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Figure It Out
I followed my girlfriend out of the house. I was still in shock. She was back, Hayley Steele had come back after all of these years. I had so many questions on my mind. Where had she gone? Why did she go? Who was the kid? Did Felix know the answers to these questions? How much was he really hiding?, I thought to myself. I've never felt such a mix of anger, shock, happiness, confusion and hunger, but mostly confusion. "What did we just see?" I asked Cadence.
"I don't know. But I do know that I'm going to kill Felix Garcia when I see him. Why did he lie to us about this?" Cadence looked angry. I put my hands on her shoulders in an attempt to calm her down.
"We don't know everything. Maybe he doesn't know everything regarding Hayley" I said, trying to think rationally.
"Well he does know that she is here. I mean she's staying with him, isn't she? They were a little too chummy for him to just have found out. And the kid… I don't even know where to start with that" Cadence said, practically yelling now.
As we were standing there the rain began to fall, going from a light drizzle to a hard pouring in less than 30 seconds. I gave her my jacket to put over as we ran to my car and went home.
The whole car ride home, she refused to say anything to me. I could tell she wasn't mad anymore, she was just too lost in her thoughts to speak.
"I'm not completely over it but I just want to know who that kid is" She said to me as I was coming out of the bathroom after my shower.
"You know what my question is don't you?" I asked her. She nodded her head. "What do we tell Jake? I mean, do we tell Jake that she is back?"
She thought about it for a moment. "I mean, if we do tell him, that could mean trouble for all of us, if we don't tell him, that would make us hypocrites. Don't you think?"
"Baby, I honestly don't know what to think. I want to tell him, but how are we going to tell someone else information that we aren't even supposed to know? Let's get all of our facts straight before we go telling other people" I told my girlfriend.
"Come on let's go to bed" She suggested. I climbed over her to get to my side of the bed. She laid her head on my chest and I fell asleep with the hope that she wasn't coming up with some convoluted scheme to find out more information on Hayley.
I was walking down the street, arm in arm with Cadence, when we passed by the diner.
"I'm hungry" she said.
"When aren't you hungry?" I asked her.
"Just shut up and buy me food" She said, slightly annoyed.
Before we walked inside I looked inside to see Felix and the same little girl from last night. She was walking to a table and Felix was at the counter.
"Cadence look" I got her attention. She looked at me with a devious grin.
"Let's go talk to them" She said.
"No, Cadence…" Before I could finish what I was going to say she walking inside.
I followed her. We walked up to Felix. "Hey Felix" Cadence said to him.
"Oh, hey you guys" Felix said.
"Are you here with anyone?" Cadence said bluntly.
"Not particularly. Why do you ask?" He asked, looking at her strangely.
"Liar" She said. "I saw you come in here with a kid" She countered.
I had this look of shock on his face, he was obviously trying to think of an explanation. "Oh, um, yeah. I thought you meant like a girlfriend or something. Yeah, I'm kind of watching her for a friend while she took care of some business" He explained.
"Hmm. I didn't know any of your friends had children. Which friend?" I asked joining in the conversation. Cadence smiled up at me, happy that I was joining in the interrogation.
"Just a friend. What's going on guys? What's with all the questions. Felix questioned.
"Oh nothing" Cadence said, deciding to drop it.
"We were just curious" I finished.
Before he had a chance to say anything else his phone rang and he went outside to answer it. I was really hoping that Cadence was about to drop it until she motioned for me to follow her and we walked over to where the little girl was sitting.
"Hi" Cadence said softly as we approached her.
"My mommy and Uncle Felix told me not to talk to strangers" She said to us as she read a comic I recognized as Jake's Honey Ricochet.
"We know your uncle Felix" Cadence told her. She looked up at us.
"You do? And nice to meet you" She asked curiously.
"Yeah, we do. We went to high school with him and we're his best friends" at least I thought we were his best friends.
"Really? So that would mean that you know my mommy?" She asked.
"Well who is your mommy?" Cadence asked her, pretending she doesn't know.
"Hayley Steele. I'm Jamie Devon Steele. But mommy and Felix just call me J.D" She said.
"Well, J.D, I'm Cadence and this is Kirby. Yeah, we know your mommy. We were friends with her too" she said as I waved to her.
"Now that I think about it, mommy did talk about you when she told me bedtime stories" She said to us.
"Can I ask you how old you are?" I asked.
"I'm 5" She said simply.
"Wow" Cadence matched my expression as I assumed she was thinking the same thing I was.
Felix walked back inside and over to the three of us. "Uncle Felix, you never told me about these two, just you, mommy, and Jake"
"Well they just never came up" She put her arms around his waist. "How long have you been talking to her?" He asked us?
"Oh long enough. Look at the time, come on, Kirby we have to go" She said as she grabbed my hand and lead me out of the restaurant.
When we got outside she started freaking out. "She looked just like Hayley. And 5 years old? I didn't expect her to be that old"
"Babe, it's been about 6 years since we graduated right?" I asked her.
"Right. What are you getting at?" She asked me.
"If you subtract the months it takes to have baby, you have 5 years, J.D's age" he said.
"Don't you get it? She left because she was pregnant, Cadence" I told her.
"Are you sure? I mean, she could have left and then found out that she was pregnant" she said. "Did you see those eyes? They looked exactly like…" She looked at me through wide eyes.
"Either way, it would mean…" I said.
"That Jake is her father" We both said simultaneously.
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