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THIRD PERSON P. O. V.

"Don't worry about it. I will be right back." Nathan grunts walking back over to Lahlani placing Alonzo in her arms.
Turning around and making his way towards his father. Leading them back into the living room.

"Mom, please tell me this is just some sort of sick joke." He pleads stopping in the middle of the room crossing his arms over his chest.
Again there was silence.
"Mom?" He says but still no reply. He rolls his eyes wondering if they were going to do this again where he has to beg for an answer.

"No, Nathan this is not a joke. This is nothing to joke about. Yes, I lied and I apologize for that. But, this isn't entirely on me. He knew about you and he still decided to walk out. He had every reason to stay. Your grandad practically begged him to stay-" Nathan's mom, Naomi explaining only to be cut off by him.

"Oh please, I don't even know if he is my real grandfather." I grunt. Feeling my jaw clench.

"Oh no. He was indeed your grandfather. That's one thing your mother did not lie about... So, I have grandson?" Emanuel questions with a big smile on his face.

"No, you do not. My mom here has a grandson and granddaughter but you, you don't. You sir, you are not a grandfather. Yes, you may be my biological father. And yes, you are biologically their grandfather.
But you have not earned the right to call my kids your grandchildren. Now, get to the point of why you are here. I have better thing to be doing with my time." Nathan bluntly says as his jaw cleanches.

"Well, there is no other way to put it. No way to sugar coat it. But the truth is I am here for you son. And the truth is, Io story morendo. Non c'è nessun altro modo per metterelo. So di essere sono ventisette anni di retardo. Ma, Io sono qui ora. E voglio vivere questo ultimi giorni, settimana, o forse anchi mesi we soon fortuna con mio figlio. Sapendo che ho fatto del mio meglio per ottenere un buon posto con voi. In posto guisto almeno."
(Translation: I am dying my son. There is no other way to put it. I know I am 27 years late. But, I am here now. And I want to live out the last few days, weeks, or Maybe even months if I am lucky with my son. Knowing that I did my best to get in a good place with you. An okay place at least.)

Upon hearing this Nathaniel's feature softened. Those 5 words he has never ever liked hearing. The words he never takes lightly. Now again he was speechless. He just stared at the man before him. Wondering how he's loosing so many important people in his life. Now this man may not have been there in his life and he does barely know him but to Nathan he is important because he is his father as much as he'd hate to admit it.

He wouldn't wish death upon anyone. Maybe Lahlani's ex but it isn't likely.

"Emanuel, English please." Naomi sighs.

"How? Why? You come back now to after almost 28 years? All to just to feel better about yourself now that your on your last l-"Nathan says trying to hide his sadness.

"No not exactly. In the past believe me I've tried to get involved in your life but I've been turned away and completely cut off from all contact with you. But don't be mad at you mom because in her defense I wasn't in a good place. I was selfish and full of it. And all I cared about was myself among other things. I was in no way capable of being a father. So I decided I'd finally contact you when I feel that I've changed my ways. And frankly I'm sorry that it took me so long to change. And I want to be here for you now. Despite what you say I will keep trying because I want to have a relationship with you."
Nathan just stood there starring blankly at the man before him.

"So, why'd you do it? Why'd you leave my mom knowing that she was pregnant with me?"

Emanuel sighs. It took him several seconds just to speak. And when he did try to speak nothing would come out. He knew that I'd be a question that he'd ask but he didn't really think through his answer until now.

"To tell you the truth I was a very selfish man. My father, your grandfather. He was stepping down from his company. And without even a second thought I took the deal. Moved right up to New York. And ran the expanding family business. Because I knew that I'd be rich. I wanted it all. And I didn't want a child holding me back from it. But when I had it I regretted it because I just wanted you my son at my side. But after these many many years I came to realize that I do owe you everything. I didn't want to tell you this now but... When I pass. My company will be passed down to you. You are a Sorrentino, after all. And you will millions of dollars richer."

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