WHAT I'VE ALWAYS WANTED
Why? I asked myself once more after I had done so already about a minute ago. Why does she want me to bring Bess and JR to Florida? Why is it some important for them to be there, well at least for him to be there? I shook my head; the answers to those questions didn't matter. All that mattered was what Babe needed; after all she was her best friend. When it came to best friends there was no question; you just do what you need to do. DING DONG! The doorbell took me out of my thoughts I pushed the thought of Babe and Florida to the back of my mind and went to answer the door.
Opening the door I saw him, JR Chandler, his right hand poised to knock and his other occupied with a baby bag. That's when I saw who was in the crook of his arm, my best friend's daughter, Bess Chandler.
"Can I come in?" he asked. Then he cleared his throat and said, "I have a favor to ask of you."
"Sure, come in come in," I invited. I looked at him as he stepped over threshold and walked over to the couch. I turned to close the door and then strode over to the couch, as I did JR set down the bag by the couch and took a seat with Bess in his lap. I sat down on the cushion next to him and faced him.
"So, what do you want?" I asked quickly, getting to the point.
He chuckled "You sound like you don't want me here."
I shrugged my shoulders "Well I'm enjoying half of the company," I told him as reached out to stroke Bess' cheek and greet her "Hey there. How's my favorite little girl, huh? You look so beautiful today."
She giggled and it made me smile. I took back my hand and brought back my attention to JR.
"Are you going to tell me why you're here?" I asked him.
He paused for a second running his hand through his hair then started to speak. "I was wondering if you could watch Bess today." He went on to further explain. "You see I have a meeting today with the board and Winifred is sick; so I need to someone to watch Bess." He stated.
"Why didn't you ask David or Krystal?" I questioned him once more.
He started to laugh. "Why would I?"
"Well they are Bess' grandpar—." I was interrupted with his grunt but I went on anyways. "They're Bess' grandparents and I thought you guys had reconciled, they were at your Thanksgiving party." I said matter-of-factly.
"They could have been at my presidential inauguration and I wouldn't let them anywhere around her." He said sternly.
I thought about it. JR may not be the best man to walk this earth but he did love his daughter. It's obvious to me he would do anything for her to protect her; I sometimes wondered why so many people didn't trust him with her. Then I'd always remember what happened to JR after living with Adam for only a few months.
"Are you able to watch her?" he asked again.
"Yes I am, any time I'm able to spend with Bess is a gift." I then saw a pang of guilt cross his face.
"I'm sorry Bianca, for those times—." I put my hand up to stop him. I didn't want to think about those times.
"JR, I forgive you for that. You wanted to protect Bess. How can I argue with that? I mean I went nuts practically. I kidnapped your daughter; I deserved her to be kept away from me." I said convinced.
"Don't say that! It's not true. Don't ever say that you're to blame again. It's not…it's just not true, ok?" He shocked me with his statements.
I shook my head; I didn't understand why he was defending me. "What?"
He looked me in the eyes, "I believe in you, Bianca." He said simply. He got up and handed Bess to me. I carefully took her in my arms. Then he glanced at his watch and started talking quickly, "It's almost eleven, listen I have to go. I should be back around three. Everything is in her bag, and if an emergency occurs just call my cell, alright?" I watched as he kissed Bess' cheek "I'll see you soon, princess." He walked to the door and placed his hand on the knob.
I turned to face him and regained my voice "JR wait, what do you mean you believe in me?"
He went to turn the knob then stopped to look at me, "I have to go, Binks."
I stopped him again "JR, thank you."
He nodded then opened the door and left. I stared at the door for a few moments; that was JR always doing the unexpected. I sighed and looked down at Bess in my lap at the same time she looked at me. I smiled and reached down to get her favorite pink elephant from her bag. I offered it to her and she gladly accepted. My thoughts went to back to JR, what did he mean by what he said? Every time I thought I knew him and finally got what he was about he'd surprise me with something. He gave me the opportunity to spend time with Bess and I was grateful for that. I then thought about Babe's plan, could I really trap JR like Babe wanted? A wail knocked me out of my thoughts.
"Hey Bess, what's wrong?" I looked down and saw the elephant on the rug. I picked it up and gave it to her. She quickly stopped crying while I brushed the tears from her cheeks. I got up with her and picked up the baby bag. I swung it onto my shoulder and placed Bess onto my hip. "How about you and I go to the park. Would you like that?" I grabbed my purse from the table and went to the door. I opened the door and walked out shutting it behind me. I smiled at her "It's time for our day together."
To be continued.