Beth was sitting at the table with Kai and Leilani when the guys walked in. Leilani stood up and walked over to the stove.
"Y'all hungry?" she asked.
"Starving," said Duane Lee.
Leilani chuckled and reheated the dinner she had cooked for Beth and herself. She plated everything and sat them on the table. She reached over and picked up Kai from the table and walked out of the room. Leland ate a few bites of his food before he stood up and followed Leilani.
"Over here," said Leilani.
Leland walked through the door and into the bedroom. Leilani was sitting on the bed helping Kai into her nightclothes. Leland walked over and leaned on the dresser.
"Hi, Leland," said Kai yawning.
"Hey," he said smiling.
"Give him a good night hug," said Leilani standing up.
Kai climbed off the bed and walked over to Leland. Leland picked her up and returned her hug. He set her back on the ground. She smiled sleepily at him as she climbed in her bed. Leilani kissed her forehead before she walked out of the room after Leland. She turned out the light and left the door cracked.
Leilani collapsed on the couch with a huff. Leland chuckled and sat down next to her. Tim and Duane Lee were sitting on the other couch. Dog was still in the kitchen. Beth was leaning on the recliner.
"She down for the night?" asked Beth.
"Yeah. She will probably stay down for the night. She's had an exciting day," said Leilani.
Beth nodded her head as she disappeared into the kitchen.
"So, you gonna go to court or we gonna have to hunt you down again?" chuckled Duane Lee.
"Shut up," said Leilani.
"Ouch, feisty!" said Tim. "So why did you let this one get away, Leland?"
Leilani looked down at her hands, "That's my fault."
"What?" said Tim.
"I left him. And it was stupid," said Leilani.
"Why'd you leave?" asked Duane Lee.
"Man, seriously? Don't bug her," said Leland.
"I was pregnant," said Leilani. "And I was scared. And I don't know why because Leland's already got two boys," she said shrugging her shoulders.
"Wait? You were pregnant? With his baby?" asked Duane Lee. "And you left?
"You know what, I feel bad as it is don't make it worse!" said Leilani.
Leland shook his head and wrapped his arm around her, "It's okay," he said kissing her temple.
"Leland!" said Beth walking in the living room. "Dakota's on the phone."
Leland nodded his head and stood up and took the phone from her. He walked out of the house and into the back yard. Leland had been out there a few minutes and still hadn't come in. Leilani stood up from the couch and walked out to where he was standing. She leaned over and took the phone from him.
"Dakota?" she said. "It's Lani. What's wrong?"
She nodded her head a few times and 'mmm-hmmed' a few times before she said a few things to him and hung up the phone. Leland just looked at her.
"A woman's touch," she said smiling at him.
"I bet," he said chuckling. "Look, I'm sorry about Duane Lee."
"It's okay," she said. "I'm sure your dad is going to say something when he finds out."
"I know. But...I don't know…" said Leland.
Leilani reached up and cupped his face. She ran her thumbs across his cheeks and smiled. She leaned forward and kissed him lightly.
"I'm sorry. For any trouble I put you through," said Leilani. "And I really want you to be part of Kai's life. She knows that her daddy is a good man and she really wants to know who he is. It's difficult to hear her ask me about who her daddy is."
Leland wrapped his arms around her shoulders and hugged her. Leilani wrapped her arms around his waist and just stood there with him. Leland pulled back and kissed her forehead.
"Mommy?" said Kai.
Leilani turned around and saw Kai standing at the back door.
"What baby?" asked Leilani turning to her daughter.
"I can't sleep," she said.
"You want a story?" she asked picking her daughter up.
"Uh-huh," she said rubbing her eyes.
"What story do you want?" asked Leilani.
"The on about daddy," she said.
Leilani looked at her daughter. She had told her probably a hundred times about her daddy. She shifted Kai to her other hip and turned to look at Leland. She kissed Kai's temple before she handed her over to Leland. Kai laid her head on Leland's shoulder as she watched her mom.
Leilani moved the hair out of Kai's face as she looked at her little girl. Leland reached over and wiped a tear from Lani's face.
"What's wrong mommy?" asked Kai.
"Nothing's wrong, baby," said Leilani. "I'm just happy."
"But why are you crying?" asked Kai.
"Because I'm happy," said Leilani.
"Why are you happy?" asked Kai.
"You still want to meet your daddy?" asked Leilani.
Kai nodded her head and then laid it back on Leland's shoulder. Leilani smiled and kissed Kai's forehead.
"Do you like Leland?" asked Leilani.
"Uh-huh," said Kai.
"Leland likes you too," said Leilani.
"Can Leland be my daddy?" asked Kai. "I want him as my daddy instead of my real daddy."
Leilani smiled as she kissed her daughter's forehead.
"Honey, he is your daddy. Your real daddy," said Leilani. "The daddy in all those stories I told you."
Both Leland and Leilani stood still and quiet as they watched Kai. Kai looked at her mother and then at Leland. She turned and reached towards her mother. Leilani placed on her daughter on her hip and looked at her.
Kai looked at her mother with a serious face, "You're not gonna leave him again. I'll be mad if you do."
Leilani laughed as she kissed her daughter. "I'm sure you will be, but honey we aren't together."
"Well, I wouldn't say that," said Leland. "I mean, I'm single, you're single…"
"Mr. Chapman are you trying to ask me out?" she said.
"Trying, but it seems like I'm failing," he said chuckling.
"Oh, you couldn't fail," she said kissing him.
"YAY! Daddy!" said Kai jumping towards Leland.
"Whoa," he said barely catching him.
"So now what?" asked Leilani.
"Now? Now we get some sleep cause I'm tired," chuckled Leland.
Leilani chuckled as she headed into the house. She put Kai back in her bed and cracked the door. She sighed as she walked through the kitchen. Beth and Dog were sitting at the table.
"Come sit," said Beth.
Leilani pulled out a chair and sat down. Dog looked at her and sighed.
"Beth told me everything," said Dog. "And I just want to know…"
"I told Leland. He knows that Kai is his. He loves her, I can tell. I feel really bad about how everything went down," said Leilani.
"Hey, are you…what's going on?" asked Leland walking into the kitchen.
"We're just talking," said Dog.
"Right. Well talk tomorrow," said Leland.
"Why tomorrow?" asked Dog.
"Because I'm tired and I just got her back," said Leland pulling Leilani from the chair.
"Got her back?" asked Dog as they walked out of the room. "What's he talking about."
"We'll talk about it in the morning," said Beth kissing Duane. "Let's get some sleep."
The Next Morning
Leilani was in the kitchen cooking breakfast when Dog walked in.
"Can we talk?" asked Dog.
"Sure," she said.
"What was Leland talking about last night?" he asked.
"This is going to sound mean, but I'm sure you know what goes on between men and women behind closed doors. Right?" she said not turning away from the stove.
"Yeah," he said. "What happened outside between the two of you?"
"I told him everything. About Kai and why I left," said Leilani. "He was the one who made the first move. I was just happy that Kai knows who her daddy is now."
"He asked you out?" asked Dog.
"Yeah. There a problem with that?" asked Leland walking into the kitchen. "She ain't gonna skip town with her court date coming up. And I think Kai would have a conniption if she had to leave."
"DADDY!" shouted Kai running into the kitchen.
Kai latched onto Leland's leg. Leland chuckled and picked her up.
"Good morning to you, too," he said kissing her temple. "What's mommy making for breakfast?"
Leland walked around to the stove and kissed Leilani. Lani kissed him back and kissed Kai's forehead.
"Pancakes," she said. "Everyone dig in while they're hot."
Everyone sat down around the table. Leland put Kai to his left and sat down next to Leilani. They were halfway through breakfast when Duane Lee said something.
"We gonna have anymore little Chapman's running around anytime soon?" he asked.
Leilani rolled her eyes and laughed, "Can I not raise just one?"
"No," came the reply from the rest of the table.
"Looks like we've got a long way to go," she said looking at Leland.
"I don't care," he said kissing her.
A/N: Hoped you liked my first EVER DTBH ff. I may write some more...depends on how i feel, but this story is OFFICIALLY OVER! I'm not going to write a sequel, I've got at least 2 other stories to work on. My 'Model Behavior' will be updated as soon as I start writing on it again. Also I've still got the third and final instalment in my Chibs trilogy that I've got to write, so my plate is full! Please check out my other stories and Review them and let me know what you think! Thanks for reading! ~Katariina Sofia