A Cake For Mommy

Two days were more than enough time to plan and get everything. At least that's what he had been telling himself over and over in his head while the blue eyed, raven haired three year old in the backseat sang along to Dora the Explorer's theme song. Glancing back in his rearview mirror, Troy smiled as Cassidy Bolton sang her heart out, not caring is she sang off key or who was staring at her from outside the confinement of the four doors. She was the light of his life and he wouldn't take back any day that he had had with her so far. Ask him again when she turns sixteen and starts wanting to wear make up and go on dates with basketball players, he might have a different answer.

Pressing on the gas pedal as the light turned green, Troy ran down everything in his mind that he had to do today before Gabriella got back from her and Taylor's 'All-Girl Day' which consisted of maxing his credit cards on shoes and clothes and maybe some lingerie, if she wanted. But not only was it 'All-Girl Day', it was also Gabriella's birthday weekend. She would be turning 29 and he knew for a fact that she was nervous on the big 3-0 creeping up on her. It hadn't phased him any, but yet, he was also a guy and she reminded him of it everytime the subject came up in their room after Cassidy was asleep. Gabriella had this whole thing on how the 40th was bigger for the guy and the 30th was bigger for the girl. He didn't even want to get into her reasoning behind it.

But there were flowers, a card, balloons and the ever important cake – which was why Cassidy was with him in the first place. He had started their own tradition for Gabriella's birthday ever since Cassidy was born. Troy would take her out to Zeke's bakery in downtown Albuquerque and they would make her cake together. When Cassidy was 6 months old, the cake didn't turn out too well, but ever since then, Gabriella had loved them and this year would be no different. Slowing down as Troy approached the next red light on Main Street, Cassidy startled him out of his to-do list in his head.

"Are we at Uncle Zeke's yet Daddy?"

"Not yet, Cassie," he answered back, "but almost. Are you excited?"

"Yeah!" Her hands rose up in the air. Laughing at her excitement, Troy pulled into the only blank spot in front of Zeke's shop and shut the engine off which made Cassidy even more excited. "We here Daddy! We here! Look!"

"I see," he didn't think it was possible for his grin to bigger but it did. This was always his favorite part of the whole day. "Ready Cassie?" By now, Troy was getting her out of her car seat in the back of his Navigator and reached for her outstretched arms. Placing her on the sidewalk for a brief moment while he took hold of the blanket she didn't leave home without and shutting the door firmly, Troy bent down and took hold of her hand and was surprised at the tug she gave him towards the door. "Cassie, we've got all day," he reminded the tiny tot.

"But this Mommy's cake, Daddy," she stated as he opened the door wide open.

"It is," he agreed, watching her flee towards the displays of pastries, muffins and cakes that Zeke had probably created this very morning. "What do we want on Mommy's cake this year, Cassie?" He bent down next to her as she pressed her nose on the cool glass.



"Mommy likes carrots!" Cassie said excitedly, moving around him and over to the other display case just as Zeke came out to see them.

"She does like carrots, but not on her cake."

"Carrot cake? The only time Gabby ate carrot cake was when she was almost here," Zeke stood beside Troy and pointed to his favorite and only niece that he spoiled rotten. "Is she?"

"No," Troy snapped and answered a bit too quickly. Zeke held up his hands and went to take down what Cassie wanted. "Is she is, she hasn't told me. But why wouldn't she tell me?" He said aloud, smiling over at an older couple who were now staring at him. Walking over to his friend and daughter, Troy clasped the blanket in his hands and overheard Zeke playing twenty questions with Cassidy.

"Okay, Sugar Cane," Zeke started out, calling out his pet name for the toddler, "what color?"

"Green! Mommy loves green!"

A/N: Inspired by Bec and an idea I've had for a while in my 'ideas file'. So, this is for Bec. I hope you enjoy it.