Oh look at me uploading a one shot I had 80% written to try to keep you all distracted from the fact that I haven’t uploaded Life Unplanned in three weeks. Soon, I promise. Its just finals time at school. Let me know if you guys like this one. And clearly there’s been a theme to my writing lately, but I just cant help it. Summer time there will be more of a variety as I have lots more free time. As always thanks for reading
SFW 1800 words
When Chester See was twenty two he knew he wanted children. He was fresh out of college and in love with his new girlfriend, and couldn’t help think of the fact that one day, they could be that family walking down the grocery store aisle, hand in hand, pushing the carriage with the brand new baby in it.
The fact that he wanted children was only solidified more when he sat in his sister’s house, holding his three day old niece in his arms for the very first time. She was breathtakingly beautiful, and so sweet it nearly broke his heart, and all he could think was if it was even possible to love someone more than he loved this tiny tiny baby he met only moments ago.
So when Chester See found himself single, and alone at thirty years old, he decided to distract himself with new job after new job to avoid the fact that he was pretty sure he would never love anyone again after his very recent ex-girlfriend broke his heart.
Six month later he met the most stunning 5'9 blonde who he was nearly incapable of speaking around without nervously stuttering and giggling. It was like he was 18 old years all over again, and had the biggest crush on the prettiest girl in the high school.
Three months after that, Chester See told Grace Anne Helbig that he loved her for the first time, and deep down in his heart, he knew that was the last time, he would say I love you to someone for the first time. Grace was the love of his life, and he didn’t plan on falling in love with anyone else ever again. Well not until they have children, but that probably won’t be for a few more years. Granted he had only just told her he loved her. It was a little early to start picking out baby names.
The first time Chester realized that kids might not happen for them, was at about two AM on a Saturday night as they stood on opposite sides of the bed screaming at each other. Grace had cracked a joke about how much she hated shooting scene with the little girl in her show today, Chester rolled his eyes at her and said she wouldn’t hate it when it was their own child, and that’s when all hell broke lose. Chester had always heard Grace crack jokes about how much she hates children, but to him it was always part of her schtick, she wasn’t completely serious, or so he thought. Until now when he watched her absolutely losing her mind over the prospect of ever having a child.
The second time he realized it probably wasn’t going to happening was two months later, when Grace was three weeks late. He stood in the middle of their bathroom holding Grace who was in the middle of a full fledged panic attack, solely over opening the box to the pregnancy test. She hadn’t even taken it yet. As he held a sobbing Grace, he realized that she really was serious about not having children.
So years went by and Chester slowly started to accept that his Grace and Goose were as close to a family as they would ever be, and he spent more and more time with his niece and his friends kids, to get it out of his system as he explained it to Grace. She watched him over the years as he pushed aside his desire to be a father for her, and over time, it did something to her in return. It made her want to give him what hew anted most.
It made Grace want to be the one to Chester that opportunity.
And on McKenna’s sixth birthday, (which also happens to be Christmas) Grace handed McKenna a present to go give to her uncle.
Grace had told his sister and his mother beforehand, so they gathered around to watch as his niece would give him his favorite gift ever.
He opened the box and pulled out the white shirt, he smiled brightly at his niece, not paying attention to the details of it, solely thanking her for his gift.
“Auntie Gracie got it for you.” McKenna giggled as Chester kissed her on the cheek. “You have to read it!” She jumped up and down in excitement.
“Oh Auntie Gracie helped you pick this out? Cool. Ok lets see what it…” he trailed off as he lay out the shirt in front of him. He was quiet for a moment as everyone watched him process what it said.
“Number One Dad.” He whispered, looking up at Grace,
She smiled and nodded at him. “Yeah. In less than five months, you can wear that shirt.” She smiled realizing that she was so very glad that she was able to be the one that put that unbelievably large, and overwhelming smile on his face.
The day Grace went into labor was the scariest day of his life. He had been ready to be a dad since the day Grace had told him she was pregnant, until now. Suddenly it was all too real, and he wasn’t ready. He hadn’t read enough books, he hadn’t prepared for how scared he would be for Grace, and how much it would kill him to see her go through all of that pain and torment.
And then, at 2:12 am on Tuesday April 20th, 2018 he got the best birthday present he could ever ask for. A little girl. Seven pounds, six ounce, and overwhelming sweetness.
As he sat next to Grace on her hospital bed holding their little girl who was only hours old, he sang to his daughter and her mother, their lullaby, and watched as they both let their eyes close and leaving him wondering if this moment was even real.
All of these moments had lead to him, sitting in their studio, on a hot Los Angeles day, as Grace sat at her computer editing her newest video, and his six year old daughter sat on his lap as he played the piano.
“Daddy?” She asked placing her small hand on top of his. He smiled and stop playing for a moment. “Can I do it?” She asked, hovering her hands above the keys.
“Of course sweet pea. Do you want me to show you?”
She nodded and watched as Chester played three simple notes. She hesitated, and then copied him, instantly squealing in delight.
“Great job Emma!” Chester said beaming with pride.
“More!” She chanted as she placed her hands on the keys again.
Chester played six notes this time, and Emma reciprocated them flawlessly.
Grace, hearing her daughters giggles pulled herself away from her editing, and sat back watching as her daughter proved to her, for not the first time, that she was all her father. Granted, She had caramel colored eyes, that had to have come from Grace’s family, and she was rapidly growing taller every day, with legs that were obscenely long for a little girl, but her love for the piano, and her constant singing, and her sweet two sizes too big for her body heart, and goofy personality were all Chester. And ever since she was able to talk and walk, Grace had seen that music was what the little girl would fall in love with.
And the fact that she was a daddy’s girl only added to this. She was constantly by Chester’s side, from the moment she was born. Which Grace attributed to the fact that Chester was a huge softy, and picked her up the second she even whimpered from they day they brought her home, to sleeping in her crib with her when she wouldn’t go down easily, and then sleeping on the floor of her room when they finally bought her a “big girl bed” but she was too scared of the monsters underneath it.
“Show me how to play our lullaby.” Emma said, staring up at Chester, caramel eyes warm and full.
Chester nodded, scootching up closer to the keys.
“Ok, you ready?” He asked as he let his hands move swiftly through the keys and Emma watched, absorbing.
Grace leaned against the wall, closing her eyes for a moment as the familiar tune filled the room. It had been her lullaby ever since they had been dating. The song Chester would sing to her when she couldn’t sleep, or when she was overly anxious, or sometimes just because. And then when Emma was born, it just instinctively became their lullaby.
The piano filled the room, as Emma watched her father intently, studying his hands. Grace giggled to herself as she saw her daughter bite her lip anxiously, itching to jump in. She was amazed at how naturally her daughter could pick up music, and it made her love both of them so much more.
“Ready, join me whenever you want.” She heard Chester encourage. And suddenly she smiled as she heard the notes falter, and two sets of hands playing the piano. It was beautiful how naturally Emma picked up the piano just like Chester.
She struggled over and over again to keep up, but it was beautiful none the less.
“You’re doing great. Keep going!” Chester encouraged. She could hear the smile he was wearing in his voice. Suddenly the music came to a crashing halt as her fingers stumbled over each other.
“Oh no. I messed up.” Emma said in a defeated tone. Grace could see her on the edge of tears. That was her mother in her. At only six years old she was obsessed with the piano, and begged to practice every day. It worried Grace a little, but her daughter was happy. And that’s all that mattered. Plus Chester was good at keeping an eye on her.
“Oh no sweetheart you were doing so good.” Chester said turning to her. “You are by far the best six year old at the piano I have ever seen. You are even better than I was at your age!” He said, as he scooped her up and place his daughter on his lap.
“Yeah?” She asked quietly, resting her head against her father’s chest, and bringing her knees up to her own.
“Yeah. You’re amazing.” Chester said kissing her on the top of her head.
“Hey baby girl.” Grace said as she walked over to the piano bench.
“Mama!” Emma perked up instantly at her mother’s presence.
“I heard you playing the piano. You sounded amazing.” She smiled sitting next to Chester.
“You think so?” Emma asked, not budging from Chester’s embrace. Yup such a daddy’s girl.
“You’re so good, just like Daddy.” She smiled, gently caressing her daughter cheek, slightly tickling her neck.
“Mumma stop! That tickles.” Emma giggled, turning even further into Chester chest.
Chester sighed watching the two loves of his life as the laughed together in front of him, and he couldn’t help but think back on all the events, and all the dead ends, and hopeless lonely nights in his life, that all landed him here. In a house in LA, with the most gorgeous girlfriend who was the love of his life, and the most spectacular daughter they could have ever created.