“Your Hair is like mine.” Billie said pointing to Kane’s tight curls. “Yeah it is sweetheart.” He said smiling to her.
She watched as Billie hesitantly approached Kane, not quite sure of who he was or why he was here. Josie busied herself with putting on her shoes and grabbing jackets for both her and Billie. It was odd to have Kane here with them. She felt as though they were pretending that nothing had happened, that everything was fine in their lives. It was far from that but she couldn't deny that it felt nice to have someone else around.
Kane shook his head, "Josie... darlin'... its fine... you don't need to impress me or clean the house for me... I'm still me." He muttered and saw Billie, "Hey Billie." He muttered smiling to the little girl...
She opened the door and stepped aside to let him in, not sure what to say. The house was a mess, as was to be expected with a young child and a single mother. Toys were strewn throughout the living room and the kitchen looked as though she had just been trying to feed a family of eight. "Sorry for the mess. Things are just so hectic now with work and all." She called to Billie, telling her to hurry up and get ready.
--Sorry. Been going through some personal stuff--
The next day Kane was at her house right on time to pick her and Billie up. He was wearing his normal jeans and a t shirt as well as his signature hat. He just wanted to get to know his daughter... even if Josie still hated him."
"Sounds like a plan. We will see you then." She walked behind the counter. "Now can you please leave so I can finally close up? I would really like to get home at a decent time." She went back to straightening things up, wondering how the next day would go. She wished she didn't have such hard feelings toward him but it couldn't be helped. She couldn't just excuse what he had done.
Kane nodded, "I'll be at your place at nine to pick you two up... Mini Golf... ice cream... the fair... and then coming back for dinner at your place... that sounds like a hell of a day." Kane was just excited that Josie hadn't flat out said no.
"How bout nine tomorrow morning?" She figured that was early enough that they could go out and do something. "You can pick what we do. I can make us dinner later in the evening if you'd like to stay." She'd give him a chance but she couldn't promise that everything would go like he expected it to. He didn't know Billie like she did and she knew her daughter was going to be inclined to give him a chance but she knew the girl wouldn't go easy on him either. They hadn't had a life that was easy but it wasn't the worst either. They had worked together to make things go smoothly.
Kane nodded and asked, 'What time tomorrow? So I'm not late... and Josie... I'm not leaving anymore." He wasn't the same guy as when he left Greenwood... but he still loved her, that hadn't changed. He had said he was taking a year off but now that Billie was in the picture... he would take more... He wanted to be in her life.
Josie shrugged. "I guess. You can come by tomorrow. I just can't have you getting to know her and getting her hopes up and then leaving again. That wouldn't be fair to her or fair to me." She knew that she was being hard on him but it also wasn't uncalled for. "I really need to close up now so can we please stop talking about this? I have to get her home and get dinner ready and all."
Kane looked hurt... more hurt than ever... he felt it too. Everyone knew Billie was his daughter and no one said a word... not even his so called friends from high school. "I want you to give me a chance to prove I've changed. I want to get to know my daughter. I want her to know he has a father who loves her even though hes never met her... I grew up without knowing my father... I found out he was dead last year, I never got to meet him. I want more than that for her." He said his eyes full of tears.
She laughed at the last question. "Does..does anyone know she's yours? Yes, Kane. The whole town knows." She shook her head in disbelief. "You know why no one told you? Because they felt bad for me. They knew I didn't want you coming back. They knew what you had done. They wanted me to have the easiest life possible here and trying to bring you back wasn't going to do that." She laughed at the thought. "What do you want me to say to you Kane?"
"I left because I was scared that I would never be able to give you everything you deserved and if you listened to any country radio station, that crazy dream I had, I made that a reality. I love you Josie and I am throwing my career away here, coming back for you and now Billie. I want to be in her life.. I can't believe we have a daughter." Kane said sighing.
Kane was the only black/biracial guy in the area... "Does anyone else know shes mine?"
"Why would I contact you after you hurt me so bad? I loved you more than you could imagine and you just broke me. It would have been easier if you had just said that you didn't love me. At least that I could understand but just running off to chase a dream..." She shook her head. "The least you could have done was tell me or ask me to go with you. Instead I was here. Just me and Billie and my dad. That's been my life so I'm so glad you've gotten to travel and have such a great life while we've been living the same old boring life that you left. But yeah, go ahead and talk. Try to convince me that you've magically changed."
"I don't expect to be forgiven, I expect to be given a chance to talk to you. You never tried to contact me either.... ask me why I ran? tell me we have a daughter?" He said looking at her. "I've played Atlanta more times than I can count Josie and I've sent a pass for you every time... I know you've gotten it because it had to be signed for. Can you tell me why you never came? Want to know why I came back to Greenwood? I still love you. I didn't come back for the sweet tea or the scenery. I came back for you." He said looking at her seriously.
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