Blushing, Charity shook his hand. He was quite handsome & so mature!
"Fine," Charity replied.
"Dad!" Charity yelped. "That's so rude!"
Chance dismissed her offense with a wave of his hand. "You're our daughter & we're looking out for you. I don't want to see you taken advantage of."
"It's not like that Dad! We're in love!"
They just didn't understand...
"No! Please! Just let me handle it! I'm fine! It's going to be okay!" Charity told them. "Please just back off!"
Jace smiled. "Well I think things are pretty wonderful right now. I think we're great together."
"Yeah, but what if I wanted more..."
"More? There's no need to rush this relationship," Jace hesitated.
Charity grimaced. "Yes, I'm sure. I hadn't been seeing anyone before we got together... or you know... after..."
Jace patted her hand. "I didn't mean to imply. But, wow! I don't know how I feel. I've already done the father thing... I don't know if I have it in me to raise another child!"
"I know and I didn't mean for this to happen!" Charity said sadly. She knew that Jace had an ex-wife and two or three children that mostly didn't talk to him. Apparently the divorce had not been amicable after he'd left. But, he'd told her all about how needy his ex was. So, she was determined to be the opposite of that to prove how much she cared for him!
"Maybe we should talk about this tomorrow? she said weakly. "I need to go lay down anyway. I'm exhausted so early these days!"
"Did he say that? That you weren't good enough for him?" Chance demanded. "I'll tell him a thing or two!"
"No Dad, he didn't say that," Charity sighed. "I'm just so.... ugh... I don't want to talk about it. It'll work out."
"Ignoring the problem doesn't make it go away," Lindsay advised. "Have you asked him to come over and see JJ?"
Charity hedged. She hadn't invited him over. She didn't care if it was childish... she wanted Jace to come on his own to see them!
But, maybe it was time to swallow her pride and call him....
"Yeah, it's amazing what delivering a baby can do," she said a little snidely.
Jace sighed. "I deserved that. I'm sorry I haven't come sooner. I... well... I had to work things out in my head. May I see him?"
Charity relented. "Of course, come this way."
Jace smiled. "JJ. What a wonderful name. May I hold him?"
It was enough for now...
Because at least she had him now!
Jace helplessly watched as Charity sobbed. "Is there anything I can do?" he asked.
"Just hold me," she managed to croak out as she cried. "Just hold me..."