Cason listened to Kyndall as they talked about their daughter and what they had decided would be the best for her. It was not an easy choice for either of them to make, but they both knew that in the end, it would be good for Victoria.
“I will talk to the lawyer tomorrow and get things taken care of. “
Cason could see in her eyes that this wasn’t what she had hoped for when they started this conversation. He hated that she was hurting, but he also knew that she understood why this was the only choice they truly had.
“Kyndall, please don’t be upset with me. This isn’t easy for me either. That is our little girl…our daughter.”
Kyndall nodded and wiped at a tear on her cheek. “I know. I just wish we didn’t have to do this.”
He pulled her closer against him and kissed her forehead. “So do I. It’s going to be hard as fuck for me to sign those papers. I didn’t expect to love her as much as I do.”
Kyndall gave a little smile as she listened to him. “She does seem to be super cute. I think she knows it and uses it against us.”
As if Victoria knew they were talking about her, she started to cry in the room next door. Cason got up and smiled. “Let me take care of her this t ime.”
Kyndall nodded and gave him a few minutes alone with their daughter before she followed. It broke her heart when she saw him cuddling Victoria and hearing what he was saying to her. She stayed back a bit so she wouldn’t interrupt him.
Cason held his daughter and looked down at her sweet, innocent face. “I want you to never forget that Daddy loves you.”
He laid Victoria back in her bed and turned seeing Kyndall. “I should probably go. I need to pack my things before I leave.”
Kyndall walked outside with Cason. She didn’t want him to leave, but she knew that he needed to get back to school. “Drive safely.”
He turned and looked at her when he heard her voice. “Please don’t cry, Kyndall.” He pulled her into his arms and held her close to him.”It kills me to see you cry. Please tell me how to make this better. I’ll do anything.”
She shook her head as she clung to him. “I wish there was something you could do. I wish there was something anybody could do.”
He looked at her and wiped a tear from her cheek. “I’ll stay if you want me to.”
She looked up at him giving a tiny smile. “I know you would. I need you to finish school though. That is what is important right now. That is what Victoria needs you to do.”
He kissed her softly. “I love you, Kyndall. I love both of my girls.”
She nodded her head. “I know. We both do.”
She started to step back from him, but he didn’t let her go. “You need to get going, Cason.”
“A few more minutes won’t hurt anything.”
She smiled and wrapped her arms around him hugging him. “I’m going to miss you.”
“I’ll miss you too. I’ll see you at spring break.” It felt like it would be forever before he saw her again. He wasn’t sure he would be able to stay away that long.
“Let me know what the lawyer says. I can make the trip back to sign the papers if I need to.” He saw the pain return to her eyes. “Hey. Everything is going to be okay. It’s only a temporary situation.”
He gave her another soft kiss before he stepped away. “I’ll call you when I get back to Britechester.” He reached out and softly caressed her cheek again. “I love you, Kyndall.”
She watched as he turned and walked away. She wanted to call him back and beg him to stay, but she knew that their daughter’s future depended on him returning to school and finishing. It would only be two more years. They could wait that long for him. They had to wait that long. There was no other option for them.
Once he was out of sight, She went inside knowing she needed to talk to her parents about the decision they had made. They were still on the sofa in the living room.
She watched them for a several seconds and couldn’t help smiling. They had been together for over 20 years now and they still acted like love starved teenagers. It had embarrassed her when she was younger, but now she couldn’t help wish that it could be that way for her and Cason.
Her mom looked up and saw her watching them. “Everything okay, darling?”
Kyndall gave a little shrug. “Can we talk?”
Campbell nodded as he frowned a little at his daughter. “What’s going on, Princess?”
She hated dropping this on them. Her father already had a pretty rotten day. His mother had called him that morning to tell him that his grandfather hadn’t woken up that morning. He had spent the day with his parents helping them plan the funeral.
“Are you okay, Daddy?”
He gave a little nod as he watched her sit down beside him. “I’m fine, Sweetheart. Your grandma and your aunt are taking it badly though.”
“I’ll go see Grandma tomorrow.”
“She’ll like that. Maybe take Victoria over to see her?”
Kyndall nodded. “I need to talk to you two about Victoria actually.”
Abby frowned as she looked at her daughter. “Is she okay?”
Kyndall smiled and nodded. “She’s fine. It’s about something else.”
She told them about the decision that Cason and her had come to about Victoria and her future.
Campbell listened to her then looked over at Abby. “Did I hear all of that correctly?”
Kyndall could see that he was getting upset. “Daddy, please. This is hard enough for both of us already.”
“For both of you? He is abandoning you and your daughter and you are letting him do it?” It was taking everything he had not to go after the kid right then.
She shook her head. “That’s not what is happening, Daddy. Cason isn’t abandoning us. He is finishing school. That is all. Once he is finished, he’ll be back.”
Campbell was still very skeptical about all of this. “You both are wanting your mother and I to take care of Victoria until he finishes school then just hand her over to a father who doesn’t care enough about her not to take care of her himself?”
“Daddy, please. He needs to finish school so he can take care her. The chances of me being here to see her grow up aren’t looking the best at the moment. Cason will be all she has and he is doing what he has to do to make sure she has the best future that he can give her.”
He saw the look in her father’s eyes and immediately regretted what she had said. “Daddy, I’m sorry.”
He shook his head.”You are going to get better, Kyndall. You did once already. You can again.”
It wasn’t a conversation she was going to have with her dad at the time. He was already grieving his grandfather. She wasn’t going to make that worse for him.
“I’m getting tired. I’m going to go lay down until Victoria wakes up again.”
She hugged her dad tight. “I love you, Daddy.”