"You can't just hand me a baby and leave!"
“You can’t just hand me a baby and leave!” Calum screamed as he ran after you down the stairs of his apartment building.
“Yes I can, Calum! He’s your son too, and it’s time you start acting like a real father instead of a deadbeat!” You shouted back, angrily ripping open the door of your car.
He ran up to you and slammed your car door shut before you could get inside. “I have a world tour starting this week! I can’t take him with me!” He glanced at the one year old resting on his hip before looking back at you with pleading eyes.
You pinched the bridge of your nose. “Calum, I told you I have an audition in France this week, and you agreed you’d take him until I got back.”
“But that was before our tour was scheduled!” He shrieked.
Your son whimpered softly at the loudness of Calum’s voice, and when he looked at the frightened child his eyes softened slightly before he looked back at you and lowered his voice.
“I can’t take him, Y/N. You’ll just have to figure something out. I’m sure the dance studio will have a day care set up for mother’s with children.”
You scoffed and shook your head. “It amazes me that we ever worked. He is your son too, Calum, and you already only see him maybe twice a year if the kid is lucky. You have a whole fleet of people who will help you watch after him while you’re touring.”
He opened his mouth to speak but you cut him off.
“Don’t do this for me, Calum. Do this for your son.”
Calum looked at the small boy who had nuzzled his head into his father’s neck and was snoring softly, just like his father he could fall asleep anytime anywhere no matter the circumstances.
“He’s a really good kid, Cal, but he needs his dad.”
Calum moved away from your car door and nodded his head.
The guilt from your words weighed heavily on his heart as he watched you get into your car and roll the window down. His heart clenched when he saw you take a deep breath and wipe a tear before looking into his deep brown eyes, those eyes that you used to spend hours staring into while the two of you talked about your future until the sun came up.
“Please don’t disappoint him, Cal.” You swallowed thickly and your voice went to a whisper. “Don’t disappoint him like you did me.”