“Daddy, daddy!” the twins ran up to meet the smiling man. He scooped the two girls in his arms and held them close.
“Now,” he put them down and dug into his pockets. “I’ve got a little treat from Grandma Genny and a big kiss from Aunt Gracie.”
Donnie knelt in front of them and opened his hands. The girls’ eyes danced when they saw the two sparkling bracelets. “And Grandma Genny says if you can keep them safe, she’ll take you to the store next weekend and let you pick out a really pretty jewelry box.”
The girls grabbed their bracelets and ran to their room.
Donnie stood and walked into the kitchen. He leaned against the wall and watched Jessica turn on the dishwasher. She was breathtaking, and he was very lucky to have her.
“Hey beautiful.” He wrapped his arms around her waist. This is what was missing when he hugged Dayna. He didn’t love her, never had. He wanted to own her. What he had in front of him was real and true, and he wasn’t about to lose it. “I missed you.”
She turned and kissed him. “You were only gone a few hours. How’s Genny? I didn’t get a chance to talk to her this morning.”
He couldn’t look away. Jessica was the best thing that ever happened to him, and he was so ashamed that he was willing to throw everything away for a childish crush.
“Oh, she’s just fine.” And up to something.