David's Smith's alarm went off at 7:00 A.M; he turned over quickly shutting it off.
He laid on his back and glanced at the space beside his bed. It had been a year since his divorce from his troubled ex-wife.
David still wasn't sure how to feel about it Emily wasn't a good mother and her partying ways never stopped after they were married.
All he knew was his life had gone from hard to nearly impossible especially with two kids, busy work schedule and Emily's debt.
A knock on the door interrupted his thoughts; he smiled he recognized that tiny knock.
"Come in!" David called.
The door slowly opened and his five-year old daughter Katy walked in and jumped into his bed.
"Hi daddy!" She greeted hugging his neck.
He gave out a fake groan and held her up. "Oh, Katy girl you've gotten bigger!"
Katy giggled. "Did I surprise you daddy?"
He smiled. "Yes, you did."
His thirteen year old daughter Amy walked in and smirked.
"How are you, dad?" Amy asked.
He sat up allowing Katy to crawl into his lap.
David sighed. "I'm fine, why?"
"You got to bed late, I was worried."
He smiled. "I appreciate it, Amy. I was just trying to figure out some bills."
Amy shook her head. "Dad, is there anything I can do? I could get a job."
He shook his head. "No, you need to concentrate on school."
Amy went over and hugged him. "Come on let me help my old man." She teased.
"Oi' I am not old. I'm only 33, thank you." David sniffed.
"That's old." Katy muttered.
David smirked. "Whose side are you on, huh?" He started tickling her.
Then kissed her on the forehead. "Come on you two got to get ready for school."
Katy hopped off to get ready but Amy leaned against the wall and frowned.
"What's wrong, honey?" He asked walking towards her.
She scowled. "This is all mum's fault."
David sighed and hugged her. "I know it's been rough but she's still your mother."
"Sometimes I wish she wasn't." She mumbled leaving the room.
He rubbed the back of his neck and shook his head.
It saddened David that the girls didn't think highly of their mother but at the same time he didn't either.
The divorce left him hard and unable to trust others and he feared Amy was becoming the same way.
He got into the shower and lowered his head under the fixture and let the warm water sooth him before having to face the day again.
After dropping off the girls at school David dashed to work at Sarah Jane's Department Store where he worked as an assistant manager.
He barely skidded in just as Sarah Jane was waiting for him.
"I'm sorry Sarah." He panted.
She shook her head. "It's okay but are you alright?"
He sighed. "Everyone seems to be asking me that."
She gently took his arm and pulled him aside. "David I know you're working hard but you need to take it easy."
"I know but I've got no choice." David said.
Sarah thought about it. "Maybe you need to hire a nanny."
He scoffed. "I don't think so even with the promotion I can't afford it."
"Well your brother owns that nanny agency maybe he'll give you a discount." She suggested.
"Please, I don't want you to overdo it." Sarah replied.
David rubbed his forehead. "I guess I could ask him."
She smiled. "Good now why don't you take the day off and talk to him."
He shook his head. "What about work?"
Sarah grinned. "It's my department store, remember? You'll still get paid."
David smiled gratefully. "Thanks." Then he went outside to call his brother Matt.
David waited for his younger brother at an outdoor coffee shop.
Feeling tired he placed his head down until Matt snuck behind him and tapped the back of his head.
"Oi'!" David replied annoyed.
"Hey, sandshoes!" Matt greeted him sitting down.
"Hi." He muttered taking a sip of coffee.
"You look terrible." Matt replied.
David grunted. "Nice to see you too."
He glanced at Matt's collar. "Are you wearing a bow tie?"
Matt grinned. "Yep!"
"Why?" David asked.
"Bow ties are cool." He replied tugging on it.
He rolled his eyes. "Seriously?"
"Well, they are." Matt whined.
He just shook his head. "Anyway thanks for meeting me."
Matt smiled. "Sure, what did you want to see me about?"
David sighed. "You know I'm raising Amy and Katy on my own, right?"
"Well, I can't do it all myself and I need some help."
Matt held up his hand. "Say no more I can find you a nanny, highly qualified and reliable."
"Really, how much?" David asked.
Matt grinned. "For you an employee discount rate."
David smiled. "Thanks man, this means a lot."
He smirked. "No problem, I'll send someone over to your house tomorrow."
Then David's face fell.
"What's the matter?" Matt asked.
"I'm trying to figure out how to explain this to the girls." He replied with dread.
"Hey, they'll be thrilled that you're getting help."
David sighed and prayed he was right.
That night Amy and Katy joined their father to the living room.
"Was it dad?" Amy asked as they sat down.
She noticed he was looking worried.
"I don't like that look." Amy whispered to Katy.
He sat on the coffee table across from them.
"Um, I know you've been worried about me, lately." He said.
"Well, today I saw you're Uncle Matt and he's arranged for a nanny to help us out."
Amy scowled. "No, I like how things are."
"Honey, please I'm not marrying her."
"Don't care! I don't somebody else in here taking over!" Amy protested.
"Amy, please don't make this difficult." David begged.
"Dad, we're fine!" She insisted.
Katy curled up and hid her face behind her teddy bear.
He rubbed his eyes in frustration and tried to lower his voice.
"Amy I'm overworked and I'm afraid of not always being here for you both." He replied.
"This is all mum's fault! She did this to you!" Amy yelled.
"Would you please stop blaming your mother? This has nothing to do with her." David groaned.
Amy stood angrily. "No, she's hurt you and left you with nothing and now we have to deal with some bitch!"
"Amy, watch your language in front of your sister!" He scolded.
"This isn't fair! You can't make me like this woman!" Amy exclaimed.
"Amy I" He started to say but she stormed upstairs and slammed the door.
David sat on the couch and buried his face in his hands.
"Well, that went smoothly." David mumbled.
Katy swallowed and tugged on his sleeve.
He looked at her.
"I'm happy about the nanny, daddy."
David smiled and hugged her.
"At least someone is." He thought.