Strolling through the town, the lights flickered as night overtook the town. Very few people out on the streets at this point, Lily had pulled Shade along but so far she had been very quiet. “Ya know… As pessimistic as I act about my past, not all of it was hell… S-sorry I guess I would bore you if I started talking…” She suddenly spoke up as her fins fold back drooping slightly as she looked at her necklace.
#80 with michael please if your still doing the prompts
“Is your seat belt on?”
“Mike, I think my water broke,” you casually tell your husband. He turns his head and looks at you, confusion apparent on his face. You raise your eyebrows as you gently rub your stomach.
“Oh fuck!” Michael yells, jumping off the couch, hands quickly finding their way into his hair, clearly set into a panic. “What am I supposed to do again? Shit I should have written everything down.”
“Mikey, honey, just go grab the baby bag from upstairs, everything should be ready to go and then we can head off to the hospital,” you reply, clenching your teeth as a painful contraction hits you.
“Oh yeah,” Michael quickly says, running up the stairs two at a time. You sit there on the couch, in pain, waiting for your husband to come back down the stairs. Many emotions are flowing through your body. You’re scared, happy, excited, anxious, and everything else imaginable.
Eventually Michael charges back into the living room and over to you with the baby bag in his hand.
“Okay I got it, anything else?” he pants, out of breath from the quick trek upstairs.
“Can you put my shoes on for me please?” you respond.
“Course I can,” he replies, rushing over to grab your shoes from near the front door. He quickly comes back and puts them on your feet.
Taking your hand, he helps you rise from the couch. Michael grabs the baby bag and wraps an arm around your waist, helping support you while you head out the front door.
“Fuck I forgot the keys,” Michael groans once you two reach the car. “I’ll be back in a second, promise!” he yells, running back inside. You sigh and shake your head, not surprised by your husband’s actions. You’ve always been the clam one out of the two of you.
Soon enough Michael is back at your side, opening the car door. He tosses the baby bag into the back and helps you get into the passenger seat. Once he carefully gets you in the car, he bounds over to the drivers side, yanking the door open and jumping inside the car. As he turns the car on and get’s ready to go, he pauses with his hand on the gear shift.
“Is your seat belt on?” he questions.
“Really Mike? I’m about to give birth and you’re worried about my seat belt?” you groan out, pain increasing as time has gone by.
“Of course! Babe, I love you and I need to make you, and the little munchkin, get to the hospital safely. The faster you put your seat belt on, the sooner we can leave,” he reasons, totally serious.
You roll your eyes and give in to his demands. Once he hears the click from the belt, he’s off.
Several hours later when all the rush of giving birth is over, you lay in your hospital bed half asleep, awake enough to hear your husband whispering.
“Hey there little man. Daddy loves you so much and I’m so glad Mommy and I finally got to meet you. We’ve been waiting for so long. I promise you I’m going to love you more than anything in the world. I’m not sure if you can compete with your Mommy though, she’s got a pretty good hold of my heart.”
Fellow writers, listen up! (Please?) You know how we like to bitch about writer’s block, to sympathise and bond with each other over it and reblog posts about it with tags like “ugh this!!!”?
Well, today I want you to not do that. I want you, instead, to remember that moment when you have It: the pivotal scene, the out-of-nowhere plot twist, the point-of-view change that will make everything clear to your readers - The Idea.
The Idea that makes you drop everything and look for the nearest laptop/phone/notepad/stack of napkins to scribble it down in one go, not daring to even breathe until it’s all there in black and white and you know it’s good.
Now, I’m not saying you have to have one of those moments right now - if you could do that on command, you wouldn’t have writer’s block, after all. Go do something else if you can’t write - call a friend, do the dishes, go to a museum. But while you do that, remember how it feels like when you have The Idea.
I've just discovered your single dad shiro au and it's brilliant! If I may, I'd like to ask how Shiro would react to Keith's birth parents trying to come back into Keith's life or even trying to regain custody
Hello there nonny! Welcome to the world that is the Single Dad Shiro AU! I hope you’re enjoying your stay at the fluffy resort! Thank you so much and I’m glad to hear you enjoying it! What a great ask. Wow, I had like so many different ideas and ways that this could go but I decided to pick one and write this, but I could talk about the idea of Keith’s parents trying to get him back or meeting him ALL DAY. So hopefully you enjoy this little oneshot! Enjoy!
almost passed out.
he didn’t. So Shiro counted this as a
win, considering the situation. Passing out would have probably been an
appropriate response in this circumstance but probably not the best one. No,
probably not especially with Keith just in the other room waiting for him.
sorry. I don’t think I heard you right. Could you repeat yourself?” Shiro
blinked once, twice, even three times at the social worker in front of him.
Bless her heart, because Shiro had asked this question at least five times
already today. She smiled back at Shiro with a gentle aura around her.
Unfortunately, she had dealt with this issue several times before and knew how
to be patient with some parents.
alright. I understand that this must be difficult for you to hear.” Jenna
replied softly, giving Shiro a gentle tap on his hand. “This is something that
has been known to happen in the past, but even I admit that these circumstances
are different. As you are aware, Keith was taken to the orphanage at a very
young age, six months. You adopted him only a month after his arrival –
something that almost never happens.”
There was a twinkle in Jenna’s eyes as she recalled the day of Keith’s
adoption. Sure, officially and legally it had taken almost two years, but the
day Shiro came to Korea and saw Keith was a day she’d never forget.
by law all rights go to you once Keith is legally yours, his biological and
birth parents have no say in his life anymore. Really, the day Keith became a
citizen here was enough to stop his parents from having any legal rights to
him, but just to be safe, after the two years he lived under your care, he is
course. It’s quite obvious how much you love Keith and how much he loves you.
There’s no doubt.” Jenna continued, cautious of Shiro’s reaction. “However, it
appears that Keith’s birth mother has attempted to contact our orphanage in
almost seven years?” Shiro was trying to stay calm, he really was, but he was
more confused than ever. He couldn’t understand why Keith’s mother attempted to get in touch with them after so
long. It wasn’t normal to Shiro.
it’s a bit strange.” Jenna admitted with a nod. “They’ve talked to her and she
didn’t say much except for asking to speak to Akira.” Shiro felt his blood run cold at the mention of Keith’s
first name. His mother had no idea how much Keith had changed.
much his son had changed.
explained the situation to his mother and once she learned that Keith was no
longer even in the country, she ceased all conversation, and we haven’t heard
from her since then.” Jenna continued to explain. Shiro swallowed, listening as
he heard Keith shout something at Lance. Most likely challenging him to some
sort of competition.
the situation has changed since she has somehow managed to contact you.”
yes. The million-dollar response.
all began over two weeks ago when Shiro received a phone call from some woman
from Korea, speaking over a hundred miles an hour. Shiro was well verse in the
language after learning all he could, to teach Keith as he got older about his
own culture, so he was easily able to understand her. Though, as soon as she
asked for Akira, Shiro was slightly
ashamed to admit that he’d hung up the phone faster than he could blink before
throwing it on the floor, as if it were made of hot iron.
was confused for weeks why his dad had thrown the phone on the floor.
for two weeks straight, the same
woman continued to call his house phone and even managed to somehow get Shiro’s
cellphone number. For days Shiro continued to ignore her messages, hang up on
her or tried to block her number. However, when Keith had answered the phone
one day and came screaming and crying to Shiro about some woman yelling on the
phone for Akira, Shiro had enough and
the authorities were called.
was the reason why Keith’s social worker and police were in his house right
now. While Keith, Lance, Hunk and Pidge were playing in the next room.
Shiro finally sighed. He’d had this terrible feeling in his stomach, twisting
and churning. Telling him that this woman must
have known Keith. It was too much of a coincidence for her not to have.
a month before Keith’s birthday.
you tell me what she wants?” Shiro knew this wasn’t what he should have asked.
He knew he shouldn’t get involved and
should just let the authorities deal with this woman. However, there was a
teeny, tiny part of Shiro that worried for Keith. What if he wanted to meet her?
all that we can gather from her, she simply wants to take Keith back to Korea
with her.” Jenna sighed while the officer in the room nodded gruffly. He was an
old friend of Shiro’s and quickly took the case when Shiro needed the help. He,
of course, was none too happy about the situation at all.
jaw almost dropped.
no! She can’t do that! I wouldn’t worry about that Shiro. You and Keith are
both protected not only by our laws and jurisdiction but also by Korean laws.”
Jenna attempted to soothe her client, thinking that he was upset about that
part of the situation.
I’m not worried about that. Trust me, I’d drop dead before I had to give Keith
away again. He’s my son, now and
forever.” Shiro shrugged Jenna’s reassurance off. He wasn’t worried at all
about this woman trying to take Keith away, because there was no way in hell that he’d let that happen. Ever.
just, I don’t understand why it’s taken her almost seven years to contact her son. I thought she gave him up?” Shiro
sighed tiredly, wishing that this whole fiasco could just be something that
could be swept under the rug. He wanted this mess to go away. He didn’t want
Keith to be hesitant to answer the phone anymore. He didn’t want to have to
change his numbers again and make
Keith memorize them.
wanted it to end.
Jenna began slowly with a labored sigh and Shiro tensed. That was never a good thing. “Remember when I told you that Keith’s
life was not the best beforehand?”
nodded. He remembered the woman at Keith’s orphanage mentioning that Keith’s
life had been rough already despite only being months old. “I figure so. I
mean, it’s not easy being orphaned at when you haven’t even had your first
Jenna nodded in agreement, but the unsure look in her eyes kept Shiro from
saying anymore. It was as if she were hiding something from Shiro – that there
was more to this than Shiro had been told. “Shiro, Keith’s mother never
actually gave him up at the steps of
the orphanage. Keith was removed from
heart skipped a beat.
was removed from his mother’s hut just one month before you adopted him. He was
removed on several accounts from neighbors to authorities, all worried for the safety
of this baby.” Jenna explained slowly, watching every slight twitch of Shiro’s
face to indicate this was getting to be too much for him. To his credit, Shiro’s
eyes only widened a fraction of a centimeter. “Keith was removed on accounts of
child neglect and abandonment, and the possibility of child endangerment.
apparently Keith’s mother was never
home but Keith was. Meaning he went days
by himself, unable to feed himself or even drink.” Shiro’s throat tightened and
his stomach churned at the thought of his baby, his baby, suffering so much already. “He was a baby, so of course
he couldn’t feed himself, drink, change himself or do anything but cry. The
neighbors told authorities about how they would hear the baby cry every day,
but his mother never came home until late at night.
went to check on the situation and Keith was removed when the baby was found
with a burning fire still going, not two feet away from where he laid, malnourished
and severly dehydrated.” Jenna sighed wistfully. She gently pushed a box of
tissues towards Shiro, who was becoming more emotional by the second despite
his attempts to not be.
mother was informed of the situation, put up a minimal fight for a week and
then we never heard from her again. She packed up and left without a word about
her son.” Shiro unconsciously clenched his hands into fists at this
information, and his lips curled back in a growl. Jenna smiled softly at the
display. “Thankfully, while this was a tragic beginning for Keith, I like to
think of it as a blessing.”
he would have never met you a month later.” Jenna grinned when a slight blush
dusted over Shiro’s cheek and a gentle smile graced his face. “Shiro, you are
the best person for Keith without a
doubt, and while I cannot be positive, I can be pretty sure that Keith’s life
is a hundred times better with you than it would have been with his birth
why would she try to contact me? Doesn’t she know that there’s nothing to be
done?” Shiro asked with a deep breath. He had to remain calm and deal with the
situation. In the other room, Shiro heard Keith shriek with laughter as Hunk
said something and the smile on his face grew.
claims to have changed. At least, that’s what she is saying.” Jenna shrugged
with a tired sigh. “Shiro, I wouldn’t worry about her. She was unfit as a
mother and right now, you’re what Keith needs not her. The real question is
what you’d like to do? The officers here are willing to work with Korean officials
to press charges if that’s what you’d like?”
Shiro wanted this woman out of his
didn’t want Keith to ever be near her again, after hearing what she’d done. He
wanted her to hurt in the way that Keith had – back then and now. But the small
doubtful part of his brain was stopping him from saying anything just let.
me…let me sleep on it. Figure out what to do.” Shiro whispered with a wince, ignoring
the sympathetic looks from Jenna and his friend. Jenna nodded, already
collecting her paperwork. Shiro, the ever gentleman, showed Jenna and the
officer to the door and wishing them goodbye. He stood for a few minutes in silence,
observing the closed door before he heard the sound of several tiny feet
padding across the floor.
there was a small tug on his prosthetic arm, and Shiro looked down to see Keith
(his Keith) staring up at him with
you come play with us Daddy?” Keith asked. Looking around, Shiro saw the
hopeful expressions on the other three children in the room. He took a deep
breath, pushing aside his worries and stress for the moment, before grinning.
What’re we playing?”
now, Shiro just wanted to focus on his son and his friends, rather than worry
about the deep question burning inside him.
What if Keith wanted to go
back to his mom?
buddy?” Shiro asked softly, with Keith in one of his arms. The prosthetic was already
off and lying near his dresser, leaving Shiro with one arm less to carry Keith.
Keith didn’t mind though, from where he was snuggled up against Shiro’s chest
and giving the limb a kiss.
nodded with a wide yawn, that made his jaw bones pop.
bet. He has more energy than the three of you combine.” Shiro chuckled,
enjoying the moment of peace. He was quiet, just sitting on the couch with
Keith in his arms. But his thoughts were loud and annoying; constantly growing
in his mind. Despite his attempts to ignore the earlier conversation, Shiro
couldn’t just drop everything from his mind. Instead he left it alone and let
it fester until it was one big mass of anxiety.
had to ask.
had a right to know.
Do you remember how I told you that you were adopted?” Shiro ask quietly. Keith
didn’t look up from where he was massaging (as best as a little kid could)
Shiro’s arm, but nodded.
You said you brought me all the way
from Korea.” Keith said.
right. It was a very, very long travel but it was worth it to go so far so that
daddy could bring you home.”
like home.” Keith mumbled quietly, causing Shiro to smile thinly.
too Keith.” Shiro agreed, throat itchy. “However, you know that you had a mom
and aa dad before. Your birth parents?” Shiro had tried his best to explain the
idea of birth and biological parents to Keith versus adopted parents. Keith seemed
to understand the concept well, but he continued to insist that Shiro is his father and no one else.
do you remember that lady who called a week ago and was speaking Korean to you?”
Shiro swallowed thickly, afraid to keep going. He could drag this on all night,
but Keith was intelligent. He would figure out what Shiro was trying to say
even if Shiro didn’t say it. That’s just how it was with Keith.
mean old lady who kept yelling?” Keith scowled at the memory and Shiro sighed.
her. But I’m sure she wasn’t trying to be mean, she was trying to get someone
to understand what she was saying.” Shiro didn’t know why he was trying to
defend this woman, especially to Keith of all people.
was loud. And rude. And she kept saying my middle name.” Keith continued to
scowl, unaffected by Shiro’s attempt to defend this woman. He had not liked the
phone call from her, not at all.
Shiro swallowed, mouth suddenly dry. He didn’t
know if he could do this. He didn’t know if he could tell Keith the truth. What
if Keith wanted her instead? Shiro’s greatest worries were starting to
surface and it was tearing his entire being apart.
that woman…she was your mother. Your birth mother…in Korea.” Shiro whispered
softly. His throat tightened even more when Keith’s entire body went rigid.
Keith ceased massaging his dad’s arm but he did not ever look Shiro’s way.
mother has been trying to get in touch with you.” Shiro continued hoarsely. “She…she
wanted to take you back to Korea with her.” Keith remained silent and Shiro’s
fears were only growing in large quantities.
Why wasn’t Keith saying anything?
your original name before I brought you home
was Akira. That’s why she was asking for Akira.”
blinked. “My name was…Akira?”
could only nod, not trusting himself to speak again.
she was my…birth mother?” There was a slight hitch in Keith’s voice, as if he
were getting emotional about everything. Shiro wanted to scoop Keith up, drop
this entire conversation from existence and shield Keith from any pain in the
he owed this to Keith.
owed his son the truth.
She was your birth mother. And she wants you to go back home with her.” Shiro
repeated, feeling like the words were acid on his tongue. But she can’t. She can’t have you.
you going to send me back?” Keith’s voice was so tiny and so scared that Shiro
wanted to cry.
no baby, no I won’t ever send you
away.” Shiro whispered, cuddling Keith closer and turning his son so that Keith
was now looking directly at him. He brushed his thumb under Keith’s eyes when a
tear began to roll down Keith’s cheek. “But, I wanted you to know about your
mother. That she’s alive. Keith, I need to ask you a question, and I need you
to be very honest with me.”
lip wobbled but he nodded.
heart was beating harshly in his chest. “Keith…do you want to meet your mother?
Would it make you happy to be with her and meet her? All I want is for you to
Keith answered very quickly and suddenly, surprising Shiro. “No! I want to stay
here with you. You’re my daddy! No
one else. I don’t want or need any
one else besides daddy Shiro!”
wouldn’t you want to meet her?”
I don’t need her.” Keith stubbornly refused with a growl. He threw his arms
around his dad’s neck and squeezed tightly. “I only need my daddy and that’s
it. I don’t wanna meet my birth mom.”
all?” Honestly, Shiro couldn’t even begin to understand why he kept pressing the issue. Why he kept
asking Keith. He should be happy that Keith was saying this; that Keith wanted
him and no one else.
But what if he regretted it?
Shiro looked down, biting his lip to see Keith staring up at him with a frown.
The frown was so similar to the one Shiro usually wore when he was disappointed
in someone, that Shiro couldn’t help but laugh. “I don’t want to meet her. I
don’t want her to keep calling. And I don’t want to go to Korea. I want to stay
here with you. With Ms. Allura and
Coran, and Hunk and Lance and Pidge.”
swallowed thickly. “Are you sure?”
this, Keith nodded. “Yes. You’re my daddy and that’s it.”
you’re my little Star.” Shiro finally caved and felt the tension draining from
his body as he buried his face into Keith’s hair. Keith’s hair tickled against
Shiro’s cheek, causing Shiro to laugh and Keith giggled. “You’ll always be my
now, I don’t want her to contact me or Keith again.” Shiro said firmly the next
day with Keith by his side, as they sat in front of Jenna and the officer once
more. “Keith has made it clear to me that he does not want to meet her right now.”
nodded in understanding and the officer sighed with relief.
was Keith’s decision and she needs to respect that. I’m not changing my number
again, so she needs to have zero contact with us.” Shiro continued with a firm
nod. He almost chuckled when Keith mirrored this action.
let her know that should Keith change his mind, I will contact her.” Shiro continued while Keith blinked. “If he ever decides he wants to speak
with her, let alone meet her, I will
contact her. Not the other way around.”
has made his decision.” Shiro said, rubbing a comforting hand on Keith’s
shoulder. Jenna beamed at the sight of father and son as her heart melted. “However,
when Keith is old enough to make his own decisions by himself – should he choose – I will allow him to contact her.
Whether Keith wants to get to know her at not at that time will be up to him and not my choice any longer. Keith is
free to do as he wants, but he’s made it clear that she needs to leave us alone.” Shiro left out the part
that a neglectful mother was certainly never
going to be on his good list but he decided to give the woman the benefit of
don’t ever want to get another phone call, email or possibly a visit from her
again. Am I clear?” Shiro commanded and Jenna merely smiled while the officer
saluted. Eventually, he breathed a sigh of relief and leaned back in his chair.
Meanwhile, Keith had huffed and gave his dad’s knee a small pat.
don’t think I’ll ever want to see her, because my daddy’s the best parent in
the world.” Keith stated factually
and Shiro smiled. It was reassuring to hear his son say this, out loud and to
other people, but Shiro knew that people changed.
day, Keith might want to get to know his mother and his past. And if that day
ever came, Shiro would be ready and he would be by Keith’s side the entire
his fears of being replaced were gone and Shiro was sure that even if Keith
wanted to meet his mother, he would always come home.
I rarely remember any of my dreams, so when I do actually remember something whatever my brain cooks up is extra entertaining to me.
Today I remembered a snippet of conversation from my dream (although I don’t know who was having the conversation or the context of it). And thus I bring you all to today’s edition of What The Fuck Did I Dream About:
“I don’t wanna live in a world where Zack Fair doesn’t love Beyoncé.”