Thank you all for the reviews on the first chapter. I am sorry about the wait, but I have to wait for the muse to come and get inspired. I hope you guys like the conclusion of this story.
Jason was in complete shock. In a single moment his life had made a one eighty degree turn and there was no turning back now. He slowly sat down in the couch behind him in complete silence.
Casey knew it was going to be a shock but it needed to be done and she figured the faster the better. "Let's get you something to eat okay sweetie?" Her daughter just giggled and nodded her head. Casey put her down in the floor and went into the kitchen to get her little girl a fruit snack. When she came back she saw Jasmin standing in front of Jason, they were both looking at each other as if studying themselves. "Here you go Jasmin." As soon as her daughter turned around and saw her snack she ran towards her mom, grabbed it and then went on to play with the toys that were scattered all over the floor. Casey sat besides Jason, waiting for the questions to begin.
"Did you know when you left?" He asked her without taking his eyes off Jasmin.
He then turned to look at her. "Why didn't you say anything? What would have happened if I hadn't bumped into you? Would you have ever told me?"
"I want to lie to you and tell you that I didn't know and that I would have eventually contacted you but I want to be honest."
"I found out six days before I left. I was shocked at first, scared too. I thought I would tell you but I never found the courage. You didn't even remember our night together. Then the day she was born I picked up the phone to call you but never got past the first four numbers. After that I just thought of how mad you would be and never had the courage to call you." Casey was expecting him to be mad, to yell or even walk out but he didn't do anything. He just sat there looking at Jasmin with a glint in his eyes that I had never seen before.
"When's her birthday?"
"April 12. She'll be three this year." Another awkward silence filled the room. "You know every time I look at her I think of you. She has your eyes. She won't stay in one place for long and she's as hardheaded as you are." She let the tears she was holding fall. She didn't know what else to do or say."Jason just scream at me, or do something but don't stay quiet. I need to know what you're thinking."
"I don't know what to say or do Case. I just found out I have a daughter. You've had three years to get used to the idea, I just need some time to process everything."
"I understand." She wiped the tears off her face and got up. He was right; she needed to give him time. "Jasmin come on, time to take a bath because I am sure Mrs. Taylor's dog left his hairs all over you."
The little girl started laughing and Jason couldn't help the smile that came to his face. Her laugh was just like Casey's.
"Don't you be laughing at me."
Jason heard his daughter's voice for the first time and his heart got instantly filled with love for this little girl who was a part of him.
"Mommy is not silly. Come on Jasmin or you won't want to get up tomorrow and then mommy will get mad."
"Okay." He saw the girl get up from the floor and go to Case's waiting arms. Casey took her hand and they started walking towards what he assumed was the bathroom but just before they were out of his sight he heard the little girl ask Casey. "Daddy not take a bath with me?"
"Not today sweetie. Maybe tomorrow. Come on." Twenty minutes later a wet looking Casey came out to the living room to find him still sitting in the same sofa. "Sorry I took so long, but she didn't want to go to sleep."
"It's all right."
"You want something to eat? I can make something fast."
"The Casey I remember didn't cook."
"Well I had to learn. So do you want something?"
"No thanks, I'm not hungry."
"Okay, then what do we do?"
"What do you mean?"
"I mean us and Jasmin, and everything."
He got up and walked to where she was standing. He took her hands into his and made her look him straight in the eye. "Nothing has changed Casey. I love you now even more because you've given me a daughter. I am a little mad but that's just how I cope with things. I've missed so much in her life and I don't want to miss anymore. I want to be there for both of you forever if you'll let me."
She threw her arms around him. Happy after hearing his words. "Of course I want you to be there in all the moments to come."
"Was it my imagination or did she referred to me as daddy?"
"Come here." She took him by his hand and dragged him to Jasmin's room. There in the middle of the room as a princess bed where he could see the outline of his daughter sleeping soundly. The bedroom was like any other children's bedroom a person sees in tv or movies. His eyes however were not attracted by the toys or bright colors but by all the pictures in the walls and nightstands. Pictures of Jasmin, Casey and pictures of himself. "She knows you're her father. I made sure she knew and I just told her you were working saving people."
"Thank you Casey."
"For this new life you've offered me."
" I love you Jason."
"I love you too, Case. We'll remember this as the first day of the rest of our lives."
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