Chapter 25

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     "Wake up babe." I hear someone say as they shake me softly. I roll over and open my eyes to look at the person invading my sleep. I smile once I realize that it's Conner. "Hey there sleepy head." He says as I pull myself up from the couch and rub my eyes so I could look at him properly. "Daisy told me that I had to paint her room. Did you sign me up for that?" He asks and I nod my head as I stick a piece of gum in my mouth. "Yes, yes I did." I answer as I walk up the stairs and down the hallway. "Why?" Conner asks as he follows me. "Because her walls are white and she wanted to paint the walls. Daisy and I are both going to help you." I reply as I open the door to see Daisy sitting on her bed. 

     "Hey Daisy. Did you sleep well?" I ask as I walk into her room with Conner following behind me. She nods her head and smiles brightly. "Yes ma'am." She replies and I smile as I sit next to her on the bed. "So, what color do you want your room to be?" Conner asks as he continues to stand at me side and keeps one hand on my shoulder. "Can we paint it yellow and green? Those are my favorite colors." She replies and we both nod our heads. "No problem! Let's get the paint and get started." I tell Daisy as I pull her up. She smiles and pulls Conner and I into a tight hug. 

     Conner and I hug her back just as tight and I look up at him. He smiles and kisses my head then Daisy's. "I love you." He whispers and I nod my head as I kiss him. "I love you too." I reply and he smiles. "What's going on up there?" Daisy asks and I laugh as I pick her up and kiss her cheek. "Nothing. We were just talking about how much we love you." I say and she blushes and hugs me back tightly. "I love you guys too." She says and I smile as I kiss her head again. The three of us leave Daisy's room and walk down the hall then down the stairs. We get to the living and I hear a stomach growl. "Who was that?" I ask and Daisy raises her hand. 

     "It was me." She says timidly and I smile before toss her an apple. She catches it then takes a big bite out of it. Juice gets all over her face and she wipes it off with the back of her hand. "Now that that's settled...paint anyone?" I ask and they both nod their heads as we all head to the car. Daisy gets in the back and I buckle her up and she closes her eyes before she falls asleep again. I laugh and get in the passenger's side of the car while Conner gets in the driver's side of the car. We both buckle up and he puts the car in drive before he pulls out of the compound. 

     "Conner, can I ask you a question?" I ask Conner after we get a good distance away from the compound. "Go ahead and ask babe." He replies. "Why did it take you so long to handle whatever you had to do? What did you have to do?" I ask and his grip on the steering wheel tightens a little. "It was nothing important. Just some rouge wolves running around the perimeter. It's nothing that you should be worried about." He replies and I look at him while he focuses on the road. "Why don't I believe that? How long has this been going on?" I ask and he deliberately avoids my eyes that time. "How long has this been going on, Conner?!" I ask as I slam my hands on the dashboard in front of me. "At least a month now." He replies and I glare at him. 

     "And you just thought that it'd be a good idea to keep this information away from me?" I ask and glare at him harder. "You had more important things to deal with." He replies and I shake my head. "I would've made time if you would've told me. Keeping this away from me wasn't a good idea." I say and he sighs. "I know that Skylar, but the threat has been taken care of okay? Nothing or anyone else is coming anywhere hear the perimeters." He replies and I nod my head. "Alright then. We need to find out how to build a fence in a short period of time." I say as I start thinking of ways to get it done quickly. "We should talk about Daisy. What are we going to do about her?" He asks and I look at him like he's crazy. "We're going to raise her as our own daughter. What do you mean 'What are we going to do about her'?" I answer and he nods his head. "I know that, but neither of us know the first thing about raising a child." He says and I nod my head. 

     "What's going on? Are we there yet?" Daisy asks from the back seat and I turn around to face. "We're not there yet, but we will be soon." I reply and she nods her head as she rubs her eyes and I smile then turn to face Conner. "We might not know, but we'll figure it out. She's already past the diaper changing stage. The rest should be easy." I reply and Conner sighs and looks at me for a moment. "You're stuck on keeping her, aren't you?" He asks and I nod my head. "Yes, yes I am." I reply and he smiles and kisses my cheek. "I want a kiss too." Daisy says from the back seat and I kiss her cheek. She smiles and I laugh as I watch her smile brighter and blush. 

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