Heart of Texas, soul of California

Zac has moved to Texas. He has bought a piece of land just outside Houston. He is telling everyone he just neede a change of scenery. That it is essential for him to be in LA. But he isn't telling the truth. Zac is running trying to put his mistake behind him.
He has done something really bad, that luckily no one knows about.
He meets Kate, a spunky Texan girl and they fall in love head over heels. Zac thinks that he is finally going to have his happily ever after.
But can he escape the mistakes of his past ? And does he get his happily ever after with Kate ?

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5. Daddy's acceptance

 

 *Zac*

 "Could I talk to you for a moment in private Sir ?" I approch her father at the party. He smiles at me. I must admit the man intimidates me a bit. "Of course Zac, but please do call me John. No need for the formalities".

 We walk a little away from the others, both leaning on the fence. Looking out on the fields. "So I am guessing this has something to do with my Kate ?"

 "Yes sir.. John. I love your daugther with all of my heart and I wanted to ask your permission to marry her. I can take good care of her". I fiddle my hands nervously. What if he says no ? Kate might be 29 years old, but family means a lot to her.

 He takes a deep breath. "Why the hurry ? You haven't gone and got her pregnant have you boy ?"

 "Uhhh". I feel my face go beet red. Shit what if her father finds sex before marriage a deadly sin ? "It isn't the reason, I promise you sir. I had planned this before she told me. I just want her to be my wife because I love her".

 "My little Kate is pregnant ?" He stares at me. Shit this probably wasn't the way she planned on telling her father. But I can't really do anything but nod. "I am going to be a grandfather".

 He just stand there for a while, starring of into the horizon and I end up nervously asking. "So sir.. uh John. Do I have your permission".

 "Sorry I just drifted of there son". He says with a grin. "Yes of course you have my permission. Actually I am happy to see her finally having found a good man. I had started worrying she would be here taking care of her old father all her life".

 "Thank you sir.. John. I promise I will take very good care of her.. of them". I tell him as we walk back to the others.

 Kate catches my eyes and I smile at her to tell her everything is okay. Her father grabs a glass and clear his throat to get everyones attention. "Come here a moment Kate and you to Zac".

 As we walk up there Kate's eyes are asking me what is happening and I shake my head telling her I don't  know. Her father puts one arm around Kate and pronounses. "Today we are not only celebrating that we are getting a new neighbour. No we are celebrating me getting a son and soon a grandkid too. Zac just asked my permission to marry Kate and of course I said yes".

 Everyone erupts in cheers. Kate are being hugged and I am being clapped on the back, being congratulated. I manage to grab Kate's arm whispering in her ear. "Sorry love, I didn't know he would do that".

 "Don't worry. I know my father. Good thing he really likes you though". She says grinning before she is pulled away by someone else wanting to congratulate her.

 A little later when everyone has clapped me on the back or hugged me, congratulating me. I go sit on the little stairs to my trailer. Just needing a bit of air. And I can't help it amidst all my happiness thinking back on the pain.

 

6 months earlier.

 I had been loosing my patience with Pamela. It was now 3 months since she told me she was pregnant and she had kept promising me to break up with Tom. But it just hadn't happened yet.

 So today I wrote her a long text telling her she needed to decide now. I can't do this anymore, it is slowly breaking me down. 

 There is a knock on my door and I go to open it. It is Pamela standing on my doorstep. Before I can ask her why she is here, she practically throw herself at me, tears streaming down her face.

 I pull her gently inside and closes the door. Holding her shaking body close to me. "What is it darling. What happened ?"

 "Oh Zac. I am so sorry. I lost the baby. I started bleeding and I lost it. I lost our baby". She cries and I feel my heart shatter. No matter how conflicted I was about Pamela and all this I had been so excited to become a father.

 I just hold her. Feeling my own tears dripping down into her hair. Just like that, with a few words that dream is snatched away from me. And now I have no hold on Pamela. Am I going to loose her too ?

 Of course I forgot everything about setting ultimatums and everything continued at it was. Except for me going slowly to pieces.

 

 Back to present time:

*Kate*

 I sit down on the small steps next to Zac. Sliding my arm around his waist. "Hi there handsome. You look far away".

 "Sorry my love. I was just thinking about things better forgotten. So you are okay ? I didn't mean to tell your father about the pregnancy. He kind of guessed". I put my arm around her shoulders and pull her into me. Kissing the top of her head.

 She sighs and rest her head on my shoulder. "I wish I knew who broke you like that my love. But it was kind of lucky for me, because it send you my way".

 "Yeah getting to be here with you. Getting this. It is worth all the pain". He says softly. He put his hand up on my cheek turning my face to kiss me. I am wondering what happened. What had him running away. But I praise God every day for sending him to me, for he is truly a blessing.

 Soon he gets up, taking my hand. "Come on little lady. Come dance with your husband to be". I giggle and follow him out on the dancefloor.

 We dance the night away under the stars and the twinkling lights. Kissing and laughing. I don't think it is possible to be anymore happy. I wished upon a star and all my dreams has come true.

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