Well today was totally different from my other days at work. I’m totally happy and at rest that I finished attending to those files. It would have been a nightmare. I wouldn’t have been able to sleep without thinking about it, if I hadn’t finished it.
Well, it’s done.
I was planning on cooking while Ivy was in the living room where I could monitor her, playing with her dolls when I heard a knock.
Who could it be?
Andy or Sofi didn’t say anything about coming over.
I dropped everything I held in my hands and went to the door to check out who it was.
I heard the knock again as I picked Ivy and placed her on my hip and went to the door.
“I’m coming” I called and reached the door.
I opened it and his eyes captured mine.
“Dada” Ivy said when she saw who it was. She immediately untangled her arms around me and stretched them towards ‘Dada’.
“Hey” he stepped in and took her from me. “How are you munchkin?” He asked her.
Ivy grinned and made a cute giggle sound.
I watched as he took her into the living room without even giving me another glance.
“Well, come on in” I said as I slammed the door.
I made my way into the living room and I stopped at the sight before me. Ivy was lying on the couch as Ceaser tickled her. Her laugh was so loud and cute, I thought she’d choke. I felt myself smile.
Ceaser acknowledged my presence then. He looked at me as he picked Ivy.
“Hey” he said smiling at me.
My smile grew wider.
“For a moment there…” I said pointing at the door with my right thumb”… I thought you didn’t see me”.
“Sorry, I just got caught up with this cutie right here” he said, smiling at Ivy.
How in the world would the idea of a guy giving my daughter more attention than me make my heart overflow with joy and happiness.
It made me more satisfied than the idea of giving me more attention and neglecting Ivy.
Somehow I found it…sexy.
“I don’t mean to sound rude or anything but what are you doing here?” I asked, trying not to sound rude.
“I told you I was gonna come pick you up for dinner” he said.
“What?!” I was surprised.
“Dinner.” He said.
“B-But I thought it was for another time, another day” I said clearly confused.
“No darling” he said flashing that smile that makes my knees buckle. And the endearment made my heart flutter.
“I’m sorry. I can’t.” I said sadly.
“Why not?” His brows creased.
I looked at him with a raised eyebrow. Wondering if he was seriously asking me that.
“Just to be sure, you do know I have a daughter, right?” I asked.
“Hm, yeah” he said looking confused. He waited for me to go further but obviously I was also doing the same.
“So how does that affect dinner?” he asked.
“Are you kidding?” I asked seriously.
Was he for real?
“No I’m not” he said “Look, it would be great to go to dinner with you…but it’ll also be much more fun if Ivy came along.”
I was dumb struck. Who is this guy?
“You should probably get ready” he said.
“Oh. Right” I said getting up from the chair I didn’t know I sat on, it was probably when I was confused. I went to take Ivy from him.
“Where are you taking her?” he asked.
“She might be a child, but she’s also a lady. You don’t expect her to go to dinner with her play cloth, do you?”
“This will probably take long, so make yourself comfortable” I said as I left.
“Take your time” I heard him call out.
It’s a good thing Ivy and I showered after we got back from the office which wasn’t that long ago.
I went into Ivy’s room which was beside mine. I took her cute pale pink dress that was plain bit had a tiny band at the waist. I took off her play cloth and replaced it with the dress. I tidied her hair and placed a headband. I packed extra diapers in a bag with baby powder, lotion and sanitizer among other things.
I picked her and the bag and went to the living room.
Ceaser got up when I entered the living room.
“My princess is looking adorable” he said to Ivy.
“Could you please keep her company while I get changed”.
“Of course” he took Ivy from me. I placed the bag on the couch and went into my room to get ready.
I took out a straight dress from my closet which was just like Ivy’s gown only it was dark blue. I combed my hair and let it cascade past my shoulders. I applied mascara and some lipstick. I wore my nude pumps and picked up my black clutch.
I looked at my reflection in the mirror.
I sighed and then went down to join them. I got to the kitchen.
“I’m done” I called out to Ceaser who was laughing at probably something Ivy was doing.
“Okay” I saw him get up as I picked my phone and my car keys from the kitchen counter and joined them.
“Wow” I heard Ceaser say.
I looked up at him to find him checking me out from toe to head. I felt my body tingle under his gaze.
“You look…a-amazing” he said.
I smiled “Thanks” I picked Ivy’s bag and looked at him.
“Ready?” He asked.
“Yea” I said “Let’s go” I went ahead and l opened the door. I shut and locked it behind me. Ceaser waited at the bottom stairs for me. “Oh. Do you have space for her carrier?” I asked him.
“Yeah” he said
“Okay. Hold on a second.” I said and went to my car to remove Ivy’s carrier from the back seat. I locked the car and went to Ceaser’s car. I placed the carrier in the back seat and shut the door. I took Ivy from Ceaser as he opened the door for me. I got in.
I watched him round the car to the driver’s seat. He got in and started the engine.
He looked at me with a smile on his lips. I smiled back and faced Ivy who was playing with the hem of her dress.
Ceaser drove off.
“So where are we going?” I asked a minute later.
“We’re going to eat” he said sarcastically.
“I know that” I snorted “But where?”
He glanced at me.
“It’s for me to know, and for you to find out”.
“Fine” I said and left it at that.
Ceaser finally pulled up in front of a restaurant. He got out and came round to open the door for me.
“Thanks” I got out of the car with Ivy clutching my shoulder “I’m gonna need her carrier”.
“I’ll get it” he said and took the carrier from the back seat. “Let’s go”
I felt his hand on the small of my back. It sent a shiver down my spine.
“Good evening Mr…” a lady said.
“Thank you” Ceaser said before she could end her greeting, “A table for three”.
“Right this way, sir” The lady said and showed us inside the restaurant. She led us to a secluded corner of the restaurant. “Your waiter will be with you shortly”.
“Thank you” I said when I realised Ceaser wasn’t gonna say anything. Ceaser placed the carrier on a seat while he pulled out another one for me to seat on.
“Thank you” I said.
“Why do you always thank everyone for every tiny gesture?” He asked after he sat down.
“Cause it’s polite” I said.
“Good evening.” I heard someone say beside us “I’ll be your waiter” he said as he handed us the menu.
I smiled at him as he handed me mine.
“What would you like to order?” He said.
I scanned the menu for what Ivy could eat.
“Jules what would you like?” Ceaser asked.
“Uh” I finally decided “I’ll have a steak with mashed potatoes and minced meat by the side” I said and looked up to see Ceaser smiling and staring at me.
“And you sir?” The waiter said.
“I’ll have a steak” he said.
We handed the menu back to him.
“It’ll take a while” he said and left.
“Dada” Ivy who had been making baby sounds since finally spoke. She was looking and stretching her hands towards Ceaser.
“Hey darling” he said as he scooped her away from me.
“You really have a lot of endearments for her” I said.
“Why wouldn’t I?” He asked “She deserves all of them. Although, I’m trying to fine the perfect one”.
“Who are you?” I asked suddenly.
He looked away from Ivy at me.
“What do you mean?”
“I’ve been waiting for the moment you’d take off, but you still haven’t” I said “You just intrigue me”.
“Is that a good thing?” He asked.
I smiled and nodded.
“But it’s also scary” I said.
The waiter came with our food then.
To be continued
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ABOUT THE WRITER
Jane Catherine Lanett is a first year engineering student in SHUATS, Allahabad. She dreams and makes up stories of hot American/British/Greek/Italian guys.
She is a music and book lover. Reader and Writer. Singer/Songwriter.
She wrote her first book when she was 8 years old. “The Beginning of The End” is the third book she’s written but the first one she published on wattpad.
Her books are based solely on her ideas and imaginations.