Daddy’s girl

You take it all too seriously. Emma tells you often enough but you can’t help but worry. Like a treadmill, she says, it won’t get you anywhere and she’s right but you do it all the same. Worry for two… or three in this case.

It’s usually mothers who worry about their offspring but Suzi’s your first-born and you’ve held her close ever since. Daddy’s girl.

You know she’s played up to you, hoped you’d take her side when her mother had said “no” and you’ve given in more often than not and had grief for it later.

As you pace the hospital corridor, Emma asks you to sit, pats the chair beside her but you need something to do.

“There’ll be news soon,” she soothes and you know she’s right, but time goes slower in situations like this.

You hear crying and you both look at the door watching for it to open. You want to go over to it, open it, see for yourself and the wait’s almost unbearable but you see the handle moving. You step closer and feel Emma beside you as Nick appears, grin on his face, child in his arms and announces a girl.


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