May 19, 2012
Carters (6) - Round 22
"My DAD?" she asked, confused. "Oh! JJ! No, he wasn't my Dad. He was... he was just my stepdad."
Mitch's eyebrow raised. "Just your stepdad? Well good thing he was just your stepdad. Otherwise you might need to be comforted," he responded dryly.
Gloria smiled. "Okay, that came out wrong. We'd just had our differences.. and... but, thanks. I actually do kind of miss him."
Mitch opened his mouth to tease Gloria again when he heard something.
"Did you leave the tv on?" he asked.
Mitch cocked his head to one side. "Is that a... baby?"
He watched Gloria's back stiffen. As she turned to block the door, he noticed her face had turned pale.
"Oh my God!" Mitch said as he pushed past.
"Well, the door was ringing."
"Are you kidding? Is it that important to answer the door that you can't put the baby IN THE CRIB?!" The last bit was yelled in incredulity.
"Is he mine?" Mitch asked.
"Oh, I'll be here!" Mitch promised.
"You thought I would leave when that child in there is mine?"
"Could be," Gloria said.
"Could be?" he repeated dumbly. "You mean..."
Gloria attempted to act nonchalant by shrugging. "We weren't in a relationship. So, you're free to go. I don't want anything from anyone!"
Gloria scoffed. "Oh, and what do you want? To change the baby's diapers & wake up every 2 hours to feed him?"
Gloria was not impressed.
Mitch had seemed to infiltrate every fiber of her life! He helped with Alexander. He was staying here until the DNA results were returned. Every time she turned around, she bumped into him. She'd try to get him to stay at a motel until everything was worked out, but he'd just scoffed and gone to feed Alexander a bottle.
Truth be told, she thought with a smile, he was starting to grow on her.
Gloria waited, scared that they would say Alexander wasn't Mitch's kid & then Mitch would go away.
He turned to face her. She searched his face, trying to guess the answer. Frustrated, she stomped her foot. "Well? Is he or isn't he?"
Relief flooded through her when he cracked a big grin and scooped her up in a hug. "He's mine! I have a son!" he shouted to the ceiling, laughing. "I have a son!"
Gloria felt giddy with relief and laughed along with Mitch.
Mitch gazed at his son & was amazed to see so much of himself gazing back at him. He'd always known in his heart that this was his son & had always been so thankful he'd been able to railroad Gloria into letting him into their life.
He had always loved Gloria. She was so fiercely independent, loyal to a fault & quick to defend someone. But, she went through life thinking she didn't need anyone or anything.
How was he supposed to convince her to need him?