was going to be waiting for me at the end of the aisle.

"I haven't really thought about that."

"Would you want someone to?"

"Even if I did, there isn't anyone." He looked down then back up at me like he was nervous.

"Well Elizabeth and I have been talking and she insisted I ask you about this."

"Ask me about what?"

"If maybe I could be the one to walk you down the aisle at your wedding. I know you don't really know me and we didn't start off in the best of ways but I am starting to see you like the daughter I never had and would love to stand in as your dad and give you away." I sat the dress down and then sat down in front of him. To say I was shocked was an understatement. I never thought anyone would be giving me away and yet here Conrad was willing and offering. "You would want to give me away?"

"I don't see why not. I see how well you are taking care of my grandson and especially how good of a mother you are to Sapphire. That child, before you came into the picture, was so shy and guarded, but now you have managed to make her become more alive. She is outgoing, she laughs a lot, she is making friends, and most of all you gave her something she is always longed for, a mother and I can't thank you enough for that."

"Wow didn't think I had changed things that much."

He laughed, "You may not see it but Elizabeth and I do. We see the changes you have brought to this family and we can't be happier for it. For once we feel like if anything was to happen to us that our family would be okay. We know you will take care of them." By now I was crying a river and the pregnancy hormones was not helping at all. "I don't know what to say."

"Say you will let me do the honor of walking you down the aisle." I wiped the tears that had fallen on my cheeks. "I would love for you to walk me down the aisle." He smiled wide and pulled me in for a hug. It was something about that hug that made me feel like I had finally gotten the dad I always wanted. I knew I could count on Conrad to always be there for me whenever I needed him and that made me feel complete inside.

We pulled away and he stood up. "Well I've taken too much of your time, I will head back home now and get out of your hair." I stood up. "You don't have to go. It's late and we have plenty of spare rooms."

"That's sweet but I don't want to intrude. I have already ruined your night alone, I don't want to keep intruding on your night."

"You're not intruding. I enjoyed your company. Besides I think Cordell would love it if he knew you were here to make sure nothing goes wrong with me. Stay here tonight and you can leave in the morning."

"You sure?"

"Conrad we are both alone tonight so it only makes sense. Stay tonight and then in the morning I will make you some mind blowing breakfast." He laughed. "Okay okay if you insist but don't tell my wife about the mind blowing breakfast, I promised her I would stay on my diet."

I put my hand on my heart, "Scouts honor." I showed him the bedroom he could sleep in and then went and took a shower myself. Before I went to bed Cordell facetimed me and we talked until I fell asleep on him.

The next morning I woke up to the smell of food. I scrunched my nose since I knew Cordell wasn't here and I was in bed. I slowly rolled out of bed and made my way down to the kitchen. When I did I found Conrad over the stove cooking. "I thought I was the one that was going to make the mind blowing breakfast?" he looked up and smiled. "Well since you took such good care of me I thought I would give you a little taste of what I could do." I walked fully into the kitchen and sat at the table. I couldn't get coffee since Cordell made me stop. He said the caffeine wasn't good for the baby so now I have to wake up naturally. "No coffee?"

"No, your son made me give it up." I pouted and put my head down from the tiredness. I felt a cup being put in front of me. I looked up, "One cup won't hurt."

"If Cordell knew he would freak."

"Then we just won't tell him." He winked and went back to cooking.


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